Monday, January 27, 2014

Life's a Beach...

At least for a moment in time!  :)  Only in South Texas can it snow on one day & be perfect beach weather the next!  Caleb got to finally bust out of the house & enjoy a get-away in Galveston.

The water was too chilly for those lil toes, but a beautiful, warm day was much appreciated.
Caleb is feeling much better now, so your prayers are working!  He's talking, eating, and snuggling again (whawhooo!)  However, his blood counts have bottomed out at their lowest level yet, so he's in a holding pattern for chemotherapy.  We'll try again on Wed.  The "big boy" chemo is about to begin, as if it didn't already seem strong enough.  This next round has a possibility of causing heart damage, so Cal will undergo an EKG & Echocardiogram (sonogram) of his heart on Wednesday to get a baseline before therapy begins. Then, doctors will retest his heart after this round of chemo, to make sure no damage has occurred.  It's a daunting task, but we know & understand why it has to be done.  We've already started praying that his heart will remain free of permanent damage.  It's frightening to think about the side effects to come, but we are trying to live up to Caleb's motto of being strong and courageous.
Caleb's life has been so restricted to our home as of late, thought you'd enjoy seeing a few highlights from a very special weekend, courtesy of the Mize family.  Cal got everything from a healing massage to his first "steering experience" on an ATV.  So many smiles and so much laughter.  What a blessing!  His home school teacher was there, along with a few close friends from the boy's school. The Mize's wanted it perfect for Caleb, so they had EVERYONE eat the same specialized food as Caleb.  He thought that was "too cool". 

Here's the caring crew who did an amazing job of creating life-long memories.  Bridget (green shirt) is the precious friend who came up with the idea to start this blog, named it Caleb's Courage, and kept you updated that first month after Caleb's diagnosis, when our hearts were breaking and we didn't have the strength to update you ourselves. Mizes on the back left - Cal's teacher, Mrs. McDonald & hubby on the back right.
Cal gives a thumbs up for his first "official" massage by an expert.  He couldn't believe his good fortune.  

Getting adventurous with dad ROCKS.

What a nice change to "just be a boy" & forget about cancer.
We always try to remember that laughter is strong medicine too! 
Psalm 126:2  Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” We know great things are in store for Caleb, especially after all he's been through and all he'll continue to endure.  We also know great things are in store for all of our friends, family, and even strangers who have done so much to make life better for this little boy.


  1. Glad to hear that he is feeling better. And seeing this picture brings back some memories of our own. One day we actually got out of clinic around lunchtime and Devin just caught a wild hare and said she felt like going to the beach. SO we headed down south to Surfside for the afternoon. We've got a lot of great pictures of this bald, 18 year old jumping up and down in the surf and chasing seagulls!

    Times like that you almost forget what they're going through and it's great to see the smiles on their faces.

    Speaking of smiles and always looking for the fun in everything (and the silver lining), if this next chemo is what I think it is (donarubicin or doxarubicin) it can make his tears turn red. I'm sure Caleb and big brother can find something fun in that!

    Thinking about you guys...

    the Duncans

  2. LOVE to see the smiles on everyone's faces. What a great feeling to be able to enjoy and get outdoors for a get-a-away. Even though Caleb's levels are lower then they should be for now, I'm pretty sure they will sky rocket up after this past weekend of fun and enjoyment. As I share his blog with others and we continue to pray for strength and healing, we now God will protect his heart in the next rounds of treatments. There will be light at the end of the tunnel...XXXOOO Green's

  3. So nice to hear about your great weekend! Great to see Caleb sweet. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Crystal Iscovitz