December 31st update

Bennett has been goose hunting all day and got one!  They saw several and had a few speckle bellies locked up in their decoys but they didn’t land close enough. It’s a lot of work and time setting out all the decoys and setting up their blinds; He loves it though!!

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December 30th update

Hamilton's 1st goose.

Grandpa Johnston & Hamilton rabbit hunting

We all had a blessed Christmas and hope you did too. The boys Christmas break from school is really going by fast. Bennett has been goose hunting almost every day and some nights. He gets up at 4:30 a.m. and goes, how dedicated! Hamilton has gone with him a few times. This morning, Hamilton went rabbit hunting with my Dad. Hamilton got two rabbits and Grandpa got one. He hurried home to go goose hunting with Bennett and his friend Tyler. They weren’t in the field 30 minutes and a flock of geese came into range with their calling and decoy spread. They all shot and Hamilton got one! They are all so happy and proud!

We are so blessed and thankful Bennett is doing so good! He is enjoying every minute of his break hunting and being outside.

Posted by Cindy on December 30th, 2010 in Updates | Comments Off on December 30th update

Merry Christmas!

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her first-born son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2: 6-7

“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12


Merry Christmas to All! May you remember the reason for the season close to your hearts. We pray that God be with the children that are in the hospital during this holiday season and heal them. We pray for the ones that are going through this Christmas time without their precious loved ones.

We’re so grateful for God’s special gift in blessing Bennett with good health!

Posted by Cindy on December 24th, 2010 in Updates | Comments Off on Merry Christmas!

December 19th update

Bennett’s doing good!  He had a Great Dr. appt on Tuesday in St. Louis.  He finished his last preventive breathing treatment!  We’re so thankful.  He has been taking these breathing treatments every month for almost four years.  They say, the medicine tastes really bad.  Bennett has to have peppermint candy to help disguise the taste. Some children throw up and cry because the taste is horrible.  We’re glad that part is over!   Now when we go each month, he will just have to see the Dr.  We will already have his counts checked here locally each month for the Dr. to review.

He saw Santa at the Dr. on Tuesday.  He sat on Santa’s lap with Santa asking him what he wanted for Christmas.  He said nothing at all, just good health.     He always has taken to Santa and is never to old to have his picture taken with him.  

Bennett has been goose and duck hunting a lot.  Yesterday he got up at 4:00 a.m. and went out with a friend on their pond scouting out geese.  They saw several geese flying around.  He went again in the afternoon and saw several ducks, he really enjoys watching them fly and calling them with his goose and ducks calls.    Him and Lindy have been hanging out as usual.  Today, we had a beautiful service at church with our children’s Christmas program, the boys read scriptures and did a good job. 

Hamilton had his first 5th grade basketball game at West Frankfort yesterday.  We won 44-16.  I can’t believe Hamilton is 5 ‘1’.   He is about to catch me.  Bennett has decided not to play sports, he really enjoys being outside and hunting more and he wants to live each day to the fullest.

“Just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” 2 Corinthians 1:5

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December 12th update

Bennett’s ANC today is 2,279 from 4,880 two weeks ago. His WBC is 5.3 from 8.0. They were probably higher than because of his sinus infection.  His neutrophils are lower than normal at 43 versus 56 a month ago.  His hemoglobin is 14.5 from 14.0 and platelets are 185 from 167 which are real good.

He went goose hunting Saturday morning with a friend.  They saw several hundred on the pond and had several to fly near by.  They went last week behind the field & saw several too but didn’t get any.

The boys played in the snow today sledding around.  It was really cold with the high winds.

Bennett has a Dr. appt. this Tuesday in St. Louis, we hope it warms up a little.

Thanks for checking in, & God Bless!

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December 7th update

Bennett is doing pretty good. He is still coughing but his other symtpoms have improved from last week’s sinus infection. He has two more days left of the augmentin.  He didn’t miss any school with this illness which were thankful. I got it late last week andnow Sid has an upper respirtory infection,  we both spent two to three days in bed and Dr. prescribed us the zpac.  It’s been years since Ive felt that bad.

Bennett didn’t go deer hunting this past weekend, he wanted to go duck hunting instead so he did and had a good time with Bob, Scott, and Mason, I think Bennett said he got two and the group got eight.  He went Sunday afternoon in the field close by our house.   He’s giong to go again tomorrow night.

Bennett’s next appt in St. Louis is next Tuesday. Boy, the months sure do go by fast.

 We are counting our blessings that he is doing so well!  We pray for all that have been affected by this horrible disease.  You learn so much so quickly and the most imortant thing you learn in minutes is the value of life and how “special” your loved ones are.

Posted by Cindy on December 7th, 2010 in Updates | Comments Off on December 7th update

Remembering Ryan

Two years ago, we lost a special friend, Ryan Coe.  We only knew him for about 2 years before he past but he instantly became a friend like no other.  Heaven is lucky to have him and we’re lucky to have known him.  May God bless the Coe family!  We’ll never forget Ryan, an amazing young man.

Posted by Cindy on December 1st, 2010 in Updates | Comments Off on Remembering Ryan