Sunday, May 31, 2015

Boy "Cousins"

So far, (hint, hint) Jason & I have produced the only male grandchildren on both sides. My boys are CRAZY about their girl cousins (all 9 of them), and no doubt, my boys are better people for them being in their lives. But, sometimes boys just need to be with other boys (see picture above:). Lucky for us (purely a saying because I don't believe in "luck":)), one of my sisters-in-law has a twin sister (who I consider my sis-in-law too) that has 3 boys! And these handsomes are my boys' "boy cousins". Colton joined us for a few days in SD last week and we all loved having a 5th kid for the time! Lots of ball playing, baseball card looking and Lego playing took place over the course of 4 1/2 days. He also helped the boys break in their new kayaks they got for their birthdays. I love watching boys be boys!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wrapping Up

Kids, another school year under our belts (if we wore them;). Dad and I are so proud of your diligence and progress in preschool, kindergarten, 3rd and 7th grade! We are so thankful for your school and the way they love and grow you, and support our family, coming along side us in this journey. God knows what we need and The Rock Academy is definitely one of those things! We welcome the carefree, slower days of summer and anticipate the 2015/16 school year with great expectations! But for now...let's go to the beach!:)

Classroom Promotion/Awards:

The Academy Awards:

End of Year Carnival:

Monday, May 25, 2015

Summer Kick-off

We had a fun little girls get away to kick off the summer, and to celebrate my mom's birthday, in San Clemente. The beach. Pedis. The sand. Walking. The ocean. Eating. Shopping...
I HEART summer!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Weekend Trip & Scan Results

We ran up to Visalia for just over 36 hours this weekend. Short but sweet. Boy, did we pack it in! We went to love on and be loved. Our former home, where our heartstrings still have roots.
The girl who first made me an Aunt, and Jason an Uncle, graduated from high school! How can this be? 
You are so sweet, heart so big, spirit so joyful. We love you and excitedly watch as God's plan for your life continues to unfold!

We also celebrated the Neese spring & early summer birthdays!

And just had fun being with family & friends!

Along with the fun memories, we also brought home a stomach bug.:( Totally unwelcome here since we just recovered from the other virus. So, because of sick kids I had to cancel my Dr appt. Thankfully,  the nurse let me know my scan results over the phone. Praise God nothing has changed! The same spots remain, but have not grown, so I'm relieved & thankful. Honestly, I have been so tired, I was expecting a tiny bit of bad news. I think I do that as a safety mechanism, so I'm prepared if bad news comes. Is that a "lack of trust" issue? I'm working that out in my soul. I'll keep you posted.
But, most likely I'm tired because I've been on almost-constant oral chemotherapy for nearly 8 months, and I keep doing what I want and need to do. When fatigue creeps up, I like to say, "ain't nobody got time for that!";) There is too much life to live!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Snippets and Scan update

I tried to put on the brakes these past 2 weeks, but life would have no such action...
Hence the tardy update!
I have my scans (pet and ct) tomorrow about 9:30 am-ish. It takes a few hours for the total process and then I'm radioactive for about 6 hours. My favorite part is that Jason and I get to spend time together after, since I can't be around the kids, gotta love the forced date-day! (Supposedly, being near someone in my condition tomorrow can cause a child to have seizures). Needless to say, I dodge children wherever we choose to spend those hours!
Please pray my veins can be easily and successfully accessed and for clean scans! But I'll even take no new growth;) I will meet with my oncologist Monday to review the results.
Thank you so much for continued prayers through out this journey...can you believe it's almost been a year since this re-diagnosis?? Look how far the Lord has brought me and how much He has done!

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, 
Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness 
And tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth
is renewed like the eagle's.
Psalm 103:1-5

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