Hello 2015: Pt 2

Back in mid November I met with my oncologist. I hadn't been back since about three weeks after I was done with my last chemo and I was WAY over-due for a check up.I thought I was done. I had a lumpectomy, then chemo, then mastectomy ....more

Hello 2015, pt 1

2015, you're going to be a better year, I just know it! However, if 2015 is going to be a better year, I need to take some steps to make it happen....more

Good Riddance 2014

Dear 2014,You were not super kind to us. You are certainly not my favorite year. Thankfully many of our really good memories of you are related to Audrey, getting her home and watching her grow and thrive in our family, as well as memories with the other kids ....more

Just One More Time Mom

When my adult kids were little, there were several occasions when they were involved in some REALLY fun boy activity, like BMX racing. Eventually the time would come to load up the bikes and go home. I'd holler to the kids it was time to wrap things up, to be me with, "Just one more time around Mom, ok?"If your kids EVER say that, STOP ....more

Twas the Night Before Spring Christmas

Twas the night before Spring Christmaswhen all through the housethe people were franticwithout Mom about.The stockings were hungthe packages wrappedin hopes that our Momsoon would be back.When what to our wondering ears did we hear?Dad and Mom home from the hospitaland Mom with good Christmas cheer!!We ate Christmas Eve dinnerand Dear Abel soon crashed,But the rest of us soon to the kitchen we dashed!We got Santa his cookies and wrote him a note We read the Christmas eBook, the paper one lost and remote. Then Mom, in her infinite wisdom did say,"Lets ...more

The Bucket List

Our mortality has a way of slapping us in the face sometimes. Cancer will do that to people. It causes people to realize they have a lot left to do ....more

In Memory of Sandy Hook

Today our nation's heart is heavy as we remember this day, December 14, 2012 at 9:35 a.m. when we cried out first in disbelief, then anguish as the faces of 20 darling children and the 6 adults who tried to protect them appeared on our TV screens. Twenty six lives lost in a matter of a few seconds.Today my heart aches with the family of my high school classmate, ...more

Never say Never

In April 2010 I met a tiny little boy in Serbia. His name was Sasha and he was just a toddler, not yet two years old. ...more

A Little About Us

This is a repost from 2011, with some updates in italics. This is for all of those who are new here, who haven't read all the way back to 2005 when I started this blog. LOL Seriously, I have been blogging since 2005 ....more

Asher update: 3 years home

There was a disclaimer posted on the original blog post which you can find here. Three years ago today Asher arrived home. I can't believe three years has passed so quickly, or how much this child has changed in just 36 months.When Asher first came home he was 7 years old but stuck at a 6-12 month level ....more