Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ten Days and counting

Here we are back in the DC area again for Fred's Doc appointment. He is doing so well...his psa is still dropping and we like that. Please pray that this treatment continues to work for him.

I can't believe that I haven't written since the first week of Jan. The day after I wrote we left Kansas and headed toward Texas to visit friends and family. We spent about a week in Texas. Barbara L came and spent a couple days with us at Fort Richardson State Park. Fred's cousin, Bill & Linda came and spent a day with us there too. We drove across Texas and up into New Mexico' to the Carlsbad Caverns. We enjoyed seeing those awesome underground caverns.

Then we were off to El Paso, Tx, where we spent a couple days with Marty H and family. Marty lived with us for 3 years when we lived in Idaho Falls, ID. That was a few years ago. We enjoyed getting to know his wife and little girls better.

Our next destination was the Pheniox area. I have lots of aunts and uncles wintering in the area. Plus my sister, Peggy and her family live there. We are parked at my Uncle Norman's place. He has put in 5 full RV hookups in his back yard. We have enjoyed a week there visiting with George & Sharon, Jean and Chuck, Dale & Marie, Peggy & Warren and Ryan. We share our evening meal together and spend a couple of hours together telling stories and laughing. We are having such a wonderful time.

10 days until we fly to Brazil. How the time flies?? Hard to believe that we have been gone from Alaska 4 months this week. God has certainly blessed us all along the way. Thanks again for all your prayers and words of encouragement.

For more pictures and a different perspective check out Carrie's Blog.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Christmas in Kansas

Is it January 7 already? What a great Christmas Season we have had. We have been here in Kansas for about 3 weeks now. I suggest that you go on Carrie's blog to see some her pictures.

We have had a good time of rest and renewal these past weeks here in Kansas. We have been parked on Fred's sister, Sandy & her husbands farm outside of El Dorado. We enjoyed the Christmas holiday surrounded by their daughters & husbands. Most days we came into town and spent part of the day with Fred's mother. We shared a lot of great food and lots of fun "Hand & Foot Canasta", Upwords, and Domino games. Carrie stayed in town with Mom and cousin Julie, who was here on school break from New Tribes.

So many family and friends have come by to see us. Let's see, we saw Cousin Kathy, Terry & Connie Hinnen, Joyce, Dan Lambing, Mike Lambing, Tom Lambing & family, Harry Kennedy, Kirk & Gaytha Bolton, Bill & Alene Bolton, Joel & Angela Ketcham and family.

We also spent some time with my sister, Laila and family in Wichita. Oh yes, we also saw 3 of my (Marie's) old high school classmates; David & Liz Maude and Rita Fae, plus her husband Ken. We had a lot of good laughs about the days gone by.

Tomorrow we are pulling out and heading toward Dallas, Texas for the weekend and then on to El Passo and Phoenix for some warm weather. We have a lot more friends and family to see along the way.

Yesterday we purchased our tickets to fly to Brazil to see Fred's sister, Cindy and her husband Phil. We are flying out on Feb 8 and back on March 1. Fred has wanted to do this for 30 years, so there is no time like the present.

Fred Update-- He continues to get stronger. He has an appointment in DC the end of January. We had blood work done again this week.

We continue to move forward expecting good things. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.