Happy Christmas!

Luke 2:1-14

1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.  8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

Happy Christmas!



Monday, Sept 27th

Things have been going as well as can be expected over the past couple of weeks.  Nick has committed to increasing his exercise and he has REALLY help up his end of the bargain.  We bought him a new bike and helmet and he has been adding up the miles.  He’s hated the rain today.  I think it’s the first day he’s not ridden since he went to Chapel Hill.  We have always told him that sitting around doing nothing will make you feel worse and I think he finally believes us.   He feels better and his appetite has dramatically increased! I don’t know where in the world he puts all the food.

He was supposed to start homebound today, but he was having stomach issues.  I told him he ate too much food yesterday.  🙂  His teacher will come tomorrow.

Please continue to pray for him as he works on getting his treatment schedule fine tuned.  He still has issues with getting everything done.  Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers and as always…thanks for checking in.

Clinic Visit

Nicholas went to Chapel Hill today. I wish I could say that he got a good report. His weight was 108 (at 5′ 10 and 3/4″ that’s not too good) and his lung function has dropped to 38%. They got a sputum culture, but we’re going to have to wait until Monday to see what he’s growing.

He had a long talk with the doctor and they are going to put him on Homebound for a month. They also talked about long term homebound. Thank you all so much for the prayers you have already sent up. We seem to need them more and more these days. We will keep in touch..


This past week hasn’t been a great one for Nick. He hasn’t been feeling well and he has had a LOT of stomach issues.  He’s going to try to go back to school tomorrow.  He has to go back to Chapel Hill on Wednesday for a follow-up visit.  We have no idea what the numbers are going to show us.  I’m not sure I want to know.  John will be taking him so I can work.

Please pray for Nick as he continues to work on getting back into the swing of things – doing all of his treatments AND going to school.  One or the other is hard enough, but both of them together is a real problem for him.

Thanks for checking in…

What’s Up With Nick

Nicholas has begun his SENIOR YEAR! I know…where does the time go? He has has a rough summer and a rough go getting started with school. It is so exhausting for him, but he is determined to go and stick it out. We are having a hard time getting into the swing of things AND keeping up with his treatments.

His lung function is not the best in the world. He is hovering around the low 40’s and his weight continues to be a struggle.  We began a new inhaled antibiotic a little over a month ago.  We did see his numbers go up, but only time will tell if it was a one time thing or if it will be a welcome trend for us. We are praying for the latter.

I have been a terrible blogger.  I have to blame part of that on Facebook. So many of our friends and family are facebookers now that I have let the blog go to the wayside. Now that we are back in school, and I have a classroom website, I will make an effort to get over here and post as well.

I promise, if nothing else, to post regularly when he is in the hospital. I wish I could say we would be doing the whole hospital thing less, but I don’t feel that will be the case. Only God knows the answer to that one.  We have many more friends now that we know on a personal level that are dealing with this disease as well.  We ask that when you say a prayer for Nick and our family, that you say a little prayer for them as well.

As always, thank you for your prayers and your support! (especially those of you who check the blog everyday to see that I have not posted. 🙂 )

What’s Up With Nick

Nicholas has been going back to school since the beginning of the new semester.  Things have been going very well.  We have even been able to push is appointment back.  And believe it or not, he is going to be trying out for the Tennis Team!  This has been a dream for him for quite a while now and I believe he is going to be able to do it.  He is LOVING school.  He has all of his favorite subjects: Art, Strength and Conditioning (weightlifting and fitness), U. S. History, and Biology.  He is in absolute heaven I tell you.

He is continuing to use the new inhaled antibiotic every other month – I think this is one of the main, BIG differences in his life.  Aside from the fact that he has really matured and gotten more serious about his meds, his treatments, and his life in general, he FEELS GOOD!  His cough is almost completely at 0% – which we haven’t been able to say in a very long time, and he is able to do things he hasn’t been able to do in a few years now.  His stamina is growing and I think he is doing so much better over all.  He had been becoming short of breath at the thought of doing anything and now he is going, going, going…

Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers guys.  They really mean the world to us and they are WORKING!  Keep up the good work and thanks for checking in.

Pictures from NC Children’s Promise

Nick with Jake Owen

Jake Owen visits with Nick

Nick on 96 Rock with Blade