God has been SO faithful - my husband's surgery (he had it a week ago Friday) went pretty well. He had to stay in the hospital four days (he had some spinal fluid leakage when they drained the blood from the blood clot on his "old" brain tumor - so he had to be flat on his back for a few days), so has only been out a week (exactly - he came out LAST Tuesday). The doctor is sure that all the blood that needed to be drained was drained (about 5cc).
Though it could take a month or more to see the full effects of the release on his optic nerve, Marc is already seeing some vision improvement. And he's definitely on the mend (this picture was taken a week after his surgery - only three days out of the hospital. He made it to BOTH kids' school holiday parties!) We are praising God, and thanking all of you who prayed, and continue to pray, for us.
Of course, that isn't the only thing going on in our lives. For several months, my daughter has been rehearsing for her role in our dance studio's version of "The Nutcracker." Just Sunday, she did her last of two performances, a matinee (the other was Saturday night). She was a fabulous mouse, and I will likely NEVER forget when she was "stabbed" by one of the toys, and she rolled over on her back and kicked up a storm (she looked like a turtle who landed backside up!). She was literally carried off the stage. What a ham my daughter is! (the picture below is her, backstage, with the lovely girl who played Clara - what an AMAZING job she did!)
So, we have a few days to relax for the most part, and enjoy the gift of Jesus. We're headed to Marc's folks for Christmas eve and will be back home Christmas day for our own little celebration.
As far as my book, I've been doing some agent research, and have read an EXCELLENT ebook on writing a book proposal by Thomas Nelson Publishers CEO Michael Hyatt (highly recommended - click here to see! And if you don't already follow his blog, it's DEFINITELY a must-read). So, I'm making progress. Maybe not like I'd hoped, but I am progressing.
So, that's what I've been up to. Hope to be around my blog a bit more in the next while. (and maybe even READING other peoples'!! I don't even wanna THINK ABOUT how behind I am in that!)
Praying you have a Christmas full of peace, grace, mercy, and love. Remember Who it's all about!
Great news, Joanne.ReplyDelete
Have a wonderful Christmas. (And thank you for the beautiful Christmas greeting too!)
SO thankful to the Lord for all your latestReplyDelete
blessings! Praying you and the family have
a fantabulous and safe Christmas!
God is faithful! I'm so thankful you are doing well, your family looks great. :) Blessings to all of you!ReplyDelete
So happy to hear this encouraging update!ReplyDelete
Ahh...what a week for you all! Love the photos of Marc looking so well with Andrew, and of course, little Anika's CUTE mousie! So happy that life is sweet for you all right now, Jo. Many blessings to you!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the update, Jo. You guys have been on my prayer list. Will keep you there. Have a wonderfully blessed Christmas!ReplyDelete
Sounds like your family is going to remember this blessed Christmas for a long time.ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas, Joanne--may the coming year bring joy and peace.
I"m just now getting caught up on some of the blogs I've missed. I'm so glad that your husband's surgery went well -praying for even better long-term results! Your daughter is an adorable mouse. You have been busy!!ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas, Joanne!!