Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Getting Ready For Another Year

Our Christmas was spent having a huge amount of fun with family.  Always a great way to end 2014.

Visiting and feeding the pigs.

Picking eggs.

Visits from someone special.

Cuddles with newest family member.

Goofy fun.

Finding treasures.

The kids even got to play with Grandpa's 'new' gator.  A rather expensive toy, there.... And unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of that.

At the end of the day, there wasn't too much trouble getting the kids to go to sleep once we got them to stay still for a few minutes.

We're back home safe and sound and the decorations are put away.  There's less than a week before the kids head back to school and a few things that need to be done before that happens.  We hope to get a least a couple of them done.

Hope all of you had a wonderful holiday, too!  I'm looking forward to a new year and can't wait to share some new projects and ideas with everyone.  So many wonderful things to look forward to!

Monday, December 1, 2014


Life had been bombarding us lately.  Nothing bad, just trying to keep up with it all.  It can be a bit much at times.  (Normal life for any parent, right?)

November 4th marked the 26 month of our daughter's chemotherapy treatments for leukemia.  You can read about the last treatment here.

I thought I would share a few pictures of the journey.  It's been amazing looking back and seeing all she has gone through.  It's easy to forget sometimes how much she has endured.

The beginning.... 2 weeks before diagnosis.
The start of realizing something was really wrong. 2 days before.
Initial blood draw.
Admitted to hospital.  2 units of blood and 1 unit of platelets needed.
Port implant.
Hair loss.


And triumphs.
Giggles and grins,

And days that just weren't the best.
Lumbar Punctures,
 And medicines.
Art and Physical Therapy.


Breakdowns in grocery stores.
Hot flashes.
Long days.

Getting done what needs to be done.
Wishes made and realized.

And embracing all that has happened.

Since our daughter's chemotherapy came to an end the first week of November, we felt a need to celebrate.  And that's exactly what we did!  Lots of friends from the area where we live helped us congratulate Madi on all she has endured and accomplished.

The Grandparents were even able make the long drive to attend.

She has been through more in two years than most people go through in a lifetime.  She's a stronger and better person for it all.  I can't wait to see what she and our other kids do in their lives because of what they were exposed to during this phase.

As a mother, I'm learning a new type of worry.  Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of relief right now.  However, I'm also concerned every time she takes a nap in the middle of the day wondering if the treatments didn't work.

Tomorrow we go in for a final lumbar puncture and bone marrow biopsy.  Please, please, PLEASE - take a moment to say a prayer for our little one!  While I know we would be able to go through all of this again, it's NOT something we want to do.  I'm very selfish in wanting my kids to now be able to live normal lives and not lives consumed by appointments, medicines, worries or illness.

Thanks for all the kind words of encouragement up to this point.  You will never know how much even the smallest of acts has helped over time.

I'll let you all know the results of tomorrows tests as soon as we know!

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