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, July 19, 2011

Hello out there

I haven't even visited my blog since my last entry!! I haven't written in my journal with a pen. I needed (and probably still need) time to just sit with everything.  I've also been reading books like a maniac and spending time with my boys.

But, I wanted to let you know that Andrew's most recent scans were clean.   I spent the whole day a complete nervous wreck, but everything was okay.  So hooray!!

Here is a recent picture:

We had some family pictures taken, and these were my favorites:

I have missed visiting you all, and I hope you are doing well.  Thank you so much for your prayers.




  1. I love these pictures -- especially the family one with 'the boys' all looking in different directions...


  2. Hello there! I kind of figured that you were so busy living life, that you didn't have the need to blog, but I did miss you around here. Great pictures!!

  3. Oh Julie! Those photos are wonderful! Especially the last one.

    I'm glad you had time for you to be with your family and enjoy the good things in life.

    Take care!

  4. Hi Julie, I've missed you!
    Those are beautiful pictures - what a beautiful family!
    So glad to hear that Andrew's scans were all clear. Amen Amen Amen.
    Keep enjoying your summer and take good care.

  5. why hello! sometimes space and time is good. i hope it's done whatever you needed it to.

  6. Beautiful family shots chica. ENJOY every minute of your summer!


  7. Love that one of you and your boys. And the one of you and John. And, well, all of them! So happy to hear your voice and the good news!

  8. hello hello!!! So glad to hear the scans came out clean, Julie!!!! ;)

    I can't even pick my favorite picture- just looking at them all with you all there happy and healthy and together!!!!

  9. I am glad the scans were clean. What wonderful pictures!

  10. I am so happy to hear that things are well and I adore your family photos!! Enjoy your summer!

  11. Such beautiful pictures, glad to hear that Andrews scans came back clean!

  12. I'm so glad I'm not the only one having a hard time keeping up with writing on a regular basis. How are you? Your family photos are absolutely beautiful my friend!

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  14. WHOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOO! that is great news! And the pictures are absolutely stunning! All the boys and you look just soo sweet (and a bit naugty)!

    And thank you for your sweet comment on my withdrawal post! Maybe worry withdrawals are even worse!

  15. Julie, I just thought about you guys and wanted to check in on Andrew. I am so, so happy and relieved. He looks so grown up now too. Enjoy your time with those boys!!! Lots of hugs to all of you!!!

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  17. Hey you! I miss you. My turn to pop in and say "Hey". I haven't been on the computer for a loooong time. It's been a good break away (I think necessary too). I'm so happy to see Andrew with all of that hair, and such great news too! Yay!


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