September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and as most of you know, our family is a little more aware of childhood cancer than most people.

On May 17, 2002, our little lady was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma and given a 15% chance of surviving five years. Looking at the paleness of Sarah’s face, it’s easy to see that the cancer had already taken over her bone marrow.

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Is three-parted even a word? I guess it is now!

Today’s post will feature a recipe, some pictures, and a video. So let’s get started.

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Non-riotous. Quiet. Serene.

Those are the three words that best describe Sarah’s 19th birthday last Saturday. Since we did a big party for her 18th birthday party, she requested that this year’s celebration include just Steve and me.

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Goats and Kayaking.

August 21, 2014 — 13 Comments

Last Saturday I had to make an emergency 4-hour round trip to pick up Sarah’s college books. Although she had ordered them on time, there had been a snafu somewhere along the College Book Pipeline and instead of them being happily en route to us (as we had thought), they were instead lolling and languishing in a languid fashion on a college bookstore shelf two hours from Manteo.

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College Girl!

August 19, 2014 — 10 Comments

Today is the day that marks Sarah’s first day of college!  Unfortunately I am in Greenville for my infusion (in fact I’m hooked up right now) so Steve was the one to drop her off at 9 a.m.  I’ve since heard back from them and her first class went great. 

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(Note: For Sarah’s first day of college today, she will work eight hours and then come home to do an online course. I figured I would wait to take her actual First Day of College Picture tomorrow because that’s when she will attend her first official college class.)

And now on to the last post from the Great Charleston/Florida Excursion of 2014 . .  .

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Stories of Nineteen

August 14, 2014 — 28 Comments

I have one more post from the Charleston/Florida trip coming but for today, I want to write on a different topic.) 

It’s almost time for another changing of the seasons in the Smith house as Sarah will be starting college this coming Monday.


Did I just type “Sarah” and “college” in the same sentence? Tell me it ain’t so!

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Floatie-Bedecked Grandpa

August 11, 2014 — 14 Comments

We had a few crazy moments while we were in Florida, as this collage will attest to.

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