Chanya’s Birthday

Chanya’s birthday was March 23rd, a Saturday this year.

Since she had a party last year, Chanya had a mani/pedi at a nail spa with two of her close friends to celebrate turning 11. I invited the  moms, too, and one took me up on it. Once everyone was situated in their massage chairs with their feet submerged in hot water, it was silent. The three girls were collectively gasping, they were so excited about their outing. This was the first time for both of Chanya’s friends to visit the spa. Chanya was an old hand at it, since I used to take her when I went regularly. Before struck silent, the girls had much to say, consulting with each other over the large selection of nail colors to chose among. It was also the mom’s first time to the salon, and she looked as excited as her daughter. Chanya chose different colors for her fingers and toes, choosing a mermaid blue/green for her toes, and a sparkly purple for her fingers. Last minute, the nail tech asked her if she  wanted her ring fingers done in silver, and she said, “sure,” and ended up  loving the color combination. Chanya’s friend Ava chose silver for her toes and  pink for her fingers.

“I hope you like your butter,” Imani told Chanya.

Happy Birthday, Xavier!

March is the beginning of birthday season around here.

We have 5 birthdays within 4 months. Xavier and Chanya, both due on March 20th, were born within two days of each other. Xavier was born closer to the due date—on the 21st. This year he didn’t want a party, but enjoyed a nice lunch with presents and dinner with a strawberry cake. The cake had whipped cream frosting and was a big hit with the fam. I can’t believe my son is as old as my husband was when I met him—24.

Kidney Talks

When my kidneys first started shutting down, we hoped it was a temporary situation. But eventually I was diagnosed with end stage renal failure. Above all, I want God to heal me. Now we’re in talks to get me a kidney transplant. Curtis and I drove to Lansing at the crack of dawn one car day in February to an all morning seminar. I look good until you start talking about immuno-suppresants. The nephrologist, or kidney doctor on the transplant team warned that the drug I’d have to take every day after a transplant to keep my body from attacking my new kidney could lower my immunities and invite the cancer to return. I’ve had cancer and I’ve had kidney disease, and let me tell you, cancer is worse! It is, in fact, the cause of my kidney disease. So I was no longer interested in a transplant, after that information. But that’s not the end of the story. My oncologist is confident I could fight any return of the cancer, and preserve the new kidney in the bargain. We will let you know the committee’s decision when we find out.

So that’s it for February! If you have any news you’d like to add, please contact me at See you in March!

The End of Basketball Season

There weren’t many practices in February. We were snowed in from some, and Esteban was sick for one. Esteban’s team had their last home game this month, and he scored 12 of his team’s 16 points. The team had  a two day state meet in Mt Pleasant shortly after that game. All the Kalamazoo homeschool basketball teams went to the meet, and Esteban stayed with his friends and their grandparents for the weekend. The boys fought hard and lost their first game 17-20. They didn’t come as close in their consolation game, the next day. Esteban is now preparing to train for next season.

Alphabet Praise

For an explanation of Alphabet Praise, click here.


Father, You are alright.

You shine bright.

Your Son is Christ.

Your creation delights!

Everything that should cause fright

is the idea of losing You.

Gird our loins,

help us fight

iniquity and sin, 

may justice prevail!

May we kill licentiousness

by the power of Your might.

May Your light defeat the endless night

Overflow us with purity, 

quell our fears, make us right

May we be beautiful in Thy sight

May we hold Christ very tight

Until we view our robes of white

extending past yonder zephyrs