Hi! Yesterday we attended the baptism for Chloe Marie and Allison Ann Popanz, daughters of our good friends Tony and Cee Cee Popanz. Tony was one of my roommates when I studied in Ireland. He is also a godfather for our oldest daughter, Aubrey. Kelly and I were very honored to return the favor and serve as two of the four godparents for his beautiful baby girls. This is the best picture we got with our camera. As you can see, Jack found a way to sneak into the picture of the babies, parents, and godparents. We had no idea he was standing there until pictures were over! : )
I watched a little football over the weekend I was glad to see that Notre Dame has shown improvements in another losing effort. They might squeak out a win or two sometime this season. And Nebraska managed to pull off an upset over perennial gridiron powerhouse, Ball State. I was impressed that they showed so much heart and perseverance a week after their heartbreaking nailbiter loss to USC. We Husker fans have to be so grateful to AD Steve Pederson for recognizing the countless flaws in Nebraska's 30-year-old tradition of winning and for his brave willingness to make decisions during the past four years that ensure the Big Red will not succumb to mediocrity. ; )
I resume my radiation schedule again today. Ugh. The only good thing about it is the nice older couple who is always in the waiting room when we arrive. We kind of have our own personal support group. The husband, who is there to support his wife through her treatments for advanced colon cancer, says things that just make me crack up. The other day, the wife was complaining of leg pain she has been having. I asked if it was caused by the tumors pinching her nerves. She nodded yes, but her husband interrupted: "I think it's caused by her hemorrhoids," he blurts out. It was all I could do to keep a straight face. That might not seem very funny to anyone else, but you take what you can get when you're in an oncologist's waiting room!
On a more serious note, I heard a story this weekend about the parents of an old grade-school classmate. Evidently, the husband had fallen and broken his rib recently. The doctors performed a chest x-ray while patching him up and discovered a lung cancer lesion. It was in its early stages so the doctors could remove it surgically and he will not need radiation or chemotherapy. Talk about serendipity. I was sorry to hear about the discovery of the cancer, but at the same time I also was overwhelmed with gratitude that they caught it early. This couple has been so supportive of me during the last nine months; maybe God heard all the prayers they said for me and chose to answer by helping them catch his cancer while it was still curable. That would be something good.