Update #9 (October 17, 2019)

First Chemo

It’s now just over a week since I had my first session of chemo.  I was quite nervous leading up to it … knowing how hard chemo can be on your body.  But I have been SO thankful that I haven’t experienced too many side effects … well not yet anyway.  I had quite bad aching legs and arms the first few days after the infusion.  The second night after the infusion I was awake from midnight to 5am, which wasn’t too fun.  I have also had an overall feeling of weariness and have been quite tired.  I still have some mouth sores but they aren’t as bad as they were a few weeks ago.  Apart from that, I can’t complain.  I feel like the aches and fatigue are manageable.  Hopefully the mouth sores stay under control!  Small blessings along the way to be thankful for.

 

Styles Family

Tim, Hadassah, Jono, Ana and Bennay arrived last Saturday!!  It’s so lovely to have them right across the street from us … and the kids are loving it too!  The Styles family are getting used to living in a small town and love the convenience of being within walking distance to most things.  They even managed to make a trip to ER in the first week of being here (Bennay fell out of a tree and broke his arm!)

 

Thanksgiving

I have always loved Thanksgiving time in Canada … with family and friends.  Leading up to it last week, I felt a bit sad that it may not be the same this year.  I didn’t know how I would be feeling.  I’m so incredibly thankful though that I was well enough to enjoy it!  We had a lovely Thanksgiving meal with some of the Wilton family, Tim and Hadassah Styles and family.  We also celebrated Ezra’s birthday a bit early and had a get-together at Dave and Mary Wilson’s house with the gang that were visiting there.  I think there were 22 of us!  The fall colours have been so beautiful on the Island the past week and we were able to get out for a few walks to enjoy the colours.

My Aunty Merril and Uncle Maurice Clarke were also visiting from Australia over the long weekend.  It was lovely to see some more people from “home”!

Someone sent this to us this week and we thought we would share it on the website.  It is a good reminder when we are going through times of sickness.

We have been reminded of the need to be thankful for each day’s blessings from God.  Really all we have is today and we can only take one day at a time.  In a very real sense, that is how things have been for us for the past few months…but we should have that realization all the time as we wait for our Lord’s return.

 

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning:
great is thy faithfulness.
Lamentations 3v22-23