This weekend we went to Carpinteria for a swim pentathalon. That is where there are 5 events and the winner is based on the lowest score in all five. Chandler did really well, and the weather was beautiful for October. I can't believe it rained only a few days before. In the afternoon the kids relaxed and swam a the beach.
Our family took a quick trip to San Diego right before school started to visit our dear friends, the Arends. We spent a fun day at the beach with them( I forgot my camera) and a day a Sea World. Here are some Sea World pictures.
On Saturday night we drove to the Casting Crowns/ Matt Redman concert in Westlake. I love Casting Crowns because I think the lyrics to their songs are so meaningful and so many of the songs encouraged me during our trial. (Praise you in this Storm, Voice of Truth etc.) Anyway, while we were in the car, David leaned over to me and said, "Do you realize that the last time we saw them in concert, I had cancer and didn't know it yet." I think we went a few weeks before he was diagnosed. The last concerts we went to were Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day. Those were in the weeks after his positive PET scan when they found activity in his stomach and we thought he may have stomach cancer. Concerts for us have been a strange time of reflection because we have gone in certain times of life where you have to ask yourself, "Do I really believe these songs I am singing?" This concert was no different. I thought to myself as we were waiting for it to start about all the times people have asked me, "What do you think God was teaching you through this trial? Or how is your life different now?" There are really so many answers I could give, but one of the main ones Matt Redman summed up in a song I heard for the first time that night called "You Never Let Go" It is the song playing on my playlist now, and I really like it. When I chose the title for this blog "In God's Hands," I didn't know what the outcome of our trial would be would be, but I knew God is Good and Faithful and he would always keep us in his hands. Even though there would be times I would sin and doubt and worry and fear, I knew God would never let go, because He doesn't change and he is always faithful. He is God. He will Never Let Go. I hope you enjoy this song too.
David had his one year check up at USC and everything looked normal. The goal is to get to the two year mark because at that point the chance of the cancer reoccuring drops significantly. We are so happy.
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.
We added a guest book at the bottom of the blog page. Please sign it and add a picture if you would like. It is really easy, I promise! We would love to see who is out there reading. Love, The Smith Family
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?"