Let’s call it a morning date

Apr 24

Tomorrow (Thursday) morning, Brad and I are leaving the house in the wee hours of the morning because I have a 7:30am bronchoscopy scheduled. My new pulmonologist is going to put a camera down my windpipe and take pictures to see what my air passages and lungs look like. The idea is that we will get more information to see if there is anything to be done about my cough. We will get the report after the procedure and all of the important eyes will read and analyze it, and from there they will let me know if there is an intervention to plan and execute. I’m not real clear on the timeline for results, but it could be a week or more. Brad has to drive me to and from the hospital for this one because I’m fancy I’m not allowed to drive after the procedure.

I feel good about tomorrow’s goal of getting more information. One step at a time. As always, I would appreciate your prayers: for all of our logistics to go smoothly, for the pulmonologist to do all the medical things well, and for Brad and I to have good time together. I’m calling bronchoscopy day a morning date. Why not? My people and I capitalize on all the moments we can. Brad and I have learned over the years to relax and enjoy these days that are generally unhurried and procedural. We joke, we make friends with the nurses, and we lean in to each other.

Brad’s parents are in town and they get to stay with the girls tomorrow which is a big help and a win for all. We celebrated the girls’ birthdays while they are here and the girls are doted on. They gave Greta an excavation kit: she has to dig through a rock/clay substance to uncover gems, fossils and stones hidden underneath, and Greta is loving it. She has come charging in from the bus stop for the past two days with nary a, “Hi Mom”, and instead hollers, “I want to work on my digging kit!” Greta is a girl with focus and this is a really fun project for her. We watched the movie Hidden Figures (again) and can’t recommend it highly enough — a great family film. Maren got the coolest mandala chalk stencils, and I am so excited for the artistic chalk work that will take place in these warmer days.

We have good things ahead and are doing full, busy days well. This is the end of my first cycle on the new chemotherapy and I have a little bit more energy as this week progresses. I’m grateful. We love our life.

Tomorrow I’ll get to see the sunrise with my husband. Yes, this definitely qualifies as a date.


  1. Lori6ND /

    Prayers for some good news from the procedure. That digging kit is one of my favorite gifts for 6-9 year olds! My son got one and loved it! There’s another version where you dig up a mammoth bone – also cool. Go Greta!

  2. karineppert /

    Praying His peace that passes understanding in your hearts and minds. Praying for wisdom, discernment, good decision making for all doctors and medical staff. Praying for you ❤️❤️❤️

  3. Marlayne /

    Morning Dates, Hidden Treasures & Beautiful Chalk Art ~ OH MY❣️❣️❣️Prayers that ALL Findings are Filled with Joy ?

  4. Newbie friend /

    Praying for you Jen.

  5. Conni Carlson /

    Prayers for a great outcome ?

  6. Bonnie B Jackson /

    Praying that the Docs find a Cough solution!! ?& So grateful that Brad’s folks can be there for the girls as well!! Praying Jen that the Lord renews your strength like an eagles!! Isaiah 40:31

    Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength ; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired,They will walk and not become weary.

  7. Aunt Annie /

    Jen, both yours and Brad’s outlook and attitude towards your life is amazing! God has blessed you with Brad, your soulmate Your family is such an inspiration to us all! ???

  8. Sharon House /

    Sending prayers for you, your ‘army’, and the staff doing your photo shoot. I will say a little prayer also that the sun makes an appearance to complete your morning date.

  9. Kim Rourke /

    Happy hubby date! Praying the docs find some solutions for your cough, and that your new chemo regimen continues to improve your daily energy. Keep those kiddo stories coming!

  10. annie /

    Continuing to hold you, your family, caregivers, and greater community close in prayer.

  11. Bronchoscopy nearly sounds like a dinosaur. I regret it’s too late to suggest you wear something with dinosaurs on it for this date but I’m praying the results are clear and clearly read by the great minds who will, hopefully, be able to saur-t out some solutions to improve your life.

  12. Kristti Bishop /

    Continuing to pray for you Jen. May the lord continue to provide you strength and the positivity that you possess so well. I pray that the medical staff find the answers that you need to live more comfortably and hopefully be able to reduce and eliminate your cough. You are truly an inspiration to us all. Keep up the amazing work??

  13. Heidi /

    You are teaching me many things in this journey of yours, Jen. Most of all, to find the positive or the beauty in everything. You are amazing and one of the most inspirational people I have ever “met”. Always praying for good results, comfort and healing for you.

  14. Cindy Mitchell /

    Prayers that the results are good..Sunrises are beautiful.. I know you had a great morning being with Brad.. Take care my friend…