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.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Photo Story Friday...A Walk Through Suburbia

It seems that many of my new bloggy friends live in the North East, or Midwest.  I keep seeing beautiful pictures of the ocean, and forests, and wooded pathways meandering off into the misty distance.  People write about going outside and walking around their neighborhoods, and they share pictures of old farmhouses, grassy meadows, reflective ponds, and wildlife. And it makes me feel, well, like I am missing out on something here in my desert suburbia.  When we go on walks we end up at playgrounds, and when we go outside, we ride scooters in the frontyard, or go for a swing in the backyard.  No old buildings with character.  No grassy meadows filled with wildflowers. At least I thought so...

So today, I thought I would share pictures of our typical walk.
Excuse me if I seem a bit defensive, but perhaps our scenery is not so different after all...

See, we have rocks and trees.

And we have pathways. 

Not much mist.
But pathways, yes.

And we have meadows, with wildflowers.

Well, kinda.

We defnitely have old buildings.

Character, not so much.

And we have reflective po...well, reflective windows CPA office buildings.

I will grant you. 
That one is a bit of a stretch.

But we do have a bakery. 
And we can walk to it.

And that
is about as romantic
and idyllic
as it gets around here.

But we're not complaining.

Who needs romance and misty scenery
when you have cookies?

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  1. Say what you want about your scenery, that pathway shot is FANTASTIC. Seriously, all of these pictures are wonderful. I'm all about being romantic about cookies. :)

  2. Suburbia is suburbia wherever you live. Sometimes I feel "trapped" in my suburbia, but with a little travel time, we can usually find something of interest.
    Your pictures are wonderful... and a bakery within walking distance! that's perfect. You can totally justify the calories because you've probably walked them off getting there and back!

    BTW... I have a meadow too. It's called my unmown lawn. It's getting scary!

  3. I love this! Your boys will love it when they are older too, having a keepsake a random day/trip around around the neighborhood.

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  7. We used to live in Mesa and some of my favorite pictures and what I think most beautiful pictures are from the Superstition Mts out there :) So yes, it is a different kind of beauty, but it is beautiful still :)

    Great pictures. Love your reflection one, I am often too chicken to take shots in public like that.
    Thanks for commenting on my blog today.

  8. I love Arizona beauty. We don't see a lot of it on our daily walks, but it is not far away. :)

  9. The cookies make EVER walk better... and I like the picture of the old building -- it made me giggle.

  10. Your landscapes look absolutely beautiful to me :)

  11. You have the heat and sunshine! After 4 years of living in a constant rainy mist, I'd trade all of our old, character buildings for some SUN!

  12. Yes, we have the sun. Wouldn't trade it. But old buildings and mist sure make for nice photos! :)

  13. what a fun day! reminds me of when when my 3 boys where little- esp that B&W picture you have on the side of your blog.

    I had 3 stair-step blonds. They are 13,15,16 now. and not really blond (light - medium brown now)

    But they still like cookies

  14. Thanks for sharing your walk with us. Different is good!

  15. Ok so I'm a little late, but better late than never.

    I love the desert. I have lived in the midwest my entire life and I'm ready for change. I love Arizona in particular. We'll be in Tucson this weekend for my sobrino's baptism. I LOVE it there! I can't wait.

    So all of your pictures... comforting! EXCITING! and a whole new world in my eyes.


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