Wednesday, August 22, 2012

life as of lately...end of summer

Our summer ended with a week long vacation at the beach. It was time we needed to get away from everything as a family. Staying at Montie's parents' cottage right by the ocean, it was relaxing, or as relaxing as we could make it. Six kids doesn't exactly mean peace and quiet..... but still, in its own way, that vacation gave us time to breathe and do nothing strenuous. Besides, who couldn't use a bit of sand and sunshine?





All three littles are in school now....no more home-schooling for now... We've gotten into the morning routine of breakfast, brushing teeth, getting dressed. With backpacks towering over their little figures, they walk into school. Excitement and enthusiasm describe their attitudes toward the whole idea. Esther and Solomon both jump on their homework and think its the best thing ever. Samson is enjoying pre-school on Tues/Thurs....Gabe is a freshman.. (where has the time gone?!). Though a little less excited about the work, he is happy to be back with friends. Adeline and Madison will start their college courses in the spring. This semester off will give them a little time to sort out exactly what classes they want to take. afterall, there's no rush. They are a tremendous help to me as we continue this journey....



I'm on another twelve weeks of treatment. The chemo this time is of a different kind, hopefully less harsh on me. My doctor's main concern for me now is the quality of life. Being able to spend time with family, not being in bed all the time, ...that's what matters now. The cancer has spread to my liver and so we pray daily for a miracle. Because of the type of cancer I have, my doctor says that I'll probably battle it to the end. We try to remember to live each day as if its our last, take every moment as it comes.

And so, that's about it. Hoping this post finds you well and happy.

33 comments:

  1. Sallee so glad to read your post. You have been on my mind and in my prayers. If you need anything, please call, I'm just down the road in Williamsport. 931/583=0702

    Blessings,
    Suzanne

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  2. praying for that miracle daily:)
    so good to see you at church sunday!

    hugs:)

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  3. you are often on my mind and in my prayers even though we've never met. you inspire me to live my life better and to remember to enjoy each moment of every day.

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  4. Glad for the update. Praying for you.

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  5. Love you, Sallee, and your whole family! You are continuously in our prayers.

    Lisa & Rick

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  6. Love and many many prayers Sallee!

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  7. I just want you to know that I think about you and the kids everyday.... It has been so nice to see the beach pics, and to know that you have had that time away together! I will continue to pray... for your reaction to the chemo, for healing, for strength & comfort, and for a miracle. Much, much love to you!

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  8. Praying with you for a miracle! You are a blessing!

    Amy @ Missional Mama

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  9. at my breakfast table alone waiting for Logan to awaken and eat his porridge....the Innocence and Exuberance of your Children are the absolute Joy God Gave us to Live!!! Nothing else on Earth Compares!!!Nothing!!Thank You God for Children who through Your Miracle makes us Feel More Alive on Earth!!.....I love U Sallee and have you on my Mind Daily...Our God is Great and I will continue to Beleive......

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  10. at my breakfast table alone waiting for Logan to awaken and eat his porridge....the Innocence and Exuberance of your Children are the absolute Joy God Gave us to Live!!! Nothing else on Earth Compares!!!Nothing!!Thank You God for Children who through Your Miracle makes us Feel More Alive on Earth!!.....I love U Sallee and have you on my Mind Daily...Our God is Great and I will continue to Beleive......

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  11. I scour both Facebook and your blog daily looking for another glimmer of joy coming from some member of your family. Keep posting as it reminds us to continue to pray regardless whether the path is difficult or smooth! Love from the Davises and The Family Class

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  12. I do not know you very well, but I was drawn to you because of your beautiful dresses and I thought it was neat that both our husband's names are Montie (mine is Monte). The Lord lays you on my heart often and I lift you up in prayer. Praying for that miracle!

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  13. I have checked your blog over and over, hoping to hear an update. I'm praying for the miracle that you need! We are bringing two special needs little girls home from Ethiopia next month to join my Liberian crew and your dresses are waiting for them from their big sisters that have out-grown them!
    Praying for you,
    Love,
    Jenny (www.ourplansmultiplied.blogspot.com)

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  14. Sallee
    So glad to hear from you- as most of your followers -we pray for you and your family often...cherish every moment!

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  15. Sallee:

    My heart goes out to you and your family. I check the blog often for updates, and this will help me know how to pray for you.....

    I will pray for God's miracle in your life along with you!

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  16. Sweet, Sallee, I will continue to pray. Oh, how I wish we could have met before God moved us last summer. Your dresses on our sweet E are a reminder to pray. You are such a blessing and I pray for you, your husband and your precious six blessings. Thank you for posting your beach update. I pray you feel the hugs through the distance and know you are loved and prayed for. Love and Hugs!

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  17. Hi
    My name is Jenna. You are a brave courageous inspiration. Your kids are a special miracle from god, a gift from above, earthly angel, and you are a hero.

    I am so happy you and your family had a fun relaxing week vacation at the beach.

    I was born with a rare life threatening disease, and have 14 other medical conditions, and developmental delays.



    I wrote this poem

    Each of us are Special

    Each of us different,

    No one is the same

    Each of are us are unique in our own way,

    Those of us who have challenges, we smile through our day.

    Those who of us who have challenges, we smile through our day.

    It doesn't matter what others say

    we are special anyway.

    What is forty feet and sings? the school chior http/www.miraclechamp.webs.com

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  18. So glad to read this update! I have checked regularly to see how you are doing. I pray God's will be done in your life and the life of your family. So glad that you had time away at the beach together. My daughter still enjoys wearing her dress...now as a shirt...and every time she does, I think of you! Many blessings in the days ahead!!

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  19. So glad to see this update Sallee. I pray for you and think of you often. Blessings, to you and your sweet family.

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  20. Dear Sallee, I was so glad to see an update and that you had a wonderful vacation with your family. As my daughter wore one of your dresses today once again you were on my heart and in my prayers. Praying for peace, rest, joy, strength and healing.
    "So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." Eph. 3:17-19
    Love, thoughts and prayers,
    Lydia

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  21. Sallee......praying praying praying! May God BLESS you with many more days to enjoy each and every second! I know you do, and there are no words I can offer to help, but I pray you know you have people covering you in prayers for strength and peace and healing....

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  22. Beautiful Sister! You are in the arms of a strong and amazing God. He and I talk about you every day. I ask Him for your healing, for supernatural strength, and for His power of being your all in all to carry you through whatever He has in store for you. Your family photo sits by my computer screen, and when I see it, I wish I could give you HUGE hugs! For now, I pray your Abba Father gives them to you until I get to see you again.

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  23. HI. I am one of your customers and have followed your blog through your last adoption and through your current trials. I check often for an update and whenever I do I say a pray for you and for your family. I am so happy to read about your recent beach trip - love your pictures. There is just something about being by the ocean - God is just so there. I am sad about how things have been going but know that we serve a great and mighty Lord who hears our fears and tears and prayers. HE is bigger than we ever can imagine and I will be praying for a miracle in your life. Keep us posted as to how to pray. It is an honor to lift you up. Every time my daughters wear your dresses, I will lift you up. God bless - Julie

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  24. I, too, am one of your customers, having purchased coordinating dresses for my birth daughter and adopted daughter (who was still in Ethiopia) at the time. I am so saddened about the cancer spreading, but I am so amazed by your fortitude and am glad that your doctor is focused on giving you quality of life with your family. Know that there are so many who are thinking of you.

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  25. Still praying for you and your family everyday!

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  26. Thinking about you today (my girls wore their dresses to school) and HOPING and PRAYING for you and yours.

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  27. Hi,

    I have a quick question about your blog, would you mind emailing me when you get a chance?

    Thanks,

    Cameron

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