He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
- Isaiah 40:29-31

Monday, December 1, 2008

Holiday Shopping

Okay so Thanksgiving is over. Christmas is only 23 days away. And now it's time to start shopping. I am happy to say that I finished early this year. Yes, I have a few little odds and ends to pick up when I'm out but the majority is done. For those of you that haven't even started, I know how to help. What do you give to someone who has it all? Or what about that someone on your list that leaves you stumped? What about cookies? Everyone loves cookies. No time to bake? Well, how about giving cookies that mean something. How about cookies that help fight pediatric cancer? Now that's a gift. Check out Cookies for Kids Cancer and help out our kids as well as check one or two of those gifts off your list.

So now that I've finished my advertising, I'll fill you in on the Czorapinski's. We had a wonderful relaxing holiday. Jeff, Adam and I have awful colds that we can't seem to get rid of. Joshua has also started to pick it up. We are scheduled to go into the hospital tomorrow for three days worth of chemo. We are entering into Joshua's harsh part of treatment again. He will be hospitalized for chemo every three to four weeks from now until May. I pray that he continues to handle the chemo as well as he has up to this point. I can't tell you how the Lord is carrying him through this though. You would just have to see it for yourself. Our little guy is so full of energy. He is rotten as ever and his last round of steroids plumped him up like you wouldn't believe. The last week he was on them, he gained 4 pounds. We are just so blessed that he is doing so well.

The boys are excited for Christmas. Adam wants everything that comes on tv or shows up in a catalog in the mail. Noah changes his mind each day as to what he wants and Joshua gives it some serious thought but usually says an airplane. Hopefully Santa will deliver the right goods and all will be thrilled. They had a blast decorating the tree this past weekend and just love the lights outside. I have to say that as the boys have gotten a little older, Christmas is just so much more fun. I love to see the excitement in their eyes and the childhood wonder of Christmas. When you are faced with cancer in your life, you learn to never take things for granted. I don't take the fact that our family is able to be home and together for the holidays for granted. Please remember to enjoy and be thankful for what you have and to not worry about what you don't.