December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas...Eve :)

I can't understand where in the world the time has gone!!!!  I was just posting about beginning radiation and now I'm done (YEAH!!!) and it's Christmas Eve.

Radiation went well.  No problems.  Now just a number of follow-up appointments down the road.  I'm looking forward to getting back to "regular" days......staying home...uninterrupted....being productive and taking care of business :)

I'm looking forward to a new year and some new adventures...LOTS of time with my family and LOTS of crafting.  I didn't have time (or energy) to make my Christmas cards this year.  It was very sad for me!!!  So, to make up for it, I wrapped my gifts extra special this year.  I'll take some pics of some of them for you to see.

I want to wish ALL of you a VERY Merry Christmas.....and a Happy New Year.  May you be blessed with an abundance of happiness, good health and peace.  I am grateful for each one of you...for your support, your prayers, the cards, the food (oh my all the food!), the flowers.......you are all a HUGE blessing to me and I am making it my mission in the coming year to pay it forward.  THANK YOU for everything....every single little thing!

Blessings to all of you..................HUGS!

December 16, 2013

Radiation...Week 2

So, week one of radiation went well.  The worst part of it is having to leave the house and drive to the hospital each day :)  What can I say.....I realize now how spoiled I am to be able to work from home and not be required to go anywhere every single day :)  LOL!!!!

Things started out fine....I went Monday and I was in and out rather quickly.  Then Tuesday rolled around.  Early that morning the home phone rang.  It was the hospital.....they needed to cancel the day's appointment....the machine was on the blink and being tended to.  All morning appointments were being cancelled.  WHAT???  Oh the joy of living in a smaller town :)  No back-up plan?  No machine on reserve in case this happens?  Really?  We just skip a day's treatment?  LOL!!!  Why, YES!  Of course :)  HA!

Fingers crossed, no break-downs this week :)  I go every day this week at 11:45 and I'll have to go next Monday now as well to make up for missing one day last week.  No complaints.....I was originally told 15 rounds and now I'm down to 10 so all is good!!!!

Got our tree up and the decorations out.  I am totally not into the holidays any more.  Sad really.  I am into what the season is all about....just not into all of the stuff it requires.  I think things are too far off the mark....we've lost the reason for the celebrations and made too much about the celebrations themselves.  Some years back we sponsored a child at a mission in Grundy, VA and another year we took an angel off the tree at the mall for the Salvation Army.  Katy asked why we didn't do it this year and I told her we just couldn't afford it.  My doctor bills are just too high and we can't do everything that we wish we could.  I suggested that next year we forego buying gifts for our family and instead get angels again.  She was all for it :)  It touched my heart.  Emily was into it as well so long as she got gifts from other people :)  LOL!!  My kids are AWESOME!!!!  I am so blessed in so many ways!!!!

I got an amazing gift in the mail recently.  It's a scrapbook album that my cousins, aunts and uncles put together for me.  Each page is decorated with a pic of them and includes a personal note to me......I could barely get through it I cried so hard!  It was the most touching, personal, amazing gift anyone could ever have given me.  I LOVE YOU ALL and so appreciate you thinking of me and taking the time to write the notes and decorate the pages.  I will forever treasure the book :)  THANK YOU!!!!!

That's about it.  Lots of shopping and wrapping still to do.  Wish me luck :)  Cards are ready but need stamps and still need to be sealed.  There is just NEVER enough time and yet......it all seems to get done in the end :)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all of you.  This year is special for me and I am extremely grateful for all of you and all of the blessing bestowed upon me....I have a lot to be thankful for and I am looking forward to a new year and a new perspective.  Lots of changes to be made in my life in the new year and I am looking forward to each and every one of them :)

PEACE.................and hugs :)

December 7, 2013

An Apology...Some catching up....and a couple prayer requests :)

So, to all of you that are so sweet to regularly check my blog you have my sincere apologies!!!  I have been feeling better and as a result....I have been VERY busy.  I had family in town for Thanksgiving and it was a BLAST...but kept me busy :)  Then this week our school had it's annual basket auction.  I (along with some very dear friends) work VERY hard to put this fundraiser on for the teachers of my girl's school.  It was today and I am happy to report that the teachers made over $10,000 again this year!!!  And that was with 20 fewer baskets than last year!!!  WOW!!!!  Way to go parents, friends and family of our school.  We are all blessed with your generosity!!!!!!

Now for some catching up.............NOT having chemo has been amazing!!!  I am so VERY happy to feel well and more than that......to be back to feeling like myself!  Your prayers are beyond appreciated!!!!!  Your cards and calls, your txt's and the hugs when I see you make me feel like a million bucks!  THANK YOU!!!!!!  I am beyond blessed to know each of you and even more so to call you "friend".  I start radiation Monday.  I will go 5 days a week for 2 weeks.  Each appointment is at 11:30.  The oncologist initially told me 15 treatments but after further review, he thinks he can get more radiation in over a shorter period of time.  He did warn me; however, that he might call for more but he's pretty confident he can do what needs to be done in 10 treatments.  I'm not scared or nervous.....like everything else, I've given all to the Lord and will just tackle each day with a smile on my face and some pep in my step :)  I CAN DO THIS...because I know I am not alone :)

I'm sitting here watching the replay of some highlights of the Iron Bowl.  I got chills...LOL!  Congrats to Auburn.  You were ready for that missed field goal and I give you credit for playing smart all the way to the end.  I was cheering with all I had for Alabama......just for Ronnie........but Auburn beat us fair and square.  Good Job!  Anyway, you know I love football!!!!!

O.K., back to blog business.  My prayer requests......My Uncle Dick (stay with me...Doug's mom Kitty, her sister Jan - is married to Dick :)  He has not been feeling well for months.....many months.  The Doctors have FINALLY found out what is the matter.  His kidneys are NOT working and he had to start dialysis.  They are in such bad shape too....and on top of that...they found cancer.  SO....he is getting is port and will start chemo as well.  PLEASE, PLEASE pray for him....and his wife Jan and family.

Request Number 2:  There is a young girl that my Katy knows...she goes to another school but they share mutual friends and are themselves friends.  Her parents were killed in a car accident this past Tuesday (It might have even been Monday).  It's a very sad story...they think the father stabbed the mother, loaded her into his car and he drove off....maybe then shooting himself - which is potentially what caused the accident.  On top of that, the car caught on fire.  It's so very sad.....this young lady needs all of our prayers.  Please think of her and pray for her often.

So I guess you're all caught up now.  I plan to take it easy for a while.  I'll keep you posted on the radiation process and my progress.

Again, my apologies for not posting for a while.  But know that I am well.
XXOO