Friday, March 14, 2014

Christa Medical Update



This is Morgan providing an update on Christa and the family. As I type we are both in our room at a beach rental house in Oceanside. Christa is resting on the bed, and I am sitting the in the recliner we brought from home (to make sure there was a comfortable place for her to rest when we got here). We decided to make a last minute spring break trip to the beach in California with the kids and some extended family. We were originally going to come to the beach in June, but after some disappointing news the last week or so we decided to move the trip up.
Prior to the appointment last week we knew there may be something bad happening. Her body had become progressively weaker and more tired. She had to start using oxygen to supplement her breathing and was experiencing more pain. We were using a wheelchair whenever we had to go anywhere that required walking. We were worried, but hopeful about what we might hear at her upcoming doctor’s appointment.
Basically we were told at the appointment last Wednesday by Christa’s Oncologist that the chemotherapy that she has been taking for the last 9 months or so had stopped working. In addition, it appears that the chemo she was taking since December to specifically fight the cancer in her brain was also not working. We really only had one other chemo option available to us, but we had been putting it off since it is a very harsh medicine compared to what she has been on. Unfortunately her body had become so weak that the doctor felt that this other chemo was not an option either.
We were reeling from this news, especially after some further testing confirmed what the doctor had said. We were told to consider hospice. We came home and talked about how to tell the kids and family what we had learned. We met with them that night and talked them through what had happened. We then invited both sets of grandparents, who we are blessed to be living very close to, to come over and help give blessings to everyone in our family. Hands were laid on heads and blessings of comfort, peace, and faith were given. The spirit was strong in our home, and I was so grateful for the priesthood in our lives.
We decided last week to get away and come to the beach because of all of the great memories we have made here, and because it has always been a place of peace and healing for us. We invited some of our extended family, and through too many miraculous events to talk about here, we have made it to the beach as have many of Christa’s family members. We are joined by both sets of grandparents, Christa’s oldest sister and her kids, and by her brother and his life. We are so blessed to be surrounded to such good people and to be at such a beautiful place.
Her lungs continue to struggle and she is very tired, but she is endlessly graceful and too considerate. We have to keep reminding her that is okay that we need to help her around and that we are just so glad to be here with her. We don’t know what the future holds, but we have faith in blessings to come. Thank you all for the prayers and kind words. They have been felt and appreciated more than you can ever know.  Love – the Johnson’s

Thursday, February 27, 2014

My baby turned 8

That’s right, numero cuatro turned ocho!!! My Espanol has improved mucho!!

All right, I will return to the regularly scheduled language.

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What a happy day it was! Will had turned 8 just the day prior, and now it was Baptism Day! We had gone over everything with him,

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But he still needed a little reassuring from his loving Aunt Alisha. Aren’t aunts great?

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After the baptism he was A LOT more sure of everything and picture taking was just fine!

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Here he is hanging out with cooper and his cousin, Kade.

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Kayla, the eldest cousin made her appearance (beautiful once again!) And my boys jumped in as well, even though Lund didn’t know about the photo bomb in progress. 

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Grandma Johnson, and even Juliet made her way all the way from Oregon.

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And that is how it was. A glorious day to watch Will covenant with his Heavenly Father, his very first covenant and now he can sing the song, “I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

January in the Johnson house, both versions…


The Party Version! 
                                          January started out like a party waiting to be exploded!
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And party we did......skiiball betts and bowling dancing.

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And it looks like Will grabbed a cigarette and started shooting it up(sucker in mouth?)
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And then entered the evil January ..................... The stomach flu, not just the regular flu, the one that can devastate a whole household in a few days. I had to run to my parents house and hide for a couple of days till that flu wore off. And then the cough hit the fam.......started as a nice light cough and ended up with pneumonia in mom that has hung around till now....it blew past 2 antibiotics without even a wink.    Can we all say goodbye Janurary!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Carpet Anniversary

 

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Today is the 16th Anniversary of Morgan Lund Johnson and Christa Jolene Johnson. The most amazing couple the world will ever know!

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And we decided that our 16th Anniversary is “New Carpet Anniversary!!!!!!!!”

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Jealous!!!!! You know you are!!!!!

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So soft and comfy that my son made a “carpet angel” earlier today.  Nevermind that my teenagers are watching “Dr. Who” during the photo…..just focus on the soft carpet!

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Also, my friend in the ward and I decided to take some pictures for our hubbies for a Christmas present. Her daughter put make up on us and then we just went in our backyard and had some fun. I am wearing Morgan’s favorite outfit. smiles!

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Thank you Sister Levi, that was a whole lot of fun!!

I love to see the Temple….

 

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(Ruth and Jeremy and their kids, Kasen, Karver, and Collister)

Last night we went with Morgan’s sister, Ruth, and her family and  to see the temple lights. It was not as crowded as it is before Christmas, but it was still full of people getting their last glances at this wonderful temple display.

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Hanging out with my nephews, Karver and Kasen

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Here we are. My arm isn’t broken, just resting on Sarah’s knee.

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   Ruth and her boys! What a beautiful family! We are so glad they came to visit Papa and Gramma Karen. Tomorrow they head back to Logan, Utah and the snow!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Grinch strikes Again!!!

 

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Every year, Papa Lund performs many, many presentations  of the “Grinch Stole Christmas”.

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He is asked by no less than a dozen different people, families, or organizations each year.

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And he NEVER dissappoints!!

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His wife by his side, it all goes quite slick!

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And everybody loves the show!  Cooper, Brody, and Candin

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Cousins Kade and Lund

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Breanna is recording it for her kids back home. Becky and Raelynn are in the back.

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Some people really get into it, like adorable Brody!

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Breanna and Grandma Karen (I think she is wearing something from Whooville on her head)

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Raelynn is another adoring fan!!