Rainy Day Update

Hi everyone.  It’s Jamie again.   What a privilege it is to update all of you, faithful friends, on Jen’s journey.  So many people have inquired about our sweet friend lately because she’s gone blog silent.  And for those of you who know her well, silent is not in Jen’s vocabulary (can I get an AMEN?!).

So much has happened in the past few weeks that it would be difficult to recall it all.  (And let’s be honest, I just turned a year older and I’m clawing my way to the end of the proverbial school finish line, so really anything is hard to recall).  But I CAN remember what happened this week (#winning).

And it looked something like this.

IMG_3690.JPGThis is Jen crouching down in the elevator.  Why, you ask?  Because her body is SO DARN TIRED.  Tired of the radiation (which is now complete), tired of the chemo, tired of, well, CANCER.  I was surprised she mustered up a smile for me because it was pretty brutal.  But hey, a girl always knows to be picture worthy because SOCIAL MEDIA.

Jen is finding it really hard to even get out bed lately and has been sleeping a lot.  Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for her nausea.  It’s wide awake.  On her Wednesday visit to Dr. Casanova (palliative care physician), he recommended she receive some IV fluids to see if that might boost her energy and decrease her nausea.  As soon as she hit that chair and they draped her in a warm blanket, she was out.  And truthfully I can’t blame cancer for that, because once I was offered a warm blanket (and accepted it shamelessly) I fell fast asleep too.  I’m sure it looked like a page out of a preschool book complete with vinyl mats and mini pillows.  NAP TIME.  There are moments when cancer gives you unexpected little gifts and this was definitely that.

IMG_3694-1.JPGSorry for my big face, but I knew this was a memory I didn’t want to forget.  How often do you get to nap with your friends in the middle of the DAY once you’re past the age of 3?!  Priceless.

And since we are doing silver linings,  Jen received some encouraging news on Monday from Dr. Osborne.  Her blood work looks good, and the protein in her liver tumors are decreasing.  We’ll take it.  She is due for additional scans in the upcoming weeks which will give more information about what is actually going on inside her bod.

And if you can stand even more positive news, the Clouse family has finally moved into their new beautiful home!!  And it is JUST that.  A home.  With all of Scott’s hard work and attention to detail, and Jen’s final touches, it is as if they’ve lived there for 20 years.  It feels new, but somehow very familiar.  It feels roomy, but cozy at the same time.  It feels like a place that wonderful memories have already been made and will continue to be made.  Basically, it feels like love lives there.  And who can’t get excited about that?!  Thank you to EVERYONE who pitched in and worked super hard…

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IMG_0043.JPGIMG_0020.JPGAnd even to those who didn’t work quite AS hard…

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It was all worth it for these moments of joy at the end of a LONG DAY…

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See?  Love most definitely lives here.

Lastly, Jen and Scott were able to get away for an anniversary trip to Turks & Caicos thanks to Jen’s generous running group.  (I’m contemplating how I can join this running group despite the fact the only place I would actually ever run is to get on a plane that is heading to TURKS & CAICOS.)   And while sleep may have been a dominant activity on Jen’s daily itinerary, at least she awakened to a beautiful view of crystal clear water and not her friend’s big face.  In between naps, she and Scott even got in some paddle boarding and fishing.  Apparently fish appear smaller in photographs than in real life. 😉

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Seriously, though, I think this is a fancy fish of some sort (bonefish?) so to Scott I say: WE ARE PROUD OF YOU, SAY WE ARE PROUD OF YOU, hey hey hey.

In conclusion, Jen wanted me to pass along that even though her people pleasing is alive and well and she wishes so badly that she could write to those she loves (that would be YOU), her pain and fatigue is even more alive and well at this point.  Your prayers, cards and messages are so greatly appreciated, however, and I’m here to say THANK YOU to each one of you on her behalf!!  The Lord continues to meet Jen’s every need, and she is so grateful for His daily provision in every single detail.

He is GOOD.

He is FAITHFUL.

He is ENOUGH.

With SO much love,

Jamie (aka B)

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27 thoughts on “Rainy Day Update

  1. Thank you Jamie for the update! Please tell Jen we love her and are praying for her a lot and their new home is beautiful!! She and Scott definitely have HGTV level design skillz! Love to Jen and to your big face. 🙂

  2. Jamie, thanks for this great update, all of the awesome photos, and the way you love our sweet Jen! We celebrate with them the homecoming to their fabulous new place–way to go Scott! And continue to pray for her. Please her hugs and let her know how loved and prayed for she is!

  3. Thank you so very, very much for the update. I have been so worried (rightfully so) but am thankful that God has once again provided some happy moments for Jen and her family the past few weeks.

  4. Thank you for the update – there are prayers being lifted up here in Eastern Oregon – I hope Jen knows how much courage she has shown, and the difference she’s made in the way I view daily life….with gratitude. 🙂
    My friend posted this on FB this week, and I thought it was fitting….if blessings in life were like raindrops, how soaked would you be? I thought it was a great visual.
    Keep on the good fight Jen! You are an encouragement to me, and we are praying you, your sweet family and friends forward!

  5. Jennifer, Scott, Lincoln and Jane, God allowed you to have your new home and He allows you the challenge of life. He makes the testimony that you bring to the table and you have shown Him you are worthy of all His love.
    Bless you,
    Larry and Julia Foster
    “Ole friends, and fans forever”

  6. Thank you so much for the update. I was hoping she and Scott were able to make their trip. The new house is icing on the cake.

  7. Thank you for the update. Your faith continues to inspire me and so many others. I’m so happy for your sweet family that you’ve moved into your beautiful new home! You will continue to be in my prayers!

  8. Thank you Jamie for the update. So good to hear some positive things happening. I have been reading the blog for about a year and a half now. Jen has been such an inspiration to me and as I have recently been diagnosed with cancer myself (for the first time), I pray that I will handle whatever comes my way as gracefully as Jen has.

  9. Thank you for the update Jamie! It’s always nice to get good news along with the not so good news. The house looks wonderful and the anniversary/vacation looks like a dream. : ) Thanks also for the photos so we can see how things are. Prayers going up for relief from the nausea and fatigue. (I love me a warm blanket and will fall asleep immediately too.)

  10. Oh man, I savoured every last letter of this update, so thankful Jamie! What beautiful tanned skin Jen and Scott are sporting 🙂 Love the new house, how gorgeous! I love the brick walls, and the way Jen’s shoes are displayed! Praying for nausea to beat it. Much love and hugs your way <3. Leanne.

  11. Thank you so much for the update! Jenn has been on my mind and in my prayers so much. Praising God for her new home and as always praying for her and her precious family.

  12. Continued prayers for Jen and those around her for comfort and healing from her in BC Canada- and-congratulations on your new home-wonderful for them – it looks beautiful !

  13. Thankful for this update. Thank you B. Love the pictures of the new home. Whew.. it is done! Prayers continuing daily for your body Jen!
    David recently went back to Miami for a Nano Knife procedure to electrocute the small tumor in his liver. We continue to also be amazed at God’s creative faithfulness amidst the battles of life! Sending hugs your way!

  14. Thanks Jamie for such a terrific update filled with love and fun and some good reports! Jennifer, you look wonderful! Praying the IV’s are working overtime to give you energy for all that is usually on your heart (aka other people) and lessening the effects of nausea. You continue to inspire. That is God’s gift to all who know you! Blessings!

  15. Glad to see the update. Randomness: my husband’s great nephew attends the same church as Jen and her husband. Small world. ~hugs~ all around.

  16. Thank you for the update Jamie. Jen has a friend that sticks closer than a sister. Its so good to see God walking you both through this.

  17. I am so grateful each time you update for Jen. The journey has not been easy. However, as you said, God is Good, God is Faithful and God in Enough!!! I am on a journey with a dear friend who has had cancer for five years and she, like Jen, is an inspiration and a fighter. I consider it a gift to be able to walk alongside these dear ladies. Loving the positive news!!!!

  18. So grateful for this update on the fabulous Jen Clouse & Family! The new home is obviously FILLED with Love and Light, in other words – with Him. Praying earnestly for all of you. He has you in His grip.

  19. My continued prayers for Jenn and family, praying morning and night; and I do love that little family. They are precious in our lives and even more precious I’m His eyes!!
    All my love, Framona
    (My name for Jenn)

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