First of all thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers over the last year. We have decided to create a blog to have an outlet for anyone who is interested in updates on Lances condition a place to come and be informed. The title of the blog "A future and a hope" comes from Jeremiah 29:11, which is a verse that has given our family alot of comfort through these challenging times. Because as my Dad has said, no matter what happens we have already won! I would encourage you to pass on the location of this site to anyone that you may believe would be interested in updates. -Justin

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

An Old Story

Just remembering the faithfullness of God.....

Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer activities!

Hello everyone! Well it's a bright sunny day today which is so nice after all the rain we have had lately, which means that we have gotten back into the swing of our summer activities. Mom has been digging out in her flowers, dad has once again started his summer with burning as much stuff as he can find in his burning barrel outside, and last week I again started up again with swim practice every morning. Nothing new or really exciting to tell just thought that I would tell everyone what we've been doing! A few of you have asked about the results of dad's test that he had done last Monday to tell how his leukemia is doing. Unfortunately we haven't gotten the results back from that test yet, I'll be sure to write something when we do find out though! Other than that there really isn't much to tell! My grandparents are coming up today on there way to Chicago so it will be nice to get to visit with them for awhile! Well Stuart is barking at me because he wants to go for a walk so I better go take him!! Have a good day everyone! Elisabeth

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Monday's appointment

Lance had his appointment with his main leukemia doctor yesterday. Dr. Jamieson spent a lot of time with us and it felt good to get many of our questions answered. If I'm honest I'd say most of the questions come from me (surprise!), Lance says he doesn't have to come up with many because I've already asked them!!

As of now the plan is to just set up a plan!! Dr. Jamieson will get together with the transplant team and they will try and set up a plan for a more specific date to do the transplant. There are still tests to do but some can't be done until a certain amount of time before transplant and we have to take a class etc. Lance seems to be responding to the new leukemia medicine for now, they did a fish test, which tests how well the medicine is working on his leukemia so they know more closely where he is for transplant. This will take awhile as Elisabeth wrote before to get back. His platelets are behaving for now. He has a few weeks left to finish up some other meds for infections, so if everything stays ok they are looking towards sometime in August for the transplant. In the mean time they will continue to monitor everything and run more test to have him as healthy as they can going into transplant. Lance and I felt good about getting some extra time to talk to the doctor and she reaffirmed the need for a transplant even though he is feeling better than when he was in the hospital, she doesn't like his disease and isn't comfortable with waiting any longer than neccessary to go to transplant. Dr. Jamieson has been our main doctor since the beginning and she really didn't want to go to transplant from the beginning so to have her reaffirm the need for a transplant helped us realize again that she doesn't feel the medicine will work long. And Lance's disease has just not played by the rules as they normally see. She also mentioned how hard this disease is because you look pretty good to other people but are very sick... I have always thought that Lance looks good!! ------

Having a time (kind of set) although we have learned that nothing is set in stone!! Makes it all seem so real........ I am Praying for a miracle as I don't want him to have to go to transplant but at the same time trusting that God is in control and we know He is with us even in transplant.... and we are trusting it will turn out as God has planned.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

More wedding pics!

Hey everyone! I know we haven't blogged in awhile but nothing much is going on right now! Dad is going to Iowa City on Monday but were not expecting to find out anything new. He will be having some test done though, that can tell were his leukemia is at but we won't find out the results of that test for a few days afterwords. Anyways, I just thought I would post some more pictures from Justin and Ashley's wedding! Have a good weekend! Elisabeth

Friday, June 11, 2010


For all of you that tend to think to far in the future like me.... I read a devotional this week that was a great reminder to me to keep my eyes on God and not our circumstances.... It might seem long but thought I'd write it all anyway!!

"Feed on His faithfulness." (Psalm 37;3 R.V.)

I once met a poor colored worman, who earned a precarious living by hard daily labor: but who was a joyous triumphant Christian. "Ah, Nancy," said a gloomy Christian lady to her one day, "It is well enough to be happy now: but I should think the thoughts of your future would sober you.

"Only suppose, for instance, you should have a spell of sickness, and be unable to work: or suppose your present employer should move away, and no one else should give you anything to do: or suppose---"

"Stop!" cried Nancy, "I never supposes. De Lord is my Shepherd, and I knows I shall not want. And , Honey," she added, to her gloomy freind, " it's all dem supposes as is makin' you so mis'able. You'd better give dem all up, and just trust de Lord."

There is one text that will take all the "supposes" out of a believer's life, if it be received and acted on in childlike faith: it is Hebrews 13: 5, 6: "Be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me." ----H.W.S. from: Streams in the Desert

We are in a waiting time while the doctors are trying to get Lance as healthy as they can for transplant.... Sometimes with more time, comes more time to think...... (not always a good thing for me!!) Once again I'm reminded of Who is in control, Who loves us, Who will never forsake us. Supposes do no good!

Romans 8:28 says, " All things work together for good to them that love God." ----Lance and I know God has a plan...

Joseph was able to say to his brothers in Genesis 50:20 "God meant it for good. ---We know that God's plan is for our good and God's glory!

Once again I want to thank everyone for all your love, support and prayers!! We are so very thankful that we could all go to Justin and Ashley's wedding!! That had been a big prayer request and we are so thankful!! So, no more supposes!! Just trust de Lord!! Love You All, Penny

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Wedding picture

Well I'm still working on getting some pictures posted from the wedding but I thought you might like to see a picture of the happy couple!! E

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Wedding weekend

Well it has been a very busy week at our house and we haven't kept up very well on this blog site. Justin and Ashley were married on Saturday at Oak Hill Wedding Chapel about 45 minutes from Dubuque just outside of Apple River Illinois. everyone stayed in Galena. The wedding was planned to be outdoors in front of a little pond on the property but the weather at wedding time did not cooperate so it was moved inside the chapel, although it was not the original plan it was really nice reminded Penny and I a lot of our wedding in the Little Brown Church, Ashley was beautiful and everything went great, we had a really good dinner and there was a dance afterwards I don't think it could have gone better and the best part is they look so happy and we just love Ashley and her family so once again we are blessed. Nathan and Cory were in the wedding and Elisabeth did a reading and was also in charge of bubble distribution. I am so happy that we could all be at the wedding at one point when I was in the hospital we didn't think I would be able to attend so it was really an answer to prayers to just be there. If anyone wants to see what the place looks like where they were married I think you can look it up on the Internet google Oak Hill Weddings.