Five on Friday (March 24, 2017)

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you, O Lord,
my rock and my redeemer. -Psalm 19:14

So I didn't quite get around to posting on Friday, but I'm spending Sunday morning at home recovering from a stomach bug that seems to be sweeping its way through our church. Blogging seemed a good way to make use of recovery time.

1. My mom has been here for the last 10 days and now we have my dad too (despite being diagnosed with shingles last week - ugh!) for a couple of days. Last week mom and Liz accompanied me to chemo; we did some shopping and eating prior to my appointment. This week mom and I visited the milkshake bar at The Grilled Cheeserie for a sweet treat. Ice cream makes everything, even a chemo treatment, better.



Family trip to see Beauty and the Beast, which was lovely!

2. Rory competed in a district competition last weekend (related to our church/denomination) in Bible memorization and piano. She had to memorize 8 passages of Scripture (for reference, they were in a small font, single spaced and took up an entire 1-1/2 pages of paper). She was 100% in charge of her own practice and memorization, and I am almost as proud of her self-motivation as I am that she is moving on to the state competition in memorization. She did very well in the piano competition but was much more a beginner than the other competitors. Camden chose not to participate this year, and this was a battle I chose not to fight. Maybe next year I will be back to fully functioning over-achieving helicopter mother status!

3. Thursday marked the 13th anniversary of bringing Camden home to our family. I realize that I always sound like a broken record on these days, but we are so blessed. I just cannot get over the way God provided for us and for Camden and Rory when he put us all together. Our tradition is always that the kiddo gets to choose the lunch/dinner spot. Camden, who cannot make a decision to save his life, waffled back and forth over restaurants but finally chose Chuy's. He is very opposed to pictures and social media sharing these days, mostly because a few of his classmates follow me on Instagram. I'm trying to respect his 13-year old wish for privacy, but also share for my own memory-keeping purposes.


4. Brian and the kids are on spring break this week. I have chemo on Wednesday and I know the days will pass quickly. We were gifted tickets to the Creation Museum and Ark Experience for Christmas so if the rest of the family can avoid the stomach bug, we're headed there tomorrow for a quick trip.

5. Reading continues to be a struggle for me in 2017 for whatever reason (maybe I'm just not reading the right books), but I read 3 articles recently - all on wildly different topics - that are worth mentioning: I Traveled 6,222 Miles To Meet My Birth Mother,  10 Things Every White Teacher Should Know When Talking About Race, and So I Quit Drinking.



Oh no! I'm so sorry that you were sick! (That doesn't seem quite fair, does it?!) The week aside from that sounds wonderful though! Way to go Rory on such a great accomplishment... good luck at states! And Happy Family Day Camden!!!

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