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.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

You Capture...Fresh

sounds so clean, so aromatic...
and yet

 when I hear the word, "fresh" I think:

  fresh diaper.

Sad, I know.

And it is very hard to make a diaper look good in a picture.

But it does give you some indication of my life.
6.5 years and counting of solid diaper changing.
Relief may be in sight...
I hope.

And then of course,
fresh breath...

Always important.

One rare morning we woke up at 6:15, and I immediately scrambled out of bed
and ran outside in my pajamas
(thankfully the neighbors were not around)
and started taking pictures of the
fresh new day

And there, on the roses, was fresh morning dew..

or possibly water from the sprinklers...?

And of course,
who doesn't start out a fresh new day with an exciting episode
of "Max and Ruby?"

Don't judge me. 
(I liked how the morning light came through the windows.)

To make up for the "zoned out" time on the couch, we went outdoors for some
fresh air.

and the fresh scent of creosote.

And I have always liked this quote:

 "Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it."
From Anne of Green Gables
L.M. Montgomery

But it's near impossible to take a picture of tomorrow.

Happy Thursday!



  1. What fun! My two boys start every day with cartoons too. Don't feel badly!

  2. Oh what a beautiful place you live! I am loving the shot from behind of your little guy. I hope you frame that one!

  3. Great picture and super cute blog. Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Wow, these are awesome!

    I love the boys brushing their teeth, so cute! And the rose is beautiful!

  5. Cute!! I love your pictures and your family looks adorable!

  6. "Tomorrow is fresh with no mistakes in it." Oh, you truly are a kindred spirit. I love Anne. Sigh. And I just figured out what my summer reading will be! I'm going to reread the entire Green Gables series. So many wonderful books!

    Sorry... off on a tangent. Back to your pictures... Love the toothy smile and the last shot of the flowers and, oddly, I love your picture of tomorrow!

  7. Ok well, you are so creative I don't even know where to begin. I love ALL the shots. YES, even the dipe (it's so fresh) and the zombie pic (um my boys look that way every morning and I'm ok with that.) BUT the other shots were awesome. Favorite? The creosote! Awesome.

  8. I can't believe that's the view you get every day. Love all of these.

  9. Great job. Great scenery. Sort of looks like the landscape at my dad's in New Mexico.

    I almost put a picture of my hubby changing a "fresh load" hahaha! I should have! :)

  10. Wow--you really got "fresh" all the way through. I think the picture of the blank calendar day takes the prize, though. :) We should all remember that.

  11. You made me laugh with that diaper shot! Smart thinkin'! Oh and the booty shot of your son climbing is SO great! Love the outdoor light. Happy You Capture day!

  12. There's nothing like a fresh diaper! (The other kind, not so much.) ;)

  13. LOL, 6 years after potty training and I still remember the smell of a fresh diaper.

  14. Cute pictures! I like the one of your little guy climbing up the hill.

  15. Great photos! Your little dudes are adorable! :)

  16. Mmmmm, I can smell that powdery fresh diaper. And I also want to go brush my teeth! =>

  17. Ohh...your pictures are AWESOME!! Those outdoor Fantastic! :-)

  18. LOVE the one of your little climber!! It's a framer in my book. :)

    The rose is beautiful, and your scenery is amazing.

  19. Your photos are absolutely perfect! :) Beautiful family.

  20. Thanks for checking out my Fresh photos. You had some great fresh ideas, love your fresh air and blossom shots!


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