It’s been a busy start to summer on the Faith UMC campus. World Relief has begun its summer camp, which lasts for 4 weeks and brings almost 50 children to the church for morning classes before they head to the Y in the afternoon. In the afternoon and evening, Kim’s Open Door works with groups of children with music, art and dance. While Cathy’s schedule prevents us from helping much with the meals or with the kids, we are there to help in other ways. For example, when they needed internet in the classrooms. We ran a new ethernet cable and installed an access point to provide wifi.
Still progress is being made, and that’s a good thing.
Bonnie and Troy and the kids arrived late one Wednesday afternoon for a 3-day visit. We enjoyed their company and managed to take in a few sites with them – some of which were new to us. We took a candy tour at Sweet Pete’s, taking the Skyway over the river to get there, and getting to design our own candy bar. Before and after, we stopped at the Cancer Center, where the kids marveled at the view of the river and got to color in a flower for a few of us they knew who were battling cancer. Then they put a wish on the wishing tree.
Bobbi didn’t have an easy time of it after her last surgery. With her heart set on heading north on June 26th, it was just over a week before that she found herself back in the hospital with an infection. She had to have a drain inserted and stayed the week until it was no longer needed. And sure enough, five days later, she and Don headed out for NJ. The trip was not without its problems. A wheel came off, and there were 2 flat tires, but we were glad they made it home safely. Before they left, we managed to squeeze in a trip to visit Morris and Karen at their lovely new home in Daytona. And Bobbi treated us to thank you meal along with Pastor Barry and Evalyn, the night before they left.
Two days later, we were saying goodbye to Rigo, Saine, Magdiel and Jahaziel. Dave had helped them some with the arrangements for the move, securing a deal on the U-haul truck, and hauling out our ample supply of ratchet straps, but they had an efficient crew to get the truck loaded. Pulling out before dawn on Saturday, they were unloaded into their new home in West Palm Beach by noon that day. We send lots of good wishes their way as they begin to serve at this new church.
Feel the Burn - Not
Cathy’s radiation treatments began on the 21st, ironically the first day of summer. Barring any problems, she would be done on the 19th of July. With plans to take a cruise one week after the last treatment, we have few contingency days to work with. Asking about this up front, we were told that this should work.
However, on the day of the 3rd treatment, we ran into our first problem. Cathy’s treatment machine went down. Despite a delay and then cancellation, we didn’t take no for an answer and managed to get a treatment in that day and the next two days that the machine was down. Although one day, we did have to travel to a different location several miles south to have the treatment done. By Friday, the machine was working again. So far, so good. It’s still early, but Cathy is handling the treatments well.
One more good thing was that the end of the Taxol chemo drug meant that Cathy was able to eat out again for the first time in 3 months. We celebrated with a trip to a Mexican restaurant after church with several friends.