Hi Everyone, As you can see, I don't get many chances to update this blog very much anymore. When I started it, I wrote mainly to keep everyone updated with what was happening with my dad and David. So many of you prayed so faithfully for our family and met our needs in so many practical ways. We are blessed! Today seemed like a perfect day to officially end the blog. David went to USC today, and his doctor offically said the word Cured! Normally, they like to wait five years, but she felt that she was able to say that today. As always, our lives are in God's loving hands and we will continue to trust in His plans for us. I would like to use Facebook now more than the blog to post pictures and stuff since it seems a little easier and faster. I will look forward to keeping in touch there! Again, thank-you for loving us these past two years.
I am going to try to keep adding our old pictures from the past few months. I think I am close to Christmas now. It was about five months since the last time I updated. If anyone still reads this, I wanted to ask prayer about David's upcoming scans in March. Last time he had them done, it was a little traumatic even though everything was Ok in the end. During his last scan, the results showed activity in his stomach, possibly stomach cancer. His oncologist looked at the scan, got a second opinion and they also agreed. He ended up having a stomach biopsy and it came back clear. The original test results were a false positive. Anyway, during that time, which was about a month from start to finish, we honestly thought this was what our future was going to hold. We talked about funerals and all that good stuff. I know God is sovereign even over false positive test results and we had to seriously cling to Him and revisit all our priorities. (That isn't bad by the way.) I guess I'm just being honest and saying this time that I am praying that the results will show no cancer again and that they will be accurate. I wouldn't choose to go back to that time of uncertainty again, but if God wills than I want to do it cheerfully and peacefully and trust in God's plan without reservation. So would you pray for us???? Thanks
While the kids were riding the roller coasters, I tried to take a picture of Dave and me. We were cracking up because everytime I said lets do a serious one both of us would make a funny face without the other one knowing.
I am happily married to my beloved and my friend, David, and I am a mom to my precious children, Avrielle and Chandler. I started this blog in January,2008 as a way to keep our friends and family updated when my husband was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Little did I know that my dad, a non smoker, would be diagnosed with lung cancer also only two weeks later. My dad passed away on March 22, 2008, only 2 1/2 months after his diagnosis. These last few months have been a trial, but God has been good and faithful, and kept us in His hands.
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Chandler: "Mom, could I just marry my sister? That way I don't have to kiss anybody new."
Avrielle: As we are trying to find my car in the crowded parking lot, "There it is mom, I memorized your licence placemat."
Mom to Avrielle: "It's time to brush your teeth." Avrielle: "May I appeal, I need to defrost more from waking up."
Mom to Chandler: "If you're not thankful for your dinner, maybe I should take it away, and all you will have to eat is some bread." Chandler: "Sounds great!" Mom: " Ok, since that didn't work, How about if we take away all your toys too, so you will see how much you have to be thankful for..." Chandler: "I'll just play with my bread!"
Chandler as he is trying to throw a dirty kleenex into the trashcan. "He shoots, (it lands on top of Avrielle's head) He SCORES!!!
Wow Avrielle, that was a quick shower. Did you wash your hair? "I only put conditioner on it, because I washed it last night and I just needed to remind it that it had been washed already so it will obey me this morning."
Chandler: "Dad, could you please make sure you take the right sandwich to work tomorrow? I don't wan't you to leave the healthy one for me by mistake."
Chandler: Can you not put gel in my hair this morning? If I get it cut later, it will hurt because it will be like they are cutting through a wall of steel!
Chandler at Trader Joes: Why does nanny have to take so long reading every label in the freezer aisle? Can't it be the "try out" aisle instead???
Chandler telling a story at dinner: "Not yesterday, but the yesterday before..."
Mom to Chandler: Your closet is a mess. Yeah, I know, it's always an adventure because I get to find new undiscovered sightings. Mom: What kind of undiscovered sightings? Well, you know, like, I'll put something in there when I'm seven and then discover it again when I'm fourteen.
Mom to Chandler: What is the most important thing you learned from Papa? He taught me never to hit people with the golf ball when I'm chipping.
Mom to Avrielle: What is your favorite memory with Papa? He took me to the American Girl Store, and walked all around with me explaining the history of all the dolls until I found the one I wanted.
Chandler, What does it mean to store up treasures in heaven? Well, it's like God has cubbies for each person, and when you do something that pleases Him, He puts a trophy in your cubby."
Chandler after hearing the bedtime story of Corderoy. "Mom, some stories are so good, I feel like I want to cry inside when I hear them."
How do you like the pistachio Chandler? It's sort of medium low on the scale of goodness.
Chandler while looking at a pre -cancer picture of David, "Wow Dad, I don't remember that you used to have an afro!"
Chandler, you need to wipe the chocolate off your face! Do I have to mom? If I leave it on, I can taste it again later!
Avrielle while watching Taming of the Shrew in the park: "I love the play mom, but which one is William Shakespeare?"
Chandler: Mom, can you please buy some more string cheese? It really puts you to work! Mom: I thought you don't like doing hard work. I love hard work when it comes to my food!
Chandler to mom: "Do I have to open my Christmas presents? I want to warm up to the day first."
Avrielle watching Taming of the Shrew in Hart Park. "Mom, I like the play, but which one is William Shakespeare?"
"Avrielle, You have been really quiet since the debate has been on, do you have any questions about what is going on or what they are talking about?" She look over to us very seriously, and said,"Mom, I think I understand what they are saying, but I only have one question. How can they stand there and talk so long without having to pee?"