I have a few more Christmas cards to make. I hope to get them sent out this weekend!
Monday, November 24, 2014
We ran a few errands tonight. I stopped at Bath & Body Works and picked up a few foaming Christmas soap. I usually wait until after Christmas and buy them on clearance, but I saw these scents on their website and couldn't resist!
When we first found out that John had Lymphoma, we got the lime green lymphoma bands. We have since added metal bands for John. JKLIVIN has been John's motto so to speak and couldn't be more appropriate now. We added the shamrock because St Patrick's Day is his favorite holiday, as well as John and Stacie's Wedding Anniversary and Jim's birthday. Fight was added when we found out he had lymphoma for the second time.
These feet and arms belong to Nate. He always supports John by wearing his lime green lymphoma bracelet. He also has green shoes that he wears at work and just recently replaced his jawbone fitness tracker in lime green. We just love our Johnny Mac!
Today is the one year anniversary of the horrible tornado that went through our neighborhood. This house is one of the few that still remains with no repairs what so ever. Two of the houses have been torn down completely. One is being rebuild and the other lot has a for sale by owner sign on it. This house has a sign posted from the city requesting it be repaired or it will be demolished.
I am doing a December Daily album again this year. This is my favorite page. I constructed the majority of the album when I went to the Barn for my scrapcation on November 8. This year, I am using a Simple Stories paper from a couple of years ago. I hope to have it finished in January 2015, before I go back to work from Christmas break.
This is a day we have been looking forward to for 22 days. John got to come home from the hospital. He spent 22 days in the same room during his stem cell transplant. He was very sick during this time and we are very happy that is he home and feeling much better.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Coco and I went for a walk tonight. It might be the last one for a while. The weather is predicted to have snow flurries the next few days. We don't have a single tree in our yard any more, but these leaves have gathered at our door step tonight.
John was cleared to walk in the hallway. He has not been allowed to go out of the transplant room since he was admitted on October 22. He had to wear a mask to take his walk. His blood count is climbing every day. It won't be long and he will be back in his chair at home!
Went to the Barn in Dahinda for a Scrapcation! We worked on our December Daily album for this year. Mine is all done and ready to have the photos in place. I will have to do some embellishing as the photos go in. It was a great weekend with my girlfriends!
This is the third order of "I Hate Cancer" shirts in lime green. There are over 120 shirts. The shirts are sold to support St. Jude. We ordered them in lime green to show our support and love for John in his fight against Lymphoma. I have enjoyed seeing all of his friends picking up their shirts from my house!
It was the day to bring the house plants inside for the winter. I have had the fern for several years and it barely makes it through the winter months. It does awesome outside. I tried a few succulents this year. They grew more than I expected.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Today is Day 0. Transplant day. John and Stacie took a selfie just before the stem cell transplant began. It only took a little over an hour. He has 3.5 million of his cells back. Now we wait. At least 14 days for his counts to come back up.
Stacie and I went to the Women's Lifestyle Show at the Civic Center. We bought VIP tickets, which allowed us early entry, goodie bag and the VIP lounge. There are lots of vendors giving out samples. We always do the "dress up" picture.
Today is my mom's 76th birthday. My dad was 76 on Tuesday. We went to dinner at Kouri's tonight to celebrate their birthday. They wore their I Hate Cancer shirts and I took their picture in front of the "count down to St. Patrick's Day" sign. This is John's favorite holiday.
On my way to lunch today, an old car was right in front of me. It was a convertible. I don't know who was driving it, but whenever I see an antique car, I always wonder who bought it and how it made it to be restored and driven again!
I asked our staff at Marquette School to support John as he enters the hospital to begin the stem cell transplant. We all wore our I Hate Cancer t-shirts. He will receive 7 days of chemo and the transplant of his own harvested cells.
John will be going to the hospital to get a stem cell transplant in a few days. I am committed to wearing green while he is in the hospital. I wear my lymphoma bracelet everyday, however, if I am wearing a ribbon, someone asks me why. When I tell them about John, they always say they will pray for him.