(I snapped this photo of Bob at the end of January 2015 on the gulf coast of Florida).
Someday, once again, Bob will enjoy the simple pleasures of God’s creation that he loved so much. I cherish the above photo because to me it’s filled with light and hope.
My one word for 2016 is HOPE.
After the last 5 difficult months and many more difficult months ahead, 2016 is still filled with so much light and hope
Bob had his bone marrow transplant a couple of weeks ago on January 13, 2016. As many of you already know our oldest son, Scott, donated his bone marrow to save his dad’s life. What a gift!
Bob’s discharge from the hospital was on January 27. Just 2 weeks after the transplant. The doctors and medical staff stand amazed that the engraftment of the new cells began about 4 or 5 days sooner than anticipated and that allowed his discharge to happen sooner also.
What has been impossible for us to do or the medical staff to do, continues to happen. We know and hold on to the fact that nothing is impossible with God.
God is shining. God is receiving the glory through our journey and even though we still have a hard road ahead we know we are not alone and His mercy will sustain us.
Bob is weak. His immune system is compromised and won’t get better for many months. The immunosuppressants (or anti-rejection meds) also lower his ability to fight infections so he must be protected like a new born babe.
In many respects, he is like a newborn, with new life and new hope.
One of our favorite verses since Bob’s diagnosis with the chronic form of Leukemia in 2014 and on into 2015 when it transitioned into the more serious acute type of leukemia has been Lamentations 3: 21-23:
Because the Lord’s steadfast love never ceases, we have hope for 2016 and beyond.
(To all of you who are praying for my Bob and for our entire family…THANK YOU! That’s what is moving the hand of God and helping us through this difficult time. Although we know God knows all things, sees all things, and is present with us, he wants us to pray and uses prayer in a mysterious way to carry out His plan. We are grateful for the many prayers going up for us).