Friday, March 30, 2012


We got home Thursday afternoon about 2 pm.  It is good to all be home together and be able to sleep in our own beds again.  We are having Leann's family here Sunday (they're bringing the food) and a few sisters cleaned our house and got things pretty much ready while we were gone.  (Thanks for doing that).

I read this morning from St Luke 19:12-27, the parable of the pounds (talents).  This just seemed to address my current situation it seemed.  Up till now, in some ways, I have had it easier than most of you.  I only had one thing to worry about each day, and many demands were kept away from me.  Now I'm back home, trying to get back to "normal" life.  So the struggle begins of having to focus and ask God daily to keep my priorities on the right things each day.  I think if we are honest this is probably a struggle to some extent for each of us.  I think this parable is speaking to more than just financial things, but also any spiritual  gifts that God has given us.  We need to be bearing fruit, multiplying our gifts, working for the Lord!  We don't want to be like the servant who came and said "...which I have kept laid up in a napkin: For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man;..."  We shouldn't be afraid to share the gospel or minister to someone's needs because we are afraid we will say something wrong, be rejected, or not be "good enough" at it.  So I pray that I can get "back to normal" without the "normal" fixation on all the business and forgetting to do the important things that are eternal.

Today we have a Dr. appt, then next week I plan to start going back to work a few afternoons.  My hope is to continue to do school with the kids in the mornings.  I also have some projects to get done at home while my health and strength are still good.

God Bless Your Day!
Derek & Leann


  1. So glad to hear you are home safely. We will keep praying! As always, your thoughts are touching and inspiring.

  2. Praise God for you current strength and inspiration. Welcome home!

  3. I have been following your blog and praying for you. You don't know me, but we have some of the same issues. I had thyroid cancer in 2000, and 10 years later a seizure led to a primary brain tumor diagnosis. (oliogliodendroglioma 3). I had a craniotomy and chemotherapy. I am currently stable. I live in Morton Il. We are almost neighbors. I wanted to let you know there is a support group that meets once a month in Peoria. It meets at the INI. It is brain tumor specific. It is survivors and caregivers. I would be happy to go with you and your wife if you are interested. No pressure, if you aren't no big deal. My family also goes to Kids Konnected at the Hult Health Center in Peoria a Monday evening a month. It is for the kids. They can meet others with parents who have cancer and it is facilitated by social workers. Parents can stay and chat, or go run an errand etc. I hope you are healing, and getting back to normal now that you are home. It is much easier said than done. I know. Diane Kruzick 309-657-5716.