"The moment the word 'why' crosses your lips, you are doing theology."
—When Life & Beliefs Collide                

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Carolyn Update # 10

As I write, Frank is in en route to Seoul, South Korea where a full and very interesting itinerary awaits. He’ll be speaking at universities, seminaries, and churches on behalf of Biblical Seminary. This trip has been on the calendar for a while now, and I am relieved that my post-surgery progress is far enough along for him to go, although it wasn’t easy for him to leave.

While he’s away, I have temporarily vacated the Hobbit Hole (with some help from new friend, Pamela Lang) and am safely and comfortably ensconced at my cousin’s home.

Signs of progress, I daresay. Please join me in praying for Frank—for safe travels, stamina, and an outpouring of God’s Spirit on his ministry in South Korea.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Carolyn Update # 9

A message from Carolyn herself!
It’s been over a week since my surgery and time for me to pick up where Frank left up with updates. It’s a bit risky for me to be doing this, since I’m still on pain meds (meaning loopy), which can result in some rather confused messages. Evidently I sent some incomprehensible text messages when I was in the hospital—fortunately, only to family. I’m counting on Amy Lauger to protect me from myself.

Right now, I’m in recovery mode and so grateful to be on this side of surgery. Thank you so much for praying and for your encouraging notes. Recovery is going slower than I would like, although not slower than normal. Besides getting a lot of rest and reading, I’m also getting good exercise. The past four days I’ve been outside walking and enjoying warm spring weather. Frank and my cousin Karen are taking good care of me. Friends at Biblical Seminary are providing wonderful meals.

Please keep us in your prayers. Means a lot to both of us.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Carolyn Update # 8

This AM got off to a rocky start. CCJ awoke in considerable pain. During the night I check with her several times to make sure she is comfortable. All was well until the sun came up and suddenly the pain got out ahead of us. It took some time for the meds to work their magic, but by late morning the pain was under control. This was a reminder to both of us that recovery is a slow process.

Please keep CCJ in prayer.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Carolyn Update # 7

The first full day home has been quiet. CCJ has dozed off and on most of the day except to walk around the apartment (including stairs) and doing her breathing exercises. She is eating light meals and drinking her favorite beverage — Sprite Zero. Our little basement apartment came with a recliner and that has proven to be a real blessing. It allows CCJ to stretch out but without getting flat on her back. Her pain has been manageable, although if she makes one wrong move, it can be intense.

Grateful for friends,


Monday, April 14, 2014

Carolyn Update # 6

Much to our surprise, the doctor is sending Carolyn home today. They removed her chest tube and her follow-up x-rays were good so they are discharging her. She has a big, somewhat loopy, smile on her face. We are grateful.

She's off to the Hobbit Hole...

Carolyn Update # 5

More progress!
Carolyn continues to improve. The big event today was the removal of the chest tube. It was painful but Carolyn came through it like the warrior she is. If follow up x-rays are okay, the doctor may allow her to come home today. We're hopeful.

As always, feel free to leave encouraging notes here for Carolyn! Hopefully she'll be back in her beloved Hobbit Hole soon.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Carolyn Update # 4

I just received an update:
Carolyn continues to recover well. She is walking the hallways - doing even more than the doctor ordered. Today for the first time she had not one but thee real meals. It looks like she will be in the hospital for an additional day. The original plan was to go home Monday, now Tuesday is more likely. Her lung needs to heal a bit more before sending her home.

Grateful for your love and support.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Carolyn Update # 3

More from Carolyn's husband:
Carolyn slept well last night. Before I left she spent an hour sitting in a chair. This morning she walked the hospital hallway twice and will do that twice more this afternoon. The pain is present but manageable. The doctors and nurses say she is progressing very well. Carolyn felt good enough to make fun of her beloved husband. Please keep praying for continued good progress.

Feel free to leave encouraging comments here. I'm sure Carolyn will love to read them when she feels up to it! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Carolyn Update # 2

Here's another update:
CCJ is out of surgery and awake -- but still groggy. The doctor confirmed that it was cancer but was confident she got all of it. Now for the road to recovery.
Thanks for the prayers. FAJ

Carolyn Update # 1

Carolyn's husband, Frank, has been in touch today about how Carolyn is doing. Here's what he's asked me to share:
Carolyn went into surgery around 8 AM. My last words to her was to remind her that she is an Ezer-warrior. I was honored to see her off to the front lines.
Carolyn is now out of surgery. The surgeon said all went well and confirmed it was cancer. She will be out of recovery in the next two hours. Thanks for all the prayers.