The Struggle Has Ended

Greg Hewlett passed away on January 17th after nearly eight years of battling colon cancer. While we grieve his loss, we are comforted to know that he is with his Lord.

If you would like to leave your thoughts on Greg, please see this thread.

If you would like to make a charitable donation in Greg's honor, please see this thread.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Tenth anniversary, take two

Almost two years ago, Christine and I celebrated the tenth anniversary of our life together. We decided to celebrate by going out west to the Tetons and Yellowstone. We planned the trip for late last summer, when the weather there provides a nice relief to the Texas heat. Little did we know what that summer would bring. The cancer treatment forced us to cancel our trip. This was a deep disappointment, in part because it seemed to be a microcosm of the severe disappointment we faced in life.

Tomorrow, I am glad to say that we leave for the second try. This time, the trip seems far sweeter. It is not just a vacation, but a celebration that we can even enjoy each other at all.

Christine had her epidural injection I wrote about and a second one last week, with no positive results. In fact, the migraines and neck pain have only gotten worse. But we're going to do everything humanly possible to get on that plane tomorrow morning.

When we look back at the disappointment of canceling the trip last year, it makes us ever more thankful about this trip. At that time, one commenter wrote, "God has a better trip planned." I could only hope she was right. It now looks like that she was.