Friday, August 7, 2015

Last Days of Summer!

God is so good!  Caleb has had an amazing summer, with very few side-effects from chemo, & absolutely no secondary infections or illnesses.  What a beautiful blessing! 

Cal's big brother is not a fan of needles, but Zach still insists on being right by his little bro to support him!  There really is something to the saying of "brotherly love".
Precious babysitter, Nicole, is always by our sides through thick 'n thin, too!  We started praying to find the perfect caretaker for our children BEFORE Zach was born.  Our prayers were heard when Nicole came into our lives eleven years ago.

 Caleb and Zach got to spend a week with their "Auntie Donna" and family last month.  

Water sports helped them enjoy the great outdoors in the steamy North Texas heat!
They had a BLAST with their cousins!
Caleb recently had a great check-up and was given the "all clear" to head off to Camp Periwinkle with Texas Children's Hospital. (Periwinkle because that's the color of one of the main childhood chemotherapies.  Only cancer patients and their siblings are there.)
It's a "no communication policy" with parents at camp for an entire week - so I spend every spare moment on their website, looking for a glimpse of the boys at camp! (Mommy stalker, ha ha)

Looks like Caleb loved making homemade pasta!
One of my former colleagues taught golf lessons at camp, & we're so happy to see him taking good care of Caleb!
Of course rockets intrigue all little boys!!! 

We got this note in the mail from Caleb tonight, and it was such a beautiful sight for us.  How wonderful & such a relief to know that he's doing well and having so much fun.  
 Another special experience from Texas Children's Hospital:  Caleb & Zach made national news because of a video they were in, along with many precious patients from TCH.   

It was fun to see them on programs, like The View & Today Show!  They got a million views on our FOX26 website alone.  It's a beautiful video about how tough children are & really take their life back from illness. Here's the link:
It wasn't as fun as being part of a viral video, but they got to "pretend" to be reporters after a remote newscast in Galveston.
Caleb continues to be drawn to lions, as his theme of a "courageous lion" still remains important to him throughout cancer treatment.  He loved a close-up look of them at the circus.
Caleb reminds me of this kitty looking in the mirror.  The love and prayers from family & friends makes him feel strong, just like a lion! 
As these bright, beautiful balloons helped kick-off the start of camp, we hope Caleb sails through second grade a healthy little boy.  One more week of summer until his classes begin. 
We hope you enjoy the rest of summer.  Please know we are blessed by your "cares and prayers".


  1. Love seeing all the pics of the wonderful summer Caleb and Zachary have enjoyed!! We all enjoyed spending time together, and we all miss them. The 'little kiddos" still ask if Cawub and Zak are coming today?? Funny Funny! So thankful Caleb is ready for 2nd grade, and I know he is excited to be with his friends! Prayers continue for his wonderful progress!! Auntie D

  2. One word, LOVE! XXXOOO The Geen's

  3. What? Time for school, ALREADY?! As fast as this summer has gone, soon all of the treatment, trials and tribulations of this disease, will be a distant memory. Hope Caleb has a FANTASTIC second grade experience! And of course, prayers continue to follow you all!

  4. Wow!! So much fun and such a great report!!!! God is definitely watching out for your family in such a unique and precious way giving Caleb and all of you such strength and blessings!!!! Have a great year at school!! Love you!!!

  5. Caleb looks fabulous and radiates joy with his smile. So many prayers for all off you each day. Love all these adventures and fun times. God is walking beside you all covering you in strength. Blessings and prayers continue. Thanks for the love you all share. ROAR Caleb, roar!

  6. What a wonderful video on YouTube! So touching. TCH is a truly amazing place. And your whole family is truly amazing, too! Praises for a great summer!

  7. Wow! So much good news! It's wonderful. Hope all these good things follow him into 2nd grade. I'll be praying for a healthy, FUN 2nd grade year! love you guys! (california cousins)