Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sarting the New Year off right...A Month Late. (January Recap)

But who is counting, anyway?
 
January was very busy for us. I kind of want to just lay down and take a nap thinking about it.

We made a big decision and chose to homeschool our girls this year!


We're using the ACE curriculum (which I used in my school years...
...way too many moons ago!) and so far we are loving it. Homeschooling is everything I ever thought it would be, but at the same time it's like nothing I ever imagined.



This man is my rock.
My rock serves in the USAF.
The USAF has given us orders to relocate to another base.
We will be beach babies soon!
(But very sad to leave half our family and our friends behind - but thrilled to be closer to the other half of our family!)



I think I mentioned before that my mom quit work and moved in with us to help out.
It's been an adjustment for everyone, but we're really happy with her here.
The girls especially love it! June loves to spend afternoons putting puzzles together, "letting" MawMaw "help". :)

Something rather emotional and exceptional happened last Sunday.
We got up, got dressed, and headed to church like any other Sunday morning.


 
But something was different last Sunday morning.
I'd been praying a lot. A whole lot.
If you've been following me, you know I have lost my leg strength due to repeated chemo in the spinal fluid. It's caused Cauda Equina, which in turn has put me in a wheelchair.
I've been going to physical therapy and as of last week I was able to pull up from the wheelchair to the parallel bars. Then I was able to pull up from the wheelchair to the washing machine at home. (You mamas out there know just how amazing that is!) but I couldn't manage to get from my chair to the walker, so that I could stand up during prayer and Bible reading in church.
But last Sunday morning was different.
I debated internally the whole morning. Should I take my walker and try? Would I look silly if I couldn't do it? What if I fell trying? What if I caused a commotion in trying?
But then....what if I succeeded? How much would that encourage me - or better yet, someone else?
So I told Mike to throw it in the trunk.
The time came to open with prayer.
I waited until everyone else was standing so that I didn't make a scene.
Then I gripped the walker and pushing with my arms and legs with everything I had, which is not much these days!!
I couldn't quite get it, so I laid my forearm down on one side and pushed/pilled that way..
AND UP I WENT!
I stood, shaking in my legs and arms, for about a minute. I had to sit down before the prayer was through. I stood up twice more tat service, for about a minute each time. I had been doing 30 seconds at PT!
Not only was I proud of myself and encouraged by my new accomplishment, I was so incredibly thankful to God for helping me. I told my husband before we left for church - I'd rather fail 100 times than to never try at all.
We don't get anywhere without a little hard work!
 
 

 
All it takes is faith the size of a grain of mustard seed!
 


Thursday, January 14, 2016

The One Where I Disapeared For 9ish Months.

And no, it wasn't because I had a baby.
Watch the YouTube video I made to get the lowdown on what happened, where I went, and where we're going in the next little while.
And stay tuned, because this mama is back again!
 
 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 4.6.15

Oh behalf of mothers everywhere, let me joyfully announce....
 
FIVE WEEKS OF SCHOOL LEFT!
 
This may not apply if you are a mother who works outside of the home. I don't know. But what I do know is that I will be so thankful when the battle of waking at 5:45 each morning, begging the almost-5-year-old girl child to brush her teeth, put her socks on, put her uniform on, put her dirty clothes away, etc. and so forth can end for a few (short - oh so short) weeks.
 
That said, I'm not really here to analyze summertime.
It's Monday, an that means Menu Plan Monday!
I'm linking up again with Organizing Junkie, so head over and check that out ofr some great inspiration!
 
 
Monday: ham steaks, homemade mashed potatoes, lima beans
Tuesday: biscuits and homemade gravy (I'll hare the recipe if it turns out)
Wednesday: sandwiches (easy because we have church)
Thursday: frozen pizza (late doctors appointment)
Friday: fried salmon patties, roasted cabbage and green beans
Saturday: we have two options - if we go out of town to a birthday party, we'll eat there; if we stay home, we'll pick up something to grill
Sunday: spaghetti - easy after church
 
I hope ya'll have a great Monday!
 


Monday, March 23, 2015

Menu PLan Monday 3.23.15


Hey ya'll! Today I'm linking up with Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday! This week is a little different because it's spring break for my girls and we are trying to do fun things every day - which means I won't necessarily be cooking dinner at home every night because we may not even be at home, lol.
 
Monday: eating out at a local restaurant called Elmer's with family. Personally, I'm getting the fried green tomatoes!
Tuesday: we will be at my mama's, and it will be something easy like grilled cheese and carrot/celery sticks and cucumber
Wednesday: red beans and rice with sausage and cornbread
Thursday: Mike and I will eat out - my mom will have the girls (I have an appointment in Atlanta)
Friday:  fried fish (caught by my hubby), cole slaw, hush puppies, roasted zucchini and squash
Saturday: zoo day with family! PIcnic or eating out
Sunday: bbq pork in the crockpot, leftover coleslaw and mac & cheese
 
 
I hope ya'll have a great week!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bone Marrow Biopsy Results!

Okay, so today I TYPICALLY would be putting up a "5 on Friday" post that you could link to with a few other bloggers.
 
But...not today.
Because I'm not typical.
(Did ya'll hear that huge roar of AMENS from my family and friends?!)
 
No, today I've got some news for ya'll!
Big news - amazing news!

So, picture it.
East central Alabama, 2015.
I'm standing in my kitchen.
I've got spaghetti and meatballs going on the stove,
two little girls singing in the shower, washing their hair,
and my husband is playing the Wii-U, laid out on the couch like a boss.
(Please tell me I'm not the only one who gets the Golden GIrls reference...)
 
Mike's phone rings.
He answers.
"It's the transplant doctor," he says with a surprised, uneasy look on his face.
 
Oh, no. Oh no oh no oh no oh no!
 
I take the phon. My voice is shaking and I'm trying not to cry.
I just know it's not good news.
My BMT doctor has never called me personally before.
 
But...it was good news.
The final report from my last biopsy came in, and this chick is still 100% leukemia free!
 
NO LEUKEMIA CELLS DETECTED!
 
After I scolded the doctor for scaring the cotton picking mess out of me
(it's okay - we have that kind of relationship!)
I cried. The tears flowed. But they are happy tears!
 
13 months cancer-free without chemo
AND STILL COUNTING!
 
 


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pinspiration Outfit #5

My Pinspiration for this week was this lovely pink and floral number. I feel like it's so fresh and springy - and I can not WAIT for the warmer weather to get here and stay!
 
This is my version:

 

 
(Sorry for the horrible lighting - it's HARD to take pictures of your own outfit!) 
 
 And this is the actual Pin:
 
 
 
 Shirt is from the BX (Base Exchange), $18, last month
Skirt is from the BX, $18, last month
Shoes from Goodwill, about $3.99, 2014
 
I hope ya'll have had a great Thursday!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What's In My Bag?

Hey ya'll!
Have ya'll ever seen those "What's In My Bag" post floating around?
You know - the ones where ladies show you all the deep, dark innards of their handbags?
Well, I'm revealing my innermost craziness today...
...the inside of my purse!
I didn't clean it out beforehand, so there's some...interesting...things in here, I'm sure.
Read on to see what I'm hoarding in there!
 
 
First off, here is my purse. It's a Vera Bradley, I don't know what style name, though.
Mike got it for me for Valentine's Day.
I love it! It's very spring-y, very bright and colorful, very ME!
IT has long straps and is the perfect size to throw whatever I need in there, including an iPad and snacks/things for the girls.
 
 
Um....here we go?

 
We've got another Vera Bradley pouch, my eye glasses case, a pink baseball cap, earbuds, wallet, checkbook, random change purse of June's, pens, coupon fild holder thingy, Marc Jacobs change purse (mine), and random receipts.
 
 

 
In this pouch I typically keep chapstick, hand sanitzer, hand lotion, eye drops, Certs or something similar, earbuds, nail file, nail clippers, etc. I've had this thing since Sara was a baby and I got it on clearance then for $10. I love it!

 
Marc Jacobs coral-peach colored change purse that I got at thrift store for $.50. Score!
But I don't keep change in it - I Have library cards, random gift cards, etc.
 
2 checkbooks - blue one is a generic one from the bank, black one is a Coach checkbook that I got a t a thrift store for $1.00.

 
Lastly is my wallet! This is a cream colored wide-puckered Jessica Simpson wallet.
It's actually my sisters, but we swapped out. :)
I think it is so feminine and pretty, and it holds everything I Need it to!
 
So - let me know if you have a What's In Your Bag post!
I love to see what ya'll carry in your bags. :)