Sweet Things

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Wonderful people have been bringing meals for more than two weeks. It has been a real blessing to us. And quite a few of them have made brownies. In fact, we have had brownies at least half a dozen times. We love brownies. They are chewy and chocolate what’s not to love. But it made me wonder…why brownies? I think I came up with the happiness factor. Our family is sad. And brownies might make them happy…if only for the few moments they are being eaten. Or the anticipation of them. So people are not just making dinner they are all trying to make us happy. Sweet. Either  that or you read choclate cures cancer and forgot to tell me.

Sweet things. Asa entered an essay contest a few weeks ago. It was for the fancy candy shop in Liberties Walk. The children had to write a story about being trapped in a candy store. Asa won the contest. He will get a big basket of candy and his essay will be published in the Fishtown Spirit next Wednesday. He beemed with pride upon hearing the news. We beemed with him. Sweet.

Today is Clayton’s first birthday. It has been quite a year. I feel like I have been robbed of spending that unlimited time with him. I had to spend a lot of time at doctor’s appointments and chemo. But our time is sweet nonetheless. Karen is playing peekaboo with him. “Where’s Clayton?” “There he is!” He squeals with joy. One year olds are pretty easy that way. I pray for healing. My arms are too sore and swollen to hold Clay right now. I am still too weak to take care of him. And he head butted my incision the other day so I am a little scared of him. I know time heals all wounds. I am looking forward to being able to be a full time mommy again. Cancer is very inconvenient when it comes to parenting.

Rachel from lymphedivas  came over yesterday and gave me a black and a leopard compression sleeve for my arms. They are beautiful and functional. Thank you Rachel. And today the lymphedema specialists are coming over to help me. I hope that they can. I am very sore and swollen. I am thankful that my insurance company will pay for this.

My friend Amanda is throwing a huge Halloween bash for us at the Ruba club on Friday night. The party starts at 9pm. It is $5 to get in with a costume. The Purple Generals, Broken Prayers, and Hillside Wranglers will be playing. And there will a $100 prize to the biggest “Phreak” in Philly. Good times for everyone. I hope you all can come out and have some scary fun. Kelly really wants his friends there so Jenni Bender you have to go! And Heidi you too! I hope you all go and have a great time.

4 Responses to “Sweet Things”

  1. Dina says:

    Sounds like a better day. Happy first birthday, Clay! Way to go, Asa!

  2. Wendy says:

    Happy First Birthday Clay! I’ve been thinking of him all day. My birthday buddy! Congrats to Asa. I’d love to read the essay at some point. Brownies are my favorite. The best food ever. I plan to have some today and I will think of my sweet family in Philly. Love you, Wendy

  3. megan says:

    Asa Spades he is!

    Looking forward to partying with Clayton.

    love and brownies to all today. megan

  4. Stephanie Bare says:

    Andrea,
    In no way can my life be compared to yours, however today, well for the past few weeks I needed a laugh, and you, in all of your pain and grace made me laugh with the talk of brownies.
    I dont know you, but I pray for you. Tonight I thank God for you because your beauty shone through (brownies) and eased my heart.
    Thank you, Stephanie