Friday, December 21, 2018

Really Random Thursday, 12/20/18

This will be mostly a Christmas-themed post. However, I want to start with this.

I have been anxiously awaiting the results of my sentinel lymph node results, as those results dictate the course of treatment going forward. Waiting is soooo hard. Even though from the beginning, when I first had my biopsy and the radiologist said, "Your lymph nodes look clear," and the surgeon told Mark the same thing following surgery, the reality is that you don't really know until you KNOW.

I had a telephone consultation on Tuesday morning, with the surgeon telling me that the margins of the tumor were clear, and also the lymph node was clear. I started crying. Mark yelled out a loud "woohoo!!!"

I'm not sure when radiation will actually begin, but this makes such a difference in how the rest of the year plays out, both in terms of Christmas peace and the following week when we enjoy a few precious few days with the family at a beach house on the central coast. Again, thank you to everyone who has been so very supportive during this time. I appreciate it more than I can even begin to say.

My friend, Janice, sent me this adorable 3D snowglobe card. Since I have a little display of snowmen that I put up every year, this will become part of the permanent collection.
Gabriel got some kind of hot glue toy. He has tried to explain it to me, but I probably need to see what it looks like to get the full gist of how it works. Anyway....he made these fun glasses with it.
Photo bomb by his friend, Isaiah.
Haha, Part 1.
I made this cute little block last year. I think it needs to become part of a Christmas quilt for next year.
I can't resist posting this picture of our son (on the right) at his optometry office.
I always love looking at the Christmas stockings, all handmade by me over the years, except for mine, which was made by a lady in our church when I was very small. I suppose that qualifies it as being a vintage stocking. :)
We went to Spaghetti Factory for dinner the other night, one of our favorite places. This was on a bannister next to our table.
This is what you do when you live between two houses that have LOTS of Christmas lights (I jumped out of the car to snap these pictures, accounting for the extreme blurriness...)

Haha, Part 2.
Yesterday, Gabriel, Ella and Charlotte were over for a few hours. I put Charlotte to work addressing our Christmas card envelopes. Ella was watching a Christmas movie, and Gabriel was busy drawing something. I supply the colored pencils and paper, and wow, does that kid get creative. Do you remember the four-part dot-to-dot picture he drew at Thanksgiving? Well, now he makes his own crossword puzzles as well. I love the amazingly inventive way he wrote "crossword"--an X on the "O", which also looks like a bow on a wreath. And he did a Christmas-y font without even looking at anything. He never ceases to amaze me with his artistic creations.
I realize the holidays are not always the happiest time of year for a lot of people, but I hope you are able to find some peace and joy during the next few weeks.


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Mary said... #

Hooray! Such good news. Loved th post with all the photos. Merry Christmas!

Farm Quilter said... #

Praise the Lord for the great report from your doctor!! That will definitely take a load off your mind and heart and make for a merrier Christmas! Still praying for the radiation to work well and for minimal side effects for you. Have a blessed Christmas with those dear to your heart.

Janice Smith said... #

That’s awesome news. People who have not gone through it, don’t realize that the truly hardest part is the waiting and the worrying. Once a plan is in place, you will find strength that you didn’t know you have to deal with what must be done. You will be fine.

Nancy said... #

What wonderful news--you got an early Christmas blessing.
Loved reading your post. I enjoy a good laugh, all the ha-ha-s were great; but the gingerbread man was tops!
Wishing you blessings of health, peace, and love this holiday season.

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said... #

So much to celebrate this season. You are a glass half full kind of person. Hope the holiday season continues to bring blessings to you and your family.

Deb Cox said... #

Happy Holidays Cindy and the very best of the New Year for you and your lovely family. Your news is positive and so are you. Thanks again for sharing on your blog about your creativity, family and life.
Ho, Ho, Ho. Cheers.

Mary in Peoria Handmade said... #

What a delightful post- Merry Christmas and hope you have a great New Year.

Cool Lizzie said... #

Fantastic news! I'm so glad you heard BEFORE Christmas - wonderful!!
Your photos and projects are always a pleasure to see. Your PP Santa block is the cutest I've seen in forever! Enjoy your holidays!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

WaHoo!!! Good news is the best Christmas present ever. Have a very Merry Christmas and then relax and enjoy your annual beach trip. Peace.

OPQuilt said... #

Yippee! about your great news. I am so incredibly happy that it came through before Christmas, as I I hope you have a very Merry one!

I love Gabe's glasses--I think he got a 3D printer pen (I saw them on a news show), so we'll see what else he comes up with. Enjoy the holidays!!

Needled Mom said... #

That's the best Christmas news that you could hope to receive. I'm hoping that the treatments will be quick and easy for you. Gabe's new toy looks pretty cool.

Have a fantastic time at the beach. Merry Christmas.