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, August 4, 2010

You Capture: Summer


Sweet hand,
 enclosed in mine,
leading me
somewhere new
or just because


Ice cream
and water
and multi-colored tongues
and smiles

but cautiously
embracing new things
not-too-hot tire swings
that go round
not up
not down

Discovering new heroes,
longing for new adventures
opening new eyes
and minds
and books

Middle brothers growing
into big ones,
learning to protect
and love

Red trains chugging ever-so-slowly
 to relieve tired Mommies
 from heat
and the tired shoulders
that come
from piggy back rides
and forgotten strollers

Reveling in the joy
 of each
childful moment
of each sweet smile
of each sweet hand
of each sweet love



  1. What a beautiful post. And the photos are amazing :D

  2. Beautiful words. I love the second to last photo... the boys are so precious together.

  3. That one of Sammy and Andrew makes my heart sing. I want that kind of bond for my boys, too.

  4. sweet. Your words always tug at my heart a the last two of the boys together.

  5. I agree the second to last photo is precious. I also love the tire swing one. Screams summer to me.

  6. Great shots! I love your editing. My fav is the tire swing one!

  7. Such a lovely post to summer and some lovely pictures to go along side.

  8. I love this. All your photos are beautiful (the tire swing one is especially cool). As a mom of three boys myself, I love the words too!

  9. These are wonderful shots.

  10. Lovely summer photos of your boys. Happy summer fun.

  11. These are wonderful. I love the protective brother pic especially!

  12. I love seeing (and hearing) your perspective and really really love your last photo!

  13. this was an awesome post!! beautiful!

  14. So beautiful - the narration is sweet and touching and the photos to go with it - perfect! I have to say though, that coonskin cap made me nostalgic. I didn't know anybody made them anymore. So cute!

  15. love Love LOVE the davy crocket hat. AWESOME! I also enjoyed the picture of your lil men in front of the train.

    Wonderful (heartfelt) prose!

  16. Your boys have again melted my heart today.

  17. This is beautiful and very touching. I love the first picture - seeing the handholding only in the shadow.

  18. Beautiful photos - that first picture is absolutely stunning. I hopped over here after reading Stacia's post today and am so very glad I did.


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