Graduation Day!

My Oncologist gave me a graduation tassel 😂

Today is the day I have anticipated for FIVE years.  Today I finally “graduated” from cancer.  Sure, it will always be part of my story… but now that I have remained cancer-free for five years, it no longer gets to be a part of my daily life and I no longer have to check in with my oncologist every August.  He’s a nice man and I hope to see him around town, just not in his office with the reminder that I’m still within that window of recurrence… not that there is anything magical about five years.  There is always that possibility… but we don’t dwell on that.

This journey has been hard (feel free to read about 2015 in the archives) but the hard places are where you learn and grow, and I have learned some things…

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For real this time…

fullsizeoutput_44c8Well, hello again!  Since 2016 I’ve been saying I’m going to start writing again.  However, life has a way of happening and, next thing you know, it is 2020 and the only thing I’ve written since 2016 are HR policies for my job. Now we are in the middle of the craziest season in the history of ever and I find myself with nothing but time and, well, thoughts… a lot of them bouncing around in my brain and it is time to get them out.

Fair warning… this is not a place for the easily offended. This is a place where ideas are bounced and “what-if’s” are entertained. My brain is a place of diversity and dreams and wonder. I’m not always right, even when I’m sure I am. I am honest, though, and sometimes people don’t like that. In this world of “Karens” and thought police, I want this space to be one of free exchange. Drop a comment and feel free to share with your own commentary. I only ask for respectful dialog and that the language remains PG.

Stay tuned for thoughts on: The Enneagram, Back-to-School?, Lyme Disease, Church in 2020 America, Homeschooling, Politics… to name a few.  In the mean time, feel free to look back at the nostalgia posts from the “Hogblogger” days.

 

© Elizabeth Smith 2020

Well Hello! *Hogbloggers Archive

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I’m Baaaack! I want to apologize for going so long without a blog post. I have had to ration my energy and the blog fell down a few notches on my priority list. I do feel guilty when I run into y’all in the halls at school or at church or the grocery store. I am often asked about the blog and when I will post an update. You have all be so faithful with your prayers over these challenging months and I am grateful.

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3 weeks… Hogbloggers Archive*

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It’s been 3 weeks since my 2nd surgery and I apologize if I haven’t had much to say. I tend to be quieter when I have a lot to process.  In the last 3 weeks I learned that surgery #2 also failed to produce negative margins (that means the cancer is still there).  I learned that there appears to be disease in the breast that cannot be detected on a mammogram or MRI.  This has left me in a tough spot of decision making. Continue reading

Surgery Update Hogbloggers Archive*

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Pre-op Selfie

I want to, once again, thank all of you who have been praying for me.  I am humbled and amazed at the outpouring of love and kindness from my community of friends.  It has been five days since my surgery and I am feeling a lot better than I thought I would at this point. My recovery has been uneventful and relatively pain free.

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Finding Fun in ’15…Sometimes you have to look a little harder Hogbloggers Archive*

 

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My Josie is a pro at creating FUN!

Fun is a choice

When I chose the word “FUN” for 2015, I knew that reality can sometimes obscure fun.  I knew there would be times when fun would have to be a conscious choice.  I would have to choose to look on the bright side, choose an attitude of joy, choose to create fun in difficult circumstances.  Well that is exactly where I find myself today only 4 months into my year of FUN.

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Smith Family Kitchen Reveal *Hogbloggers Archive

sink shotOur kitchen project progressed at lightning speed thanks to Alison, our awesome project manager at Kevin Jones Design Build. As soon as the cabinets were installed the work picked up and, before we knew it, the big dumpster on the driveway was gone and we were done! We have the heart of our home back and I am excited to finally get settled 6 months after moving in. Now for the reveal… Continue reading

When Life Gives you Lemons, Remodel Your Kitchen *Hogbloggers Archive

Summerfield Kitchen

Chef’s Kitchen in our previous home,

In Learning to Love My Stretch Marks, I wrote about our family’s transition from a big new house to a not as big older house. While our new old house is ideal for our family, the one thing we knew we would miss was our big beautiful chef’s kitchen. Continue reading