Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!!

Well this work day is almost over. Then I will be on vacation until January 2, 2008. I am so excited I haven’t had a vacation since the 4th of July. We have a lot to do this weekend, cleaning, cooking, shopping; I’m not quite looking forward to all of that. But I am looking forward to having dinner with our family on Christmas Eve. Then taking it easy on Christmas Day, and hopefully going out of town for the weekend.

I have eaten sooo much junk food this week, people at work were bringing in cookies and candy all week long, but we had fun.

I got some pictures of Shelby; it must be nice to live in Florida during the winter. Look at that TAN!!!




Well I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and a Blessed New Years.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Memories



I found this picture recently; it was taken the first week that I got to come home from the hospital after being diagnosed (a three week stay). Then I remembered this story, this was after my second round of Chemo and an infection:

I was at the grocery store with my 3 yr old son. It was obvious that I had cancer, I had no hair, and (I was going through chemo at the time) so my skin tone was gray, I just looked sick. An older lady walked up to me out of nowhere and started talking to me and asking me questions. She asked me if I had cancer, what kind I had. Then she shared her story with me of how she lost her sister to breast cancer the previous year and how close they were. Before she walked away she told me that she felt lead to give me a hug, and asked me if that would be alright. It was a little strange but I told her that it was okay. That little old lady hugged me with everything that she had, I could feel it. It brought tears to my eyes, and later I realized that I really needed that hug. I had been so focused on my husband and children, making sure that they were alright I forgot about myself. That woman did more for me that day than she could ever have imagined. And I’m thankful that even though we didn’t know each other she followed her instinct and reached out to me.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Snow... Snow... and more Snow...

This past weekend we were warned of all of the snow to come, so I went grocery shopping on Friday night to get that out of the way, and then I stopped by the video store to check out some movies. So for the rest of the weekend we did a little house work, washed some laundry and watched a lot of T.V.

Yesterday afternoon we bundled Ricky and Breanna up to go out and play in the snow they weren’t outside for 20-30 minutes and when they came their little faces were beet red. So of course this morning when I was waking them up for school, Breanna’s asthma flared up so I was late to work this morning. I ended up calling her school to let them know not to let her go outside for recess today.

I watched Survivor off and on last night and I could not believe that Todd won it. I could not stand him. Oh well it’s not my money. Tuesday night is The Biggest Loser finale I’m pretty excited to see what everyone looks like. I’m such a loser… On the other hand I’m glad that everything is going into reruns I’m tired of trying to remember which shows that I want to watch which night, and honestly I'm just plain tired of watching T.V. all of the time.

I started shopping for Christmas Eve dinner this weekend; I still have about $200 worth of food to buy. Rick owes me big time. I’ll start cooking Saturday night just to have everything ready by Monday. He has picked out 3 big Polish dishes that he wants me to make, and has picked out about four deserts that he wants. So I will definitely need next week off to recoup from all of the work that it takes to make some of this stuff. I’ll put up a list of everything that we made with recipes next week.

Well my lunch is almost over, I’d better get back to work.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Getting ready for Christmas


Not a whole lot has been going on lately, just working and trying to get ready for Christmas. Can you believe that Christmas is just two weeks away?? We are going through all of our polish recipes trying to decide which ones we like the best. We were going to have a traditional Christmas dinner when my husband asked if we could make polish dishes for the dinner instead. So I agreed and we actually tried out one of the recipes this past weekend and it was awesome!! For the family members that will not like those dishes we are still going to make a ham.

Ricky stayed home from school today sick, he’s been trying to stay home all week (can you imagine what I’ll have to deal with when he is a teenager?) already trying to make up excuses to stay home from school in kindergarten. Yesterday he came into my room holding his stomach saying, I don’t feel very well I don’t think that I can go to school today. He climbed up in my bed and I asked him, are you sick or do you just want to stay home today. He (still being new at this) said, I just want to stay home. So of course I had to make him go to school yesterday. This morning Courtney came into my room and said, “Mommy, Ricky is sick.” I told her to send him into my room; she said that he was in her bed. So she brought him in and put him in bed with me and Rick and he was burning up. So after a week of trying he finally got to stay home from school today.

I walked Breanna down to her friend’s house last night, and then went down an hour later to pick her up. About halfway to her house it started to rain so I hurried to their house. Of course Breanna didn’t have her shoes or socks on and had to get her coat on. I kept telling her to hurry up, and as soon as we got outside she said, “It’s raining mommy!” I said, “Why do you think I kept telling you to hurry up?” so we started for the house and no sooner than we got onto our street it started pouring down rain, and it seemed like with every step the temperature would drop another five degrees. I didn’t have a hat on so I was soaked to the bone. I told her to get upstairs and jump into the shower; actually I ended up doing the exact same thing.

Well I hope that everyone is doing well, and that you are having a fun and exciting holiday season.

Friday, December 07, 2007

A Miracle on Monday

I stumbled upon a blog yesterday that is really touching and well worth the read. If you go back to November 7th and read on you will understand what I’m talking about. Kristy’s husband Milton is posting on her blog while she recovers from surgery and has asked that people put a link to their blog for A Miracle on Monday.

Here is his request:

Christian Love Stories

A Miracle on Monday

Would you join with us at 3:30 this Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, in prayer at the time of her first radiation treatment? Thousands are praying around the world for Kristy.

It just seemed to dawn on me that while the concentrated radiation was being shot into her brain that focused prayer of thousands of believers around the world praying at this same time would also have powerful impact. Do you agree? Will you set this time aside to pray for her? Surely God would hear our combined, united prayer for her healing.

If you have a blog site I humbly ask you to put this Miracle on Monday request on your blog site to request prayer, this would mean so much to us.

If you are a pastor could you put this request in your bulletin or mention it to your people?
If you are a prayer leader/intercesser then please share this prayer request with your group.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

When are you going to die Mommy?


When are you going to die Mommy? That was the question that my five year old son asked me last night, as he crawled onto my lap. He caught me off guard to say the least. So I sat there for a second, and looked at him while smoothing out his hair, and I said, “Hopefully not for a very long time.”

Ricky: Well when?

Me: I don’t know honey; no one really knows when they are going to die.

Ricky: Well I’ll miss you… with tears in his eyes he buried his face in my chest.

Me: Honey, mommy is fine, hopefully I’ll be here for a long time. But no one knows when they are going to die, sometimes little kids die, sometimes mommies and daddies die, but most of the time people live to be pretty old, look at granny she is 91 years old.

Ricky: Well, why do you die?

Me: Because that is just a part of life. When God decides that you have done everything on earth that you were meant to do, then you die and go to heaven to live with Jesus. Then you will get to see everyone in your family that has already went to heaven like Grandma Judy.

Ricky: I will be sad when grandma and grandpa die. (Sad puppy dog eyes, filling up with tears.)

Me: I know but they are only in their 50’s hopefully that won’t be for a long time still.

Then he sat in my lap for awhile without saying a word. Then he gave me a kiss hopped down and took off running to play with his sister.

I think that he is EXTRA SUPER sensitive to things concerning death, because of me being sick with cancer, and less than a year later we lost his grandmother (my husband’s mother) to cancer. He looks worried sometimes. I wonder if it will pass or if I should take him for a couple of therapy sessions? We’ve never used any kind of a therapist but if it could put his mind at ease, it would be worth considering.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Monday, December 03, 2007

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh CRAP!!

It surely doesn’t look like this anymore!!



Remember the beautiful Christmas tree that I wrote about last week?? Last night due to a little black cat, it crashed to the floor, broken bulbs, lights, tinsel all over the floor, water spilled out of the base and onto the presents, which we had to unwrap and check for damage. I could have killed that cat… Courtney walked around the corner and the kitten took off, she started yelling upstairs at us, and by the time we got downstairs WHAT A MESS. We picked up all of the bulbs that were not broken, set the tree back up, and untangled 6 strands of lights. Then we had to break out the shop vac to clean up the rest of the mess. So next weekend after I go buy more decorations I will have to put my tree together for a second time in two weeks…

Cat anyone??? Anyone??

If it weren't for my daughter, that cat would be gone...