Meet my sweet father in law, Harvey Cook. He is the sweetest man that needs some extra prayers. He was recently diagnosed with cancer and will undergo some painful treatments to fight the cancer. If you know Justin’s Dad, you know what a great man he is. He’s a devoted father to all his kids and loves his beautiful wife Anne. He’s funny, was an amazing business man and his credo is all about hard work. No other person had, and continues to have, more of an impact on Justin’s life than his Dad. So you can imagine how concerned we are and what a shock this was to our whole family. Justin has said more than once that in his eyes his dad is “indestructible” and it still hasn’t really set in the reality of the situation. Dad Cook is quite the jokester and always trys to put a positive spin on things. Even when they told us the results of the tests he said, “ I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is I’m not pregnant, the bad news is I have cancer.” Dad Cook has had a great attitude about this and is a man of much faith. He strongly believes in doing everything in our power and leaving the rest up to the Lord. He is someone I’ve come to love and admire as if he were my own Dad. So on Septemeber 8th he will have a surgery to begin his treatment. Justin’s dad taught them as small children to never give up and that when times got tough to draw from that God given strength from within. He called it “Cook Power.” Dad we love you so much, we are confident that you will win this battle. Cook Power!!!
My sisters in law Krista and Alisa also wrote a blog post about their Dad. You can view each of their blogs by clicking on their names. Thanks again for your extra prayers!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Posted at 9:42 PM
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Posted at 11:20 AM
Yesterday Bree started getting a fever and a cough so I called her docs and they have decided to postpone her MRI for a few weeks. The anesthesiologists won't take her if she has any kind of airway issue. I guess mixing anesthesia with a cough can even worsen her symptoms. No pneumonia, thank you!
We are disappointed that we have to wait to get this done but it's better to be safe than sorry. So, her MRI is now scheduled for September 16th. In a way, I'm kind-of glad that we get to postpone but it's also stressful to just wonder what's going on in her little body. We just want to make sure all is well and that yucky tumor doesn't grow back. We both feel very stongly that all is well with Bree so until then, we're moving forward and enjoying everyday!
Until the next time...
Posted at 11:01 AM
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Last month we spent some time in Prescott, Az with Justin's sister, Krista her her family. We had a lot of fun. We did 3 days of soccer camp and also just relaxed and enjoyed the nice weather! Gunner attended the same soccer camp as his cousins and did a great job running all over the fields. The coaches are from all over the world like Great Britian and Australia so they have somewhat of a different accent when they speak. It was fun to watch the kids run all over and try to listen to what the coaches were telling them. Gunner and Cameron are the same age & were on the same team. They had a lot of fun together. Koby & Billy are such great soccer stars already. Even little Anna attended the camp at her young age of 3. They had a fun day called "crazy hair day" where you can color your hair in funky colors. All the kids loved this. Bree even joined in the fun and we put pink polka dots in her new hair! Thank you for having us Krista. You are the cutest hostess! Can't wait for next year!
Posted at 1:49 PM
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Today was one of those typical days. Nothing really special or important happened. I went about my day as I usually do. Laundry, running kids here and there, playing Candyland 3 times, sweeping floors, doing dishes, chopping potatoes for stew. I even branched out and took all 3 kids with me to the gym and the store afterwards. That was an adventure, as it usually is. 3 donuts and an ice cream later and the kids were happy campers.
One last update, and for those that might be wondering, her first set of scans (MRI & bone scan) will be on August 28th. Please keep her in your prayers that day. Love to all!
Posted at 9:38 PM
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The same day we were at the docs, Layla was upstairs getting her last chemotherapy before her surgery. Bree and I were able to visit her and surprise her with lots of toys. It had been her birthday the week before, so it was great to see her reaction to all the toys.
The boys had a busy summer. They did swim lessons and Caleb & Gunner both had summer school. Are you thinking I’m a terrible Mom to put my kids in summer school? Well, this was more of a summer cool! Caleb did SEEK AZ and Gunner was with Ms. Stacey. We love Ms. Stacey! We also did the summer movies, lots of swimming and Gunner did a soccer camp (I'll put that in a separate post). And now it’s time to say goodbye to summer, even though it’s still hot as heck here!
Oh and notice the new blog design? My sweet friend, Jessica, did this for our family. I didn't know her before she started our design and through the past few weeks we've become good friends. She has such a good heart. She's worked very hard on our design despite some personal tragedies of her own. Her Dad passed away a few weeks ago and she has been inspirational to talk to and share feelings with. Thank you Jessica for your wonderful design. You are amazing! Click here to check out her website. She's awesome!
Posted at 9:59 PM