From U5 to U14–a look at Hannah’s AYSO soccer days.

Tweet In the fall of 2006, I escorted the most excited four-year-old ever to the soccer field for the first time. Well, not the first time she’d ever been at a soccer field – I’d been chasing her off her older sister’s practice and game fields since she was a toddler. This was the first […]

Ending the School Year 2016

Tweet I know I say this every year – as does every other parent of a school-aged child, but really? Where did this school year go? It seems both like yesterday and also so far away that we sent the girls off to three separate schools for the first time. Juggling kids in high, middle […]

Broken

Tweet I’m supposed to be happy right now. After more than nine months of intensive chemotherapy treatments, my 12-year-old daughter is nearly done and the end that had loomed so far ahead as to seem unreachable for so long is finally almost upon us. I should be ecstatic, jumping for joy, more than ready to […]

Six Months in

Tweet On January 22nd of this year, an IV dripped toxic chemicals into my daughter’s body for the first time. Chemicals that are necessary to stop any more spread of her cancer, but which ironically could cause additional cancers in her themselves. Or damage her heart. Or her bladder. Or cause other issues that could […]

Help Walmart and Pampers Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (Giveaway, ends 7/11) #sponsored

Tweet This post is sponsored by P&G and I was provided with a Walmart gift card as a thank you for sharing this information. As always, all opinions stated here are 100% my own or those of my family. This year has truly been a challenging one for my family – in ways we never […]

From Disney to DeVos…

Tweet This week will be a study in contrasts, in more ways than one. I’ve spent the past 6 days in Orlando, Florida on a solo trip to the TravelingMom 2015 #TMOMDisney retreat. It’s an annual chance to learn, grow, network and enjoy the time away from home. Last year we made it a family […]

Parenting a Tween… with cancer

Tweet The terrible 2’s? No problem, got that down. The toddler and preschool years weren’t fun at times, but little ones can be manipulated into doing just about anything and if you’re really good, they even get excited about it too. Moody teenage daughter? Check. But even she pales against the attitude that we get […]

Reflections from the hospital

Tweet I feel like 2015 is going by in a blur so far. Two months ago today our world as we knew it completely changed, when we heard the words, “there was something of concern on her CT scan.” Surgery, then the dreaded phrase, recurrence of tumor. One month ago today our ‘new’ normal began […]

The other ‘C’ word: Chemotherapy

Tweet Almost exactly two years ago, we got the diagnosis that scares the heck out of any parent – the big ‘C’ word. The funky-looking thing that had been growing on Hannah’s right knee? Was cancer. Which was terrifying. But while the surgery to remove her knee of any extra cancer cells itself was extensive […]

Hemangiopericytoma… again

Tweet The past week has been a whirlwind of doctors, hospital, phone calls and a lot to take in and process. I still can’t believe how quickly everything has moved. Hannah’s surgery was just on Tuesday and now here, on Saturday night, everything has changed. She did so amazingly with this surgery. We knew that […]