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October 28, 2008

Fall Photos

Now that Steph is cleared to return to normal life until next summer (when they will do another scan), it's time to turn back to the other important people in my life. The weather lately has been absolutely gorgeous, and the Fall colors especially vibrant this year -- all this combined means it's time to take some pictures (click on photos to enlarge):

Noah with his new favorite toy. (Photo by Ruth Swartzendruber)

Emily enjoying the weather. (Photo by Ericka Gingerich)

Noah, Lili and Emily. :-) (Photo by Ericka Gingerich)

The photo of Noah was taken at my cousin Ben's place on Saturday. The other two were taken by Ericka, our two-day-a-week daycare provider. Her daughter Liliana is the one in the middle on the last photo -- the kids had a blast diving in the leaves. :-)

October 18, 2008

A Sort of Homecoming...

Steph came home today, and we are most excited. It was a tough week for all of us, but we survived. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers! :-)

She was able to go back on her thyroid medication today (yay!), and will be able to eat a normal diet starting Monday (if her scan is clear). She is still low on energy, but she has her appetite back, so that is good. It will be another week or so before she can kiss the kids or hold them more than 15 minutes a day, so we aren't totally back to normal yet. But at least we're together again!

October 11, 2008

First Frost

Forgive me for the following... :-)

Finally, Fall has fell with ferocity. This forenoon we awoke to find the first frost of the Fall. The forecast was for fair skies, and for once, it came to fruition. After watching Noah flounder in frustration at his football (soccer) game, we found our way to our favorite coffee shop. After which we headed home for a few hours of fixing the place up for the forthcoming Winter. With a fine little fellow as my assistant, the task went faster than could have been foretold. For the first time in about five years, I feel fully prepared for a Winter fraught with rainfall.

October 10, 2008

ThyCA Update

Steph's radiation treatment is officially scheduled for Monday afternoon. After the radiation, she will stay in the recently vacated house of a close family friend (who recently moved in to a brand new house on the same property).

Once again, our friends have come through and things are in place for a smooth week ahead. But please be thinking of us -- this weekend as Steph copes with feeling run down (due to low thyroid hormone levels), and next week as she is isolated from almost all human contact. As many have noted, the isolation may actually be a nice retreat for her... but I hope she at least misses us a little bit. :-)