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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Thank You

I can never begin to thank all of you friends and bloggers out there for your comments and prayers of support for my dad and my family. It has been a tough couple of weeks and as my dad began his chemotherapy, I found my own energy and strengths directed away from my blogging, my other writings and everything except family. In all seriousness, without the comments from many of you coming into my email boxes, it would have been a much tougher period.

For a quick update, the first round of chemotherapy went well, but as is common, it wreaked some havoc on dad's energy level for a number of days. Even though he knew it was to come, I don't think he (or any of us) were prepared for the depth of weariness he had. However, he is now doing well and has another couple weeks to gain strength before the next round. My dad's church has always been important to him and he was able to attend this morning for the first time in a couple weeks. Being with his friends and with God's community did a world of good for his emotional, and in turn, his physical health.

We have another six treatments to face, but I know that God is in charge and His arms will be surrounding the doctors, nurses and others as they treat my dad.

So, as for me.....lots of things have been happening since I last blogged and I look forward to catching all of you up with things in Jimmy-world. Even in the midst of family illness, God has still been teaching and showing me a lot of things that I think you'll enjoy. One thing of note (Jan, you'll especially like this)....I am finally beginning to look for another dog. Even though I still miss Murphy, the time is beginning to feel right. A new group of Katrina rescue dogs have arrived in a couple shelters around Atlanta, plus I've been visiting the county Human Society.

Spring has already arrived here in Atlanta. The flowering trees are beautiful, the daffodils and tulips are coloring my backyard in a beautiful blanket, the bluebirds have returned to the boxes in my yard and new life is everywhere I look. Thanks be to God for the seasons of change.

Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers and support. I am blessed by each one of you.



At 12:04 PM, Blogger Janice said...


Yes, I am especially glad about your comment you are ready to look for another dog. It says you are healing from losing Murphy. I remember you were interested in the possibility of adopting a Katrina rescue, but whatever you choose, I know you will spoil him/her rotten. :) Buddy says he can't wait to teach your new dog how to make a proper bed!

And I am glad your father has come through the first round of chemo. I'm sure it has been an emotionally hard time for all of you. Hang in there. We are all praying for you and your family.


At 4:32 AM, Blogger ramblingmuse said...

Still thinking of you...! :-)

Continued prayers for you here.

Hang in there!

At 10:49 AM, Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Hey Jimmy, I'm so glad you have given us an update. Your last post left me with a heavy heart. This one has lifted me. I will certainly keep you and yours in my prayers.
Oh yes! Congratulations on your decision to get a new dog.
I lost my dear pal of 13 years, almost a year ago. I have two Yorkies now and they have filled the void.

At 10:41 PM, Blogger Cindy said...

Just want you to know that I have been thinking about you and your family. I will keep you all in my prayers. Don't ever forget that God is with you no matter what you are going through. You can always count on Him!

God Bless You!!!!

At 8:10 PM, Blogger Vicki said...

Still praying for you and everything going on there. God bless you and hold you close.

At 2:20 AM, Blogger *~Tey~* said...

Thanks for blogging and giving us an update. YOu and your family are still on my heart and prayers are still coming your way. God Bless you!

At 8:28 AM, Blogger PresentStorm said...

Praise God that he is getting his energy back. I know that being able to get to church around his friends and loved ones does a wonder of good to the spirit and that in turn helps our physical body. I am praying God's continued strength.

God is good....

God bless you and your family!

I also pray that you will find just the right dog :)


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