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If Picasso painted a Snowman Art Series

The St. Louis Art Museum is fantastic. If you ever get a chance to go, you must experience the grandeur of the building itself and the treasures within. On a trip there with a friend and my son, Fierce, I picked up and bought a copy of the book: If Picasso painted a Snowman by Amy & Greg Newbold. As I turned each page a creative whirlwind of ideas swept across my mind and this book became the jumping off point to learn about each famous artist and dive into several art projects based on those artist’s inspirations. I then looked up the artists’ real works of art in the DK book: ART. We also visited the Art Museum again to search for some of the artists work. Fierce took my phone and photo journalized our findings. This has been such a fun learning experience that we have already started doing a similar series through: If Da Vinci painted a Dinosaur. I share out adventures in hopes that you might enjoy our journey and maybe start one of your own.

 

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was born in Spain and Fierce and I were there on vacation so of course we went to the Picasso Museum, but it was sold out…hence my pouty face. Ha! We were able to see many of Picasso’s blue period in the St. Louis Art Museum. Again, you must go visit!

Picasso was a firm believer in studying the masters and then painting with a childlike imagination. He said, “There is no abstract art. One must always begin with something. Afterwards one can remove all semblance of reality.”

I had Fierce take a photo of himself and then attach crazy animal face stickers to the picture. After reading about Picasso’s life, Fierce dictated a bio for his photo, which makes me smile still today.

J.M.W. Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner “began leaving out details of objects, focusing instead on the interplay of light and shadow through clouds, in storms, and across water and land.” After reading the short bio included at the end of the book, I had Fierce and the neighbor kids use chalk to capture the shadows around them. I drew the shadows of leaves which was fun because as the sun moved so did the pattern of my leaves. It was like moving art. The kids got out a boogie board from the garage and stood it up so they could draw its shadow and then fill it in to make plants vs. zombies tombstones. If you are unaware, plants vs. zombies is a game. I am pretty sure JMW Turner didn’t have that in mind when he painted his paintings. However, he was known to paint the moody side of nature and said, “If there were anything to be had in nature blacker than black, I’d use it.”

Roy Lichtenstein

Blam! Using paper cut outs as stencils for the backgrounds we painted away. At first, Fierce wrote “Blam,” but it was soon covered in a mash up of kindergarten artistic abilities. Roy Lichtenstein was a comic book fan as a kid and often created his own pictures. So, I feel a sort of pride in Fierce’s “take” on the greats. As an adult Lichtenstein was instrumental in elevating commercial art into the gallery world. Who knows what our kids scribbles will become one day.

Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe was an American modernist painter who loved to paint skulls, mountains, flowers and other desert scenes of New Mexico.

I found out coyote skull on ebay. We used paint pens to draw designs on our skull and then set it up in our garden to place it in a nature scene. This was probably my favorite art project of this series. We are also learning the names of the bones so when we talk about the skull, this will be a great hands-on illustration.

Gustav Klimt

We made a paper quilt/ super hero cape inspired by Gustav Klimt’s love for pattern’s and shapes. We even included a few squares with gold details to represent his Golden phase where he used gold leaf in his paintings.

Claude Monet

I had a glint in my eye when I told Fierce and the neighbor kids that we were going to talk about Claude Monet. You see, he doodled in the margin of his books as a kid and we were going to do the same. I had their attention, that is for sure. I set down a stack of books and let them choose which one they were going to use as their canvas. The neighbor boy who is a few years older than Fierce had an elaborate story that seemed like a parallel spin off of the original Paul Bundy story made all his own. It was really quite good.

Pablita Velarde

Pablita Velarde was a Native American artist from New Mexico. She went to an Indian school where an elder told her the Pueblo tradition did not allow women to paint. She kept on and was quoted, “Have faith in yourself, otherwise it just won’t come out of you.”

She painted in a flat style and I thought it would be fun to paint clay pots and then arrange them in a pyramid on top of one another in order to have the same step like pattern she had in her painting. I tried to copy her birds and Fierce and the neighbor kids painted some pretty neat designs for their pots as well.

Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock was known for placing a very large canvas on the floor so he could walk around it and splash paint onto the canvas with a stick. Fierce heard this, found a stick and started snapping paint at the canvas. Hands down, Jackson Pollock is his favorite artist. His neighborhood friend is really into sharks, so that was added as well and I really like the combined effort.

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali often painted his dreams so I had Fierce attempt to do this as well. The fall prior to this study we were in Andorra and we had seen this statue of Salvador Dali’s: The Persistence of Memory. After our study, we went to the St. Louis Art Museum with his cousins and Vovo and saw several of Dali’s paintings in a traveling exhibit. I love that as you begin to know about something, you start to see it in all different places solidifying your knowledge of that art or artist. You never know what your kid will remember later in life, but you can definitely try to give them some building blocks to create a foundation. This is probably one of the best parts about home schooling.

Paul Klee

Paul Klee sounds like a fascinating person I wish I could have met. He was ambidextrous and worked in several styles including: cubist, expressionist and surrealist. He is quoted, “All things an artist must be: poet, explorer of nature, philosopher!”

I found this puzzle online and thought it was a fitting project as a childlike pastime combines with an artist who strove to achieve a childlike creativity.

Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall was a Russian artist living in Paris who had his painting confiscated in the 1940’s because he was Jewish. He said the stars were his best friends and that “the air was full of legends and phantoms, full of mythical and fairy-tale creatures, which suddenly flew away over the roof, so that one was at one with the firmament.”

With this in mind, Fierce and I laid down on a blanket in our front yard and looked up at the sky. I told him to draw what he saw. At first I was a little bummed because there was not a cloud in the sky. It was simply blue. Blue. Searching…more blue. And then Fierce said. “I see trees.” And I smiled, because it hadn’t occurred to me that we could paint the periphery of the sky. It was a beautiful moment.

Georges Seurat

“Dot upon dot upon dot, here’s a snowman by Georges Seurat!”

This is a phrase Fierce quotes from the book that I hear on a REGULAR basis. I have to admit, it is catchy and I am sincerely grateful it has cemented this artist and pointillism into both of our brains.

Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian called his style Neoplasticism. He used primary colors with black lines and painted rectangles and squares to represent real objects and landscapes that he saw. He said, “It is with the aim of portraying universal beauty as consciously as possible.” We were able to see Piet’s work at the St. Louis Art Museum.

His work reminds me of stained glass and at the time I had seen someone paint with glue (add paint to glue and mix) in a stained glass style and thought we should try something like it for our study of Piet Mondrian. I did this with the primary colors and black and let Fierce decorate a frame. He started out pretty good and then started quoting the Georges Seurat quote I talked about above and it all got a bit mashed up. But…we had fun 🙂

Sonia Delaunay

“I have always changed everything around me. I have lived my art.” -Sonia Delaunay

Sonia and her husband Robert founded Orphism which is based on Cubism but uses bright colors and overlapping geometric shapes.

I am not really sure where the circles or bright colors are, but perhaps Fierce is changing things too 😉 lol

Jacob Lawrence

Jacob Lawrence documented the 20th century migration of African Americans from the rural south to the urban north in search of a better life in a series of 60 paintings. In New York City he painted his neighborhood with vibrancy despite a limited color palette.

Fierce and I painted a canvas together. We both talked about what we saw in our own neighborhood and then added details as we went along. He added a lake next to our house because he thought it would be nice. He might be on to something, but I think our neighbor might have something to say about that.

Grant Wood

Grant Wood helped develop the art of American Regionalism. His father had died when he was ten years old and he escaped into art. He grew up Iowa and often painted scenes like rolling hills. His painting American Gothic became famous and depicted his sister and his dentist in front of a gothic window of a farm house. He made the subjects tall and thin to mimic the window.

I am not at all sure how it started, but I told Fierce that the Native Americans had made paint out of berries. So we grabbed some “paint ingredients” out of the fridge and he tried to mimic the snowmen in the American Gothic scene while I read Grant Wood’s bio. I can’t say it is the most beautiful outcome, but the process was certainly fun.

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh developed a Post-Impressionist style using bold brush strokes. He dealt with mental illness, but longed to make beautiful things. He only sold one painting before he died and created 860 oil paintings in total. Many of which are worth millions today.

My sister-in-law is a huge fan of his and for my birthday she took me to the van Gogh travelling exhibit at the St. Louis Art Museum. It was very beautiful. She has two boys also studying art history and the three kiddos running around taking pictures and absorbing all things art was such a fantastic sight. I should divulge that Fierce isn’t really into sitting down and coloring so doing these short lessons on art combined with a quick project and a few real life examples has been a good way to dip our toes into art. I found a puzzle of Starry Night and after we completed it, I had it framed and we hung it in his playroom along with all of the other art from this series.

Taxol…Only 1 month to go!

I closed the door to our apartment with my hands full, got Fierce in the stroller to go for a walk around the lake and realized I forgot my scarf…ugh. Oh well, skip it. Fighting off a little self consciousness and a smidge of regret I strolled on and it was awesome. I felt the wind in my 1 cm long hair! It felt so weird. I had forgotten how nice and humanizing that felt. I can almost imagine what it would be like to have my long locks again. Some day!

On the flip side, my hair is coming in white with a little black mixed in so I look like I am seriously 45 or 50 years old. You all know that classic grandma cut. Oh boy, it is actually harder to look in the mirror now that it was when I was bald. Thank goodness for hair dye. I cannot wait until it is long enough to dye a normal color…They say it should be an “acceptable” length my December. I am not at all sure what that means, especially when I was used to hair down to the middle of my back 😉

Last week before my chemotherapy appointment they told me that my white blood cells were at a .9. The minimum for treatment is a 1.7, but they usually let you continue treatment until it is down to a .5. So this week I ate as healthy as I could and asked everyone to pray because I didn’t want the count to continue to go down and have to delay treatment. If you have to delay, it is not as effective. This week my levels were up to a 1.6. Praise the Lord! I don’t have a clue if this is normal or not, but Taxol usually just keeps decreasing your count so I feel so incredibly blessed!

I am 2 months down with 1 to go so it is starting to feel like the home stretch of the chemo part…Yaya!

Fierce’s 1st Birthday

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Fierce turned 1 on July 19!

We celebrated a few days earlier so we could have the party at Sandy Pines and invite all of our family and close friends. I can’t believe how many people ended up coming and spoiling Fierce. Thank you!

Before the party started, it just so happened to be family day at Sandy Pines so there was food, games and a petting zoo to explore. It was so cute to see Fierce’s love for animals as he rode the pony, petted the goats and bunnies, and held a baby chick.

Later we went to my parents trailer and had our race car themed party. Fierce loves wheels of any kind so I thought it was fitting. Vroom Vrrrooom! I had cookies decorated to look like the invitations as well as a mini cake for Fierce to dive into. He looked more curious than excited, but at least we got a classic messy-faced photo!

It was such a fun day that by the time we made it to the water park, Fierce slept through that adventure 😉 However, I think my friends kids enjoyed the pool and water slide. I really do love to see the kiddos faces light up at Sandy Pines.

Thanks again to everyone who came and celebrated with us. It meant a lot to us to see you before we left to St. Louis. I miss you all so much.

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Introducing Lynnae and John Oostema!

Amidst the excited chatter of women and girls, the bride was getting ready for her big day. At my parents house, we all had our makeup and hair done up to look our best. My mom made breakfast for us all and we smiled and clinked our mimosa glasses. Lynnae gave each of us girls a pair of drop dead gorgeous earrings. Everyone looked stunning in their individual emerald green dresses. Nothing could steal the show from Lynnae though, she looked like she stepped into a magazine for every picture.

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I surprised my mom with flowers because June 17 is her birthday!

My sister Lynnae is one of the most beautiful girls and her love for John was apparent in everything she did that day. My favorite part of her ceremony was that she asked everyone to join her in worshiping Christ as they sang and lit the unity candle. It is so good to know that their relationship is built on a strong foundation of faith.

Of course, the after party was a blast as well. A party bus took the wedding party to Lake Michigan for a few photos. During the ride, my brothers put on a dance off which was just hilarious to watch.

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My one big job was to deliver the maid of honor speech. I talked about how Lynnae and I have had many adventures. We are so different in personality, but have a lot of fun together. She is my best friend for life.

The ceremony had been at Dimnent Memorial Chapel and the reception was held under a big, white tent at John’s family cottage overlooking Lake Michigan. The dark night was twinkling with lights. The DJ had to ask guests to leave the dance floor so they could do the father-daughter dance. I love this because it just shows that everyone was already in a festive party mode. Later in the evening, Lynnae had us girls be her back up dancers as she performed a dance for John to a mix of their favorite music. John was so surprised. In the end, we all lit large sparklers as they closed the dance floor and left for their hotel. The whole night was perfectly gorgeous.

God bless you two!

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Halfway Through Taxol

We are settling into St. Louis. We actually live just across the state line in O’Fallon, IL. Apartment living is like camping for now. The mattress is on the floor in our room and Fierce is using his pack ‘n play. The really neat part is that the minute you walk out your door all of our neighbors are incredibly friendly. The neighbor right below us has a little boy who is 2 years old so we have been spending a lot of time together. The Gorillas at the zoo caught Fierce’s amazement and the play place at the St. Louis Science Museum was Aniah’s favorite. There are a LOT of mommy and me things to do around here. Chick Filet and Barnes and Noble both have story times that are fun for kids. Fierce tends to take it all in and interact towards the end, but at least he is nice and quiet during the story time 😉

I have moved all of my chemotherapy treatments to Siteman’s Cancer Center (Washington University) and everyone is so sweet. I don’t have my own room, but the chairs are heated and pretty spread out so that is nice. My treatments are on Fridays now because Wes works 4 10 hour days and has Friday off. So far he has stayed home and watched Fierce, but this week they are both going to come with me and check out the family room. There isn’t a cafeteria, but you can have food ordered into the facility. My Dr. here put me on a half dose of the steroid I was on in MI to prevent nausea and reactions to the chemo and I have done really well. I am all about taking less drugs! I was also able to go off of the benadryl which is awesome because I need to be able to drive home and not be sleepy.

Before my first treatment my friend, Maeva, sent me a hand crocheted blanket for me to use during my treatments. It is warm and so adorable. My sister-in-law, Lyndsay, sent me a pot of succulents right before we left MI so I hope she is happy to know that they survived the move and are now loving this heat advisory weather. Megan wrote me a sweet card with a gas card in it and then when I got here she mailed me a starbucks card because she missed our coffee dates. Meg, I plan to be home for surgery in September, so coffee will be on me in person! Thanks girls for thinking of me and being so incredibly sweet.

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Jen Singer, who has clung to Christ through the tragedy of losing twins, saw this tank and sent it to me. Thank you so much and please know that you are in my prayers.

Wes’ new job is through Scott’s Air force Base. When we first arrived he brought me to see the planes that are on show right before you get to the base. I have not been on base yet, but I should be able to after I get the appropriate ID or permission. I would love to get to know some more people that are in similar situations and I heard there are a lot of kid friendly events on base as well.

Before I wrap this long post up, I want to say a HUGE thank you to my Mom, Dad, Lynnae, Tate, Blake, Will, Sara and my Aunt Deb for helping us pack and move. I can’t believe how much work it required and you all were dedicated! Thanks!

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Chemo Round 4

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This week I wanted to get my focus off of the anticipation of nausea as I received chemotherapy. I asked my friends and family for their prayer requests so I could focus on God and others. I may be a wounded warrior, but I am dedicated to taking back for God more than has been taken from me.

Another thing that I am really grateful for is the insurance plan we have through Wes’ job at ScientiaMobile. Without it, this could be a financial nightmare. I feel like every aspect of going through this crazy time has been taken care of and I am so incredibly thankful.

The aftermath of chemo was the usual unpleasantness. On Wednesday, I went to my cousin JoDe’s to lay on her couch while she watched Fierce. Thanks Jo!

My cousin Jessica took Fierce today while I went to an Ultrasound to find out how my tumor has been responding to the chemotherapy. Thank you! My tumor started out at 22mm and is now down to 6mm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The nurse was so excited to tell me that their has been SIGNIFICANT change!

I expected good news since I can barely feel it myself anymore, but I still got teary-eyed when I was by myself in the car. When I got home, my cousin Nate and his wife Erin had sent flowers to me to bring a smile to my face. Well, I am beaming right now!

Thank you Lord for your faithfulness. I am so grateful you are walking with me through this cancer fight.

Chemo Round 3

Sitting there getting pumped full of life saving chemicals was making me nauseous, which is physically impossible because of the anti-nausea drugs. I realized my brain was warning me “THIS IS WHAT MAKES YOU SICK!” Alright, so the mental battle has begun. I decided to get my mind on something else so I turned on a song my cousin’s daughter, Ava, sang acapella for me a while back called “I will trust in you” by Lauren Daigle.

Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at Your feet
Every moment of my wandering
Never changes what You see

I’ve tried to win this war I confess
My hands are weary I need Your rest
Mighty Warrior, King of the fight
No matter what I face, You’re by my side

When You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!

I listened to a few more worship songs and it did help.

On the medical side of things. The doctor told me my sugar was low. During the off week it was at a 66 and before chemo it was at a 61. Apparently most people feel light headed at this level as a normal level after a fast is 70 -90 and 140 after 2 hours of eating and I had eaten breakfast already. So, I was glad that I had brought a bunch of snacks including a protein shake my friend Tracey had given me. She is an old co-worker I had in college when I worked at McShane and Bowie, PLC. She said the office was praying for me and she gave me a gift bag of essential oils and health snacks that are supposed to be good for those going through breast cancer. I really miss going out to lunch with her during the work week, it was just so nice to catch up again.

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My friends also spoiled me this past week. We do a girls night on occasion and this time we went to Socorro for 1/2 off hibachi. When I arrived they handed me several gifts. The staff kept asking, what are you celebrating and they replied “Girls night.” They looked at us confused since I was clearly the only one receiving gifts. Looking back, I probably should have said something like cancer recovery, but I don’t always love making that the topic of conversation in that kind of setting. The gifts were really thoughtful. Amanda and Kacie both work at Dental offices and gave me a dry mouth kit. I have been concerned about my oral hygiene so this was a timely gift. Allie gave me Laura Mercier makeup, which is nice because I am not supposed to use any of my old makeup for fear of germs and infection. Stephanie gave me a scarf and a few magazines. She also gave me a knit cap made for breast cancer survivors and for some reason Fierce thinks it is so funny to take it off my head and try to put it back on again. Lindsey, Stephanie K and Stacie both donated towards the never ending gift basket. One of the gift cards was for Harvest Health. I had been wanting to go there and get three herbs/vitamins I heard helped you to not lose feeling in your fingers and toes during the next phase of chemo. I was able to pick of 2 and order the 3rd so I am so grateful. Thank you so much girls!

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The Tuesday after chemo I felt pretty terrible. I stayed around the house and just went from my room to the kitchen and back again. My sister-in-law, Sara, sent me flowers from the family and when I received them I just teared up. Thanks for your thoughtfulness.

By Wednesday, I just didn’t want to be home even though I felt nasty. I called up my friend Wendy and we went to Sandy Pines to relax by the water, take a golf cart ride and chill. I appreciated getting my mind off my rolling stomach, but I think I was a little ADD with the days activities. Thanks for your fun and patience Wendy! Later that night was the worst I have felt so far. People would send me a text and I felt anger because I just didn’t have the energy to respond. My mind felt this “Oh that is so nice of them” warp into “Why the heck don’t people leave me alone.” I finally decided to call my mom and through one word answers she realized I needed to have her tell everyone I would get back to them tomorrow. I felt a huge mental battle to be nice and remain positive. The only way I can think of describing my stomach pain is to say that if feels like someone took my stomach to the fair and is hitting it like they hit the high striker or strongman game and then my esophagus is the puck rising towards the bell.

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Sweet, sweet Thursday arrives and I feel almost normal again. By Friday it is like nothing happened. Plus, Wes’ friend Eric stopped by and brought me flowers from the farmers market and Wes some dark chocolate fudge. Yum and thanks! My sister’s shower was on Sunday and I did notice that if I talk about chemo, I feel the remnants of nausea. Man, the mind is a crazy thing. I am so glad there is only one more round of these drugs. The nurse told me that the next drug (weekly chemo until September) doesn’t make you feel so sick. I am ready for a change 🙂

Biblical Healing by T.L. Osborn

My Aunt Deb gave me the book, Biblical Healing by T.L. Osborn. At first this book is pretty intimidating. The first half of the book focuses on having faith in Christ and  believing Him for instantaneous healing.

Pastor Osborn started out doing pastoral work, then went to India to be a missionary only to find that people were not interested in converting to Christianity. He and his family returned to the States and began pastoral work again. During this time they were disheartened but began to learn about healing. They began a healing ministry and went all over the world spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Osborn believes that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and that we can claim the Bible’s promises including healing.

Throughout their ministry they saw hundreds of thousands of people accept Christ as their savior and receive instantaneous healing. There are five basic concepts:

  1. God is a healer (Ex.15:26) and He has not changed (Mal.3:6)
  2. Jesus Christ healed the sick (Mat.9:35, Mk.6:55-56, Ac.10:38) and He has not changed (Heb.13:8)
  3. Jesus commanded His disciples to heal the sick (Mat.10:1-8) and a disciple of Christ is the same today: “If you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed (Jn.8:31).
  4. Miracles of healing were manifested in the ministry of the Early Church (Ac.3:6-7) and this is an example of what the church should be today (Mt.28:20).
  5. Jesus commissioned all believers to lay their hands on the sick promising that they shall recover (Jn.14:12).

They challenge people to walk by faith not by senses. Instead of saying I will receive my healing someday or when I feel it then I will receive it, you should have positive faith saying “I have it now. It is written. It is mine.” (Referencing Gal.5:16-17) A Biblical believer does not doubt that God has healed them because symptoms do not disappear immediately. They are confident in God’s promise, and they rejoice in His word until it is fulfilled in their lives (1 Kg.8:56).

While I was reading: “Joshua and his people exclaimed praise to the Lord for delivering the city of Jericho into their hands even while the walls were still standing (Joshua 6:10,16)” I began to smile. After I received my diagnosis and while Wes was on a business trip I listening to praise music with Fierce and felt I should walk around my house praising the Lord with this exact story in mind.

I am so glad I serve such a loving, caring and healing God. Many people have sent me verses on either encouragement or healing so I decided to list them here so I could reference them in the future.

Philipians 4:6-7

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Corinthians 4:8-9

Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you. For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.

Psalm 112

Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in theLordHis heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. 10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

Proverbs 31:25

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

Micah 7:7

Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

John 19:30

 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

James 1: 2-4

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Hebrews 10: 35-36

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Psalm 57

Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth. My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth. They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah. My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. 10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. 11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Deuteronomy 33:12, 27

12 And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders. 27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

Isaiah 40:31

 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

 

Chemo Round 2

I was pretty tempted to play hookie or perhaps not go back at all, but I walked through the doors and into the waiting room. I poured myself some hot water and pulled out some ginger tea from a bag of goodies my friend Sheena gave me. Soon, I had my blood drawn and met with the nurse. The week before my white blood cells were low, but not dangerously and after the Nulasta shot my WBC were high. That made me feel reassured before doing this next round of chemo. Then came the hook up. The nurse poked a needle through my port and started running the chemo drugs. I read a book for a bit and then fell asleep.

I felt good all day and even the next day. I did decide to take an anti-nausea pill in the evening because it was starting to set in and that feeling is really not fun. It certainly was not as bad as last time. I have been able to eat normally so far. Thank you Lord!

Right on schedule, my hair has begun to fall out. It doesn’t look too bad yet, but when I brush it I can’t believe how much is in the bristles and still more comes out into my hands. I am curious to find out how long it will be until it is all gone. So glad I have a wig!

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My 1st Mother’s Day

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I slept in…ahhh. Then Flowers were delivered to my door with a note that said, “Love Wes and Fierce.” We had french toast, I slept some more and then Wes took me out for dinner and dessert. It was a really sweet day and I appreciated every minute. Thank you Wes for being wonderful. I love you both so much!