Wheat Field Cut For Hay

Wheat Field Cut For Hay

May 26, 2017

Your A Grand Old Flag

Well folks, it's that time of year again! Summer is here with long days and ice-cream and swimming pools!  I finally got all my patriotic decor out just in time for Memorial Day Monday And there's nothing better than an American flag waving in celebration!  Everyone knows that I love changing out decorations for every holiday and season but my patriotic decorations get to stay up the longest.  I put them out sometime before Memorial day and I don't take them down until Labor dayish!  

(The "Brave" print, from the picture above, was a free download from Jones Design Company No relation, but if you've never read her blog you should check it out!  The USA shelf sitter is by Suzi Skoglund.  I love her stuff and I have several pieces for all different holidays.)

Its' fun to switch out pictures too, change out your pictures for some that have to do with the current season.  I can enjoy more pictures that way, heaven knows I don't have enough room for all the ones I love!  Hobby Lobby has square frames for those square pictures you take with your phone.  A can of spray paint is my favorite ways to change up the frames to match the theme.  The coasters are from Shutterfly and the little ceramic puppy is also from Hobby Lobby.  It reminds me of my sweet little Moose whom we lost last fall.  

I always keep my eye out for flags on sale.  You can usually buy them super cheap at walmart or Dollar General after the season is over.  They come in handy for crafts or to just stick them into something, like the hitch on this toy tractor or

to pop into a flower vase with some greenery!

They also work great for completing those Pinterest projects that you've been meaning to conquer for the last two years!  

Another Pinterest project that is super easy and fun is sewing together shapes cut with my cricut machine.  Paired with a glass bead garland, its simple but yet adds a pop of sparkle!

Do you decorate your house for the Patriotic holidays?  What cute ways do you proudly display our Nation's flag?

Proud to Be an American!

May 24, 2017

Round One is In The Books

Today was my first round of the new chemo meds!

I was so ready to get started.  I don't do well idling. I'm the kind of person that once I know what needs to be done, I want to do it.  I don't want to wait around.  Even though in this case the "waiting around" was due to receiving a second opinion, it was still very nerve racking on my part.  I was ready to just get started and get it over with.  We met with my Oklahoma Oncologist this morning and discussed what we learned at MD Anderson. My MD Oncologist actually didn't have a different plan for me.  She did however suggest that one drug I am to be taking be something different than the original plan.  But everything else was the same.  Once discussing with my Oklahoma Dr.  We chose the medicine suggested by MD and began the treatment.  

The treatment I'll be taking will be a 21 day cycle.  On day one of the cycle I will go to Integris (here in OK)  and take and infusion chemo drug.  Infusion means it will go through an IV into my bloodstream.  It will take approximately 4 hours to get this done.  Then, also on day one, I'll begin an oral chem that I will take two times a day for 14 days. At the end of the 14 days I will have seven days of "rest".  I won't take any medicine.  This will allow my body to build back up.  Then the whole process will start over again!

It's that simple!  

Ok, so I know it sounds funny to say that it's simple, but really on my part it is.  There are no surgeries or radiation; and the IV chemo is spaced farther apart than the last IV chemo I had to take.  All I really have to worry about is remembering to take the pills at home!  And with chemo brain that sometimes tends to be a challenge!  Thank goodness for iPhone alarms! Ha!

I'm feeling very thankful too in that I came home tonight and had relatively good energy.  I played in the yard with the boys and watered all my plants. Let's just pray that it continues this way.

Also, keep your fingers crossed that my brunet hair stays put!  
Some people experience hair loss with the drug I'm on but not everyone. I hope I'm one of the "not everyone".  It was hard work growing back what I have. ;)

So, all in all today was a good start.  We left feeling positive and knowing that God is in control of everything and feeling his hand on us today.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:  but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
~I Corinthians 10:13

And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee; fear not, neither be dismayed.
~Deuteronomy 31:8

God is with me on this journey.  He went before me and prepared the plan and gave me the strength to bear it.  He won't leave me alone for he is beside me all the way!

Living on Faith