Saturday, November 19, 2016

SIx on Saturday (November 19)

1. I think I've mentioned the What Should I Read Next podcast before, but if not, here is official notice that this podcast has become a must-listen for me. This week the podcast aired a 5-part series on kid and YA literature, and Camden and I both have enjoyed making a new list of must-read books. Camden and Rory have slowed down on recreational reading in recent months, but I think this will get them back on track.

2. Thanksgiving break could not come quickly enough. We are limping along, and I am looking forward to a break.

(after school Thursday afternoon)

3. Camden's official basketball debut was . . . uneventful? Uneventful isn't totally true since all 4 games were nail biters, but he didn't play. Not surprising since he and the 2 other 7th graders are low men on the totem pole. It was still fun to watch, and he looked official. I did not take a single picture.

(from tip-off last week)

4. My parents were here for a visit this week, and I did not take a picture. Again. Which means I don't have photographic evidence of the fact that Camden was *not* taller than my dad when they visited last month, but has now passed him up. I cannot get over how tall he is.

(notice where his shoulder is in relation to my face!) 

5. The Lewises have been passing around sore throats and colds this week. I spent 2 days with absolutely no voice. As a result, I canceled my scheduled activities for Friday and worked around the house completing all domestic chores so that we could have free time today. Last night we made pizza and watched The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings. All 1600 hours of it. Today, Camden is working on a team building community project planting 82 trees at his school; Brian is spending the morning at a local coffee shop working on lesson plans so he doesn't have to work during Thanksgiving break; Rory and I are having ourselves a little shopping trip so she can spend the birthday money burning a hole in her pocket.

6. We've been waiting for scan and bloodwork results, and when they finally came in late Wednesday night, they were not as good as we hoped. How *not good* they are remains to be seen, but the wording from the radiologist was definitely different and unfortunately included phrases such as "new spots," "increased size," and "lymph nodes." I see Dr. C on November 28 to discuss how we want to proceed. Big sigh. There's always something to be thankful for: I am feeling physically better than I have in a while and my mind has been at peace, even after the news.


Eric Roedel said...

I don't follow many blogs but discovered yours awhile back and love your writing and fantastic photos. As a fellow adoptive mama of four from SK and one who has also had some scary health challenges, I just wanted to tell you that I adore your focus on joyful living and loving (not always easy!). I'm so sorry about this latest dip and will pray for peace in the midst of the waiting. We don't know each other, but it is clear that the world is a better place because you are in it. Thank you for helping me refocus on the things that matter most when I've been caught up by fear. Praying for you, sister! Lisa (using my hubs gmail account since I don't have one)

Michelle Huddleston said...

Prayers from me-a long time reader-for you, Melissa and for your family. I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

That podcast sounds promising. I may have to listen...

carolyn Griffioen said...

I echo these comments! I am so humbled by your ability to LIVE in the midst of trying times. I have had a few medical ups and downs and it isn't easy for me to keep the fear from creeping in! 😕 I need to remember to look to The Lord for He is our refuge! your family is so precious and I love the way you write! Much love to you in Christ ~ Carolyn

Mayme said...

How on Earth can Camden be that tall!! Makes me feel really old.

Praying for you my friend. You guys are thought of so often. I hope you guys have a great Thanksgiving. Say hello to your folks!

VinGirl said...

I hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful, and you all have time to rest. Sending you lots of good thoughts for your appointment too, and continued peace of mind. ❤️

Krista said...

Thanks for sharing the podcast! I'm hooked!

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Hi Melissa, I am a long-time reader and follower from Australia. I want you to know that I have been uploading you and your family in prayers for some years now. The strength of your faith has always really inspired and encouraged me - and especially so through our own family's cancer journey which started in 2012 when at times, I doubted my faith because every day seemed like a walk in hell. The scriptures that you shared or just reading about your faith helped me more than I can say in words. Please know that I will continue to uphold you and your family in prayers.o

In Christian love,
Jocelyn x

Judy Bailey said...

I, too, have followed your family for the last few years, and continue to pray for you. Prayers for you, Melissa!