Thursday, July 31, 2014

An Update On My Amazing Mother-in-Law

Lesley asked me to give an update:

I finished all treatments (chemo and radiation) 
on April 4th, feeling extremely weak, like a scrawny old lady!!  Lost a lot of weight and muscle due to limited nutrition and reaction to treatment. Doctors reported at July follow up visits that all looks good, with increasing blood counts and clear CT scan, and visual throat scan.
Will follow for 5 years.
 I am now starting to feel normal with increased energy, strength and enthusiasm.  I do still struggle with eating due to limited functioning salivary glands, but trust that will resolve in time.
I am so thankful for all the support, meals to Greg, prayer support and encouragement.  I had such peace through out the whole time.

Ex14:14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hey Boo-Boo

We went to yogi bear this year again.
But without a camper it only
leaves us a condo as big as a large closet.
But not without a mock fire place.
Brett is always thinking ahead.
If it were up to me to pack for "camping" trips
we would have underwear,
a pair of clothes, a swimsuit, and shades.
Brett remembers food, bikes, bike trailers,
chairs, squirt juice, beer, beef jerky,
helmets, sunscreen, hats, floaties,
baseball glove, and a boom box.
These days I think it just called a wireless speaker.
Lela played on the spray pad for two hours.
Aunt Allison is so fun.
She took the kids on the "wet hay ride"
I opted out of getting squirted in the face with a fire hose.
I am a bore- I know.
Or in our good moments Brett refers
to me as a "fun killer"
A least I was a dry fun killer.
Lela was again so content for hours in the sand.
If only the other kids took after their little sister.
The big kids are in the...
I want to venture off and go on the big slides and do cool stuff,
but I am still wanting a parent to go with me stage...
which leaves for me with not the idea time I had dreamed of.
You know the reading a book poolside
visiting with my cousins, drinking a cocktail. 
Brett, Jane and I got into the chili dogs that night... 
Until next year...

Friday, July 25, 2014

July 4, 2014

We celebrated this year at my Aunt and Uncles Lake House
by Lake Travis. It was a fun time with family!

Maybe I should lay off the pina coladas.

But what a fun time we had! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Church Camp

A lot of changes have occurred over the
last year in the Swartz family.
One day when I feel like and have the time
to sit down and really write...
I hope to share some thoughts
to document the life changes.
One change was church.
Changing churches is hard.
But just because it is hard doesn't mean
it isn't the right thing to do.
Bella went to church camp with the
"new church" a couple of weeks ago.
She had a blast and I am thankful
she had that time
to get to know new friends
and she was willing to invest in new adventures.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bye Bye to the Baby Making Days

The vasa deferentia are permanently cut.
He was a champ.
And then he was out.
Not before he told the doc what a bad boy he was.
Drugs and Biggy B don't mix.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dog Days of Summer

We have spent most of our summer at home...
Doing these sorts of things...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mr. Carmack look alike

The summer started with two fever blisters on my lip.
Then a left pink eye infection
the kids got and passed to their cousins.Then a right eye infection. Followed by a staph infection in that eye

Ailment free... 
for now.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bella is 2 hands!

Our baby girl is double digits!
For the last three months she has been talking about
going to the Great Wolf Lodge with her cousin and
2 friends. I have to say it was a labor of love.
I do not love indoor water parks.
As reported from an earlier blog post
the first time we went.

One tired wolf pup...

Trip was successful.

On her actual birthday we had family over for a pool party.
Here's to another 10 decades.