Wordless Wednesday: Blue

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Happiness is ______ {2014-W15} #happinessis

Its that time again.  And I'm here!  Not sure what happened last week.  Just sorta checked out for a bit.  But I'm feeling good this week.  Just when I was getting pretty good sleep, a certain little boy took a late nap and now we are still up.  I think the melatonin is really working.  I actually got more than 6 hours of sleep on Saturday!  Amazing.  Its a short school week so Friday I think will be a pool day.  I need some sunshine and blue water.  Its not the ocean, but it will have to do!  Now on to the happiness!

Happiness is having Grandma over for a few games of Go Fish.

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Happiness is...OK we lost.  But happiness is knowing they played hard and seeing them figure out what they were doing wrong.

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Happiness is getting mail from the Easter Bunny.  The boys are loving their knitted Ninja Turtle masks. Anthony said "Wow, he probably though we were good boys and sent us a gift early!"  Alex just looks at his brother with the most serious face and says "But we are not very good boys" Oh Alex, he is honest. There has been all sorts of clashing between these guys!  

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Happiness is a neighbor who shows up at my door with a bag full of crab sent in from Maryland.  Man these were good!

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Happiness is finally getting the paint done in the boys room.  Tired of white walls, but now I want to paint everything!

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Happiness is hanging out with the neighbor even if shes in another yard :)

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Happiness is knowing that this boy is still talking about our trip last summer.  Especially because David said he is never making that drive again!  It was a great vacation.  

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Its been a bummer of a week.  Lots of stress in the house and friends and myself having a hard time with a few things.  I'm so thankful for any little break of happiness I can find.  It truly keeps me going. Don't forget to stop by Crazy Adventures in Parenting and see what others are happy about this week!

Got Hope?

I remember sitting in the office with the Transplant Team going over the costs of life on the transplant list. The numbers kept adding up and I lost track around $50,000.  My head was spinning at the cost of medications and procedures.  And by the time we were done, I just wanted to run away and hide.

I was going to be the ruin of my family.  I had just had a baby.  Then a liver biopsy.  I had a tumor removed from my neck and I knew the bills were piling up.  I could see the stress my husband was under being the sole provider and I knew he was struggling.  And worse, now I knew it was only going to get worse.  How did this happen to me.  I was more mad at the financial burden my illness put on my family than I was that I was sick.  I was told I could not work and that was just the last straw.

Most people who know me, know I hate to ask for help.  I'm the helper.  But how could I get though this without help?  There was just no way it was going to happen.  I was going to have to ask.  I put my pride aside and did just that.

One of my transplant buddies off of Twitter suggested I look up Help Hope Live. I signed up and started brainstorming with friends and family on fundraiser ideas.  You can find my page HERE!  My dear friend Stacy, whom you might know from her amazing blog Kids Stuff World and my sister stepped up to help me and there will never be enough that I can ever do to thank them!

Melisa had the suggestion of awareness bracelets and so she designed and ordered them.  We sent out a few emails and shared on Facebook.  And guess what, the orders came in faster than we could keep up with. We stuffed envelopes, printed cards and wrote thank you notes.  It was so much more than I expected. And it didn't stop there.  Pictures started popping up on Facebook.  It moved me to tears and even to this day when I need a pick me up, I go though them I remind myself of the all the people who are cheering me on. So much love and thanks to you all!  I could not have come this far with out your kind words and encouragement.  


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From Boston to the Marshall Islands and so many places in between.  Each of these pictures means so much to me.  And this is only a few of them. Thank you so much guys for coming along on this journey with me!  I have hope, because I have you!

Friday 5: Looking forward

As the week comes to an end I was thinking about all I did this week and what I want to do more of next week.  I've been feeling pretty good mentally and physically and I have so much I want to get done.  In typical me fashion in five minutes I had come up with a list of a hundred things and was suddenly not looking forward to it anymore.  So I cut it back a little.  Like down to 5 little!  Perfect.

Our first San Antonio Talons Game.  I love when David gets perks at work.  There is going to be a Nestle booth set up at the game and so one of the guys at work got free tickets.  Only problem is, he was going to be busy so he gave them to David.  Score.  I have never been to an Arena Football game but I'm so excited. We support out local teams.  Actually David has been a Spurs fan as long as I have known him. Cowboys too.  I guess I married into it.  We also love going to the Scorpions Soccer matches and The Missions Baseball games too.  After tonight, we will need to add a Rampage night.  Why do I feel like one of the few women who really enjoys sports?  Anyone?

ACS Volunteer Orientation.  I can't lie.  I am seriously nervous.  Not because I feel like I'm going to be learning something new.  Not because I am trying something new, but because I am doing it alone.  As far back as I can remember, David and I have done everything together.  We worked together for 5 years, we have lived together for 14.  Its just the way we do things.  For years I have been saying I wanted to do this. But I always found an excuse.  Then at the beginning of the year I found out about SA2020 and I resolved to volunteer.  That day I sent in my application and the day is finally here.  And I'm going in alone!  I'm excited and nervous all in one!

After next week the two following weeks are short weeks at school.  And that means 3 day weekends.  I am warming David up to the idea of an overnight camping trip.  20 dollar fee, some fishing, hot dogs on the grill and clean air.  It will be much needed for all of us.  Anthony has STAR tests coming up and even though he says he is ready for them, I know he always worries about tests.  David has been swamped at work and me at home.  Alex, well hes my carefree guy.  He will just be excited to go on an adventure.  Fingers crossed I can butter up the hubby!

OK,  I'm probably going to irritate some people here.  But I am ready for good Friday.  I really really want a soda.  I know what you're thinking.  You didn't take me for the religious type.  Surprise!  I don't go to church.  But I believe. I know my prayers and I pray every night.  And every year for lent, I give up soda.  I wanted to give up medicine and doctors appointments, but that never happens.  And I am not craving a drink of soda all day, I think I just want it because I can't have it!  Yesterday I was working out back and man was it hot. I caught myself thinking a coke would have been perfect.  Who knows, maybe I will just stick with it, I mean, I made it this far.  Why give in now?!

May 14th.  My baby is going to be 9.  I have a little over a month left. I don't know why this year seems so much more significant.  Hes grown a lot this year and I feel like I am finally losing my sweet little boy.  The other day he asked me about hormones.  HORMONES people!!  Why don't we ever talk about puppies and toys anymore.  Now its stories about his friends and how this girl gave him a bracelet and everyone laughed at him.  Poor boy couldn't understand why the other boys were teasing him.  Middle School is going to be rough.

I know I said 5 but I know I am not the only one looking forward to summer!  Late nights.  Sleeping in. Pool days. 100 degree temps.  Yes, I love that part too!  I can't wait!  What are y'all looking forward to these next couple of weeks/months?

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