Prayer Geography

I posted this on my personal blog too, so if you are a reader over there, please ignore it here!!! I just wanted to be sure Paxc-Man could hear form everyone as I know there were many prayers coming from my homeschooling blog friends!

One of the coolest things about this (undesired) journey through our Daddy having cancer, is Pac-Man being able to learn about the body of Christ joining together. One particular day last week in the midst of the unknown, he asked me about the people praying for his Daddy and our family. He was very interested to know where they were all from and if we knew all of them. What a powerful thing it was for me to tell them that we had NEVER even met many of them and he certainly hadn’t met most of them. Then to be able to tell him that our prayer warriors were located all over the country and even a few in other countries–how powerful that was for his little mind to take in.

He asked me if we could know all of the states and countries our prayers were coming from. I told him, thanks to the blog, YES we could! So, I ask you-prayer warriors, will you please tell my son where you are from so we can create a prayer map together. He will learn about geography from this but most importantly about how powerful it is to live and love within the body of Christ.

If you have prayed for our Daddy, please comment below like this *Carisa-Pennsylvania* (or you can leave your name out and just put your state (or country)). We are going to color in a map and also make a graph of where everyone was from.

Thanks for doing this for Pac-Man, and most importantly thanks for being a part of this group–praying for our man.

Family Update

My husband is in surgery today, to remove possibly cancerous lymph nodes in his abdomen. It is a very intense surgery, he has been in since about 10:30am and is still in (it’s 2:30 now). I am not writing much about his journey on this blog anymore, so if you are keeping him in prayer and would like updates, just email me and I will send you the link to our personal blog. Many of you have already done this, and I thank you. Don’t feel like you have to know me well, just having a desire to pray for his journey is more than enough!

Family Update

I have gotten many emails and comments wondering about my husband and I can’t thank you all enough for your prayers and comments/emails. I have not been responding to many, I hope you understand.

At this point we do have the pathology back and it is not exactly what we hoped for, but it’s not horrible. The cancer has not visibly spread to lymph nodes and/or organs, but does show a higher percentage that it could be on its way to the nodes. His tumor was a mixed germ cell, for those of you familiar with the cancer terms. it was 80% seminoma and 20% non-seminoma (embryonic carcinoma). The non-seminoma type is not treatable by radiation so we lost that option quickly.

We had decisions to make but we are fairly confident that we have made the decision of how to move forward. Sometime in the next few weeks he will undergo another surgery, to remove and dissect his abdominal lymph nodes. It’s a pretty serious surgery, putting him in the hospital for 5-7 days and then weeks of recovery. You can read more about it here if you’re interested.

We are not certain he can go this route though and won’t know until his blood markers are back next Friday. If they are rising he has to begin chemo immediately. We are praying that does not happen.

He still may have to do chemo after the surgery if they find significant cancer, but normally the surgery is a way to prevent having chemo if the cancer hasn’t already spread.

Although it’s not exactly the answer we wanted, we are peaceful and faithful. I actually have written tons more about this on our personal family blog, which I don’t share publicly. If you are someone who has gotten to *know me* through this blog and would like to keep up with his journey, just email me and I will give you that blog address. I just don’t like to have it linked up because I often share on that blog about our ministry life in Philly too. I would love to have you reading it though if you are interested, just email (address on the sidebar).

The GOOD NEWS is … my precious boys are home!!!! Frank’s parents drove them back up last night and will leave tomorrow. We are thrilled to have the loud chaos back!!!! We needed to get back to normal until we can decide something about this surgery. So until next Friday, I pray we will be a normal family, ignoring the fact that cancer is invading our lives, as much as possible!

I am not supermom.

I think this blog may fool people sometimes, although anyone who knows me personally will probably laugh at the thought of anyone thinking that I have it all together. There are a lot of areas where I struggle, but the absolute BIGGEST struggle in life for me is being pregnant. And guess what? I am.

I am only 6 weeks along and in the throws of sickness, just like my last one. With Pac-Man I had no sickness just didn’t enjoy being prego at all. With Krash I was so sick at one point I didn’t leave my house for over 3 weeks, and probably showered a total of 3 times during that. It was awful.

We had plans to try to wait and make the news public closer to 12 weeks, with the hopes that sickness wouldn’t overtake me, but it set in about 4 days ago and is hitting hard. So, the news is out. I hesitated about putting the news on this blog since it is more public, but I realized that I have gotten to know many of you through our online times together, I felt like I wouldn’t be honest if I hid it. We’re the kind of people who put it all out there anyway. So no matter what God’s plan is for the next few weeks or months, we’re ready.

I am having a hard time even getting out of bed, (praise my wonderful husband-he is awesome), let alone homeschooling, or taking any photos. The blog might lay dormant for a few weeks depending on how this sickness moves forward. I do plan to put up the Tot School Mr Linky on Sunday’s at least, even if I don’t have many photos to show!

I feel much like a failure, like a wimp, and I don’t like it. We have barely gotten through 1 day of school lessons in 3 days, and most of that was done with Pac sitting beside me while I lay on my bed. Anyone else been through this? I don’t know how we are going to school at all until this lifts a bit. And Krash, oh my-that’s a whole nother battle, just keeping up with him.

We go to Disney World with my parents on Saturday, a trip I have been looking forward to for a long time. I am praying God will give me enough of a break in the sickness to be able to enjoy moments with my boys.

Oh and to answer the question I know many of you are dying to ask…Yes this baby was planned…by God. ha ha!