Thursday, May 22, 2008


That's all I can say about our life lately. We arrived home from Disneyland late on Tuesday night, only to take my MIL to the dr the next day and then to sign papers on our house today! My MIL also had surgery today, and we will move on Saturday to our new house! YAY!!

Disney update will be saved for later. For now, here's an update on my MIL--

She has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Cervical Cancer. Surgery today showed no evident cancer in her lymph nodes! She has already begun chemo and will be undergoing 5-6 weeks of radiation. Her prognosis is much better than we originally thought, with hope that she can be completely cured. Of course, that diagnosis only comes after a treatement regimen followed by 5 years of cancer free appointments, so we realized today that we are on a long journey. However, my husband now has hope that his mom will be here for the next holiday, and that alone has comforted him. My kids are doing okay. They saw her after her surgery today, only because she wasn't hooked up to a lot of machines--she just looked like she was in bed sleeping. However, Ben got really sad for her and began to cry, so we knew it was time to leave.

I just can't begin to explain how comforting it is to know that we have more hope than we thought in this! I do, however, request prayer specifically for her spiritual well-being, as well as that of the rest of the family. Also, I request prayer for reconciliation between certain members of the family, including my MIL. We will be talking with some of these people over the weekend, filling them in on the situation, and we can only hope that hearts will soften and forgiveness will be abundant. Lastly, I ask for prayer for my MIL for her treatments she will need to undergo. SHe is a very private person, not liking anyone to see her partially naked or anyone waiting on her. Some of the procedures related to radiation are going to be extremely hard for her to endure and I would pray that she would be calm, comfortable, not feel any more than she needs to and also that she would be at least partly agreeable towards her dr's and nurses! But I also pray that she would have fantastic dr's and nurses (mostly she has so far) and that they would be people she looks forward to seeing--the more she likes them, the more likely she is to let them work on her!

Okay, that's enough for now. Probably the next time I post, I will be doing so from my NEW house!! YAY!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A sweet and sour journey

THE SWEET: We leave for Disneyland in 8 hours! Well, our plane leaves in 8 hours. We leave the house in 6, which is why it's crazy that I'm still up. But I've been doing some last minute stuff for the house and the loan and what-not! Anyway, we'll be there for 7 days, so think of us every once in awhile over the next week and when you do, go ahead and be jealous. Go ahead. It's okay. :)
THE SOUR: I switch now to a very somber mood, however. Details can follow later, but for now I can share that my mother-in-law found out Friday night, through a dreadful ER visit, that she has cancer. We don't know for sure what kind yet, but it's of the womanly nature in the nether regions. Piecing the puzzle together with all her symptoms and with what the doctor did say, as well as some friends who are nurses, we kind of have an idea of what's going on but not the severity or the exact kind. It's been really hard on my husband, and hard not telling the kids when they wonder why daddy's crying in the bathroom. It's hard on me too, not knowing what to do for him to help and not letting myself think too much about what this means because I need to be strong for him.
Anyway, there's a lot more that could be said, but all I ask for at this point is prayer for her healing, both physically, emotionally and spiritually, as well as these same things on a lower level for all 3 of her kids, her husband and her grandkids.
I'll post an update and some Disney pictures in about a week!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


I've been so absent for a few reasons.

1. The house situation was looking bad. Hopeless, in fact. Then last Tuesday, when we thought we could get no lower, we got bad news and felt even worse than worse. Then, after a reality shifting night at Ladies Bible Study, we had a miraculous thing happen--most of this is a story for another time. Anyway, we got a tremendous answer to prayer and WE FOUND A HOUSE!!! Yay! More on that later.

2. I've taken a furlough from Weight Watchers until after we get back from Disneyland and move into the house. I have had a hard time losing/keeping it off since Pennsylvania and decided that instead of spending money to gain weight, I'll just try to maintain what I've lost and enjoy myself in Disneyland. Then I'll joyfully go back to the program the first of June!

3. I've not felt like blogging. But now I do. So now I'm back. Not that I have many readers. But to those of you who do check in on me--thanks. Hopefully I can spread a little joy and no more negative mojo!

That's it--pray for Spring weather to come soon! This weird stuff is the pits! :)