Monday, August 07, 2006

Breast Cancer

We have been making decent progress on the "Retreat" recently, but the middle of last week our lives took a serious turn.

Stephanie was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. The good news is that it is early and very treatable. She will start chemotherapy likely next week so now there is extra pressure to get our house done. It makes the other pressures like the potential sale of our current house, work schedules etc pale in comparison. Now we feel that we finally see the real story behind why we chose to build a retreat in the woods. It will provide a safe and comfortable place for her to rest and recuperate during the next 8-12 months.

We have been getting things ready for a all call work party for Stephanie. It is next weekend (Aug 12 and 13th) and we hope to finish most of the siding, paint some windows, general clean up etc. One side of the house has siding and it has gone up nicely. It is poplar board and batten. We are staining the boards and then stickering and stacking them before they go up.

Coleman has a new co-worker on the job site. His name is Andrew and is great to have around. We will have some pictures of him in action posted soon.

Stephanie and I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and care from all of our friends and family during this time.

If you have a spare moment next weekend stop by!


Blogger jm@houseinprogress said...

We're wishing Stephanie a speedy recovery! So good that it was detected early...take very, very good care

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Robyn said...

Hey, my husband and I are getting ready to start our own timber frame, and I sure enjoyed reading about your progress so far. I just wanted to say, too, that I sure will be praying about Stephanie's treatment, that she is totally healed. Y'all take care!

12:03 AM  

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