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August 28, 2005

let us give thanks


Whether you are a creationist or an evolutionist, there is no denying that there is something greater than any of us. The same thing that makes the tiniest ant crawl around going about his business have kept the planets in their eternal orbits for billions of years. To many people including yours truly it is a complexity to struggle with. To others, it is a simple matter; one believes without question. Sandy is among the latter group; I envy her.

If you know Sandy as well as I do, you know how important her hair is to her. When she came down dressed and ready for 8:30 mass this morning , she was wearing a red hat that Breanna had given her. Like a thoughtless brute, I chuckled when I saw her. She cried; I was sorry.

"Why don't you wear the ball cap you been wearing?", I said.
"I want something that looks churchy.", Sand said.

In the end, no one even noticed. We sat in the back row to make sure of it.

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Posted by jhyden at August 28, 2005 08:45 AM


as you know i have a wide array of baseball caps to protect/hide my chrome dome. Also, you still look better than me in them. have a great week.

sally and mike

Posted by: mike and sally at August 28, 2005 08:15 PM

hey sandy, i'll go to church with ya and you can wear the red hat - red is a good color on you. mw

Posted by: mary at August 29, 2005 07:38 PM

Hi guys. Hope all is well there. OK, as you may or may not know, I bought an iPod last week. Let's just say this thing is my obsession right now. I get home from work and I am constantly uploading CDs. I seriously do it for hours. I am a loser with no life and love it.

I hope you are feeling OK, Sandy. I think about you all the time. I look forward to seeing you guys next weekend for my Milwaukee b-day celebration. Get me good stuff and I won't stay long.

Posted by: Steve at September 1, 2005 10:53 AM

So Steve,
If they give you bad stuff you will be the guest that never leaves???

Sandy we are thinking of you often as well. I have been swamped with my classes, but all is faring well here.

Posted by: Sharon at September 1, 2005 06:28 PM

Hi John and Sandy,

John, this is a truly beautiful entry. Thank you for sharing your thoughts like this.

Sandy, long ago (26 years to be exact) my son was diagnosed with cancer and went through about 13 months of chemotherapy. He lost his hair, twice. I remember the days of combing his hair and having the comb look just like this picture. Of all of the things that he (and I) endured, having him lose his hair was incredibly traumatic to me. Luckily he was so young that it didn't matter a bit to him.

I'm sorry this is happening to you. I feel like I keep saying that but it is frustrating to be on the "edge" of your life, so far away, and yet, to have a certain understanding of the pain of your situation. I am glad to know that you have faith in God because I also believe that that is where the ultimate peace is.

I continue to send you good thoughts and prayers. If there is ever anything I can do for you, I would be most happy to do it! I'll continue to check in on you here a couple of times a week.


Posted by: Laura Mullen at September 2, 2005 09:35 AM


Lori, Jimmy, Otis and Sadie

Posted by: Lori at September 2, 2005 11:42 AM

Hi Hyden Family:
Happy Anniversary Sandy and John!!! How many years is it now? Either 22 or 23 Right?
Hope the first few days of school went ok for John and the girls.
How was your weekly doctor appointment? What has he said regarding how you are doing? Also, how are your lab tests (white, red and platelet) going?
Keep the faith!

Posted by: Chris at September 2, 2005 05:38 PM