Magnanimously homeschooling, worshiping, creating.......

Join us on a journey of faith, healing, learning to live with part of our hearts missing, and recovery, as our family rebuilds our lives, after our son's long battle with cancer....and his eventual rise on eagle's wings into Heaven...victory is his...he is serving the King!!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

happy birthday lynn #40!!



This is my dear friend from many moons ago. Do you remember that friend that you grew up with? We just happen to still be dear friends. I was able to drive up and celebrate with her and her girl party! It was so fun. Happy Birthday Lynn!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

in my basket monday


This little stash has been in the works for some time now. Don't get impressed, now. I keep pulling it out occasionally...dreaming of who to give this too. I just love deep purples. I am thinking of a baby that is soon to be born. Will it be a girl??

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

scout rank advancement


Braveheart earned his Tenderfoot last night. This was quite an accomplishment considering all he has been through. He has been unable to participate as thoroughly as he would have without his chemotherapy. It was worth the hard work. We are very proud of him. He and all of us are excited for Scouts post treatment. 88 days left!!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

in my basket monday

Hey, I just made that title up...is that dorky? I thought it was kinda cool. Maybe it's already out there and I don't even know it. Maybe it will stick with me, maybe it won't. I love seeing what others are up to and just taking photos is fun....


Just a hat for my 5th child Casey. (very good friend of first born)


Baby blanket for cousin's new born baby boy. I am trying to use up stash here and I love simple crochet patterns that don't involve much thought but allow me to relax and 'create' all at the same time. I made this up but it's not rocket science or overly creative.
What are you making?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

third day 'born again'

Born Again by Third Day

Today I found myself
After searching all these years
And the man that I saw, he wasn't at all who I thought he'd be
I was lost when you found me here
And I was broken beyond repair
Then you came along and you sang your song over me

It feels like I'm born again
It feels like I'm living
For the very first time
For the very first time
In my life

Make a promise to me now
Reassure my heart somehow
That the love that I feel is so much more real than anything
I've a feeling in my soul
And I pray that I'm not wrong
That the life I have now, it is only the beginning

It feels like I'm born again
It feels like I'm living
For the very first time
For the very first time
It feels like I'm breathing
It feels like I'm moving
For the very first time
For the very first time

I wasn't looking for something that was more
Than what I had yesterday
Then you came to me and you gave to me
Life and a love that I've never known
That I've never felt before

It feels like I'm born again
It feels like I'm living
For the very first time
I'm living for the first time
It feels like I'm breathing
It feels like I'm moving
For the very first time
I'm living for the first time
In my life

I am loving this song right now. If you want to hear it just listen on my playlist or click on this youtube link.
http://www.youtube.com/watch#v=Aley9_d8vrE&feature=related

Friday, February 12, 2010

hospital crochet


It all started when I was making many gift hats for Christmas and my son B found a pattern in my pile for a retro style hat and he asked me if I would make one for him. He requested the colors he would like and I purchased them. Just a reminder, those colors are not for the Bears, he just likes these two together!!
I must admit that I love getting requests from the kids. I love th
at they want me to make them homemade crochet lovlies.
That being said, I quickly grabbed the supplies for that hat as we went out the door, so I could hook away while at last week's fever admit. I am pleased to show you that I did finish it. I love it. You guessed it, the other two little ones want one too.

Since I had some leftover hat yarn I thought it would be fun to make some fingerless gloves. This yarn was Debbie Bliss something...not cheap but I just bought 2 skeins of this one day last year when it was on sale. I thought they turned out cute and they fit! This will be real nice for those cold mornings on the computer.

Once I used that up, there still sat a small ball of leftover yarn in my bag. Since I have always wanted to make a soap saver bag, I went for it. This was fun to make and turned out pretty cute. I added a flair of fun fur to the top. I almost forgot to give credit to the blog who offered this pattern. There you go!
Just realized that there is no photo of cute boy with hat on....I will get on that post haste!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

dance merathon 16...for the kids!











video


What can I say about Dance Marathon? I think I heard it is the largest college organization for quite some distance that I can't remember. This is an event that we have only just this year been well enough to attend. Even so we just got out of the hospital and my feet are still not 100%, so we think next year will be really great.
To avoid making this too long, these kids, what can I say. They spend all year preparing for this huge event and raising money. They actually put a portion of what they raise toward many patient's uncovered bills, buy equipment and supplies for the peds oncology floor. Much more than I can mention. I can't begin to tell you how that has blessed us. They have family reps (our rep is up there in the grey shirt) who visit and keep in touch with families. We are posing with our and another sorority.
Then this event happens every year where these kids dance all night long for 24 hours as the fundraiser. WOW. They do all this FOR THE KIDS! The dining hall and BEST BUY room was filled with fun games and activities for all ages. My daughter was in heaven with the karaoke machine even though she doesn't know most of the songs! She would just get up there sing her Jesus songs..it was so cute. Some people knew them and joined in too.

They organize by colored shirts. The first video above is the red shirts, who are the moral team and they do that dance (that they wrote) you see to that song every single hour! Do they look a little tired? While we all went back to our hotel for some shut eye, the college kids were up ALL night long.
The last video is of the power hour. It gets quite exciting, bouncy and loud! You got to give it to them though, it's for the kids. We however, could not make it through the whole hour and had to head home. We were exhausted. Well, I think certain long videos just don't work, so it may never appear.
I am thankful for all they do for the kids.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

100 days to end of treatment!!!


I so wish that I was at home and had a cool picture to put on this post! I thought this was a good one though. I love it's truth because although we need some major physical help, we so need our heavenly father above's help to navigate this storm!
I couldn't pass up a chance to document this very speciall 100 days left day!! That means that in 100 days Braveheart will be done with taking toxic drugs, visiting the clinic monthly, having a bump (port) in his chest, feeling icky from it all, more tired...on and on I could go. He will still have to visit the clinic but not as frequently. Then we begin the warrior prayers for staying in remission and counting down for a cure!


Thanks be to God who is continually giving His strength throughout it all, holding me up even with all my weaknesses! Thanks to all of you who pray faithfully and hold us up.
Praise God for this milestone!!

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Why MAGNANIMOUS?

Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:
MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.