Well, it’s been quite a while since my last post. Despite my lack of posts, quite a bit has gone on. I’ll try and summarize as briefly as possible!
Since my last post, life has been pretty active. School ended shortly after I last wrote, and life kicked into high gear. We did a TON of things with our church : Mark520, a community service project; Vacation Bible School; attended the Elevate Music Festival in Prescott; and our regular Blender get togethers. In addition, Samantha was able to attend CHIC this year, which was an absolutely amazing experience for her and the other Blender kids that were able to attend! That event happens every three years, and Samantha is already looking forward to a return trip. Even better is that Alex gets to go next time as well!
During our Mark520 experience, I has the misfortune to severely sprain my wrist, as well as break my left elbow. How, you ask? A simple misstep on a trail at Honeybee Canyon while doing an Amazing Race with some kids from The Blender. It’s taken me quite some time to heal from that, but I’m finally almost able to put my complete body weight on it.
In the end of June, beginning of July, we took a family vacation. We left from Prescott after Elevate was over, drove to the Oregon Coast, and started a trip up that way, spending some time in Seattle, and eventually landing back in Portland. It was a whirlwind trip, but super fun. I documented much of it on my Instagram account, so you can check out pictures there.
School started again recently, with Samantha continuing on at Ironwood Ridge (much to her chagrin), and Alex starting at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy. The Lord granted us an amazing amount of financial aid for Alex, blessing us with the opportunity for him to attend. Both the kids are being well challenged at school this year.
That’s a super fast update bringing us to now. I’m writing this post from a hotel room near the Heathrow Airport in London. I’ve just spent the last four days at IBM Hursley working with some amazing colleagues of mine, getting ramped up on VMware testing. Their hospitality was second to none, and I’m honored that I got to make the trip and spend time with them. IBM indeed has some super great people working for it.
Given that I’m this far East from Arizona, I’m taking the opportunity to visit my half-brother (ALL brother in my eyes!) Paul, who lives in Barcelona, Spain! I’m taking a few days vacation, flying there on our dime, and spending a few days with him in what I hear is an amazing city. I totally can’t wait to hang with him and see the city that he loves so much. You can bet that I’ll be taking a ton of pictures!
That kinda bring us to things medical. I’m still 100% cancer free, so that’s pretty awesome! I’ve had a CAT Scan and MRI, as well as numerous blood tests, and everything keeps coming back clean. I am, however, scheduled for an operation on September 21st at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Basically, I’m getting a proctectomy. I’ll let you look if up if you’re interested in the details. This is the inevitable last step in things related to my colon cancer. There was the hope that we could “hook things back up” sometime down the road, enabling me to ditch the bag, but continued inflammation of the parts left inside have made that not a possibility. If I keep everything in, it’s almost guaranteed that I’ll develop cancer again. And, to be honest, I’m quite comfortable with the bag and the life it allows to me lead, so it’s all good!
God has once again blessed me with the same amazing surgeon I had for my colon surgery to do this procedure. I’ll likely be in the hospital for about three days, and then take a few weeks off work to recover. Robots will be used for the procedure, so that’s super cool! Recovery will be a bit rougher than my first surgery, but we’ll get through it. The super down side to the whole thing is that I won’t be able to coach Fall Ball softball as I had wanted to…sorry about that, girls! I really, really wish I could.
Well, I think that’s it for the moment. I know I’ve glossed over a lot of details, and probably left out tons, but I wanted to catch you up a little bit. The kids are doing well, Michelle is doing well, and we’re blessed in so many ways I can’t even count them!
Oh yeah…back in March, we moved into a new house! We’re loving our new digs!
I promise to keep you informed as to how the surgery goes as well as recovery.
I hope this finds you all well!