Anna Update.........

We got the results back from Anna's bone marrow sample. We praise the Lord that, though there are a lot of cancer cells, they found no blast cells. Blast cells would indicate advanced stages of leukemia.

We heard from Seattle, they would like to have everyone from Michael on up get tested for a match. If none of them are a match, we will then turn to the younger ones. We are confident that everything will work out, as God has put so many things together for us and we are blessed.

 Monday, Anna has her weekly check up and we hope to schedule the blood draws for this day as well. We don't know how long it takes to get the results back, but in my impatience, I sure hope it's pretty quick!  We are scheduled to meet Anna's new doctor in Seattle on October 30. We will discuss the options we have, including which type of transplant we will be looking into. There are two types, a bone marrow transplant and a stem cell transplant, these are two very different things, one being much more invasive and one not so much. Either way, Anna will have a long hospital stay and the donor will too. The donor will need to be in the hospital for three days prior to the transplant and eight days following the transplant.

We have been so blessed by the outpouring of love and support from everyone! Beautiful flowers adorn our home from very sweet and loving friends! Yesterday, Anna received flowers in the mail from an anonymous friend who happened to know her favorite color and flower, as well as our family "theme" verses! So, a thank you to who ever that was! Anna's words, "That brightened my day!"

From Matt and Bekka (a sweet couple from church)

Roses from the Roses!!! ;-)


  1. Praising the Lord for this update! Anna, seeing you smile through all this is an encouragement for me to keep things in perspective.... and to keep my focus on Whom it should be. Thank You. Lots of love and a BIG HUG today.~~ Mrs. Potvin

  2. Praise the Lord!
    Adding Monday's appointment to specific prayers!

  3. Praying for continued process! Love you!

  4. Praise the Lord for all the blessings and the good news from the test. I will continue to pray "specifically" for the match and for all of you. Anna I just love the pictures of you smiling and trusting in the Lord! Hugs for everyone and Emily thank you for keeping us all updated so that we can pray for the things that are needed.
    Love Jackie Harper

  5. Dear Anna and all Houstons,

    We are praising God with you for the good report, and continue to pray without ceasing.
    We love all of you much!!!
    The flowers are so beautiful!

    The Olsen Family

  6. God is answering, and I'm so thankful! Love you all and continuing to pray.

  7. Praising the Lord no blast cells were found! It is a such a blessing and encoragement to see you smile through all this,Anna. Praying for Monday appoint and the upcoming blood draws at that the results come back quick! My patients would be tested to,you are a Mother.It is normal.Love you Emily

  8. Praise the Lord no Blast cells. That is such good news.

  9. You have such a beautiful smile, Anna! Thank God that no blast cells were found! I will be praying for the doctors as well as you guys to have discernment on which type of transplant is best.

  10. Praise the Lord! We will be praying for quick results from the tests on Monday, if that is the Lord's will.

    I miss you Anna!

    With much love and continued prayers,
    ~Anna S.

  11. Anna and the Houston family you are continually in our prayers. God Bless you. That is a blessing that you received your favorite flowers.

    In Christian Love,

    Pr. 3:5-6

  12. "Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest forever after the order of Melchisedec." Hebrews 6:17-20

    My love to you all,

  13. God is good! We know that ALL things are working together towards good!!

  14. Hi Anna! Hope that you are doing as well as possible. :) Completely random thought...I used to read this lady's blog. She lived in Seattle, and got leukemia when she was a couple years old than you (I think). She isn't updating her blog anymore, but I thought if you were interested and wanted to, she might be a good person to talk to.

    Love you, Stephanie


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