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We have been home for a week now and are adjusting to our new normal. Family and friends have been helping with errands and keeping the kids busy. The home nurse visits every few days. Simon has an abdominal catheter for fluid build up that I’ve been trained to drain as needed and the nurse…
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That Boy Scout Motto…

You know, Be Prepared. You’re going to think Simon and I are a little weird and morbid, but every year on our wedding anniversary we talk about death. Do we dwell on it? No. Do we talk about it for more than about 20 minutes? Nope. But knowing Simon has a heart condition and knowing…
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Cards

We bought greeting cards for every milestone for each of our children from now until adulthood – Birthdays, Graduations, Weddings, Babies etc. Simon will be writing and signing during his free time. It was really tough organizing the cards and thinking ahead to each event, knowing he probably won’t be there unless a miracle happens.…
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Church

Simon made it to church today.  The last time he went was on Father’s Day five weeks ago, and just one day before the cancer diagnosis.  His desire has been to attend church, but his body has taken such a toll that it seemed like a physical impossibility. So today was the day.  We purposely arrived…
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What He CAN Do

Being an optimist, I refuse to focus on the things Simon can’t do. Thinking about his limitations is limited thinking. So I focus on what he CAN do: He can talk with visitors He can fold laundry (children’s laundry is the bane of my existence) He can help the kids put on their shoes He…
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Health Update

It was shaping up to be a great week full of improvements.  After going to church on Sunday, Simon joined extended family for dinner out at Steak Corral on Monday.  He was the most energetic and spirited we’ve seen in the last five weeks. But then he was very weak the last two days.  He…
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The Tenant

Our tenant moved out tonight. We have a back house that we built for family to stay in when they visit.  Our visitor schedule was non-existent for a few months so we offered it as a  summer rental. Because God is one step ahead of us, always, we found the sweetest gal to move in.…
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Garbage-Worthy Fears

I plan to ask Simon what his fears are in this journey, but my guess is that he has very few. He has always been more confident in his faith and in his fate than I have. I have big and small fears, but I know the fears are just thoughts, not reality. I’m going…
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Back in the Hospital

Simon is back in the hospital. I was out with the kids all day yesterday while his sister cared for him at the house.  She was texting me updates with his temperature, blood pressure, eating, and mobility.  All were declining throughout the day. We had the kids stay at my parents’ house and got Simon’s oncology…
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Pregnancies and Babies

Simon is at the hospital for the fourth time in six weeks. Doctors are running tests to see if this is an infection or the next ugly phase of this horrible disease. But sitting at this hospital facing death also holds many sweet memories. At least three, anyway. Our babies. Simon will deny it, but…
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The Final Steps

Simon is reaching the end of his journey. The miracles came in many forms, just not healing. Yesterday, he was assigned a nurse that had never worked on that floor before. She had lost her husband from the same cancer a year ago and was a source of comfort. His Hospitalist and Oncologist had both…
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Quick Update

Simon is comfortable and quite alert in his hospital room.  He is still only accepting family to visit but has enjoyed hearing your many messages read to him.  He has smiled and laughed.  I have not seen him shed a single tear.  It may be a physical impossibility or it may be that he truly has…
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City Girl in a Small Town

We don’t know what today holds so here is a fun story to give some smiles underneath the tears. I grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles – I’m a city girl who is used to lots of people, buildings, concrete, and busyness. Although I spent a semester of college in North Texas, it…
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Dear Simon

When I kiss you goodnight and tell you I love you, I’m not sure if it will be the last time.  You’re so weak and tired. You are getting more meds to control your pain and discomfort. You told me to go home and be with our family and kids.  Always concerned about everyone else.…
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Simon is Home With Jesus

Simon passed peacefully this morning surrounded by family.  He was ready.  He had told us all he loved us, acknowledged final prayers, and clasped his hands together.  We are filled with sorrow and peace. Services in Texas are being planned for next weekend.  Services in California will be the following weekend.  Details to follow. Thank…
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Service Information

There will be two services for Simon. Simon will be buried in his beloved hometown. Service and graveside will be Saturday, August 9th at 10am Atlanta First Baptist Church 306 Baker St Atlanta, TX 75551 www.atlantafbc.org   There will be a Celebration of Life in Whittier, CA  on Sunday, August  17th at 3pm. Plymouth Church 12058…
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The Dress

Hi Simon. I bought my dress for your funeral. I’ve lost 25 lbs in the last six weeks and nothing is fitting quite right these days. By the way, “buying a dress for husband’s funeral” was right up there on my list of things I hoped I would never have to do. That list also…
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Quality Time

Not gonna lie, we were a busy family.  That’s mostly my doing as a textbook extrovert.  We had been married almost ten years and had jobs, church, life group, Bible study groups, School Board, Boy Scouts, dance lessons, swim lessons, piano lessons, birthday parties, and many other activities.  I kept an organized master calender and…
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Grief Etiquette (Guest Post)

Hello, blog readers. “Tenant” here. You may remember me from this post. This may be a little long, so bear with me. First, thank you for prayers, love, and support toward Simon’s family. From your simple, “Lord, be with Kristy,” to your intense, tearful intercession- Jesus hears it all and continues to give enough grace…
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The Long Road Home

Nearly 20 of us Californians begin heading to Texas tomorrow by various means of transportation.  Simon had specifically requested certain friends to be present for his Texas services and to be pallbearers.  We didn’t think every person would be able to make it due to schedules and finances but it is happening. Calls were made.…
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