I have had a couple of very good days since I last wrote. Yesterday was over 80 degrees and Raymond and I headed to Whidbey to do some more gardening and also to get all the drip irrigation and sprinklers running. We had a great time and managed to break away for lunch at the Dog House in Langley.

After I dropped Raymond off at home I raced over to Redmond to watch Bo in his track meet. He participated in the hurdles, bo-running-with-wind.jpgshotput and 800. I made it just in time for the 800. Heather, Sam (the Sam of 50 marathons in 50 days), Kirsten, Zack and Sarah were all there to watch. I was so amazed to watch Bo run, he has a long beautiful stride and just seemed to run with wind. He looks like a natural long distance runner to me. He has had some trouble with shin splints but seems to be recovering from them this week. He really wants to learn to pole vault this summer and hopefully he will try out for the track team at Roosevelt High School next year.

Today a dear friend came by to visit and we had a great chat about “purpose”. To know our life purpose is something we all strive for. He just finished a book by Chaim Potok that really seemed to capture some of the challenges we face when trying to follow a path faithfully. I am looking forward to reading the book now that I am almost off morphine and can actually read and remember. It feels so good to feel so well and so alive visiting with dear friends. It is a gift I don’t take lightly every day.

Tomorrow I meet with Dr Alex Read, my gastroenterologist. I am hopeful I can persuade her to support surgery to remove my fistula and liver tube.

I also received a call from Dr Jorge Reyes’ office at the UW Liver Transplantation Clinic. He is the head of surgery there, and is one of the best surgeons in the country. I hope he will be the one to eventually remove my liver tumor. His nurse remembered my case completely even though my only visit was about 6 months ago. She said Dr Reyes is out of town until Friday but she will bring him up to date by e-mail, and I should hear back by the end of the week. He is a good friend of Dr Reed and she originally referred me to Dr Reyes. It feels like things are falling in place about three steps ahead of me and for that I am grateful.

I ask forbo-and-dad-trackmeet.jpg your prayers that the doctors would all be in agreement as to what the next steps are. Of course my prayer is that it would be surgery but I need to let go of that and trust them and trust God that what needs to happen will happen. At the same time summer is at our doorstep and there is so much I want to do with family and friends!

Thank you again for your continued prayers. I really believe they give me strength and hope on the difficult days and more energy to rejoice on the good days. Every day, whether good or bad, the prayers help me to remember:

God is Good, All the Time, Good is Good!

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3 Comments so far

  1. Larisa Kaukonen on May 17, 2007 1:13 pm


    I just wanted to to let you know our Bible study group is praying for you and we wanted to pass along our words of encouragement. We have been reading the Sermon on the Mount and came to the end where Jesus speaks of the allegory of the wise man building his house upon a foundation of rock. You and Heather have certainly built a foundation for your family upon the rock of Christ that will endure forever. Your faith in this journey is a wonderful example for us.

    Blessings to you,

  2. Doreen on May 17, 2007 10:53 pm


    Remember you can’t have a testimonial without a test. And, you can’t have a victory without a battle. Keep fighting…and dreaming big.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful e-mail. I truly am blessed and it sounds like you are too!

    Just another member of the “CLUB”,
    Doreen Schmitt

  3. paul goeller on May 18, 2007 1:10 pm

    Hello, Don…i’m writing you from Austin, Texas where my Sweetie and i are spending some delicious R&R time with our dear friends the Brahces…i’ve just spent the last hour getting caught up on your blog…i’m blessing God for the answers to prayer and i keep praying for the current needs…Viv sends her love.

    i spent some time out by our friends’ pool this morning, drinking coffee and meditating through I and II Peter…i was struck (again) by the reference to Christ as “the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls…” It truly amazes me when i enter into the reality of that with all my heart: that He is present this very second overseeing me, caring, protecting, strengthening…

    sure love you, Brother, and bless God for our friendship…

    Viv and i return to California on the 29th…i’ll unpack and repack to leave the very next day for Seattle…i have a board meeting of the ACTS Seminary (in Seoul, Korea) in Seattle on the 31rst…i’d love to see you if you’re available and up to a visit…

    under the Mercy of Christ (right now),


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