most consistent characteristic is that things change. We are routinely chaotic, and our only plan is to be flexible.
This is a short slideshow of our trip.
We took a little trip to Chattanooga over the July Fourth holiday weekend. Vic has gotten as bad as the kids about wanting to go somewhere if we have a day with nothing on the calendar. But, all he has to do is be home when we need to leave, have fun when we are gone, and go back to work when we get home. When I see no dot on a day on our calendar (a dot indicates that an event has been scheduled), it means no overload for me on top of what we already do each day. No overload preparing to be out of town while dealing with every-day overload; no laundry overload before we leave so that we have clothes to pack; no overload of dealing with the kids away from home out of
So, Vic saw that there was no dot for the holiday weekend which was a three-day weekend without taking any vacation days. I purposefully had no dot there because we have been gone some already and the kids will be gone to camp next week, and I wanted to be home and go to the church fireworks picnic, just hang out and enjoy home. But Chattanooga has kind of been on Vic’s to-do list, got in his head that we must go there, and it’s on Caleb’s to-do list, too. Some of you might remember that when he was turning six in
|Sharks are Eli's favorite.|
So, Chattanooga is an easy drive from where we live, and there are some neat things to do there covering a variety of interests. Eli, however, still did not feel great from being sick these last two weeks. And he, in general, is just non-participatory in anything that requires he be active or at least interested and present. His eating and drinking was the minimum for keeping him hydrated. He was been weak and nauseous to walk or sit-up, so we were lucky to have access to a wheelchair for the weekend from Hometown Health which our friend Caneta Hall, who is also our realtor and owner of Rehabitat, got for us. We would not have made it without it, or at least Eli and a parent would have stayed in the hotel room the entire trip. Eli cried a lot each day out of oversensitivity to irritants or just because we made him do something he didn’t want to do. He cried about being made to walk - which we made him do some so that he would get some exercise - or about getting his picture made, or about being asked to eat or drink, or about blowing his nose - he still has a lot of snot and congestion from being sick, and all the crying made it worse - or about one of his siblings making fun of him, or just anything they did in contrary to him set him off. He was extremely irritable all weekend. A lot of that was just him being uncooperative because he didn’t feel good from being sick and not eating, and being uncooperative and hypersensitive because that is just part of his personality now. When we got back to the room and he could lay on the bed with his daddy and watch Spongebob, suddenly he was in a good mood. So, my tolerance for his attitude was up and down.
During Eli’s first treatment, early on I wrote that I was conflicted about disciplining him for unacceptable behavior because he was enduring so much. Who wouldn’t be obstinate and hateful,
|Our duck was named Daffy Duck.|
But, remember my Type B side? I struggle with consistency (in anything and everything), and the negativity wears on my nature. So, it is hard for me to do what I’m suppose to do as a mother for him in his situation. It would be easy for me to find an excuse to avoid the immediate difficulty of discipline. But, when I peel away all the selfish
|We saw the Aquarium from the river.|
So, the trip was fun but rocky at times below Rock City, or that is how it was perceived by me, thankfully, the kids only remember the fun stuff… I think. We did not know this, but Chattanooga holds their fireworks show on the third, instead of the fourth. Hg suggested it is because General William Sherman marched through Chattanooga on July 4, which is why Atlanta hosts it on the third, but I can’t quickly find if any of that is true. But, what I do know is that what we saw as we rolled in to downtown just three minutes before it started is that Athens, Alabama, and Madison, Alabama, far out do the big, tourist town of Chattanooga. Wow, what we saw was nothing. It might have lasted 5 minutes. I think there was some music and entertainment somewhere leading up to it, and there were some quick fireworks coming from the baseball stadium, too, but I’m going to assume the celebratory peripherals were the main attraction, and not the fireworks.
|Rocky at Rock City.|
|At Point Park.|
Eli is better today, but still complains of his ears hurting and has a horrible cough. His eating and drinking will make the minimum if I remind him to do it over and over. I’m sure his ANC is low having to fight this for so long. He has his mid-cycle
|Abbey was the only taker for the 100-year-old carousel.|
Thanks to all of you that participated in sending letters or cards to patients at St. Jude during June. I have no way of knowing, but I’m sure it was a great success based on your willingness to participate
|The Choo Choo|
|The model railroad at the Choo Choo. It is huge and interactive.|
If you regularly donate to St. Jude, please consider doing it in honor of McKenzey Cain who finished two years of treatment. We are helping raise money for her name to be placed on the tribute wall at St. Jude in celebration of her hard work. Her scans were not quite as clear as they and hoped, but she will be on maintenance chemo for several weeks, so they are hoping that it will knock it out or that the spots were an anomaly. She will be scanned in four months again. Please, pray for her complete healing. You may donate in her honor directly to St. Jude via this link.
Please, remember Molly and Kapri as they are enduring treatment, and for Brayden as he continues to fight valiantly.