Praises of a Wife and Mommy was created for mom's like me. I like to share secrets, parenting advice, deals, the many arts and crafts that we do at our at home preschool, and most importantly share my faith. My many roles go beyond mom they also include, preschool teacher, Children's church teacher, youth pastor, wife, and one role I love Christ follower. Praises of a Wife and Mommy started small but is cotinuing to grow. I love to review products and hold giveaways.
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The Norden family changed forever on a March day in 2002. The word leukemia was spoken and the diagnosis was on our mother, Bette. You see Bette was sick for about a month before her diagnosis. It was a struggle to find out what was really going on with our mom. She was pushed aside with a wrong diagnosis of Hepatitis. After our mom went to get a second opinion at Mayo clinic they finally gave us answers.
Immediately after we got the diagnosis Mayo worked immediately on a treatment plan and our mother’s new home would be a hotel in Rochester MN since it was over 2 hours from home. She would start radiation and chemo right away in March. Also in March my mom celebrated her 46th birthday. On her birthday we shared wonderful get well cards and pictures! Even through the terrible treatment and feeling icky she remained JOYFUL. Joyful in every aspect of life even facing the hardest challenge of her life. We love your smile and we miss your contagious laugh!
The treatment seemed to be going very well! My mom’s sisters were all checked to see if they were bone marrow matches and sadly none of them were but the treatment plan still kept pushing along.
Our mother finished some treatments and was able to come home in May of 2002. She did go back for another treatment a few weeks later. In September she was home again and she even had a letter stating she was cancer free!!
Leukemia is ugly in fact just the word sends shivers down my spine as I want to kick it in the face! A couple weeks later it showed its ugly face again. My mother was back in Rochester where they determined a new course of action. She started a more intense chemo plan.
October 18th brought a tough day as my mom was struggling with pain and having a hard time breathing. She was transferred to intensive care. A roller coaster ride was about to begin for us for about 2 weeks. October 29th, we were all at the hospital to say our goodbye’s. The decision was made to stop treatment as things went from bad to worse. :( My mom held on through the night and went home to Jesus the morning of October 30th, 2002. CANCER SUCKS! This October she will have been gone 10 years. WE MISS YOU MOM, we walk for you and so others do not have to suffer the pain we suffered.
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Since you all loved the other cookie giveaway I did last week I thought a St. Patrick's Cookie Giveaway would be another great one for those of you who have a sugar tooth. :) This giveaway is sponsored by Gourmet Cookie Bouquets ! I personally have not tried these cookies but looking at the pictures of all the cookie bouquets made me ready to try them! I absolutely love the creativity in all their Holiday Bouquets! 2 Lucky winners will win a fun St. Patrick's Day Bouquet that is valued at $50. GOOD LUCK! I hope one of my readers wins!! Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter the St. Patrick's Day cookie giveaway. The mandatory entry is commenting on this post, but once that entry is completed, various other entry options will become available. Any option is acceptable, but the number of entries per person are limited to the number indicated in the contest rafflecopter form. Entries will be reviewed and duplicate or uncompleted ones will be removed
MY MEMORIES SUITE Review and giveaway! (#1 rated scrapbook software) The above is one of the scrap pages I have created. Super easy and super fast. I only took a couple minutes to create a 8 page photo book. I am still going to do some more with adding more embellishments! The below is one I created all from scratch and it only took me about 5 minutes! :) SO EASY! Here is a great video explaining more about the product. There are also tutorials available on youtube.com I am not sure if you are like me but I have spent hours online trying to upload photos to the web to place them into something I was trying to create. THE BIGGEST BONUS to My Memory Suite is the fact that it is downloaded to your computer so you do not have to wait forever for a picture to upload! It made my experience much quicker then other programs I have used online. The scrapbook software was very easy to download on my computer and did not take long to learn how to create. :) One feature t
Last week we tried out the fizzing sidewalk chalk- click here to read that review. This week it is liquid chalk spray. They are a bit similar but yet different. Here is how to make it: Supplies: 1 tsp. washable tempura paint 1 cup of hot water 1/2 cup of cornstarch squirt of dishwashing liquid 1 squirt bottle- I found them at the dollar store 1. Add cornstarch to one cup of hot water whisking to mix so that there are no clumps. 2. Add one teaspoon of washable tempura paint and a quirt of dishwashing liquid. Mix well. 3. Pour it into your squirt bottles and shake well. 4. Go have fun!!! This kept my daughters attention much longer the the fizzy chalk last week. I also think this was easier to work with and just more fun in general. I love seeing the chalk wet but then to see it dry. I think it dried darker so it was fun to see the changes. :) Ready, Set, Go! Have some fun! She is my little model... she kept saying "take my picture mom." She is like her