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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wonderfully Made

Psalm 139:13-17 "For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!"

The girls studied anatomy this year for science. On Monday, we were able to go on a fun field trip at Governors State University to watch Slim Goodbody. The show was not only entertaining, but also very educational. We have talked throughout the year about how God has wonderfully made and designed our bodies. When you start studying in detail how intricatly the body works, it is amazing. You can see God's handiwork in our bodies and in the world around us. 

As we have been adjusting to our new "normal", we have been trying to continue some our normal routine (including field trips). We have found a good balance between Wayne's treatment, finishing up school and daily life. The girls have been great with everything. I decided to give us all a fun goal. Since Wayne has three more weeks of radiation and chemo left, I told the girls that we'll finish up school when Wayne finishes his treatment. It is a goal that is attainable for all of us. It keeps us moving forward in school, but also gives us an end date. I figure we'll have a big party to celebrate the end of school and the end of Wayne's treatment. We will all have a reason to celebrate!

Last Friday, we took another field trip with our homeschool group to Graue Mill. The timing and location worked out perfectly. We were able to go on our tour and still make it in time to pick up Wayne from rehabilitation.

Speaking of Wayne, he is doing excellent. We met with his radiologist on Tuesday and they said that he is doing amazing, better then the average person being treated. God has been so good to us through this whole process. Wayne did notice this morning that his hair is starting to come out from radiation. He was washing his hair and chunks of his hair came out in his hands. They warned us about this, but it doesn't make it any easier to experience. Wayne is being a trouper though through all of this. Thank you for all of your prayers, we appreciate them all. Please pray that God continues to keep Wayne strong through his treatment, that the treatments work for a long time (no recurrence of the tumor), that we finish school strong (with good attitudes), and for our trip later in May up to Mayo Clinic for our second opinion. 

Here are some fun pictures from our field trips.

Learning how to weave.

Joella got selected as a volunteer.

Abigail working hard to make us lunch.

Grace working the stone.

Learning how Graue Mill was used as part of the Underground Railroad in Chicago.

Joella wanted a selfie.

The girls and their friends

Waiting for the show to start.

Our friend Alana got selected to be a volunteer on stage.

A group picture (minus Joella who was afraid to go near him).

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