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Thankful Thursday – May 2, 2013

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Snow.

Really?

It's May, and we have snow in the forecast. I know we live in Okla-freaky-weather-homa, but this is crazy!

All of these photos were taken during our last snow, which might have been the prettiest snow ever!

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The cows had been huddled under this tree, and had knocked a lot of the snow off of it. I bet it was pretty warm under there with all of them huddled together.

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Peace.

That is the feeling that comes over me when I look back on these photos.

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This is where the horses come to get out of the wind. McD would cut all of these cedars down if the animals didn't use them so much.

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As I sat here going through all of my photos from this beautiful sunkissed, snow covered day I remember how McD came into the house and told me he wanted to drive me around to show me the pretty snow. He thought I might want to take some photos before it all melted away. I didn't want to at first, it was cold and I felt pretty good cuddled up on the couch. But I went.

ACR_7377It's Thankful Thursday, and there are so many reasons to be thankful.  I could sit here all day writing about every little thing, but instead I will name just a few.

I am thankful for the unbelievably beautiful world in which we live. I love capturing the beauty on film with my camera.

I am thankful for the different seasons. Not just Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, but the different seasons of our lives, as well.

And lastly, I am thankful for the wonderful man I married. I am thankful that he encourages me to step out into the world, soak it all in, and capture the stills. He encourages me to be me, and loves me for me. He is my rock.

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What are you thankful for?

Mission Trips, Travel

Thankful Thursday – Jan. 10, 2013

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Last month, December 2012, I went on my very first mission trip and this is a photo of our team. Let me introduce you to everyone. From the top, left to right: Trey, me, Amber, Jessica, Stephanie, Granny, Vanessa. Middle, left to right: Daryl, Bob, Jeff, Rob, Grant. Bottom, left to right: John, Shawn, Grant, Ronnie, Bob, Danny, Cory.

I feel bad because I can't recall where everyone is from, but I can tell you that our team represents at least four states. We were all brought together by God, to do work in His name. I am so thankful that I was able to be a part of this team.

I went for weeks thinking that the next mission trip I could go on would be in July, and the timing of that one just isn't right for me this year. It would take a lot of sacrifice on my part, and I am praying about that. But then last week, Trey posted on Facebook that there is a trip this month, and it just so happened that there was at least one person that ended up not being able to go. I immediately sent him a message telling him that I was very interested in going.

Fast forward a few days. I spoke to Trey, got the details on the trip, and told him that I would have to talk to McD, but that I would get back with him. He gave me twenty-four hours. Six hours later, I told him that I was going!

I am so thankful for this opportunity to go and serve our Lord!

It is a new team, and I will only know one person (Trey) going. So, I will get to meet new people too!

If you don't mind, please keep me and the rest of our team in your prayers as we go to Mexico City.

Now, what are you thankful for today?

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday – Jan. 3, 2012

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Black-eyed peas are not my thing. Do you eat black-eyed peas each New Year? I realize they are a symbol of luck, but I really don't do superstitions. Okay, I might not open an umbrella in the house, or walk under a ladder, but it doesn't mean I believe in superstitions. Some of them are kind of fun to do like holding your breath over a bridge, or raising your feet when you drive over a railroad track. Fun, that is all they are for me.

The year of 2011, we ate black-eyed peas to play along with the world. That is the year I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The year of 2012, we skipped the black-eyed peas, and I beat breast cancer!

This year, 2013, I started the year cancer-free! I have finished all of my treatments and surgeries. I have to take Tamoxifen for another 4 years, but that's no step for a stepper. And my hair is growing!

Today, I am thankful for my cancer free life.

Faith, My Battle with Breast Cancer, Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday – My LAST Chemo Treatment

I'm getting ready to walk out the door, be chauffered into town, and receive my last chemo treatment. 

I AM SO THANKFUL!!

Last night I laid in bed trying to figure out what kind of Chemo Treatment Fun we could have today, but I just kept coming back to the fact that I've made it to my last treatment.  Sure, I love hearing funny stories about the first car you drove or owned, jokes, and other silly things like that. 

And if you have something funny to share, please do!  I always enjoy reading them, laughing at them, and making other people in the treatment room wonder what kind of drugs I'm really getting.  McD likes reading them too!!  Really, it is part of our entertainment as we kill four hours there.

But.  Today is another Thankful Thursday.

Today I am SO thankful for my doctors, nurses, pretty ladies in the office (Lady P who keeps me honest on my Thankful Thursdays every Thursday), and my new friend Shirley. 

I am thankful for all my friends and family who have supported me throughout this whole ordeal, and who I know will continue to do so through my next few surgeries.  Thank you!!

For Wes & Jane, and Cyndi who found me at the rodeo to hug my neck and let me know I was loved! 

For all the cards of encouragement I have received in the mail. 

For my wonderful husband who treats me like a queen no matter what!!  I couldn't do any of this without you, McD!

And lastly, I am SO thankful for the rain we got last night!

So what are you thankful for? 

My Battle with Breast Cancer

Chemo Treatment #1

On June 23, 2011, I had my first chemo treatment.  McD was kind enough to take photos for me.  Thanks, McD!

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This is the treatment room. 

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Like I said before, McD is taking the photos and I am instructing him in almost every photo.  Almost, but not all. 

I've tried to point out the freezing spray that they used to numb me before sticking my port.  I am so thankful for freezing spray.

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Yea, I was a little nervous about what it would feel like, and I didn't want to see the needle before they stuck me.  I might have mentioned this before, but I do not like needles.

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Well, she did it.  It was the first time my port had been used, and I have to admit I was more than a little nervous.  You might be able to tell by the look on my face.

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Then they put this little plastic tape like stuff over the needle in the port to keep everything sterile.

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There are no words for this photo, but you will understand it better when you see another photo in this post.  You will know which photo it is when you see it, promise.

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The first thing they have me hooked up to is a drug to help keep me from getting nauseated.  I can only imagine what was going through my mind at this point.  I knew nothing, had no idea what to expect, and to be honest was a little scared.

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This is Nurse J.  She is telling me about the drug that will keep me from getting nauseated, and explaining that she is going to go over some things with me while I get this medicine.  It usually takes about twenty minutes for this bag.

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Here we are going over everything in a very important Blue Book.  She told me we were going to go over it, and explained how they ran out of the blue covers.  I had to bring my blue book out, and then explain to her how my good friend got it for me at the Stillwater Clinic. 

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When it is time to start the chemo drugs both of the nurses come to you, one askes you for your name and date of birth, and then they can start the drugs.  It is just a check to make sure they give you the correct cocktail.

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Then it is time to get techy.  Twitter on one, and FB on the other.

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It is time to change meds, so Nurse R comes to my aid. 

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Then my friends start showing up. :)  I doubt you can really see it, but Terry here, brought me a bell. 🙂

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Time to change again.  Seemed like time was just flying by.

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It could be because I had such good company the whole time I was there.  Thanks, Stef, for coming down and spending your lunch hour with me. 🙂

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I realized that all of the IV poles had little flowers on them all.  I thought that was a nice little touch. 

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Now you see why I was sticking out my tongue?  This is Lady P, and I really like this lady.  In fact, I like all the ladies and nurses that work here.  They make it just as fun as it can be.

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I finally finished all of my meds, and then they had to flush my port with saline.  I just have to say that saline tastes horrible.  I have learned that it is best to have a mint handy when they flush the port. Then after they flush the port they put some Heparin in there, and it doesn't taste good either.

So if you are getting ready to start chemo have some mints handy.  Cinnamon Altoids worked for me in the hospital, and I have now moved on to plain Cinnamon Disks because the Altoids were so stinkin' hot.

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And here we are, ready to go home.  Thanks to Nurse R for taking our photo.

This is what it was life for me.  I don't know if it is any different for anyone else, but this is all I can share with ya.  It is all I know.

Tomorrow, July 14, will be my second chemo treatment.  Please pray that it goes better than the last.  I will be getting an injection on Friday to help boost my white cell count, so hopefully I won't have to be back in the hospital.

I will be posting earlier tomorrow.  Hopefully you will want to play along.  It is going to be a kind of Thankful Thursday theme, so be thinking about what you are thankful for now.

 

 

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday – 2/10/11

Things have been happening over here at Another Chance Ranch.  Behind the scenes kinds of things.  Like me sitting on my hiney surfing the web, finding new bloggy friends via blog frog, and visiting said blogs. 

A few years ago I decided to declare Thursdays, Thankful Thursday.  I would post what I was thankful for, and I encouraged everyone else to share what they were thankful for as well.  Little did I know that someone else was doing the same thing.  In fact, they were a little more organized.  They had a group already set up, and I wasn't a part of this group.  I could have joined in the group right away, but something held me back.

Fast forward a few years.

Today I was, as mentioned before, finding new bloggy friends on Blog Frog and I came across Mommy J's Thoughts of a Working Mom blog.  She had posted her Thankful Thursday post, and instantly I was inspired to write my own.  Some of you might know that I started trying to bring my Thankful Thursday posts back here and there. 

I clicked on over to her blog to read her post, and guess what!?!  You could have knocked me over with a feather, there is another Thankful Thursday group.  A different one that was together when I first discovered someone had beat me to the punch.

Something is different this time though.  This time I am joining in!  I hope you will too!

This week we were hit with between fourteen and fifteen inches of snow.  We live in Oklahoma, a state where we get only get snow every once in a while and it is usually just an inch or two here and there.  But in December of 2009 we were dumped on, and now we've been dumped on again.  Twice in just about a weeks time. 

Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining, I like the snow.  I enjoy playing in the snow.  I have many, many memories of playing in the snow.  In fact, yesterday as the snow was falling I texted my mom and told her that I wished she were here so we could make a snowman.  We used to always make snowmen.  This isn't the best snowman making snow though.  We could've gone sledding though.

With all of this snow covering the ground my mind shifts to things that I should be, and am, thankful for.  Like indoor plumbing.  Oh my goodness, I can't even imagine having to trek through fourteen inches of snow just to go tinkle.  This morning it was 22˚ below zero.  I don't know about you, but when I get up in the morning the first thing I want to do is go to the potty.  If we didn't have indoor plumbing I might have stayed in bed all day long.

You might think it is silly to be so thankful for something so common, but just think back to the Little House on the Prairie days.  I am thankful we that we have a home where the cold drafts are not coming in everywhere. 

I am so very thankful that we have running water at our barn too.  I can't even imagine having to haul water in buckets in this stuff.  I guess seeing Little House on the Prairie on the tv guide listing a while back kind of got me to thinking.

Click on the photo above if you would like to see who else participated.  Click on the photo above if you would like to play along.  You can grab the button when you visit the Grace Alone blog.

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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday – 2011

Good morning!

Today is the first Thankful Thursday of the year 2011.  Twenty Eleven.  Two Thousand Eleven.

I have so many things to be thankful for, and I know you do too.

I am so thankful for my husband.  I know, I know, I've said that before.  But before I had not been out of a job for over 6 months.  Before, I was helping on the financial front.  And now, now I spend more than I make.  Only because I don't make anything.  Spending $1 is spending more than I make, and my husband, McD, doesn't make me feel guilty about it. at. all.

The other morning he mentioned that the first thing I do in the morning is get up, and get on my computer.  And it is true, I do.  But you see, I have several job listing emails/sites to check before I start my day.  Honey, that is why I get on the computer.  Oh, and to check that book called Face.  But the first thing I check is the newest job listings.

I am so thankful that when McD comes home he doesn't ask what I've done all day.  He doesn't push me to find a job, in fact, he never mentions it.  I don't know if he already knows that I think about it enough for the both of us, or if he enjoys me being home.

What are you thankful for on this beautiful Thankful Thursday?

Be sure to leave a comment and let me know if you are posting what you are thankful for today.

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Seals & Starfish & Random Thoughts – Oh my!

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Seals & Starfish & Random Thoughts – Oh my!  would be my version of Lions & Tigers & Bears – Oh my!  Well, today's version anyway.

Last weekend I found several files of photos that I had saved but hadn't really looked at in a couple of years.  I was busy, thought I had better things to do, and at the time I probably did.  Now I have some free time, so I am digging into files I haven't seen in a long, long time.  You should try it sometime, it is kind of fun!  You never know what you are going to find.

Yesterday I felt like a starfish.  Except I didn't feel like I crawled up on that rock, I felt like someone threw me there and I went KERSPLAT!  Imagine the old cartoons where KERSPLAT has little explosion lines all around it.  Seriously, I felt like splat.  I have been fighting a head cold, and running around like a chicken with my head cut off has not helped.  That is why yesterday I vegged!  You know, lay like broccoli?  (I love that movie.)

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This little dude looks comfortable.  AAHHH, basking in the sun.  Our sun is behind the clouds today, but that is completely fine.  Maybe it will rain.  We have been needing some rain.

What a completely random post.  Have you thought that yet?  I have.

These photos are from our 2008 trip to Monterey, CA.  I hope we go back soon.

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It was so much fun to watch these guys play. 

So yesterday I did some channel surfing.  I came across The View, and while I am not a huge fan of that show I am a fan of our former Survivor star Elisabeth.  I paused a bit when I heard what they were talking about.  Did you see that show yesterday?  Barbara Walters brought up a "hot subject," doesn't Whoopi call them "hot topics?"  Anyway, she said that someone has come out and said that they have discovered that wind caused the Red Sea to part, you know back in the Bible days. I am paraphrasing all of this.

Read Exodus 14;21-22

She said big wind, but we already knew that because that is what it says in the Bible.  Read it.  I promise it says "a strong east wind."

She asked the other gals what they thought, and I absolutely loved Elisabeth's answer.  It makes perfect sense, and I hope she doesn't mind but I will be using this line over and over.  As long as I can remember it. 🙂

Elisabeth said, (paraphrasing again) People always want to know who designed that dress, or those shoes, and they never stop to think of who designed the things in nature. 

They didn't just happen, they were designed.  God was the designer.  In fact, he designed the designers that designed the clothes, shoes, medicines, etc. 

Sorry, soap box.  I will step down now.  I just thought she made a really good point!  Thanks Elisabeth!!  I really wish you were on a different show.

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This guy had a little itch.

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Look at how all of these babies pile up on their mama.  I am just assuming this is their mama, but you have to admit that it is cute.  I just wanted to reach out and pet them.

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Awww, look at this cute little face.  You know as people we are known to wear our hearts on our sleeves.  But this little one wears it's heart on it's nose.   Nose?  Well, you see what I mean.

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They look like majestic creatures, don't they?

So speaking of creatures, ha, is anyone excited to watch the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory?  I can't wait!!! I won't be answering my phone, emails, texts, or the door.  Just so you know.

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I mean really, how stinkin' cute is this one?  It modeled for me.  You know, moving his head from side to side.  Moving his chin up and down, to the left and to the right.  I have quite a few shots of him.  Maybe it is a her.  I don't know.  It is adorable though.

I can't believe it is season premiere week.  Are you looking forward to any particular shows this season?  Are you as shocked as I am that Steven Tyler is a judge on American Idol?  I had decided not to watch it anymore.  It just won't be the same without Simon.  But then they throw Steven Tyler in judges chair, and now I have mixed feelings.  I might have to watch the audition portion of the show, but that is it.  

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Yesterday afternoon I wanted to do exactly what this little guy is doing.  I needed a nap so bad.  I am not a napper, so I knew the head cold was getting the best of me.  I am still fighting it.  A little head cold won't keep this chick down. 🙂

Do you like this randomness?

I am reading the last book of the Hunger Games trilogy.  Have you read it?  Let me just say, if you are looking for a really fast read or if you are wanting a book that sucks you in and won't let you put the book down to even cook supper then these books are for you.

I literally would cook with my nook right beside me.  I almost burnt supper a few times, but it's all good. 

When you read a good series of books do you read the last book slower than you read the others?  I do.  I just don't really want it to end, so I seem to read slower so it continues longer.  Yea, I'm a weirdo. 

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It really cracks me up how these guys lay all over each other. 

Since we are talking about television shows today, does anyone know when the Amazing Race starts again? 

Who thinks Ree & Marlboro Man should be on the Amazing Race?  I do!  I think we should encourage them to try out for the show. 

I am running out of photos. Darn!

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Today I am combining my Thankful Thursday with this post. 

I am so thankful for so many things, but today I am just going to mention one.

My husband.

I cannot imagine my life without McD.  He is perfect for me.  He knows me better than anyone else.  He can settle my nerves by just being in the same room with me.  He makes me smile, laugh, and sometimes cry.  The good cry, you know, like when you laugh so hard you cry or milk comes out of your nose.  He is a Christian man who helps me be a better Christian.  He accepts me for who I am.  He makes me whole.

I could go on, and on, and on.  But for now I will stop.  McD makes my world go round.  That's all.