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June 24,2016 Twenty pounds down from the 2009 picture, but I can't even tell.

My baby reading a book to his cousin. He has cowlicks that won't quit, poor kid. Christmas 2009




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I am a Catholic homeschooling mom of three beautiful kids - well, the oldest two have finished college, so only my baby, Danny, is still homeschooled. Danny, who is sixteen, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma (brain cancer) in March of 2013. Since then he underwent two brain surgeries, six weeks of radiation, and over a year of chemotherapy. He was in remission for a few brief months, and then relapsed. Next he had another brain surgery and then completed a year of very difficult chemotherapy, with multiple nasty side effects. But he is still with us, and doing OK. It was all worth it because he is still with us.

I myself am a breast cancer survivor, and I have degenerative arthritis in my hip, which makes walking painful. Other than that, I am pretty healthy, for which I am extremely grateful.

Member Since: 3/9/2009

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Right now my goals are to incorporate small healthy changes. One other goal is to be able to exercise without severe pain in my hip...not sure if that is feasible with my arthritis.

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I am trying to eat more fruits and vegetables, plus walking as much as I can without pain.

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I am originally an Army brat and have lived in quite a few places. Currently I am in Texas, at least for a while. I have three kids, ages 26, 23, and 16. My degrees are in chemistry, but at the moment I am concentrating on trying to get Danny through relapse treatment and all that that entails.

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Strength of character isn't always about how much you can handle before you break, it's also about how much you can handle after you've broken.

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  • v HAYBURNER1969
    Thank you for commenting on my Sacrifice & Strength blog yesterday. I think it also helps if the prayer intentions on FB aren't an everyday occurrence - otherwise, I think people would stop noticing them. But just doing them in Lent - they were kind of sad when it was over, and when I didn't do it again the following year, a few people said they missed them.

    So what started out as a sort of selfish reason to post them (to help myself remember them) turned into something very positive and powerful. Maybe I'll do it again this coming Lent. It starts March 1st.
    372 days ago
  • v LINDAKAY228
    Thank you so much for reading my blog and your comments. I look at you and see inspiration in what you've been through with Danny and who knows what else. We can either drown in pity or look around and see the good things that have happened too. I used to work with disabled and elderly people and saw some who just gave up and wallowed in the self pity and I don't want to be like that. I can also look around and see those worse off than me. So I all in all I can't complain about the not so good things when I see the good.
    432 days ago
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog about Armenia!
    The honest answer to your questions is: I don't have a clue. :) It was at the angle of a wall, just opposite the Cathedral. Not a grave stone, not a door, possibly just an architectural detail. The cross is absolutely everywhere in Armenia, and as you can imagine even more so in a monastery!
    But if I can, I'll ask one of my colleagues and let you know. I hope you'll have a good Tuesday, starting the week feeling exhausted always feels terrible.
    469 days ago
    Thank you for commenting on my blog. I will put your son, Danny, on my prayer list. And, I will put you on there, too. I loved reading your positive attitude. You can do this with God's strength. emoticon emoticon
    474 days ago
  • v AUTIEJ
    Yes, just add 12 ounces of any soda to a standard boxed cake mix. I am not making it up! Google it, and you will see that is quite common. You can create all sorts of flavor combinations, and if you use diet soda, it will allow you to save calories. Some purport that you cannot use diet soda because heating of the sweeteners is dangerous, but I have been making cakes like this for many years, with both diet and regular soda. I make all of my cupcakes and cakes this way because I like the variety of flavor combos.
    492 days ago
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