An Update

My heart has not been in blogging lately so I thought I would share with you part of the reasons why. I just haven't been able to write about it but will share with you what my son, Michael,  shared on Facebook today.

FYI--their Elite Family is a group of people whose daughters play basketball for Team Elite.

For those of you who haven't heard, my wife Traci was diagnosed with breast cancer in early March. 
She is undergoing 20 weeks of chemo followed by surgery sometime around the end of September. The outpouring of love by our friends and family has been astounding. 
Yesterday we came home from a night away in Heber Springs to our yard being cleaned up by a bunch of friends from our Elite family. 
This is one of the most humbling experiences of my life. To think about the time and effort these people put in to try to help my family out and make our life easier right now is amazing. 
I can not express to everyone just how encouraged I have been by your phone calls, texts, meals, gifts, prayers & love. 
The picture is of our front flower bed and the pink flowers planted in the shape of a ribbon, symbolizing the fight against cancer. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!! Coach Hogue

--So sorry--could not get this picture to rotate.


One of the other reasons why concerns some health problems I am having.

I've always had some form of back trouble but about a month ago I got really down with severe pain in my hips.

My GP took some x-rays and they were not good.


Severe arthritis up and down my spine--

A bone several inches long protruding from my lower spine--we don't know if this has always been there--a genetic defect--and is just now giving me problems--which  probably is the case since my brother just had surgery for this same condition 3 months ago--or if it is something new.

My faith is in tact.  I trust God with myself and my family.

My daughter-in-law's faith is strong and she trusts God with her whole heart.  She has been a mighty witness and testimony through the last few weeks.

Jesus said, "My peace I leave with you."  And that is what He is giving us.  He is always good and we know He will supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19

I just needed some time--I hope you understand.

We covet your prayers and thank you in advance.

Much love,