This was dated December 23, 2009 7:13 pm on Riley's Carepages.com
Today we give thanks to God for our early Christmas present. Riley had scans today which showed a dramatic improvement of her lung nodule. The right lower lung nodule which used to be 7 mm, crisp, and very obvious is now a faint smudge outline measuring 2 mm in length and not measurable in width. It appears similar to a small faint smudged comma that would correspond to one partial edge of the previous nodule. Radiographically the lung lesion is not very obvious and the physicians do not think that it would be able to be located with surgery. They will review the scans with the surgeon here and get her opinion, but as for now we know we have been given some breathing room. Riley has had wonderful response to her initial chemo and we now can breathe as we wait for her counts to increase and her fevers to resolve. Once her specific white cell count called an ANC raises to greater than 500 without medicines to increase it we will repeat a CT scan of her chest. That CT scan will make the final determination if surgery would be beneficial or necessary before proceeding to the next round of high dose chemo with stem cell rescue. Today God has given us a glimpse of our path ahead and for this we are thankful. We see progress has been made and we see that her tumor is still chemo responsive which is necessary for her to get to cure. The weight of this world seems lifted from our shoulders today. We praise God for this response! As for the fevers they are getting lower and more spaced out. Her CT scan showed some sinusitis on the side of NG tube for feeding through her nose. We will pull her NG tube today in hopes that the sinusitis will improve without the tube in place. We are also stopping 2 medications which could potentially be causing the fevers. We pray these changes will allow her fevers to resolve completely. Today we rejoice in the most wonderful gift we could have been given and again we give thanks to God for His constant and unwavering presence and protection as we ride this rollercoaster journey. We also give thanks to all of you who continue to lift Riley and our family up in prayer. All of these are truly our Christmas blessings. Thankful, Kirk and Kelly
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Three handsome male dogs are walking down the street when they see a beautiful, enticing, female Poodle. The three male dogs fall all over themselves in an effort to be the one to reach her first, but end up arriving in front of her at the same time.
The males are speechless before her beauty, slobbering on themselves and hoping for just a glance from her in return.
Aware of her charms and her obvious effect on the three suitors, she decides to be kind and tells them, 'The first one who can use the words 'liver' and 'cheese' together in an imaginative, intelligent sentence can go out with me.'
The sturdy, muscular black Lab speaks up quickly and says, 'I love liver and cheese.''Oh, how childish,' said the Poodle.
'That shows no imagination or intelligence whatsoever.'
She turns to the tall, shiny Golden Retriever and says 'How well can you do?''
Um. I HATE liver and cheese,' blurts the Golden Retriever.'
My, my,' said the Poodle. 'I guess it's hopeless. That's just as dumb as the Lab's sentence.'
She then turns to the last of the three dogs and says, 'How about you, little guy?'
The last of the three, tiny in stature but big in fame and finesse, is the Taco Bell Chihuahua .. He gives her a smile, a sly wink, turns to the Golden Retriever and the Lab and says...
I need to vent and since NO ONE reads this here is a good a place as any! I am so tired of my friggin life it is not funny. I am at a loss. Don't have a clue of what to do. I am tired of work, I am tired of home you name it.. I am tired of it and I wish I was the type of person that just didn't give a damn. I was on my way home tonight (and no this is not the first time) I just thought about how I wish I could speed up and ram into a large tree, a house (old one no one lives in) or how do you get a car to fly and flip over and over? But then I think of my son and my mom and I know I can't do that. I wish I didn't care. I fight EVERY DAY with my son. There is barley a day that goes by that we don't get into it. He was failing school so bad last year, he was one of the kids in public school falling between the cracks. I a single mother that has only one income no help except for my mom to help out by picking him up from PRIVATE school and she watches him until I get home. I dread coming home! Do I want to live... Hell no!
So "if" the US government determines that it is against the law for the words "under God" to be on our money, then, so be it. And "if" that same government decides that the "Ten Commandments" are not to be used in or on a government installation, then, so be it. I say, "so be it," because I would like to be alaw abiding US citizen. I say, "so be it," because I would like to think that smarter people than I are in positions to make good decisions. I would like to think that those people have the American public's best interests at heart. BUT, YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE I'D LIKE? Since we can't pray to God, can't Trust in God and cannot post His Commandments in Government buildings, I don't believe the Government and its employees should participate in the Easter and Christmas celebrations which honor the God that our government is eliminating from many facets of American life. I'd like my mail delivered on Christmas, Good Friday, Thanksgiving & Easter. After all, it's just another day. I'd like the US Supreme Court to be in session on Christmas, Good Friday, Thanksgiving & Easter as well as Sundays. After all, it's just another day. I'd like the Senate and the House of Representatives to not have to worry about getting home for the "Christmas Break." After all it's just another day. I'm thinking that a lot of my taxpayer dollars could be saved, if all government offices & services would work on Christmas, Good Friday & Easter. It shouldn't cost any overtime since those would be just like any other day of the week to a government that is trying to be "politically correct." In fact..... I think that our government should work on Sundays (initially set aside for worshipping God...) because, after all, our government says that it should be just another day.... What do you all think????
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Hey Folks!! This is new to me and my heart is beating like crazy. My first giveaway. I was so excited when I got an email from MyBlogSpark to do a review and giveaway. Me! A nobody blogger! I don't know how to do the fancy linking to other sites so please just bare with me. Hopefully this will be the first of many.
Now on to the good stuff!
General Mills and MyBlogSpark is giving one of CJCMommy's readers
4 e-movie cash certificates (worth $48) and
A coupon for any size General Mills cereal
(up to $6).
Actually, everyone can win!
All you need to do is buy 2 boxes of General Mills Cereal
(make sure they show the Free Movie Ticket on the box)
To receive your free movie ticket, enter two codes from any two specially marked boxes of General Mills cereal. Print your free movie ticket certificate and take it to a participating theater to receive one free movie admission!
Great tasting cereal and a free movie.
As I see it, it is a win/win situation!
On to the Movies...Oh, I mean the Giveaway!
I am going to keep it simple.
1. Leave me a comment stating if you sneak anything into the movies, if so what?
This month, General Mills is donating $2 million to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. But in addition to that, General Mills will also donate $1, up to $20,000 each time a comment of encouragement is posted, a virtual flower bouquet is sent, or a story is shared on PinkTogether.com through October 31st.
Head over to The Suburban Jungle and enter to win this great giveaway!
Riley was diagnosed with a Wilm's Tumor in May 2006. Initial treatment required surgery to remove her right kidney and 6 months of outpatient chemotherapy. Routine follow up confirmed relapse of her cancer with metastasis to her lungs June 2007. You can visit her website below for more information!
Thank you for each and every day you have Blessed us here on earth. Thank you for your tender mercies. Thank you for giving us friends and family To share these joys with. I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and those I care deeply for who are reading this right now. Where there is joy, give them continued joy, Where there is pain, give them your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence. Where there is need, fulfil their needs. Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings In Jesus' name Amen.
Ok, am I having a pitty party? Mad at the world? Depressed? Losing Faith? I don't know, seems like all of the above. I know there is a GOD! And I know we are not supposed to ask why. I had a very good childhood. I was raised by two wonderful people. God took my dad in January 1999 at the age of 57.(he turned 57 on the 8th and died on the 13th) My son was 6 months old. My life has went down hill since. Then my grandmother in 2001/2002. Then my husband went "postal" he is wanted for kidnapping, attempted rape, assult with a deadly weapon and who knows what else. Completely out of the blue. This happened in April of 2004. Our son was 5. We still don't know if he is dead or alive. His family has NOTHING to do with us. How can you disown a helpless grandchild? Yeah, his family was/is disfunctional but still. Can't ever have him declaired dead as he is "running from the law". Which brings me to money.. chuckle, chuckle.. My son and I just cant seem to get along. He wants something all the time. I had to put him in private school. I feel lost. I really don't want to go on, but I know I have to. I have been so strong over the years but I really feel like I am going down. I am not asking for pitty, but if someone out there has any answers, suggestions and yes prayers, I would greatly appreaciate them. Please. I hurt so bad inside. And I know there are other people, children that are in worse conditions than me. But right now, I feel so alone. From my heart, Charlene
Riley has been doing well. The soreness in her chest is getting less and she is doing a little more every day. She went back to school on Tuesday and she has enjoyed being back. It is nice to be going back to a “routine” for all the kids. Kelly and I have been trying to get back into our routine as well, but our minds have been a little slower to recover. It is hard right now when people ask, “How is Riley?” The answer we have learned to say is “Good.” Good is still the truth, but the thoughts and questions that our mind creates now is amazing. Please don’t take the previous comment wrong, we love being asked and sharing Riley’s story with others, we just aren’t used to being where we are so the answers to simple questions don’t flow as easy-I guess we are still processing all our thoughts. This was her fastest cure yet – diagnosis and surgery for cure within just one week! A lot to get your mind wrapped around in a short time. Technically we are exactly where we expected to be right now, Riley free of cancer. We just didn’t expect the pothole we hit last week-requiring surgery for her to become free of cancer! We have enjoyed Riley’s request for cards. When she got home from the hospital, I asked her how many cards she hoped to get with her request. She said “twenty-five.” Riley doesn’t realize what impact her story has on others. We must remember, she has lived this life for over 3 years and is doing what she must in her special way. Riley doesn’t yet understand how “easy” she makes it seem nor how many people have come to find her faith and perseverance encouraging. The cards have been a physical representation of the prayers, which so many are saying on her behalf. We have all enjoyed seeing the mailbox fill with cards each day. Your time and effort has meant a lot. The house is filled with your well wishes for Riley and our family. Today she was disappointed when she got home since no cards were in the mailbox. Little did she realize the mailman left the bundle on the front porch as they would not fit in the mailbox. Her face lit up with excitement when she saw over 100 cards today alone! Soon we will post a picture of Riley and the cards and perhaps share some of the stories too. Thanks!!! Looking back, we are amazed by the journey we have been on. We never imagined the struggles or the blessings we would encounter, nor did we imagine how long we would actively be battling this disease. We started only desiring her cure without complication. This is still our desire, yet we have reaped the benefits of much more in the past 3 years. We have changed so much and our faith has grown enormously. When I started this carepage, I only wanted it as a tool to tell people how Riley was doing. Somehow it has turned into so much more. We know being in our position is difficult, but you have allowed us to share our lives with you – Thanks! As hard as it is for us to express how we feel, we know it is hard for many of you to be following Riley’s journey. Thank you for your continued support and for all your help in nourishing our faith with messages of encouragement. Early this week, I couldn’t settle my mind. Something seemed stuck in my brain and I couldn’t come to grips with it. I even went on a run, which is not an activity I have chosen to participate in for years! The following day I still couldn’t clear my mind and so I sat down to write. Within 15-20 minutes, the following passage was written entirely. I don’t know what it is actually – prose, poetry or some other definition since creative writing is not a hobby or pastime of mine. All I know, is it came quickly and clearly without much revision (although it may need some). This is such unusual expression for me, I hesitated sharing it, but I feel moved to include it today with this update. THE RACEA big race and anyone can enter. I eagerly sign up at the urging of my coach. I begin training and learning more about running. Seems easy, everyone is stretching or jogging. This won’t be bad.Out for a training run, the sweat is pouring off. My coach yells “Go!” What? The Race has begun. I wasn’t ready. Where do I go? I want to stop already. “Keep going” the coach encourages me. Others are running nearby. I catch up feeling more confident that I can do this. My coach is on the side to give me water. He runs alongside and then up ahead. “Keep going” he says again. Easy for him to say I mumble, he isn’t breaking a sweat. My legs are burning and my feet are sore. I pass a man sitting on the side of the road. He is resting. I want to quit too. Coach says no, your race isn’t done. How much longer? I can’t keep doing this. “Keep going, your race isn’t done” he calls out again.The road is quiet. I am either way behind or way ahead. Did I miss a turn? I look back and see someone running up fast. I pick up my pace. I don’t want to be passed now. But I can’t outrun her. The child skips past me. Skips! She hasn’t been running long I say. A child can run so much easier I guess. But I see her more closely as she passes. She is carrying bags that drag on the ground. The bags are almost bigger than her, yet she skips. She is going faster now and calls to encourage a lady on the side of the road to get back up and run. I pick up my pace again, but my legs feel like rubber. My chest hurts and the stitch in my side is getting worse. I lose her around the bend.A long straight away and I don’t see her, but coach is running near me again. How much longer I ask? How long is the race? How can that child beat me? I am stronger and bigger.“She listens to me” coach says. “I told her to travel the path I set for her and that I would see her at the end. She was made to run.”I see her again in the distance. Oh no, she tripped. No she didn’t, I see more clearly. She jumped. With the bags in hand, she jumped. But why?I get to that spot in the road. Hurdles! I try to jump the first and barely clear it. The second is higher and I have to slow to climb over the obstacle. The child has made it out of my sight again.I see coach on the side. But she was making it look easy. And she was carrying those bags. How? Why? I plead with him.“She listens to me” coach said again. “Calm your breathing, relax your arms and run.” He pats me on the back and jogs ahead.I am feeling more tired, heavier. I am now carrying a bag and it is heavy. What a sick idea of a race. I am feeling disgusted. I want to throw up. I want to drop the bag but I can’t. “Keep going” I hear coach call. Was he talking to me?I see him yet again and sprint up next to him. Mad. I want out of this race. This wasn’t what I signed up for. I want to go home. Carry your own bag I yell.“I made this path for you” coach says. “This is your race. You are on your way home. Keep going.” He hands the bag back to me. “I have already run the race,” he says. “I already carried all the bags. Keep going and I will see you at the end, and we will enjoy the gifts you carry in the bag. You will have your prize when the race is done.”So I hoist the bag over my shoulder and skip. “Come on” I yell to another man sitting on the side of the road. “Let’s go.” Listening to Him and following the child. After reading this story to Riley, she understood immediately who the coach was. She also said, “Some run a little, and some run a lot, and some don’t even run at all. And some of us just really love to run. I really love to run.” – Isn’t it obvious? She was made to run. Even though there have been many times along this path when we wanted to sit on the side and rest, we are reminded that we have to continue to run - for that is what we all were made to do. Continuing to run and learning to be thankful for the bags we carry, Kirk & Kelly
This giveaway includes great stuff like Hi-Liters, labels, GlueStics, binders, dividers, sheet protectors, Marks-a-Lot permanent markers, and t-shirt transfers. The gift basket has a retail value of over $50!
AT You really should go over to "Your Zone" at Walmart and check out all the neat stuff you can get. Then when you are done go over to Suzanne Calling and register to win. Hey, if I don't win I would want someone I know to!
My mom told me you wanted to know where I was getting all these coupons for some really great stuff... Well, if you join these sites they send you coupons for stuff to try and sometimes coupons to share. If you stop by and read this try to leave me a comment. (I feel so lonely over here, I want to know someone is looking) So, here we go, check out these sites, join and then watch your mailbox.
When you have time my side bar has a lot of different buttons, click on the button and check out the different sites. I didn't list the printable coupon sites, but if you click on most of the buttons on the side they will take you there.
School is almost back! A look at the Staples back-to-school "Top Ten" and a back-to-school set giveaway!
The Staples Back-To-School giveaway includes: 1 High Sierra Swerve Backpack 1 Omnitech Laptop Skin 3 Omnitech Calculator Skins 1 One Subject Notebook 1 Access Bag N' Pack Flap Top Insulated Lunch Kit 2 Mini Xeno Retractable Ballpoint Pens 1 Dickies Composition Book 1 Book Jax Book Cover 1 Game Controller Calculator 2 Book Sox Book Covers
The winning number is #29! Cjcmommy your the winner! I am really beginning to think that 29 is my lucky number! "Thank You" Money saving Mama in Michigan" Trust me I will put this $30.00 gift card to good use! Thanks again! Charlene
As a part of their introduction week, they would like to offer you a chance to win UP TO a $50 Target Gift Card
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The "Top This" Prize pack includes coupon for (1) Free box of Toaster Strudel, (1) coupon for a Free box of Totino´s Pizza Rolls, a Box Tops For Education certificate worth 10 bonus Box Tops as well as some great school supplies for the kids which I shared with my niece and donated some, too. There were a total 14 Box Tops coupons from the products in the prize pack! WOW!
Blonde Locked OutA blonde walks into a gas station and says to the manager, "I locked my keys in my car. Do you have a coat hanger or something I can stick through the window to unlock the door?"The manager gives the blonde a bent coat hanger.A few minutes later, he goes out to check on her. As her approaches the blonde working the hanger in window, he notices another blonde inside the car, coaching "No, no! A little to the left."
50% less fat • 50% less sat fat • 23% fewer calories than the original recipe—see the comparison. Rich and gooey just got a makeover for a treat that tastes as decadent as the original but has a lot less fat. From eatbetteramerica. Prep Time:15 min Start to Finish:1 hr 55 min makes:24 brownies
Brownies 1 box (1 lb 2.3 oz) Betty Crocker® fudge brownie mix 1/4 cup canola oil or unsweetened applesauce 1/4 cup water 4 egg whites 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in remaining filling ingredients until well blended. 2. In large bowl, stir brownie mix, oil, water, 4 egg whites and 1 teaspoon vanilla with spoon until well blended. Spread in pan. 3. Spoon filling mixture over brownie batter in pan. Cut through filling mixture and batter with knife several times for marbled design. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. 4. Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until toothpick inserted in brownie 2 inches from side of pan comes out clean or almost clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour. For 24 brownies, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.
Nutritional Information 1 Brownie: Calories 160 (Calories from Fat 50); Total Fat 6g (Saturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 125mg; Total Carbohydrate 22g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 17g); Protein 2g % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 0%; Iron 4% Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 1 1/2 MyPyramid Servings: 1 tsp Fats & Oils *% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
I was in the pub yesterday when I suddenly realized I desperately needed to fart. The music was really, really loud, so I timed my farts with the beat.After a couple of songs, I started to feel better. I finished my pint and noticed that everybody was staring at me.
I am a single mom of a wonderful child. He is what keeps me going. I enjoy saving money with coupons so I can buy other things that I normally would not be able to get. (for my son, you know mom's come last) My favorite TV shows are House & Criminal Minds. I also enjoy Bones and NCIS.