Monday, December 09, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

The week of Thanksgiving, I was finally able to drive down to Houston to be with my Mom during her radiation treatments. (I had to keep postponing my trip when we were dealing with strep and the stomach bug…Mom’s White Blood Cell counts have been dangerously low)

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Mom proudly showing off her “license to get zapped” cancer card. (her words, not mine…still has that sense of humor) I’m not going to lie- it was pretty hard for me to sit in that waiting room, watching people go in and out for their treatment. I hate cancer.

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The team of awesome people working on Mom, let me come back to the room and walked me through what she goes through every day. (I blurred out her stomach- pretty sure she wouldn’t be happy about me posting that, heh, heh)

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On Wednesday, I drove to Austin to meet Joe and the kids for Thanksgiving with the Steeces. I was horrible about taking pictures. Must. Get. Better. I snapped this photo of Aunt Jess and Sav at dinner…some crazy guy photo bombing in the background.

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Kate and Paul make an incredible Thanksgiving spread y’all~ the food is ridiculous. I have managed to secure the preparation of the sweet potato dish every year. (I’m not gonna lie, I’ve perfected the recipe~ complete with a brown sugar praline/marshmallow topping! YUMMO) This year, I have taught my lil lady how to make it all by herself!

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Friday morning we took the kids to see “Frozen” with Grammy and Grampy. SUCH A CUTE MOVIE!!! You have to go see it.

 

Later that day we headed to Waco where we met our cousins for the Hoag family Thanksgiving. We weren’t sure if Mom would feel up to making the trip home---but she managed! It was the first time she has been home in weeks.

 

The kiddos~ eagerly awaiting their food. (Thanks for the pictures, Dad). Take a look at Sav’s face.  I see that glare quite often. No tellin’ what she was mad about.

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Ashley and I took over Thanksgiving preparation this year and made Mom rest. Uncle Collin cooked a fried turkey. (If you haven’t tried fried turkey, my friends, you haven’t lived)

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Sav working on her sweet potatoes again, round 2. Nailed it.

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Chow time at the kiddie table.

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The kids spent almost the entire weekend outside in the 70 degree weather. Andrew and Ethan.

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So much fun.

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It was such a blessing for Mom to spend the holidays with her fam, in her own home…even if it was only for 2 days. Dad drove her back to Houston on Sunday. My sweet Aunt Carol is taking SUCH good care of her.

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Granna is over halfway done with her radiation treatment! Her last day is December 23rd. Please keep those prayers coming, yall. In January, she will start the maximum dose of chemotherapy for 18 weeks. She is feeling pretty puny, but such a fighter.

 

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!

Much love,

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13 comments:

Chelley N said...

So sorry to hear about your mom, but it's wonderful that you've been able to spend some time with her. The kiddos are cute, as always :-).

Sunni Len said...

So glad you wrote this post love and prayers for you all.

Heather said...

Longtime reader here -- I'd been wondering how your mom was doing, but I thought it might be pushy to ask. I'm so glad she was able to make it home for Thanksgiving. My dad went through cancer treatment in 2011, and in his opinion, the radiation was actually worse than the chemo. Since your mom is in the radiation home stretch now, I'll pray the same is true for her. The end is in sight!

Alissa said...

Hoping the rest of the treatments go well for your mom! She's so strong. Love the pics of the kids - super cute!!

Kirsten said...

I am so sorry for what your mom is going through and I will keep her in my prayers. I know exactly what you're going though. It's scary. My dad is currently on maximum dose chemo for prostate cancer and he goes for his 3rd round on Thursday. It's definitely scary and not a fun time. Cancer sucks! Stay strong. I'll be thinking about you guys.

Aiketa said...

So glad that she could come to spend Thanksgiving with you all!
Sending so much love and positive thoughts your way!
Much love from a reader in Barcelona.

Liz said...

Can I just say how much I LOVE that great big smile on your mom's face showing her card? There are fighters and there are FIGHTERS, if ykwim. That is awesome. So glad you had a happy vomit-free holiday! =)

Stephanie said...

Praying for your Mom and the family! Cancer sucks but with such a wonderful support team I'm 100% sure she will win the battle!

Anonymous said...

PRAYERS!!

Anonymous said...

PRAYERS!!!
Cindy Hamburg NY

Lori Hooper said...

long time reader, I have been wondering about your Mom. My Mom went through stage 4 colon cancer at age 79, she is 82 and in remission. Prayers to you and your Mom.

~Jodi~ said...

Praying for your mom and for you and your whole family! Thanks for updating your blog even though I know you must have a million things to do! Love your sweet family even just here in the virtual world but have read your blog for years! Hope you all have a good Christmas & your mom can enjoy it!

Kristie said...

I used to read your blog often when I was single. Anyways, I'm a nurse now and married, and I work at MDA. I am sad to see that your mom has cancer. I know you don't know me but if you need anything let me know! you can email me at owenkristie@hotmail.com. I will be keeping her in my prayers, along with you and the rest of your family.

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