- Peace for Shawn and I, for Kyle and Miranda and Braden and Connor, for our parents and siblings and nieces and nephews and inner circle friends watching and hurting as we go through this
- that God would keep soft our children's hearts toward Him through all the emotions of this hard journey
- strength and stamina; physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually
- that the cancer shrinks to gone, gone, gone!
- gentle side effects to this second round of chemo
- family unity, harmony, love, strength, joy, happiness
- anything else you feel God puts on your heart

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lice, too.

In my last teenie handful of random hairs... I have lice.

It is almost comical.


Waiting for the backhoe to come dig up our side driveway in order to try and ascertain where the flood originated from... insurable or not...

It is pouring rain this morning.

It is our 19th anniversary.

We had planned to spend overnight at a hotel, that budget became plumbing guy and backhoe rental.  That happens.

Shawn took the day off work so we could spend some time together.  We have 3/4 of our kids home from school.  That happens.

I am waiting to hear from the cancer agency whether or not I can use the lice shampoo on my own hair. 

I will be bagging up the remaining cushions and doing my best to keep laundry going today. 

Most days I am barely off the couch for lack of energy and lack of oomph and because of rib pain.

This is almost comical.


As I bolted upright from sleeping in the wee hours this morning, Shawn holding the waste basket for me as I choked and gagged and sputtered from wet lungs rising up and cutting off air I whispered "Happy Anniversary" with a little smile.  And he sat there in stunned silence at this current reality.  And I sat there with tears rolling down my cheeks, not wanting to cry and upset my gag reflex or my ribs.  But I meant it. 

I am so thankful that we get to have a 19th Anniversary.  It is a huge gift.  I am so glad we made it to this day.  Backhoes and lice shampoo and no sitting on couches and black garbage bags in every room filled with cushions and stuffies and wash waiting for the wash. 

We are blessed to be able to celebrate our 19th Anniversary together!!!!

It is comical. 



  1. Praying peace and strength and energy for you today as you tackle all of these stressful things.
    Happy 19th Anniversary! May you find the joy in this day and a way to celebrate this wonderful occasion.

  2. Happy Anniversary!!! There really isn't very many options but to laugh through the tears. You will be a master at managing chaos when this is all done. Love you!

  3. wow, when it rains it pours... can't believe it's been 19 years - so happy for you both and wishing you a greater measure of love, joy, hope and peace for your 20th year together (for your 20th, hope you get to do something quite different :) thinking of you all! Devana

  4. Oh Kristin, I pray for supernatural strength and peace for you right now!

  5. Kristin, Happy Anniversary, what can you do but laugh or cry. When I went on a 3 month retreat, they found lice in our building. One of our intellectual retreatants sent the specimen to Harvard and after we washed everything and bagged what could not be washed, the analysis came from Harvard that it was a vegetarian booklouse and did not live on people. Good luck to you, cannot believe it is 19 years. I am now feeling very old.

    1. the above is not really anonymous. from Fatidjah

  6. Wow your an amazing woman stay strong this will pass with your great attitude hopefully quickly happy anniversary sending healing thoughts!

  7. Smiling through tears, right? Happy Anniversary to you both. This is life....bad times happening on special occasions. I hope that once things settle a bit you are able to do a rain-check sort of celebration.

  8. Hi Kristen,
    My name is Tracy and my sister and i started our business "Pink House Natural Sotions" after her recent fight with breast cancer.....she won!!! We really started out with a lice treatment as i am a hairdresser and my daughers have both had lice and both times i very sucessfully treated them using an all natural treatment that i formulated. I would love to bring one to you free of charge as a way to encourage you with your walk through this valley. I know that Pink House Natural Solutions is a business that God has birthed as he continues to add to our list of products in ways that are too big for our tiny brains. Both Karen and I will be praying for you and please do let us know if we can bless you by bringing by this treatment for you.

  9. Hi Kristen! this is me Kimberly Mercer. Nikki forwarded me your blog link. I am so sorry you have been walking this journey for the past year. Please know that we have been faithfully praying for you and your family since we first heard. I have just been reading over your blog and it has given me much more to pray for you and Shawn and the family. You are a very dear lady and so fun and creative! I always remember when you and I and Nikki and Michelle went on that womens retreat at Stillwood that one year through Grace Church. All three of us squished in your little pick-up truck getting tea at Timmy's along the way. How we got to know each other at the retreat and the fun we had! Sure do miss that time of our lives at Grace church with Morning break. Happy Anniversary to you both! Please know I think of you all the time and send out little prayers along with it. I would love to see you when it works for you. God bless you Kristen and I will keep in touch. My email is or you can text me on my cell#604-226-7222. I will keep in touch as well. I am also on facebook. Bye for now Kristen!


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