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Monday, June 18, 2012

Day 170 in the Year of Our Lord 2012

Surprise!  I decided to crawl out from under that proverbial rock and let you all know that I am still alive!  Life is just zipppppppppppppppppping by these days!

First of all, let me give you an update on Tim's cancer situation.  It's all pretty good news!

We went for a check up last Friday, June 15th.  It took less than 5 minutes for the Physicians Assistant to rip out the gauze from Tim's neck wound, comment that it looked good (granulated I think is the word he said to the intern that was with him) and for me to keep doing what I'm doing and that Tim wouldn't need to come back for a month.  Hopefully, Lord willing, it will be completely healed by then!

We spent the most time talking with a nurse about a study group that Tim is qualified to take part in.  With this cancer, I think I mentioned before that there is an 80% chance that there is no more cancer in the other lymph nodes behind Tim's right ear where the cancer was found in the lymph node they removed.  The normal procedure has been to still do surgery to remove the rest of the lymph nodes to be safe.  That is where this study comes in.  There is a new ultrasound procedure that is being tested versus the operation.  So, one test group has the operation, while the other test group goes through the ultrasound procedure.  In the random selection, Tim was chosen to be in the ultrasound group.  This is a 10 year study in which Tim will be given ultrasound treatments every 4 months for the first 2 years, I believe.  Then every 6 months for 2 or 3 years after that and then once a year every year after that.  This ultrasound procedure will be free through the study group.

So, thankfully there will be no more surgery at this point!  If they do find cancer in the lymph nodes through the ultrasound procedure, I would say there will then be surgery.  Of course our prayer is that the Lord has seen fit that the cancer is gone!  We thank Him for his goodness to us as it could have been a much worse scenario all the way around!  We know personally many who have not been so blessed as we.  Praise ye the Lord!

Thank you all for your prayers and you know we would still cherish your prayers as you think of Tim and his situation that the Lord would see fit to have him cancer-free from here on out!

OK, in other news, I joined a Creative Team so I could have the chance to work with some "artsy" digital scrapbooking kits.  While it is not really my style for my designs, I have been very intrigued with these designers' (Angie Young, Aria and Cilenia Curtis, who are all fellow-designers at Digitals) work.  So, when they put out a CT call, I decided the only way to learn more about their style would be to join their CT.  I was accepted and on a 3 month trial basis, which is good because I do not know if I will be able to keep up with them and do my own designing, too!

That being said, here are the layouts I have created so far using their "artsy" kits.  I really want to know what you think!  I have to say that I kinda like it!  It takes me F.O.R.E.V.E.R. to put one page together!  What you see is more than likely NOT what I started out with!

These are pictures taken while Jessica and Liz were here last week with the kids.


Tammy said...

Such good news, Vicky and your layouts are awesome. :)

Molly Bennett said...


Praise the Lord for the great news on your hubby... you all have been on my prayer list since you posted about it on Digitals... grateful to hear the progress!

And your layouts are FABULOUS! I know what you mean about being stretched... but isn't that just what God wants?

Excited to see more of your creations and to join you on this journey and on the CT!


Vicky said...

Tammy, Thanks so much! Our God is an AWESOME God, for sure!

Molly, Thank you so much for your sweet comments! We soooooooooo appreciate your prayers! And, I, too, am looking forward to this journey through the CT to learn! There is something about it that is drawing me in, LOL! May even change my style of designing! Who knows but the Lord right now! :D

Stephanie said...

The ultrasound thing sounds great and we are DEFINITELY praying that there is no more cancer! No more surgery sounds awesome too! By the way, I LOVE the layouts.

Vicky said...

Thanks, Stephanie!

Joan said...

So happy to hear the good news for Tim. I'm continuing to keep both of you in my prayers.
You're rocking the new artsy style of layout.
Thanks for sharing!

Joan - aka paperlady at Digitals

Gram said...

First of all, we're rejoicing over the news that Tim's wound is healing and that he'll be participating in this study. A bonus Hallelujah! for the "free of charge!" I'd read the news through a recent e-zine but hadn't been back to celebrate with you personally. And we have kept Tim on the prayer list.

As for the layouts, I like them. I'm not artsy (watercoloring with a toddler is about my speed) so I'm not sure why you don't consider your personal stuff artsy, but I like what you're doing now and what you did before. How's that for a non-answer answer? :)

Bernadette1 (Bernie) said...

The ultrasound treatment sounds fabulous and it sounds like it would be so good in many ways--getting the treatment and being watched for 10 years is good, and hopefully not having to recover from another surgery would be great also. But The Lord will do as he sees fit, and he will be the real decider to Tim's recuperation and his recovery. I have you and Tim in my prayers as it takes time and I am praying for a complete recovery that he will be able to continue life in the pattern that he has been used to and trained for.

I have not posted on your own page before, and I'm hoping that this doesn't get lost. Many times I can't figure out the letters to prove that I am not a robot.

Also, I love the LO's that you call artsy, and they are very nice and will fit into a lot of subject matter. I have always liked what you made from day one when I met you, all papers, elements, etc., so whatever you make will always be a winner with me.

Prayers coming your way.

Hugs and love

kimeric kreations said...

late to respond to this one, Vicky, but want to tell you that you did a gorgeous job with these layouts....they are perfect! and adapt well, huh? I'm betting they will want to keep you on after 3 months if you keep this up! Beautiful composition and use of elements :)