I’m a tree lover. I am compelled to bring to your attention that tomorrow is Arbor Day. God did a great job with trees. He provides some wonderful benefits through them. We’d be in a world of hurt without them. A great friend points out that trees host the most abundant/important machines in the world; tiny little protein enzymes that helps extract carbon dioxide from the air, splitting oxygen back out for us to breathe and carbon to grow trees bigger (Thank you Louis J.M.). But the benefit I am most thankful for right now is that the bark of a species in the Pacific Northwest is used to make one of the drugs that is treating Tara’s cancer. I mentioned this four years ago too and it never gets old to me.
Monday and Tuesday started out great and led us to believe the chemo might not hit hard. Wrong! Tara has been hurting yesterday and today, although you wouldn’t know it by looking at her. We are hoping the weekend is better. Monday she gets another dose, this time with only half the concoction. Spirits are high most of the time around the Maier home. Tara is trying to stay active and doing a pretty good job. And life just keeps going on. The help we have gotten has been critical. Thank you friends. Tara sleeps as I write. Peaceful. Content. Joyful. God is faithful.