Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hearfelt Thanks

I want to take a few minutes to thank each and everyone of you for your prayers, love, and support through Marty's illness and following his passing.  The boys and I have been truly touched by your kindness and all that everyone has done for us. The Lord has worked to bless us through you all and we are so blessed by you.  The weeks and months ahead will be hard and there are so many changes up ahead.  The boys and I are heading into a whole new adventure and we covet you continued prayer and support.  The road ahead is murky and unclear to us,  but I know that the Lord is walking besides us and He will prepare the way for us and provide for us every step of the way.  From the bottoms of our hearts, thank you.  We love you all and thank you for helping to make this difficult time easier.  May you be blessed as much as you have blessed us.  --Susan, Colt, & Riley Godfrey

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Funeral services

Here is the information for Marty's services:

Visitation, Monday 08/25/2014 from 6-8 pm
Funeral, Tuesday 08/26/2014 at 1 pm

Visitation and Funeral will be at Marshall & Marshall Funeral home in Whitney.  Short graveside service following the funeral.  There will be a potluck at the Whitney church of Christ following the graveside service.

Marty will be interrred  at Whitney Cemetery.

Marshall & Marshall - 201 N Bosque St, Whitney, TX 76692
(254) 694-2206

Whitney church of Christ - 109 E Jefferson Ave, Whitney, TX 76692
(254) 694-2311

Here is his online obituary and guestbook - http://www.marshallandmarshallfd.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1380957

Marty Godfrey, Silent Key

In the Ham radio community, a ham radio operator is referred to as "Silent Key" when they pass away.  Marty loved the ham radio hobby and it brought him such joy.  Yesterday at about 11am, my sweet and wonderful husband went to be with the Lord.  Words can't describe what we are feeling right now, but please know that God is good and He is strengthening us and preparing us for life without Marty.   Please continue to lift us up in prayers. 

Cards may be mailed to:

The Godfrey Family
501 Pecos Ln.
Kempner, Texas 76539

Donations to help with funeral costs can be made via PayPal address simply.susan.blog@gmail.com or by clicking the donation button in the sidebar.

I will announce the date and time of funeral after all the arrangements have been made.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Yesterday, Marty saw his doctor and we didn't get very encouraging news.  The first 2 rounds of chemo did little other than slow down the progression of his leukemia.  He is still not in remission.  So, his doctor has ordered 2 more rounds of more aggressive chemo.  He starts round 3 today and it will run for 5 days as an outpatient that round will end on Wednesday 8/20.  He will then be admitted to MD Anderson again on Wednesday 8/20 for round 4 to receive 5 more days of inpatient chemo, starting Thursday 8/21 running through Monday 8/25.  Sometime after the completion of  round 4 he will be released from the hospital back to the RV.  We will have to remain in Houston for another 30+ days.

Prayer Requests:
  1. Marty's first rounds of chemo were a walk in the park compared to the more aggressive chemo coming up.  There is more of a chance for the serious side effects associated with chemo to rear their ugly heads.  Please be praying for Marty over the next 10 or so days. 
  2. We are absolutely broke and still no word on the disability. Groceries are taken care of thanks to food stamps and we have qualified for medicaid.  But, since we have no income coming in, we have no money for gas, bills, car insurance, and our other expenses.  We need approximately $1000-$1200 a month to meet our basic needs.  We have canceled every unnecessary expense that we can.
  3. We need prayer to keep our spirits up, we are so disappointed that he isn't in remission, that we have to stay here longer and we miss our home. It's hard being so far away from most of our family and friends, and it's very lonely.
We were able to qualify for medicaid, they retro'ed it back to July 1st.  But all of our bills before July1st were not covered.  At this point our medical bills from JUST MD Anderson are over $300,000, more than half of that was before July 1st.   We are struggling...financially...spiritually...physically.  But, I know deep down that the Lord will provide for us.  But...being out on this ledge is a bit scary.  We have so much to be thankful for and I don't want to forget that.  We have family and friends who love us.  We have this time together and we are going to let this struggle strengthen our relationship with each other and our relationship with the Lord.  We will make it through to the other side...sometimes on our own two feet and sometimes in the Lords arms....but WE WILL MAKE IT THROUGH!
 
 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Last night we had to take Marty to the emergency room again.  He started running a 102 fever around 9 pm.  Riley and I stayed with him in the ER until about 12 am and then we came home so Riley could go to bed. 

We saw Marty for about 30 minutes today. He's on a floor where Riley can't be except in the family room. It was a short visit because he had to have his bone marrow biopsy and blood and platelet transfusions. He has to be in his room/floor for those things and Riley can't go to the room or the floor, just the family room. 

Marty seems to be feeling okay, no fever since last night.  We are hoping he will be able to come home Saturday or Sunday.  Still don't know what caused the fever this time.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Marty is home!!  He had to stay over last night and he was finally released around 2:30 today.  We are back at the RV, along with Riley and we are all so blessed to be together again!  He has to go back to MD Anderson every day this week to get an IV antibiotic.  He has a couple of fungus spots on his lungs that they are still treating.  They are hoping the antibiotic will take care of the problem.  If it doesn't then he will have to have a Bronchoscopy done to see what needs to be done.  So please be praying that the antibiotics do their work and get it cleared up.  For now, we are taking it easy at the RV.  Lot rent is due on Friday and so is the electric bill.  So would also appreciate some prayers on that so we can get them paid and buy groceries, gas and our other expenses.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Happy Anniversary Sweetheart!

Today is Marty and my 24th wedding anniversary.  All those years ago, at age 21, I took the vows to love and honor in sickness or health. At the time, at age 21, I don't think it crossed my mind that sickness could be something more than the flu...lol.  I was so naive.  But after 24 years of marriage, my love and respect for Marty has only deepened.  We have walked through so much together in our marriage.   We have stood by each other through the loss of 2 babies, Daniel and Gabriel.  Through a LOT of lean times and money issues, through Riley's medical issues at birth, through all the issues we had with Colt, through the loss of our home from a fire and now through his fight with leukemia.  For  many people, all of what we have been through would have destroyed their marriage, but for us, it has only strengthened it.  So, here's looking to 24 more years (or more!) of marriage.  I'm looking forward to spending our 24th anniversary together and you better tell those doctors to release you today or else (LOL!).  I love you Marty!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sorry I haven't updated since Thursday, but some exciting things have been going on and I have crawled into my bed dead on my feet each night since then.  First of all, Marty is doing wonderfully well.  He is feeling great, his fever is gone, and the infection is gone as well.  It is looking like he will be coming home tomorrow (our 24th wedding anniversary!).

So, now that I have you wondering about the exciting things going on, I might as well tell you (GRIN!).  My parent's took out a loan (plus a donation from my brother-in-law) and came down here with the boys on Friday.  We were looking for used, larger RVs, specifically FEMA trailers.  God really blessed us, because the first few we looked at were really rough/scary looking, but they were all that seemed to be in our price range.  I was dreading the thought of having to live in one of them--they were truly AWFUL!  Then the sales person told us about another one, that was slightly more than we had.  We looked at it and it was WONDERFUL!  We talked to the manager and they agreed to sell it to us for the amount my parents had had, because they were paying cash and because of our situation.  Before signing the papers,  my Dad was looking at it, he realized that it didn't have holding tanks on it like the sales person said they did.  So, he talked to the manager again, and he knocked down the price!  That was certainly a GOD THING!!  We are so blessed by my parents and all that they do for us.  Now, this loan that they took is an added burden for them, so if anyone would like to put some money towards the RV to help, please email me at kf5ohm@gmail.com or you can make a donation by clicking the button in the sidebar.  Any little bit would be a blessing.

Now, we just need to come up with the money for the lot rent and electricity at the RV park on August 8th, and money for gas, groceries, and expenses for the month.  But I know that the Lord will provide!  Look what He's done so far!!

All weekend we have been working hard on cleaning the new (to us) RV, so it will be clean and sanitary for Marty to come "home" to.  Then moving everything from my parent's RV to this one and lots of running around getting things to get the trailer livable and for storage inside the trailer.  Plus, we spent Saturday afternoon with my cousin Jennie.  She took us all out to eat at the Rainforest Cafe in the Galleria Mall.  Then she took Riley to the Lego store and made his day by buying him a Lego set.  He was so excited he could hardly make it home to open it!

My parents stayed all weekend and left this morning with Colt to go back to Kempner.  Going to miss Colt a bunch, he was SUCH a big help this weekend!  I am so proud of the man he is becoming!

The other exciting news is that because we now have a bigger RV, Riley is now back with us full time!  This is the first time since May that we've been together with him and we are all so thrilled.  We certainly miss Colt thought, but at 21, it's time that he starts having some independence.  My parents are getting him signed up for college there in Killeen and he is working on finding a job. 

God is certainly moving mountains for us and my faith has been strengthened time-and-time again during this whole situation.  We are so absolutely blessed and I'm excited to see what He has in store for us in the days to come.  In everything give thanks, and we are sending thanks up daily!

So, do you want to see pictures of our new home?  It's a 30 or 32 foot FEMA RV (I can't remember which!).

One side of the bathroom.  As you can see there is a full size toilet, which is normal for FEMA trailers.  We have to replace the lid to the tank and the toilet seat.  WE also had to add the mirror.

The other side of the bathroom.  There is a tub shower combo.  The tub is a bit bigger than the one in my parent's RV, by the shower stall roof is a little shorter.  Marty and I both will have to sit to shower, so we bought a stool to use in there.

Beside the bathroom there are a set of bunk beds.  Riley will sleep on the top bunk and his toys and things are on the bottom bunk.  We took the bottom bunk mattress off and he has a nice little nook (he calls it his play cave).

On the back of the bathroom door, we put a hanging shoe bag.  Across from the bunks there is a cabinet with drawers underneath for storage.

Here is the dinette.  It folds down into a bed if we were to need it and there is storage under the seats and above.


This is our couch.  It folds down into a bed if we were to need it and there is storage under the seat and above.

Another advantage of a FEMA trailer is that then come with a full sized refrigerator!!  To the left is a pantry (LOVE THAT!!)

There is a little cabinet behind the dinette where a little TV can sit, and it provides a bit more storage.

Here is  my kitchen :)  Storage below the stove/oven and the sink, as well as storage above the sink.  A small work space to the left of the sink.  To the right of the sink is the sliding door that goes into our bedroom.

One side of the bedroom.  There is a hanging "closet" on each side of the bed.  Underneath each of the hanging "closets" there is a night stand with a counter on top and a cabinet below.  There is storage all across the top of the bed.

The other side of the bed.  In the top left of the photo, there is a little shelf to set a fan and a diffuser.  The space for the the bed is suppose to be for a full sized bed.  But the sales person at the RV place told us it was a queen.  So we bought a queen sized mattress only to discover it was a space for a full sized bed.  Luckily it fits okay (as we really need a queen for the length), but you can't walk around the foot of the bed.  So whoever sleeps on the far side has to climb over.  But there is also storage under the bed...if we can get enough room to open it...lol!

 So that's a little tour of the new Casa Godfrey :)  Now to get Marty home from the hospital!!!    The next step is for Marty is to have a couple of bone marrow aspirations to see what the status is on his Leukemia.  We are praying that he is in remission, because until he gets into remission, we can't move on to the next step of his treatment.  Please continue to lift us up in prayer, we need as many as we can get!