Wednesday, September 19, 2018

After Surgery Update...

(I made him take this back to work picture...)

Two weeks after brain surgery and this guy is back to work! Yesterday he got his stitches out and was cleared to drive.

We also received his pathology report. We were told before surgery that the new tumor was very aggressive and most likely glioblastoma. Yesterday we were told that it is still grade 3 astrocytoma, which is great news for bad news.

The past month I've struggled with letting God be God. Knowing he can fix this but believing he won't. And then I realized that I'm not promised an easy life, but because of Jesus, I'm promised heaven. And that is enough for me.

God Is Bigger Than This...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Follow Up...

Two Weeks Ago Jonathan had his follow-up appointment from this past May. In May we received inconclusive results. Meaning- there was a spot but no idea what it was. Unfortunately, the only way to get results was to wait three months to see if the spot grew or stayed the same. So we tried to enjoy our summer and to wait well.

So we waited. Until Two Weeks Ago. I dropped the kids off at school and et Jonathan downtown for his appointment. After an MRI and 3 hours, we finally had some answers.

Unfortunately, our answers were the worst case scenario... The Spot Grew.

Jonathan will undergo another Surgery on Tuesday, September 4.

Prayer Request
1. Successful Surgery. They remove as much tumor as they can without damaging anything.
2. Recovery is quick and uneventful.
3. The next steps after surgery- chemo, focused radiation, trials...
4. That we glorify God through this hard, disappointing situation.

This is hard. 
My heart hurts. 
But I know that God is bigger than this. 

(I had to wait 2 weeks to update this blog because a certain daughter of mine google herself and found that she was all over the internet... We told our kids tonight.) 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Waiting Well.

Last Wednesday Jonathan had an MRI scan. Unfortunately, we were left with a lot of questions. Our doctor said our results were inconclusive and we would have to wait for another scan to know for sure what is going on. Pretty vague, I know.... Now you know how I feel. Our next scan is in the middle of August.

My two prayer request-
1. Clear scan in August.
2. That we wait well.

God is bigger than this and Jesus Can fix it. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Favorites: Birthday, Crawfish, Private Time and Sex Talk.

1. Jonathan's Birthday
We celebrated Jonathan's birthday on Wednesday. We are always happy to celebrate him and another year together! 38 looks good on him! (I am much, much younger than him...)

2. Jonathan's Birthday Present
I told him to take today off so we could celebrate together all day long! We have a couple's massage this morning followed by a nap and lunch... The perfect day.

3. Private time
Henry asked if Daddy and I were going to have private time while they were at school? I asked him what he thought that meant and he said it's when we kiss. I asked him if that is all he knew about private time and he said, "You kiss and watch tv." I told him that was exactly right!

4. Sex Talk with a Kindergartener
Speaking of Private time. Henry asked why boys couldn't have babies in their stomachs. So we talked about God's design for a family and the roles that he designed for marriage and different body parts. It takes a mommy and a daddy to make a baby. "MAKE A BABY? What does that mean?...." I shut down the conversation very quickly after this question. My reasoning, Henry isn't ready to be respectful with the words erection or sperm.... He would just add those words to his list of potty words and I don't think I could stand hearing him jump on the trampoline saying butt- poop- diarrhea- erection- sperm- Disclaimer- I was very open and honest and technical with Lucy when we had this conversation in kindergarten.

5. Crawfish
We are gearing up for a little crawfish boil this weekend. Family. Crawfish. Dessert. Best day ever.

Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Who did it?

We were invited to a murder mystery pirate party this past weekend! We loved getting dressed up and acting like fools with our friends. Jonathan was the ships surgeon and I was the local Jamaican voodoo lady (with accent). The Huffmans were excellent hosts and Julie thought of all the details for the night! We told her we were expecting another one soon...

 Aren't my friends pretty!?
 There were four scenes to go through and with each section we ate a different course to the meal.

Julie said you can buy murder mystery parties off of etsy. This was such a fun group night and would make the best party for any age.

I hope y'all had a great weekend!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Family Favorite Reipe

I don't like to cook anymore. Mainly because my family complains about what I've made and they think it is appropriate to tell me that things look/taste/smell disgusting.... They all need spankings. So, I asked my friends what they made for dinner and I got some really great ideas.

This week started some new rules.
1. You aren't allowed to say that looks, taste, smells disgusting.
2. You must eat what is on your plate. (not all of it but they have to try it.

Side note- When I was a kid we sat at the dinner table as a family and passed around serving dishes and would have never told my mom that dinner was disgusting. (My mom is a really good cook, I can't remember a bad meal.) (Except one- one time she made spaghetti and instead of picking basil from the garden she picked mint.... and we ate it like it was totally normal....)

back to the rules...
3. Don't be a jerk. (I didn't say that to them...) Since no one else is volunteering to make and clean up dinner then they have no say in anything....

I compiled a list of meal ideas from my friends and was reassured that all kids are jerks when it comes to meal time, and we don't have to put up with it.

Here's the first recipe I tried- FLAT BREAD PIZZA

  • 1 Flat Bread Pizza Crust
  • 3 c. Mozzarella Cheese, divided
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (1 oz) package Ranch Dip Mix- I didn't have this so I poured ranch salad dressing in with my cream cheese until I liked the taste.
  • 8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 lb cooked and cubed chicken
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a small bowl cream together ranch mix and cream cheese. Spread over pizza crust
  3. Top cream cheese mixture with 2 c. mozzarella cheese. Top with chicken, bacon and the rest of your cheese.
  4. Back at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until pizza is golden brown.

My kids ate it. Lucy even said, "Mom, this looks real gross but taste so good!" She sure knows how to give the complements.

What do you guys feed your family? 
(I really want to know your family favorite meals, comment below) 

Friday, March 30, 2018

3 Things Friday

1. Eyebrow Powder
I went to ulta to buy some mascara. They had an eyebrow waxing booth in the front of the store. I decided I would pay someone to do my eyebrows instead of doing it myself. I'm glad I did. I asked the lady what she recommended to fill in eyebrows and she recommended this powder. AND I LOVE IT! The older I get the thinner my eyebrows get...

2. Sick Day
Henry was up all night Tuesday night/Monday morning with ear pain. This is the second time in 3 weeks that this has happened. I gave him drops, I gave him Tylenol. There was nothing I could do to ease his pain. Around 3:30, he sobbed, "Mom, God never takes care of me." I hugged him and said that God lets up go through hard and painful things so that we will rely on him. (No one likes that answer- btw..) Around 4:30, Henry yelled, "Yeah, my ear popped and I feel so much better! God does take care of me!" 

I was relieved with his relief but I knew what the pop was... His ear drum perforated for the 2nd time in 3 weeks. We will go back to the ENT in a couple of weeks. Maybe even for a 3rd set of tubes...

3. I found a new podiatrist yesterday. He was not crazy. He doesn't want to hack off my toe. He knew exactly who I was talking about when I mentioned my past podiatry experience. 

That's all I know. We have the day off from school today to attend Jesus' Funeral. Don't worry, Sunday HE IS RISEN. Just like he said he would. I find so much comfort knowing that God is exactly who he says he is. 

God is bigger than this and Jesus can fix-it.