Updates, Homeschooling and Prayer Request

We are busy in school trying to stay caught up. Does anyone else have this problem…UGGHHH It’s feels as though we’re always behind. Our life is so busy, from sports, to school, 4-H, house renovations and 8 kids in general. I am really liking our Monarch program through AOP. It really helps me not have to be so one on one with everyone all day, because that’s just impossible. Our kids math have slacked in many ways, from switching curriculums every couple of years to missing out on some key foundations. I came across a math program from a blog I follow, it’s called Quarter Mile Math http://www.thequartermile.com/ I’m using it for practice and refresher for the kids. It’s a little hard to understand at first and it’s not a teaching program, more of a practice. So far it’s fun for them, it’s not a lot of flair but basic typing in the answers to the problem,  racing their car or horse against their times. I started with the basics, making them go back and start with adding, sub, multiplication and division, so that they get a stronger foundation before they keep advancing into harder math. Second thing I did was purchase the Math U See http://www.mathusee.com/ program for my K and 1st grader. It’s start from scratch and works on one concept at a time. It only comes with one manipulative which are blocks.. I like that. I have done Bob Jones and other math programs and there were SOOOO many manipulatives you had to keep on hand it was overwhelming. It has an easy to follow DVD with each lesson and the 2 younger ones I am hoping get a stronger foundation in Math than my older ones did. I really wished I had understood this early on in homeschooling. It makes so much more sense. I need EASY!! :)

 

Like I said we are busy, kids are in full-blown basketball right now, we have many games coming up. If you home school and your kids are interested in sports, all over the country there are all kinds of home school groups and sports programs you can get involved in. Also there is Homeschool regional tournaments and Nationals events. We have Nationals coming up in March that are held in Springfield Mo. We will have a record-breaking year with over 60+ Varsity teams from 30+ states. It’s 5 days and even if your child is not on a team, you can register them with a USA team. http://nchclive.com/ this is the link for more information. They have, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball. Of course these are different times of the year also. It’s all very exciting and there are scholarships and scouts at these events.

We are enjoying our new school room..I promise I will get pictures and a blog soon..I know I’ve promised before :) .

My last post I mentioned maybe getting to go to the Homeschool Moms Winter Summit.. Well I didn’t go. I wish I could have, but didn’t find out about until late, and trying to fit into the schedule with a husband whose always gone, didn’t work out either. Maybe next year.

We are done with birthdays for a little while. Trenton is almost 10 months old..I can’t believe it. He’ll be 1 in April..:( :( Nursing is still going very well, he is eating solids and he has 3 teeth cutting 2 more at the time. He pulls up everywhere and stands for a second, but not walking yet. He’s into everything from pulling out all the drawers and getting into cabinets and wanting to play in the toilet. “disgusting” … I do have a toilet lock, but when you have 7 kids using the toilet and leaving the doors open and lid up, it’s hard to make that work.

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After my last post on “natural ways to help with thrush” my oldest daughter went through a bad case of cellulitis/staph, it was her 3rd in 9 months, the first 2 times we did the routine antibiotics, hot packs and so forth. This time I did not want to destroy her system again and we tried some natural ways to get through it, and we did.. I of course would have taken her to the doctor if I felt she was not recovering. Thank the Lord it did. We used a combination of many things, including… garlic, Calendula tea packs, tea tree oil, my healing salve, water, and pineapples… If you want more information you can contact me. Or just google it.. I read a lot of home remedy sites.

Since we went through that, my 4-year-old this week was eating pineapples and within minutes of eating them broke out into horrible itchy hives from head to toe.  Actually from toe to head. I gave her Benadryl and it went away, at midnight they came back and again yesterday… (mind you, none of my kids have food allergies or have ever responded like this to anything) I took her into the Doctor. They were not completely  convinced it’s a pineapple allergy, since she had a 2 day virus last week with fever, they believed it was her body fighting that off, only to find out also while they were examining her she had a double ear infection.. Go figure! MOM OF THE WEEK RIGHT THERE!! (she was in no pain and no symptoms) LOL .. Also to find out this was the same type of reaction that happen to my niece on my husband’s side from eating pineapple years ago. Everything I’ve read on pineapple allergies online, sound just like what she’s doing. The doctor said to be safe to keep her from them for a couple of years and then introduce them slowly. We shall see. I am tempted to have her tested for allergies. I don’t like the “maybe, could be” answers. So if anyone reading this has any advise, I would love to hear it.

With all that said…told you I was busy..lol

If you have read my post before,or if you are new ,our son Trey is a childhood Cancer Survivor. We are due to leave in 7 days, Jimmy ,Trey, myself and the baby will be  flying into NYC  where we go every 6 months at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center  for checkups and scans . Please keep him in your prayers as this will be 5 years since chemo.. He completed his last cycle in Feb 08′ and had his last surgery in March of 08′ .. Thank the Lord for my sister-inlaw who will be driving in to stay with the kids while we are gone. If you’d like to follow-up or know how things went before I get back on here. I keeps his updates and journal at www.prayfortrey.com We will also be meeting with his long-term effects doctor, who from here until he is an adult will be seeing once a year.

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Thank you all for reading my blog, I have hit 1 year since I’ve been blogging. I don’t write all the time, I wish I could do more, but as it is my husband is always asking “when are you going to write again?” Love Him !!

 

 

 

 

Go “GOLD” for our kids

Today is Sept. 1…this is CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.. though everyday we should be aware.

No it’s not something we enjoy thinking about, but it’s a reality for many of us. Actually 46 new parents a day.

No, I never thought while watching St.Jude’s  commercials, that, that could be us!!! I always thought “that happens to other people”..

I never imagined entering this world of the unknown, I didn’t even know much about it at all..

Now I know more than I ever wanted…

We have lost so many everyday, which should not be ok..

We need more awareness, more research and more funding.

Here is my son, Trey.. Just 2 weeks after he was diagnosed with “neuroblastoma” in Nov. of 06.. and this picture was taken 2 days after his 1st. birthday, which he spent recovering from surgery and starting chemo.  We were and have been blessed, that he is still here with us now almost 6 years later. It has been a long ongoing road..

This picture was taken over a year later, after switching hospitals and making many difficult decisions, that we had to go searching for on our own.

Meaning that we didn’t have many resources, and left the care up to the Drs. until they basically were grasping at straws, and that’s when we took over and started looking into different options. But this isn’t the way it should be.. All hospitals should work together for whats best for the patient and we need more people being aware, that this isn’t SO RARE.. if it could happen to us.. it can happen to you.

Thankfully we still have Trey, and he has  just came back a couple of weeks  ago from his 6 month check up in New York at MSKCC, and is still holding stable. Like I said , this is a long ongoing battle, where some kids battle harder and longer or theirs end all too soon. We are all affected by it. We grow close to many and establish bonds that you can never understand until you’ve been there.

So please this month, donate to CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH charity. Take toys to a childrens oncology floor, give a family you might know a gas card.. Paint your Facebook gold, contact the American Cancer Society and request they give more funding to childhood cancer research.

We have to fight for them, because kids can’t do it alone.

Disclaimer: these photos of cancer awareness, were taken from public sites I have no rights or ownership to them..

Comfort in the time of Mourning ……

I have an overwhelming sadness over me today as another (child) a long time friend we met along this Journey of the  ”cancer” world has passed away..

Psalm 73:26 (kjv) My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever

Job 16:5

King James Version (KJV)

5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.

Matthew 5:4 (kjv)Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Matthew 11:25-30(KJV) Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Philippians 4:6(KJV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God

As I am anxious, with the feelings of, “why not us?” “when are we next?” “when will Trey’s cancer take over”?……So many are gone and Satan tries to discourage me and wants us to live in fear..

Revelation 21:4 (KJV) He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

SO TRUE………………

 God never gives strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only for the strain of the minute.
Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest

Your sorrow itself shall be turned into joy. Not the sorrow to be taken away, and joy to be put in its place, but the very sorrow which now grieves you shall be turned into joy. God not only takes away the bitterness and gives sweetness in its place, but turns the bitterness into sweetness itself.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon The Spurgeon Archive

As I don’t want to leave you with my sadness, we all have hope and SALVATION  through  Jesus Christ.. and one day we will be reunited with those that left before us ..

1 Corinthians 15:52-57(KJV) In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

We all will leave this earth at one time or another, it’s just so sad to see these children that only have such a short life and have to fight and suffer while they’re here. I know that God has a plan.. It’s what we do with that while we’re here.. and how we respond to it.. This also doesn’t mean that we just lay down and wait for something to happen. We can still fight and look for a cure,  but without CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS and support for these kids fighting, it won’t happen…

Jeremiah 29:11-13

King James Version (KJV)

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

www.beatcancertoday.org   www.bandofparents.org  www.curesearch.org   these are just a few places you can support and bring awareness…

 

I leave with a poem….(not by me)

Hope in Heaven’s Day

Grief be mine, I ask you so, If not for you, I wouldn’t know, How life once was and then be still, How so precious, that death do steal. Because that grief, won’t go away, Learn to let it have its way. The link to love, a precious one, Is met with grief and still not done. The days do come, and nights do go, Grief will stay as time is so. And so a loved one passes on, And grief comes in and carries on. Does grief get better, I will ask, It’s hard to say, while at its task. There is grief to help us cope, There is God to give us hope. Grief will surely go away, On that glorious heaven’s day. But while its here, there’s just one thing, Pray our Lord, for peace he’ll bring.  Arlene Dery

 


Life of and after cancer….

It’s kind of hard to write because so many of you already know the story..
And If you don’t you can catch up on years of documenting on www.prayfortrey.com

We just went 5 years this last November since I heard the words, “Your son has Cancer”, and 3 years this March will be since he has had a drop of the toxins in his veins and surgical knife to his body, was that day in March 09, when they pulled the “broviac” the tubes from his chest that had been his ”buddy” since November 06′… “Buddy” as in his tubes were there to give him the medicine and draw the blood and keep his little arms and veins, tops of feet and hands from having to be stuck over and over…

It went to every 8 weeks we made the trip to NY, then every 3 months for a couple of years, to now we pack up and head to NY every 6 months.. For numerous scans, blood draws, urine collection and Doctor visits.. Nothing compared to what so many have to endure every single day… This last visit in Dec. we met with a long-term effects Doctor, to let us know what to watch for and how we have to go about life as a result of taking in the chemo to kill off that terrible cancer called “NEUROBLASTOMA”.. A word so foreign never to have crossed my  lips 5 years ago or enter my mind.

All through these last 3 years of NEVER hearing the words your son is “CLEAN” or” NED” ( NO EVIDENCE OF DISEASE).. We will never be off this rollercoaster even though we are no longer strapped into the cart.. We wait, we pray, we contemplate, we cry, we fear, we stress, Scanxiety comes upon us every 6 months knocking on our door. We go through life trying to live normal, trying to make a normal routine for our family, for our son.. We watch our friends suffer the pain of loosing their children, time after time after time… You ask the question “Why is mine still here”? and almost feel guilty that your son is still living… You want so much to help them and want to take away their pain, but when you are alone or watch you child sleeping and imagine him never waking up, a pain comes into your heart that hurts so bad, that, that is only a fraction of the pain your friends and other parents to little “angels ”  are feeling.. It’s something unimaginable…

Most of you don’t know that just this week we had to take Trey back to doctor and have CT Scan of the chest done to determine what the spot is in his chest/ lungs that was found on the MRI in Dec.. We are actually still waiting on the results as I type, they said it could be 5- 7 more days, as they are waiting on the images from NY to compare.. We have been down this path so many times you’re scared to tell people for the fact 9 out of 10 times it’s nothing, and you don’t want people to worry or bother with asking you over and over how are you ? or do you have results? or hear their opinion of what it could be or what was seen on their childs scan… Years of this over and over take its toll..

But we have trust and hope in God.. So many mock the fact that we as Christians believe God has a plan. He has a reason for everything and if we trust him, he will get us through no matter what.. NOT Saying it is ever easy…  He give us GRACE!!  To conclude, don’t ever forget to pray for us or other cancer fighting families , the journey is never over, it’s always there letting you know it could be back at any moment.. And please, something I so take for granted and pray everyday is that I would have a deep Love for my children, the way Christ Loves US, or that we LOVE ourselves, because when they are gone, there is no redo…………….God Bless You All, Hold your  children close and put God first in your life…