Sunday, September 4, 2011

Labor day Weekend

David and I out at our night of normalcy this past friday. Although it didn't prove to be a night of normalcy as Baylor Beat TCU in an amazing game of football with total points scored close to 100! Sic Em that how you say it:) Many of you know after moving to Texas with all the football teams, David and I root for them all. What better way to enjoy football with all your friends:)
A picture that was sent to us yesterday from a good friend of mine from High School, Greg. To show his support for David and his fight against Brain Cancer his boys soccer team he coaches all wore green. What an amazing feeling for David to know people are supporting him and thinking of him that don't even know him. Thank you to this team in Ohio for showing your support for our family!
This is a picture of all the cards we have received. If only their was a representation of the cards, emails, text messages, phone calls, care packages, daily visits and dinners? That would make for a picture of lots of love. These cards provide encouraging words and you can't help but smile when surrounded by them.

We have had an amazing Labor Day weekend with so many blessings so far. We were so lucky to have my Mother fly in from Ohio for the week and help with the kids so David and I could get as many errands and day to day things done before he starts radiation. We also were lucky to have David's friend Ron and his wife Molly come visit us for the weekend from Houston. Ron and David grew up together since elementary school and it made for a fun weekend for David to have the opportunity to spend it with him. We also had the chance to meet up with one of David's good buddies from Med School Andy and his family the Thyen Clan. Nothing but good laughs and reminiscing:)

We also received wonderful news that my good friend Melanie gave birth to a healthy little boy Noah Benjamin Arons. The last I heard from Melanie was Friday as she was heading to Temple to pray for David and our decision on where to go for radiation. The next was text message that she was going in to Labor and the next was a message that her close to 7 pound healthy baby was born.

So many blessings this weekend. A colleague of David's gave us the book, The Purpose Driven Life, I flipped it open to the following. Not only was it a reminder of the joy of Noah Benjamin Arons being born, but of how Special David is in God's eyes.

The verse was Psalm 149:4a
The Lord takes Pleasure in his people.

The Recap followed with ....

You were planned for God's pleasure. The moment you were born into the world, God was there as an unseen witness, smiling at your birth. He wanted you alive, and your arrival gave him great pleasure. God did not NEED to create you, but he CHOSE to create you. You exist for his benefit, his glory, his purpose, his delight. Bringing enjoyment to God, living for his pleasure, glorifying him always is the first pleasure of your life. When you fully understand this truth , you will never again have a problem feeling insignificant. It proves your worth. If you are that important to God, and he considers you valuable enough to keep you with him for eternity, what greater significance could you have? You are a child of God, and you bring pleasure to God like nothing else he has ever created.

Reading this it made me realize how this whole journey and all of you surrounding us with love has made us feel not insignificant at all. And that is because God is using all of you to comfort us so that we see him through you. We have always said we were chosen for this and those words have been easy to type but often hard to accept. But, after reading this it has made me feel very special that God does love us so much to choose us for this. I am not the one with Cancer, so my prayer would be that David continues to know and feel God's love during this journey. I have always prayed at night that my children never doubt my love for them or David's. Reading the devotion today made me realize my prayer should also be that my children never doubt God's love for them and always know that they were chosen to be created and that God loves them to spend eternity with them.

Continue praying as we continue talking about our options for radiation and where we want to be. We will decide on tuesday and start the phone calls on where radiation will start next monday.

Lots of Love to everyone and continue enjoying Labor Day weekend!

Dana, David, Audrey and Parker.