David saw the doctor today, and she said everything looks great right now. Praise God. They drew blood, and we will wait for that, but all the lymph nodes felt normal. She will see him again in January. She called all his new body hair, "The werewolf effect" It is coming back in bunches!!! Keep praying the cancer will stay away. Thanks
Here are some pictures from our latest Pumpkin Swim Meet. The kids had a lot of fun and improved in most of their times. Chandler won the high point award and got to take home a plastic pumpkin full of goodies.
As we were driving home from swim practice, there were a bunch of people holding signs on the street corner for and against prop 8. Chandler asked me from the back seat, "Mom, if prop 8 passes, does that mean you and daddy can't be married anymore? So, of course I answered Daddy and I love each other and we will still be able to be married. The people who are against it, want a man to be able to be married to a man and a woman to be able to be married to a woman also. I told him that the God's plan is for a man to be married to a woman and that is why we are voting for it. I left it at that and tried to keep it pretty simple. Chandler was quiet for a while and thinking in the back seat. Then he said, "Mom if a woman got married to a woman, they would have a ton of babies!" "Why do you say that Chandler?"Thinking in my mind, do I really want to go down this road?... He answers,"Well, the mommies are the ones who make the babies and if there are two of them then they would have a whole house full of them!" So, we drove home the rest of the way having a very simple talk God's plans for a daddy and a mommy who are married to make a baby. It's so interesting when and where these precious opportunities come up. It's definitely not when I plan for them!
Avrielle and David went on a date this past weekend. They painted a mug at Paint a Dream, ate dinner at Soup Plantation and then walked around the mall. He even helped her buy clothes for a webkinz. I took a picture because I thought it was so cute that she wanted to dress up for the special occasion.
We had stir fry tofu with veggies tonight for dinner, and Avrielle really liked it. She said of course, it tastes"just like chicken" Next, she asked David and me, "I know what a chicken is, but what's a tofu?'' Well, we jumped all over that comment. What?...You've never heard what a tofu is? You're in sixth grade and you don't know where tofu comes from? We then proceeded taking turns telling her that tofu comes from a country in Europe called"Fu", and it is called tofu because they only have one toe on each foot. On and on we went, each statement getting more and more ridiculous then the one before. We had her going for a while. I love having gullible kids. It is so much fun. Sometime, I'll have to tell you the story about the dirty underwear factory we drove past in Ventura...
We were watching the debate at dinner with our kids earlier this week. Chandler was asking all kinds of questions wanting Dave and I to explain what everything meant, while Avrielle was listening intently the whole time. I said. "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?"
I am just amazed at how God works in the little details of life. Earlier this week we got a call from church asking us if we need any help with anything around the house or babysitting etc. They have organized a group of college students to help out people at church for a week. My first response was sure I love help, but then David and I felt really weird about it since he is feeling so much better, and doesn't really need help doing stuff around the house. He is able to do it, it is just hard to find time just like everyone else. Anyway, I think God really knew our needs this week, and I feel so blessed. David has been fighting a small cold, along with Avrielle and Chandler since last weekend. On top of that he had a case to turn in that he has been working on for the past 4-5 months. It was crunch time and has only been getting about 4 hours of sleep for a week now. That is a big strain on anybody. He turned in the case yesterday, but now our lawn and other stuff around the house needs attention because it is hard to keep up with. The college students are going to come today and help him mow the lawn and do some projects in the backyard, which he wanted to do for some time. I am so happy for him that he has help when he is so tired. On top of that, our good friends from school needed help painting their house tommorrow, and he really wanted to help them this weekend because they have shown so much love to us in the past. Now, because of the college students helping him, he is free to help our friends from school. Isn't God awesome the way he worked that out???
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?"