Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Wild things

We closed on our house on Friday--that was exciting. We are going to paint and do new floors at our new house before we move in, so we will stay here for a while and see how the next few weeks go. Sadly, we won't get the keys until today or tomorrow, so we decided to head to my parent's cabin with them and some of my nephews for the weekend and escape the ever growing mound of boxes that are filling up the already tight space. We had a great time--even though I still found myself thinking about paint more than I wanted to.

The boys had so much fun--I don't think they had even a moment of boredom. Even on Sunday, which was too cold and rainy to be outside, we only pulled out one board game and that only to keep the noise level down. Inside, they had green plastic army men, paper airplanes, pillow fights, wrestling, books and who knows what else to keep them busy. Outside, they went hiking, shooting, fishing, exploring, built a fire and more.

Steven whittled his own fishing pole--he thought that sounded more fun than using a real pole. No luck on the fishing, though!

The rain made everything green and beautiful. Something about being outdoors just reassures me that somehow things will all work out. I kept thinking a poem that one of my mom's good friends shared with me:

The Peace of Wild Things
by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Friday, May 18, 2012

I hate cancer .5K

In an effort to do something to vent her cancer anger, my cousin, Dawn, came up with this fundraiser last year and it was so much fun. There is a short race and a craft/goodie sale. Come join us, if you can--it's fun! And I know from personal experiece how helpful it is. Even though we won't be benefiting from the money this year, I know the families that will and I know it will be so appreciated.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Clean scans

A long day...a good day. We had an early start with an appointment at 8am. Steven threw up on the way to the hospital. Good thing my van hasn't been cleaned out in a while, cuz there just happened to be a grocery bag available. Against my will, I peeked at the screens the best I could during all the imaging (CT, Xran, bone scan) and felt good about the scans. I tried not to be too confident in my radiology skills, but felt hopeful as we went to lunch with my dad to await the appointment with Steven's oncologist to get results. Even still, I didn't want to wait for that appointment. We got a lucky break, though, as Dr. Jones, the orthopedic doc called me and told me they all looked good. So we got to go to clinic feeling happy and relieved. He looks great and now we can breath easy for a few months. He has been delightfully happy all afternoon and evening--a huge burden lifted.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Big things

Last year, when Steven was first diagnosed with cancer, I promised myself that I wouldn't stress out about anything that wasn't life or death ever again. But then this spring came along and with it, some life and death situations added along with other stressful things, and all my emotions are so mixed up together, I can't seem to separate out all the stress. It is a bit easier to figure out why my stomach hurts tonight, though, because Steven has scans in the morning.

Before his scans tomorrow, I feel I must fill you in on some fun things going on in our lives. They are fun, even though they bring some stress along with them. First of all, we are having another baby! It is due November 15th. As I watched my kids play baseball in the backyard this evening, with their enthusiastic smiles and beautiful freckles, I felt overwhelming lucky to get another of these sweet kids. (Besides, baseball will be more fun with less ghost runners.) Every once in a while, I have moments of fear that I won't have it in me to be the mom I need for my many kids. But mostly, I am so looking forward to the joys of a little baby and I trust that Heavenly Father will help me compensate for whatever I lack. (And then, there is always Rob, who is a huge help to us all--he makes sure the important stuff gets done, even when I drop the ball.) The kids are all so excited about the baby, especially Steven. He has been hoping and praying for a new baby in the family for years.

And so, kind of going along with the baby news, we also have house news. We are in contract on a house that is a little closer to the boys' school and that is hopefully big enough for our growing family. It is over twice the size of this little rental, so it should feel like a mansion to us. This has been a hard decision for so many reasons, but we feel good about this and I feel very anxious to move. Hopefully we will close on the house in the next few weeks and if we are lucky, we will move in before our trip to Hawaii. We are going to try to paint before we move in, so we'll see how far the adrenaline can go.

These are the main things going on, but along with them are the everyday problems and then watching my sister in her fight with cancer and even having a few health scares of my own. It is so hard to separate out the stress for me because my emotions are so close to the surface and my stomach usually feels terrible and whose to say I'm not suffering from a little post-traumatic stress disorder of my own? But I am making it through. I usually get out of bed :) and I usually take a shower. I can pretty much keep up on the dishes, even if laundry is a little daunting. I usually sleep just fine, though, thanks to pregnancy hormones.

So forgive me that I've been so negligent at blogging. I don't make promises that I will start to write again regularly, either. I will make sure and post the results of Steven's scans tomorrow, though. And maybe since a few of you now know about the scans, we can divide up some of the worrying tonight.