We knew before we arrived at Texas Children's today that it was definitely time for another gift of life!
|Caleb was in big need of another blood transfusion. He has been very pale and hasn't felt like getting out of bed the past two days.|
Cal did not get his doctor's approval to play t-ball over the weekend, which ended up being a blessing in disguise - as he wouldn't have had the energy. He says his legs are "just so tired". He was able to at least get pictures taken with his team yesterday, but he did ask us "How far will I have to walk from the car to get there?" He made it & with a big smile on his face! :)
As Caleb was opening some of his mail, he said, "Mommy, you should really blog about this." All-righty then... here we go! :)
|This is a picture board that highlights one of the biggest distractors of cancer for everyone in our fam.|
|Cal loves Little Al's snow boots and all of his antics.|
We never know what Little Al is going to do next!
|He's quite the downhill skier, as you can see. :)|
We were gravely concerned when Little Al had an unfortunate accident...
|It was a big crash, but he survived this awful snowbank. |
This brilliant idea is all courtesy of one of David's long-time friends, Mike Bleier. Caleb thinks he needs to write a book! Thanks for the laughs, Mike.
Caleb also wants you to know how amazing his school is! They have been sending him cards constantly since September... and EVERY SINGLE DAY the past 3 months, to help him get through the roughest rounds of chemo.
Caleb has more amazing pen pals, who've been with him throughout this challenging time, and we'll try to introduce some of them in the days to come.
Speaking of September... it's hard to believe that seven months ago today, Caleb was diagnosed with leukemia. (Though we knew the night before -the infamous Fri the 13th, it was probably cancer.)
|This was Cal, looking out his hospital room in September. He had to be wondering - what in the world is going on? Now he knows. Or perhaps he was just being a kid and thinking - wow, cool cars 9 floors below. :)|
Caleb still struggles with his hair loss & studies this lil' guy, who is also a hairless cool dude.
I interviewed Chloe several years ago & never realized at the time how much she'd end up helping our family. A special thanks to Chloe. She has turned her struggles into a passion to help others. I've learned so much from her. Her story means more to me than ever before, because a few of the boys, who shaved their heads in Caleb's honor, are being made fun of, outside of school, from kids who don't know the meaning behind their bald heads. It breaks our hearts. If you ever have a chance, you can watch Chloe's & Emily's inspirational story from one of my newscasts: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DzbGbGIOXg
At the hospital today, we sandwiched Caleb between two special prayer blankets. Every square inch & stitch was prayed over during the making of them. They make Caleb feel very happy and safe & secure. A special thanks to my cousin, Gerri & her church for one, and an amazing teacher at Cornerstone Christian Academy for the other. Caleb's strong faith lets him know that God is helping take care of him, just as much as his loving nurses.
|Caleb's nanny Nicole joined us for added support today.|
It's touching to see how much these blankets mean to this little boy. He takes the prayers very seriously and wants to make sure he's "covered up in the prayers" each night. The fact that Caleb's faith is so alive in his own little heart has been one of the biggest rewards in this cancer journey. We may have never witnessed it so clearly, if he hadn't been diagnosed with cancer.
His attitude reminds me of a song I used to sing in Sunday school when I was a little girl, "Hide it under a bushel - No! I'm going to let it shine!"
"You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:14-16
We're going to continue to let our lights shine & also shine the light on the amazing, caring people in our lives whose great deeds deserve it.