Sunday, June 6, 2010


What a whirlwind of a weekend.

We drove through tornado warnings and torrential rain to get to my parent's home for a visit with my Mom and Stepdad (who has lung cancer). Dad was doing very poorly and before we knew we were following the ambulance back to the hospital. He has pneumonia and was not responding to the anitbiotics and is now having heart and kidney issues. Mom, Brad(hubby), and I were at the hospital until midnight and there again all day today. Before we left his temp. was down and he managed to eat something, which was a good sign. He is being monitored closely and is determined to get through the remainder of his radiation treatments (9). Even so, it was hard to say good bye tonight - any one may be the last.

In the midst of all this, the query for the book project I've been working on was fine tuned and sent out by my partners. As you know I've been working on this for some time now. My book is almost half way done and all the research and ideas are in place, so I'm gearing up for completion. Lord willing, we'll hear soon regarding if, when, and how this will go forward.

It's just amazing how such various emotions can swirl around and around in such a short period of time. Be it heartache, hard-work, emotional or mental fatigue, concern, excitement, joy, or anticipation I'm so glad to find a calm in the eye of the storm.

And I've just got to say, while Dad slept we all had our noses in books. I finished up The Anonymous Bride (I cried at the end), Mom's reading The Apothecary's Daughter, and Brad was finishing up At Plymouth Plantation. So for those published authors, I say thank you for giving people a pleasant diversion during stressful times!


  1. Hugs, Carla! I feel for you and your family. Having been down the road when cancer took my beloved mother-in-law, I feel your pain.

  2. Carla, I'm praying for you and your family today. My dad fought a 4-year battle with liver cancer before dying (they didn't think he would make it 6 months). Cancer is such a rough battle to fight. May God's peace be with you today. If you ever need to vent, feel free to drop me a line at I really feel part of the reason for my journey was to minister to others that are grieving. Julia

  3. Carla, So glad you had a little reading time to help at this very difficult time. I'm praying for your loved ones and also am so thrilled to hear your book project is moving forward! Will keep praying about that and look forward to hearing more. The Lord is really moving in your life despite the hard things. You are such a light and inspiration to so many, including me.

  4. Thanks so much for your prayers and concern.

    Keli and Julie, I know you can relate to what I'm going through and that helps.

    Laura, I appreciate your encouraging thoughts and prayers.

    How blessed I am!

  5. So sorry to hear about your dad. Prayers sent up from here!

  6. Praying for your dad, and your family, and you. I've been through radiation (chemo too), and I pray for the sweet peace I experienced during that time, for you and your family and dad. So wonderful that you all are readers!

  7. Carla,

    Still keeping you in prayer. Please feel free to email me if you would like.

  8. Carla sure hope everything goes ok, I know how it is with parents, I have lost both of mine and all my siblings except one, there was 10 of us now only 2. But life must go on, will pray for you.


  9. Praying for you, Carla, and your family. It is amazing how many emotions can crowd their way into a very short period of time. I remember hearing someone say that it's never "all bad" or "all good" in our lives, but at the very same time we are going through a tough trial, we often are experiencing a bountiful blessing in some other area. May that be the case with you.


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