Friday, March 20, 2009

My Quarterly News Update

Hello dear friends-

It does seem that I'm updating on a quarterly basis. I've been thinking for awhile that I needed to write to all who read this. There are several updates that I will categorize here for easy reading.

Aaron and Kari
Aaron and I have bought our first home! I have been watching the market for about a year. When prices started really dropping last fall, I started watching closer. Then in January we started seriously looking. One of Aaron's colleagues also works in real estate so we hired her. After looking at about a million houses and putting a couple of offers out there, we finally found one that we love! We are currently in escrow and should be closing at the end of March and then moving towards the end of April. So by my next update we should be enjoying a house!

Aaron's job is going great. Even though this has been such a scary month for teachers, Aaron's job is safe. We are so thankful.

Church stuff has been really good. Not too much to report- it's just been good. The biggest change is that I have been sharing in Worship leading. This is great fun for me as I get to sing a lot! My voice and breathing muscles have become so much stronger. It really is amazing and even surprises me at how much stronger I am.

We also have finally been approved for receiving in-home support services through Medi-Cal. The story is way too long and traumatic to explain here...but we are finally at a place where we don't need to pay for my caregiver-- except for a small monthly share of cost. They also allowed Anna to remain as my caregiver!

If you've followed this blog at all, you know the Sarah was diagnosed w/ pancreatic cancer last summer. In spite of extremely aggressive chemo and radiation and some surgery, the cancer has continued to progress rapidly. It is in her liver, stomach, abdominal wall and pancreas. A few weeks ago her kidneys started failing and she's on dialysis. I know her pain level is quite high. Please pray that she wouldn't hurt so much. Pray for a miracle. She's an amazing person...and doesn't deserve this. I know God can heal her. Please please pray.

That's really all I have for now. I'll try to write sooner.

Please remember my dear Sarah.


KT said...

Hi dear Kari and Aaron,
What joyous news to read- I am SOOOO excited for you about your house and can't wait to hear more about it -and see pictures, hint, hint :-). I also join you in praising God for Aaron's job stability, and that Medi-Cal has FINALLY seen the light and approved you for the in-home care.

And I'm delighted to hear that as you continue to lead worship, your voice and breathing have become stronger. What a blessing I know it must be to your church to be lead to His throne in worship by your beautiful voice! We have such wonderful memories of you sharing your gift with us....

We will continue to remember your dear Sarah and keep her in our prayers.

With much love and many hugs,

Anonymous said...

so happy to hear your getting a house,and getting in home support services. thank you for going to the hosp. and seeing my friend's daughter erin. you lifted there spirits. as for my sarah, please continue with your prayers

thank you for what you've done, sarah's mom.........margaret

Jen said...

congratulatios on the new house! I can't wait to see pics!

I'm so sorry about your friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to her.


David said...

Hey Kari and Aaron -

Was thinking about you both today. Natalie and I are currently living in London, and the UK FMC bishop is thinking about setting up an FM church here.

Blessings to you both and congratulations on the new home!

Dave and Natalie Thompson

Anonymous said...

Hello, Kari and Aaron. This is Caroline from RCTA. I ran across Aaron's name on a list and it made me wonder how you are doing! I am happy to read that you are doing well! You are such and inspirational couple.

God Bless you and have fun in your new home!

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