There is a big storm coming our way just in time for trick-or-treating, so our city has postponed all Halloween events until Sunday. We had our church's trunk-or-treat last weekend, so I am good to say good bye to this holiday and move on. I think making cookies and watching the new My Little Pony movie sounds like a fun alternative to getting drenched and blown away tonight. I am happy how the girls' costumes turned out this year. They all chose a favorite movie/book character. Ava was Sophia the First from Disney Jr., Quincy was Venelope from Wreck it Ralph, Liezl was Hermione from Harry Potter, and Cora was Little Red Riding Hood.
We are all prepping ourselves for the hardest rotation of the year. Trauma nights not only have difficult hours, but after glancing over Josh's shoulder as he studied his trauma book last night, I was reminded how much responsibility he has over saving people's lives. Josh is an amazing leader, and shines in stressful situations. He is truly amazing and will do great.
Quincy takes a handful of selfies whenever she gets a hold of my phone. Such a silly girl! These pictures are a big help at doctors visits when Cora needs a smile. I am so glad we have her around to lighten the mood.
Liezl was student of the month for September. I am so proud of how hard she is working this school year. She also just finished her soccer season for our beloved bethel school. They called themselves the goatee ninjas. (The second picture is their team pose). They did so well, their team advanced to the finals which was held on a Sunday. Liezl chose to attend her Sunday meetings instead of playing. It was hard for her, but she did an amazing job explaining her decision to her friends and coaches.
Cora's fourth chemo treatment was this week. It went smoothly thanks to Judy who flew in for the week. After putting up a strong fight against nurses who kept poking her, she took a long nap and then woke up ready to play. She loves to climb behind the crib and scale the Iv pole. She has been a lot sicker this time around, but seems to be doing better this morning.
Ava has been a different girl this last month. She has had to deal with multiple unitary tract infections and pain for a while now, but with the right medicine, she is such a happy, talkative girl.
Joining the military to help Josh achieve his dream profession was a hard decision for both of us. It was never in our plans, but I have gained a strong testimony that we were led to this path for many reasons. I can not imagine having to go through Cora's cancer with the added strain of hospital bills. I am so thankful for our insurance. I am so thankful that we are stationed where we are so close to a children's hospital. I am so thankful for the amazing friends I have made along our journey. I am better because of them. I have a friend who inspires me to keep running. We just finished a half marathon trail run. It was the hardest I have ever pushed myself physically. The trail was a crazy mix of steep up hill climbs, stream crossings, and tree hurdling. Near the end, when the trees were crazy thick and the trail was super narrow, I thought it was just too hard. But soon enough, the trees parted and the end was in sight. It is empowering to know I can push myself past exhaustion and accomplish hard things.
Liesy took these pictures with her phone during the race while never stopping, resulting in a couple falls. This last one was the beginning of the race when we were all packed together.
Liezl and Quincy's soccer season is just about over. It has been a good run. Quincy is fearless on the field and is everywhere! Liezl's takes a more analytical approach and thinks through each play. They both have done an amazing job!
Our next scheduled chemotherapy date was next week, but because Cora was showing concerning symptoms (tremors, eye jerks, and irratibility) our doctor asked us to come in today for her chemo. Her medicine and fluids flow into her port on her chest for nine hours. It is hard work keeping a one year old entertained in a small room for that long, especially when all she wants to do is pull out the tube connected to her body. She does not get too sick afterwards and we do not have to worry too much about her immune system getting weak, so it could be much worse.
I have been thinking a lot about sleep lately. It is like when you are dieting and all you can think about is food. Sleep is on short supply around here thanks to this silly girl. Cora is taking a daily steroid medicine that makes her aggressive, chubby, a little crazy, and a terrible sleeper. She is up two to three hours a night starving and full of energy (and wakes up at 5:00 ready for the day to begin). She plays around me while I am in and out of sleep on the living room floor. She got into the pantry the other night and ate most of the dog treats. Josh had her the other night and said she was doing laps around the kitchen. She is pretty crazy. Some things I have realized these last couple of weeks concerning sleep:
No one wants to hear my daily log of how my night went, so I am sorry to those who have had to put up with my boring conversation.
Competing every morning on who had a worse night sleep is not good for a marriage.
No amount of eye make-up can cover these dark circles.
The medicine causing her to be a terror is saving her life, so I need to keep it in perspective.