Normal is Different

It’s been way too long since we’ve last posted, and we are so grateful to everyone who has been bearing with us while we went a little underground for a bit while Jordan took the time to rest and recuperate from the surgeries.

Jordan’s 2-day surgery went spectacularly. Our doctor was able to remove 80% of the tumor in Jordan’s head. As a result, there had to be a lot of “creative reconstruction” inside Jordan’s head to aid in tumor removal. Reconstruction of Jordan’s jaw, eye orbit, and his sinus cavities were cleared out and re-patched.

As a result, the recovery process has been hefty and long. For this past month we have been making big decisions about what our next steps should look like. Jordan is still healing from all that was done, and every day we are so grateful that the Lord used our surgeon’s hands to, and I quote, “scoop tumor out of Jordan’s head.”

During this month we prayed about what would be our next step in Jordan’s healing. After some crazy God-incidences, and seeing doors open left and right, we decided it was time for Jordan to really invest every single day wholeheartedly into his healing. A then-acquaintance invited us to stay on his ranch where he provides all organic meals for my husband as well as some other healthy and beneficial treatments. Jordan is on a very intense eating protocol, and he is sleeping about 10-12 hours a day. Every day is entirely devoted to healing spiritually, physically, and emotionally. The entire community is 100% convinced that Jordan will be completely healed. That, in and of itself, is extremely healing (especially to this wife’s soul!) Our friend who invited us to stay on his ranch went through this same protocol after he was diagnosed with cancer, and now he is cancer-free. We arrived at the ranch on Friday, the 22nd and plan on being here for at least 40 days.

My favorite thing about the ranch is that faith is a way of living- not a gigantic leap to take. Every day I see the Lord unravel parts of me that I never knew I was clinching tightly, with white knuckles and sore fists. Jordan and I are so excited for this new adventure together. We know he will be healed. We always say to each other, “seventy-five plus more years baby, hope you’re ready.”

I look back at these past 5 months and have to chuckle when I think about what normal means to us now. We’ve learned that our normal just looks a little different and that’s okay, it’s our normal. When we signed up to follow our Shepherd, we didn’t want normal anymore. We wanted Him.  Can’t wait for the new “normals” up ahead with my super hero and the ultimate Author, writing our new adventures at every turn.

Sweet friends, and dear family, I thank you. I thank you for all of you who have prayed during this past month, and those who continue to pray for us. To all of you who have given, prayed, encouraged, or even thought of us… thank you. I never knew how much community could heal a person until now. It’s powerful and electrifying, yet warm and encompassing. You have given that to us. Thank you so much for being the body of Christ to us and surrounding us with your love. When our hands were too weak to hold, you lifted our arms to fight. When our legs were to weak to stand, you carried us with prayer.

We love you and we thank you.

Jordan 2 days after surgery

Taken October 28. Of course, smiling after surgery and thanking every nurse.

The Cutest Christmas Elf

Celebrating Christmas at our apartment with dear loved ones before heading to the ranch.

Our new view from our front door.

Our new “normal” neighbors- our lovely cow friends!

Round two of Christmas decorating! My fave! (We have 4 Christmas trees in our one-room bunk!:)

Then and Now. The difference in one month. 

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20 comments

  1. claramizell · November 30, 2013

    Thank you for your inspiring story! Continued prayers for Jordan’s healing. Believing with you. Our God is an awesome God!

  2. claramizell · November 30, 2013

    Reblogged this on claramizell.

  3. christine moffat · November 30, 2013

    My prayers for a full recovery are with you both always x x

  4. Darlene · November 30, 2013

    Sending special prayers for this healing and for ya’ll to have the best Christmas ever!

  5. Dale Horton · November 30, 2013

    So glad to hear things are going well for Jordan. We have a wonderful God who continues to amaze me with His goodness. I live in NC and will continue to pray for you and Jordan. The prayer warriors at my church will be glad to receive an update! BTW – the boots Lynette gave you for your birthday were just too cute. So glad you were able to spend it with family and friends. Tell Jordan that he was a “hottie” in the elf outfit at the Christmas party in the apartment. Continue to write those inspiring stories. My love to you both.

  6. jacobself · November 30, 2013

    Reblogged this on 21st Century Jesus and commented:
    A true testimony of God’s faithfulness to His dearly beloved kids. Be blessed today, and please pray for this amazing couple as they continue down the path of their amazing journey of living in faith. God Bless!

  7. Rita L Cueva · November 30, 2013

    Praise God! SO excited for what God is doing in Jordan and your lives! God has so much more in store and it is great to see the journey you are on and the healing that God is bringing you both through. God’s miracles come in many different shapes and sizes and it is amazing to see this miracle playing out! Enjoy soaking up the Lord in all things and get rested up! Prayers are continually sent your way!

  8. kuskacheekks · November 30, 2013

    Thank God!!!! Always praying!!!!! God be with you both and bring him total healing this holiday season!

  9. Millie J Grams · November 30, 2013

    You both look beautiful and amazing! God is so good to provide this healing place, on such a beautiful, spacious ranch,with healthy, nourishing food for body and soul. Relax, refresh, and renew your minds and body and always remember we love you and are praying for you. (((hugs)))

  10. Lisa Krushinski · November 30, 2013

    I love how you write, Cady. I can sense your love for your Savior and your husband, and your positive outlook and grateful heart are such a blessing! We believe Jordan is healed and that the healing will continue to manifest as the days continue. Enjoy your holidays down home on the ranch! Love and Prayers from the Krushinski family in New Jersey ❤

  11. Michelle Kimble · December 1, 2013

    All beautiful and heartening news! You are both such an inspiration of love and faith. May God continue to hold you in the palm if His hand and bless you so richly. You will still be in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Celine · December 2, 2013

    Cady, Thank you for the update! The two of you look absolutely amazing — and I love, love, LOVE the Elf Apron on Jordan!!
    You write with so much transparent vulnerability; it is raw and real, and I love that about you. We continue to stand in agreement with you and Jordan, Lynette and Ron, and the countless brothers and sisters in the Lord who support you in prayer. God’s blessing is upon you and I look forward with anticipation to God’s continued handiwork in your lives! May God continue to minister to you both during your “retreat” in Missouri. ❤

  13. Jean Webb · December 2, 2013

    Wow. Thank you so much for taking the time to make this blog! I just spent the last hour reading every single post. What an espresso shot of faith! Just wanted to send my love and let you know that I’m standing in faith and praying for you both too – praying for “the peace of God which transcends all understanding [to] guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:7). Much love from a South African sister ❤

  14. schatzmama · December 2, 2013

    I have followed your “story” through Lynette. I am praying for you guys and are so glad you found “the farm”. It looks to be a great place to heal and be reminded of God’s faithfullness. May you have a beautiful Christmas together.

  15. Yinka Opadiya · December 2, 2013

    So grateful! God is good! Love u guys!

  16. David Mwihuri · December 3, 2013

    WE believe Jordan will be completely healed. We are praying for you here in Kenya my brother.

  17. Ebere · December 3, 2013

    What an amazing and inspiring account. I have been praying and this has just turned my faith up more than a notch! Our family is standing on Psalm 119:116 with you. Praise God!

  18. Julia H. · December 5, 2013

    God never ceases to amaze. My faith, too, is turned up notches. Have a beautiful Christmas together and I am continuing to pray for you both. God is faithful and He will never leave nor forsake you!!

  19. Mandy D. · December 7, 2013

    Hi Cady, have been following your story through FB and updates at our church in Nashville. What a precious love story God is writing for you! So encouraged by your honesty, faith, realness, love for the Lord, and your sweet love for your husband. For such a time as this God has chosen to use you in such a mighty way. Praying for you and Jordan and believing with you for total healing!

  20. Sarah · January 14, 2014

    I couldn’t help but notice when you said you would be staying at the ranch for 40 days – that is the same amount of time Jesus stayed in the wilderness after being baptized. My heart says that is no coincidence. I am not in the business of prophesying but I just feel like God is saying – my son was tested too. Hold on strong. Choose Joy and FIGHT!

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