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.

Friday, October 29, 2010

About That Pie...

Last week I promised to make you a Martha Stewart pumpkin pie, but if you saw my house, you would understand when I told you that I can't find that recipe anymore.  Poof.  Gone. So I settled for Better Homes and Gardens. Not quite the same, but oh well.

When making ONE pie with three boys, it is ALL about fairness.

Here they are, nicely taking turns putting spoonfuls of pumpkin in the bowl:

But wait! boy #2 is feeling threatened by boy #1's impending "hogging" of
said pumpkin.

Yes, just as he feared, boy #1 is taking WAY too much pumpkin
and WAY too much time.

But then, peace is restored.  I even see a bit of a smile.

But only for a moment...

 before the knock-down, drag-out fight over...

wire whisk.

You've heard the phrase, "Too many cooks..."

Well, I think we lost some pumpkin on the counter along the way

or something...

Because this pie took A LONG TIME to cook.

Too much milk to pumpkin ratio?

We waited.

and waited

And then we made the whipped cream. Boy #1 enjoyed the food mixer a little too much.
I may need to find a new place to store it.

Once again, accusations of unfairness and neglect:

Followed by a beater of peace.

And finally...
after an hour of baking
(instead of the prescribed 25 minutes...)

The pie was done.

(There are no pictures of the whole pie because we were so excited we forgot to take one)

Buzz Lightyear approved.

When I finally remembered my camera again
 this is what  was left:

We saved you a piece:

But now that you know what it has been through,
and who it has been with,
you might be relieved that it is only virtual.


Happy October!


  1. Julie,
    I am adding (of course virtually) some of the coconut-cranberry pyramids to the coffee/tea gatherings.... Hope you guys like them ;-)

  2. Fun! Love this. I'm virtually eating it. ;)

  3. So glad to see all the normalness!!!
    Hilarious pictures by the way, and the pie looks delicious. Munchie decided she liked pumpkin pie this year (Canadian Thanksgiving was a couple of weeks ago), so she would have like to join us on this coffee date if that's okay with you and the boys.

  4. Happy Halloween Julie! This is an adorable post and a beautiful memory that you captured.

  5. Great post .... love the beautiful clicks !!!

    - Smita
    (fun food for little eaters)

  6. Hi Julie~ :-) I read your other post and then this one. You don't ever need to feel guilty for feeling like you did the other day. You're right, there's always someone worse off, but that doesn't mean you have to feel good/happy/positive about watching your baby suffer. I hate when my kids have COLDS! You're writing what you feel at that moment, and that's what you should do. Maybe therpeutic...
    I was so happy to hear the positive tidbits about Andrew!!! Wonderful news!! :-) Have a great rest of the weekend! ♥

  7. Actually, it looks quite good. I love pumpkin pie and have got to get around to making myself some real pie, but in the meantime I'll enjoy the virtual one, it has far fewer calories.

    I love the pics of the boys fighting over the whisk. What makes me laugh even more is picturing you not stopping it but taking pictures with the thought of putting them on your blog. We mommy bloggers are weird like that! ;)

  8. Hi Julie,

    What a great post showing that whatever happens family are still family, and siblings still fight!
    Oh, and I have never tasted pumpkin pie, but yours looks gorgeous. If I lived nearby I would happily drop in for a slice, and even bring my own coffee (and one for you too of course).
    You are doing an awesome and inspirational job (even on the bad days).

  9. hahaha!! I know the feeling of kiddos fighting over EV-ER-Y-THING and nothing! My 3 nephews are the same way! And I'm sure my future kids will be too. Thanks for posting these cute pictures to let the rest of us know we're not alone. ;-)

  10. great photo series! i have been listening to Bob Schneider a lot and thought you might like him. enjoy your pie!

  11. Hello Sweet Julie!! I love this post! Those sweet little faces, that yummy pie!! Oh my goodness what fun! Your boys will sure get a kick out of these photos when they are grown!! I've missed you, but I'm caught up on your posts. Thank you for your sweet message on my can contact me at:
    I am keeping you all in my prayers and sending hugs your way. Blessings~Sharon

  12. Oh wow we have those little squabbles here, too.

    And that pie looks delish.


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