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Hi all, 

Thought I'd pop in with an update from the Nile Valley.

A. This week my brother delivered a 'new to me' vehicle to replace our other vehicles that have a lot of years and enough miles on them. I now have a 2012 Ford Escape that is in very very good condition and should last me a long time! I'm very excited. Favorite feature? Why the heated seats, of course!  Winter is coming and no more cold tush! LOLOL

B. I had my birthday a couple of weeks ago and it was wonderful! My BFF came over from the Seattle area to help me celebrate. By the way, I LOVE birthdays!!!!!! DH arranged to have a chocolate cake delivered to me.... one of those huge, delicious and very chocolaty ones from Costco. YUM.

C. Tonight DH takes the last of his chemo pills and tomorrow is his last radiation treatment. We are certainly celebrating that! We are starting to taper him off the steroids. They have not been very friendly to him and we hope the challenges they brought on will go away once all the steroid is out of his system.  He will not be doing any more chemo so we are going to enjoy each day God gives us.

  At the end of the month we'll be heading to the Oregon Coast for a few nights respite. Our sons will come for the last two nights and hopefully our daughter can join us as well.

I did get a new bag made a few weeks ago. I'm having to carry a lot of stuff for DH and I and needed something a bit larger. It felt so good to be back at the sewing machine!

Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes. Your support means a lot to us!!!!

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Comment by Shannon, ON on October 23, 2018 at 5:11pm

Wishing you strength and peace on this journey.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on October 23, 2018 at 11:56am

Thank you everyone. Yes, I loved PQ's post. God is blessing us in so many many ways -- it is so humbling. We are cherishing all of our moments we have together. Each day is filled with joy, with laughter, with love... and all the other stuff that we don't dwell on.

Comment by Barbara Graham on October 23, 2018 at 11:49am

BJ, I was happy to read your post. You and DH are doing what you need to do. That includes a visit to the beautiful Oregon coast. It is gorgeous! The new vehicle and some sewing time adds some peace. Heated seats!

Read PQ's post again. She knows what she is talking about. Hold onto the good stuff.

Comment by Barb/WI on October 22, 2018 at 5:37pm

Thoughts and prayers continue to be sent your way.  Those steroids can be really hard on the body.  I hope your DH recovers well from them.  You have certainly earned a nice respite on the coast.  

The Escape should serve you well, and a warm tush is never a bad thing.  Love the new bag, beautiful fabric choice and very nice design. 

Comment by Irene Gallway on October 22, 2018 at 4:12pm

BJ, you and hubby are in my prayers. Congratulations on your new ride. You are very blessed to have a nice brother to bring you this car. I love your purse. Cute pattern and you always do such a great job on everything you make.

Comment by Janet/MO on October 22, 2018 at 3:53pm

BJ, I love the new car & the new bag.  I think it is wonderful that you & your family will get to spend a few days on the Oregon coast.  Hopefully the side effects your husband experienced from the steroids will go away quickly.  He sounds like he has done quite well over all with his treatments.

Comment by Sharon Reeves on October 22, 2018 at 7:49am

BJ, good to see another post and learn how things are going. Your time together will be different, but what PQ said is certainly true. Enjoy each moment together and you'll be surprised at what you learn and feel. I'll keep you all in my prayers and thoughts. God is your Life, Strength and Health. Hugs to you both.  Your bag will be put to good use and it's beautiful. Also, you'll certainly enjoy your new car with the heated seats. I love them, too. 

Comment by Pam/NY on October 22, 2018 at 6:55am

BJ-so good to see your posting. I think PQ said it best...thoughts and prayers throughout this journey.

Love your bag! I think sewing is a great stress release...even ripping has it's virtues!!!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on October 22, 2018 at 5:23am

BJ, I don't know if I'll be able to adequately express what's on my heart, because each person's experience is a little bit different.  It's a tough journey, but also one filled with unexpected blessings, or at least that's what we experienced with my dad.  Praying the Lord will grant you both the strength to endure the difficult days, the peace that comes from walking with Him (or letting Him carry you when needed), and the eyes to see His Hand in those small, cherished moments.   

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on October 21, 2018 at 11:05pm

All the very best to you and DH, BJ!  Heads up and face forward; the best is yet to come.

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