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Category: How it all Began

Christmas Story

  Christmas Traditions Christmas traditions are precious nuggets of the holiday that bring such joy to families.  The traditions I did with my girls are now things they do with their girls and that makes me so happy. Christmas cookies, Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve, decorating the tree and remembering each ornament made or gifted to us. There is one tradition that started when my girls were about 10 and 4 and don’t know what even gave me the idea.  I put a fancy tablecloth on a small table and gave them bread and grape juice in real glasses…

Moving Day

Chaos New Beginnings Family Home for The Holidays   Chaos Moving is always chaotic and stressful. We were in a hotel for 2 months counting the days to settle in a home in this new East Texas town. Our purchase of the home we chose was quite a challenging process, but finally got the call from Julie, our realtor that our closing date was set. We had nine U-Haul pods delivered from San Antonio; full to the brim and we knew it would be a feat unloading all these. We hired a couple of young college kids to help…

Life Changes in a Decade

A Decade Later This picture depicts one of the main things that has changed in the last decade.  10 years ago I was finished with chemo, our girls were 16 and 21 and life was busy with a plethora of activities with rare moments alone with Keith.  Now he is my best friend, my sidekick, my rock.  My family is my my prized possession that keeps me going, but yesterday I was reminded that Keith is my true partner in life. We go through everything together; good, bad, and sometimes the ugly. Cancer is a Reminder Being a Colon Cancer…

Picture Perfect

I came across this quote by Howard Hendricks about marriage, but is so true about all relationships and how we see life in general. “…people get married with a picture in their minds of a perfect marriage. Then after a few trials, they discover they aren’t married to a perfect picture, but an imperfect person. When this realization occurs, they will either tear up the picture or they will tear up the person.” Marriage (📷:1985) When we are dating, it is all about impressing each other and an extra effort to make one another happy. We dream of…

How it all began…

How It All Began What made me go to the doctor The procedure The diagnosis The Days after leading up to Stage 4 What Made Me Go To The Doctor First of all, I am a very private person and don’t really like to talk about myself, so this is a little out of my comfort zone.  My cancer was diagnosed at Stage III and would not have been caught if I would not have gone to the doctor when I did.  I felt completely fine and had no other symptoms except some blood in my stool.  (Embarrassing…