|Rosie at about two months, showing off her tutu made by my dear neighbor Jill.|
|A rare early smile.|
|Posie and Rosie|
Rosie under the Christmas tree. Hohoho, heeheehee, oh lucky, lucky me!
Grandpa Day and Grandma Frances at Rosie's baby blessing.
This is the blessing dress my mom made for me out of her wedding dress fabric. All three girls have worn it now.
|Yours truly at about a month younger than Rosie in her pictures.|
|The kids had their annual Sing Around the Tree. Boston is here in the back in blue.|
My friend in the front row sent me these pictures of Macy and Cooper.
Boston entertains the baby at the dentists'.
|And then Santa came. Santa thought this was a nerf gun, but it's actually a battery-powered machine gun. Very loud and my loudy boy loved it.|
Cooper asked for a Magic Tricks kit.
Boston wanted a large remote control thing. I got it for him, with some relief that he still wanted toys.
|Leslie did a drawing for us from one of our engagement pictures. A nice surprise.|
I am doing really well emotionally now that we know the stage and treatment plan, and feel like I learn something big and new every day. Example, Sunday's insight was, "Love your actual life." I was trying to explain that idea to Mark after church and Luke came running into our room in his underwear, swinging his church shirt over his head and yelling "Waffles, Waffles, Waffles!" (We were not having waffles, nor was he asking for them.) My actual life is pretty fun/funny and things could definitely be worse. (First thing that comes to mind is that if this was for one of the kids and not me.) The other thing that I feel really strongly about is that God prepares you for your trials or changes in your life. My kids have been really chill about this whole thing, in large measure because of the crazy knee infection that tried to do me in a couple years ago, where I was in the ER twice a day, gone for hours, and couldn't even walk or drive, and the medicine wasn't working. About this same time of year even. Compared to that, this seems like no big deal to them, and will possibly be even less painful off and on for me, although it will last longer.
I think (for sure) the other reason I've been feeling so calm and hopeful is because of all the people who have been praying and fasting for me and my family. I'm feeling the love. Thanks so much, and I will try to keep posting updates.