Friday, March 13, 2009


I was so excited about today, that I forgot to do an "...and...Thirty-NINE" post. Yesterday marks thirty-nine months of survival. But more importantly, today marks my son's eighth birthday, and I am HERE!

When I was diagnosed, Jake was not yet five years old. I wondered if I'd live long enough for him to remember me. Surviving to his eighth birthday seemed like a long shot. But most miracles seem that way.

Not only am I here, but I am well enough to pull off another birthday party. We had a family breakfast party this morning and will continue the festivities after school. And tomorrow we will have sixteen children in the house for "Indiana Jake and the Gr-EIGHT Birthday Crusade". We have foam fedora hats and "blow darts" (aka straws and Q-tips) and rubber snakes and a treasure chest and more strewn in our living room, waiting to be organized for tomorrow's event. A Mayan pyramid cake and some monkey brain Jello molds are waiting to be created in the kitchen.

It's Friday the 13th, and I've never felt luckier!!


Linda said...

That party sounds amazing!! I know my 11 year old is totally into the whole Indy stuff right now! Congrats on making it to 39!! My mom is almost at 14! :)

Anonymous said...

What a blessing you are to your family. Your strength and determination are assisting your 'survival' and your spirituality aids your outlook. My prayers continue to be with you all.
Cindy Leibner

LadyCarma said...

I can't believe it has been eight years since you brought him home from Houston as a new baby! The years have rushed by. Tell Jake a huge happy birthday from the woman who used to sing to him on the way to Evening Song concerts!

Thanks for the post. You are amazing!

Meka said...

Love you and your attitude it always brightens my day to read your posts. That sounds like the FUNNEST birthday party theme ever! What lucky kids you have!
Meka from 2ofus4now

Anonymous said...

Awesome. I'm so happy for you and your family. You have a wonderful attitude and I really feel that is making a difference for you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Krista -

It is so wonderful to hear about you and your family and that you are doing great. Right now, I could use some words of wisdom. My dear friend's husband has just been diagnosed with this cancer. How can I help her?