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I have loved every minute of this Christmas. It is such a blessing to be immersed in family and friends with with my heart full of gratitude and this feeling of “peace” that I haven’t felt in so long. Our Christmas could not have been any more perfect.  We were able to celebrate with all of our families with 3 happy and healthy boys of our own. There is not any gift that can top that!

When we weren’t celebrating Christmas, we were running to Michael’s hockey games and getting together with friends. It feels as though we had something going on every day. The boys even got some outdoor skating in before the weather turned so frigid!

Today all 3 boys went to a movie with me. We saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I think the 2 older ones went for me and that’s ok. It made my day to do this with all of them. It has been years since we’ve all gone to a movie. The boys all agreed it was ok as far as movies go. I know Michael and Jeffrey enjoy more action packed story lines and Mikko was confused at times with all Walter’s day dreaming. It is a challenge to find a movie all 3 boys can see and enjoy, but I loved my time with the kids.

This afternoon I got my Christmas cards in the mail, except for a few that I need to find the address for. Tonight I made chocolate chip cookies and chocolate Rolo cookies. Jon is in shock because in the last month I’ve baked twice for the first time in almost 2 years. I didn’t even get after any of the guys when the first dozen were done and eaten in about 5 minutes. I’m sure they feel they better get their full because who knows when they will see baked goods again from me!

A friend of mine had talked with me recently about the tradition that their family has with a special plate. This reminded me that a student had given me a Pampered Chef plate that says, “Celebrate” and I thought we should start a tradition as well. A few weeks ago we had received Jeffrey’s report card and it was an awesome one!  Without embarrassing Jeffrey…..this is reason to celebrate! When I was reading the Hastings paper last night I saw Jeffrey’s name in it for being on the 8th grade “A” honor roll and I brought up the plate to him. I told him he could eat his dinner off of it tonight and he liked the sound of that. Someone that didn’t like the sound of it….John! He demanded to see the plate. So off we went to the kitchen to locate it and as soon as I handed it to him….he securely tucked it under his arm and he was not giving it up. “I’m eating off of this plate. After this last year….I get the plate!”, he said with all seriousness. Jon said something like, “How do you argue that?”, which sent Jeffrey off into the , “John always gets what he wants” rant.. all the while the plate is still tucked under John’s arm. Yes….the stinker ate off of the plate tonight and I told him Jeffrey gets it tomorrow. Then tonight, I reminded him that tomorrow he will be getting 5 immunization shots and I was prepared for him to express apprehension. John’s immediate response, ” 5 shots, I get the plate.” He’ll get the plate. Just to add a little more chaos to the situation, Michael started telling John he deserved the plate. I may need to buy 2 more!

The other night when I tucked John into bed we were talking about New Year’s Eve. I told him that I am so excited for 2014! I’m so excited for it to be a happy and healthy year. Without going into specific details, my little guy knew just what I meant.

John is in such a wonderful place health wise and “today” is so good. I don’t know how tomorrow, next week, or next month will be, but  I am doing my best to enjoy the “right now”. I pray every day for all the other children and their families that are fighting this ugly beast…childhood cancer. I hate it so. I know that even with all John has endured we are blessed and I pray, pray, pray… the worst is behind him and that his story can bring inspiration and hope to the children and parents that need it most.


Tomorrow John will go for those 5 shots. I think it is several months before he will go again – working on getting all the immunizations caught up that were wiped clean during the stem cell transplant process.

Thursday afternoon Jon will take him for his monthly blood draw, urine test, and to see Dr. Rawaas. John will also have an occupational therapy evaluation that day as well. The OT therapy while in patient was his least favorite activity and he gave the nice gal a run for her money every time. I hope she sees a different kid on Thursday!

During the last week of January are when the next scans are scheduled. Enough said about that!

I was thinking about what my New Year’s resolution should be. It’s not that it’s difficult to think of one…it’s which one?!

*Eat less junk

*Exercise more …..more then never

*Drink less pop

*Drink more water

*and on and on and on

So in my long mental list I was making I have chosen….. sleep. Yes…sleep. Obviously I ‘m not starting tonight as it is 1:32 am right now, but on January 1, 2014 it becomes my goal. I am worried about this goal as sleep has not come easy for me in a long time. My hope is if I can get a healthy amount of sleep each night, that it will run over into all the other possible New Year resolutions I could have made. Wish me luck!

Wishing all of you a Happy, Happy 2014! CELEBRATE!!

Love, Hope and Blessings,



2 thoughts on “Celebrate!

  1. You sure know how to capture “a year” with your special pictures and documentary .. nice ! Happy New Year to you and all of your family !

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