Why I Haven’t Been Posting Lately

Sent out the following e-mail this evening.  Explains why I haven’t been posting for the past few days.


Hey Folks

While I’m sending this out to as many folks as I have emails for, please feel free to forward this email.

As many of know, Sue’s brain cancer reappeared September 2015.  After almost a year of chemo therapy treatments—none of which were successful in arresting the cancer’s growth—last August Sue started infusion treatments targeted at curtailing symptoms and managing quality of life.  Since then we have seen steady decline, first every few months, then every few weeks, and recently, it seems daily.  This past weekend it became evident that the time had arrived for those treatments to cease and for us to prepare for Sue’s “home stretch.”  I say “home” because the Scriptures say that for those who have trusted in Jesus and His redeeming work on the cross and have enjoyed the blessing here of being in a relationship with the Creator, that when death comes, to be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord.

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.  Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him. 

(2Corinthians 5:6-9)

In fact, the Bible says that for those who know Jesus, while to live is Christ, to die is gain (Philippians 1:21).  Life here has been so good!  But to depart and be with Him is far better.

These truths have been our reality for all our married lives and is the hope we both have as we anticipate soon a temporary separation as Sue goes home to be with Jesus.

And so, this past Monday home hospice was engaged.  We are set up to care for Sue and keep her comfortable for whatever time remains this side of heaven.

We are so thankful that the Lord spared Sue 5 ½ years ago when the tumor was first discovered so traumatically while we were in Santa Cruz.  So thankful for three successful craniotomies back then and for what was almost 4 years of cancer free living since.  So thankful that, for the most part, the treatments Sue has had to go through have been relatively low impact.  And so thankful that Sue never lost that “peace that passes understanding” as we’ve trusted in the Lord with all our hearts and found that truly, His grace is sufficient.

All the girls, their husbands, and our two grand-kids are home now.  Melissa is due with her first baby in three weeks . . . we’re trusting the Lord with this as well.

Anyway, I wanted you to know our situation.  So many of you were with us through the ordeal 5 ½ years ago and many of you have remained a part of lives since then.

Thanx for the care and concern you’ve shown and the prayer cover you’ve provided.   Sincerely appreciated.

Trusting in His grace.  Wanting to live for His glory.



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16 Responses to Why I Haven’t Been Posting Lately

  1. Dennis and Darcey Simmons says:

    May Jesus’ words wrap you up, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, Trust also in me. In my Fathers house are many rooms. I have prepared a place for you “Sue”. I will take you to be where I am. I am THE Way, Truth, and Life!” Love, Jesus

    It is our greatest privilege to pray for all of the Corak’s. Your faith in your Savior and His promises of Eternity overflow out of your lives and your daily testimony. So much love to you both. Entrusting you to the mighty hands of the King. Lovingly, D and d

  2. JM DeMarre says:

    Pete….we are praying for you and your family.
    With love,
    Jeff and Millie

  3. The Schouten clan says:

    Praying for God’s Grace and peace for all.

  4. Linda Richardson-Duff says:

    Pete – I am so sorry. Treasure the time left and all the precious memories. What a blessing to know that Sue will soon be looking directly at our Savior’s smiling face – where we all yearn to be. She and your family are in my prayers…Linda RD

  5. Oliver Jones says:

    Well written, as usual, Pete. I’ve been meaning to touch base but I’m so forgetful sometimes. Shalom to you and Sue and to your family.

  6. Suzie ratzlaff says:

    Hi Pete
    This is your loving neighbour suzie, are thoughts and prayers are with you . if there is anything that me or mom an dan can do we would love to help you and the girls out..we are know living in Abbotsford BC so not to fare from you ..

  7. Frank and Jo Knipe, Odenton, MD says:

    Pete, thank you for your update on your situation. We have never met, but we almost consider you a part of our family. Brian introduced us to your devotional site and we are grateful. You and your forever love will be in our prayers. In His family, Frank and Jo Knipe

  8. Leiloni says:

    Love you all so much uncle Pete. Hope you truly feel god’s peace and love every step of the way. Big hugs and lots of prayer and love your guys way.

  9. Trish Zoccola says:

    Thanks for updating us, Pete. Sue has definitely “fought the good fight” and has finished the race of life on this hard-working earth…And I can already hear Jesus saying “very well done, good and faithful servant.” I am sad for you and your family and all of us friends who know her – but happy for Sue. She was “one of ours” – a shining light in the Christian community and the “body of Christ now hurts.” Love you guys, love you, Sue. So thankful for you. Trish

  10. John Adams says:

    Praying that you all may have the peace that only Christ can supply.

  11. So happy for Sue. So grieving for you and the family. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Can’t help but think of the Wayne Watson song “Home Free” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6l1kpJ0x5k May God Himself comfort you. Bob & Elaine

  12. Bryan Kahue says:

    Thank you Pete, for sharing and keeping us in the loop. Continuing to pray for Sue, you and the rest of the family. May God continue to provide comfort and peace as only He can. May He draw you even closer during this difficult time. Please let us know if there are other ways that we can be helping.
    Bryan & Rona Kahue

  13. Ri says:

    Dear Pete, we are praying for you and Sue and your family. May God comfort and give all of you strength and peace in this difficult time as you will be apart for a short time. Please let us know if we can do anything for your family.

  14. LubbyGirl says:

    We were praying for you and Sue this morning at the VM office.

  15. Diana Baker says:

    Dear Pete,
    We are so sad to hear of Sue’s declining health, we know these must be difficult days for you, Sue and the family. We are and will continue to pray for you all, and know that the challenges and changes will be used by God for His glory. We love you both, and have many fond memories of you and always will.
    Dave and Diana.

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