Long term survivor 

These are the words that you dream of hearing the minute you hear the words cancer, leukemia.

Yes, today marks 3 years without chemo thus Larry is a long term survivor!! 

This day is filled as life, with mixed emotions. 

Who would have known that on this same day 3 years ago a fellow ALL fighter would lose her fight and that this coming Saturday we will celebrate the birthday of our dear Dana Morgan, eating desert first ! 
I am struck by the 3% of separation as well as the new found blessing of friendship that is a family for us to celebrate all our future milestones !  
Larrry wanted today to be low key but also wanted to be sure to celebrate with his classmates that have been there every step of the way so I took lunch for all to share and celebrate. 

He is always reminded of those that stepped up, stepped in, and simply were a part off our activities of daily living in those early years.

Some of you are still involved, some have moved on, and others have moved out of Tucson. Whatever the case and circumstances we applaud you today and ask that  you know we are here today because of you. 

We are thriving because of your unconditional love at a time that we needed it ! Thank you. 

Celebrate YOU today. Hug those you care about a bit closer. Extend a kind word, gesture, or text to someone, and live with JOY ! Because to quote the survivor: Larry, “It is what it is, which is what you make it !” 

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Be intentional 

Every time i hear this word I hear my Father saying do it well the first time 

Be intentional in what you are doing so you don’t have to do it again !

This is a banner cry…. Life is a journey and if we can look at this and our stage of life we can see how if we are intentional in each stage the next will only flurioush

Do you have a regret? 

I have one ….playing the piano. I fought, yelled, and disliked practicing thus i lost the priveldge of taking piano lessons. I agree this was the right decision of my folks, I regret my choice to not practice. 

I loved it and yet I chose not to do it anymore. I could pick it up now but have given into apathy.

Is there anything you use to love to do and you just don’t do anymore? 

It has been said that for us to give up and replace a habit it takes a teenager 2 weeks and an adult 2 years. I beleive that as it is so easy to fall back to old habits……to be intentional. 

Maybe I’ll take up piano again. 

What is yours? 

Recognition

We have grown to celebrate simple moments that when the big ones come we want to scream from the rooftop!

That being said I am also keenly aware of the overwhelming feeling of not only feeling left out but being overlooked and my kid(s) not being picked, selected, awarded, or recognized

All that being said we had a pure JOY moment this week with Mia

Her basketball team made it to the championship for their division and won by one point

The team was great, the coach amazing and the fans energized

It was a great season

Mia played with GRIT

She had only played basketball one other time and even then it was only half time

This was her first full time commitment

She loved it and hopes to pla in high school

They had a sorts assembly for the spring sports

The coach presented the players choice award where all the players vote on one player and Mia won !!

Then she went on to describe her coaches choice winner and stated no one had ver won 2 awards in st michaels history but she had selected hers before the girls picked theirs so Mia Ronstadt

We were all crying

I cried for a few hours after

My tears are for her perseverance, independence, positive attitude, and overall Awesomeness 

As a parent you hope for one of these.

We are blessed to have it now

It is the assurance that we are on the right path, doing the right thing, and staying the course.

Yes we are very proud of Mia

This is and was all her!!! Mia  has said many times there is no award for the all around kid. You have to be the BEST at something to be recognized. 

Well Mia, St Michaels school, your teammates, your coach, and your peers just gave you the all around kid award !! Congratulations. 

Everything everything

Wow what a great book and what an amazing movie

Mia and I went. I highly recommend both. The book and the movie 

It stimulated the kind of conversation that you yearn for with a teenage daughter

About love between a girl and a boy, a man and woman, and a mother and a daughter

What would you do, not do, protect, justify, and close off for love

Five stars from us !!! 

Finding Joy

Today as I drove the kids to school I noticed other kids and their exchanges with their parents.

some hugged

some yelled

some didn’t even look back

some skipped

some smiled

some shuffled

some danced

What I found is that those that were positive were the kids and those that were negative were us, the parents. As a MOM, I hope that I equipped my kids as I say each day at drop off

Make it the best Larry day you can be

Make it the best Mia day you can be

meaning be the BEST You can be

why don’t we try as parents to try to be the BEST we can be too

they are only kids for such a short time and your life is short as well

make every day count

 

Bring the BEST of the past forward

As we think about our life, what do we tell ?

Who do we tell and how do we tell our story?

1/2 full or empty, blame or thank or neither, success or failure or neither

What is your story and how do you tell it ?

I find it interesting how folks answer basic probing questions and how they respond utilizing the above ideas.

When we think about what you have brought forward to tell and how you are telling your own story……how’s it going ?

What are you leaving out ? Is it too hard? Is it too embarrassing? Is it right where it needs to be……..in the past…..

There is no right or wrong since it is your story but be sure you are telling the best version.

 

You cannot land on the runway behind you ….

When I am on an airplane about to land, I realize I cannot see in front of me.

The pilot is the only one who knows how much runway we have left on which to land.

He takes advantage of that information, while those of us seated in the back can only wonder.

In life, we do not know how much runway of life we have left.

This reminded me that during our Larry cancer journey the experts: counselors, doctors, oncologist, etc., all only gave us enough information each time to keep us flying. Meaning they believe to know the landing pattern and the flight plan however they too don’t know how much runway on which they will land thus they only tell you what you need to know when you need to know it.

At times I became frustrated with this but was reminded that they, like the pilot, know the choices up ahead and they need to in a way protect me, just like the pilot doesn’t let us in.

We must trust those that are in the cock pit: whether  it is our doctor, attorney, insurance agent, financial consultant,  clergy, or……… there are times we cannot ‘know it all’ we must simply trust.

My trust is bigger in God, Jesus Christ, and I do believe that HE does know my runway.

I sure hope I am on the right flight plan to mamimzie His plan for my life.