Saturday, June 17, 2006


A Rookie No More

Today marks the end of my Rookie year as a CTCL Survivor and the beginning of my professional tour. What a year! My neighbor Chris had a relatively minor stroke June 6, 2005. We both commented today that we hope the next 12-months are "normal," but what's that?

For Rachelle and me, the year has been a year of blessing, though not seemingly so:
June 17, 2005: I was diagnosed with CTCL and we announced the pending arrival of Will.

Oct-Dec 2005: I was traveling twice a month to Duke and the CTCL was spreading. I got to spend time with Rachelle's Uncle Scott, Aunt Sarah (Uncle and Aunt in-law?) and cousin Connor; and my good friends Scott V. and Tim Conder came by several times.

January 10, 2006:Will arrives and immediately takes the persona of "Chill Will."

March 12, 2006: Will is baptized at Westminster Pres. and "March Madness" is in full swing for me.

May 28, 2006: My birthday and the day my grandmother, Sug Riley goes home with Jesus.

Rachelle and I were planning a day to commemorate my diagnosis anniversary (we postponed it due Sug's passing). But why would we commmeorate that day? Job 42:5 says, "My ears have heard of You, but now my eyes have seen You." We would have not seen how the Lord would take care of us, how He worked through His church had this last year not happened the way it did. We were able to encourage others as they encouraged us. Our faith was put to the test, and the Lord sustained us and even grew our faith. How could we not remember and reflect and give God praise for that day?

June 17, 2005 was a watershed day for this branch of the McClintock clan. We cannot forget it, but look forward to how the Lord will continue to bless us.

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