Monday, May 2, 2016

Meal Plan Monday! 5.2-5.8 2016

I'm back again! Can you believe it? (I can't.)

The weather today is a little dark because it's supposed to rain later this evening, but still a day with great weather. After school lessons were done, we got outside for a while. The girls helped me pull some weeds and pick up the yard (we filled up a whole "weed bucket" - aka an old Easter egg pail - and together we got the front walk and stoop swept off. Some of the wildflowers the girls planted are coming up in the flowerbed! Not big enough to get a good picture, but maybe in another week or two. We've got more bell peppers and tomatoes coming along in the back yard, and we have another packet of flower seeds to plan. Still waiting on the daylilies my mom planted for me to show through. I love spring and summer, especially here in Alabama!

I love menu planning. It is one of my favorite things to post and read. I've been following Organizing Junkie for years and I love following her Menu Plan Monday linkups. They're great! Go check her out, and if you link up, let me know!

Monday: Copycat Chik-Fil-A chicken nuggets with roasted cabbage

Tuesday: tacos (mine will be on red bell pepper wedges)

Wednesday: potato leek soup

Thursday: Baked egs with spinach and feta, sausage

Friday: BLTs and pasta salad

Saturday: poolside birthday party! 
Yay for sunshine and fun with family1

Sunday: beef stroganoff, roasted brussel sprouts and sweet peas
I hope ya'll have  agreat day! If your weather is good, get outside and enjoy the sunshine for a little while! If not, take a minute and play a card game with a friend or loved on. Just get up and do SOMETHING!

God bless!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Sunshine, vegetables, and nurses - oh my!

Well, lookee here! I made it back twice in one week!
It's been a crazy week. Mike completed his first week of chemo (GO MIKE!) and while he's quite nauseous, extremely tired, and just feeling a bit down in the dumps overall - he's trucking on through like a champ. I'm SO proud of him!

I'm just going to do a cell phone picture dump for your pleasure, okay?

I came across this meme today:

Isn't it so true? I've never had an old dog to fail me, old folks just want to sit in the rocking chair and be loved on, and old ways have proven to be great.

This was Monday's selection of books to read.
We're still working on The Bobbsey twins.

Miss June loves to help me do my PT exercises every day during their PE time.

Love being able to do schoolwork with the big windows and enjoy the sunshine!

Mike came home from chemo not feeling very well,
but he decided to grill steaks anyway.
I'm so thankful for him. Yes, we fuss. Yes, he annoys me to no end.
But he is my #1!

Nurse June had to check him out with her doctor kit as soon as he walked in.
Here, she's checking to make sure his port is okay.
Sara is just snuggling up to him, happy to have him home.

June and MawMaw (my mama) having a "chat" (as June likes to call it).

Our first tomato!

And our first bell pepper!

Love this scene on a Friday night.
Can't say I'd have it any other way. :)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Our Chemo Life

Well, friends. It's been a while, per usual.
I think this blog is now just somewhere I can pour out my real feelings from time to time.
I'm not even sure anything shared will ever be of real value again.
To recap - we got orders to Florida a few months back. we were going t be stationed in the same town my in-laws live in, and we were THRILLED, to say the least, After 8 years being assigned to the same duty station, we were ready for a change - even though we were near my family.
But God had different plans.

One Sunday afternoon, we went to lay down for our usual Sunday afternoon naps.
 Ya'll know how it is, especially if you have children.
You wake up in just enough time to throw everybody together in clothes that you pick out solely on a no-iron-needed basis. Shove down whatever is the easiest and least messiest thing to eat and rush out the door in the hopes of not breaking any of the Ten Commandments, especially those about being kind to your sisters - I mean neighbors,
Anyway, we laid down and Mike suddenly began having severe abdominal cramps.It got so painful that he ended up going to the ER where he was diagnosed with kidney stones. Eventually, in the next week he was diagnosed with the unthinkable.


Not something we were expecting to hear.
 Not from Michael.
We earned it was stage 2 testicular cancer that had spread to his abdomen,
Today he started chemo. He's in the chair next to me right now.
You know, it's funny. People ask how we handle this all - my multiple diagnoses, June's premature birth and three month hospital stay, and now this (basically 6 years of hell on earth) - because apparently, on the outside we look calm.
But inside? We're falling apart.
We're perpetually waiting, with bated breath, for the next shoe to fall.
Who am I kidding? 
We wait for the next bomb to drop and infiltrate our lives, changing our family forever....again.
But the one thing cancer can't change?
Our souls.
It cannot change our souls.
Because our souls don't belong to cancer - they belong to Jesus.
Bombs, war, premature babies, babies too perfect for earth, wheelchairs - they can't change our souls.
Sometimes, I like to think our souls change them.
You see, I believe Satan sends all these things to attack us. But, if you stay strong and focus on the word of God, it just strengthens your soul. And then he gets mad. Oh, he gets REAL mad.
Our pastor likes to say that if you are ever in a place and you realize you don't feel like you're being attacked by even small things - then you might be in a spot you don't wan to be.
Yesterday mornings sermon was how God likes to create something out of nothing.
Cancer equals the lowest point I personally have ever been out, so for me:
Canceer = Nothing
But when God steps in...
Nothing = Something
Follow me?
We're okay with being brought down to zero so He can create more than we ever imagined.

**Now I'm home, several hours after having written this. I'm sitting at the desk in our bedroom, editing this post to publish. Mike is laying on the bed with Sara and June, reading The Bobsey Twins to them. See? I have no reason to complain about this life. To me, it's pretty perfectly imperfect.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday: grilled burgers and sausages, pasta salad and cowboy beans
Tuesday: spaghetti and garlic bread
Wednesday: leftovers or sandwiches because I have a late doctors appointment
Thusday: slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches with roasted corn on the cob
Friday: leftovers
Saturday: out - we'll be at a Bible quizzing tournament
Sunday: roasted whole chicken in the slow cooker, rice, and green beans

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..
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....
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!