Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Captiva Florida here we come!

We have all had a great day around here! Let me tell you what went on.

I'll start by telling you what happened about five months ago. I went in for treatment and one of my nurses brought me some paperwork to fill out for a dream vacation. She said I should fill it out and see what happened. 

I read through the papers and was shocked when I found out that it was a program similar to Make a Wish Foundation for kids and was for terminal adults. 

I asked Holly, my nurse about this and she encouraged me to fill the papers out and disregard some of the terminology.

I filled everything out and sent it in. My doctor filled out forms as well. He later told me that when he was asked about my life expectancy he wrote down,"I really don't know how long she'll live. Most everyone else would be dead by now."

I waited and waited, coming to the conclusion that I didn't qualify for the vacation. 

A box of games from Hasbro arrived at the house one afternoon for the children compliments of Dream Foundation - the foundation I applied to for a vacation.

The box was decorated colorfully. The kids were excitedly opening the games. I watched them and thought that this was the "consolation" prize for not getting the vacation. 

The next day I received a phone call from Dream Foundation telling me that I had been chosen to pick a dream vacation as long as it was within the continental US. 

I couldn't believe it! I was so sure that I had been disqualified. 

Fast forward to today. The whole family went over to my doctor's office to receive our dream vacation. 

We are all being flown to Captiva, Florida where we will spend a week in a beautiful house that includes an elevator, swimming pool and hot tub, and six bedrooms just minutes from the beach. 

All I can say is "Yay God". He knew how much we need this time for our family. 

I'll let you know how the trip went when I get back. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hi ya'll

I have been horrible about updating my blog this summer. I'm sure the few readers I had got tired of seeing the same page pop up all the time.

Lil update. I'm doing well. I now have spinal treatments every five weeks. My treatment usually goes smooth and I loose about a day to it. I can remember loosing weeks to treatments so this is good. I don't think I'll ever hear the words, "you are in remission" or "you are healed" from my doctor. That's ok. God has healed me and I'm good with that. 

I started school today with the three. Dan is checking up with Shelby but she's mostly doing school by herself as a tenth grader. 

My son, Levi, did something funny today. He put on a mask and thought it would be fun to go into our local bank dressed that way. LOL. I had to tell him that was not a very good idea and then I explained why. 

He decided he would read on the back porch with his mask on. 


Monday, August 4, 2014

Chillin' at the lake...

We took the boat to the water this evening. Five kids, snacks, something cool to drink, squeals of laughter, and sunshine. Mmm, a recipe for relaxation! 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


I was going to a doctor appointment today when I rounded the corner and saw this...

The pic doesn't show the restaurant/bar but I personally have never seen a field tractor parked at a bar until right now. He did a pretty good job of parking it I might add. 

He must have been a thirsty fellow! LOL

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Our 25th Anniversary

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on Saturday and renewed our vows.  We had a party and most of our family was able to celebrate with us. 

Our get together was not only to celebrate our anniversary but to praise God for the crazy miracles He's done in our family's life and mine especially. 

The forcast predicted rain but then it was revised and we had a beautiful evening of fun with friends and family. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

School's out for the summer!

We finished up homeschool for the summer. We all were going a bit stir crazy so we finished up the Friday before Memorial Day.

We then celebrated by taking a trip to Gooseberry Falls with a friend and her boys for the day. 

We had a great time! The water was going over the falls so quickly and the water was also quite chilly so we decided to forgo swimming in them. 

We also brought along a picnic, and then ended the day in Duluth. As luck would have it, a ship was just leaving harbor and we were there to see the bridge raise and lower. 

We walked along the boardwalk and took some nice pics. 

We had so much fun we are thinking of doing it next year too. 

Wash your hands

I was going to put up a rub-on on the bathroom wall with the saying "wash your hands". It's the bathroom that the kids use the most and a nice way to remind them to always wash up. 

Rub-ons are expensive and I figured I'd be close to dead before I had $ for that so I improvised. 

I stenciled the words on the wall and got out my paints. I kinda went with the colors in the shower curtain. Besides my neck being a bit stiff from looking up for so long I think it turned out fine. It was mucho cheap too! 

Not perfect but good enough for us. I think I got the idea from Pinterest.