Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Another Good Day

Tyler's friends showed up on their way home from school today. They brought him a Chipotle, then played video games. They laughed a lot and yelled a little.

You can imagine that, with four active boys, it is never quiet in our home. Kathy is the perfect mom and goes along with everything in this testosterone filled house, but she often says she just wishes the house could be calm and quiet just every once in a while. We are also one of the houses everyone hang out at, so kids are constantly running in and out. Our house is a center for football, basketball, x-box, bonfires, paintball, water balloons, three-man sling shots, bottle rockets, and fireworks. I don't help because I enjoying doing all the same stuff with the boys (Kathy has told people she is a single parent of five boys). Each of our sons has done a great job in choosing friends, and we just enjoy having them here. They are all great kids. Many weekends we just count how many slept over and start making pancakes. On one of the school snow days several boys stayed over, so we made them all margaritas (less the alcohol), and they sat outside in the hot tub playing Bob Marley tunes. That is our normal life. It is fun, but it is never quiet.

Over the past month with Tyler's cancer, things have been much different. A lot of time is spent in the hospital. Not many people are in the house. When we are here, everything seems very quiet, very calm. It is weird. Kathy said she no longer wants a calm, quiet house. Neither do I. We miss the noise and chaos.

Today Tyler was feeling even better. There was some more laughing, a few friends, and we decorated the tree. The boys fought a little, made fun of each other, and argued over who did dishes. Erik and Tyler blamed each other for spilling milk on the family room carpet. Then we sat around and talked and laughed some more. It was a good day.

We are back at the hospital tomorrow to check blood and do some scans to check the progress of the chemotherapy. We have finished the first stage of this marathon. Soon we will be done.

"I have strength for everything through Him who empowers me."
Philippians 4:13

"If you are going through Hell, the only real choice is to keep moving."
Winston Churchill


JD said...


If it's too quiet for you, I have access to three active Great Dane puppies that we can bring by - let me know! ;)

Great news to read that Tyler has been able to enjoy the comforts of home, family and friends!


The Domianos

Anonymous said...

Kyle I am glad to hear things are doing better. I'm sure there's plenty of testosterone in that household!
I like your post from Winston Churchill.
One of my favorite Churchill comments is "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
I thought I would share that with you. Stay strong, Have a safe day, and God bless.
Bob McFarland

Anonymous said...

Hey Tyler!
We are so happy you are doing better. We miss having you in English II. Your seat is waiting for you. Get well soon!
Mrs. Nadalin and English II students

deyerles said...

Dear Alfriend family,

I am sooo... glad you all have had some "normal" the past couple of days. It was long overdue. Laughter and love heals many things and helps give us strength for the less normal times. Looking forward to great news tomorrow and praying for many more "noisy chaotic normal" days.


Mr. Hull said...


Grizzell Middle School just got word today and everyone was shocked, concerned, and immediately rallying to support you. Teachers at lunch were talking blood types to give you some help...maybe some of the old 7th grade fun will be enjoyed with your next transfusion!!

Greek city-states are going on now...remember those good times. When the Apostle Paul was being run out of town by Corinth:

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: "Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city." 11So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God. (Acts 18:9-11)

God has you covered. His plan for you may not be clear now, but trust in the Lord because many people are here in this city with you.

Praise God for your strength, courage, and friends.

Grandma Bonnie said...

Tyler & family,

The gangs all here. Normal sounds so beautiful. We are so happy for you.

The Boomerang Theory: When you give your best to the world, the world returns the favor.

Alfriends you are seeing blessings abound because your give so much. God Bless all of you.

Love, Grandma Bonnie

Patty Greeves said...

Hi Tyler,

I know your grandma Bonnie and she has such good things to say about you and your strength in going through this ordeal. Bonnie is a special lady herself and she gives so much to all of us in the new home industry. My daughter has lymphoma but not as aggressive as your so I have some understanding of the challanges you face. I will continue to pray for you - Patty Greeves