Harder Family

Harder Family

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Update 7/22/23: Rough Ride

 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 

Some days, it is difficult to not lose heart and be discouraged by the hardships that come with cancer. This is where faith and trust really come to play. I know God has Wayne in His hands, but it is hard to see someone you love struggle so much. 

As we expected, the chemo is kicking Wayne’s butt. Even though his last dose was Thursday night, he hardly has any strength or energy today. I told him to just allow his body to rest and not to worry about getting up and doing things. When Wayne complies, I know he isn’t feeling well. 

Thankfully, he is now off chemo until 8/12 when he will start another 5 days of chemo. He knows, at least based on his experience last time, that in a few days he should start feeling a little stronger. 

Meanwhile, the kids are hanging in there through all of this. Some days are harder than others for them as well. 

Grace is adjusting to life back at camp in Michigan. They are working on training for their time on the road as well as serving families at camp.

Abigail and Naomi are currently in St. Louis with Inheritance of Hope serving families with terminal parents. I love seeing my kids serve Jesus and loving others in the midst of their own struggles with their dad. They were able to visit the Arch before checking in for the retreat. They texted me that I raised them right (or maybe brain washed them), because they did a ranger badge on their own and went to the museum to learn more about the arch.

Shan is enjoying working at Arbys and attending CAP. Sophia is staying busy as well with CAP and finding ways to stay busy until school starts. She’s looking forward to applying for jobs this fall. 

We are working hard on getting everything lined up for school this next year. How is it almost school again?

Wayne and I decided that the goal for me is to practice self care at least 3 times a week (getting to the gym, going out with friends, massage, etc). I have realized that I enjoy goals, it helps motivate me. Since I cannot run anymore, I have had to find other alternatives to finishing my 50 states challenge. As many of you know, I switched at state 35 to using an elliptical to finish my 50 states. I have also decided to work toward the goal of hiking up Manitou Incline in Colorado. So part of my self care has been at least one day a week working out on the stair climber at the gym. 

I’ve also concluded that gardening is a way for me to step away from the craziness of life. Abigail helped me pick blackberries at my parent's house and I made Wayne a pie. We also picked some elderberries so I can make some elderberry syrup for this winter. 

Since there are so many unknowns with this cancer, we decided to make the most of our time and take a little trip together. So I will be taking a break from posting during this time in order to be completely present in the moments. I will only post if something really important arises and we need extra prayers! Please pray that Wayne feels better and is able to enjoy the trip. Thank you again for all the prayers and support! We love and appreciate all of you.

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