It’s All a Little Foggy

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9/27/13 The fog can be so mysterious. Last Wednesday it was so thick that I couldn’t see more than a block. The kids cracked me up as they shouted, “Mom you better be careful when you’re driving. This fog is crazy!” I explained that I would go slowly, and things would come into sight as…

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The God Space

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09-17-2013 A few months ago I was talking with a fellow cancer mom. Inevitably our conversation drifted to cancer, and as usual we almost got sucked into the “what if” conversation…What if the cancer comes back. What if their body can’t handle it. What if… There are a million “what ifs” in life — and…

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Tackling Giants

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9-12-2013 At the St. Mike’s back-to-school picnic, I found myself explaining to the people at our table that Cooper is still weak from all the chemo he takes. Not two seconds later, I spotted Cooper take off at top speed across the park headed for the fourth grade football game. In disbelief and fear, I…

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Faith Like a Child

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8/27/13 Sometimes my 6-year-old, Tony, says things that just absolutely stop me in my tracks. Recently we were sitting at the dinner table when he started tearing up. When I asked what was wrong he said, “Mom, do you remember when I threw Cooper’s special thing on the ground on our Make-A-Wish trip? I feel…

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Swimming with Sharks

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8/13/13 Recently I went to visit my sister in Virginia Beach. There’s something about the ocean, when I get around it I’m like a kid again. Luckily my sister had plans to bring out the inner kid in me, and we made our way to the beach that first morning. I am used to being…

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It’s 5 o’clock and all’s well

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A few weeks ago I announced, “It’s 2 o’clock!” insinuating it was about time for my Dad, babysitter for the day, to put the kids down for a nap. Instead he chuckled and said, “And all’s well!” With one foot on the steps, I paused and grinned back at him. I had forgotten how much I loved…

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Survival Mode

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05/29/13 When Cooper was first diagnosed I went into what I called “survival mode”. Everyone said I was so strong. Oh brother, I wanted to punch them in the face! I wasn’t strong, I was trying not to completely loose my mind! I couldn’t think about the future, because I literally could not handle it.…

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The wrong answer…

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05/19/13 Did you ever have a teacher who made you feel smart just for trying, even when you answered the question wrong? That is kind of how I feel when it comes to God. Every other second I get it wrong, whether I yell at my kids or mentally judge someone. But then I try…

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I’m not sure I heard you right, can you repeat that?

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When Cooper was first in the hospital, I spent a lot of time sitting around holding him. In fact all of my time really. The few seconds a day I set him down so I could use the restroom, he would scream and cry for me. I ate all my meals with a teetering plate, trying…

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Swing low…er

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5-8-13 The constant back yard conundrum, do I make my 6-year-old swing lower so he doesn’t accidentally kick his brother in the head or do I teach my 3-year-old to watch where he is walking? It lends itself to such bigger issues. Do we constantly try to force the world around us to change so…

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