15 February 2014

Wrap It Up

We're home!

I really can't believe how great Mallory was on this trip. She was so flexible and handled the schedule changes so well!

Very impressed kid!

We stayed so busy during the past 4 days! Next time I will definitely schedule an extra day into our trip. Didn't even come close to hitting all of the restaurants and stores I intended too.

But I certainly didn't fail ;)

Mallory's Pity Purchases: 


How Mallory spent her time....

Deep in conversation with the McDonalds bag. 

 Wearing her hospital passport.


 Smiling and playing.

 Hanging out with her Papa and Granny. [4 generations in this photo!]

Clearly I was going for a "grunge" look... ew!

I really only held her when she was eating or screaming. 

Did I say sleeping?

Oh, and more sleeping.

My Pity Purchases:

* The watch was a gifted Pity Purchase from Kyle. He called it a Pity Purchase/Early Anniversary Gift combo. Not sure how I feel about those two being combined simply because of the language. Does he pity himself for muscling through another year... ;) Kidding! LOVE the watch!
*The striped shirt I'm wearing in the above photo was also purchased in Houston at TJMAXX.

How I spent my time when I wasn't sprinting through the Galleria or browsing the shops in Rice Village...

Should help me lose the baby weight, right?

You can find more pictures from our trip on Instagram!


On a heavier note:

I've shared my thoughts on perspective previously, but I wanted to share the reminders I received during my trip.
There were two:

First, I had been dealing with a nasty cold up until we left for Houston. Fever. Headache. Congestion. Fatigue. Just gross. I felt crappy! It wasn't until we had been in the hospital for a few hours that it dawned on me; I could be spreading this cold to someone here. The cold that was a nuisance to me could literally kill them because treatment is causing their white blood cell count to be so depleted. And here I was bitching about a cold. A COLD! [I did not sit in any waiting rooms. We waited in the hall and washed/sanitized constantly.]

The second instance happened as we were leaving the appointment with my oncologist. I had just received my wonderful news and we were elated! As we approached the elevator to go back to our room a man about my father's age joined us. He was crying. Sobbing. He walked over to the wall, paced for a moment before resting his head against the wall. It brought us right back down to earth. I'm not saying I feel guilty for my good news, I'm saying that with this disease someone somewhere is always having a bad day. All I could do is place my hand on his shoulder as we exited the elevator and pray for him. This has been weighing heavily on my mind. Even as a fellow survivor/patient/whatever he was, I "get" how he feels...and there was still nothing I could do to make it better.

Just food for thought. If any of you thought over the past week thought that it must be difficult for me; "being so young, with a brand new baby to travel only to find out whether or not my cancer has returned"-----well, somebody always has it worse.


I'll leave you with some pretty flowers and see you tomorrow with the final installment of my Coping Skills Series!



  1. Hey Amanda... Just stopping by to say how happy I am that you found me via blogland so that I could find you. I'm looking forward to reading more about you and your beautiful family! :) and thank you for this post. perspective is a powerful thing.

    1. :) Thanks for swinging by and it is so nice to "meet" you!

  2. I love TJ Maxx! Hope you are feeling better since your cold. I'm glad you made it back home safely and that Mal was good while ya'll were here! I wish I would have known you were here earlier and we could have gotten together!

    Crave Cupcake is one of my favs!

    1. I was in such a frenzy walking around TJ Maxx and HomeGoods-- I only had an hour!! Ugh Not. Enough. Time.

      Crave is just DANGEROUS!

  3. Perspective is always important, but its such great news that you got! I'm so happy to hear that everything went well. Seriously, you give me so much strength just reading what has happened to you in your life. Prayers and well wishes for you and you family! :)

    Amanda // Happily Ever After

    1. Thank you for this sweet note Amanda! I greatly appreciate your prayers and it warms my heart to know that you have gained something from my experiences...that's what this is all about! :)

  4. Amanda I just love reafing your blog -- when I first heard about your trip to Houston I was scared -- so happy for you and the whole family that all is clear !!

  5. Amanda just one more thing -- the perspective thing -- fantastic - a lot of the things you write are truly the way I feel !!! The " angst" of " IT " coming back is so real and always there !!! The thought of skipping the scans .... Yeah I've had that -- because part of me sometimes feels like --- I don't want to know .... But then there is what you said --- all this fighting before for nothing - no I will not go down without a fight never !!! You Amanda ( tiny little young Amanda ) are my inspiration !!!

    1. And you Andrea just made me cry... I'm so beyond happy that you "get" what I'm saying and if I'm inspiring you in any way, well I'm honored.


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