Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"From Where You Are"

(by Lifehouse) From Where You Are - Smoke & Mirrors (Deluxe Version)



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[Disclaimer: Before y'all think I'm all depressed, I want y'all to know that I'm OK! I promise I am!]

I didn't really want to do another gloomy post, but I decided that I couldn't let this day pass without a tribute to my friend Stephanie. She passed away 20 years ago today, along with her sister and two brothers. They were killed when a train struck their van just a few yards away from their house. They were only 15, 12, 7 and 5. Their deaths rocked an entire town to its core.

I had met Stephanie a year before I moved to our little town. I had been visiting my uncle there, and we went to a church service in a nearby town. We were the only two teenagers there, so we hung out together in the nursery with her younger siblings. She had the coolest bangs. I never did figure out how she got them to stay up so high! {Yes, it was the late-80's. And bangs were like totally tubular!}

Fast forward a year...it was the day before my Freshman year of high school, & I had just moved to town a day earlier. My uncle took me to a football scrimmage where I met a few people that I would be going to school with. Stephanie was there, and we remembered each other! It was so nice to already have someone I could consider my friend. The next morning, she saw my mom dropping me off at school & called out to me so we could walk in to school together. I never told her how much that meant to me. I hadn't been looking forward to walking in to school alone, and she was there to help me not feel like such an outsider. {It was a seriously small town. There were only two new students: a guy named Brooks that you'll read about later & me!}

A year after that, Stephanie stuck up for me at the risk of her own reputation. There had been a little misunderstanding, and a story was going around school that Coach had chewed me out for doing something that was against my character. When Stephanie heard people talking badly about me, she defended me & admitted to everyone that she was the one Coach had chewed out. I don't know of many people who would do that. But Stephanie did it for me.

And less than a year after that, she was gone.

And somehow, 20 years have passed. Is it crazy that I sat in my van & cried during my lunch break today? I exchanged emails with a couple of classmates while I sat there. I know it has been a long time, but we remember it like it was yesterday. I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news. I remember how quiet it was in town. I remember sitting in my pastor's swing in the front yard & seeing Brooks (Stephanie's boyfriend) drive by a thousand times over the next few days. I remember Cheryl (the mom who had lost all four of her children at once) thanking people for coming to the funeral & always being concerned about how we were doing. I remember how awful it was when school started again in the fall & Stephanie wasn't there. I think we all sorta tried to pretend that we hadn't seen her because it was summertime, but reality totally set in when we went back to school.

One really cool thing that I have to mention is the devotional that I "happened" to have read on the morning of the accident. I kept it all of these years, because I think it's awesome that God speaks to us in such a way. I won't type out the whole thing, but here's a big chunk of it:

The Lord -- My Strength
Good people are not immune to suffering, and they usually have no answers for the tragedies that hit them...The steady boyfriend of a youth in our church was killed in a car wreck when he failed to make a familiar highway curve. A missionary's wife and children were killed in Africa by a man the mission had befriended...At times God does seem to answer our prayers for deliverance from some problem or difficulty,...But the Bible doesn't promise that we will never have suffering or disappointment. What it does promise is that God will be with us in whatever we experience. We can be sure that He knows what's going on and loves us and that good is possible in even our bleakest experience.

I'll close with the words Brooks posted on facebook this afternoon:

just because time passes,
a memory doesn't fade and the hurt doesn't lessen...
all just becomes manageable.
hard to think it has been 20 years.


Amy

Saturday, May 28, 2011

"Loving You"

(by Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus) Loving You - Welcome to the Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus



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This week I...

...talked to my one of my best friends from high school (you may remember her from the retainer post)! Amy answered my facebook plea for assistance in staying awake on my drive home from Dad's house (after the 10 hour drive from the panhandle) on Sunday night. It was super great to catch up with her! :)

...hung out with a cool dog named Trevor. I call him Trevor McNever for short (sorta like Trevor McNevan), 'cuz I'm weird like that. Anyways, my friend was out of town, so we went to their house each day & took care of Trevor. While I was watering their garden one day, I decided to visit with him a little bit. I had barely sat down when he hopped up beside me in the chair! :)


...got to meet my newest little neighbor, Aaron Jack! He is absolutely adorable, and I look forward to holding him often! Crazy little fact: he was born only 11 minutes after his mama & daddy checked into the hospital!

...went to my friend Amy's house two days in a row! Once by ourselves & once with the kids. 'Cuz the kids were off school on Friday. And they'll be off again on Monday. Then they go back to school for three days ~ actually, it's three HALF days for Elly and one full day + two half days for Cody. Is that pure ridiculousness, or what?! I'm thinking they could've gone to school Friday, Presidents' Day & some other random school holiday ~ then we could be done already! But nobody asked my opinion, so we got this dumb schedule instead. Ya, I know, get over it. OK, moving on...

...celebrated this cute boy's 1st birthday! Dan & Amanda did such a great job with his party! He was absolutely adorable & seemed to love everything about the party...except for the traumatic cake experience!


...listened to Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus a lot. Oh, how I miss them! I mean, I'm a fan of Jesus Culture, Matt Maher, Charlie Hall, Lovelite & some others, but I love the rock that Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus brought to worship. There are cool worship bands out there these days, but I haven't found one quite like them. If you know of one, please let me know! {Natalie? Anyone?} Anyways, my favorite line of this song is, "So incomplete and yet complete inside of You". ♥

I hope y'all are having a super great weekend!

Amy

Friday, May 27, 2011

"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"

(by Tears for Fears) Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Shout - The Very Best of Tears for Fears





My friend Laura (from Three Cups of Coffee Later) has given me an award!




Apparently, it's for people who would be excellent at world domination. Ahem.

The rules are as follows:
  • Name 3 things you would change.
  • List 5 blogs you think are worthy of world domination.
  • Leave them a message in their comment sections with a link saying you chose them.

Hmmm...I guess I'm not much like The Brain or Dr. Doofenshmirtz, because I've never put much thought into taking over the world (or even the Tri-State area). But if I were to rule the world, I would...
  1. Allocate a bunch of money for Ocular Melanoma research (as well as cancers with higher mortality rates & other orphan diseases). Y'all totally know how I feel about this, so I won't say any more at this time.
  2. Declare chocolate to be a vegetable that should be eaten at least twice a day. Because chocolate is super great. It makes people happy and should be enjoyed as often as possible. And it's even better with peanut butter. That has protein, right?
  3. Enforce turn signal laws and insist that failure to use them would be a crime punishable by banishment to the Island of Perpetual Tickling. Seriously, people, blinkers are the main way we're able to communicate with other drivers. If you use them, you can potentially avoid the other forms of communication (like blaring horns & middle fingers). Let's give blinkers a try! What do you say?

Now for the blogs that I feel are worthy of world domination:
Messy Mom
Smart + Strong = Sexy
R R Mama
Letters from Coco
The Word of God and a Cup of Joe

I think all of those ladies could come up with some good changes if they were to rule the world. I'm off to let them know...

Amy

Thursday, May 26, 2011

"Field Trip"

(by Squirtgun) Field Trip - Another Sunny Afternoon





I completely forgot to tell y'all about Cody's field trip! It took place a couple of weeks ago, but I was too busy trying to catch y'all up with goingLOCAL & Mother's Day! Anyways, we went to a historical park/ranch where we learned about Texas history & got to see what life was like in the 1830's:




"Aunt Susie" taught the kids a dance:


Cody had a nice little visit with Mr. & Mrs. George (the founders of the ranch):


We went on a little tractor tram tour of the property & saw the house where Mrs. George grew up:


The cowboys put on a little show for us. This longhorn is 6 years old, & his horns are 6 feet from tip to tip:


We all got to try our hand at roping cattle:


This was one of the best field trips I've been on with the kids! It was fun to go somewhere other than the zoo or a museum. The kids might have preferred more time to roam around on their own, but I liked that it was more of a guided tour. There was always something to do, and I didn't have to worry about losing any of the boys that I was assigned to watch over ~ because they weren't able to run off in 5 different directions!

Amy

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"

(by Thomson Square) Thompson Square - Thompson Square





And now for the post about the trip I took with my dad...When I said that I would be in the car for an entire day, I was unaware that my dad would have a new Camaro to break in. So I was actually only in the car for 22 hours! :P The way up was beautiful, except for the small period of time when we stopped for lunch. Of course the only time that there would be a torrential downpour was when we had to get out in it! Once we got back in the car, the rain stopped within 20 minutes. Go figure! We stopped at a rest stop to change into our rehearsal clothes later on, & I took my round brush with me in an attempt at fixing my hair using the hand dryer! I wasn't entirely successful, but it looked much better than it had prior to using said hand dryer. {& I must say that a bad hair day is WAY better than the disaster that occurred on my last trip with Dad ~ when I got to spend Mother's Day in a tire shop!}

I'd like to take the next couple of minutes to share a little something that we found to be quite amusing. I've discovered that I'm not quite the trendsetter that I thought I was, because I don't have one of these in my yard:

Nice, huh? We thought it was funny when we saw the first gigantic rooster in a yard near my families' homes (in a country club neighborhood, by the way). It reminded me of the buffalo, because it's something else that I would never think of putting in my yard! Anyways, on the drive home we passed by yet another gigantic rooster in Quanah & thought it was hilarious. As you know, things tend to happen in threes...we saw a place selling them in my old town! That's when I decided that I had to take a picture! And did you see what they have just a few feet to the rooster's left?

{Now I know where to buy one, if ever I should find the perfect spot! Also, I feel terrible that I drove through town & didn't stop to see anybody! But I had seen on facebook that there was a worship service going on at The Lighthouse, & I'm sure Dan wouldn't have appreciated an interruption! I know that Natalie wasn't in town ~ but Hannah, I did think of you as we drove through!}

Now on to the whole reason for our trip...Christin & Jarrod's wedding was perfect!


It took place in Christin's parents' back yard. I sat at the wrong end of the row to get a good shot during the wedding, but you can see the backdrop in this picture of the bride and groom with her grandfather (my Uncle Robbie) & his wife Betty:

{please ignore the risers ~ they were setting it up for the large family shot, & I snapped this pic real quick without thinking about them being there!}

My cousin Kim (Christin's sister) was the Maid of Honor. She also sang...

...and made the cakes!


{isn't she talented?!}

My cousin's wife (the mother of the bride) made all of the dresses, and she did an excellent job! She's amazing! Here she is with her husband (my cousin Ronnie):


How cute is this pic of Ronnie dancing with our aunt Linda?!

{She's so adorable! She said my favorite line of the weekend: "I got this new phone, & it's smarter than I am!"}

It was great to see a couple of cousins whom I hadn't seen in over 25 years, as well as some other family members that I only get to see once a year (or so). My dad & I listened to The Highway (a country radio station on XM) for most of our trip. We heard today's song four times on Friday alone. Considering the fact that we were going up there for a wedding, I had already decided that it would be the song for this post. Then Jarrod & Christin chose it for their last dance before leaving the reception, so I knew that it was the perfect song choice! :)


Amy

Monday, May 23, 2011

"Psalm 139"

(by Rebecca St. James) Psalm 139 - The Ultimate Collection: Rebecca St. James



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"You search me
You know me
You see my every move
There's nothing I could ever do
To hide myself from You
You know my thoughts
My fears and hurts
My weaknesses and pride
You know what I am going through
And how I feel inside

But even though You know
You will always love me
Even though You know
You'll never let me go
I don't deserve Your love
But you give it freely
You will always love me
Even though You know..."

I had a great trip with my dad, but you'll have to wait a day or two to hear about it. I got a call from Magi asking if I could work today, so I'm about to go in for a few hours. I should be sleeping, but...Anyways, I look forward to blogging about the trip soon, but I'll go ahead & warn you now: there were no MIS-series worthy incidents! {I know ~ shocker!} There were roosters, though. & I have a picture to prove it.

Here's another song that is just too good not to post. I was reading Psalm 139 today, and it came to mind. I know that you've probably read that psalm a thousand times, but it's worth reading again! I hope God speaks His truth to you through it today!

Amy

Saturday, May 21, 2011

"What You've Done to Me"

(by NEEDTOBREATHE) What You've Done to Me - The Outsiders (Deluxe Version)



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As I mentioned the other day, I've been listening to NTB & worship music all week (except for the day that I listened to the radio). NTB won out ~ but since I'm pretty sure I've posted most every other song of theirs, today's song came about somewhat by default! It doesn't mean that I don't love it, though. I mean, it's NEEDTOBREATHE! :)

I'm up in the panhandle with my dad this weekend. We drove up on Friday for my cousin Christin's wedding (the one whose fiancé thought I told him not to get married), & we're heading home tomorrow. When it's all said & done, I will have been in the car for an entire day. At least I'll be in good company!

I hope y'all are having a wonderful weekend!

Amy

Friday, May 20, 2011

"Beautiful"

(by MercyMe) Beautiful - The Generous Mr. Lovewell



"Days will come when you don't have the strength
When all you hear is you're not worth anything
Wondering if you ever could be loved
And if they truly saw your heart
They'd see too much

You're beautiful, You're beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You're beautiful, You're beautiful
You are treasured, you are sacred, and you are His
You're beautiful

Praying that you have the heart to fight
'Cuz you are more than what is hurting you tonight
For all the lies you've held inside so long
They are nothing in the shadow of the cross

You're beautiful, You're beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You're beautiful, You're beautiful
You are treasured, you are sacred, and you are His
You're beautiful

Before you ever took a breath
Long before the world began
Of all the wonders He possessed
There was one more precious
Of all the earth and skies above
You're the one He madly loves
Enough to die

You're beautiful, You're beautiful
In His eyes..."

This is another song that I heard a couple of times yesterday (but it wasn't on Grooveshark to put in my little player). I felt that it deserved it's own post, because it's so beautiful (no pun intended). While looking for today's video, I also discovered this video where Bart (from MercyMe) talks about the song. He explains things way better than I can, so I hope you'll click the link & watch it when you have a few minutes. A couple of things that he said really stand out to me, and I hope they encourage you, too:

"Because of Christ, we have a chance. We have worth, and we have value."

"And so I guess this song is just a simple reminder that there is a God that is so huge that He threw the stars to the night. There is a God that is so incredibly awesome that He (and only He) tells the sun where to shine. And that same God is madly in love with you! That should blow your stinkin' mind...Just know that regardless of what the world says, you are still absolutely beautiful in His eyes."

You are beautiful! I hope you believe that today. Please know that I am not trying to make this all about us. I know that our focus needs to be on Christ. But I think we would be more effective at loving others if we all believed this about ourselves. Will you join me in praying for each other about this? That as we focus on Jesus, we will see ourselves as He sees us ~ then we can love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

Amy

Thursday, May 19, 2011

"Someone Worth Dying For"

(by MIKESCHAIR) Someone Worth Dying For - Someone Worth Dying For - Single



So I'm finally able to be at home for the day, and boy did I need it desperately! I've needed some time to simply be alone with God. I am so thankful for His faithfulness to me. He has blessed me with His presence when I really needed Him. Psalm 40 was on my reading plan for yesterday (I was a couple of days behind, with work & all), and it really ministered to me today. Once again, He has proven that only when I get the focus off myself & back onto Him, can I have the peace He longs to give me.

He has also blessed me with wonderful friends (both bloggy & IRL). Y'all have lifted me up this week, and I am so grateful for your encouragement through comments, phone calls, emails and most of all your prayers. I know that some of you have been concerned about how I'm processing things, so I wanted to let y'all know that I have an appointment with a counselor at the end of the month. I've needed to see a counselor for a long time, but I haven't been to see one in nearly 17 years (& then, very briefly). For the record, that's way too long. I think everyone can benefit from some therapy, but I've always had other things that I thought were more important. God has helped me a lot through the years, but sometimes He uses counselors to help us work through stuff. I am confident that He has directed me to the one I am going to see.

I was all by myself at work yesterday (in the office that I usually share with another lady), so I turned the radio to KSBJ. I really haven't listened to it in awhile, because I normally have my iPod on. But it was so refreshing! I needed to hear the uplifting songs and Biblical encouragement. A listener had called in at one point, and they encouraged her with scripture. Another time, the DJ said something along the lines of, "No matter what you're going through, God never leaves you or forsakes you." It's just nice to hear encouraging things like that throughout the day. I made a playlist of a bunch of the songs that ministered to me yesterday. There were a lot of reminders of God's love and faithfulness, and it was good for my soul.



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Believe it or not, there were several songs I couldn't find for the player. In particular, today's song. I absolutely love MIKESCHAIR! I'm not sure why I haven't posted anything of theirs before. If you haven't heard them, you should definitely check them out! I think this song is just beautiful, and I needed the reminder this week. Brooke took the words out of my mouth when she talked about having a couple of breakthroughs last week that helped her love herself more. Then she spent the second half of her week down in the dumps & unable to find nice things to say to herself. I've totally been there, too! But God is lifting me out of the "pit of destruction" (to quote the psalm I mentioned earlier). And as would be fitting for me, He is using music (along with His Word & His Spirit, of course) to do so. I hope you are encouraged by these songs today (if you're in a place where you can listen to them). I'll close with some words from today's song:

He wants you to see
That you're not just some wandering soul
That can't be seen and can't be known
But you've gotta believe, you've gotta believe
That you are someone worth dying for


Amy

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"Pray for Me"

(by Michael W. Smith) Pray for Me - The First Decade: 1983-1993



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Yes, I totally posted an old school Michael W. Smith song again. I'm just sad today. I'm sorry to be all gloomy again, but I'm hoping I won't stay this way for long! I haven't been sleeping well, I've been way busier than I should allow myself to be, & I've just been dealing with some stuff. Then to make matters more difficult, my dear friend Nichole is moving today. And I'm just so sad about it. What's crazy is that I haven't even known her very long. We bonded instantly, though, & I just love her. We had some very deep, meaningful talks, & we connected on a spiritual level. When she called me to say that she was moving (far away), I cried in the middle of Kroger. I am so happy for her family, and I know that they are following God's plan for them. I'm just sad for me, because I will miss her incredibly. Our Bible study leader said that we'll see each other in heaven. And while that sounds nice, I don't want to wait that long! When we were saying goodbye on Sunday, we just stood there crying and hugging. Neither one of us actually wanted to walk away. It was terrible. It was like a breakup that you know needs to happen, and you know that once you walk away it's over. But neither one of you wants to walk away. Anyways, she holds a very special place in my heart & I'm sad to see her go. I love you, Nichole! Thank you for your friendship! ღ

Well, I'm off to work again. I hope to post something a little happier soon! I've been listening to Needtobreathe & worship music, so you at least have something good to look forward to on Saturday! :)

Amy

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

"Love Song"

(by The Ember Days) Love Song - Your Eyes Light Up



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"Dancing in the moonlight
To the sound of the breeze
Flying in the heavens
With Your love as my wings

Your soft spoken words caress my heart
And mend what has been torn apart
Your beautiful eyes holding mine
I won’t let go
For in them I've found a home

Dancing on the shoreline
To the sound of the waves
Walking on the waters
In Your love I’m kept safe

Your soft spoken words caress my heart
And mend what has been torn apart
Your beautiful eyes holding mine
I won’t let go
For in them I've found a home"

I'm about to leave for work, but I wanted to post something a little more positive today. If you haven't been listening to The Ember Days, you totally should be. I've had some of their songs for awhile, but I only recently started actually listening to them. I don't even remember hearing this song until last week. I had my iPod on shuffle as I was driving to work one day, and I almost cried when I heard this song. I love it! ღ

Amy

Monday, May 16, 2011

"Faded Lights"

(by Jordan Critz) Faded Lights - Jordan Critz - EP


{This video isn't much of anything, but I couldn't find another way for y'all to hear the song!}

May is Melanoma Awareness Month, so once again I'm giving my spiel! Ocular Melanoma is different from Cutaneous (skin) Melanoma, which is this month's main focus. **steps on soapbox** But OM doesn't even have a day or a ribbon. **steps off soapbox** So I like to take a day out of this month to raise a little awareness, since this is the closest thing we have. I really don't know why I bother, since the five of you already know about it! But a stranger happens by every once in awhile, so maybe this will benefit someone I don't even know. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I'm basically just going to post a revised version of what I said last year (with a few edited facts)...

To understand Ocular Melanoma, I'll first give a brief synopsis of melanoma in general. Melanoma is not "just skin cancer". Skin cancer alone is very serious & claims nearly 11,000 lives each year, but melanoma is more than that. It is a cancer that begins in melanocytes, which are the cells that produce melanin (the pigment that colors the skin, hair, and eyes, as well as forms moles). Since most of these pigment cells are found in the skin, melanoma of the skin is the most common form of melanoma. However, melanoma can develop in the eye, digestive tract, brain, spinal cord or other areas where melanocytes are found. Melanoma is quite serious, because it can spread to almost any other organ in the body. It most commonly spreads to the liver, lungs, bones, and brain.

Ocular Melanoma is a rare and life threatening cancer which affects the cells in the eye. OM is the second most common form of melanoma after skin melanoma, though it represents only about 5% of all melanomas. It is the most common form of eye cancer in adults & the most dangerous. Studies have shown that 50% of patients develop metastatic tumors within the first five years. The only study I know of that followed patients beyond five years showed a 66% metastasis rate. There is no known effective treatment once OM has metastasized, which means that metastatic disease is always fatal. More research is needed urgently to improve patient outcomes. OM is an "orphan" disease, meaning that because it is so rare, there is little in the way of public funding devoted to research and treatment; therefore, private contributions are critical! I would like to ask anyone who is able to please consider making a donation to the Ocular Melanoma Foundation, in the hopes of one day finding a cure.

While I'm on the subject, can I just be honest with y'all? {I must warn you that Gloomy Gus is about to take over this post. If you can't handle it, you don't have to keep reading!} I thought that this four month break (from seeing cancer-related doctors) would be a peaceful reprieve, but that hasn't turned out to be the case. I don't know if I'm just giving in to fear, or if this is normal. I talked to a friend of mine who lost her husband to cancer a few years ago, and she seems to think I'm grieving. I guess I knew that (since I basically admitted it already in that one post), but I feel sorta like I'm stuck. Like I should be in a better place right now (emotionally). Toni also told me to stop telling myself that I should or shouldn't be handling it a certain way. Until she said that, I hadn't realized that I'd been doing it. But I totally have been. She also asked if I have somebody that I can talk to about it. I have some wonderful friends that I can definitely talk to, but I hate always being a downer. I'm not a sad person, so I don't want to always come across that way. And I hate crying all the time. Plus people tend to not know how to handle it. Before you get all worried about me, I'm not sad all day every day. I think about it every day, but I don't always cry. And when I do, it doesn't last long. Blogging helps make sense of my thoughts sometimes ~ though I must confess that if you'd have asked me three years ago if I would post this type of personal stuff on the internet, I would've said you were crazy!

There's one other thing that I'm sure has contributed to my emotional state. I don't know why I didn't tell y'all about this before, but Chris finally decided to go to the dermatologist for a mole scan (which he was advised to do at the very beginning of this whole cancer ordeal). Some studies show a link between atypical mole syndrome and OM. It doesn't really mean much to us in terms of treatment (or even prognosis), but it's worth documenting for research purposes. Atypical moles are generally considered to be pre-cancerous, so most doctors remove them just to be safe. With all that said, Christopher has had 8 or 9 moles removed over the past couple of months. They even went back and took a bigger sample from one of them. It appears as if only a couple of them are considered atypical ~ but he has to go back every three months for awhile, then every six months for the rest of his life. {He thinks it's because they like him, and he's a sunny spot in their dreary work life. I think they like his $35 co-pay.} Anyways, it hasn't been so fun having to wait for results every couple of weeks. And so much for a four month break.

This whole thing has been like the worst roller coaster ride ever. Sometimes I'm at the top & can see a little beyond where I am. And I have some peace. Other times I'm just at the bottom. And the bottom sucks. I totally know where my focus needs to be, and I really do try to keep it on God. Sometimes it's easier said than done, though. Anyways, I guess I'm just letting y'all know how I'm feeling, because I could really use your prayers. Y'all have been so great when I've been in a little funk in the past. I really appreciate your encouragement and prayers more than you will ever know!

Thank you so much for hearing me out again today! Just a couple more things on both skin melanoma & ocular melanoma...to prevent skin cancer, please use a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher ~ especially on your little ones, as studies have shown that 80% of lifetime sun exposure is obtained before 18 years of age. (For more tips, visit the Skin Cancer Foundation). Originally, excessive exposure to sunlight was thought to be a key risk factor for Ocular Melanoma, but no study has proven a direct link to development of OM tumors. & while there is no known cause of OM, early detection is SO important, so please get yearly dilated eye exams!!

Amy

Saturday, May 14, 2011

"Pop Goes the World"

(by Men Without Hats) Pop Goes the World - The Silver Collection





In case you've been missing some randomness on this little blog, have I got a treat for you today: this post is full of it! First of all: the song. For some reason, nobody I know seems to remember this song. But it was one of my favorites! Since I've been in an 80's mood again this week, you get to reap the benefit of my random musical favorites of times past. It could have been worse, though! Both my iPod & phone needed to be charged one day, but I can only charge one at a time in the van. Obviously, the phone was priority. Fortunately for me, I had Elly's Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 11 CD in the van. Fortunately for YOU, I didn't listen to it enough for any of the songs to beat out this lovely one! :) Anyways, I don't really know what the video is about, or the song either. But I like it. Please don't judge me.

On to other randomness...I had the song "Puttin' on the Ritz" on my mind for an entire day this week! My friend Gary Cooper came over to tint the windows upstairs ('cuz that's what he does), so of course I ended up with his song on my mind. (In case you forgot, he is one of the original people in my "friends' theme songs" craziness). Then I spent the rest of the day with his lovely wife & found myself continuing to hum it. It made me think that she needs a song of her own, but I don't know what it would be quite yet...

So there's this stuff called "rain" that fell from the sky this week. I don't know if you've heard of it, but we definitely haven't seen it much this year. You would've thought it was snowing when Cody got off the bus! He was so excited that he changed out of his uniform & headed straight for the back yard to play in it! He took a pitcher outside to catch rain water (I don't know why. He's 10. Does that explain it?) He'll probably have to go to counseling for this when he's grown, but I had to share his "rain catching" outfit with y'all:


While I'm on the subject of Cody, I have to tell y'all about a little incident that happened a couple of weeks ago. He & Alex had a water fight outside, & I found out during dinner that they'd had a little MUD fight, too. I inspected the yard to find out where they found mud & saw where they had completely messed up a section of the grass that I've been trying to grow the entire time we've lived here. {It's right by the spot where I transplanted some grass a few weeks ago, of course!}


I was a little upset (but for the record, Chris thought I handled it well!) & had a little talk with him about thinking through his actions. After going back outside to get a closer look, I came back inside to find that the boys were starting their showers (without being asked). Afterward, they brought me this LEGO creation:

{How sweet is that? And seriously, how could you be mad after a LEGO apology?!}

And finally, in case you were picturing a granny swimsuit in my last MIS-series post, I've now added a picture...

Amy