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Some more pictures of our daily activities.  Thanks to all of you who are still praying for us.

I am getting close to being done with my fourth cycle of chemotherapy and it still seems like every cycle is getting more difficult.  This time, I even broke out in hives and had to go to the ER in the middle of the night, because I wasn’t sure if what was happening would end up being serious or not.  We decided to play it safe and go in, even though that meant leaving the boys home alone at night. Turns out this medication that I have to take for two weeks straight can cause a reaction like that and I can just take some antihistamines for it. Would’ve been nice to know before spending three hours at the hospital.  Oh well, better safe than sorry.

We have also started with homeschooling again and I’m trying my best to help out.  I’m teaching Emery his science course and will be teaching Owen language arts once we start with that.  It’s pretty neat to  do a science course that acknowledges God as the creator.

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Me and the oldest three boys went to the big Rogers Place Open House. Fairly impressive score clock measuring 46 by 46 feet.
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A friendly passerby took this picture of all of us.
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Our little Tucker with the rainbow picture he made with his “Myma”. That’s what he calls his Mama.  He came up with that following a breakfast of pancakes with Aunt Jemima Syrup.
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The day before Carson’s birthday, we played “Mennonites” and took all four boys for really cheap haircuts before the sale was over.
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On Carson’s birthday, I took him out for a bit of shopping and we saw this really cool (and quite old) Mercedes Benz.  Notice the wooden wheel spokes.
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Carson chose Turkey for his birthday meal, so we worked hard preparing it.  Here he is learning to stuff the turkey.  I hadn’t thought about it, but usually when we have turkey, it is shared with several families and then we still have left overs.  You can maybe imagine how many meals this one bird will last us.
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The full spread.
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Speaking of birds, can you believe that the Geese fly even further south than where we are.
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Me and Emery out on a bike ride. About 10 minutes bike ride from our house and we’re on a nice hay field with bales.It is right along the Anthony Henday, but it’s still pretty cool.
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Some Friends invited us out for a campfire where they where they were camping.  We had a great time.
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Fall Time is Quickly Approaching

Summer seems to be winding down these last few days, and I’m OK with that.  I’ve had a very nice break from active treatment again for the month of August and I’m scheduled to begin round 4 this week.  My white blood cells were “trending downward” again so they delayed me a few days again. I go in tomorrow morning to check my levels and if all is good, then they will send me home with my next round of medication.

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We had some delicious shish-ka-bobs a while ago and they were wonderful.
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Emery and Carson getting a little hockey in downstairs.
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Our dog Echo.  Emery took this picture at the park down the street from our house.
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We went to the Zoo for Tucker’s birthday and the boys dressed like twins for the day.
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Also at the Zoo, we got a good look at Lucy the Elephant.
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Me and Tucker in the train at the Zoo.
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Lenora and Carson drew this impressive emblem in the front yard.  Amazing how much courage it took to leave it there.  We have a ways to go to take huge stands for God.
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Homeschool is starting on Wednesday.  Please pray for us in this regard.  The intention is for me to be fairly involved this year and teach Emery science and Owen language arts.  So really pray. 🙂

Praise item

I forgot to mention in my last post, that we are praising God for bringing someone to rent our house in La Crete. And not only just someone to provide rent money, but someone coming to La Crete to help further Gods Kingdom there. They are planning to stay one year, starting August 1. So that means we will be in Edmonton a bit longer as my treatment should be finishing in January/February, and we had thought to wait until spring and then move back. But we are confident that the Lord knows best and are thankful that He is providing for us by bringing messengers of the gospel to La Crete. So please praise the Lord with us!

Family Vacation

So we were blessed enough to be able to do a bit of a family vacation this summer.  One of our cousins got married in Austin, MB and since we had never been there and since, right now, we happen to live a whole day of driving closer, we decided to go. Congrats to Curt and Samantha.  We wish you God’s richest blessing in your married life. 

We did a fair bit of packing a lunch and eating in a nice park.
We did a trolly tour of Winnipeg.
We enjoy some good Chinese food in Drumheller. The waiter really wanted to get that cross-stitch in the picture.

We started stopping at the public beach just north of Slave Lake for a little break. Our boys love it there.

I’ve finished my third cycle of Chemotherapy since my last update. It feels good to be half done that process. This last round was a bit harder on my body I think. 

We are gearing up to give this homeschool thing a really good effort this next school year. My wonderful wife has poured herself into the preparations with researching every possible curriculum combination. We joke that she be a fully qualified consultant in the not so distant future.

We’ve still been experiencing much of Gods blessing in our lives. From wonderful visits with family to nice days on the river right here in the city, to the kind generosity of many of you in various ways.

It had been a fair bit of time since I last posted on here, but lately several of you have asked when the next update is coming. It’s good to know there’s still some people reading.

We do a family prayer calendar and it’s been our privilege to pray for many of you. God Bless you all until next time. 

Results of MRI

So last Thursday, I had my first MRI since starting treatment. Today, I met with the Doctor in charge of my treatment at the CCI. She says overall it looks better, but that it’s difficult to pinpoint if it’s just still swelling going down or actual eradication of tumor cells, but either way, it’s a positive thing.

Some things we’ve done recently:

 

Really interesting fruit options available in the city. Anybody care to guess what these are called?

 

Carson appears to be telling his brother, Emery, “Bring it on, buddy”.  We took them to an indoor trampoline place again.

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Father’s Day walk across the river footbridge near Fort Edmonton Park.

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Trying to cool down after that walk. Just sitting in our front yard.

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Tucker is tuckered out sometimes and just falls asleep in very unique places.

Some friends took us out on the river today in their boat.  Hard to believe this is right in the middle of the city.  The one on the left shows Whitemud Drive from a different angle if you zoom in a bit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Anniversary to my Beloved Wife.

So on this day, 14 years ago, I married the girl who would become my best friend! Often we hear or see on the wedding day about people marrying their best friend, but I think most who are married for this long would agree, it only gets better with time. There’s one caveat to that, we’ve both grown closer to the Lord over that time, too.  So to those recently married or getting married, here some free advice. Grow closer to the Lord Jesus together with your spouse and your marriage will succeed.  I’ve been truly blessed to have my beloved stand beside me through good times and hard, through better or worse, in sickness and in health. She has been there for me, and with me, and I’m so thankful. I Love You, Lenora!!

By the way, for those of you who don’t know, Lenora also does a blog, although mostly as a journal for herself.  I got her permission to link to her most recent post as I thought it was really nice.  I encourage you to read it here.

Here are a few more pictures to update you on our goings on.

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For any of the guys I’ve hunted geese with, do you think maybe this guy is a little lost? If you can’t see him right away, look on the roof in the distance.  I theorize that this is a male and he is waiting for his mate who is shopping.

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Carson was sure thinking of his buddy Troy when they did this.

Both Owen and Emery got this arch built at the Telus World of Science. We spent the entire afternoon there and barely scratched the surface of what we could all do there.

Tucker really enjoyed pretend flying this humongous jet, and Carson enjoyed this spinning climbing wall and Owen posed in his space suit for a quick picture before flying out to space.

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Our boys really needed some exercise and their dream was to find a Christian Karate class. Lo and Behold, a quick google search and we found one.  They open and close in prayer and practice in the gym of a Christian School.

 

God Truly is Everywhere

So this weekend, we once again saw that God doesn’t live only in La Crete. He is here too. 😃

Not that there was ever any real doubt. Yesterday, we went to a peaceful protest at the Alberta Legislature regarding Bill 10. There were approximately 2,300 people there. They had a total of 9 speakers, some of which were pastors. Most of them spoke of the faith we have and how we should be able to raise our kids with our faith values, many quoted scripture passages such as:

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:13-16

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

“Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6

One speaker even spoke a beautifully worded prayer, in Jesus’ name.  We felt very blessed to attend such a Godly event in the heart of the city.

No surprise, the media did not do the event any justice.  There was a small pro-bill 10 rally before this main one but only had about 150 people there.  I will include two links for you to read.  The Edmonton Journal did a much better job of actually saying what happened:

Edmonton Journal Story

CTV News Story

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This is the view from our spot on the Legislature grounds.

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A slightly different view.
Today, our landlords had invited us over for the afternoon. Sadly, I didn’t realize they meant for lunch and had just eaten a great lunch with Lenora’s Uncle Ken and Auntie Susie. Thankfully, lunch took a little while yet and we had digested enough to try each of the roughly 12 dishes of their very traditional, Chinese cooking. I thought I probably shouldn’t take pictures of their food, but then they gave us some leftovers so I could get this picture of pork and cabbage stuffed dumplings at home:

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It’s a little hard to judge, but these are about the size of a bun each.

Hilariously, they served good old roasted zoat for dessert. I guess it’s a Chinese tradition as well. Instead of salted, theirs was coconut flavoured, we might have to alert “Spitz” to that hidden little gem.