Sunday, March 22, 2015

Living Again

Hello Blog World!

I hope this finds you well.

I am happy to say that I am living life instead of life living me. I know that it has been a really long time since my last post. I've even been neglecting my personal journal. Life is full of more than just doctor visits, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and even appointments with My Lovely Counselor.

What have we been up too? Well, Nick is doing well. He isn't in remission anymore, but the lymphoma is stable. The end of 2014 was rocky and full of unknowns. We relied on God to show us the path to take and make provision for those paths. As a matter of fact, Nick had PET scans just last week. The results show stable disease. STABLE is such a good word to hear from an oncologist.

Kacie has turned 15 and gotten her learner's permit. She is becoming more and more confident each time behind the wheel. She is in her final 9 weeks as a high school freshman. Kacie is also wrapping up her tenth year of dance.

As for me, I'm in my last semester of college at Athens State University. I am almost finished with my student teaching. I will graduate on May 9 with my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. I don't think I have completely comprehended exactly how life is going to change within the coming weeks and months.

For the first time since Nick was born, I'll be working full time. That's almost 21 years! I get a little melancholy when I think about Keith and what he wanted for me. I promised him right before he died that I would finish my degree. I am just about to do that. It's...bittersweet. I wish he were here to celebrate the accomplishment with me and the kids. I know that he has earned his reward though and I would not ask him to give that up. Keith's perseverance throughout his battle with cancer is one of my inspirations. Nick's continually positive outlook, despite being repeatedly knocked down by life, inspires me. Kacie's loving and compassionate heart inspires me to see the good. They remind me of their dad every day.

So, May 9th is a big day in our lives. Please continue to pray for us. The road is still long. Nick has a hearing concerning his application for disability coming up in May as well. I need a teaching job. As a mom, I need to give my kiddos some security.

We remain...

In HIS Grip!