Monday, October 20, 2008

Busy Busy Bee

Quality time with family, a productive day back at work, voluptuos breasts and buns of steel. What do these things have in common? They were each a part of my life in the past couple of days. It's been a busy time, so I thought I might give you a quick rundown.

Last Wednesday through Saturday, I made the short trip to Beavers' Bend State Park in Oklahoma. We were surrounded by beautiful scenery, and I was able to spend some special time with my dad, stepmom, sisters, brother-in-law, nephew, and new niece. We had the best time catching up, laughing, talking, and just being together. Unfortunately, my husband had to stay home and work, so though it was enjoyable, I missed him terribly! I couldn't wait to get back and see him. This was the first time that Brian and I had spent a night apart since we were married in June, and it was the first time that we had gone a day without seeing each other since we began dating last November. It stunk! I think it was especially bad because, other than the Lord, Brian is my strength right now. He is my stability and sanity, and I start feeling kind of anxious when I know that I'm not going to see him. Pulling out of my driveway without him was one of the hardest things that I've done lately. But, alas, we've been reunited and all is well :)

Beavers' Bend State Park

After finishing up the weekend at home, I decided to return to work today. Just as the doctors expected, I am healing and recovering extremely well from surgery [there are perks to going through this when you're young]. So, I returned to my 2nd graders today, and it was a time of many blessings. The entire staff of about 75 people wore pink in my honor today. How thoughtful and supportive is that? Plus, I was inundated with loving cards, emails, and gifts. It was nice to do something normal after almost 3 weeks at home.

Voluptuous breasts? I bet you're wondering about that one. Well, I had my final "pump up" session today. In the type of reconstruction that I'm doing, you have skin expanders inserted in your breasts during surgery, and then you have them filled with fluid during various appointments with the surgeon. So far, these appointments have caused dreadful pain in the hours following, but I'm hopeful that this one isn't going to be as bad. And, the best part? My once meager bossom isn't so meager anymore :)

And finally, the buns of steel. Remember the fancy shmancy pink Dyson? Well, Brian's trade off for that was a Bowflex (and yes, I've been secretly curious about the infomercials for about 10 years now). So, tonight we worked together to assemble our new home gym. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to use it yet, but I can just imagine the buffness that will soon be coming our way!

So, you see, it's been busy in my neck of the woods. Right now, I feel as though my life is very normal, and that is such an enormous blessing from God. It's good to be able to go about life without worrying about health. Though I will be starting chemo this Friday (10/24), I praise God for the things He has allowed me to do throughout the last few days. It is ONLY because I've been covered in prayer that I've been able to return to regular life so quickly. He is worthy of my praise!


Bee said...

You go girl!! I am so glad to hear all is well. Yay to time with family, yay for going back to see all your little seven and eight year olds, yay for big tits, and double yay for buns of steel!

I'm glad to hear good news on all fronts (and backs).

Weeksie50 said...

I am so glad you got to go back to work..and what a nice gesture from your co-workers. I bet your 2nd graders really missed you.

I love Beavers Bend. It is beautiful.

Crystal said...

Wow you really have been busy! I am so glad to hear that you're feeling better. Don't overdo it on that Bowflex!

Anonymous said...

Wow - so glad you are back to work and feeling so good! Praise God!!!!

And I am so jealous of your pink Dyson. I love the clean to and our vacumm stinks and I want a Dyson SO bad... Maybe someday! Glad to hear you were so excited about this though b/c I would be the same way too!

Amy said...

I'm so thankful for you that everything has been going so well.

God has blessed you with an amazing husband and amazing attitude of faith through this, and it is such a blessing to so many others to witness, as well as for yourself.

How touching that the people at your school wore pink...That gave me goose pimples.

I know your second graders were so happy to have you back!

And you go girl! You will look "hot" while you push that pink Dyson around the house with voluptuous breasts and buns of steel!;)

God Bless,

the undomesticated wife said...

I've always wanted to go to Beaver's Bend. I went to school in OKC for a year and a half and never made it up there. I have friends and a boss who go, and they rave about it.

I just read an article on CNN the other day about Christina Applegate having a double mastectomy and she is currently doing those expanders. She has a great attitude, as do you!

I want buns of steel too! ;)

Lindsey said...

I'm so glad you are doing well and back to work! And Beaver's Bend looks incredible!!

AngiDe said...

Beavers Bend looks amazing!!! What fun little family trip. Those are always the best bonding times.

Glad to hear things are getting back to normal for you.
Many blessings as Friday approaches.


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Whitney said...

Buns-o-steel. You are gonna be one ripped momma! :)
I need a bowflex. Eh, I'll just do curls with my new baby in about 8 mos. HA!

Alabamamom said...

Great News! I'm so glad that you were able to do all those "normal" things. I'm glad that you and Brian can get "ripped" together. I'll be praying for your chemo treatment.

Michele said...

Hi Lindsey ~ I'm so glad you got to spend time with your family..but sad that Brian didn't get to go with you.

How awesome of the people you work with to be so supportive...that's sweet.

Have a good week!


Erin said...

Ah, voluptuous breasts. Something I'll never know...! ;) Glad you got to return to a sense of normalcy--and what a nice faculty you work with!

Leslie said...

I just saw a "Save the Tatas" bumper sticker a few weeks ago and laughed my head off! So clever! Glad your tatas are making a comeback! ;)

Unknown said...

That is amazing! Three weeks and you are back at work...Wow! Good for you.

My neighbors bought that exercise machine...and they look great. It works if you do:)

God is pretty amazing- and always there!

podso said...

Good Credit given there! And so glad your life is feeling more normal again!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful thing your co-workers did! I am praising the Lord with you for your recovery! :)

Sweet Simplicity said...

How sweet that they all dressed in pink! I remember the first night Ty and I spent apart after we were married. I cried a LOT! He went with his family on a mini-vaca and I had just started a new job and couldn't take off. It was very sad, but now I travel all the time and it doesn't bother me too much. Probably because if I was home he would just be holed up in his room studying. :)
I'm glad you are feeling 'normal'. Let us know how the first chemo session goes. You are in my prayers.