Monday, November 16, 2009

Normalcy.

So today we had, dare I say it, a pretty normal day. Normal in the sense of our lives as they can exist right now. No spinal taps, chemo, blood transfusions, mouth sores...you get the idea. But no she didn't get up and go to school as a normal child her age would do...rather she slept until 11am, courtesy of the morphine patch placed on her back yesterday evening. Her school today consisted of going on a bit of a nature walk with her sister and I...checking out leaves and nuts and such. We walked to her great-grandma's house where she took part in a small knitting class. Bamm bamm was trying to teach us the basics...and yes, I must be getting older because it slightly interests me now. (but I still don't think I have the patience for it) We then came home and had a lengthy cooking lesson. She helped me to make homemade potato corn chowder, buttermilk biscuits from scratch, a fruit salad, and some homemade ranch salad dressing (all from my new Pioneer Woman cookbook which is awesome by the way). Ally loves to cook. I mean she loves it almost as much as she loves doing nails. I usually let her use the stove and today, for the very first time, I let her use a real knife. Probably not the best idea for someone who's platelets are on the low end, but hey...the girl has had a lot of life's lessons way too early in her life. I thought she could handle the knife. And she did. She cut up potatoes, fruit, whatever. So happy just to help her mama cook. So now that I am reflecting on our day....wait a minute, am I a pioneer? I just spent my day teaching my daughter about nature, sewing, and cooking. And come to think of it, her Dad spent this evening making a house for the kids out of a huge piece of cardboard we had. So there is the building lesson. Wow. We are officially pioneers in my book. I guess that is what we did on this "normal" sort of day. And we enjoyed every minute of it.

40 comments:

  1. Oh this post made me so happy. What a wonderful day. And I am definitely going to have to look into that cookbook...I have a cookbook problem :) Hoping for continued good days!!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. So happy to hear such good news! It is wonderful to hear that she is feeling well enough to do all of those fun things. It sounds like everyone had a good day and lots of memories were made. So happy for you all!!:)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Terri Barnett ShumakerNovember 17, 2009 at 5:50 AM

    Sounds like a GREAT day. Glad you were ALL home to enjoy your time together.
    Hoping that this is the begining of more Normalcy!

    ReplyDelete
  4. happy! happy! happy! to hear about your somewhat normal day. it was great to see you last night. i want more info on the cookbook.

    ReplyDelete
  5. It strikes me that you were your Mom to your child yesterday....you did things it sounds like your Mom used to do with you.....that is cool.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am so glad you had a wonderful day. You all deserve it. Cathy O'dell

    ReplyDelete
  7. If there is a silver lining on this cloud called leukemia, it must be that when Ally is feeling better, she is REALLY feeling better! As low as some days go, the highs are great and it sounds like today was one of those "highs". I too love the new P-Dub cookbook and now like you and Ally even more now that I know you are cooking her recipes. {wink}

    Hugs to all of you,
    Amanda

    ReplyDelete
  8. Did you see the pictures from the Ligh the Night Walk? Cute!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/southernohiolls/4058517803/in/set-72157622594575393/

    ReplyDelete
  9. HOORAY HOORAY! Sounds like such a great day, and very familiar, maybe I'm a pioneer too.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Sounds to me like Ally received A LOT of "school" yesterday - you were actually homeschooling her, which has many benefits, not the least of which is making irreplaceable memories! What a blessing. I admire you...for keeping on keeping on...LOVE TO YOU...and sweet ALLY!

    ReplyDelete
  11. whew. Good news, pioneer woman. And that sounds like a fantasic day. I'm being a big nerd, but she probably learned more about fracions, science, and cause and effect yesterday than a week with a book. Hoping today there is even more healing.

    ReplyDelete
  12. OH happy day!
    Glad to hear that you all are under on roof.
    Smiling while I was reading the post.
    Hugs to all of you.
    P. S. let me know when you all are ready for more stuffed pork chops :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hi Ally's family! Amanda sent me....You are a beautiful family with a beautiful attitude. Keep your chin up!

    Tawnya

    Fishers, IN

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hi! Erin sent me. Hugs to you and my thoughts are with you.

    Danielle
    Canada

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi! I found your blog through Erin. My prayers are with you and your family as you fight this battle.

    Julie

    ReplyDelete
  16. It sounds like you have the beginnings of quite the little chef. I hope you have more "normal" days ahead especially if it involves time spent together and a menu like that! Yum!

    Erin sent me here and I am glad she did. Your family seems amazing!

    Amy S.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I can't imagine having to watch your child go through that. I think those are the times when the Lord really does carry you. I found your blog through Erin, and I'm glad she sent us here. Keep fighting the good fight.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Hi...I found you through Erin's blog. Glad you had a great day together :) Our Father is able to do all things....God bless you and give the strength needed for each new day!!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hi...found you through Erin's blog...just want you to know that I've walked this road with my dad...know the ups and downs, and counts, all too well. Something I will leave you with that he always told us...God is still Good, even with yucky cancer. Hope you find blessing even on the hard days...

    ReplyDelete
  20. I read your blog every day since the last time Erin mentioned you guys. I've comented a few times, but will admit I'm a terrible commenter, but faithful in my prayers. I look at my healthy 3 kids each day and mourn for what you are going thru as a Mom. Watching it, living it, just terrible. Anyway, Erin's last post caused me to come out and comment. Know you are in my prayers for a long healthy life for your sweet Ally.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I'm over here from Erins blog...
    You and your whole family have been in my prayers since I heard about Ally from Erins blog. I'm about to go and all you to my list of blogs to read with my morning coffee!!!
    You all take care and I'll be sure to not stay a lurker! =D

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hi I read about Ally on Erin Cobb's blog. I work in the medical field and it always seems unfair when little kids get sick. I am so glad to hear today was a good day. I too bought the Pioneer Woman cookbook and today I made my first meal from that book. Pot roast and it was so yummy, and easy! I hope Ally continues to feel well and my prayers will be with your family.

    Lorena Mora

    ReplyDelete
  23. Hi! I learned about Ally through Erin's blog as well. It's so sad to hear about her story, but am glad to hear that today was a good day! Hope you have more of those.

    I have been cooking from the Pioneer Woman cookbook too and everything I have made is delicious (although not great for the waistline)! Her pot pie was my favorite!!

    ReplyDelete
  24. We saw Ally's picture up at Kirkmont Presbyterian this fall and I remembered her from Erin's blog, too. I hope the Lord will give you peace through this season knowing He has a bigger plan for her life and everyone she touches.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Me too, an Erin reader :) I'm so glad you had a wonderful day of making memories!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I too, learned of Ally's story over at Erin's blog. Ally is a very courageous young girl and an inspiration to many. Thanks for sharing your story with us. May god bless you all with more days filled with good times and memories.

    ReplyDelete
  27. I am an Erin fan and I am so glad you a day of normal...that is so important and good for the soul :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. Wishing you all many, many, many more good days like today!

    ReplyDelete
  29. I remember seeing Ally's pictures on Erin's photoblog a while back. Glad you are finally home now. What a wonderful thing to have so many well wishers and supporters along the way!

    ReplyDelete
  30. I've been here since the beginning of your journey, by way of Erin's blog. Janel, you and your family are an inspiration, and you're all in my thoughts and prayers daily.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Janel...

    You are a pioneer family...every day you wake up not knowing what you'll deal with that day to put miles under your wagon...and with each new obstacle you triumph...persevere...and press on...everyday closer to your destination. You are an inspiration to us all...press on friend...press on!!!! Jill

    ReplyDelete
  32. Hi, Erin sent me here a few months ago (and again today) and I wanted to tell you I've been thinking about and praying for your family! Happy to see some good news just before the holidays. Sounds like a wonderfully special day! Hugs to you!
    Heather in OH

    ReplyDelete
  33. Hello There ;o) Congrats on your day!!! Although this isn't my first peek at your journey I wanted to stop in via Erin to let you know you are in our thoughts & prayers!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Hi, Ally's mom! I have popped in & out of your blog since I found it through Erin's blog a few months ago. I am so glad to hear that Ally had a good day. I just wanted to let you know that your family is amazing and I can't wait for the post that Ally is cancer-free. :)

    ReplyDelete
  35. Blessings to you and your family. I was sent over by Erin, and wanted you to know that yet another person has added you to thier prayer list.

    Amy J

    ReplyDelete
  36. I was sent here from Erin's blog and wanted to take a moment to send blessings to your family and wish you many more days like this one.

    I am patiently awaiting for Christmas to get my Pioneer Women cook book!! Glad you love it!

    ReplyDelete
  37. You go girl, you are a wonderful pioneer with all that you do every day. Glad to hear that Ally is feeling better and doing some things, things she will remember for the rest of her life, cooking with her Mom. Here is praying for many more good "pioneer adventure days". You guys are the best.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Came over to your blog after reading Erin's. I live in Centerville Ohio and saw Ally in the newspaper after the walk. Wishing things get better and Ally is on her way to being cured

    Carol Moyer

    ReplyDelete
  39. What a wonderful day! And yes, you are a pioneer. All we do right now is make our own butter & I say that's adventurous enough in the pioneering department! ... And unrelated, I hope you guys have the best of nurses. One of my sisters is an oncology nurse for our cancer treatment center. Her patients have amazing things to say about how kind & loving she is with them & their treatment - I hope you guys have at least one, if not more, professionals in your life like that. That's the way it should be. :)

    ReplyDelete