Refreshing, Reflecting and Rejoicing!

Refreshing, Reflecting and Rejoicing!

  This fall has been an absolute whirlwind!  A full teaching schedule plus the additional work of grad school has meant that I am busier than ever.  There are so many things to be grateful for!  My dad is healthy – In September we celebrated the one year anniversary of his stem cell transplant.  He is fine and dandy and the tether linking him to M.D. Anderson is getting longer all the time… In fact, other than some maintenance blood work, he doesn’t have to go back to the doctor until May which seems like a light year to us after all the time he has spent there over the last few years. My teaching situation is awesome!  – For those of you in less than ideal situations, know that things can change!  We get better at what we do.  Those professional circumstances that are a trial to us change.   Hang on!  Having taught in a variety of situations from awesome to hardly bearable, I know how to appreciate what is good and I am so very thankful! Babies! – My best friend and my cousin both had babies within 1 week of each other this summer.  This week I got to spend time with each of them.  I love being “Aunt” Bonnie!  Time off! – For the last week I’ve let my mind go blank!  It’s been perfect!  This week I’m picking up a project or two…. I’m spending time with friends and doing only what seems like fun including some time updating my blog.  I’m hoping to create a reserve of posts to see me through some...
Liebster Award – Find some great music blogs here!

Liebster Award – Find some great music blogs here!

Thank you Jennifer  from In My Music Class  for nominating me for the Liebster Award!  I love to blog and only wish that I had more time to enjoy it, so I really appreciate the award. By the way, if you are interested in some really great ideas, Jennifer has shared some very practical “boots on the ground” ideas from her music class in her blog.  I especially love her sub plan idea because it both simple and effective when you aren’t blessed with a music sub.  To check out her post, follow the link HERE ! The Liebster Award was created to highlight blogs with growing audiences. The rules for receiving this award are:1. In your post link back to the blogger who nominated you as a thank you and a ‘shout out’.2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer. (The questions I have answered please)3. Nominate 11 people (Blogs with less than 200 followers) and link them in your post. 4. Let your nominees know and provide them with a link back to your post (so they can see the rules)5. No nominating the person who nominated you, however send them a thank you 🙂 These are the questions that are set for me to answer… 1. Why and how long ago did you start blogging? In 2010 I wanted to start a website.  I tried to learn how to create a website from scratch and since I had a URL and a willingness to work, I created  Melodysoup.com.  It took me several months and lots of hard work...
One more step along the journey!  – My return to my music blog

One more step along the journey! – My return to my music blog

I am thrilled to announce that my dad is coming home on FRIDAY! When he gets home on Friday he will have spent 115 days in the hospital!     What an incredible, sometimes frightening and amazingly hopeful season it has been in the life of our family! When my dad was admitted December 4  into MD Anderson,  he had no diagnosis and was fading fast.  He had been sick since the end of September with what we first thought was a viral bronchitis and what ultimately turned out to be angioplastic T-cell lymphoma.  He was so sick that he was placed on a ventilator almost immediately and before 24 hours had passed he was also on dialysis.  They ran all sorts of tests, threw every medicine at him that his body could hold in order to keep him alive long enough for a diagnosis and eventually placed a tracheotomy so that they could ease him off of the ventilator more slowly and safely.  By December 23rd he had his first day of full consciousness. My dad at physical therapy on Saturday March 22, 2014 He continued to slowly and haltingly recover.  He was moved to a regular room just after Christmas and spent January working to get off of dialysis and eventually even had the tracheotomy removed and began to eat normal food.  Just as he was starting to walk with help, he had a major set back when he came down with a fast acting pneumonia. On February 9th he was readmitted back to the ICU where he once again had to be placed on a ventilator...

Just in case you were wondering

Although this crazy fall didn’t provide very much time for me to blog, I really enjoy it and was seriously looking forward to the spring when I was certain I would have more time to devote to this project that I enjoy so much. And then my dad was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma. He has been actively seeking a diagnosis since late September and after several referrals to an oncologist and follow up appointments, he nearly died four times between Thanksgiving and Christmas. He is currently doing SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better, but is still not strong enough to receive chemo as the chemo used to treat this form of lymphoma is so large that in his weakened state it would surely overwhelm him.  With no chemo his prognosis is grim at best. Throughout these months we have literally seen miracles beyond what we could have asked for and have been carried through each day in the grace that the Lord has given us. I’ve got to tell you that I am looking forward to the day when I can have room in my brain for more than just my dad and his health.  When that day arrives, I will happily return to blogging. Please pray for my daddy.  He is the best man I know. Please follow and like us:0 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...
CRAZY BUSY DAYS!

CRAZY BUSY DAYS!

Busy Busy Busy!  I like to post about once a week on this blog.  However, it’s been a while and because of all that is up these days it will probably be a little while longer before I post again.  Here are a few of the things that I’ve been up to for the last few weeks: April 16:  my 2nd graders performed a little choral “informance” for their parents – BEST performance to date at this school…. April 22-27: our round of state testing – Ya’ll know that’s always a difficult week April 27-28: last session of Education Through Music – VERY refreshing and so much fun! May 1: 4th and 5th grade choir and guitar ensemble concert – BEST singing yet – no air conditioning! May 2: school district elementary choir festival – BEST behavior! I was so proud of my students! – GREAT experience! In the very near future here is what I will be up to: May 11: Songs of Hope Concert – Concert of original music that I’ve written – I’ve been working REALLY hard on this – I’ll be glad when it finally arrives! May 16: 4th grade “informance” for boom-whackers and recorders – making progress ever day! May 28-May 29th: 5th grade and Kindergarten “Graduation” – coming along nicely Sprinkled in all over the place I have rehearsals for an upcoming mission trip to Brazil and of course, the end of school…. grades, packing, organizing and planning for next year…. Distractions: Today the plan was to do laundry and get the 5th grade graduation song recorded…..after church I decided that I was over due...
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