Hello everyone. Well, Corinne and Ryan have been married 1 month now and are doing well. It is fun to watch them try to stretch their pennies. They are finding many ways to help save money while going to school. They have a very cute duplex they are renting in Ogden, about 1 mile south of campus.
McKaye has gone down to Snow College, she has a full load of classes, but is having lots of fun meeting new friends and going to parties. She is already making plans for next year and wants to stay in the same apartment. Ashlyn misses her dearly. The first day of school Ashlyn walked out of her bedroom and had to ask Dallin if her outfit looked good? His response was, “I have no idea, go ask Rob”. Rob is her uncle who is staying with us right now. Anyway…she misses McKaye.
The past week I have been cleaning out the house. I haven’t done much with it for the past year and it was overdue. Changed kids rooms, cleaned carpets, washed walls, cleaned out the shed, took two loads of stuff to DI, and one load to the dump. The house is starting to get a little lighter.
Craig will be going in for surgery on September 13. Dr. Griffin, a colon and rectal specialist at St. Marks in Salt Lake City, will be removing the tumor. It has been just a little short of a year since we started this adventure, and it has been quite a year. We have had the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows. We have grown so much as a family and spiritually. We’ve had such great experiences. We just wish it was through different circumstances. It had been a rough road and we know it is not over yet, but we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel but hoping that is not a train. Hahah! After going through this experience, we could say why us, why Craig? It has been hard, extremely hard; it’s good that we have had such amazing experiences along the way, and had such great people put in our path to help us soften the load. We can never say “why us, why Craig.” When you walk into the chemo clinic and see all of the people, young and old, in all stages of life, you could say, why them? We don’t know why, we just know that we will not be tested more than we can handle. When you’re in the middle of the situation that is a hard thing to realize, but we do see how much help from family and friends we have had and that our Heavenly Father knows us personally, and has been helping us along the way.
I am preparing myself for one last ride, which starts next Tuesday. Taking a deep breath, putting on my game face and tightening my shoelaces, there will be no sissy’s around here; we are getting ready for the challenge.