One year ago...

Exactly one year ago, right about the time I'm typing this, I was making a series of phone calls that still don't quite seem real to me. I was calling family, close friends, and work colleagues, telling them through a veil of tears that doctors had found a huge mass attached to our 2-year-old son's liver, and that it was probably cancerous. He was going to have to stay in the hospital and was going to be airlifted to Vancouver first thing the next morning.

Exactly one year ago, we began a journey that I wouldn't wish any family would ever have to take.

I documented much of that journey through this blog, and chances are good that if you're reading this right now, you've been on the journey with us along the way. So I won't write in detail about all that went on, especially in that terrible first week. If this is new to you, feel free to step back in time and read over the posts that are here on the blog.

Tonight as I write, we're all at home. I've got an appointment to get winter tires on the van but it won't be a rush job and happening with me sitting waiting for it to be done while doing all I can not to break down. (Oddly enough, it'll be at the same shop and about the same time. That was not done intentionally. In fact, I just thought about that right now as I'm writing. I'm certainly not going to mark an anniversay that way...) And most importantly, Davis is cancer-free and things are basically back to normal.

I had grandiose plans to write a long post sharing a long look back; I feel like I have a lot to share with you in retrospect. As I sit here, though, it’s the evening of my regular day off in the midst of a hectic season of preparation for Christmas. There will be more time in the new year, and I will get to those long-winded thoughts. For now, though, it’s enough to mark the date, to thank God for all His blessings, especially as He worked (and continues to work) through doctors, nurses, and all the staff at BC Children’s Hospital, Penticton Regional Hospital, and all hospitals everywhere, and as He worked (and continues to work) through all of you to support our family over the last year.

Thanks to all of you, and all glory to God, for whom we wait in this season of Advent.