Checking in:

 (me with my brood at Animal Kingdom last week
...hubs didn't turn into Flick, he was still at his conference)

Yeah.  Another non-decorating post.  At this point I'm not sure I'll ever get around to projects around the house.  It seems I'm behind in everything in my life, and I just don't have any real creativity flowing, let alone motivation.  Just being honest.  I have lots of good intentions, but it seems my energies are needed elsewhere this season. I haven't even been able to read your blogs.  My reader is out of control :)

Anyway, for the many lovely souls who have continued to ask about my Mom, I went to see her today.  She's still really weak, has lost a lot of weight, but improves each day.  She's tired of laying around, and takes slow walks around the house, then takes a nap :)  She's just using tylenol extra strength for pain, and as long as she doesn't cough or sneeze, she's pretty comfortable.  Docs are pleased with her progress thus far.  She'll meet with her oncologist this week to get the report on the tumor itself, and discuss chemo.

Here's a picture that she wasn't pleased I took!  But I told her my readers need real proof that she's doing better. :)  She was just trying to fix her hair when I snapped it:

Again, thank you all sooooo much for your love and concern, prayers, happy thoughts, positive energy, emails, and shoulders.  It's just been awesome.  Just awesome.  Here's another pic of my brave mama....beautiful still.

And for funzies....here's my kids in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Note the wands, Butter Beer, and Gryfindor scarves....yea, we're HP geeks.  My favorite was listening to Moaning Myrtle in the ladies rooms.

 l-r: Kristen, her boyfriend Kelly, son-in-law Josh, Maddie, Gracie, 
C.Ray and daughter-in-law Andrea, Ben and Sam in front

One project in the works that I *will* share is my personal makeover....so far, down one size: almost 14 inches and 10 pounds, even with the holidays, vacation, and hospital time with my mom. I'm darn proud of myself.  Darn proud.

Blessings to all.....I appreciate you!


Richella Parham said...

Wow, Cindy--your mom looks great! Like seriously GREAT!! I'm so proud of her--what an ordeal she's come through. I pray that this surgery will have been an excellent treatment and that the news from her oncologist will be really good.

Take care!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

And you should be proud~that's a lot to lose in such a short time.

Your mom looks really good! She has such a great smile. I'll keep my fingers crossed for some good news.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pics of the family! Great to hear your mom is doing well. And CONGRATS on your loss!

Lena Guenther said...

Hey just wanted to let you know, you inspired me to do a chair. www.bowzarre.blogspot.com

Kate said...

Your mom looks wonderful!! So happy to hear she is doing better. Loved the family post hooray for you I am cheering you on from Cali keep up the great job!!


Leanne said...

What a cute family. It looks like you all had a wonderful time. Your mom looks amazing. I'm happy to hear her recovery is going well. Congrats on the weight loss.

Erin said...

What wonderful news about your mom, Cindy! And congrats on your progress towards better health. Be proud of yourself. :)

Take care,

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Mom looks fantastic! So glad she is moving around. Hope all goes well with her check up.

Congrats to you too! You are doing a great job keep on track. That was a great loss. Keep it up!

I love Moaning Myrtle too :)

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Glad to hear your mom is doing well. :)

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Debra Howard said...

Thankful that your Mom is better. Girl, it is OK to just be sometimes. Just enjoy your family and be. Breathe the fresh air, enjoy the blue sky, do something you really enjoy. That creativity will come back when the time is right. We will be here.

Cassie Bustamante said...

so glad your mom is doing well... and you are an inspiration. you have such a positive attitude, and i just love it, cindy.

Claudia said...

Your mom is looking good. Praying for a good report. What a fun family you have. Congratulations on your weight loss!

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

You mom looks beautiful. She's so young looking! Thanks for the update, we are all keeping her and your family in our prayers. Cindy, I'm so impressed that you have managed to keep on track with your weight loss even through all this stress in your life. Bravo! Stay strong and forget about us while you take care of you and yours. I'd much rather updates like this than decorating projects from you right now.

Rey said...

For one thing, your mom looks fantastic! I can't believe that she is going through what she did. I just can't get over how good she looks! Looks like you are having a great time. Enjoy it! You so deserve it! You could post about dung beetles and I would be here hanging on every word! Much love to you my sweet friend!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Now you all look like you are having so much fun. We have all recently become huge HP geeks here too. Haven't let our 9 year old watch ALL the movies, but several of them. She's read a few books now too. I wish I was there too.

So happy to see your mom up and around a bit. You all are still in my prayers and I'm glad you are sharing her progress with us.


Claudia said...

It's great to see that smiling photo of your Mom!


NanaDiana said...

I have a feeling your Mom is not going to take NO for an answer when it comes to getting well! She looks like a spirited fighter to me...and that is half the battle with the BigC. God bless her and give her a hug for me!

Decorating posts can wait. Have fun with your family, take care of your Mom and post when you can...AND congrats on losing inches and sizes! Hugs-Diana

Anonymous said...

Your mom looks fantastic!!! she has a beautiful smile. Good for you with the weight loss!!

commoncents said...

THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS! I always love visiting your blog...

Common Cents

~ Regan said...

Your mama is brave, AND beautiful! I'm so happy she is doing so well. I'm very glad you posted this.
Looks like you all had fun, you are so lucky to have such a big tight-knit family!

FairfieldHouse said...

Dear Cindy,

What a handsome crew you have! I'm so glad you got away for a bit of fun. You and your beautiful mama remain in my prayers. I wish I were closer so I could be of help to you.

Your Friend,

Heidi said...

What a trooper! You're sweet mom has a beautiful smile on her face despite what she's going through. Her sweet spirit and the love of your family is getting her through this. Take care! Your in my prayers!

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Jane said...

So happy to read your mother is making progress. She looks very pretty and very happy in the picture.
I had been away from my blog for awhile so I'm just catching up with things. I'm so sorry that I just noticed you featured my post last week on Make It 4 Monday. Thank you so much!! I am flattered.
Congrats on the awesome job losing the lbs. and inches. You have every right to be darn proud of yourself!!
Take care,

Becca's Dirt said...

Congrats on the weight loss. Your mom looks like a fighter and she's also very pretty. Happy Valentines day.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Keeping your mom in my thoughts and prayers. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family!

If you have time, please stop by for dessert! It's sinfully delicious!


kara@elements-interiors.net said...

Hi Cindy! I hope you you are having the MOST BLESSED time with your family! Your mom is Beautiful and I JUST KNOW God will pull her through this :) Happy Valentines Day...



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