Thursday, May 3, 2012

Tying the Knot

Awww . . . and you thought this was going to be a follow up to our previous ‘proposal’ post? Sorry, no.

Meet Phillip:


We met Phillip in the Pharmacy waiting area yesterday.

Although he doesn’t seem very animated in this photo he really does come to life when engaged in a conversation.

Phillip has been coming to MD Anderson for 10 years to be treated for Hodgkins Disease.


He brings along one of his hobbies to pass away some of the hours between appointments. This particular craft is one where he takes used mule strapping and braids or knots it into stronger more durable ropes.


Here he’s showing the base or the center of the rope which he braids the nylon mule strapping around. Recycling at it’s best!


He then coils it so it becomes more compact and easier to carry around.

Last year when he was in the centre for a 4 week session of treatment he brought a chair with him that needed to be re-caned. He likes to stay active and believes in ‘Idle hands are the devil’s workshop’. Quite the guy and he has so many stories to share that I asked him to write a blog to post here. So hopefully we’ll be hearing from him real soon.

Wednesday night we went for a long walk around the park. The Cowboy’s strength is coming back and he’s able to do more each day.

We are on the road and travelling north and that’s about all I can tell you right now. I’ve scheduled this post ahead of time so it will be published regardless of whether we have an internet connection or not.

Just know that we are taking our time. We have no deadlines we have to meet so we are traveling at The Cowboy’s speed. We may only drive for an hour, pull over at a rest stop, have a nap and continue on. Or we may be able to drive for 3 or 4 hours. We know that everyone is as anxious as we are to get back - just know that we are not being foolish or taking any chances on his health.

We know that God will be traveling with us just as he has along every step of this journey. We hope that he is in your hearts as well and that you can find peace in those thoughts.


  1. You little tease :) But what an interesting hobby Phillip has. Thank you for sharing it with us. Glad you are taking your time and the Cowboy (and you are getting your rest.) safe and happy travels,
    Betty from Oregon

  2. Very interesting post about Phillip. It will be interesting to see Phillip's post.

    I double BJ's thoughts about Cowboy and taking your time--I imagine it's especially rewarding for you to be traveling, again.

    My thoughts travel with you. I hope someday we can meet in person. If you ever pass through Atlanta, my home is your home.

  3. We're all looking forward to seeing Phillip's post. Quite a guy. Travel safe you guys and God bless.

  4. Interesting post - even if you were teasing us just a bit!! I hope Phillip follows thru with his guest post on your blog. You guys travel safe.

  5. Phillip sounds like an interesting fellow.

  6. I love this post! And what an awesome craft, very useful and relaxing like braiding my hemp necklaces. Cowboy cuold make his own LASOO! Glad to hear you guys are taking your time.I wanted to pass on a message from my dear friend Carolyn Cassidy:

    Thanks Shy: I cried reading your Mom and Dad's Blog. What a great story they have. I would really like to have them for dinner with you and Dave when they come home. I hope they have time to fit me in for that. I am a survivor as well and what an inspiration he is. As I read their blog it reminded me of what I went through, but also the hope that someday maybe in God's plan that I might have the opportunity to share a special love with someone again. Thanks for sending me their blog it really blessed my day. Pass that message on to them for me. Luv ya Carolyn

  7. I am remembering when this blog first started, and then how it blossomed into this part of the journey or quest. It seems to me it became an informational forum for all of us involved to learn and experience with you a part of life we don't all fully understand.
    I think back to watching the ticker and thinking, my gosh how I miss and you both and have to wait even longer to see you. I cried with you, I laughed with you ...tried to do my best and be strong and inspire you. Being positive has proven to be beneficial as we all know when dealing with this demon, and I want to say again, kudo's to you both for fighting a good fight.

    "The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you."

    Now the day is just around for your arrival and I am so thankfull. I would like to also thank all your followers for all their encouraging and sincere can never have enough friends in life.

    The next chapter hasn't been written, but I think we can speculate and rejoice accordingly.

    Much luv and happiness to you both,