Saturday, April 5, 2008

Update

Joseph had his first neuro-oncologist appointment on Thursday to draw blood (which we have to do each month as part of our clinical trial) and do a checkup. They had to access his port, which he was upset about, but the whole process only took about 30 seconds due to two wonderful, efficient nurses (one was helping me keep him still). Dr. Janss said he looked great and he actually smiled for her and let her check him out without a fuss. So, they will send the results to St. Jude. I don't know exactly what they measure but we usually get a long page of different things and they let us know if something is low or high.

We have started packing up the house and plan to load it up Saturday morning to be in Nashville on Saturday. Thank you, Steve, for letting us use the moving truck! So, any strong and buff men or women who like to move heavy things, come on over and we'll let you test your strength on our furniture.

We are really going to miss our dear friends in Atlanta. After 7 years here we have made some wonderful friends and memories. But we are also hopeful that this move will be a great thing for our family and that the children will thrive in their new environment (nothing can compare to Mimi and Nana's house!) In fact, when the Make-A-Wish people asked where he would like to go, he said either Mimi or Nana's house (I cannot remember which, although both are like Disney World to him).

It will probably take several days to get our Internet in working order, but we will post again once everything is set up. Please pray for our move, that we will all get up there safely and that the kids make a good transition to their new home (and that something in the TN air will make Joseph sleep soundly at night :)).

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was reminded to pray for Joseph this morning as I passed a street named "Joseph" on my way to a new patient's home. Praying for good sleep tonight for all- especially Joseph.
Love,
Mel & family

Anonymous said...

Praying every day, checking your site every day! God bless you all. I too, like the pp, think of Joe when I pass somebody or something (name of street, etc). Always praying every night!!!
Randi Booth
www.chrisandrandi.us
p.s. People at my Church are praying as well!

Anonymous said...

Praying every moment for you. Just can't believe that in 4 days you will be here. How thankful we are that you'll only be 10 minutes away now. Don't know about our house being like Disney World but what I do know is that everytime our grandchildren visit us it's as if Disney World comes into our home. The laughter, the excitement, the wonder of life on their faces makes every moment like a Disney experience. Praying for you as you pack, say your good-bye's, and travel. Tell Joseph and Holly we are looking forward to the "Nana Express" pulling into Franklin on Thursday. That's in 2 days!! Hugs and Kisses to you all, Love Mimi & Big Daddy
P.S. Hey Joe P.& Holly, how much does Mimi love you????

The Morreys said...

We are praying for a safe and easy move, and will miss you!

Kate Etue said...

Todd will be there Saturday to help unload... And I'll be praying the rain holds off for you guys.

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

Praying for a safe move for you all!

Jennifer said...

I'm so excited you are moving home. We will make the short drive often to visit. I'll see you in just a couple of weeks! "Come to TN... We're playing your song"

Anonymous said...

Prayers continue for the move and especially sleep for Joseph. Thanks for the update.
love,
norma

Jean Joiner said...

we'll be praying for your transition to nashville and of course for joseph. it was great to see you guys on Monday night. seeing logan, joseph, landon and everett all play together made me smile. i will miss those times. i think allen will be by to help you load things on saturday morning. i may come with him just to say bye. love you all!

Michael and Jana said...

Hey guys - don't know me, but I've been following your blog for a while as I work with Jason Smith. Living in the Nashville area, I'm glad to help you guys move when you get here. Please let me or Jason know and I'll be there.

By the way, you can check my sanity with Jason. Promise I'm not a blog stalker.

Michael Kelley
michael.kelley@lifeway.com

susan and brian said...

Safe journey, good night sleep for all, and may your new home be just as wonderful as the one in Atlanta. As the saying goes Home is Where the Heart is and I believe that is true. Thinking about you all, sorry wont be able to help pack or unpack, bit far but I will be there in spirit to move some things along!! Love Brian and Susan

Q's NEWS said...

You guys are never far from my thoughts and are always in my prayers. Good luck on Saturday as you begin your trek towards Nashville. I pray the kids will adjust well and I am glad that you will be so close to your extended family.

I will also be praying for good reports and for Joseph to start sleeping at night again!

Love from WV,
Susan

Anonymous said...

Love you guys and praying for you. And so happy to hear good news when Joseph's tests look good. Allen, I'm praying for you as well and your heartache in all of this. I can only imagine the hurricane you feel in so many directions, and pray mainly for the peace of Christ to be on you at all times. - scott cunningham

suzanne morris said...

We are so sad that we did not get to say goodbye since we are out of town.
We love you and miss you already and never stop praying for you.
With love, Suzanne, for all the Morris family

Chloe said...

happy friday my lovely cousins! hope it is a happy last friday in your home. It's a new chapter beginning in an old familiar place. Wishing you the best for your move and wrapping you up in a hug from far away. lots of love, chlo xxx

John and Sue Burch said...

Transitions - the Lord is going before you, preparing the way and knows the way and exactly what you need. Yes, we will be in prayer for you. Get those arms ready to hug the grandparents!!! Our love and prayers - John and Sue Burch

Jody (atlanta) said...

Travel safe and know how much we LOVE YOU and Will Miss you! I wish you continued fun times as family, strength and sleep for Joseph and you all. We are praying for you all always and cannot wait to hear from you all in Nashville at your new home (home is where heart is and you each have amazingly loving hearts).

Thanks Gill for being amazing friend and role model to me as a mother, wife and Christian. I know we will stay in touch.

I cannot wait to come visit....Abigail already asking.

Jeanette Herdman said...

Welcome to Franklin! I hope you transition here is smooth and that you get settled quickly. I'm sure that there are a lot of people helping you all, but if you ever need anything, please let me know. (You don't know me but I had children at NHA and my oldest was in Kathy's class.)

notes from em said...

We will continue to pray for deep peaceful breaths of the Holy Spirit for you all. Especially for Joseph while he is resting. Happy travels, and welcome home!
Love
emily miller

Margaret said...

Atl is feeling just a little bit boring today without the Peabodys in town. I hope the move and drive up was smooth and most of all that the kids sleep soundly tonight so that you can, too!

Talk soon.

Melissa Cooper said...

Lifting many prayers to the Lord for you all. May his peace comfort you during this time of transition. We will miss you in Atlanta.

Scott said...

Hey gill, is your house now for sale in Atlanta? Not that I am looking to buy a house in Atlanta but i could be praying for yours to sell--when I am praying for ours to sell in Athens...

Hope to visit when we go to Nashville sometime this summer. Maybe we can try to plan our visit when SJ is in town as well.

paige

Chloe said...

hi there, hope the move went well and the first week is not proving too tiring. thinking of you all. off on my travels to china again in a week. Another thing, I'm gonna be famous -- james and I are in a book -- the story of the bizniz -- it's launching tomorrow. i am on the cover of it(along with many others) but will send you a copy - it's called "That'll Never Work". you may have noticed this entry is all about me, i thought you might like some light relief... XXX Clo