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    Currently I am wishing I could freeze time. My four kids are at such fun ages and are all at really good spots in their lives. Jeff and I are soaking it in.
     

     
    Currently I am laughing a lot and scratching my head as I parent a teenager, two tweens, and one toddler. On this week’s shopping list, I had a note from Rebecca that she needed tampax, eye makeup remover, and contact lens solution. Jeff then texted me that Sam was out of overnight diapers. I briefly wondered if having siblings so spread out is going to be something my children won’t remember favorably when they are older. Then a moment follows where the love is just so intense during an after school tickle fight and it relieves my unspoken fears.
     

     
    Currently we are big fans of a certain little one who is playing t-ball.
     


     
    Currently I am taking a photography and videography class through The Define School. My brain is stretching, growing, and absorbing. I’m dreaming of making many videos in the future. You can bet it will include dancing.

    Currently I am shooting pictures at different angles. I am resorting to standing on beds, sprawling out on the floor in the middle of the library, and climbing an annoying Little League fence. I will say that climbing that fence in my hospital scrubs might have left fellow baseball parents scratching their heads wondering if I had lost my marbles. Perhaps.
     

     
    Currently I am devouring two books, Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes and Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job.
     
    Currently I am loving my chalkboard frame in the dining room. I love to change the board with different bible verses, quotes, love notes, etc. Often these verses serve as gentle reminders to me, more than my children.
     

     
    Currently, I am choosing to embrace the ordinary, savor it, and seek out the blessings from within. With a renewed perspective, the ordinary is transforming into the extraordinary. In this picture, I could have become frustrated that I couldn’t go on the water slides with the older three kids. Instead, I got to sit and watch the excitement of the older kids while holding this shivering 3 year old. I even heard a “You’re the best mom,” not just once, but twice. Had I not adopted this new frame of mind, I might have been too grumpy or distracted to have heard her tiny voice.
     

     
    Currently, I am anticipating having three kids in the double digits club. Emily turns ten next week and just got braces last week. Three kids in braces. So another reason to take a deep breath and hold kids when that want to be held, kiss owies that need to be kissed, and make the time to actively listen when given the chance.
     

     
    Currently, I am thankful. Eight years ago today I was told that I was cancer free. I might be the only American who loves April 15th – Tax Day. Despite a tough year of scares and medicine, cancer is not in my body. I have an obligation to not take that privilege and blessing for granted. I have a husband to love and cherish, children to raise to love God and others, and a calling for a much grander purpose. I refuse to merely breathe and exist.

    Currently I am in a terrific place, merely because I chose to stop, reposition my feet and attitude, and move forward. Thankful for a husband, parents, children, sister, friends, and a precious heavenly Father for loving me through my transition with unending love and undeserving grace.

    Currently I am loving the soft sound of tapping fingers, as I am back to writing on this blog. And am beyond thankful for your warm welcome back.

    In celebration of being cancer free, will you do me the honor of telling one person that you are grateful for them? That would be my greatest gift. Let’s spread some love.

    Blessings sweet friends,
    Jenny


    17 Comments

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    SHERRY

    you always make me take a closer look at my surroundings, and my perspective often changes. TFS!! I’m facing a grueling task today that I now realize, really doesnt need to suck the life out of me. HUGS!!

    15 April 2013 at 4:43 am Reply
    Heather

    The world needs your voice, Jenny. Thank you for sharing it.

    15 April 2013 at 5:03 am Reply
    Jenny A

    Again, you bring tears to my eyes. Your writing is so raw and so real – breath of fresh air. A huge congrats on your 8 year cancer free! You are beautiful inside and out. Your family is beautiful and they reflect you :)

    15 April 2013 at 6:32 am Reply
    Julie McD

    Jenny, I am day 20 post bone marrow transplant and reading this as I wait for my first follow-up appt after going home Thurs night! I am grateful for you; how you share so much of yourself here and your email support when I first told you if my diagnosis. We are also grateful to so many locally who have helped us and I do my best to tell them how thankful and blessed we are daily. No matter how good a girl’s perspective may be before she gets cancer, it becomes a new ball game after cancer enters your world! Blessings and hugs!

    15 April 2013 at 6:42 am Reply
    Ashley Marie

    Happy 8 yr cancer free anniversary!

    I am the oldest of 4 kids. The age differences between them and I are 4 years, 7 years and 9 years. Compared to some of my friends, I feel like the bond between all four of us is magical. We all kinda had time to be the “baby” and to be teens. My parents were great about celebrating us equally and uniquely to our needs. Also, our typical adult milestones happen on such a different schedule that all of us can be around for all of the awesome moments in each other lives. You are a great parent and I doubt there will be a less than favorable overall feeling about their childhood in general.

    15 April 2013 at 7:36 am Reply
    Melissa

    Really glad that you’re back. I have missed your writing. It’s beautiful.

    15 April 2013 at 7:59 am Reply
    Jill McBride

    Awesome post Jenny. Hugs to you.

    15 April 2013 at 8:38 am Reply
    Karen Moore

    I always feel and see MORE after reading your blog! Thank You for increasing my awareness and helping me slow down enough to BE in the moment!!! God’s blessing to you and your family today and always.

    15 April 2013 at 8:38 am Reply
    Kari Holt

    Love it … every word <3

    15 April 2013 at 8:43 am Reply
    Lisa

    Inspiring as always Jenny! Just took time out of my day to make phone calls, texts, and emails to family and friends to thank them for all the joy and blessings they bring to my life and to send them my love. Thanks for encouraging me to do so!

    15 April 2013 at 9:01 am Reply
    Nicol

    So good to hear from you again. I am grateful for you. You are such an inspiration! Happy Cancer-free day! Hugs.

    15 April 2013 at 9:58 am Reply
    Theresa M.

    So glad you’re back! I love your posts, they always make me take a second look at life. And, happy 8 years of being cancer FREE! I’m grateful for finding your blog through a post on Becky Higgins’ blog and can’t wait to see you dancing again soon :)

    Hugs and blessings,
    Theresa

    15 April 2013 at 11:46 am Reply
    gail

    Ah, the little things. We need to be still and appreciate them. Oh,you just wrote that. Well done.

    15 April 2013 at 1:18 pm Reply
    cathy stolze

    You are becoming quite the photographer! You definitely have an eye for pictures. That first picture really grabbed me. All your family bonding moments that most people take for granted, you absorb them all. Love it! Your daughter’s t-ball socks,priceless!
    I’m celebrating with you. Sending gratitude texts today! I still want to dance with you! Thanks for sharing your heart. I appreciate you. xoxo

    15 April 2013 at 2:28 pm Reply
    Sarah

    I am grateful for you, my friend. XOX

    15 April 2013 at 2:43 pm Reply
    maryann perry

    I am grateful for our friendship! I love you sweet friend!!!

    16 April 2013 at 12:08 am Reply
    Jeri Ann

    Thanks for that, Jenny! You deserve all those blessings. Gonna send an email to my hubby right now, for whom I am very grateful and blessed (and is also cancer-free almost 2 years!). Hugs.

    17 April 2013 at 8:47 am Reply

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