On the 4th of September, I was blessed and surprised to have finally met a best friend face-to-face after 7 years of communication but no meeting. Monica was telling me about the vacation she and her husband of two years, Adam, were taking and I was just so excited for them. Little did I know, the whole point of their vacation was to come down to Kentucky for a few days to see me. On the 4th, I was scheduled to have a dexa scan and then Mommy and I planned to have a girls' day out together. After the scan, we went to Starbucks and then I had to run in Sam's to get a bag of Millstone coffee (which they have at a great price there for a bag so big). What I didn't know was while I was in both places, Mommy had been making phone calls to make sure everything was on schedule. After my suggestion to go to Cracker Barrel because Mommy and I always liked going there together, we headed on our way. It turns out, they had planned to meet there anyway, so it was funny that that's what I chose. Mommy and I went inside and were kind of looking around in the little store (I say "kind of" because she wasn't really looking around at the store, she was looking directly at me and rather than walking away from me, she kept backing up, making sure that I was looking at her). Finally, when we reached the back of the store, she put her finger on my cheek as if there was something there and she was getting it off me. Then she said to me, "Get ready," and I was wondering why she said that when I felt a tap on my back and someone said, "Excuse me." I turned around and there was my sweet Monica and her sweet husband, Adam. She and I grabbed each other and hugged, laughed, and cried for, I don't know, no less than 30 seconds I would imagine. Finally we pulled apart and Monica said, "Hi." We went outside for a little while to sit and talk and then we got a table and sometime later, Daddy and Chris arrived to join us. They had been planning this for months and my whole family knew about it, but were able to keep it a secret for so long, without dropping any clues. When Daddy and Chris arrived, we ordered our food and had a really nice time together, though, I didn't really say much because I was so, so, so surprised and excited, I felt like I was in a dream. To think that I finally had my "sis" and best friend sitting next to me, talking to me, was totally awesome. When we left, we went over to Monica and Adam's hotel (where my awesome Mommy & Daddy paid for their room) and made plans to get together the next day. The next day came and Mommy and I got to their hotel at about 1:00. Daddy and Chris had to stay home because our sink needed to be fixed before Adam and Monica came over for dinner that night. So, Mommy and I picked up Monica and then we started our awesome, fun day. Unfortunately, when we were in a little gift store, Monica got a phone call from a friend saying that a friend of Adam's had passed away. I hugged her and cried with her, then Mommy gave me the keys to the car and Monica and I went out there together. But, we were still able to enjoy our time, even after the bad news. We left there and went to Hobby Lobby and looked around for awhile and Mommy got some pushpins and I bought Monica her favorite candy (Gummy Bears) for her Birthday which is on the 17th. After Hobby Lobby we went to Starbucks (which is quite conveniently located right in front of Hobby Lobby) and got Pumpkin Spice Lattes and I got Monica a cake pop because she saw some on the cover of a magazine at Hobby Lobby and said she had never had one before so I told her she had to get one. We enjoyed our time in there for awhile and then Mommy took Monica and me back to their hotel so the 2 of us girls could spend some time together for awhile. Adam had been doing his own thing for the day and then when he came back to the hotel, the 3 of us talked for awhile and then he wanted to watch a football game (I think) and so Monica and I decided to go out to the lobby and talk out there, then decided it was too hot, so we went out and sat on a little bench. We were so pleased that it was so cool outside because it had been so hot earlier. It was storming, but we were sitting right outside the door and had protection, we did get just a little bit wet, but we were fine with that. We sat there for at least an hour and a half, I think, just talking. I finally got a phone call from Chris saying they were done and we could come on over. We went back to the hotel room, got Adam, and I directed him to our place as he drove. Dinner was pulled pork sandwiches, cornflake hash brown casserole, and cole slaw. The 6 of us had a wonderful time together and I was finally able to steal Monica away to my room where we talked, laughed, looked through decorating magazines, and decided we should be interior decorators because we didn't like a lot of the things we saw in the magazines, so then we'd be able to look through magazines and see things we like if we were the decorators. We all had a wonderful time and they stayed for, I would say, about 5 hours, leaving at about 11:45. The next day was the hard day. Daddy was at work so Mommy, Chris, and I met up with Adam and Monica at their hotel and I joined the two of them in their car while Mommy led the way to Memaw and Grandpa's so they could meet them. We had another wonderful time there, talking and laughing. Then came the time for departure. After taking some pictures, Monica and I stood hugging for probably over a minute, crying. They said goodbye to everyone else and I walked Monica to their car where we hugged for several seconds again, still crying. Then we waved goodbye as they backed out of the driveway and headed back. We had such a wonderful time and it is even now still surreal to me that they were actually here, that we finally got to meet. The sweet thing is, it was Adam who suggested that they come down here. He took his vacation to take his wife to see me. Now I'll share some pictures from the visit:
Outside Cracker Barrel.
At the table.
Adam & Monica
Coming out of Hobby Lobby.
Hanging out at Starbucks.
On the bench outside their hotel.
Hanging out in my room.
At Memaw & Grandpa's house.
Saying "Goodbye." <3
I am so thankful to God that He blessed us with that time together and I look forward to when we'll be able to get together again. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long, Lord willing.
I mentioned in my previous post that I had made a cookbook for my friend for Christmas and that I would post pictures later on, so here they are:
I had never done anything like this before and was so happy with the way it turned out. I had a lot of fun making it. I thought about her the whole time and was so happy when she got it and told me how much she loved it.
To my few followers and readers, forgive my long absence. Sometimes I just have no idea what to write.
Tuesday I had follow-up scans to make sure the cancer has not returned. For some reason, I had been worrying about this for a very long time and have cried- well, sobbed is more like it - several times because I was so afraid something had returned. We got the results today and all is clear and fine. My Radiologist (who is always so nice and awesome) told us that the scans look great and everything is looking really good. He told us that since everything is looking so good, there's a very, very slim chance of anything returning. Because I was so happy about the news, I started crying a little bit and Mommy told him how I had been so worried and he told me not to worry and that he'll do the worrying; he's great. We are just praising the Lord for this wonderful news. Tomorrow is my Oncologist's Birthday so last night I made PB cookies and Espresso bars and we're going to take them to the Oncology Center for him and all the nurses. We had planned on doing it today but he doesn't work on Thursdays. But since tomorrow is his Birthday, it all worked out perfectly. I must say, I do look forward to seeing the nurses there. All of them are kind of like my friends now, and they're all just the sweetest. I've always felt that way about them, but can't say enough how much I appreciate everyone there and how grateful I am to the Lord that he blessed me with such wonderful doctors and nurses throughout all of this.
I have an Etsy shop now, so far I'm just selling handmade earrings, but I hope to get inspiration of other things I can make and sell. I sold one pair of earrings within just a few days of it being opened, so I was thankful for that. I also have a Pinterest, if anyone is interested in following me: pinterest.com/1maiden4manutd.
Oh, on the 20th, I have an appointment to see a surgeon because I have this kind of swelling on my foot that's been there for several weeks now and my Dr. thinks it's a cyst, but because of my history with cancer, and knowing that I wouldn't be comfortable until we know for sure, she said we should go see a surgeon. He thinks it could be a popped blood vessel and told me to put heat on it at least 3 times a day for 20 minutes each time, which, unfortunately, I haven't been able to do it that often a day, but I have done it at least twice most days. It will start to go down, but if I accidentally skip a few days, it gets bigger again. He said that it's nothing to worry about at all but, if it is a cyst, it would have to be removed, so we'll see what he says on Monday.
Other than all of that, I do not think there is anything new with us.
My hair is coming back nicely and Mommy and I decided that it's getting long enough now to where we don't need to use hairspray anymore (she always fixes it for me because I am not used to short hair and because she likes it...as do I).
In other non-related news: Last Christmas, I made one of my best friends a scrapbook/cookbook type thing and I keep meaning to post about it (it's taken me long enough) because I took pictures of all the pages and, if I may say, they're quite cute. I'll have to try and post those pictures soon. I also need to keep up with writing here, as I do enjoy it.
Continuing on with my animal rant, I give you: Pet Cancer Awareness Month Did you know there was an entire month devoted to pet cancer? I didn't. While every kind of cancer is a scary thing, and I'm sure it's sad to see an animal with it, I'm sorry, that's too far. I mean, yes, there is a Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but when is Leukemia Awareness Month? Child Cancer? Lymphoma? Brain? And, if any of those exist, I would like to know, considering I have never once heard of them. Mommy saw an advertisement in a coupon add the other day saying where you can donate to find a cure for pet cancer. You know what's sad? Knowing the way America is today, I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if there was a cure found for pet cancer way sooner than for any kind of cancer a HUMAN BEING has, because pets and animals are that much more important in so many peoples' eyes than humans. Being one who has battled cancer, gone through treatments, suffered the effects of those treatments, having a fear in the back of my mind that it will one day return, I now understand it. I understand and have felt what others have gone through, are going through, and will continue to go through. It is a scary, dreadful experience...one I would not wish upon my worst enemy. I've always had a sympathy for people with cancer, but now that I know what it's like, it means so much more to me. I long to see a cure for it someday. The loss of a human life from cancer is greater than the loss of an animal. I know to animal lovers or people with pets, that sounds harsh, but it is the truth. You may love your pet, but a pet can be replaced. Once you've lost someone dear to you, that person can never be replaced. Which would you rather lose? Please, consider those who are suffering and donate to foundations that help PEOPLE with cancer, foundations that are searching and searching for a cure. It is sad to see an animal suffer, but it is worse to see a human suffer. Put yourself in that person's shoes. If you had cancer, would you not want a cure? Would you not be offended at the fact that more people would donate to find a cure for pet cancer than they would for the type of cancer you have? Please, don't ignore this disease. Until you go through it (and I hope and pray you won't), you have no idea.
Donate here. Please, consider putting people above animals for a change. I'm not asking for me, but for all cancer patients and their families who long to see this disease cured, people who long to be made well forever.....to celebrate more Birthdays.
I am not asking or suggesting you ignore pet cancer, but just get your priorities straight and have a heart for suffering human beings. Wouldn't you long for a cure?
Yes, believe it or not, animals are NOT human; which is why we are called "human" and they are called "animals." This subject really, really gets on my nerves. I don't know if it's like this in different Countries, but in America, it's disgusting. On just about any channel you watch you would see a commercial for the ASPCA and saving animals, but how many commercials are there for saving children's lives? Yeah, very few, unless you're watching 1 or 2 certain channels. Sure, let's put it out there that animals need help and good homes, but forget about children. I am totally and completely against animal cruelty, but people go way, way too far. One thing that gets on my nerves, is on decorating shows where the parents say how they want a room that's just for them, where they can get away from their children, a room they can't enter. And yet, everyone wants to have their pet with them, sure show people your top priorities: pets first, then children. It really frustrates me. Pet food and Pet Smart commercials drive me crazy as well, everyone acting like pets are the most important part in their lives or in their families lives, it's ridiculous. Of course if one has a pet, they love it, why not? It's only natural. But loving it like a normal person would, and treating it like it's the most important part of the family are 2 totally different things. I am in no way against having a pet (that would be stupid), I mean, they're fun (we don't have any), but it is possible to go too far. It's understandable if a lonely person or a couple that can't have children treat their pets in a different way than others do, but come on, people, pets are not children, it's weird to treat them as such. If one has a pet, it could be called a part of the family, but it is NOT a human being.
20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God
created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves,
with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged
bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to
their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth
according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And
God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the
livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the
ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let
them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the
heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every
creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be
fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have
dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and
over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Genesis 1:20-28 (ESV)
Man is to have dominion over all creatures. Now wouldn't it be weird to have dominion over ourselves? That would just make no sense whatsoever. Furthermore, all of the animals were created and THEN man, we weren't created at the same time. We are created in the likeness of God, animals are not. He did not say, "Let us make living creatures of the sea and sky, all livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth in our image." No, they are made according to their kinds: we (humans) are made in the image and likeness of God, not of animals, as they are not made in our likeness. Animals are animals. Humans are humans.
You don't keep a human for a pet, but rather, an animal.
It disgusts me to think that people are more than happy to give to charities and places for the support of animals but are hesitant to do it for children. What is wrong with this Country? What is wrong with people? How can they be so heartless towards others? But oh let's make sure all pets are well protected in safe, loving homes, forget about people that can't help themselves. Let's blame them for their own misfortune and not worry about helping them, oh but there's those poor little dogs and cats that did nothing wrong, let's spend all our money helping charities and associations that take care of them, but ignore the ones that really need our help: fellow human beings.
Don't get me wrong, I hate seeing an animal hurting and all alone and everything, but I feel even more sorry for the person that can't help themselves or take care of their families because of job loss or other financial problems. This Country has got to wake up and gain some caring, compassion, and kindness here. What happened? When our Grandparents were young, people cared about other people and would help them. Who is the one that started the, "Let's put animals before people" movement?
How would you feel if you were all alone, lost everything, and hurting and saw someone that could help you, but they help the little animal not far from you instead? "Oh well, I'll just die so the little animal can live." That's smart.
Another thing- testing make-up and things on animals: I understand it may seem cruel, but isn't it more cruel to test it on a HUMAN BEING and see if they'll be affected or die from it? Seriously, let's save the animals and let the innocent people die all so we can see if we can wear this make-up!
This is something I have been wanting to write for a long time and now I've written it and don't feel bad or anything because it is the truth. People are more important than animals. Anyone that doesn't see it that way has serious issues with where their priorities lie.
Man is created equal. Animals are not created equal to man, they are of their own kind, as the Creator of the universe tells us.
Get your priorities straight and have a heart for people in need.
I have a friend in the UK that is a musician and he just started up a SoundCloud profile and I wanted to share it with everyone: soundcloud.com/chriswitherall
Here are a few other links of his: twitter.com/chriswitherall facebook.com/branchesarc branchesarc.com
Anyway, it's really great music and I hope y'all check it out....'cause it's swell and 'cause he's my friend and 'cause I told you to.
There is only one problem with him: he's a Liverpool FC supporter. I, being a Manchester United supporter, find this disgusting, but I'm able to look past it because he's my friend AND because Manchester United have 19 league titles to Liverpool's 18...oh, whoops, did I just brag?
Ha, seriously, he's a swell dude. Check out his tuneage. I now also have a link to his SoundCloud on my sidebar; just look for the Liverpool Vs Manchester United picture on the left, it's really not that hard to find, trust me.
has a lot of time on their hands when they're sick and can't do
anything so I thought I might as well write another blog post today and
tell you what I do when I'm sick, not that you're interested, I just
felt like writing another blog post and this is what came to mind. My
poor Facebook friends have to put up with all my strange updates, for
example, last night I couldn't sleep and so here's one thing I said: "Blahblahbadeeblahblahblob 8)" and the others were just about how I couldn't sleep. The other day I said this: " ORANGE
JUICE!!!! :-D It's so....orange-y-ish.....in color - the taste is more
like bacon. HAHA, JK, peeps, come on! I can't believe you actually
believed me, oh gosh." So
yeah, I just say weird things like that. Last year I had a cold earlier
in the year that lasted for over 3 weeks and I had posted some really
weird things then too, but I can't remember them, I just know some of
them were about apples. People don't seem to mind, then again, maybe
they're just too nice to say anything, however, I do know some people
like my strange updates. Granted, I write weird stuff when I'm not sick
but being sick gives me the opportunity to do it more often. Oh
a few weeks ago I had said that I wouldn't discourage the sending of
dark chocolate to my door or mailbox, lo and behold, a few days later I
got an envelope in the mail from my Aunt containing a large Dove dark
chocolate bar! Like the day after that I got a package from one of my
best friends that contained a box of dark chocolates, a book about true
Irish ghost stories, and a sweet card to congratulate me on being cancer
free. Allow me to share with you other things I've said: " So, since vegans don't eat or drink anything that involves animals, I wonder what they use as a binder in salmon patties." " "Update status" -Facebook" " La la la lahhhh-ooooohhh...hey!" " Well, you know what I like to say.......oh, you don't? Never mind. Neither do I anyway." " Y'all, there is lovely cold white fluff falling from the heavens :)" Those are just a few examples of how weird I can be. If
you knew me you would discover even more strange things about me,
strange things that I've done, but that would take up much too much time