Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Happy Times

Well hello again blog and any readers left out there. It's been a while, but I'm still here and God is still beyond awesome. Last time I wrote Hubby was leaving the hospital and my in-laws were here, and we had just found out that there was still a problematic lymph node showing up on Hubby's ct scan. The doctors were pretty sure it was a teratoma and that it had to be removed. So we went in for surgery again. A 2 hour surgery turned into a 5 hour surgery (because the doctors had to work slowly to get all the tissue surrounding the tumor). The doctors later told us that the tumor was about the size of a golf ball and that adding that to the surrounding tissue, they removed about a cup and a half of "stuff". That's a lot! But as always Hubby was great! That was about 4 weeks ago and I see him doing so much better now, almost back to a new normal. It's weird how cancer can affect your life, for some reason it's always present. But I know that this is the time to trust in God even more because I know he has this in His hands!

Something really cool, and extremely humbling happened a couple days ago.  Hubby went out to run some work errands and stopped by to see his Command Sergeant Major, who has always kept his ears  open as to Hubby's condition, and has always been concerned for Hubby and our well being. He also has always had words of encouragement for us, that have many times given Hubby an extra push when he would most need it. In general he appears to be the kind of person that is good to have around (I have yet to meet him). Well Hubby came home very excited and happy. He told me that his medical board was still progressing and that he had taken care of some important details having to do with his job and his medical status (all good stuff). He then told me to stand up. So I stood up and went to him and he just stands in front of me in his full Army stature and tells me, "Command Sergeant Major sends this to you for all that you have done, being there for me along this whole journey. He says he respects you and admires you for all you have done and that you are his hero." And with that hubby puts his hand up to shake my hand, and as we shake he passes me a coin from the Command Sergeant Major.

I was speechless.


And then I teared up, mostly because I didn't feel deserving of such an honor. But at the same time I felt so honored that anybody would think this of me, when all I was really doing was my job. I feel a little selfish because Hubby was the one who had to go through all the pain, he had to endure all the medicines, operations, sicknesses, recoveries. I truly will value this coin though, because it touched me. I won't forget for what I received it, and I will remember it as the time that we went through something hard, and God was always there, and that with God all things are possible!!!!



Oh did I mention that hubby is in remission!!!!! He is cancer free now!!!!!! Thank you God!!

The in-laws went home (missed them and it took some time to get used to being just us again). In other news my small little baby turned 1!!! How time flies!!!! We celebrated with Ms. B and fam (of course), and had a great time. I'm pretty sure N enjoyed herself, and that makes me super happy! So although she is not walking yet, I will officially call her a toddler because I caught her with crayons trying to
draw on a DVD box. :) It starts!!

                     She had a hungry caterpillar party which was super fun to decorate for with Mrs. B!


                                         We had a great time! I can't believe she is already 1!





I am happy that we are closer to normal not sick living ( Hubby is still being treated for his DVT) , and hope all is well for everyone. I'm looking forward for what God has next!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Turning 30 and getting results

Hi Everyone! I am feeling great today, although a little bit frustrated. Yesterday we got the results of Hubby's first CT Scan. I know God is always in control and that He has everything in his hands!!!!!!! The doctor said that the Scan showed that Hubby still has a lymph node that is "lighting up". They are pretty sure that this is part of the cancer that is a teratoma. Teratoma's are not treatable by chemo, so it looks like we have one more surgery in our path. The good news is that nothing has spread, it is the same lymph node that had lit up prior to chemo. Next week we have our next appointment to see what comes next with that.  In other news, I am also 30 as of yesterday!!!!!  SO far so good! I feel so blessed.  Check out why:


This is the last day we had a hospital stay, May 6th! Haven't been there since (except for testing).


I have supportive In-laws who plan to be around until they are no longer needed.

Hubby is feeling better so he can play with the girls more.


And he even went back to work! I was so happy!


I got some cool birthday surprises, like this awesome cookie arrangement that
a friend from church brought me.


And this cool fruit arrangement that my parents sent me.

I also got some other goodies too. It was a cool day!


As for my list of 30 things to do before I'm 30, this is how it ended up:

1. Paint a Picture.
2. Sew matching dresses for the girls. Haven't even started.
3. Memorize 12 Bible verses. Memorized 2.
4. Write a song. Started one and then lost it.
5. Send book out to publishers. Turns out the publishers I want don't accept manuscripts unless sent by an agent, so this has turned into : send book to agents. Have yet to finish paperwork I need to send. Found a publisher that didn't need an agent so I sent in my manuscript!!!! :) It was received yesterday!
6. Visit Corpus Cristi. This is just not going to happen.
7. Find suitable sneakers for mom to be out on the town.
8. Make 4 different crafts. I've made 2. I made a blanket, a teether, some bracelets, and a purse for A! :)
9. Read 4 new books. I've read 1. I read 2, but they were great! If you like non-fiction I recommed, Heaven is for real, and if you like historical christian romances, anything by Janette Oke.
10. Dye my hair. Have kind of changed my mind about this. Still haven't decided on this.
11. Lose 20 lbs. I've gained 5. Same.
12. Take awesome fam. pics. Thanks to Ms. B!
13. Renovate bedroom. Almost. Will take pics soon. It looks great!
14. Finish Nia's room and have her sleep there.
15. Paint Laundry room. Still have paint just waiting there. I love it, although I still am going to add a few more decorative features.
16. Ride a big roller coaster.
17. Have a spa day at home twice a month. Yeah right.
18. Go on a date without kids at least once a month. Another, Yeah right.
19. Sew an apron for AJ. Nope.
20. Organize my linen closet. Ha!
21. Teach AJ 3 new songs. I've taught her one. I taught her 2, but I also taught her something really cool which I will blog about another day!
22. Start walking. Haha! Yep, started yesterday!
23. Have a dinner party. Soon!
24. Give a gift to a neighbor.
25. Bake a dessert from scratch.
26. Delete anybody who I have never had real contact with from facebook.
27. Watch 30 movies. I've seen 12.  I saw 17.
28. Put together a great outfit.
29. Put a chalkboard section in my kitchen. Actually turned into a white board section, but the intention was made, I wanted a little writing section.
30. Make something special for Hubby.

As for the rest, I will just turn my list into 30 things to do WHILE I'm 30!! So everything is alright!! :D

One horrible thing did however happen on my birthday. My DVR did not work, so I missed the finale of Oprah and American Idol. :(   What a bummer!  Oh well. Until next time. God is good!



Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Laila

So last October we took in a lovely rescued cocker spaniel named Laila. Since then she has grown a little. I thought it would be cool for you all to see the difference. We don't notice it much because she is always with us, but every time somebody comes, they comment on how fat she is now! Check it out!


Then:

Now:

 

Monday, May 9, 2011

New News

I'm back! A little. I've been a little busy lately and it seems as if my poor blog has just not gotten top priority. But here is a quick update for my few followers who still check in once in a while:

1. The best news of all is that Hubby has finished Chemo!!!!!!!!!!!  We were so happy!!! I bought yellow balloons and put them outside on our flag pole and then filled the house with yellow balloons and wrote LIVESTRONG on all of them!! It was great knowing that he doesn't have to go back for more every week!!

They also removed his PICC line. This is all great news except that on removal of his PICC we found out he had DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), or a really big blood clot that goes from his neck to his elbow. We are all a little worried, but super glad that we caught it in time! He is now starting to feel a little better, but these new meds (blood thinners) have side effects too, so we will be dealing with them for 3-6 months!

2. Easter came and Easter went. Hubby was not feeling well enough to go to church, but the girls and I went on Saturday for their egg hunts and on Sunday for some wonderful praising.


N's first egg hunt in a little kiddy pool!
 Jay had a great time helping her sister and then getting her own eggs!



Then, on Easter Sunday the girls were matching and beautiful thanks to Nana and Abu.  However, by the time N got home she had had enough excitement. So I couldn't get one decent picture of them!

Once she had eaten and had her nap, and with a change a clothes, she was happy to open her Easter basket!


3. One of my best friends from PR and her hubby came to visit. They are also Jay's Godparents. We were able to take them to Sea World, which was cool, and it was just nice hanging out together. Jay had them running all over the backyard too! 





4. My Mom-in-law came in from PR too. She will be staying for a while and Jay is super excited. I wonder how Jay is going to feel when people stop coming to visit us after we are back to normal. She constantly tells me she loves to have people here. Hmmm.

5. Mother's Day was awesome. Happy M Day for all the great MOM's out there!!! I made a scrumptious turkey with arroz con gandules, and some stuffing. My brother-in- law with his family where here and my in-laws, of course, and it was just a peaceful time. Plus, I got to spend a lot of quality time with my girls, and what can be better than that?

6. As for my 30 things to do before I'm 30 list, it is actually quite sad. It's not looking like I will finish the list or even get close to finishing it. I will be 30 in a couple weeks, and I still have lots to do. I will try to finish what I can!

1. Paint a Picture.
2. Sew matching dresses for the girls. Haven't even started.
3. Memorize 12 Bible verses. Memorized 2.
4. Write a song. Started one and then lost it.
5. Send book out to publishers. Turns out the publishers I want don't accept manuscripts unless sent by an agent, so this has turned into : send book to agents. Have yet to finish paperwork I need to send.
6. Visit Corpus Cristi. This is just not going to happen.
7. Find suitable sneakers for mom to be out on the town.
8. Make 4 different crafts. I've made 2.
9. Read 4 new books. I've read 1.
10. Dye my hair. Have kind of changed my mind about this.
11. Lose 20 lbs. I've gained 5.
12. Take awesome fam. pics. Thanks to Ms. B!
13. Renovate bedroom. Almost.
14. Finish Nia's room and have her sleep there.
15. Paint Laundry room. Still have paint just waiting there.
16. Ride a big roller coaster.
17. Have a spa day at home twice a month. Yeah right.
18. Go on a date without kids at least once a month. Another, Yeah right.
19. Sew an apron for AJ. Nope.
20. Organize my linen closet. Ha!
21. Teach AJ 3 new songs. I've taught her one.
22. Start walking. Haha!
23. Have a dinner party.
24. Give a gift to a neighbor.
25. Bake a dessert from scratch.
26. Delete anybody who I have never had real contact with from facebook.
27. Watch 30 movies. I've seen 12.
28. Put together a great outfit.
29. Put a chalkboard section in my kitchen. Actually turned into a white board section, but the intention was made, I wanted a little writing section.
30. Make something special for Hubby.

In my defense though, I had no idea cancer would be in our future! Oh well!

I think that is all for this update. Please keep praying for Hubby to get better, but as always we know that God is in control. This does not mean that when new medical conditions come up we don't get frustrated, we just know that God has everything in His hands, and this gives us peace. I am very proud of Hubby. He has been giving himself injections and has always followed instructions carefully. I love that he is taking care of himself like he is supposed to! God is good!

Have a great week!! Until next time.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Great News!!!!

We are feeling very blessed this week. Although Hubby has started another long week of everyday chemo, and he is not feeling well at all, we feel so blessed. Hubby had his tumor marker tests done again.His tumor markers before chemo were 51. Normal tumor markers are 0-10 (more or less). Last test, after 3weeks of chemo, they came back at 12.8. This weeks test (after  six weeks of chemo) came back at...........

3.54!!!!!!!!!!!! That is within normal range!!!!!!

God is soooo awesome!!!!

We are now anxious to finish treatment and are in an official countdown. Only five more treatments left!!!!
Since I have written, Uncle P has gone back to PR, and Hubby's Dad is now in town to help out. I no longer have to pack the girls up and spend mornings and afternoons keeping them entertained in the hospital. Well, I still have to keep them entertained, but now I can do it in the comfort of our home. That is a blessing. I would like to be with him, but I know I leave him in good hands, and I know he feels good knowing the girls are comfortably at home.

Since I haven't written in a bit. Here is a picture review of what you have missed.

We were able to take Uncle P to a few touristic places.


Hubby set up a pretty cool pool section in backyard.


A loves playing with the ladybugs that are attracted by the water.

And Laila just loves to sit and walk on the edge.

Grandpa E flew in to help. If you see my little N, she is in her favorite place, taking a nap on her dad.

My mom sent pasteles for Hubby to eat. He was happy.


And A has kept busy playing with her dog,

and going to ballet and birthdays.


We thank God for everything He is doing and look forward to reaching the end of chemo. We will really be praising Him this Easter, thanking God for everything is has done, is doing, and will continue to do.



Monday, April 11, 2011

Week 6: Check :) plus photo shoot previews!

 So Hubby just finished his chemo for the week! I am happy it is one of those weeks where he only has one treatment. We are now getting closer to the finish line. The countdown is at three weeks now!! Yay!! I am very proud of him! God is so good. I can't wait to find out the results for his next tumor marker tests show. I know it will be good news!

This weekend was really cool. We took the girls to have a fairy photo shoot with Yoli Finger Photography . You can also find her on facebook. The thing i most liked about the shoot was that Caroline (photographer) kept the girls in their very natural states. She would just shoot what they did. She didn't make them do anything unnatural. So the girls look very much like they usually do. Here is a preview of the shoot.











I have kept looking at pictures since then. Plus Ms. B. finally brought me the pictures she took of our family and they are awesome! I can't wait to do something special with lots of them! I love pictures! Thanks Ms. B. and Caroline!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Week 5: Check!

I'm back!!! We have had a pretty good week because Hubby hasn't had chemo everyday. Tio P has been helping out a lot. He takes care of the girls, cooks, and has been doing some awesome landscaping. Here are a few pictures of what our week has looked like.


Little N has been enjoying a lot of outdoor time.




J tried on some Easter accessories. :)

She has also liked to help her Tio with all the landscaping.



Our house is looking spiffy. Thanks Tio!!


Hubby has his ok days and his not so ok days. Since he is being given a shot to boost his white blood cells (wbc), he has to deal with the pain that comes with it. Whenever his wbc's go down, the shot kicks in and all of the bones in his body start to seriously hurt, sometimes enough for him not be able to walk. He knows when this happens that the shot is working, but that doesn't stop it from being painful. Hopefully his wbc's will be back to normal soon.

We are having an exciting day tomorrow, but will tell you about that later. Have a great weekend and keep the government in your prayers, we have already seen our pay stub and it does not look pretty, but God is in control!!