Friday, March 30, 2018

Five on Good Friday (March 30, 2018)

He Himself bore our sins on His body on the cross so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed. -I Peter 2:24

1. Today marks 7 years since my cancer diagnosis and we celebrated with ice cream for breakfast as usual!


2. We also celebrated 14 years with Camden by eating at Kobe Fusion, a sushi restaurant - Camden's choice although trying sushi was one of Rory's resolutions for 2018. Actually, her only resolution.



3. Scan results are in with a small decrease this time to bring my total to 38% with a CA125 of 24. I am doing this current cycle and then have a 4-week break, and I could not be more ready. Brian went with me this week since he was on spring break (he generally tries to go with me for scan weeks but doesn't take off work for just regular chemo weeks). It was a looonnnggg day and we didn't make it home until after 8:00 p.m. Moving forward, my schedule is going to change slightly. I will have labs and see Dr. Crispens on Tuesday afternoon (preferably after work) and then come back first thing Wednesday mornings for chemo. This should mean two shorter days instead of one long day and I hope the infusion wait time is greatly reduced by being there first thing in the morning.

4. I would call spring break uneventful, but I hope it was restful to some degree for Brian. The kids definitely had it easy and Camden slept in until 10:30 nearly every morning. Rory went to a 2-day 4-H cooking class and had a great time. Ironically, she came home from the second day of class and cut her finger twice while cutting up cucumbers for me. That girl!

5. I am in a serious book slump. I started and quit no less than 3 books this week. Does reading a cook book count in my reading total for the year?

It's a full Easter weekend with Good Friday service tonight (actually a night of worship and Camden is playing), egg hunt tomorrow (I'm probably sitting this out to make sure I don't use up all my Sunday energy), Easter services Sunday plus nursing home service (my dad is preaching and Camden is playing). 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Five on Friday (March 23, 2018)

1. Fourteen years ago today we flew to Chicago to become parents. Camden was the sweetest baby and we are just the luckiest to be his parents. Photo is from his first week home. I cannot look at it without crying.


2. We welcomed spring this week with temps in the 30's and snow/freezing rain, which sounds about right for Tennessee. Breaking records for heat one week, way too cold the next.

3. Sunday night we went to a Crowder concert to celebrate Family Day with the kids. After Brian and I went to see Crowder last fall and just had the best time, we knew that we wanted to give the kids the same experience. Unfortunately, the concert was managed by a church and not only did they oversell tickets, but the set up was horrible and we could not see a thing. Literally, I didn't even lay eyes on Crowder or his band because the set up was so awful. I couldn't even see the very small screen set up behind the stage. I was also sick as a dog (see next point). Anyway, the kids still had fun I think, but it wasn't the magical experience that Brian and I had hoped.




4. I was diagnosed with pneumonia (the result of 3 weeks of a cold) and ear infections Monday. It was a pretty awful day; I'm not sure when I've felt so horrible. As a result, I was off work Monday, worked from home Tuesday, had a half day of doctor's appointments Wednesday, worked Thursday and now Friday morning I've been making up some work and not feeling as good as I'd like to be honest.

My parents have helped out tremendously with last-minute rides to school for the kids, taking dirty laundry out of the house, bringing clean clothes back in along with supper. Mom accompanied me to the doctor (regularly scheduled scans and eye dilation) while dad took the kids to Dunkin' Donuts and school. Everyone should be lucky enough to have parents like mine.

5. Rory's school choir is competing today in Murfreesboro and it's all she's talked about. Camden had yet another soccer game cancelled and it's all he's talked about.

Spring break starts at 3:15 this afternoon (when school lets out) for Brian and the kids, and I'm not sure Brian has ever been so ready. Happy Friday, friends.


Rome day at school. Rory is good at being a goddess.


Friday, March 16, 2018

Five on Friday (March 16, 2018)

I have planned this in order to display my glory through Pharoah and his whole army. After this the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord. -Exodus 14:3-4

The week started out with cold and snow but we're on day number two of beautiful spring weather and even though I'm generally a cold-weather kind of girl, 70 degrees is about to win me over. We only have the good stuff planned for the weekend - guitar lesson for Camden, lunch date for the adults, church on Sunday, and a Crowder concert for the whole family Sunday night. And only one more week until spring break for Brian and the kids!


1. Speaking of breaks, I received permission for a 4-week chemo break. The break would have started immediately but I wanted to delay for a month for no other good reason that I wanted to enjoy the anticipation of a break. Wednesday was the last treatment for cycle 16 (hurray!). Mom and I went to lunch prior to my appointments and then I introduced her to Barista Parlor.

2. Brian experienced another bout of gastritis this past week - something specifically related to stress so spring break can't come quickly enough. The good news is that medicine seems to work quickly for him.

3. On Monday afternoon, we came home to clean laundry and clean sinks thanks to my mom. What a gift! The kids were so cute, especially Camden, who emphatically declared, "she's not doing our laundry!" when I told them she had offered. She received a couple of hours alone in a quiet house and fast internet and we got clean laundry!

4. Our much-used and much-loved espresso machine started smoking this week so we may be putting that excellent Bed Bath and Beyond return policy to work.

5. Fields trips are few and far between once you move past elementary school, so Camden was especially excited to go to the Corvette museum in KY yesterday. And in true sentimental form, he bought himself a little souvenir. Boys and their cars.

(he took his own pictures and edited them as well)


Happy Friday!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Five on Friday (March 9, 2018)

I'm posting late this weekend even though I actually had this written and ready to go. So here's Five on Friday on Sunday. ;)

1. Soccer began with a bang this week. First game (after only 1 practice) was against a much larger school accompanied by cold temps and rain. Camden came away pretty banged up with a swollen eye and missing contact. The team lost 5-0 but were expecting a much more significant loss so I guess it was a win? Kinda?

2. My cold piled on top of chemo had me pretty beat this week, but I'm feeling surprisingly well even after Wednesday's treatment (ETA: cold took a nose dive Sunday). The schedule was too full to do a good job of taking care of myself last weekend, but I have a better plan in place for now. I feel ridiculously proud of myself for taking a walk Thursday afternoon (and ridiculously happy to have felt well enough for a walk).

3. Since my last book update, I've finished up 3 books. Lilac Girls was devastating to read, but so good. The kids and I listened to I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives via audiobook and I would recommend it. Everything Here is Beautiful was only a 2-star book. I started Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet last night, and I can already tell it is lovely.

4. I took advantage of a Plated coupon and signed up for a month of deliveries. Even though the recipes are in the arena of 45 minute prep time, just not having to make a menu and do the shopping is a relief. And the variety will be an awesome addition to dinner; it starts March 17 and I'm really looking forward to it. The other night I made a lemon pasta dish and Camden was so thrilled that it wasn't soup or a casserole that he could hardly contain himself.

5. Weekend plans include finishing up our last week of Galatians at Bible study; we're hoping to go see Black Panther (ETA: yep, saw and loved it) and I would really like to get in a coffee date with Brian (ETA: did not happen). Also, we plan to have Saturday night family dinner at mom and dad's.



Wednesday, March 07, 2018

A Few Things

After a much busier-than-usual weekend in which I had no time to recover from chemo last week, I have been in a funk. Finally caught Brian and Rory's cold from last week and just cannot kick it. I mean, it's only been 3 days, but it feels like forever. I'm headed to Vanderbilt in a couple of hours, and I just want to call in sick. Unfortunately, I have to be much sicker than this to call in sick to chemo. I know I should continue to be grateful for this drug, but mostly I'm just resenting that I need it week after week after week . . . 

Last week we celebrated Rory's 10th Family Day. How old does that make me feel? Very, very old. It's hard to count all the ways our lives have changed in these past 10 years. Here's a little video Brian put together 10 years ago, and it's still good. I 100% cried my way through it yet again. These little kiddos have grown up to be big kids and I didn't think I could love them more, but apparently, it's possible.

Over the weekend, the kids participated in our district denominational competition. There are categories in just about every direction you can imagine - Bible, arts, drama, music, etc. Rory participated in Bible memorization, dramatic monologue, and kids choir. Camden participated in Bible memorization, guitar, and vocal solo. I feel like it's important to say that while they did very well, they also had no competition at this level so a truer test of their skill is coming up in April when they will compete at the state level. I breathed a sigh of relief when it was all over because encouraging practice over the last several weeks and then emotionally supporting their nerves was exhausting (one kiddo - theoldestbutI'mnotnamingnames - in particular is a perfectionist and deals with nerves in a very negative way)


My computer seems to be broken for good and it makes me want to cry a little. For now, pictures are piling up on my big girl camera and I'm hoping to recover what lives on my external hard drive soon.

Happy Wednesday! It's all downhill from here.