8 Years Later…

I woke up this morning, on the couch.

My back was surely paying the price. I was once again booted from my comfy side of the bed by 2 very cute little boys in the wee hours of the morning.

I don’t mind really, as long as I have a place to curl up I really don’t care where I sleep.

So, I woke up this morning, went about my routine and as I stood over the griddle waiting for those pancakes, I was taken back to a tiny hospital room in Brenner Children’s Hospital 8 years ago.  You see, 8 years ago, I sat in a very uncomfortable chair about 20 weeks pregnant, a cold rain pouring from the sky almost like tears. The Lord only knows all the tears that we poured out the night before. I watched my very sick 2 1/2 year old baby sleep in an oversized hospital bed.

I sat there with tears silently rolling down my face. I hadn’t slept much in the 24 hours prior and the exhaustion was beginning to show. Brac had gone down for a spinal tap and bone marrow aspiration earlier in the morning and we were waiting… waiting on the results that we knew the answer to already.

Later in the day the team of doctors would come in and tell us that he did have Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia and that they would start treatment immediately.

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5 months into treatment – April 2010

The next 3 1/2 years are a busy, blurry mess of appointments and long hospital stays, sticks and anesthesia, vomit pales and physical therapy, more sticks and quarantine… that was probably what made the treatment so drawn out…. the hours spent alone in a tiny room.

But this morning, my boy slowly walked into the kitchen awaiting his waffles,  117 pounds of bulk and muscle, a healthy, happy, wicked smart 10 year old, who loves doing math problems for fun. He came into the kitchen singing “Victory is Mine” and without another worry or care in the world.

He knows he was once sick, but his memories are pretty faded and for that we are thankful. We pray for the children that are diagnosed every day. We know that the sad truth is, not all kids see Christmas again. Not all kids get to go home. While we spent 3 Thanksgivings and Christmas’ in the hospital some children will be there this year. Braxton knows of his blessings and he knows to never ever take a day for granted.

We found the silver lining all through his treatment. We made the best of every nasty day, of every set back and we were always positive knowing that there was indeed an end in sight.

November 10th 2017, I am most Thankful. Thankful for healthy, happy, crazy kids. The ones that make my world go round.

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I’m Passionate….

There are so many things that I enjoy but there are a few that I am absolutely passionate about…

Anyone that knows me knows that I love coffee and cake and I love a good ole southern meal. My husband and I love new foods and we love finding new restaurants.

I love to travel, I love to explore, I love to be adventurous and sporadic and I typically fly by the seat of my pants in most areas of my life. I love meeting new people and making new friends. I love to read and I love wrapping up in a blanket on a cool day with a good book and staying there until I finish the book.

I love so many different things but there are a couple of things that I am passionate about.

I am passionate about my Jesus.
Since I was a little girl, I remember being so excited when the church bus would come and get me on Sunday morning. I loved going to church with my Granny, getting all dressed up and going to a place with peace and hope and safety. I start everyday with my favorite scripture… I will say it over and over again because this is me… Psalms 42:1 “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God” , because as a little girl that was me and as an adult I know that I couldn’t make it a day without Him. I am PASSIONATE about Jesus.

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I am passionate about my family.
I wake up every morning knowing that I am a mama to 4 of the coolest kids ever. I take this responsibility so serious and I give it my all. Sometimes until it has run me into the ground. I love taking care of my family. I love cooking for them and caring for them and I love that I was chosen for this place.  I am sure that there are things that I could do better and I try daily to make that happen. I love being there for them. I love that they know that I will always be there for them. I am PASSIONATE about my family!mountaintripimg_2118

I am passionate about my friends.
I believe being a friend is unconditional. It is not my place to judge them but to be there for them. It is my responsibility as a friend to encourage them and support them in their quests through life. That is what a friend does. My job as a friend isn’t to tear them down or compete with them. I pray for them and I know that they pray for me too.  I love my friends as if they were family and that is why they are a passion for me.

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And I am passionate about me… about being the BEST ME that I can be.

I know that may sound a little bit conceited but, how can I be passionate about Jesus, Family and friends if I am not the best me for them. I had a big scare in November and it gave me a bit of an enlightening. I realized that I wasn’t doing everything that I could to be a healthier, happier me. So I decided to change that. After numerous doctors to no avail, I looked to a more natural approach. I started taking better care of me for me. I stumbled across the Le-Vel product Thrive® about a month ago and it has allowed me to take my life back and be more PASSIONATE about the things that matter the most. I tell people I am not promoting a product that I half heartedly believe in, I am promoting a product that allows me to give my all. I am thankful that I stumbled across this product because today, I am more involved in church, a better witness, a better wife and mother and a better friend. I have more energy and I feel better than I have in years. thrive3

What are you passionate about? What keeps you going? What makes you stop and think and wonder what you can change?

I am a happy, HEALTHY lady today and I am so grateful for the things that I am passionate about because it allows me to live life in a different way.

 

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