Dear Autumn,

We did it! Phase one of treatment is done. We aren’t out of the woods yet, but we are off to a great start with more good to come. I just know it. In some ways this was the hardest six months of our lives and in other ways it was a rewarding experience that brought our family closer together than ever and It’s all thanks to you.

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Balance

I’ve never been one for New Year Resolutions. If I want to do something and I feel dedicated to it, I think it should be done regardless of time of year. Doing something just because of the time or year or old tradition is a recipe for failure for most people in my opinion. However, as the new year came around and with me hoping this is going to be a big one for me, I decided it didn’t need a resolution, but it needed a theme and like most things in life recently, I seem to get a lot of that perspective from my kids. So this year’s theme became balance!

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3:59 shirts!

Another cancer survivor that I have gotten to know pretty well over the past few months once posted a quote that said: “Friends are the family you get to choose.” If that is the case, Autumn and I have an absolutely massive extended family. We have had so many people reach out to us and help in so many ways that I still can’t believe it at times.

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Merry Christmas!

My Mother in Law loves to do crafts with the boys. Although Brooks at just 11 months old isn’t much help, Ethan loves it and is a big helper! One of the latest crafts was a countdown to Christmas chain! On December 1st, they put together a chain of 25 rings of paper and we cut one off each day until Santa comes to town. The big guy is getting pretty close to making his trip.

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Progress

I owe my nurse a beer and I’ve never been more excited to owe someone a beer in my entire life. The day before Thanksgiving I had my first set of scans completed related to progress with cancer. It was definitely a scary day, so as I was getting ready for the actual scan, I decided to do what comes naturally to me when I get nervous, make a joke to calm myself down.

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Little steps and big jumps

When we are not playing hide and seek, my almost 3-year-old Ethan has another favorite game. He loves to take a few blankets off his bed and lay them down on the bedroom floor. They act as a runway and he leaves a small gap at the end between the blankets and his bed. He then heads to the end and takes off full speed, jumping the small gap and landing on his bed. I of course am told to get in line behind him and then after he goes, I get the chance. My chances are filled with Ethan’s critiques regarding my running speed or the way I jump or the way I land not quite being perfect, but I feel like I’m getting better at it.

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