We are really excited to have some good news this week to share with you after many months of praying and researching and waiting. We have been seeking through prayer (alongside of you) God’s will for our son as well as diligently seeking out other opinions and options for him. Our situation with Caleb’s tumor has not been a clear cut path, but we are excited to have reached a decision at this time! Back just about a month ago we had another MRI. The oncologist’s opinion was and is that we move forward with treatment at this time; however, as we have sought the Lord, we feel He is not giving us peace in this direction at this time. The doctor has said, due to the unique situation at hand, he is ok with us making the final decision one way or another. (we are very thankful for this and feel this is favor from the Lord). We have continued to seek other opinions and listen for the Father’s leading. And in the last 2 weeks we feel the Lord has confirmed the decision to wait and hold off treatment at this time due to Caleb’s wonderful results he’s had with the Endocrinologist and the Ophthalmologist!! Yay!! We have been celebrating this week after his good report with the Ophthalmologist!! They performed a test on his peripheral vision that they've never been able to do before due to his age. They decided to try it even though he was young, and it came back in the normal range!! We skipped out of Vanderbilt for the 1st time in a long while!!! What a gift from the Lord!!
We will now be scheduling another MRI for the near future and continue to listen for direction from the Father. Chemo may be in the future for Caleb; we have no way of knowing; however, we are so thankful the Lord has shown himself to us, given us direction, and sustained our son yet again. Every day he isn't in treatment is a gift, and we are eternally grateful at this time. Thank you dearly for your prayers and sacrifices for our family. They mean far far more than words can express.
With a grateful heart,
Austin and Nicole
Here is the "redo" update with the pictures this time!
We have had an extremely busy Spring, but feel so blessed that the activities have been such sweet, memorable family events. We have celebrated Austin's brother Chase and his fiance Krystle in their wedding, my dad's 60th birthday, my brother Will T. and his fiance's showers for their wedding this month, and of course birthdays, Easter, and baby/graduation showers along with a weekend with our dear friends from Kentucky and from London! It's been a whirlwind, but really really special!
This picture is taken from the front of our house one day during our home-school time. We were finding the signs of Spring in our new yard! We took pictures and created paper books where the kids wrote about the things they observed. We are absolutely loving our yard this Spring! We have seen 6 turkeys, a ground hog, a turtle, deer, beautiful blue jays and red birds and many amazing insects to name a few! The kids are loving it!
Austin borrowed Will T. and Kayla's four wheeler to do some yard work this Spring- the yard has been a huge project. The kids along with our their dear friends Austin and Sarah Beth enjoyed several good rides around the yard. The sight and smell of the four wheeler took me back to the many rides I had growing up at the farm- what a sweet memories!
Here we are enjoying our dear friends from Kentucky. It was so fun to see Jack and Bennett and their new baby sister, Ella. We love you, Moore family!!
And it was such a gift to see my dear friend Meghan and her husband Chris for an afternoon and evening. They came in from London-we hadn't seen them since their wedding last June in London. I treasured every moment. The kids loved Mr. Chris and had a blast playing with the noise putty here in this picture below! ;)
In March I hosted a bridal luncheon for Krystle. I enjoyed getting out all of my fine china and organizing a very girly occasion for Krystle. We had some yummy food including ham and rolls, chicken salad, my mother's famous tea punch, and a baked Alaska cake, Pampered Chef style! Here we are taking a family picture with Krystle -Aunt Janie is next to me, Krystle, Kathy, and Debbie who is a life-long friend who we consider an Aunt!
Austin took Chase, their cousin Adam, and a friend to our farm for a weekend away before the wedding. They shared a memorable time together of hiking, shooting guns, eating yummy food, and sitting around the campfire. Austin said he had a really great time.