Wednesday, July 16, 2008

We Made a Movie

Kai and Lisa came over and helped Kelly and I film this movie about Van Gogh. It's a project I did for my art education class. It's supposed to be for middle school kids, so you will probably like it. It's kinda big.. so it might be best to pause it for a couple minutes before you watch it to let the buffer catch up.

Monday, July 07, 2008

4th of July Fun

We had a great 4th of July. Kai and Lisa came to hang out at the Colson Manor this weekend. I didn't take too many pics....I should work on that. We had a funfilled weekend of eating....of course....board games...Monopoly and Balderdash...and a little bit of Casey's homework. Yes...that's right. We reverted back to our childhood days for a puppet show video. It was so much fun....I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. Casey had to put together a video about an artist for middle schoolers. We learned all about Van Gogh. The video's coming as soon as Casey finishes editing. Hope everyone had a great 4th!


Trying to look happy after our big loss to Kai at Monopoly!


He was WAY to happy to have won a game he doesn't like playing!


And.....yes....Van Gogh the video!.....

Thursday, July 03, 2008

More News

Well...we were able to get more information yesterday. We have some good news and already some answered prayers. My mom and I spent the whole day at the hospital with my dad. He had his barium swallow to help locate the exact cancer spot. Then we met with the doctor who read the pathology report from the biopsy. Apparently the cancer is in the early stages. Praise the Lord! It's near the stomach and is significantly small. He will just cut it out and stretch the stomach up. The doctor said that 50% of people who come into his office are already inoperable, so we are very lucky we caught it in time. Next week my dad will go through several tests to make sure his lungs and heart are strong enough for surgery and a CT scan to see if the cancer has spread. The doctor is leaning toward the cancer is just an isolated spot. He'll have surgery in 2 weeks and will be in the hospital 2 weeks. If the cancer has not spread then he won't need chemo/radiation. We were all very relieved after talking with the doctor. I know God will take care of him and is showing us His purpose and glory through this trial. Thank you so much for all your prayers. Please continue to pray that my dad's body will be strong enough for surgery. That they'll be able to intubate with no problem and he'll have an easy time coming off the ventilator. Pray that the cancer has not spread. I'll keep you updated after next week.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008


I can't think you enough for your prayers this week. It means so much to us knowing we have brothers and sisters kneeling before our God with us. Well...our prayers have been answered in a different way. My dad does has esophageal cancer. We don't know much more than that. He's going to meet with a thoracic surgeon from Crawford Long, who we're told is the best in the country. There are some surgeries they can do to remove the cancerous part of the esophagus and either attach some of the small intestine or stretch the stomach up if the part is low enough. My dad will have a barium swallow tomorrow. I'm not sure what that will show us. I guess to see how it's hindering his swallowing. He'll also have a CT scan to see if the cancer has spread. I'm doing ok. We're about to go over to my parents, but I had time to right this while Casey's in the shower. Now we would love your prayers in a different direction.

Please pray:

-the cancer has NOT spread and is only very small in the esophagus
-My dad will be able to undergo surgery (He has compromised lungs only 30% and 70% lung capacity from problems with his bypass surgery years ago)
-The cancer is near the stomach so the surgery is less invasive

I'll keep you updated when I know more. Thank you so much for your prayers and calls.