Friday, October 10, 2014

Beach Days are the Best Days

I know things have been a little quiet around this blog lately.  I have so much to say but it's so hard to put it into words.  I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and it has made my life crazier than normal.  I don't want to downplay it like it's no big deal, because obviously it is a big deal.  It's just not everything.  This isn't going to become a blog about cancer.  My life isn't going to become all about cancer.  It's something I'm going to fight and get through and I will look back on and reflect on how it changed me and my family (hopefully for the better).  Already in the few weeks that I've known about it I have experienced almost every emotion you can think of and I've learned a few things in the process.  First and foremost, that God is with me.  He is my strength and my refuge.  I have received countless texts and emails and Facebook messages from friends and family who are praying for me and I think I am finally beginning to realize the extent of the love of my brothers and sisters in Christ.  It is so overwhelming and I am so humbled to have so many praying for me and concerned for me.  To everyone who has reached out to me I want to say thank you, even if I may not have responded to you at the time, your messages and gifts and prayers and meals are so appreciated. I won't share all the medical details on this blog as I'd like to keep some things private, but know that I am healing already and your prayers are being answered.  I have gotten better news at every turn and though I still have a ways to go in this journey, I know I won't go it alone.  What a comforting thought.

I'm so glad we moved to the beach before all this happened (I know that wasn't an accident, but providential).  The beach is seriously the best place for me to go when I'm feeling down or in need of healing.  It relaxes me so much and I'm able to put things in perspective with the vastness of the ocean spreading out before me with it's steady rhythm.  These photos are from one of those healing days recently when I had doubts and fears overwhelming me.  It was just what I needed.  My favorite 3 people surrounding me with love at my favorite place.  What a blessing.  I hope you enjoy these photos of these precious moments even a fraction of the amount that I do.  I'll try to keep up with posting to this blog as I can.  I hope to get back to my normal Photo Friday posts soon.  In the meantime, keep praying for healing because one thing I've learned through all of this is that God truly does hear and answer our prayers.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

On Turning 8

So, I meant to post this last week but things have been crazy around here so I never got around to it.  I haven't forgotten about my sweet boy's birthday though and I wanted to share about it.  That kid brings me so much joy and I honestly don't want to ever imagine what life would be like without him.  He's going to never leave home and stay with me forever (at least that's what he says now) and I'm kinda okay with that.  I interviewed him on his birthday and here is what he said...

~~Age 8~~
~How old are you? 8
~How does being 8 make you feel? Awesome!
~What do you want to learn this year? Science
~What was the best thing about being 7? Summer
~What did you do today?  Had a birthday party and got presents.
~What is your favorite color? turquoise blue
~What is your favorite food? ice cream and I like candy, I like food (what kind of food?) Candy and stuff.
~Who is your favorite person? Ben
~What grade are you in? 3rd
~What is your favorite thing to do at school? Science
~What is your favorite game to play? Poptropica
~What do you like to do with Daddy? Play games like chess and catch
~What do you like to do with Mommy? hug and cuddle her
~What do you like to do with your sister? Play with her. (like what?) Legos

~What’s your favorite thing to do with the whole family? family hug
~What’s your favorite store? Toys R Us
~What’s your favorite place to eat? Culvers
~What’s your favorite book? My Hero (an Uglydoll comic)
~What’s your favorite song? Dynamite
~What’s your favorite thing about God? Everything, I just love Him.
~What do you want to be when you grow up? I don't know. (Can you think of something?) I just don't know about that yet. A guy that works at a Lego factory maybe.

I took him out for a few photos as well. All we did was walk around our building, but that 5 minutes with him was precious and I got some great photo memories as well. Here are my favorites.

 He's always having a good time. :)

Sorry for the photo overload but I just love them all. He's my baby, what can I say? :)

I love this one! So him.

Haha, I love his mad face on the right. The kid has a temper...must be the red hair. ;)

Saved my favorite for last. That dimple. It kills me every time. I love this boy more than words can say.

Thanks for reading! Forgive me if I do another birthday post but I just realized I still have all his party photos to blog! Hey, it's my blog and I'll do birthday overload if I want, right?!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Photo Friday 2014 ~ Week 37

Today is my boy's birthday!  He's having a great day so far.  He woke up early, ran through the curtain of balloons, and opened a present before his Daddy went to work.  We skipped school for the day in honor of his holiday and he's played for more time on the computer than I care to share.  I just keep reminding myself that it's only one day a year!  Then when Daddy came home for lunch he opened another present.  I asked him if he wanted to go anywhere special for his birthday, but once again, my little homebody just wants to hang out here.  We are busy decorating for his friend party tomorrow and I still need to bake the cupcakes so this is gonna be a brief post.  I took a few pictures of him this morning and my favorites are from when he was eating his special breakfast...donuts!  He was very surprised to find those at the table this morning.  It's a sugar high and electronics overload kind of day. :)

 Double fisting the donuts. :)

Happy Birthday, my favorite boy!!

I'll be back next week with some photos from more birthday festivities and the traditional birthday survey. Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Photo Friday 2014 ~ Week 36

Our first week of school is over and we survived!  Not only did we just survive it, but I think it went amazingly well.  There were no tears and very little arguing.  We were able to complete all of our lessons in a reasonable amount of time and I didn't feel stressed at all.  We even did electives like Art and Spanish and we took a half day off to go to Bible study.  All in all it was a great success.  I hope every week is like this one!  I am very pleased with the curriculum we selected.  I think the ease of use is helping everything to go more smoothly.  I'll try to write a post about what we are using because I know I am always curious to see what has and hasn't worked for others.  Today it was raining again and I hadn't taken any photos for my post yet again, but it's okay because the kids were working on a project and they were very engrossed so I was able to snap a few shots without them even minding.  They were each doing a mural of a forest for their science class.  They are studying Environmental Science this year and I love that they are able to do the class together.  It makes it so much more fun.  And the murals turned out great.  I taped them to our sliding glass doors and it made the perfect spot for this project especially if they go off the edges of the paper I can just wipe the paint off the window.   I'm keeping them up because it's a project that they add to each week as we study how different things affect the environment.  Here are my little artists at work. :)

We are studying tone and shading in art class so she was able to incorporate that into her mural.  She did a great job at making it look realistic.

I just had to include this because whoa, check out my baby girl's biceps.  She looks like she works out!  Must be all that tree climbing. ;)

My boy is only in 3rd grade and art isn't really his thing so I don't expect his mural to look like his sister's.  I like how he has his own style and really does his own thing.  His forest has a snow capped mountain and a cave and poison ivy. :)

And then this happened...

Good thing we're not going anywhere today!  They are keeping on their disguises (yep, she did one on herself too) to see if they can trick their daddy.

Hope you have a great weekend!


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