Monday, November 26, 2012

After surgery

Today has been a crazy mix of emotions. 

Andy made it through surgery. He is all doped up and feelin swell. I am a bit giddy about how much better and alert he is this time around. He might be slightly irked by my giddiness. 

As well as he is doing there is still some hesitation to all out joy mode. 

The surgeon had to leave some tumor cells behind, just like he said he would have to do. the tumor looks to be cancerous. We should get pathology results back in a week. 
The surgeon said the prognosis is not good.

The sentence put a heavy weight upon our hearts. The mood in the room was one of grief and sadness. Some confusion and pain. 
So we all hugged and cried for awhile. 
Then we sat together and prayed 
For Christ to come back soon.
For God to work His miracle. 
For strength and endurance.
For joy and peace. 
For full and total recovery
For hearts that want God's will above our own. 
Praised Him for His goodness
Praised Him for His faithfulness. 
Praised Him for His sovereignty. 

We still have a long road in front of us. 
We still have plenty of time for God to work a miracle. 
Thank you so much for all the prayers and love you have sent our way. 
Please continue to pray for Andy. We covet your prayers. 

Now is the time to call upon our very able and mighty savior to do a great miracle in the Captain's life     

Lord, come quickly 

please leave comments for Andy to see when he wakes up tomorrow!


Ashley said...

I've followed your blog for a while. You both inspire me. I'm lifting your family up in prayer. God is in control.

scbride said...

Praying for you and your family. Your faith is so strong and present. God bless.

scbride said...

Praying for you and your family. Your faith is so strong and present. God bless.

Jen said...

Praying for healing and great wisdom for all the doctors and both of you. Praying for peace and God's presence to surround you as you face the road that lies ahead. Your family is loved and lifted up in prayer.

Anonymous said...

You continue to be in our prayers. What an inspiration you are to so many and an amazing woman of God!
Leah Anderson

The Murdocks said...

Thinking about you...a lot. sending prayers and hugs your way.

Samantha said...

Have been praying for you so much. Love and peace to you in this very difficult time.


Kate said...

Sending thoughts and prayers your way!

Heidi Stone said...

God is good. Many of my friends are praying for you. I am relieved and heartbroken and hopeful all at the same time. Love you guys.

Glenda The Good said...

Cari, we are praying for you and Andy! Please let me know if there is anything I can do, meals, or help with the kids, or whatever. God watch and keep you guys!

Julie : ) said...


If Cari's giddiness starts to annoy you, I bet you can get the nurse to make her leave the room....seems like that should be your right as the patient. :)

We love you deeply. Will be praying.

Lauren said...

Praying for your entire family! We know that God is still in the miracle business. With love and prayers!!

Carissa said...

Praying, Praying, Praying! I wish I was one that was good with words and had just the right things to say to uplift and encourage you. Since I don't have that gift, I will just pray for your miracle.

Emily said...

Dear Cari and Andy,

Lifting you both up in prayer!


Stephanie said...

Andy and Cari,
I am sending prayers to you both!! Captain get better soon and enjoy Cari's giddiness! I am praying for God's healing hand on Andy and your family.

Prayers from Texas

Boyka said...

"And the God of all grace...after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." 1Peter,5:10
Cari, I guess have already told you:you have been my inspiration since I first read your blog! My family love the Captain, and you, and your kids!We are all praying and thinking about you. Miracles happen, it is in God's powers to perform a miracle and to heal Andy. Andy so much deserves it!!!
Loving and praying with all my heart!!!

Lindsey said...

We are praying for peace that passes all understanding and for you to feel the Lord's presence with you. Baby Kate is waking us frequently throughout the night, so prayers are being said for you at 1:00 a.m., 3:30 a.m., 5:15 a.m. etc. :) You and your family are on our hearts and minds so much, and we love you all.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cari and Andy,
I do not remember how I began to follow your blog but I think it was after someone posted something about Caden and I read that and stayed. I have rejoiced with you and celebrated your boys. I am a great grandma now and have walked with the Lord for 41 years. As I typed that I thought I was really saying this: "Once I was young and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread." Ps.37.25 I wish I understood His ways in situations like these, but I don't. But I do KNOW He is faithful and He will not fail you. I will pray for you that you will obtain the grace He has for you in the days ahead.

Kylee said...

Praying for all of you.

linda said...

He healed you once, He will heal you again...stay strong, hopeful and know that others will do the same. i find myself thinking of you and your family numerous times throughout my day...and saying prayers each time i do. praying for your miracle...
:) linda

Rhonda said...

Praying, praying, praying. Thank you for your testimony of faith through the most difficult circumstances. You will be richly rewarded someday!

Anonymous said...

hey andy and cari. andy's last words to me yesterday was "i haven't eaten yet" hope that can be remedied today :} i'm a snail mail kinda gal, so the card(but not my love or prayers) is in a box someplace on the westside-aunt di

Ma said...

You are all in our prayers!

Bethany said...

Andy and Cari,
Doug and I are praying for you. Praying for the God who still works miracles to work one on your behalf. Praying for strengthened faith for you and all who pray for you. Praying God will give grace and strength to your sweet boys. Praying that your every need is met according to His glorious riches.

Cristi Jo said...

We have been praying almost constantly. We love you all and are her to do whatever you may need. By the way, I am sorry I got a light stuck on in your kitchen, and also turned the tap knob until it came off and shot Rigg & me with cold water. I got it back on.

A New Chapter said...

I am praying so hard for your family! I was talking to my fiance last night about you all. We have some heavy stuff going on as well but you both were on my heart so much yesterday!!! I am praying for Jesus' return and I'm praying for God's light to shine through all of this because no matter how much we hurt here on Earth, God is always good. There are no coincidences and He is bigger than that stupid tumor!! xoxo

Anonymous said...

My family is lifting you up in Wichita, KS. We saw the FB post from the Kramer's yesterday and followed it to your blog. We know the Kramer's from seminary in TX. Prayers for a miraculous and complete recovery Andy, that only God could be the explanation for! Prayers for strength and peace as you venture on. And we echo your prayer, Jesus come bring us home!! Much love, Bryce and Kara Hutson

Lea said...

Cari & Andy,
We are praying for y'all! Many of my friends & family are praying too! We know God will work all this for good! Hugs!
PS. Cristi Jo's post made me laugh!

Christina said...

I'm a bit late coming to this, but my heart is just heavy for you and your beautiful family. I will definitely keep you all in my prayers.

I don't normally do this, but part of an old song came to mind and I hope you don't mind if I post the brief lyrics:

"All things work for our good
Though sometimes we don't see how they could
Struggles that break our hearts in two
Sometimes blind us to the truth

Our Father knows what best for us
His ways are not our own
So when your pathway grows dim
And you just don't see Him
Remember you're never alone

God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don't understand
When you don't see His plan
When you can't trace His hand
Trust His heart

He sees the master plan
And He holds our future in His hand
So don't live as those who have no hope
All our hope is found in Him

We see the present clearly
But He sees the first and the last
And like a tapestry
He's weaving you and me
To someday be just like Him

God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don't understand
When you don't see His plan
When you can't trace His hand
Trust His heart

With many prayers,

The Sabo's said...

Thinking about you lots. Hoping for the best possible outcome.

Amber Waves Of Grain said...

Thanks for taking the time to keep everyone updated.
God promises to be near the brokenhearted; I know He is by your side. Know that so many of us are praying for you guys.
Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Lots of prayers and love--
Amber (Cook) Hiscock

Beth said...

I've followed your blog since Andy's first tumor. I will continue to pray for him and your family and especially you as the caretaker of the family.

Anonymous said...

Andy & Car,
I've been praying for you both & those little ones several times over the past few days. Today while driving to Indy I was rocking out to 'In the Air' by Phil Collins & I was preparing for my big drum solo, when I started cracking up laughing. I was reminded of when we used to help out with the youth at church & Andy & I used to play around with the drum set & act like rock stars. Do you remember how we were going to start a band & call ourselves Guy; Girl? I passed on my drum solo today & instead turned the radio off to praise God for some good, funny memories & to pray to Him for His will & for your peace & comfort. I will continue to lift you up in my prayers.
Love to you both!

Steph said...

I'm in tears and I don't even know you all except for reading your blog for years. You all are in my thoughts and prayers (hate that saying, but that's exactly what I'm doing). Keep your chin up and also you attitude. God is good!

Living the Life said...

Hey Andy...Remember that time when you and Jen moved my car while I was working at Ponderosa and I freaked out! lol Oh good memories! Praying for you friend. *hugs* Heather "Hardy" Richardson

Mikki said...

Hey Captain! I'll never forget getting in line at Target, looking up ahead and seeing your fabulous Cari in front of me. And then she turns and introduces this handsome looking bald guy as The Captain she's always talking about (when she's not talking about the boys or God). It was very fun to meet you and put a face to the dude I had been praying about. Still praying for y'all!

Anonymous said...

Still thinking of you and praying for his healing hands to be laid upon Andy. Praising him, even in the storm is one of the hardest tests of faith and I admire you for your strength and courage.

The Kelly's said...

Praying constantly for God to heal Andy! Your family has been on our hearts. You are such an amazing example of what true faith really looks like. God Bless!
Mike and Lori Kelly

Anonymous said...

I have followed your blog since your loss of Caden. You are both such an inspiration and your faith and trust in the Lord is truly uplifting. I have been lifting you all up in prayer and will continue to do so. The will of God may not be easy to understand, but knowing that He has your best interest at heart and that He continually holds you in the palm of His hand is such a Blessing.

Anonymous said...

Andy and Cari- So glad the immediate recovery has gone well. We have been praying and will continue to do so. We love you. The Frenchs

Anonymous said...

One more thing. I was rereading some posts from around Andy's last surgery and I found these words from the ever wise Cari: "God has carried us this far...he is not about to plop us down in the middle of nowhere without some help or guidance. Eyes on the Savior...". I needed to hear that as a friend trying to get my mind around the news of the last few days. Thought you might be encouraged to reread it too. Mich

Anonymous said...

I found this blog over the weekend and have come back to read past posts on and off since then. We even share a mutual friend and I randomly found a comment of hers on here. I wanted to let you know in the just the few days I knew about you two, I have actually changed the way I pray and the way I praise God. You are both an inspiration to me and I have shared your story and will continue to do so.

I am praying for the Ultimate Healer to take over these results and turn them around. The love Andy shows you is incredible and I pray for that everyday in my own marriage.

Thanks for letting me into your family, if only on these pages. It has changed me.

Anonymous said...

Praying, praying, praying. For both a cure and comfort for you and your family.