Monday, February 2, 2015

Wow, a vacation that didn't include an emergency room

Me with this gorgeous babe I picked on the beach
We just returned home from our "secret" cruise.  It was only four days but it was lovely.  We have had a lot of trouble with vacations for the last little while.  I realized when we returned from this cruise that this is the first vacation we have gone on in a year that didn't have to be ended abruptly with a trip to the emergency room.  We are so grateful!  We are getting a bit paranoid.  JoLynne even bought trip insurance this time, something that we never do.  If I had come down with problems it would have paid to have me transported to medical help and a few other things.  Boy am I glad we didn't use that insurance.

She even has cute feet
It was a simple trip.  We spent a day in Key west where we rented bikes and explored the island and played on the beaches.  It was really fun.  The next day we were in Cozamel Mexico.  That island was a bit too big for bikes so we rented a car.  We went to the bakery and bought yummy Mexican bread and found a restaurant with really delicious food and then played on the beach until the sun went down.

It was the super bowl on Sunday.  I have a confession to make.  I didn't even know who was playing. Our family is so into football.  So, just about everybody on the ship was watching the super bowl and we were playing rummy in the empty dining area.  All in all we just had a great time.

You know it's nice when you have garbage just for coconuts
We put our children on a plane to fly home and JoLynne and I are headed back to Houston to meet with our doctors again.  We should be home in Utah tomorrow night for about 10 days.  After that it is back to Houston again for a chicken pox vaccination.  It's kind of a cool idea.  They programed the DNA in my new T-cells so that when I get a chicken pox vaccine the new T-cells go crazy because their programed to be triggered by chicken pox but attack my cancer instead of chicken pox because that is all they are capable of attacking.  At least that is the idea.  We will get a scan at the same time that will tell us how effective this all has been.

I began reading the Book of Mormon again.  Sunday I read the story about Nephi and his brothers trying to get the brass plates.  Things aren't going too well.  Laban, who has the plates, isn't eager to give them up.  He has already told them no and stolen all of their silver and gold.  Nephi's brothers have seen and angel and still they murmur.  Nephi then makes a speech that I like.  He says, God can defeat Laban and his 50 men, for that matter he can defeat Laban even if he had 10,000 men.  Don't you remember Moses and the armies of Pharaoh?  Nephi then goes into the city, not knowing beforehand what he would do.  And God provides the way.

Pretty nice for January
So, first of all, God can defeat this cancer.  Statistics mean nothing.  What is too hard for God?  Secondly, we are going into this "not knowing beforehand" but we trust that God will open the way.  We just need to have faith.  So that is what we are working on, faith without any doubts.


  1. I look forward to every post of yours. Your faith strengthens mine. I pray continually for you...

    1. And I appreciate your replies to my blog. It bolsters my faith when I know that others are praying for me.

  2. Wow, that's such incredible technology!! I am so impressed with your faith, dear Uncle. I am also so so glad this trip went uninterrupted!

  3. That's so cool. I've heard of some of these new techniques/trials. I'm grateful they are able to try them out on you. That's wonderful! I'm praying they work for you.

    You know, when you think about it (and you have to think kind of hard-lol) it's a blessing to have a trial that gives you the opportunity to deepen your faith. We all walk around everyday with that opportunity but there are so many things screaming for our attention that we don't always stop to work on it, or for that matter, any of the other amazing gifts our Father in Heaven gave us. It's a blessing sometimes to be forced into a corner and have to realize we are coming up short and we need our Father in Heaven's help. Even when that happens, I'm not certain many see the blessing in it. You are one of those rare few. You're an amazing man. You are a really good man. Bless you and keep the faith. We will keep the prayers coming.

  4. Praying for you and think if you weekly. My sister is headed to Houston this week on her mission. I told her to seek you out. Thank you for your faith and perspective. God Bless.

  5. I've been thinking about you a lot lately and just caught up on your blog. Keep fighting and know that you have many admirers. I am in awe of your courage, faith, and will power to win this battle. I love you dearly my friend!

  6. Yay for chicken pox vaccines! That's something I've never said before : )