Saturday, December 27, 2008

Garvan Gardens

Last weekend Sydney, myself and my mother-in-law made a trip to Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs to walk through their amazing light display. If you have never made this trip during Christmas time....you should. We picked the perfect night. It was not raining and it was not too cold. Sydney really enjoyed it. More than what I thought she would. Here are just some of the pictures we took.



Sydney loved all of the waterfalls. That's what she is looking at.




Monday, December 22, 2008

Our Little Singer

The McCone family was asked to do the Advent reading this past Sunday in Church and Mrs. Regina wanted Sydney to sing "Away in a Manger." Here is the video of her singing. Of course she did wonderful in our eyes. I'm so proud of her that she will get up in front of the whole church and sing. I had to do the reading and I got so nervous, I started shaking, lol. I'm not so great at speeches or being in front of a crowd. I hope Sydney continues to sing and not be nervous!(Please scroll to the bottom of my blog and pause the Christmas Music on the Playlist so you can hear Sydney sing. Just click on the pause button on the far left and then come back to the video and push play.)
Merry Christmas
video

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Houston Update

Finally we were able to come home with good news! Alan's scans showed that one of the spots on Alan's lung had decreased in size by 40% and the other by 60%. Thank You God for answering our prayers!!! The best Christmas gift in the world was handed to us yesterday! Dr. Amato was very pleased with Alan's progress. He also still feels that the area by Alan's renal vein and the area on the outer abdominal wall are both just scar tissue. They have not really made any changes in size and if they were tumor then they should have decreased in size since the areas on Alan's lung decreased. That was more great news.

I have really never mentioned the stage of cancer that Alan has, but it was never really told to us either. After finding out that the cancer had metastasized to Alan's lung, he is considered a Stage 4. Yes, that is the highest level and a place you do not want to be at, but we are not looking at that number. We are just looking ahead and prepared to fight whatever comes our way.

While waiting for scans and Dr. appts, you always meet up with other patients of Dr. Amato's. Dr. Amato specializes in Renal Cell Cancer and Prostate Cancer, so all of his patients have something very much in common...the same cancer. While waiting for Alan's scans, we met some very interesting and informative people. One young lady (33) was from Chicago with RCC and there was another couple from St. Louis. This just shows you how wonderful this Dr. is that they would travel that far for him. Amanda, the lady from Chicago gave me a very neat website to check out:
http://www.imermanangels.org/
This is a great website for anyone dealing with cancer...any type of cancer.
There is also another website I found out about, but it is still in the works. All proceeds for this website will go to Dr. Amato's research and help to purchase supplies he might need.
http://www.southwestcancerassociation.org/
I'm sure I'll be posting when this website is up and running. I'm really excited about this. You guys know how I love to be involved and especially when it benefits my loved ones. I have been praying for the right foundation to donate to and it basically just fell in my lap. See how God works!

We also found out that the Houston Marathon will be going on when we go back for Alan's next appt. which is January 19. The Marathon is the 18th. Dr. Amato and some of his patients run this, so we might try and make it to cheer them on. Maybe one year Alan and I can participate...hehe. We'll see!!

Thanks again to all of our friends and family and most of all to our Lord. We love you all.
God is Great!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Off to Houston!

Alan and I will be heading to Houston Sunday. This will be Alan's first check up after his first round of Sutent. He will have blood work and scans done Monday morning and then we will meet with Dr. Amato after all of that to review the scans. We have prayed sooooo hard for good news this trip. We really do not know what to expect, but it would really be wonderful if the cancer had completely disappeared from Alan's lung. That would be the best Christmas gift anyone could give us! We hope to be finished up around lunch time and we are planning on coming home Monday also...unless something changes...HA! We just ask that you pray for us during our trip and on Monday for good news. Thank you again to everyone for your support and thoughtfulness. We could not get through all of this without our wonderful friends and family. We love you!

Southern and Sassy on Etsy.com

I wanted to show you guys my new ornaments I got for our family this year. I found these ladies, Susan and Casey, on Etsy. Their store, Southern and Sassy, is located on Etsy.com. I knew when I saw what they had to offer, they were definitely what I was looking for. I love anything hand painted and they worked with me on all of the designs and my colors. Here are the finished products and I could not be any happier! This was pretty much the only new items I added to my Christmas collection this year, but this was all I needed... our yearly ornaments. I recommend these ladies to anyone that is looking for something hand painted. Please check out their store. They do amazing work!
So, I guess consider this my first addition to the "Tour of Homes", lol. Come on girls...are ya'll going to play this game with me??? :-)

***Pictures really do not do these ornaments justice***



Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tour of Homes...Blog Style!

Ok, this thought came to me today when I was listening to my Christmas music and just thinking about Christmas and how everyone loves to decorate for Christmas. I'm inviting anyone that would like to be a part of the "Tour of Homes...Blog Style" to post your favorite Christmas decoration(s) from your home on your blog. I always love to see what others are doing with their decorations and I think this would be a fun way to see. If you would like to participate but do not have a blog, you are more than welcome to post your pictures on my blog. All you have to do is email me your pictures (mmccone@alltel.net). Please do not think of this as being conceited or showing off. I just think this is a fun way to see how others decorate, or how others incorporate special Christmas traditions. Think of it as our own "Christmas Special" on HGTV, lol. So, here is the run down:

1. Take pictures of your favorite Christmas decoration or tradition.
2. Leave a comment under this post letting others know you are participating so they can check out your blog.
3. Post your pictures and a description. If you want to share your secrets, we would love to hear them!
4. If you want to label your post as "Tour of Homes", that is fine or whatever you want.
5. Please post by December 25th.

Thanks you guys. I think this will be fun. This is for anyone that views this blog or just happens to come across it.

Friday, December 5, 2008

My Music

I love music and I love to sing. I'm sure you can tell that when you visit my blog and I always have music playing...;-) I have added a few Christmas jingles to my playlist that I hope you enjoy. I have also added a song by Josh Groban titled "Thankful". I love this song! We all have so much to be thankful for. This time of the year it really hits home just how blessed my family is and how thankful I am to have the things that I do and the wonderful family and friends I do. Please remember the families that are not as fortunate and pray for them and maybe even give to them this Holiday season. I will also ask you to continue to pray for my family and for Alan's healing.
Love and Prayers!