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…… 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.


This is a tough topic. 

When Larry was first diagnosed I consulted a friend who’s son had been through our journey and was thriving, how did she handle discipline? She simply answered, we didn’t. 

 It is so hard when you have a child on daily chemo with crazy side effects: sleepless nights, no eating, eating like crazy, bed wetting, foot pain, foot and hand numbness, and emotions that run the range from crying to anger to fear.

Then when they do something that warrants discipline……….you debate is this the chemo, side effect, manipulation, or actually disobedience. 

 Jeff and I have struggled with seeing the difference and we do believe in continuing to support those things that regardless of your circumstances you need to show respect and honor those in your family. 

 Recently however as I see friends children fighting for their  lives, literally, and I am scolding mine for not making his bed, or picking up his things, or not putting a napkin in his lap……I am sobbing as I think that if he were not here anymore who cares about those things. 

 We raise our children believing they will be around long after we are gone thus we want them to have good manners, good behavior, strong beliefs, strong ethics, strong convictions, get along with others and have fun.

With the burden of not knowing or the fear that this might not come to pass I struggle with the discipline when really I just want to hug, laugh, smile, joke, run, play, and laugh and hug some more.

Rear View Mirror

Throughout our journey I would say to Larry there is a reason the rear view mirror is smaller than the windshield……why……because we need to look forward.

He now recites and reminds of this as well when I get down or doubt.

See the best part of the past is just that it is in the past.

We want to bring the BEST of the past forward, not dwell, no linger, and no question.

We want to not worry or fret about how we did last year, last month, or yesterday.

Yesterday is gone, Today is all we have, Tomorrow is a promissory note.

Instead each day we must focus forward on our new destination and design the best map to navigate, steer, step on the gas, slam on the breaks, turn, turn, and turn…….believe me you will enjoy the journey !

Don’t pull over and just look side to side and stall out

You can pull over, re navigate or as Sylvia tells me: recalculating… can refuel, and you can even turn around….when you do remember you are not really going back to where you came from …it is still new each time you visit.

We are going to daily blog about our rear view mirror and our BIG front window.

We are going to navigate through this thing called Life.

We hope you will continue to join us.


“no matter how passionate you are about whatever it is your are doing, you will inevitably have times that you feel like you are in over your head. You will get tired. You will feel like giving up. So when it happens, don’t be surprised; it is part of the journey? Lisa Hammond



Scarred Beautiful

I have had the privilege and the honor to be interviewed by Andrea Smith the author, creator, dreamer, believer, and overall amazing women that has created this movement.

I hope you will be inspired and look at your scars as beauty marks that show healing, kindness, history, and love.

Here is mine:

As I see it all scars start as a gash and slowly we heal. Some are noticeable, visible while others we never see but we can ‘see’ they are there. Be open to sharing your scars. Be open to sharing your story.

Bless you.




Long Term Survivor

We never thought or dreamed of these words being part of our Larry’s life but they are and we are grateful !

We just learned that TODAY is the DAY that marks 2 years post Chemo, remember the big party we had and many of you celebrated with us at the Children’s museum marking his final chemo, thus he is termed a LONG TERM SURVIVOR !

Larry will be celebrating every day this year in little ways. Our hope is that you too will simply celebrate in your way and in your own life.

There are not many times that we simply celebrate. We would encourage you to today just celebrate LIFE. Celebrate those that you share your home with. Celebrate those that you share your work with. Celebrate those that you share your neighborhood with. Celebrate with those that you share your life with.

Watch for future announcements of up coming celebrations as we continue our journey living to the fullest !


Delayed posting stream of consciousness 

This summer I know it’s been a long time to post and it’s been one of those mixed reviews in posting. 

Larry left for camp for 6 weeks to be a regualar kid……He had  an amazing experience kids from 38 states and 32 countries  all learning basics for respect as well as having an absolute blast he did catch a cold that then lead to a sinus infection then lead to bilateral Pneumonia !!!! 

Very scary way to end camp as  well he wasn’t taking his probiotic wasn’t getting enough sleep , water, there’s lots and lots of reasons that I kid doesn’t really take care of themselves … but when you’ve been through waht he has I understand not wanting I to run to the nurse …..however the truth is this is also a scary diagnosis for a kid that has had the journey he has had.

folks helped talk me off the cliff all I wanted to do to get him from Indiana to Arizona then have the proper testing done to confirm it’s just pneumonia , we started anabiotics, he got his oxygen levels up to fly, we got them to UMC banner and yes it was just pneumonia prescription: rest medication and fluids


It’s interesting as we walk through this life we could find things that absolutely shocked and disappointed really don’t encourage us to have and then we can you uncover recognize that show us tremendous joy

That being said in recent days weeks months I find that some days my recognition of fear outweighs my recognition of joy is it our own internal check our own internal feeling our own ego our own Life or is it simply that some days there’s just not that much to celebrate, it’s just not that much and maybe we do need to sometimes recognize the unkindness hatred and attempt to improve on it 

as I thought about this I found that many days with sometimes I am hit with something. I truly choose avoidance and attempt to just find something that’s happy or brings me hope and I wonder if instead I’m supposed to step into that situation a little bit more to create change something to think about today in this bullying political environment

Jeff and I find ourselves in the first response when someone has a friend family member coworker that is dealing with cancer whether it be their parents their spouse their friends their child 

the desperate call to what can I do, what can we do 

it’s interesting how the two of us respond to that question a bit differently and yet very similar 

first responsders need to do something that would help them not have to think about what has just happened 

whether that pick up groceries 

take dinner 

take lunch 

get gas in the car 

walk the dog 

feed the fish 

bring the mail in 

clean out the fridge  

Pull the trash cans on trash day 

the things that seem like those are routine are the things that are so disruptive when you are attending to  the end. 

And it also reminds us and how blessed we are that reminds us of all the people that dropped us off helped us in our journey
Uneventful start of school  

Larry was there locker turn into supplies turned into school work picked him up he had a great day we’re now two weeks in and he’s in seventh grade he’s thriving he’s organized he’s understanding what it means to be a regular seventh grader he’s growing and he is goofy joy! 

We are absolutely celebrating every minute we are absolutely joyful at the regular things that occur. This is his first first day of school 

since 2011 he’s missed for first days of school 

that’s too bad 

he’s also missed three last days of school 

that’s too bad too 

but is he says to me,

‘ Mom, there’s always another day 

we can always say that there’s another first day 

we can always celebrate on another day, whatever day we need to we can make the rules just like mom you say we can celebrate my birthday any day 

just like mom you say we can have Thanksgiving any day as long as were all together 

being thankful mom this is how you do it 

so even though yeah it’s really cool that I get to have the first day of school with everybody else 

I’ve also had a great first days of school because you made me recognize that it doesn’t matter. ‘
We went to Banner/Diamond Children’s on Wednesday , September 27th, for a f/u. Call it superstitious or just plain needing to hold on to the regular …..I needed to wait and hear that we are out of the woods from this summer before I could sit and write again. I heard this ! I also heard…..Jaunary 27, 2017 he will be a survivor ! And April 18, 2017 he will be 2 years post chemo thus he will only come in every 3 months ! Then 6 months and thus by the time he starts high school just once year. Yes, the rear view mirror is getting smaller and the front windshield bigger !!!