Wow! I can't believe it's 2014! Born in 1971 and living the majority of my life before 2000 it always seems so futuristic to even write out 2000 or anything after that. I'm not a fan of the majority of societal changes since well the 40's or 50's and so I've always wished I was born earlier, but oh well. Ya, I saw Miley Cyrus on the New York ball drop and I thought... Really? Even after all her MTV fiasco and bad attention we have forgotten all of that that and still idolize her today and act as though we condone her ridiculous behavior? They asked her what she thought of 2013 and she said it was "her best year ever" and "she can't wait for 2014!". Ah.... I can wait to see what she'll do. Okay, so I am quite opinionated when it comes to this kind of thing. I'll move on.
We have been sick in the house for two weeks now. It has been awful and I am ready to have a deep breath without pain, wheezing and coughing. I've had bronchitis with a cold and the rest of the family had a cold. When you have three little boys colds are just plain gross with them wiping snot on their clothes and coughing in the open air and such. Heck, even my big girls left Kleenex (used) and tea cups all over the place and well it's been difficult keeping the house up to my standard of clean. Happily, I think yesterday we all started to turn a corner and we are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Last night was pretty uneventful for us as we usually have friends over for New Year's Eve. One of the reasons we bought a larger home was to do so and we missed not being able have our fun because of our "house of illness." We kinda celebrated. We had yummy ribeye steak dinner and shot off fireworks in the front of the street at the Aggie game halftime, just in case the boys didn't make it until 12, which they did.
Hannah and Holly went to a high school church party and so I hate not having the whole family together, but I am glad they had fun. Of course we are very glad that the A&M game was good - well at least the second quarter was. Mark, Hope and I watched it while the boys watched a movie upstairs.
So, this years resolution is to put Christ first in my life. Obviously, this one is harder than it sounds, especially because it includes my daily suicide. The murder of my own selfishness and earthly desires. I have been reading two good books to prepare me a bit. Mark Buchanan's Things Unseen and John Piper's Don't waste your Life.
Today we cleaned the house and organized for about 4 hours and started the year off right. We even caught a opossum up in our attic! We set the animal trap again to see if any relatives are up there as well. Of course in a house 4800 sq ft with 8 people there is always more to do and clean, but at least we are on the right track. Mark and I also need to complete putting the hardwoods in our bedroom down which hopefully we will get to later today. We also may go see the movie frozen, although I'll have to take some cough medicine as I continue to cough.
School starts for us next Wednesday. I have had to cancel a work day because of being sick and there is much to do on the website and with curriculum planning and such, but I am excited as we have had a lot of emails and calls and hit on our website since putting an advertisement in a area newspaper. Please pray for our school and the upcoming year as we have much to do. We changed the name to Coram Deo and our website is www.CoramDeokaty.com if you want to check it out. Of course, we have much to do as we are making it K-12 but there is a lot there and many great resources for those not even planning on attending.
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I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Her2 positive breast cancer Dec. 27th, 2011. I had three large tumors in my left breast, I also had two positive lymph nodes and so with 5 positive biopsies I started my journey. In the beginning, it was a whirlwind and within a week, I was getting a port and preparing for chemo and the rush to save my life was on. Eight months later (August 20th) after stopping chemo (12 sessions) and not having surgery (a suggested double mastectomy) or radiation like my doctors wanted me to, I sat at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Illinois and heard the results of a mammogram, MRI, Pet Scan and blood tests were that they could find no cancer in my body. The nurses and doctors were baffled and no one could explain how I could have had this terrible cancer and it was now gone, except for me. I said the Lord healed me through prayers, education, diet and supplements. I started this blog when I was first diagnosed, it is not just about on cancer, but my life and day-to-day thoughts and activities. There are suggested websites, blogs, videos and more here that I believe can benefit those dealing with cancer and those who want to be preventative. My hope is that you and yours will learn, be encouraged and healed. My family prays every night for those with cancer and that you will be not only be healed but that you will live long and happy lives.
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Love and Blessings on your journey.
Love and Blessings on your journey.