Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Blessed Beyond Belief

Caleb is sailing through his final big phase of chemotherapy!  He took the largest dose yet of "one of the big boy chemos" on Monday.  

We fully expected it to knock him off his little feet.  Here's how he reacted to it:  he got home from the hospital and ran to the yard to play:  soccer, baseball, basketball, then rode his bike and experimented with his new birthday marshmallow shooter and water & dart guns.  Going STRONG for 3 hours.  Unbelievable!

It was a special day at the hospital, and that may have helped!  Double-takes at Texas Children's, as dozens of Houston Police officers filed into the Oncology Department.  They're all pedaling for a cure and raising funds for leukemia and lymphoma.  Caleb had a very special visitor!  

Officer Ed Hinojosa is pedaling in Caleb's honor, ALL THE WAY TO Washington State!
   Please pray for the officers to have a safe & successful journey, in their cross-country relay.  They leave next Tuesday.  One of our precious reporters at Fox 26 covered the story.  You can watch it, by clicking on this link:

Caleb wrapped up t-ball last week with a party with his teammates.  He ended up playing more games, than missing this season, which was a welcomed surprise! 
One of Cal's coaches was kind enough to call him "MVP" of his team at the final get-together.
 More great news!  Our prayers paid-off for Caleb's birthday party and FIRST REUNION with his Pre-School & Kindergarten friends since September!  
We held his party at Camp Allen, a beautiful Christian Camp in Navasota.
I don't think Caleb thought about cancer ONCE the entire weekend!
Caleb loves his little buddies!  :) 
We found out Caleb's quite the Marksman!
Caleb's blood counts were SHOCKINGLY high (close to normal) - the best since treatment began, so he was allowed to be INDOORS with them, without concerns.  It was surreal, to say the absolute least.  Life seemed so normal, witnessing him playing and laughing with other children.  All this, after he'd been sequestered for 9 months!  I think he also did so well during this past treatment, because his party was such a huge "rush" for him. 
Caleb's Oncologist allowed him to ride on this 30 foot high pendulum swing! 
Making up for lost time!

Sock Volleyball at the evening Glow-in-the-dark Party

So fun to see Pre-school friends again.  Lots of laughter!

 Thanks to my best friends for helping "ROCK" the party! 
Thanks Christine, Kat, Rosemarie, Shawnie, Caroline, Diana, & Yamile!
Turn out the lights though, the party is over!  David & I have a huge decision to make in the next three weeks.  Caleb will begin what's called his Maintenance Phase in July.  This is when his life will begin to resume some normalcy.  We were surprised to find out that we are in charge of deciding which route to take, as there are multiple treatment options, basically using different dosages of the same medications.  We're told all the plans are expected to have the same cure rate, it's just some are considered much less toxic than the standard care.  Please, please, please, did I mention please, pray for us to make the right decision.  This is something we need to be comfortable with and never, ever second-guess our decision. 

Proverbs 11:14    "With no counsel, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors, there is safety."

John 5:30   "I can do nothing on my own."

Proverbs 3:6    "In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct thy paths."
 Thanks & God Bless! 


  1. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!!! We are so excited to see/read all of the fun Caleb has enjoyed recently. Mostly to see how he is kicking this cancer's backside!:) Our prayers continue as you make new decisions and we are confident God will be leading the way. You all are such an inspiration to those around you as you walk this path. Love you, Donna and Time

  2. WOW!!!!!!!! WHAT A RIDE Y'ALL ARE ON!!!!!!!!!! We can see how JESUS has been in this whole
    "adventure" right there with you!! Love the good news! Love the celebrations! PRAYING for WISDOM and more MIRACLES from the very hand of GOD!!!! Go, Caleb!!!!!

  3. Love to all!! God is Awesome! Donna and David

  4. Just as God gave you all the strength and wisdom to get to this point in your journey....He will "go with you....He will not leave or abandon you." (Deuteronomy 31:6

    So great to see Caleb celebrating MVP AND a fun birthday with friends!
    Love & hugs,
    Susan & Joe