Friday, April 25, 2008


it's been a busy day here. we have worn michael out. getting him to take a shower and have two doctor visits is more than he's used to. here is the latest news. dr. dailey (infectious disease) said he thinks the infection is under control. he had michael's pic line taken out and now he'll be on oral antibiotics for another 10 days. yeah! we also do not need to go back and see him unless something comes up. it feels great to have something behind us and wrapped up.
at our oncologists, michael had some blood drawn and then in for a visit. his platelet and cell counts were good, so he can continue taking the chemo pills. they will also be sending the blood off to check for other possible deficiencies. if any appear they will call monday to let us know. michael has lost a lot of weight too, almost about 20 pounds in the last couple months. we got a prescription for an appetite enhancer (yeah, who thought michael would ever need that?!) to see if that will help. it's possible some of the confusion could be related to that. of course there are other possibilities too. michael is scheduled for a pet scan on wednesday, may 7, an mri on thursday, may 8 and then back to the doctor for results on friday, may 9. that'll be a big week for us. at that time they should be able to determine if the chemo pills are being effective or not and give us a more precise prognosis.
we go back to our neurosurgeon next friday, may 2 for a follow up. hopefully he can answer a few more questions about michael's brain function and the best thing we can do for it.
please pray for a healthy appetite for michael and that we would start putting some weight back on. also that he would experience clarity in his thinking and speaking. thank you all so much for your continued love. as things change or new info presents itself i'll let you know. in the meantime we will just be resting and trying to enjoy each moment we have trying to remember it truly is a gift from God. He is the giver of all good things! i have been given SO many good things even in the midst of this craziness. my God has been with me before this all started, continues to be with me through all of this, and promises to be with me forever. though lots seem to change in our lives, our God will remain the same! that gives me a peace for yesterday, contentment for today and a hope for tomorrow! we love you all!

Monday, April 21, 2008


it was back to school for me and the boys today. it was nice to get back to a little normal. michael's parents and sister stayed home with him. his day seemed to be slightly better. he only took a couple of naps in hopes of getting back into a regular schedule. he is still having trouble getting his thoughts out at times and multi task processing can be overwhelming (like trying to play go fish with the boys). we are hoping for a good nights rest and some more steps forward tomorrow. we will see our infectious disease doctor and oncologist on friday this week. i'll probably start sending emails out every couple of days or as things seem to change. he seems to be glad to be home. he still isn't up for visitors yet. i'll let you know when that changes. the boys have been great! they want to "help daddy and make him happy" as kaleb puts it. noah will still crawl up in michael's lap and just sit. at one time today we all left the family room briefly except michael, when i came back in the room kaleb was sitting right next to michael. he said "don't worry i was sitting with daddy while you were gone so i could help him." how amazing! what a blessing that the boys don't seem to be bothered or too curious about why daddy is different than before. they have seemed to except it for now and adjusted accordingly. praise God for that and pray it continues. please pray for strength as each day seems to take a little more out of us. may God fill us up daily with His everlasting love and mighty strength.

Sunday, April 20, 2008


it's sunday and it was nice to be at home. the kids and i had fun playing outside and we've got papa and aunt cathey working hard in our garage putting up some new shelves. michael's day was ok. he was able to get a few naps in and eat a little. still no fever so that's good too. he is having trouble communicating. he seems to understand the things we say, but is not always able to tell us what he wants/needs. he did also say some random things today. he knows he gets confused. his balance seemed a little off today too. we again are thankful to be home and also glad to have help, since it is definitely needed. please continue to pray for michael's continued recovery. this has definitely hit him hard and recovery is a lot slower that hoped for. that being said we know all is in God's perfect timing. He knows best when and what we need. He is our great provider! may we rest in that tonight!

Saturday, April 19, 2008


it's hard to believe that two weeks ago i was driving michael to the er with a severe headache. that seems so long ago, but still fresh in my memory. last night was his first night home and he rested better. he was still in and out of sleep a lot, but it did seem better. today was his first full day home. he pretty much rotated between sleeping, eatping, and sitting on the couch all day. he didn't eat much, but some at each meal. his confusion seems to be gone too. at times he appears to struggle with finding words, but for the most part is very coherent. thankfully there has been no more fever either. praying for a little improvement every day. it is just going to be a slow process. i'm glad my God is patient and does not grow weary. He can carry us for as long as it takes and then some! wishing you all a glorious sunday!

Friday, April 18, 2008


michael is home!!! yeah! we are SO excited to all be sleeping in our own beds tonight. we were able to leave the hospital around 2:15 today. this morning michael had a pick line put in which went well. his sister cathey arrived safely from indianapolis and made it to the hospital to have lunch with us. once the paperwork was ready we were out of there. we made one stop on the way home at the office of dr. dailey (our infectious disease doctor). his nurse, lori, showed me how to give michael his antibiotic through the pick line. it's a five step process, but very easy and should only take a total of about twenty minutes. then i dropped michael off at home and headed back to the pharmacy for more prescriptions. it was nice to all be home this evening. michael did give us a little of a scare tonight. around 7:00 or so he was getting confused again. i had just given him so pain medication for a headache. his speech was slurred, was saying random things and couldn't answer those question we had in the icu (where are you, how old, ect.) i called dr. weaver (our neurosurgeon) around 8:00 and he said to give michael about an hour and see if it might be the pain medication. if he isn't better than we were to bring him back to the er. michael wanted to go to bed about 8:30 and seemed alittle better, but still confused. he's resting now and we are praying that it was the medicine. let's pray for a great night and a clear head in the morning. please pray for wisdom and patience as this continues to be a longer journey than expected. my God can do that for all of us! He is that gracious!

Thursday, April 17, 2008


michael had a fairly restful day. he actually was
able to get a few naps in which was good. he did have
one high 102 fever, but with medicine it came down
quickly. after talking to all the doctors the plan is
to put in a pick line (a more permanent iv) tomorrow
so that michael can continue an antibiotic iv at home
and hopefully come home possibly tomorrow too! yeah!
that would be great! i'll be spending the night with
him tonight. his sister will be flying in tomorrow
for a couple days, so we'll have more help and a
friendly face! let's pray for a great night and
coming home (as long as he is medically ready).
p.s i now have a new nephew! my sister erin and her
husband clay had their second child tonight around
7:00. his name is harper michael jernigan. he was
8lb and 4oz and 20 1/2 in. all are doing great!
praise God for new life!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


it's mid week and things continue to look better.
michael had a decent night and rested most of today.
the doctors stopped by and feel things are going well
enough to move him back to a regular room. that
should happen sometime this evening (i'm actually
writing this pretty early in the day since i'll be
going out to celebrate my birthday with some friends
for dinner tonight). he did have another fever today
around 3:00. it was about 101.6. it had been over 24
hours since his last fever and this one wasn't as
high, so hopefully that's a good sign. we'll have to
talk to the doctors about that tomorrow. i think if
we can get the fever under control michael will be
able to come home! please pray for that! i know he
would love to continue to recover at home. another
praise is that he's now on the steroid every other
day. yeah! let's pray that helps his sleep. praise
God for a beautiful day and pray for another good one
tomorrow! my God is glorious!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


tuesday- it has been a better day. michael seemed to
get at least a little rest last night. during the day
he was pretty good too. he ran a low grade fever
early morning and then spiked another one around
11:00, but then none since. i hope that's a good
sign. michael is still tired and weak, but he is back
to himself. he knows what is going on and does not
seem to have anymore confusion right now. praise God
for that! he also seemed a bit more peaceful today.
he was not agitated and didn't shake much. our
neurosurgeon said he will be in the neuro icu at least
another 24 hours to monitor the fevers. it seems
we'll go day to day, not making any big plans. let's
pray for some more rest and an even better day
tomorrow. we continued to be showered with fervent
prayers, encouraging messages and generous actions
(loved getting the house cleaned today- thanks to all
who helped make that happen). these keep us going and
we know God has put you in our lives at this specific
time for Him to use you to bless us! we think you are
GREAT people! may we all rest well tonight waking
tomorrow with a smile on our face and a joy in our
heart for another day.

Monday, April 14, 2008


today we've had a little bump in the road. michael
ran a fever this morning and again this afternoon. he
also started getting pretty agitated around 2:00. he
was given some medicine to calm down which helped. he
also started getting confused again. he was saying
some strange things and doesn't really know what's
going on, very similar to last week in the neuro icu.
dr. weaver (our neurosurgeon) came by around 6:00. he
drained some more infection from the back of michael's
head. he got quite a bit. more than likely it's the
infection that is causing the fevers. hopefully
draining it will help. michael will be moved back to
the neuro icu tonight for a closer watch. dr. weaver
will be back by tomorrow to check the site for more
infection. hopefully he got it all and michael will
start to improve. if the infection continues to
collect then he would have to open him back up and a
do a thorough cleaning through surgery. as far as the
confusion it is possibly linked to the infection. we
won't know until we can get a hold on the infection.
the first priority is clearing up the infection so it
doesn't travel elsewhere. right now we are actually
waiting for a room in the icu and michael is resting
peacefully. he's not sleeping, but after a fairly
intense afternoon it's SO good to see him still!
please pray for a restful night and that infection
would be going away. i am hopeful to see a much
improved michael in the morning. my God will be with
me either way, helping me stand strong and fight this
with michael each step of the way. we are thankful to
be surrounded by great family and friends!

Sunday, April 13, 2008


it is our second sunday in the hospital. this was
much better than last. michael's night was ok last
night. he slept some off and on, but is really
lacking some extended quality sleep. he had his ct
scan this morning. both doctors came by while i was
at church, so i missed them again. the scan showed no
new infection area which is good. as long as the day
went well and michael did not run a fever anymore,
they said it was possible to go home tomorrow. that
was good to hear. unfortunately around 2:30 or so
michael started another fever. we don't know what
that means in terms of going home. our regular
neurosurgeon will be back tomorrow so we'll talk to
him. michael also had some more speech and physical
therapy. my parents brought the kids back today and
stopped by the hospital. it was great to see them and
hear their sweet laughs. hopefully it will be an
uneventful evening with no more fevers and lots of
sleep! let's pray for that! one day at a time. we
will cast our cares on the Lord knowing He is willing
and able to carry them! i'm SO glad my God is SO big!

Saturday, April 12, 2008


here's todays report. last night michael's fever
spiked again to around 103. thanks to good medicine
it didn't last too long. other than that the night
was ok. he seemed to get a little sleep on and off.
this morning he spiked another fever and again in the
afternoon. other than the fevers he had a good day.
he had some physical and speech therapy. both went
well and making good progress. his vision is still
blurry, but he was able to watch some of he masters
and could tell what was going on. i managed to
finally find a pharmacy that carried the chemo pill
michael will start again. they only have enough for
three doses, but could get the rest in a couple days.
michael will start that tomorrow. of course while i
was gone both our neurosurgeon and infectious disease
doctor came by. the disease guy is wondering if there
might be another pocket of infection causing michael's
fevers. he'll have another ct scan tomorrow morning
focusing on just that. he's still tired and weak, but
i'm so proud of him pushing forward through all of
this. it's definitely nothing he wants, but keeps
thanking God for all the little blessings (like
finding hot tea at the hospital today). his faith is
encouraging to me and wants nothing more than bringing
glory to God in every step. he is amazing! i thank
God each day for him! thanks for praying for him and
our whole family! we love you!

Friday, April 11, 2008


it's day number 7 in the hospital. today was an up and down day. michael didn't sleep well last night, having to get up almost ever hour to use the bathroom (thanks papa for helping out all night!). he had some more oozing from his head this morning and off and on fever, once spiking to 103. the results showed it is a staff infection and he'll continue to be on antibiotics. the neurosurgeon checked out the site and said it looked good and that it was a good thing that it was coming out. we'll have to keep a close watch on it to make sure it doesn't collect in his head causing more trouble and further surgery to take care of it. that means we'll be in the hospital until mid week he said. of course that was not what michael wanted to hear. please pray he doesn't get too discouraged. he's feeling a little helpless and very dependent, which is very different for him.
our oncologist also stopped by and talked to us. he suggested that michael start taking the chemo pill everyday. that would be followed up by some blood work in two weeks and then another mri in a month. he still had not be in contact with our specialist but was still working on that. we are pleased with the plan and will start soon. our oncologist also gave michael a prescription for a new sleeping pill. he was really excited about that! he didn't sleep much today so he is extremely tired! please pray for sleep- true restorative sleep! this evening i've spent some time trying to get all the prescriptions we need. it hasn't been easy so far. i'll have to spend some more time tomorrow working on that. please pray that all works out and michael can get what he needs.
his vision seems to be getting just slightly better we think. he's not seeing double so much, but things are still very blurry. praise God for the little things!
it's 8:06 and michael might actually be sleeping. i'm excited to get this done before 11:00. i'll be staying at the hospital tonight with him. michael's parents can hopefully get some good rest at our house, while our boys are in the clemson with my parents this weekend (thanks mom and dad).
as we'll be here longer than expected and desired please pray it would be a great time of recovery and rest. may the time go by quickly and michael feel better even faster. we're glad to be in such good hands! God is watching out for us each step of the way. until tomorrow....

Thursday, April 10, 2008


thursday has been a pretty good day. of course there is never a dull moment and new things seem to happen each day. overall, michael had a decent night and today was ok. his cognitive abilities are continuing to improve a lot. his balance seemed to be better too. his vision is still off which is quite frustrating. today he did run a little bit of a fever off and on and felt a little weak. the newest drama is that tonight his head starting to ooze something from where some of the sutures were from his brain surgery. so now we've met a nice doctor from the infectious diseases department. he took a swab and it will be sent of to see was it is. the results could take a couple days which may impact when michael gets to come home. in the meantime they started him on some antibiotics to help fight off any infection it could be. it doesn't hurt him. michael is very anxious to come home so i hope this doesn't discouraged him too much. our oncologist also called me to let me know he is still trying to get in touch with our specialist to confer on further treatments. he actually stopped by tonight around 9:30 (just after i left and michael's dad took over the night shift) just to check on michael too. we hope to hear more from him tomorrow. that's all for tonight. i'm very tired and ready to try and sleep. please pray for michael's vision to clear, his spirits to be up, and the right time to come home. my God is big enough to take care of all of that and more!


Wednesday, April 9, 2008


hi friends!

good news to report. michael had a good night, without medication and without escaping his bed! yeah! when we got there this morning he greeted us well and told us about both our neurosurgeon and oncologist who had stopped by earlier. wow! we were impressed. this was a much improved michael. he was ready for a regular room. he had all his tubes detached, his catheter out (which may have been his favorite part) ate some breakfast and around 10:30 or so he was in his new room. he saw a physical, occupational and speech therapist today. he is definitely getting better. he will probably have to continue physical therapy and possibly speech therapy once he gets home. his balance is still pretty off, probably because he is still also seeing double. please pray for that! the blood in the brain is near the processing part of the brain which is why he is still having some issues communicating and understanding things. he would like to come home tomorrow, but we'll see what the doctors say. we have not talked to the oncologist yet. he is conferring with our specialist and we hope to hear something tomorrow. all the doctors seem to make their rounds early, so i'll be staying overnight with michael tonight. plus he still really needs to be with someone at all times. though he is in a regular room he is still not up for visitors quite yet. that may change tomorrow after another good night, we'll just have to wait and see. thanks for your continued love and support. we love all your wonderful emails and phone calls. they truly are encouraging. God is good! we want to praise Him through the good and bad. i'm sure there is a lot of each ahead of us and am thankful God will be with us through both! may we all rest in Him tonight!


Tuesday, April 8, 2008


it's tuesday.

last night michael again tried to get out of bed, even with the restraints. he didn't make it all the way out though before they could get him back in. today overall was a better day. he was more restful and seemed more alert too. he responded pretty well to us, but also still said some confusing things. his vision is still bad too. he is seeing double which makes things seem so strange to him. he is eating better too and some on his own. they got him up today a couple times to sit in a chair. he didn't need any pain medication today either. we left him resting pretty peacefully. tomorrow the physical therapist is suppose to come and evaluate him and it's possible he could be moved to a regular room in the next couple days.

we did get some bad news today. the results from the mri came back and the bleeding has stayed the same, that's the good part. the other good part was that the gamma knife radiation looks to be effective on the bigger tumor in the front of his brain. unfortunately, the two small nodules have grown. we should be in contact with our oncologist tomorrow to see what that means. of course we'll also consult our specialist too.

thanks for your continued love and prayers. they do mean a lot to us and keep us going. we have a long road ahead of us that could go in many directions, but i know my God has paved it with grace and mercy and all that i will need to make it down any path. goodnight for now!

jen colwell

Monday, April 7, 2008


it's me again!
last night was again a little rough for michael. he
actually tired getting out of the bed and fell. they
checked him out thoroughly and did another ct scan to
make sure there wasn't any more damage to his head.
all checked out. yeah! so of course they had to
restrain him again the rest of the night and give him
several doses of pain medication to keep him calm.
today was another small step forward. he was able to
rest some without pain medication! he actually didn't
have any all day from 6:30am till about 9:00 tonight.
he needed a dose tonight to calm down again since he
kept trying to get out of the bed. the anxiousness
seemed to subside a bunch which was great to see.
let's pray that continues. he did talk to us some, but
is still confused. he definitely knows who he is and
who we are, but not real sure what is going on. he
continued to say some random things today too. he
also had some vision problems seeing double (which he
may have had earlier since his eyes were never open
enough to really notice before). he did eat some
today which was good. he even was able to hold a cup
of water and get the straw in his mouth. yeah! we
are celebrating even the smallest accomplishments.
michael also had an mri done today, but we didn't get
the results back yet which i'm assuming is good news
or we would have heard. let's pray it's good news.
he still has a long way to go. i am trusting God will
give me patience as i want things to move so much
quicker. please pray for understanding for michael.
i think it would ease his mind, letting him recover
even faster. selfishly it would make it easier for me
too, as it's so hard to watch him be confused. and
pray for rest too please. it has already seemed like
we've been doing this for at least a week or more and
it's only day three. may God in his infinite power
give us rest even though we never stop to take it. my
God is a big enough for anything and mighty enough to
carry us all! i am so thankful!

Sunday, April 6, 2008


hi again!
michael had a rough night saturday night. he was very
confused and they had to restrain him because he kept
trying to get out of the bed. today was a better day.
michael is taking baby steps forward. he was able to
remember the year, his age, etc. he seemed to do to
pretty good answering questions this morning. he
still does say random things and just a couple times
was i not at all able to tell what he said. he is
still confused some and not able to relax without
medication. thankfully the pain medication works
pretty well and he can rest after getting that. it's
pretty obvious when it's wearing off though because he
wants to get out of bed and starts pulling at all the
tubes attached to him. he did get up today and walk
around the room just a tiny bit with some help. they
will just keep monitoring him and we'll go day to day.
please pray that his anxiousness would settle down
and he would be able to relax on his own. it can be
hard to tell how he's doing since he's on so much
medication. thanks for your support and prayers. may
we rely on God's unending love and perfect power. i
know my strength is not enough. it's only through Him
that i can stand at all! i'm praying for an even
better day tomorrow!
say a little prayer for noah too. he started running
a fever tonight. we definitely need to get him better
before he can see michael (which may not be for awhile
since kids aren't allowed in the icu).

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Back to the hospital this weekend

hi friends!
i'm writing this late after a very long day, but
wanted to let you know what is going on and to ask for
your prayers. michael started getting a headache this
morning around 9:30. he tried to lay down a little
while but it just got worse and worse. he was in a
lot of pain. i called our neurosurgeon office and he
got back in touch within minutes and told us to come
to the er for a ct scan. off we went (michael parents
came in this weekend so grammie stayed with the boys
while papa came with me to the er). by the time we
got there (11:30) michael was in so much pain he could
barely walk. he was able to get some pain medication
that took the edge off, though still really hurting.
they did the ct scan and it showed a couple things,
mostly good news. the tumors that were treated with
the gamma knife looked good and a lot of swelling had
gone down. the scan also showed though that one of
the tiny ones had bled which was probably causing
michael's headache. he was given more pain medication
which seemed to help a lot and he was going to stay
just over night for observation and another ct scan in
the morning to make sure things were stabilized. the
bleeding should take care of itself and simply absorb
into the body. we waited a little longer in the er and
then michael was transferred up to the neuro icu.
michael had fallen asleep in the er and slept until he
was moved (2:30). we waited while they got him in a
room and then were called back. when he woke up in
the neuro icu he was confused and disoriented. he was
not able to answer questions about what year it was,
how old he was, where he was or his doctors name. of
course this was alarming. he was also not able to
communicate well. his words were confused and some
didn't make any sense. the nurse called the
neurosurgeon and he said to just keep monitoring him
and make sure he doesn't get worse. as the day went
on he got a little better and knew where he was and
his doctor's name. he still could not answer
correctly his age or the year. he was also very
agitated most of the day moving a lot and not able to
calm down and relax. finally around 5:30 or so just
before visiting hours were over he calmed down a
little. as papa and i were driving home for dinner
and to see the boys (before heading back for final
visiting hours at 8:00) we got a call and michael had
had a seizure. they were controlling it and he would
be off to get a ct scan to look for any changes. we
got home, picked up grammie and turned right around.
(thanks SO much vicki for watching the boys. they
love you so much!) by the time we got back to the
hospital michael was back in his room. we were able
to stay with him a short while. after having more
pain medication he calmed down and actually fell
asleep. we let briefly while they bathed him and
finally put in a catheter (which could be one of the
reasons why he was so agitated most of the day). we
got to see him one more time around 9:15. he seemed
to be resting pretty good. i'm home now and hoping i
can rest too. we'll head back in the morning for the
first visiting hours around 8:30. i am truly hoping
to see a different michael tomorrow. it was hard
today to see him in so much pain and not being able to
communicate. i thank God for the good nurses he has
had and know He will see us through to the other side
of this! i pray for continued strength and peace as
only He knows what tomorrow holds. my God is good and
faithful! and i will try and find rest in that! i'll
let you know how things progress.
fyi - he's not able to have any visitors right now
except for family. i'll let you know when he's ready
to see some friendly faces. thanks again!

jen colwell

My Parents Roll In

Well, sleep continues to elude me. I thought I might have things going in the right direction with sleeping pills, but they actually don't seem to be doing much. Thursday night I didn't sleep hardly at all. I'll wake up at some hour (1-3am) and then I'm awake. I'll get up and do something or try to lay there but I just can't go back to sleep. Hopefully we can figure something out or get some stronger pills.

Friday was a nice relaxing day as Jen let me get two naps to combat my lack of rest. We did get to take Kaleb by the local health center to have his vision and hearing checked. He did great and passed everything so now Jen can just turn in his paperwork and he will be registered for kindergarten. Again, this is crazy to me that he'll be at school next year. Exciting but crazy.

My parents rolled into town for dinner after their long trek from Louisiana. They are very excited to come see us and spend time with us through this all. It will be a nice weekend trip as they will head back on Monday. The boys were also very excited for them to be here. Noah started playing the "E" game with Papa right away--which means they wrestle together. Kaleb was able to get both to play Wii with him after dinner which he loved.

It is so great to have such a family for Jen and I. It blows me away that God has blessed us as he has with so many people who truly love us and care for us and want to be with us. He is very good.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Dancing to "Wake the Neighbors"

Kaleb and Noah have always loved the CD by Stephen Curtis Chapman "Declaration." Here's a video of them dancing to "Wake the Neighbors." They are so funny with their moves. I hope they won't take after me too much with their progress in dancing.

Kaleb visits Kindergarten

Wednesday was a big day for Kaleb. Jen, him, and Noah visited Sawnee Elementary, his kindergarten for next year. It was one of two official Kindergarten round-up days where parents and children visit to enroll. Jen had almost all of the forms ready except that she was surprised about a vision and hearing form. So he's not officially signed-up, but he has everything else ready to go. It is so hard to imagine him actually attending kindergarten in the Fall. Can you believe he will be five and officially at school for the next 17+ years? Definitely moving into a different phase of life. We're excited, and he's excited, but it feels different. Our big boy.

No Diapers

It is official! The Colwell family is out of diapers! Noah has been in underwear for several months now, but we've been keeping a diaper on at night due to the fact that he has been wearing one-piece PJs which would have been tough to take on and off at night. Now that it has warmed up and he's moved into different pajamas he has been wearing big-boy underwear for the past week. He has done amazingly well. He had about three accidents last week, but none of which were too bad. He has done great at waking up at night, using the bathroom, and then going back to bed. It has been quite impressive and it is hard to believe that we've passed the diaper stage. We are all very excited! Go Noah!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

A couple of long days

Sleep hasn't been coming quite as well as hoped lately. Monday was a long day as I went into the office and then straight through small group so I was up and about the whole day. Small group was great by the way. I almost feel selfish having such a great group. Everybody is really engaged and it should be a great experience for us. I was reticent not to be the leader of the group since I do work for Groups here at North Point, but obviously with the cancer this is the perfect time to take a break. Mike is doing a great job though and I appreciate how he directs us. Group was really good in that we heard the full stories of our neighbors, Steve and Amy, and I learned a ton I didn't even know before, despite the fact that this is our second small group with them. All I have to say is that we serve an incredible God and he is able to work amazing things through people. It is quite a privilege to be his child and to watch how he works in so many people's lives in so many ways.

Well, like I said, I didn't get to bed until later Monday night and then I woke up at 3:30am with feelings of arthritis type pain in my knees and feet, which happens everyone in a while. Needless to say I didn't fall back asleep and was up at 6:00am Tuesday to head into work. I tried to make it through the day but left at 3:30pm to head home as I had hit the wall. Jen graciously allowed me to nap for an hour which helped. Then I went to bed after American Idol but unfortunately wasn't able to fall asleep until close to midnight. But graciously I did sleep until 6:00am this morning, which I was very grateful for. I'll definitely take what I can get, but hopefully we can keep adding to the sleep hours. Sleep is beautiful!