Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A new note from Dad

Wanted to share Dads new note since he is speaking in part to you all

From Dad,
Weebles Wobble

I spent this week trying to build up my strength and stamina – somewhat successfully, but it is a struggle. It’s a bit of a Catch 22 – I need strength and stamina to build up my strength and stamina – yet I get tired when trying to build them up so I don’t have the strength and stamina to build up my strength and stamina. Oh well, as I’ve said multiple times: “One Day at a Time!” I am looking for progress – not perfection!

Watching me walk is kind of funny at times. Occasionally, I’ll just be going along and I’ll wobble – like one of the Weebles that were around in the 70’s. Weebles were toys that were fat on the bottom and when pushed, they wouldn’t fall over. The slogan that was promoted was: “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down”. Weebles may still be around; I just haven’t seen them. They were cool little toys.

Last night we went to the feed store and on the way back to the truck I wobbled and the people next to us looked at me like I was a hopeless drunk. Obviously, I’ve seen the look before! But that’s what is happening to me lately. I don’t fall down or run into things – I just wobble like a drunk.

I didn’t get much done this week and I have a list of things to do – like call Dennie, write thank you notes, and acknowledge some wonderful people that I don’t know but they are reading my daughter’s blog and sending me the nicest notes.

A couple of really nice things happened this week. First, as some of you know, my brothers-in-law are Mormon. From my vantage point, Mormons are the most consistent of all groups to demonstrate and live family values.

My brother-in-law from Provo, UT wanted to come visit us and work on things on the property that I cannot get to. He also wanted to bring several of the young people from two of the local wards and have them help. To accomplish this he worked locally with Glenn McIntosh.

On Saturday the whole group arrived; probably around 50 people – parents, young people, and children. They painted our fence, cleared brush, washed windows, sprayed our roses and crepe myrtles, dug out our ditch, and completed a number of other things. They were all wonderful and really spruced things up. I am very grateful for their help. Our place looks wonderful!

Second, I received the nicest basket from Jennifer Webb and friends at Oracle (a technology company). There were some nice things in the basket, but there were two things I value most. The first is a Lance Armstrong’s yellow, rubber wrist band that says “LiveStrong” on it. I’ve wanted one of those since I was first diagnosed, but I didn’t take the time to order one. To me, it is a constant reminder to remain positive and do things that will help me maintain my attitude, strength, stamina, etc.

The second thing that I valued was a small laminated card. The card is titled “What Cancer Cannot Take From You” and has a short verse written on it:

“It cannot take away your faith,
Shatter your hope, or lessen your love.
It cannot destroy true friendship,
Invade the soul, or take
away eternal life.
It cannot conquer your spirit.”

I would give credit to the author, but the author was not listed.

The message is very powerful and expresses many of the feelings and thoughts I have about this disease and about myself. All of the things mentioned are inner essences and the deepest and truest nature of us: faith, hope, love, true friendship, soul, eternal life, and spirit. I think is so important to develop these essences because these are what I and we will have while here and afterwards.

I’ve found that it is very difficult to develop these. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, one way to develop them is to seek to systematically destroy in myself everything which I know should not be there - things such as selfishness, pride, vanity, self-righteousness, jealousy, self-pity, resentment, condemnation, and so forth. One way to eliminate these is by not nourishing them by giving into them, but starving them to death by refusing them expression. Sounds easy; but it is much more difficult than it sounds.

AA also has an approach to deal with these negative characteristics; but even AA’s approach (the Twelve Steps) does not eliminate them – it can improve them, but I haven’t seen any of them eliminated.

Both approaches are extremely difficult to practice. In fact, I have been very happy with progress. I know I can never eliminate any of them. If I could, the next step may be to try to walk on water – and that’s not going to happen! I'd drown in an instant! As I said before, I fall far short of achieving the goal, but it is something I want to work toward each day.
Doug Woods

I personally would like to thank each one of you for sending him a note ......I know it has touched him deeply and for me, it is seeing the hand of God reach our through each one of you in a powerful loving way! I love you all!



Sister Loren, have you told your dad that he can write a book? He is a strong encourager. He might not have the strength and stamina but he keeps moving on. I had already sealed my card when my hubby told me that he had been to St. Augustine. If I knew, I would have told your dad. He went to have his training at Glynn Co...

Praying that he will discover the gift of love that awaits from the Patient One Who wants us to be saved. Blessings to you sister Loren and God bless you and your family. I pray that your shoulder will also be restored in no time. If you're close, I would have been your shoulder for now :)

Love you in Christ...

Beth.. One Blessed Nana

What a fabulous post from your dad. He is a huge blessing from his writings and I pray from him daily! I feel like I know him and he has become an important part of my life. Praying for strength and stamina. Praying for salvation!

Proverbs 27:19

Your dad is very encouraging. He's not complaining or expressing any bitterness. Awesome!

I do remember the Weebles, there is actually a cartoon out right now about them!


Kathy C.

Oh Loren,...Wow. I can hear the lightness,depth, joy, laughter, aching heart,...I can hear it all through his words. What a wonderful strong earthly Daddy you have girl - you are truly blessed. I continue to pray for your Dad.


Loren, I have thought of your Dad. He is still on my prayer list. Thank You for sharing this post. I cried and I prayed. He is such a blessing. Please tell him for me, That your friend continues to lift him up in Thought and Prayer. God bless you and your family. Blessings my friend,

The Real Me!

I love the way he is documenting everything. I had to giggle at the Weeble Wobbles because I LOVED them as a child. I wish I still had them so my kids could play with them.
Continue to hang in there my friend and know that people are praying!



I will continue to lift up your dad in his courage and strength that he continues to show in his battle with cancer. His body may be weaker but his spirit remains ever vigilant and perseveres. Thank you so much dear one to share how things are going with him, and may God just reach out His mighty hand and touch your dad's heart so that he may know that He is God!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat


Thank you Loren for sharing this with us. I know your Dad is an inspiration to you and you are sharing him with us to offer us inspiration as well. I agree with Kathy. You are truly blessed to have a father like that.


Thank you for sharing your Dad's note with us. I know I have not been around the last week, but I am continuing to storm the heavens in the midst of my own chaos and family duties.
Blessings, hugs, and love, andrea

Billy Coffey

That was an amazing note from an amazing man. So glad I stopped by here today.



Thank you for sharing your Dad's letter! What an amazing man! Reading his letter was like hearing him speak... I am still praying for him.. In His time, I know your father will finally meet our Savior, and he will know love and grace even as he continues this battle.



What a powerfully, beautiful body of encouragement in the sharing of your Dad.

My heart and prayers remain...

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