Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Memories

We've been enjoying wonderful "family time" this Labor Day & cherishing our relatively healthy Caleb & of course big brother, Zach.
Our camping trip over the weekend was more challenging than any of us would like to admit, because of Caleb's physical limitations from the amount of chemo he's still taking, but we're doing our best to accept this "new norm".  

The boys wanted to jump on this giant inflatable pillow, but Caleb's legs would only allow him to do it for a few seconds at a time.  He enjoyed every millisecond of it though. 
Caleb tried to ride banana bikes with us.  Though he couldn't make it very far, he did his very best.
Grilling out was effortless, except for "Dad".  :)
We couldn't help but be reminded time-after-time what was going on with Caleb exactly one year ago. We were out of town at Caleb's grandparent's house for Labor Day weekend 2013, & he was feeling terrible.  
He even talked a little friend in to pulling him in this wagon, because he didn't feel like walking, just around the yard!
We ended up in the Emergency Room that night, where Caleb was transferred by ambulance to Cook Children's in Ft. Worth.  It would take almost two more weeks to finally get the right diagnosis. The rest, as they say, is history.

On Caleb's one year anniversary of cancer diagnosis in just a few weeks,  I have decided to start updating his blog once a month, instead of once a week.  Before that, I want to take a moment to thank all of Caleb's Crusaders.  That's EVERYONE who reads this blog.  

Thank you for caring about our little boy!  Thank you for praying for him & lending so many helping hands when we desperately needed it.

Thanks to Bridget Roth, who came up with the brilliant idea to start this blog, to keep everyone up-to-date on Caleb's progress.

Thanks to our precious family & friends who have sent cards to help cheer us up!   I've highlighted our Super Warriors before, now I'd like to thank some new ones I haven't had a chance to mention.

Aunt Glenda, you outdid yourself with the weekly cards, many of them homemade, & so many funny riddles & jokes.
Gail Creel, thank you for making sure that both Caleb & I had cards waiting every Monday- AKA Treatment Day - with a fitting Bible verse & funny joke for Cal.
Aunt Nancy, your beautiful artwork & bigger than Texas cards have brought us all joy!   Julie Browning & Tricia Mayberry, your support, fun cards & care packages have helped more than you'll ever know. 
We realize we have a lot of hurdles to jump the next three years of chemo.  This "Maintenance" Phase of treatment hasn't been quite as easy as we were anticipating.  At the same time though, and by the grace of our Heavenly Father, we do feel like we are OUT of crisis mode, & that's a great place to be.  

God bless you all for your continuous love and support.


  1. I can't help but look at Caleb's hair, the new blondish color is beautiful on him! So used to seeing him with darker hair. Hope we see you out on the fields or around town. Colton say's Hello to Zach. So happy you all are doing better. God is GOOD! Hugs and Prayers for you!!!! XXXOOO The Green's

  2. God Bless you Melissa and your family. So happy that Caleb continues to do well. God's grace will always protect Caleb and keep him going healthy and strong. I so look forward to hearing your beautiful story of Caleb doing better so encouraging. Please keep us posted.

  3. Hi Caleb..... Please know that you and your family continue to be in my prayers everyday. I know I don't see you and Zach very much since I moved back to Stafford but I love keeping up with how things are going through your blog. You are such an inspiration to so many people with your courage and determination, we all know you will "knock that cancer down"! God bless you and stay strong! - Pat Bishop

  4. We love you and have been so inspired by your examples of faith and determination. Caleb will be in our prayers daily - always thanking God for what He has done and will do in Caleb's life. May God's angels surround him constantly and give him all he needs in those tough times. Ellers