Friday, August 22, 2014

Time Away

We were grateful to get some time 
away together before school stuff starts full time 
and Matt begins his busy traveling again.
We took a long weekend at the Gaylord in Dallas.
It was a beautiful resort and we had a great time.
There were several neat indoor model trains with amazing detail.

Inside the atrium at the hotel.

The kids loved the fountains inside the atrium.

We swam and swam and then swam some more.
Lauren showing off her new goggles that have "sprinkles" on them.
Luke on the zip line.

We took a morning to tour the Fort Worth Stockyards.

It's not vacation without getting to choose some candy.

Balloon hats from the clown.

The famous Billy Bob's.

They had activities for the kids like sack races and
hula-hoop games that were fun.

The girls showing off their prize from winning the hula-hoop contest.

The girls had to get a few beads in their hair.

What's life without a giant snow cone? 
I'm tired of talking about me! 
Being the center of attention has been one of the hardest parts of this journey. 
I know so many of you are praying for and thinking of me 
so I do want to update you.
I'm continuing to heal and get stronger.
I'm 7 months out from surgery now.
The pain is slowly and incrementally improving.

Staying out of the direct sun and heat is key to reducing my nerve pain...
try that in the summer in Texas!
Being inside, in the shade or in the pool are the best choices. 

My fatigue is improving and I'm even running a bit.
I'm sure the neighbors all laugh to see me running with a basset hound, but she loves it.

These puppy days are gone, but she remains
the sweetest most gentle spirit.
Daisy spends her days either like this...

or this.
It is rough being a Basset.
I can't get this picture not to be upside down,
but you get the idea.

The Race for the Cure is coming up here. 
My sweet friend Katie is forming a team in honor of a few people, 
of which I am one. 
It was such a sweet gesture. 
I have been blessed with tremendous friends through this journey.
If you want to join us we'd love to have you.
The event is October 4th and the team name is Pure Pink.
We're going to have lots of fun and 
celebrate all of God's blessings during the last year.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Butterflies, Cupcakes and Grandma & Grandpa

We had a fun girls shopping trip.

We had a fun visit with Grandma and Grandpa
 a few weeks ago.
 Life continues to move fast 
and the blog is not keeping up. :)
We're so grateful they were able to
come and spend some time with us.
The girls had a manicure party.

We celebrated Lauren's 6th birthday early with Grandma and Grandpa.
Lauren and I love to watch Cupcake Wars.
So we got some cupcakes from Cowgirl Cupcakes which is
up the road from us.
They won on the show a few years ago.
She's been asking to go for 3 years.
Boy were the cupcakes beautiful.

We went to the Natural History
and Science Museum.

We all enjoyed the butterfly exhibit.

If you are in downtown Houston on a Saturday or
just about any other park you will see the
girls celebrating their Quinceanera.
The girls all look so beautiful and
the little girls couldn't wait to stop and watch.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Earrings, Hound Dogs and New Friends

Lily got new ear tubes today. 
We've been through many, many surgeries with her cleft lip and palate. 
This is one of many sets of ear tubes. 
We are so grateful the fluid is gone and she can hear well again. 
This might well be her favorite surgery ever. 
Her very sweet ENT surgeon offered to pierce her ears while she was asleep. 
She was too scared to do it before. 
She's very proud of her new earrings.
Lauren had a big week. 
The 4 oldest had camp this week so she got some rare 1:1 time with momma. 
She got to have a friend over to play, her first sleep over birthday party alone with no siblings, 
a haircut at a girly place. 
She is almost 6 and seems so big all of a sudden. 
So much fun doing big girl stuff.

The true heat heat has arrived in south Texas. 
(Anything under 95 and we don't even break a sweat anymore...
and if it is under 75 we need a sweatshirt.) 
We have been swimming and enjoying playing in the hose to keep cool. 

Highlight of the last few weeks was getting to meet my dearest breast cancer friend Holly. 
She's a friend of my friend Angel. 
She walked the road I am walking a few years before and also has young kids. 
You know those people you meet and you feel like you've know forever. 
That is Holly for me. 
She has been such a rock and a blessing in this journey. 
She understands all the unspoken parts of this journey and will be a forever friend. 
God wove us together so beautifully through Angel and the adoption blog world. 
I met Angel 7 years ago through the blog world and 
last year we ended up being real life Texas neighbors. 
This all happened just in time for my diagnosis and for her to introduce me to Holly. 
I actually got my second pathology results in Angel's dining room. 
When I told her she said...I have a friend Holly and that's exactly her diagnosis. 
Only God.
 Love, love, love Holly and Angel. 
I will forever be grateful to God for weaving this part of my story.

This is Daisy sleeping on the patio with her ear covering her eye. 
She is a sweet dog that  brings us all joy every day. 
She's a total hoot!
I'm doing ok. 
Energy is getting better and I am continuing to get stronger. 
The heat has been hard and my healing nerves do not like it. 
It has caused electric like pain up my back and sides which has not been fun. 
I'm pretty well way beyond being sick of pain.
I'm grateful too though for the blessing of health.

I am enjoying my CASA work. 
As with all of our work with adoption it is never what it first appears. 
Once you meet the parents, foster parents and 
children the picture is not the same as it appears from the outside. 
It all becomes personal. 
That said, I am so glad to have this opportunity to use my experience, 
knowledge and skills in this way. 
I have no doubt it is exactly where God wants me to be.
I am so grateful to be able to serve.

There are a few more weeks of camp for the kids,
 swimming and fun before we hit the books again. 
Yeah summer!
It has gone way too quickly.

Hope your summer is fun too!

Thursday, July 10, 2014