more doctors…

This Yesterday morning I went with Mom and Daddy to meet with Dr. Daniel Wurtz at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis. As I mentioned in a previous post, Daddy had a PET scan done on August 13.  That scan showed an area on his left humerus (upper arm bone) that was “concerning”.  He was then referred to Dr. Wurtz to further explore that area.  So, today we went.  His appointment was scheduled for 9am and he was supposed to get there about 30 minutes early to check in.  (shhhh…don’t tell him I’m telling you this, but he had actually put in the wrong address into his GPS so we were a little lost.  But only by about a few blocks.  No biggie.  Just running a little late.)  We actually got there right at 9.  He checked in at the desk and was immediately called back to get weighed, measured and blood pressured.  After sitting in the room for a few minutes, Dr. Wurtz’s nurse practitioner came in and chatted and asked questions.  Then she said that the doctor would want to do a regular x-ray on his upper arm.  So, they sent him down to another part of the hospital for that.  He was gone for about 30 minutes.  When he came back, the doctor came in and basically said that yes, there is some concern, but he wanted to get another picture.  So he ordered an MRI for later in the day at 2:30.  He told us that on Wednesday mornings a bunch of radiologist and other doctors get together to discuss new cases.  IU Med Center is a top-ranked teaching hospital…but I totally pictured one of those scenes from “House” when they are all sitting around a table trying to figure out what steps to take and trying to figure out what is going on!  Anywhooo…so he said if they were able to do the MRI yesterday, he would have all the tests to present and talk about.  He told Daddy that if his ears were burning in the morning, he would know why?

By now, it was only about 10:30-ish in the morning.  So, we had some time to kill waste find something to do…

So…we left the hospital…o what to do?  what to do?…I mean, really.  We’re stuck in downtown Indianapolis for more than 3 hours AT LUNCHTIME!  Whatever shall we do? India Garden, of course!  So, we drove to Broadripple and ate at my favorite restaurant! (And Daddy’s).

After lunch, we made our way back over to IU Med Center and waited for the MRI.  We still had more than an hour before the MRI so we decided to ride the IU Med Center People Mover.

People Mover

As soon as we were on it, I felt like I was back at Disney World.  I told Mom and Daddy that I wish I had brought my Mickey Mouse ears.  I also thought it would be fun to bring the kids to Indy for a day and ride it with all of us wearing our ears…we could pretend we’re back at WDW.

Anyway, the whole trip from walking to the people mover and getting back to the MRI office was about 30 minutes or so.  So, when we got back Mom and I  just waited in the waiting room for Daddy’s test to get finished.

When the test was finished, we left the hospital around 3:30 and drove home.  And by “we” I mean, Daddy drove home while I snoozed in the back seat.  😉  (btw, I HATE sleeping in the car.  It is so uncomfortable and not restful AT ALL.  I was miserable the rest of the evening.)

Back to Daddy…He has an appointment scheduled with Dr. Michael Robertson on October 1st.  He’s a lymphoma specialist.  Please continue praying.  We appreciate it.  I cannot tell you how much it means that we have so many people lifting him up to the throne at a time like this.  Thank you.  amen.


I remember that Tuesday morning 11 years ago.  I woke up like any other morning, started my morning routine to get ready to go to work at my part-time job at church.  The hubby called me from his work and told me to turn the television on.

From that moment on, my life has changed…just like everyone else.

I don’t want to focus this post on the actual 9/11 events, though.

I simply want to take a moment to say that I am extremely proud to be an American.  I’m proud of my son, and all the others, who serve our country day after day to help keep us safe and to help protect the freedoms that we have.

I am a Marine Mom and today, as with every other day, I’m proud.  And thankful. And blessed.

May you also be blessed today and always.

What’s Up?

Monday ~ We had painters come and paint the walls, trim and doors up the stair well and down the hallway upstairs in the current house.  In the ten and a half years we have lived here I have never, that I can recall, ever taken a photo in the hall upstairs because I hated that area of the house sooooo much.  The reason I never did anything up there is because I’m afraid of heights and there was no way I was climbing up a ladder to paint that wall above the stairs.  And since I wasn’t about to do that, I never painted because to paint one part of that area and not another…well, I just never did.  So, the trim and doors were always this ugly cheap-o wood.  Not even nice oak.  If you think oak is nice. Which I don’t.  But since Monday, I LOVE walking up the stairs and everything looks for fresh and clean and crisp and new.  I love it.  I keep thinking I should hang something on the walls.  But I’ll just have to take it down soon to move.  So…no…nothing.  Thanks to Jason from for the awesome job!


Monday was also Labor Day so the kiddos were out of school for the day.  Little Man spent the previous night with Grandma and Grandpa in the Ville and Lovely Daughter had a friend over.  We just hung out while the painters worked.  My mom came over to help me pack up the craft room. 

Tuesday ~ School was delayed because of fog.  It was SUPER foggy.  Like, foggy enough that school ended up being cancelled.  CANCELLED because of FOG.  Really.  I’m not making this stuff up.  So, it was just another chillax day.  It was good because both of the kiddos were feeling a bit under the weather with colds, so it was nice to just watch movies and lay around.  I had class in the evening and Lovely Daughter had practice.  And we heard from the people at Med One…Lovely Daughter has an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon to look at her shoulder…which is another story for another day 🙂

Wednesday ~ the kids were finally back to school.  Both were feeling a bit better.  I worked at church.  My online class began that day.  I’m really struggling with the whole online class. I just don’t really get how it’s supposed to work.  I just do not feel like I’m getting anything out of it.  I’m definitely a lecture and discussion in person type of learner.

Thursday ~ I worked again.  I’m also in charge of the marching band/color guard locker decorations this year.  Basically, I have to come up with and make locker decorations for every competition.  Each of the competitions are on Saturdays from now until the first one in November {hopefully}.  The Thursday before, I will go to practice with Lovely Daughter and decorate the lockers during practice.  Like 10 other moms signed up to help but no one showed up this past Thursday.  So the Little Man and I did it all.  It wasn’t so bad.  We got them all done in like 30 minutes.  I had the decorations made before we got there so we just had to get the locker list from the band director and tape them on each locker.

Friday ~ I was miserable all day with a migraine.  I slept til about 11am and then just felt sick the whole rest of the day.  Lovely Daughter stayed after school since last night was homecoming.  Little Man came home from school and played quietly so I could continue resting with my migraine.  It ended up storming, like thunder and lightening, so the game was cancelled. 

Saturday {today} ~ This afternoon is our first of many marching band competitions.  It’s just an invitational today, but these are great practice for the official ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) competitions coming up.  The parents feed the kids a home cooked meal after each competition so they don’t have to eat so much concession stand food.  I went this morning early to Rural King and bought 3 of those big boxes of tortilla chips for the taco salad/nachos they’re having tonight.  The Hubby is driving his truck with one of the band trailers and going with the band and guard.  Little Man and I are going in a little bit.  They perform at 5:25pm.

So that’s my week.  What’s up with you this week?


My Seester is Moving Back!

My seester and best friend – the same person 🙂 is moving back to Indiana!  Image

After more than 10 years of living and ministering in South Africa, Costa Rica and Panama, she and her hubby have made the difficult decision to move back home.  It certainly has not been an easy decision for them to make, but I’m so glad they’ve make this decision.

We knew when they left these grand ol’ United States that there would be times when we wish we could be together…the birth of our children, milestones, illnesses, celebrations.  And over the years, we’ve been able to visit them and they’ve come home for furloughs. 

But I am so excited that they are moving home for this next season. 

I’m excited that our kids will be able to get to know each other better. 

I’m excited to be able to spend holidays and birthdays together. 

I’m excited to hang out together.

I’m excited that she’ll be here during this time while we’re still figuring out what’s going on with our Daddy. 

I’m excited she’ll be able to help me with my new home!

I’m excited to see how God uses them here!