What a difference a tube can make! Tomorrow it will be one week since I had my liver tube removed. By the lack of blogs over the last week I hope you know that means I have been doing well. It has been hard to get used to not having a tube- it has been the source of so much pain and physical attention, it’s just hard to fully grasp it is gone. The best news is that it continues to drain and there are no signs of infection. Since it is like a bullet wound in my side it still hurts, but every day it feels better.

My chemo seems to be doing its thing at least if my hair is any indication. It started falling out again so we went back to the Bruce Willis/Yul Brynner/Telly Savalas look. I actually like it better than short and patchy and the boys think I look cool. Gotta look cool!

I hope you enjoy the video blog- be sure and check out my fine tee shirt that was a gift of the Hestads- it gives me super human powers.

God is good, all the time, God is good!

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7 Comments so far

  1. rakemorales on August 1, 2007 8:56 pm

    Hi Don and Heather, tonight at dinner, my mother-in-law, Agustina, asked about how you were doing? We constantly pray for you and yours. and voila, there was your webblog. We are thankful for your lives!

  2. ashish2 on August 1, 2007 10:43 pm

    You do look real coool supe! It is so good to hear the great news about the lack of infection. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers… also know that my dad’s family in India fighting a similar battle are being encouraged by your blog.
    We do indeed have a good God!

  3. TerriCrowell on August 1, 2007 10:52 pm

    Don & Heather –

    What a glorious day we had today & then to get all your good news to finish the day. We pray for you every day & are so happy to see you are feeling so much better and beginning to enjoy all the blessings of life again. Keep at it!

  4. Wes on August 2, 2007 9:02 am

    Don & Heather…great to hear more details on this now more joyful saga without the tube incumberance. Hope to see you this morning before Nancy and I take off for a week over the Cascades. I feel at times like you with my sabbatical, is it ok to just not have to be doing something. Guess we have to be content as you say, to take each moment knowing that He is seeking enjoy it with us. Much love and prayers always. Wes and Nancy.

  5. tarman on August 2, 2007 9:07 am

    Don- loved the video. What a great idea. It means a lot to those of us who don’t live in Seattle and don’t get to see you!

    Here is one more addition to my quotes from “Everything Belongs” for you to ponder-

    August 2, 2007- #4- We live our way into new ways of thinking. [We do not normally think our way into new ways of living.]…. Jesus’ reality, His Cross, is to say a free
    ‘yes’ to what humanity finally asks of Him…. It seems we… have been worshipping Jesus’ journey instead of doing his journey….that may be why most spiritual teachers are found in the second half of their lives…[when they have the ] ability to move beyond either/or thinking…. To live with paradox, and unanswered questions, … and immense inner-conflicts, and still trust and can be at peace.”


  6. hollythompson on August 2, 2007 3:37 pm

    You look great in the video, Don! I love the smooth haircut and the shirt. 🙂 Yay for feeling “normal” and getting rid of that liver tube! Now you can do all kinds of stuff! Praise to Jesus for what He has done. We are so honored that we get to pray for you and watch God’s work in you.

    Dave, Holly, and Baby Judah

  7. Polly Urquhart on August 3, 2007 11:12 am

    Don and Heather, I’ve been looking for the right time to write and this rainy morning in Redmond is right. I have the computer to myself! I wanted to encourage you with knowledge that many of my friends in Dallas are tracking your testimony along with me and praying for you both and your family. Our Father brings you to mind all through the day. You have truly exalted His name and character and brought Him glory. We are so grateful to Him for bringing you into our son’s life and thus ours. You are a constant reminder to us to live for eternity and take all things that come our way “in light of eternity.” Thank you for letting us share with you in this journey. We’ve been down some hard roads and have also felt the prayers and strength of our “family”. Four years ago I encountered the Serenity Prayer in it’s entirety and have chewed on it phrase by phrase since then. One of the phrases I really didn’t like and stayed on for quite a while was, “…accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.” Ugh! But over time His Spirit is bringing understanding and the ability to embrace it. That’s what I see you doing. I see you both doing. Love you both so much…sight unseen.


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