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Catching Up

Written by Sue Baker.

17 December 2012

Family and friends -

I should be in the dog house for not posting more regularly since April!  Roger has been posting pretty regularly, though, and he tells the best parts.

This post is interrupted by a "hi from Matt".  We will resume update in the next paragraph.

If you are reading this today, I know you are praying for the families of Newtown.  We are too.

Roger is doing exceptionally well!  He is still taking chemotherapy each month; it comes as pills, so the administration is easy.  He has a visit to NIH every other month, and a visit to Bethesda every month; other than those visits, he's disgustingly healthy.

Many of you have noticed that his hair has grown back nicely, and that it does not have any gray.  Not to worry, I got it all!  I prefer to call it platinum, and note that these are the service stripes women get with children, husbands, and work.  I have a story for each one!

Roger IS working on his dissertation, and is excited that he is back to reading Greek and Hebrew without interlinear translation.  Would have excited me, too, except that I learned this information at 2 am! The house looks like a work room at the rare documents section of your local library.  Did you know that many pastors' families divest themselves of ancient libraries for the cost of postage?  Yep, I thought not.  So, we have ANOTHER bookcase full of theology references.  If you're looking for something on the parables, we probably have it - as long as it's in Greek, Hebrew, English, Latin or German.  Neither of us has cracked the code on Eastern languages yet.

We are looking forward to a joyous holiday season, filled with the wonder of the Christ child's birth.  Having seen Roger's extended family in November, we're opting to spend time in Pennsylvania (provided there is no snow or ice on the ground - my sister's driveway is a thing of determination!).

When we come back, Roger wil have another set of visits to NIH and Bethesda, and the next round of chemo. 

I expect to have tired of being a military retiree, and will concentrate on new employment.... I think staying home more than 6 weeks will make me nuttier than I already am!

So, it's off to finish the turkey for tonight's dinner sponsored for Fairfax County youth by our Sunday School class.  The potatoes are almost finished, too, and dear friends have been dropping off stuff all day.  It will be a good feast!

Blessings to you and yours!  Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Sue