Good morning friends. It’s Jamie again. Feels like it’s time for an update on our friend, but I honestly don’t know where to begin. Those of us close to Jen have experienced so many different emotions throughout this journey, yet each day still seems to produce new ones. A cornucopia of sad, mad, frustrated, confused, joyful, content, helpless, exhausted & grateful is the latest offering for me personally. And that’s just in the last 5 minutes. I can’t even imagine what it’s like for Jen, Scott, Linc & Jane. I’m so thankful we have God’s truth to rely upon when our feelings are so uncontrollable. Psalm 27:13, 14 says, “I would have lost heart unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord…I will wait on the Lord…and He shall strengthen my heart.” Blessed reminder.
Jen is settling into her new normal, which basically means a lot of time resting and trying to eat. She is able to enjoy some perks like snuggle time with Linc in bed.
I don’t know about you, but my experience snuggling with an active 5 year old means knees in the back and an occasional elbow in the face. I’m going to pretend that Linc’s sweet little fists folded up under his chin are going to stay put for Jen & Gigi’s sake.
Same for this scenario. Keep those elbows tucked in, buddy.
Jen had chemo last Thursday and is still tolerating that fairly well. Especially when Cinnabons are part of the deal.
For now, chemo is the chosen course of treatment. Things seem to change rapidly, however, so I don’t know how much longer this will be the case. A brain MRI on Monday showed more metastasis, which could potentially alter the next steps. Please continue to pray for wisdom for Jen’s doctors (Dr. Osborne, Dr. Casanova & Dr. Cheek) as they process and plan.
As for Lincoln, the only thing he’s planning is how he’s going to play with his birthday hamster, Reepicheep.
Someone call Hallmark. This is too precious. And a little unnerving. In fact, I think snuggling with Reepicheep may be the actual equivalent to how I remember snuggling with my 5 year old boys. Just add elbows.
Friends, I’ve been tasked with updating this blog. I hope it’s helpful, and that it allows you to feel connected to Jen and to know how to pray for her and her family. Some days I don’t know what to say. Today is one of those days. This is tough. This is surreal. This is at times unbelievable. But this is life. And for TODAY, this is the day that the Lord has made. And if I know Jen, she will choose to be glad in it.
Thank you for your continued support through prayers, calls, texts, cards, errands run, laundry folded, bills paid, play dates, etc. The Clouse family is grateful. And thank you for respecting their time together as a family. Jen is in need of a lot of rest, but would love to connect by reading your comments below.
Much love to you all,
Jamie (aka B)