Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bring Back the Words is Back!

It seems to be a common theme among my fellow bloggers that we are all having a hard time finding time to blog.  Fortunately, my friend, Ginger, is trying to do something about that.  First she put out a challenge to write on her blog more and invited us to join her. Then she decided to start her Bring Back the Words post prompts again. Yay! I love these since they give me something to write about instead of just writing about whatever comes to mind. So here we go with the first round of prompts.

1.) First day of school. I honestly don't remember anything significant about any of my first days of school. I guess that means nothing major happened so they don't stand out for me.  So I will talk about the boys. We are about a week and a half away from school starting here. Sean will be in fourth grade this year. And Jackson, well, he starts 3 year old PreK. He isn't changing classes at his daycare. They did that at the beginning of the summer so the kids could get used to the teacher before they start their curiculum at the beginning of September. I can't believe my baby is getting so big. I am excited about breaking out his new back pack and taking the first of many first day pictures. 

2.) If you could make everyone understand one thing about you that may not be obvious on first glance, what would it be? Why? I think one thing that may be missed about me is that I am pretty conservative. Truth be told, I don't agree with the opinions of a lot of my pocket friends even though I don't say much about it. I believe that everyone has the right to their opinions and, while I may disagree, I will respect you for having those opinions.  I feel like society has become quick to disparage people for their opinions. Instead of agreeing to disagree, there is a tendency to degrade and insult those who don't share your same opinion. So with that being said, just because I don't speak up it doesn't mean that I am not willing to stand up for my beliefs. It means that I prefer not stir up trouble unnecessarily. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Two Years in the Making

Since downloading the Time Hop app a few months ago, I have enjoyed the reminders of my past life. Pictures of a chubby cheeked Jackson. Tweets from my single days. Flashbacks to being pregnant. Lots of fun memories are stored in the various forms of social media I play around with. But today I got a reminder of one of the best moments in my life.

Two years ago today, we found out my mom was cancer free. Six months of chemo were done and she was OK. The sense of relief I felt in that moment wa overwhelming. The past two years haven't been easy. Mom still struggles with weakness and endurance. She misses the independence she had before getting to sick. But she is still here and Jackson still has his Gran and we are all so grateful for that. She has a PET scan scheduled next month. If that one comes back clear, her changes of the cancer coming back decrease greatly. But for now, I am proud to know that my mom is a survivor and pray that we have many more years with her here.