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January 6th 2009

Come On Down!!!

Wow!  Today was such a wonderful distraction as I wait for the doctor’s appointment tomorrow.  I was able to go to the Price is Right with some of my co-workers.  It was a blast.  One of the teachers was called down.  She just about fainted.  She got down to contestants row and ended up winning a BBQ.  It was so great to see her on stage.  Then when her game came out and the prize was announced it was “A Brand New Truck”.  A Ford F150 Cherry Red!  She played a game with 7 one dollar bills…anyway, long story short…SHE WON THE TRUCK!!!  Then she was spinning to go to the Showcase Showdown and got 95 cents.  She went to the showcase and almost won another car.  She didn’t get it, but it was such a blast cheering for her and watching her priceless expressions and body language.  The episode will air on February 17th on CBS.  It was so much fun!  🙂  

On another note, Sol and I signed the agreement for the house on Magnolia!  🙂  We will open escrow tomorrow!  It is so exciting to finally be moving forward towards buying a house.  A lot can still happen, but we are started in the right direction.  Next comes the appraisal and inspection!  Hopefully the inspection finds everything hunky-dory!  😉  

Please pray as I am heading to my appointment tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9 am.  I don’t know what he’s going to say, but I think that they’ll be changing my chemo and that scared me a bit.  The last 6 months…were they all in vain?  I don’t know.  I’m sad, anxious, frightened and mad.  Today for a while I forgot about my trial and that was a blessing.  Now the real life is back, and it’s scary!  I am brought to tears all the time and know that this it is so hard for Sol to not be able to fix it.  These men of ours want to fix everything, and I think he feels helpless.  Thanks for your prayers and support for tomorrow.  I’ll post when I get a chance tomorrow. 

Much love,

Monica

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January 3rd 2009

Christmas, New Year’s and CT results

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!  

Sisters Christmas Morning

 Is there anything else in here? Playing the Sax Cousins

We had such a great time with my family at the Lodge.  It was fun to see the old stomping grounds and tour the small quaint town of Occidental.  My sisters and I went through the quirky stores and reminisced all the times we walked around that town.  Christmas with the family was wonderful.  Kai LOVED Christmas.  He loves Santa and presents and Baby Jesus!   He was so cute on Christmas Eve.  After leaving cookies and milk for Santa, he was laying in bed talking about how Santa was coming and bringing presents, but the little man in Rattatouille wasn’t getting any presents because he’s not nice.  He kept jabbering on and on about everything.  It was so cute – he was too excited to fall asleep!  Christmas through the eyes of a child is so much fun!  He really was spoiled with the mountains of presents he received!  

After the fun at the lodge, we spent a few days in Fresno with Sol’s family.  That was a nice time as well.  We chased a movie all over town…it was sold out twice when we tried to go, finally we caught the 9:35 pm showing.  We went to breakfast with Nana and Pampas, and then headed to the park where we met up with Scott, Susan and Niana.  The kids ran all over the place, and Kai ended up taking a 3 1/2 hour nap as we drove home.  

crazy rolling slide - Kai crazy rolling slide - NianaFeeding the ducks 

Holmans  Kai and Tractor 

For New Year’s, we hosted an East Coast New Year’s Party.  It was fun.  We played games and ate sandwiches and pizza.  We toasted in the new year at 9:00 pm and everyone was gone by 9:30.  It was a fun time with friends, and we welcomed in the new year with hope and anticipation.  

Happy New Year Kai Rodriguezes Kai and Mommy  

On Monday the 29th, I had another CT scan; today I got the results.  The new year seems to be off to a rocky start.  Not the news we were hoping for.  The nodules in the lungs seem stable.  However, the ones in the liver have all grown 2-3 mm.  There are also more showing up in the liver than before, and that really concerns the doctors.  I have my appointment on Wednesday of next week.   I don’t know what the next steps will be – whether we will continue with this chemo (it’s been 6 months with minimal results) or begin something totally different and new.  

Please pray as we decide what to do next.  We never made that appointment with the other oncologist – maybe that’s where we’ll start!  

Love to you and may you have a blessed 2009!

Monica

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December 13th 2008

Starting another Round…

On Wednesday, I began another round of chemo.  It went well, but as so often is the case these days, I spent Friday (2 days after chemo) in bed.  It seems to be the trend these days.  I’m getting more and more tired.  

I think that I don’t do very well ‘taking it easy’.  I have found myself doing all the things that I wanted to get done before and then find that I am exhausted afterward.  I haven’t become the nutrition expert yet either. I have been eating differently and juicing fruits and veggies almost daily.   I miss pizza and chocolate, but I know that my body needs this chance.  

Today Kai and I went to the Whittier Parade.  It was so much fun watching him and his little friends enjoying the show.  They were so cute that they kept getting candy dropped in their laps.  They were on sugar highs for a while, but Christmas only comes once a year, right?

Well the house hunting continues.  We’ve made a total of six offers so far and have been the back-up offer on just about each one.  We are submitting two offers this weekend though, so we’ll let you know.  🙂   Keep your fingers crossed!

My schedule the next few weeks is this:

Monday – bloodwork

Tuesday – Chemo

Saturday – Bloodwork

Monday – Chemo and then fly out for Christmas at Alliance Redwoods – both nostalgic and very anticipated!  

Christmas – head to Fresno for the weekend.

Week of New Year’s – CT scan to see what’s going on inside

I am so thankful to be celebrating this Christmas season with my little Kai.  He is such a joy.  He has been learning about Santa and Baby Jesus.  Sometimes he says “I’m not getting any presents because I not nice.”  It’s cute, but so sad at the same time.  He’s really a good kid.  He loves Christmas decorations and lights and can’t wait for the sun to go down so the lights come on.  I can’t wait until he sees all of the presents under the tree.  A fun memory – for the first few days the stockings were out, it sounded like he was calling them “donkeys”.  

Well, that’s about it from here.  I hope you are all enjoying your Christmas season.  

Love,

Monica

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November 29th 2008

Disneyland, Chemo and Thanksgiving

We had the greatest time at Disneyland.  Kai has been watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so he knew all the characters and was so excited to see all of them.  Disneyland is such a different experience through the eyes of a child.  We ended up getting annual passes so that we could go back all year long.  It was such an awesome blessing to have the hotel.  I was able to go lay down (before Kai) when I got worn out.  Then Kai had his naptime and was ready to go again.  We even watched the fireworks from the hotel room!   We spent some time in Downtown Disney – Kai was a big hit dancing up a storm in front of a live band.  He was busting out all sorts of moves I’ve never seen him do before – break dancing being one of them!   It was the cutest thing.  As we were getting in the car to come home from 2 days at Disneyland, he says, “I want to go to Shamu’s house.”  Is this kid spoiled or what?  😉

Mickey and Family  

Check out these moves!

Dance Moves #1  Break Dancing Bust a move Crazy Dance Moves 

As for chemo, it keeps going.  I have been getting more and more tired with each one and spending time resting.  However, I have been able to enjoy my family and time with friends.  The eating has been taking center stage.  It has not been easy, but I feel better about what is going into my body.  Whenever I want to eat something I know I shouldn’t, it’s easier to resist because I know I’m not doing this to lose weight but to save my life.  When I put it that way, time with my family is way more important than that donut!

On Sunday, we went to the memorial service for Andy Caldera – 18 year-old who passed away from testicular cancer.  Our hearts break for his family.  It was a very difficult service to go to being in the midst of my own battle with recurrent cancer – a little too close to home.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with the Torres family.  Kai loved being around all the kids, and we had a great time hanging out with everyone – eating way too much, checking the sale adds, watching football and playing games.  My plate didn’t look much like Thanksgiving dinner.  I had a huge salad with some turkey on top.  It was actually quite tasty, but definitely not the traditional Thanksgiving flavor.  I tried to make cauliflower mashed potatoes, but they were the worst tasting thing I’ve ever made.  The texture was perfect (thanks to the vitamix), but we wanted to keep them raw – not the best idea.  Make sure you steam them first (loses nutrients, but surely tastes better!).  It was nasty!  🙂  We tossed them and went without!

On the way home, we bought Kai a new car seat today.  Whenever he falls asleep in the car, he wakes up complaining “My butt!” or “My legs!” – with good reason.  We didn’t realize how hard his chair was, and we think his legs hit the chair at a weird angle making them fall asleep, so they’re painful when he wakes up.  Now that he’s in pull-ups (yay for potty training!) there’s not as much padding on his bottom.  We splurged for the car seat with the luxury foam!  So cushy!  I’m jealous!  Hopefully, no more “My butt hurts!”

I am waiting for the results of my bone scan and x-rays.  I was kind of glad to not have them before the long weekend, but am anxious to find out what they showed/didn’t show.

Tomorrow we are going to look at more houses.  It is exciting, and I hope we find something that we really
love and can afford!  🙂

Next week, I don’t have chemo!  It’s my week “off”.  Yay!  I’ll be reading all about nutrition and maybe going to therapy for my arm.  It keeps swelling and going down and then swelling again.  In order to get a compression sleeve, I have to go through two weeks of therapy first.  We’ll see if that gets started this week or not.

Well, I’ve got to get to bed now.  I’m up past my bedtime again!

Take Care and I hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Monica

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November 20th 2008

Many thanks…

Yesterday, I went to the school and was asked to stop by the office before going home. When I went into the office, I was given a huge basket of goodies – flowers, slippers, tons of gift cards, magazines, pajamas, a robe, Burt’s Bees, a necklace, and so much more! It was so amazing and overwhelming as I was in my livingroom opening the basket! Thank you so much to my Dexter Family. Not only did they bring meals from March to November (when I changed my diet), but they’ve provided house cleaning and gifts throughout the past year. What an amazingly sacrificial group. They have blessed me with all they’ve done! Thanks!

While I was sitting there opening my goody basket, the doorbell rang. It was a wonderful bouquet of flowers from a team of teachers at my school – thanks Harvard! I am really enjoying the fresh arrangement on my kitchen table! It’s beautiful!

Then I went and checked the mail – another team at Dexter had sent gift cards to Whole Foods! Thanks Duke! You are definitely helping me choose a healthier diet! Thanks so much!

My son’s daycare – Lad ‘n Lassie – deserves a huge thank you as well. They give Kai special love and have blessed our family in ways we couldn’t imagine a business would do. Thank you and God bless you guys!

Jackie – thanks for all the meals that you have brought over on chemo days. She said the only things I’m getting from now on are chicken and fish! 😉 She’s so cute. She says she comes to see Kai, not me! 😉

A new friend, Jill, took home huge stacks of paperwork from school and sorted them by student name – 33 student names.  She has been cleaning my classroom weekly for a while to keep all of those germs away.  Thanks for all the help.  She even accompanied me to chemo at the last minute!  What a treasure!  Thanks!

We got news today that a friend from long ago heard that we were going to be heading to Disneyland and has set up for us to stay two nights at the Disneyland Hotel – tomorrow and Saturday nights for free! Lupe – you’ll never know how special that is going to be!

We were given tickets to Disneyland and California Adventure a while ago and will finally be using them this Saturday! We are so excited! Kai is the perfect age. Not only is he free :), but he is really into Mickey Mouse Clubhouse right now! He’s going to be so adorable all day long! I can’t wait. Thanks for the tickets WW! 🙂

I did have chemo this morning. Everything went smoothly and really quite fast. I am starting to feel a little weird, but that’s to be expected! I am going to bed soon, but wanted to send this note out before time gets away again!

Before I go, there are a few more thanks – Nana – you came through today helping me at the laundry mat with 9 loads of laundry! Wow! Do we really have that many clothes? Thanks for sweating it out washing, drying and folding so much laundry! That would have taken forever here at home with one washer! 😉

My friend, Sunshine, came over and made fajitas for us tonight as our kids played together. Thanks, Sunshine for all that you do for us! You are so thoughtful!

There are soooooooo many more of you who need thanks and I’m sorry that I’m not mentioning you by name! You have all touched me with your encouraging words, hugs, emails, cards, books, phone calls, lunch dates, journals, and so much more. Each day I am blessed by someone through various means! I can’t even tell you how much it means to have you all in my life reminding me that I have so much to fight for. I feel so loved and lifted up. You are a huge reason I walk around with a smile on my face! Thank you!

Love,

Monica

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November 2nd 2008

Is October really over?

 Wow!  Busy, busy, busy is all I can say!  I am so thankful that I have been feeling well enough to spend time traveling and visiting with people I haven’t seen in quite a while. 

Thank you for your prayers as I went up north the day after having chemo.  I didn’t have any side effects while I was there – except for fatigue.  I was able to hang out with my girlfriends, and the house we rented worked out perfectly!  We were able to put all 12 kids to bed and spend time hanging out!  There were 27 of us  all together!  One night was especially moving as we all talked and caught up on life – sharing heart issues and being real with each other.  As we talked, we all reflected on how special this group of friends is and how rare it is to have such a group in our lives.  I miss them already!  Let’s not wait 4 more years to see each other!

XV Reunion 

Also, while we were in Redding, my parents and sister (with baby) came and took us to the pumpkin patch.  We rode the train, saw pig races, rode in a canoe, and took some silly pictures.  It was a fun time with family.

Janelle and Athailia Train around the Pumpkin Patch

The trip back from that weekend wasn’t so fun!  We missed our connection in San Francisco due to fog and had to keep Kai entertained at the airport for 6 hours.  We finally caught a flight to Santa Ana where a friend picked us up, but our luggage went to LAX.  We finally got our luggage late on Monday.  On Monday, I went home from work with a fever of 101.  I spent the whole day in bed and woke up the next morning with diarrhea.  It was no fun, but I was glad it didn’t happen over the weekend (or on the plane)!

I continued chemo on Friday, and then drove with the family to Monterey where my sister, Karen, had been all week for work.  She arranged to stay there for a few extra days so we could see her.  She lives in D.C. so we don’t get that chance all that often.  It was a fun weekend, a long drive, but a fun weekend.  We went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and had a great time watching Kai discover new things.  He loves to explore and learn!  🙂  We dropped Karen off at the airport, and Kai threw a fit becuase he wanted to go on the airplane, too!  Karen actually made it home to D.C. before we made it to L.A.  So not fair!  I was so happy to be able to spend that time with her and to once again be feeling good enough to do it.

With Karen at Monterey Bay Aquarium 

My chemo continued this past Friday (Halloween).  We took Kai trick-or-treating and boy do kids pick up the idea of spouting off a phrase when you get candy in return.  He had a great time.  He was dressed up as Batman.  He had a plastic mask that he just would not take off.  He pretty much wore it all day (he even ate dinner with it on).  He was in the parade at school waving at everyone.  Neither of us were there to see him, but our friend took some pictures and said that he just kept waving the whole time trying to see out of his mask.  It would slide down, but instead of pushing it up, he would just tilt his head back trying to see everyone!   The first thing he said to me on Saturday when I went to get him out of bed was, “My Candy?”  He made out like a bandit! 

 Batman Costume #2

Last night was our Sunday School ‘s annual Halloween party.  We had a potluck and played games.  It was a lot of fun!  I am so thankful that I have felt as well as I have to participate in all of the fun stuff.  Today, however, I am feeling pretty bad.  I slept in, went to church, and then came home and laid in bed for about 5 hours.  I just have a yucky feeling in my stomach and that chemo taste and texture in my mouth.  It’s a typical feeling after chemo, but sometimes it’s worse than others.

The next thing for me is a CT scan on Thursday (Nov 6th).  I don’t have chemo this week, but the CT scan effects are sometimes worse than the chemo effects.  I’ll be out of commission for the evening – staying close to the restroom!  We are hoping and praying that the scan shows continued shrinkage of the tumors – evidence that the chemo is working.  On the last CT scan, they said that the tumors had all shrunk by half, but that there was one new one showing up.  Our prayer is that this one is also shrinking and not growing.  I won’t have any report until the following week.  I have a doctor’s appointment on Friday (Nov. 14th), but will call earlier in the week (maybe Tuesday) to find out the results. 

Thank you for your faithful prayers and support even when you don’t hear from me!   One other prayer request that I have is that I have my teaching evaluation this Friday.  The Vice-Principal will be coming to observe me teaching a lesson.  I pray that my students are engaged and their behavior is top notch.  Parent conferences were last week, so there were some difficult conversations that will hopefully turn things around for some of those kids!  🙂

Thanks again,

Love,

Monica

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October 16th 2008

Chemo #10

 So far, I’m feeling pretty good.  My new friend Shelley went with me to chemo.  She is a teacher, too, so we spent time counting ballots and grading papers!  Today actually went very quickly.  I was done in three hours.  Then I came home, finished the movie I had started and did laundry for our trip.  I guess I’m feeling ok.  I am excited about the trip, so that keeps me going – doing what I need to do.

I am so excited and a little nervous!  We are leaving in the morning for Redding, CA to see my friends and family.  It is my 10 year from college and my friends and I are hanging out.  We haven’t seen each other in a little over 4 years or met most of the kids who’ve joined the XV clan.  I am nervous because I don’t know how I’ll be feeling.  The side-effects tend to hit the morning after, and that’s when we’ll be on the plane!  

I realize that a while has gone by since I’ve posted pictures, so I am going to attach a few pictures of our recent activities: 

This is us at the Fresno v. Ucla game!  Fresno won and it was a blazing 96 degrees!  Yea and Yuk!  Notice the sea of red behind us!  🙂

Sol and Monica - Go Fresno State! 

These pictures are of Kai cooking and learning that the pan can get hot!  He burnt his finger!  🙁

Cooking Chorizo with Dadoo 

Burnt Finger 

This is us at the Hollywood Bowl.

At Hollywhood Bowl Mom and Dad at Hollywood Bowl Fireworks

This is Kai Cousin and Athailai Cousin!  Kai LOVED having her here!  He wouldn’t leave her alone!

Close Up of Cousins 

And my favorite picture from our trip to the zoo on Saturday is this one:

Kaimingo 1 

After looking at the Flamingos, Kai wanted to get down.  he said, “look Mommy…I Kai-mingo!  He thought of it all on his own.   I know, I know he’s a genius.  I was so proud of him playing with language already.  A little joke from my little guy!  🙂  

There are more photos in the photo section of the site, if you’d like to check them out! 

 

Right now I am doing well, but you can pray for the plane trip.  The side effects from Chemo tend to hit hardest, if they hit at all, the morning after!  I am glad to have an aisle seat just in case!  🙂  Thank you and I’ll be posting when I get back about the fun times we had up in Redding! 

Oh one last thing…We put an offer on a house and should hear by (now they’re saying) Monday.  We’ll keep you updated.

Thanks, the morning is going to come early, so off to bed we go!  Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Love, 

Monica 

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September 10th 2008

Sorry, it’s been so long…

Since school has started, life here has been crazy!  I find myself stretched in all different directions.  I apologize for not updating sooner.  Usually that means I’m out and about and feeling ok! 😉

Thank you for praying for my students.  So far, they are wonderful!  I have enjoyed getting to know them and being back in the classroom.  Being out of the classroom for a year, it has been hard getting back in the groove of teaching.  The piles of papers are beginning to pile up around my classroom as I try to figure out how to balance two jobs at the school.  I am teaching three periods, and I have three periods of literacy coaching.  So far the second half of my job has been distributing supplies and trying to find things that seems to be missing.  Amazingly, it has really kept me busy!  Soon I will be going into classrooms and helping teachers with Language Arts needs!  It will be both fun and challenging.

Last Friday, I had chemo, and it seems to have gone very well.  I didn’t have many side-effects, mainly just fatigue.  As I was having chemo, I signed papers on an offer on a house.  It was really kind of exciting, but I’ll tell you more about that later.  At the end of chemo, my parents, sister and niece, Athailia, came through the door.  They were here all weekend.  Sol and I had already planned to go to the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday and happened to have 2 extra tickets, so my parents were able to go with us while my sister, cousin, Rachyl, and her boyfriend, Jonathan watched Kai.  It was a fun evening of music from the L.A. Philharmonic, a fireworks show, and two crazy bus rides!  🙂  It was really nice to have my family here, even though I wasn’t feeling my best.  Althailia has changed so much in 2 months, and Kai loved having her here.  🙂 

About the house, we made an offer and are waiting to hear from the bank.  It is a short-sale, and we’ve always heard that those take a while, but this seems to be moving pretty fast.  Our agent said that we should hear by the end of the week whether or not the bank accepted our offer or will be countering.  It is exciting to think that we could be in a home by the holidays!   🙂 

This Friday is my CT scan to see if the chemo has been working.  When this all started again in July, this CT scan is as far as the doctor told me the plan.  He said 8 weeks of chemo and then a CT scan to check the tumors.  I don’t know exactly what the next steps are, but I think that if chemo appears to be working, then we’ll continue with this chemo, and if it doesn’t, then we’ll try something else.  I am really praying that the scans come back clean, and they find no trace of cancer in any of my organs!  I believe God performs miracles, and he is in control of everything.  He is the great physician and can heal me if He chooses to do so!  I am living my life one day at a time and doing what I can to live with no regrets, because none of us is promised tomorrow. 

Thank you for your support and you prayers.  Here are a few specifics:

Pray for the CT scan on Friday at 4:00.  I am very anxious about it and will have to wait until Tuesday for the results.

Please pray for Kai and for us.  He has been acting out aggressively recently at school and home.  He was sent to the office two days in a row now for biting.  Yesterday he bit a friend, and today he bit himself! 

Pray for me in terms of balancing my life – the two parts of my job, my family, Bible study, chemo and doctor’s appointments.  It is all feeling overwhelming! 

Pray for our house hunting, that we would be guided to the right house and that the offer would go through only if it’s right for our family.

Finally, our renters in Fresno just gave their 30-day notice.  Please pray that we will be able to find renters by October.  We already have a few leads and are hoping that one of them works out!

Thank you and I’m so sorry it took me so long to update! 

Love,

Monica

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September 2nd 2008

School Starts and Another Chemo on the Way

Well, it is time for me to go to bed, but I just wanted to let you all know that tomorrow is the first day of school for us here in Whittier.  I am nervous, as usual, but I will get over it once the routine begins.  I feel less prepared being out of the classroom for a year but am excited about being around the kids.

Please pray for me as kids come that they will be understanding and compassionate.  Pray that I would not get sick from them and that we would have a great year together.

On Thursday morning, I have my blood drawn.  Then on Friday, I have chemo.  Please pray for no side-effects.  I will be having the 2 drugs this time and then next Friday a CT scan to see if they are working.  If it’s working, I’ll continue with the current set-up; if it’s not working, they’ll try something else.  So either way, chemo continues.  I don’t know for how long and what the next step might be.  I really don’t think I want to know that far ahead.  I just want to live right now one day at a time.

Some fun news…My parents, sister (Janelle) and baby Athailia are coming on Friday to hang out for the weekend.  Sol and I are taking my parents to the Hollywood Bowl for a fireworks extravaganza on Saturday night!  It will be the first time there for most of us!  I can’t wait.  I just hope I feel good enough to go!  Janelle will stay home and hang out with my cousin, Rachyl, and her boyfriend, Jonathan, as they watch Kai!  Thanks guys!  You’re the best.  It will be a fun time.  Then on Sunday we are all going to go see my grandma in Santa Ana.  She’ll get to see the baby!  🙂

A few last prayer requests…Kai’s little friend Madison is having some problems with her white blood count and her kidney levels are off.  They don’t know what’s wrong and might have to test her bone marrow.  My friend, Sheri, who is walking in the Susan G. Komen walk, is having some serious knee pain and is really bummed about maybe having to miss the walk.  My cousin, Heather, is in Costa Rica at language school.  When she is done she’ll be heading to the Dominican Republic for 2 years!

Thanks for all your prayers.  I am headed off to bed for a good night’s sleep before starting the new school-year!

Love,

Monica

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August 20th 2008

Chemo Round 2 –

Well, today I had chemo.  Usually it’s on Thursday, but tomorrow they’re having some sort of meeting.  Before I had chemo, I met with the doctor.  He said that my white count was good and that I wouldn’t need any shots this time!  Yay, I am so relieved!  I had the two drugs today and they went in smoothly.  usually I have an easy time on chemo day but feel pretty bad the following day.  Last chemo, I had an easy time with side-effects.  Today I have had some “flushing”, a rush of heat to areas of my body.  It is such a strange feeling!   I have already taken some anti-nausea drugs and hope to keep the “horse in the barn” as one of my friends says!  We’ll see how tonight and tomorrow fare, but for now, I feel pretty good.  Tired, but good.

Some fun news…Kai has been peeing in the potty at school and he even pooped in it today!  He comes home very proud of his stickers and smiley faces!  🙂   He’s also peed at home, and continues to be more interested in earning stickers for his chart.

Tomorrow we are meeting to get pre-approved for a home loan.  Please pray that we get a low rate and can start making offers on houses!  It is really exciting and scary at the same time.

Thanks for “listening” to me and checking in.  Things here keep moving along.  Many days it’s really hard to even think that I have a disease in my body because I look and feel fine.  I have been getting sad and depressed some days and would really appreciate your prayers as I begin to seek help for this.

Kai is calling and I need to go.  Sol had an emergency come up at work and had to take off.  He said it could take between 5 minutes and 5 hours.  With computers…you never know.

Love,

Monica

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