In April, 2010, when Andrew was 2 1/2, a tumor was discovered behind his eye. The tumor was removed, but it was found to be an aggressive cancer. He endured seven months of chemo and six weeks radiation. In December of 2010, the day after his last treatment, he was rushed to the ER with an almost fatal bacterial infection. He survived.

He is now seven-years-old!! I don't visit here much, because during the ordeal, this is where I dumped everything--my rage, my fear, my sadness, my ugly, my hope, my everything. But I want all of you who supported and prayed for us to hear his updates. You helped me survive, and I am deeply thankful. Every once in awhile, I will check in to let you know how he's doing. Please continue to pray that cancer will never return to his body. Thank you.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring "Break"

Ah, Spring Break.  No school.  Read some books, take it easy, relax, have fun....
if you are a teacher or a child. 
If you are a parent however....well it is a bit more complicated. 
The scene above is deceiving.  This was yesterday in the yard.  
 I read one page before I was decorated with grass and begged for fudgesicles.

(the dog can hardly stand it!)

And then the fun began...
It is almost like he is sitting there thinking....
hmmm, what can I get into...?

and the answer is...

and this...

that was yesterday.

Today we went to the zoo...

Cute, huh?
Only, I once again confirmed that taking three children out in public, by myself, is a BAD idea. 
 It makes me feel like an inadequate shepherd to a flock of deaf sheep.

But I can't say that I'm not learning anything. 
This Spring "Break" is turning out to be quite educational.

Lesson #1  If you don't add milk or water to oatmeal before you put it in the microwave,
My four-year-old taught me this one.

Lesson #2If you hang out with the muddy, 

it is only a matter of time

Before you join them.
(My two-year-old taught me this one).

So much for reading my book in the grass...*sigh*


  1. Your posts ALWAYS bring a smile to my face. Thanks, Julie for always putting it all out there because that is life...real life.

    Sometimes I think we as women have a tendency to sugar coat things - make everyone around us think that life is perfect when really all we are really doing is to do our best.

    Whether you are a stay at home Mom or someone who punches a card Monday through Friday life is NEVER perfect but it is ALWAYS interesting.


  2. Thank you Malissa! I love them dearly, but it is difficult to be a mom!


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