Screenshot of a video call on Thursday: 

Friday's procedures went well. They got plenty of marrow for their tests. The endoscopy showed the esophagus healthy. The sigmoidoscopy showed her colon quite inflamed. The surgeon could not tell the cause, but was confident that the pathologist would be able to. She woke up fine, though with some cardiac irregularities that settled themselves. 

A dear friend visited all day Saturday, and this is what Grace looked like on a video call that evening: 

She was eating a bagel, laughing at her brothers, talking, playing. 

They are now just waiting for the colon biopsy results. There's some conflict of advice between GI and nutrition. Hopefully, with results there will be a clear path for what to do with her diet.

The rest of us went to an On Belay family activity day on Saturday, which was nice. It's been a good program for the kids these last several months. www.on-belay.org

However, Faith was in pain by lunch and could not participate in the high-climbing activities. She was really bummed about that.

Sorry about the orientation, I can't fix it on my phone. 

Today is our 23rd wedding anniversary. Plenty of ups and downs for our family in those years!

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Eric & I pray regularly for you guys! This is quite a marathon for you all. Sometimes we say, "It's a good thing we're married," meaning right now is crazy but we know there will be time in the future to connect and refresh. May God's grace carry you until then.

Posted by Bethany Grover on June 30, 2024, 7:15 am

Glad to hear these things. Love you guys. Praying always. <3

Posted by Heidi on June 30, 2024, 7:24 am

So good to hear. Grace looks so much better. Happy Anniversary!! Wow!

Posted by Nancy Shee on June 30, 2024, 8:05 am

I know the person in the last photo cannot be Jon, but it sure looks like him. And look at the muscles in those arms! Are the others Joy and Nathaniel?

Posted by Linda Wightman on June 30, 2024, 8:53 am

Praise God for a healthy esophagus, appetite, laughter and some fun.
Praying for the doctors to have the Lord's discernment and wisdom in diagnosing and treating the GI symptoms and for the bone marrow testing to reveal healing and restoration taking place.
Happy Anniversary!!

Posted by Faith on June 30, 2024, 9:04 am

..And continued prayer for relief for Faith and for her to find comfort and encouragement from the Lord in the waiting.

Posted by Faith on June 30, 2024, 9:07 am

Praying for healing and the Lord's peace. Happy anniversary, and we hope you can be back together soon!

Posted by Nick Fitzkee on June 30, 2024, 11:52 am

Jonathan, Joy, and Nathaniel climbing, yes.

Posted by joyful on June 30, 2024, 12:10 pm

Praying for clear test results that can provide clear direction for treatment. Also praying that Faith's pain symptoms subside soon. Happy Anniversary!

Posted by Chris S on June 30, 2024, 10:42 pm
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