Friday, October 22, 2010

I Wish...

I saw this on a friend's blog and decided to do it too, so read mine then write your own wish list when you are done.

I wish that I were the perfect stay-at-home-mom.
I wish that I liked to clean.
I wish that I didn't ever have to unload the dishwasher.
I wish that my clothes would wash themselves, fold themselves, and put themselves away.

I wish that it would always be autumn.
I wish that there would never be days below 50 or above 80.
I wish that I could get my flowers to bloom.
I wish that I had the energy to water those darn flowers everyday so they would bloom.

I wish my children would stay little forever.
I wish that Brody would ALWAYS want to be rocked and snuggled with.
I wish that Chloe would always keep her passion for learning.
I wish for both of my kids an intense desire for Jesus.

I wish there was no cancer.
I wish there were no asthma.
I wish there were no ear infections.
I wish there were no heartaches.

I wish for the days of my size 4 jeans.
I wish that my friend Stephanie lived closer, and that my friend Kate were still here.
I wish that my brothers and their families lived closer.
I wish for a healthy long life that will bring God every bit of the glory He deserves.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

2010 Race for the Cure

Today was a very important day for Team Blevins.
Today was emotional.
Today was beautiful.
Today was almost perfect.

Today...October 9, 2010 was the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Brentwood, TN. This is our 2nd annual race and it was totally different than last year. You see, last year I was still in treatment during the race and didn't really consider myself a survivor since I was still getting treatments. I think it was a protective coping mechanism. I was overwhelmed by the number of people there who were walking in memory of a lost loved one. I was much more sad than I was happy.
This year however, I really felt like a survivor. I am currently a 20 month survivor. This year I saw more survivors and more people walking in celebration of their loved ones. I participated in the Survivor's Parade and looked back at all of the other ladies who were lined up behind the 25 year survivor sign. I noticed the lady who was carrying a huge "5" balloon which signifies that she is CURED! I noticed all these signs of hope everywhere.
But...there was one element of sadness. Kate. I miss her. I wanted her there to walk with me. I wanted to cross that finish line with her. I wanted to share this day with her. Not fair. Not fair at all! Instead of doing those things, I walked in memory of my best friend and chemo buddy. I did "see" her today though. Bare with me and please don't think I'm crazy. On the way to the race, I asked the Lord to please let Kate be with me please give me a glimpse of her in some special way. I kid you not that at the 1 mile mark, a sparrow flew right in front of in I didn't even have to look up to see it, and it landed in the pear tree that we were walking by. I truly believe that the Lord gave me a special glimpse/reminder/hello from Kate and my heart swelled with emotion - joy! It was incredible. Nothing like that has ever happened to me before.
Anyways, we took in every element of the day from the Survivor-palooza breakfast to the tents with free items, the parade, the race, etc... It was amazing. No more speaking as our pictures are worth more than 1000 words.
Much love to each of you who have encouraged, prayed for, and blessed our family with your kindness and love. There is nothing that could repay you except to say that we love you and are eternally grateful to have you in our lives.

My sweet Chloe

My superhero - The BreastMan!

Carb loading before the race on a cookie

He needs all the carbs he can get. He can't afford to lose any weight :)

This pink ribbon means the world to us

David with the Hooters Girl

Family photo op...

Loved all the T-Shirts...especially this one since I went to Vandy for treatments

Lord only knows what he is looking at

Funny shirt...there were so many great ones today

Walking in memory of my sweet friend

Walking in celebration of ME!

Lining up for the Survivor Parade

Do you see the numbers? They represent how many years you have been cancer free. 5 is considered cured and I am determined to make it to that one and then eventually to the 25 years and beyond!

LOVE these shirts!

Family pic again with David's cousin and his soon to be wife!

Lined up for the race

Chloe walking for a cure

She is really on the go girl! The carb loading worked!

Rainbow Care Bear...slightly creepy looking!

Post-race...tired, sweaty, but happy to be here in the company of people with a common goal.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Trip to NC

This past weekend, I had a wonderful opportunity to go visit my family in North Carolina. I had committed to a speaking engagement for Breast Cancer Awareness month at the church I grew up in, so last Saturday morning, the kids and I loaded up on Southwest Airlines and took off to see "Grammy and Op-Op."

The flight was fine. There was the usual brother/sister arguing, but nothing out of the ordinary...for me at least. The guy across the aisle from me chose to put earplugs in before we even took off so I just assume that he was doing it as a "preventative" measure...oh who am I kidding? He was probably thinking, "crap, I should have done early check in earlier so I could have gotten a seat away from these kids." Oh well, life is tough sometimes.

Anyways, after touching down in Raleigh, my dad picked us up and took us over to his work. He drives a truck for Golden State Foods which delivers everything to McDonalds. Brody is obsessed with "big trucks" right now so we thought it would be fun for him to be able to sit in Op-Op's big truck. Little did we know that he would get to take a spin around the building in it. He was was Chloe! Now they are convinced that Op-Op really is the coolest. They were all smiles and Brody is still talking about it.

That night, we threw my mom a 60th birthday party which was WAAAY fun as it was a total surprise to her. She had no idea that we had been planning this for well over a month or two. We had about 20 adults and the grandkids there which made for one heck of a party. It was wonderful to be able to honor my mom in this exciting way. We were also celebrating her being a 10 year cancer survivor too. She was told 10 years ago that she would live 3-5 years. Well, obviously the Lord had other plans for her and she is doing wonderfully!!

While at home, I was able to share my testimony with 2 brother's church and a group of women at my mom's church. The largest group was 94 and the smallest 50-60. I'm telling you that I never thought I would be capable of public speaking (I was the one who would turn red just asking the teacher a question in school) but I love to talk about what God has done for me so it came naturally. I was thrilled to brag on God and His provision in my life. I just pray that each and every person took something away from it that they can cherish for themselves...that God spoke to them individually.

On that Sunday after church, we took the kids to the apple orchard and let them pick apples. While there, they enjoyed real apple slushies while we rocked on the front porch of the place. It was a beautiful day and the kids really had a great time. I think they picked every apple they could reach. The next day, Chloe and my mom made an apple cobbler with the apples we brought home.

This was a fabulous trip to NC. I was able to see my older brother and his family several times. I was able to spend a good amount of time with my grandmother. And I was able to enjoy being with my mom when I wasn't feeling horrible (it seems like the last 2 years have been spent with my mom being at my house taking care of me from chemo, surgeries, etc...) It was also wonderful to spend time with my dad as I will always be daddy's little girl. It was just the perfect trip all in all.

I think my next trip though will be to Washington State to see my little brother, his wife and their sweet new baby girl, Adalynn Kadence Howell. She is 2 weeks old and I am dying to see her. She's perfectly sweet and gorgeous with strawberry blonde hair like her mommy. She actually looks JUST like her mom. I'm hoping to go around December, but I'll have to see what fares look like and how I am feeling (another surgery coming up in a  few weeks). Ooooh, I can't wait to get my hands on sweet baby Adalynn!

Disney On Ice 2010

Last year we started a tradition on taking the kids to see Disney On Ice every year in Nashville. So...this is year 2 and we were able to take both kids this year. We figured Brody would be old enough to sit through the whole thing, and we were right! He did great. Of course it totally helped that he LOVES Woody and Buzz Lightyear and the theme this year was Toy Story 3. Chloe also had a blast and her favorite "toys" were Barbie and "Barbie's boyfriend." As a matter of fact, she has now stated that she wants to be Barbie for Halloween and that Brody could be her "boyfriend (aka...Ken). David told her "NO!" pretty quickly. Whew...
Before the show, we met up with our friends, the Weatherfords for dinner downtown at Demos' and then we all walked over to the show together. After getting to the arena, we parted ways as our tickets were in different sections but we met up with our friends the Holders and sat with them. It was fun for all and we are excited about next years' show already.
Here are some pictures of our night on the town.

Light up spinners that cost WAY too much!

Toy Soldiers


Mr and Mrs Potato Head

T-Rex, Woody, Jessie, Potato Head

Cedric LOVING his cotton candy!

Brody and Chloe licking their suckers...again, way over priced but worth their enjoyment

Barbie and all of her friends

Family Photo Op

And SLINKY-DOG - another fave of Brody's