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A brief update

A quick update on life here...

Tomorrow David is off to uni in Sheffield, exciting, scary, significant! - the suitcases are packed and ready to go...

Matthew is busy filling in his UCAS form at the moment starting his application for university next year!

Christopher started a new phase of chemo the week before last called an Escalating Capizzi and he will have treatment every 10 days during this phase. Despite the chemo Chris managed a full week at school last week, apart from a brief trip for a blood test and also made it cell group and Pathies!

In other news Ian enjoyed a weekend in Bangor last weekend, I will be going to Craven Arms next weekend, and we are all enjoying our new three piece suite - see below!

The boys also enjoyed the boxes they were packed in...


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Sep. 20th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
Exciting times, tell David Godspeed!

Are you a bit sniffly, mom? First bird leaving the nest and all?
Sep. 21st, 2008 08:54 am (UTC)
I'm just excited at the moment... I love change and new places, I will miss David though!
Sep. 20th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
Ah the joy of children with a cardboard box! It's been a favoured toy many times over, every time we bought something new! I love your pics *g*

-Despite the chemo Chris managed a full week at school last week, apart from a brief trip for a blood test and also made it cell group and Pathies!
That is fantastic. I'm so glad he's getting in all he can when he can. We had two great guys at our huili last night who were performing full-on, and both having just finished a round of chemo. It's great to see, and it reminded me of Chris.

Good luck to David. And Matthew. Big changes ahead in your household.
Sep. 21st, 2008 08:58 am (UTC)
Those were some great boxes!!!

Yes there are lots of changes here, but change is good (I hope!!)and Chris is doing really well, it's not easy though...
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
Of course it's not easy, it's horrific. It really is beyond any kind of understanding, you just have to trust you're doing it right and get on with it. You've been amazing so far xxx
Sep. 21st, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
That's great news for the boys, it's wonderful to have them all doing so well - you must be so proud of them.

Nice lounge suit:-)
Sep. 21st, 2008 09:00 am (UTC)
The suite is nice, so much better than the old one, I got sick of falling down the hole in our old settee!!

Yes I'm proud of all the boys but it does make me feel a bit old at times!!
Sep. 21st, 2008 08:16 am (UTC)
Another milestone in raising your children. Congratulations on hte mixed blessings that you must be feeling on David going off. You wouldn't want it any other way yet... it's all very weird.

Sounds like you are jiggling a lot just now so hopefully next week you will get more of a breather.

Glad Christopher managing to get to school so far. Good for him. How are you finding giving Christopher his chemo? How's that going?
Sep. 23rd, 2008 11:51 am (UTC)
I will miss David here, but am so pleased and excited for him (just wish it was me going off on a new adventure!!) Seeing children grow up is a strange thing, an end and a beginning... but great overall!!

Life is really busy and so not much of the busyness not what I would ever have chosen (who would) but overall things are okay, we all remain pretty cheerful and have lots of fun most of the time!! Chris is amazingly resilient and positive, I have got used to all the medical stuff and the things which sounded so scary a month or two ago are almost second nature now - life is really strange like that!!
Sep. 21st, 2008 09:25 am (UTC)
Lovely to hear from you!

Best wishes to David - and remind him to carry on writing!
Good luck to Matthew. Where is he applying?
Brilliant news that Chris is managing school etc. Apparently people who are determined like that usually make faster recoveries - presumably all the activity helps!

But you must be exhausted. Nice that you have such a smart new suite to have an occasional rest on! (*is jealous*)

Enjoy Craven Arms - I know you always do and it will do you good!
Sep. 23rd, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC)
David seems to be settling in well and definitely plans to continue writing... we will see!

Matthew is applying to study PPE (or similar), his uni list is something like: Oxford, LSE, Warwick, York, and Manchester I think - all these demand high grades, min AAB, he's capable of that I think, now he just needs to do the work!!

Chris is great mentally even if not always physically, he took his PE kit to school today so he can go to the gym at lunchtime with his friends!!!(He's not able to actually join in games lessons - too much risk with contact sports!) and he is still going to Pathies and his cell group at church too. I think attitude makes a huge difference to recovery!

I am exhausted in ways I never even imagined, but manage to find the energy to what needs to be done, one day at a time!!
Sep. 21st, 2008 09:34 am (UTC)
Hi Hallidays. I've just heard from Sarah Hill about Chris's illness so looked up your journals to see if it was true!!! How awful for the poor wee lad! What a thing to face for you all. We will pray hard.
Simeon nearly killed himself in a car accident in January -two broken legs etc so he's only ready to get a job now. However he turned his life around and is full on for God. Josh is in yr 12 about to face his end of year exams. He has passed Simeon in height and is about 6'3or4" and a mass of blond curls. Andrew was rushed to hospital on Friday night (I was in Auckland) with a nasty absess in an inaccessible place. He was supposed to go to Vanuatu again next week!! How exciting for David to be starting Uni in Sheffield. Suggest he tries out Philadelphia church (plant from St Thomas Crooks)Lots of love from us!!! Christine AJ
Sep. 23rd, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Shocked
Hi, Simeon has been in my prayers, I'm so pleased to hear that things are going so much better for him now.
It's hard to believe our "little" boys are all now just about grown men, what are Josh's plans for next year?
Obviously Chris's illness was a huge shock for us all, and has had a big impact on our lives, but we are managing well with huge support from our Church family here (and elsewhere). Chris is coping really well with all the treatment and remains cheerful and full of fun. Your prayers are deeply appreciated.
I think David will have a look at a couple of churches before he puts roots down, but I know he already knows someone at Philadelphia, so that may well be where he goes. There are a couple of really good evengelical churches close by so that's great!
Sep. 21st, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
All the best everyone. Hope you all acheive your goals, I know how hard your boys work. Is David still going to be a English Prof? How far away is Sheffield to travel? You must be proud of all of them.

Love Sandy
Sep. 23rd, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)
At the moment David is going for mad scientist rather than English Prof (studying chemical physics) but he is still writing a novel and talks about being an actor so the interest in English has not altogether faded!! Sheffield is due east from here, about 2 hours away by train, a little less by car.. It is great to see them all growing up!
Sep. 22nd, 2008 09:35 am (UTC)
doesnt seem long ago that David was in short trousers how time flies. Glad to hear that Christopher is managing to attend school it really helps to be so strong willed and determined. Like your suite it looks very similar to my new one in UK. Keep smiling
Sep. 23rd, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Uni
They all grow up so fast!!! - it takes time for us all to catch up! Chris is doing really well... the chemo is very cruel though. Still smiling!
Sep. 23rd, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
this and that
Really pleased to see Chris made it to school. I take it the transport is sorted this term. If there is any problem with school transport I still don't mind doing the school run. I'm still available if Chris ever wants to leave before the end of the day too.
I absolutely love the photos with the boxes. All still young at heart!
Enjoy Craven Arms. I know it has been a blessing for you in previous years, may it be so this year too.
Sep. 23rd, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: this and that
Yes I'm pleased Chris is managing school most of the time. We now have a good taxi arrangement, which is a lot stressful for everyone especially Chris. Jenny (school nurse) just calls the taxi firm and tells them if he wants the taxi earlier than expected - so really flexible. Jenny still has your name for emergencies... but I'm not anticipating that she would need to call you often!

It was great watching the boys play with the boxes - had to capture the moment!

Yes I'm looking forward to the weekend - have never been so tired...
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