Thursday, March 2, 2006

Little Update

It's been a while since I updated. Things are going well here, we've been quite active here lately. This past weekend we went down to Garmish to a resort and lodge specifically for the military. We went down in October with Chad and loved it then and loved our stay again. We went this time with our Family Readiness (Support) Group. It was a lot of fun. Jacob got to go sking. I was going to ski myself, but ended up sick (yes again). Jacob did great though and had so much fun! He's a natural of course, what young kid isn't it seems! They were sooo out doing the adults who were learning! LOL

Tonight I have a Family Enrichment Dinner. We're doing the study on "Parenting Isn't For Cowards" by Dr. James Dobson (I LOVE him!) we get free childcare, free dinner for the kids, free dinner for us, and a great study at a wonderful resturant. The kids are fed in a seperate room.

I would like to ask all of you to please keep my family in your prayers. My dad is #5 out of 12 siblings. His oldest brother, who's the 2nd child is dying from cancer. It started off as lung cancer, spread quickly to his hip, he had a hip replacement, then it went to his shoulder, they were able to cut that out. The cancer in his lungs seemed to be responding and he was doing well....then last summer (about a yr after his initial dx) they found tumors in his brain, and shortly there after they found cancer just everywhere. He was a chain smoker for at least 40 yrs (he's in his mid to late 50's). He had quit when he was initially dx, but last summer he began again. It truly infuriated me and I told him he was being very stupid and careless with his life. Right now though, he's at the end of his life. He's not doing well. His skin has a green tint to it. He's barely eating (he's a VERY large man...6'5 probably weighing 350-400 lbs) he's a diabetic and he's not taking his insulin. He and my grandma bought the house that my parents built in the early 90's, they've lived there for about 5 yrs or so, after my parents built a new house farther from the dirt/gravel road...they only live about 1/2 mile from my parents and about 1/4 of a mile from my brother...so they go and see him and check on my grandma and help her everyday. He's getting hospice care. Please keep my Uncle in your prayers that his death is as gentle as possible and that my Grandma feels God's love with her every step of the way. She's a wonderful unwaivering Christian woman who buried her husband 25 yrs ago, raised 12 kids, their youngest was only 12 yrs old when my Grandpa died from diabetes complications. Six of my Grandma's children (including my uncle) smoke...my dad is one of them (my mom does also). Please pray that something will click for them all to stop smoking. My parents have lost a grandchild from cancer, and my dad's now losing a brother not just from cancer, but from smoking which caused his cancer. I WANT my parents to be around to see their Great Grandchildren to be born and possibly Great-Great grandchildren. I want them to be able to breath and not cough when they lay down (this is my mom). I want them to be healthy. They're both still young, my dad is in his early 50's and my mom is in her late 40's....if they quit now they'd have a good 30 or MORE healthy years to live. They wouldn't have to be "inconvienced" by our visits (when we do visit) by having to go outside to smoke, etc...

Those of you who know me, know this is a hot subject for me. I don't want my parents to die from something they could prevent.

Thank you for the prayers...here's pictures from last weekend.               The Bavarian Alps, we could see this view from our room

 This is the lodge and more of the Alps Behind. The picture above those were out to the front/side of the lodge.

 

  Jacob learning to ski Jacob and Jack playing in the snow in front of the resort.

 

 

5 comments:

mikalsgrl said...

Christy~

You know I will keep your family and of course your Uncle in my prayers. I lost both of my parents and smoking was just one of the causes for their deaths. I am constantly on my sister about it-especially since she had a little girl this past August. I cann so relate to your feelings.

I loved the pictures!! I am sooo glad you fill your days with soooo many activities! Hang in there Christy:)

deshelestraci said...

I'm glad you're back.  Sorry to hear about your uncle.  Yes, we hate cancer.
Traci

sangrialel said...

Oh Christy I love James Dobson!!  Let me know how it goes!!!  Linda

cdittric77 said...

Christy,
A great update! Prayers coming as requested!

Charley

scotthlori said...

Scott has always wanted to take me skiing ... but it scares the crap out of me!  I can barely rollerblade!  Besides, I HATE being out in the cold!  lol

Lori

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