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We went to the beach today. "10 minutes," I said. "Let's just be outside for at least 10 minutes today." And so we spilled out of the car all bundled in winter coats and gloves and scarves because it was cold and windy. The sky above was a sheet of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at Shelley Abreu
Have you ever longed for a better life? To stop doing the things that make you unhappy and begin living with more meaning and purpose? I did. And I sat around doing nothing about it for years. Then my daughter, five at the time, got cancer. My life changed forever.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2012 at A Magical Year
Hi! Tomorrow is the big day. I'm actually home with a cold and praying, praying, praying I will be well enough to go back to the hospital to be with Julia for the transplant. I'm so anxious, but also happy that the day is almost here. I really believe this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at Shelley Abreu
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We’re here at the hospital on a threshold of a new beginning. Julia starts her transplant conditioning today. And as the doctors tell us, there’s no turning back now. They mean this quite literally, although it seems odd to me, as if we ever had a choice to turn back.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2012 at Shelley Abreu
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The most powerful things in life are unseen. Julia had her cranial radiation. She layed on a table. The technician placed her custom made mask over her face and clamped her to the table. Then they escorted us out of the room. We watched Julia from a little TV as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2012 at Shelley Abreu
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Life is all paradox for me lately. Our days are long and difficult. Lots of tears, frustration and questions like "why me," fill our hours. Still I look at my kids and don't want any more time to pass. I want to hold them here forever, if only I could... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Shelley Abreu
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Julia's transplant was changed to January 27th. So we are home for a few days, which was a nice surprise. Except for the round-the-clock antibiotics we have to administer (no sleep for the weary!) and the major adjustment that comes with reintegrating Julia back into family life. You wouldn't think... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at Shelley Abreu
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Have words ever saved you? The other day I was feeling pretty low. The weight of everything was starting to crush my spirit. It feels impossible to reconcile how God could let this happen to my daughter, and the other day I was searching for peace with no luck. Then... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at Shelley Abreu
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I love my new Q & A 5 year journal. And I thought it might be fun to once and a while share a page with you. The question for January 1 was "What is your mission?" I think it will be fun to see how my answers evolve over... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at Shelley Abreu
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Do you know one of my favorite things right now? The most lovely, softest, dreamiest blue prayer shawl that was made with loving care by my awesome church. Have I told you how much I love my church? Anyway, every night, I wrap it around my shoulders, and I feel... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Shelley Abreu
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I'm home for just a few more hours. The two days here have been so nice. Mostly, I hung out with David and Elise but I did get some things done. I organized a little bit. I shopped for groceries and made a trip to BJs. I even squeezed in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at Shelley Abreu
Thank you for your comment and your prayers! xo Shelley
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image found here Yesterday I took Julia to be fitted for a face mask over at Brigham & Women's hospital. This is where she will receive her radiation treatment next week. The mask is used to keep her head still when she receives radiation to her brain. To fit the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at Shelley Abreu
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We are getting close to transplant day, and there's lots going on. Cranial and total body radiation is scheduled to begin next week. I'll be back in a few days with some words, but for now I would love your continued prayers. Thank you! Shelley Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at Shelley Abreu
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I'm listening to my Christmas music playlist one last time. Right now Kelly Clarkson's version of My Grown Up Christmas List is playing. This song makes me cry. For some reason, it sums up everything in my heart right now. No more lives torn apart - that wars would never... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2011 at Shelley Abreu
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Image from here With the New Year approaching, I have so many projects to tackle. There's lots to do before Julia comes home after her transplant, which has now been scheduled for January 20th. I'm scared and dreading the day, but I'm also anxious and excited for the moment when... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2011 at Shelley Abreu
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Julia got a classic easy bake oven for Christmas. I'm not sure the hospital will allow the use of a toy oven, so for now we aren't actually baking with it. I think the smell of baking cakes wafting from our room might cause someone to investigate. For now, we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2011 at Shelley Abreu
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I'm a resolutions kind of person. It's one of the reasons I love the last week of December--waiting for Christmas, feeling the nativity story come alive in my heart and remembering that I can learn from the past, look forward with hope and enthusiasm, and begin again. This year I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2011 at Shelley Abreu
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Christmas in the hospital was all I hoped it would be. The kids were amazing on Christmas eve. They behaved perfectly (nearly!). They decorated cookies for Santa, they ate mac&cheese and hotdogs for dinner and they opened their one Christmas eve present: a DVD for each of them. Then they... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2011 at Shelley Abreu
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"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were so afraid. And the angel said unto them,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2011 at Shelley Abreu
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picture of Christmas past - little sister still looks up to her big sis and misses her so... I'm home and getting ready for the big day. There is plenty of present wrapping to do, but little else. It makes me both sad and appreciative. Sad, that we won't wake... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2011 at Shelley Abreu
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Dear Julia, David and Elise: I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve yelled when there was no reason. I’ve said the wrong thing sometimes. I’ve even said mean things. I’ve messed up so much of it. And yet, you are amazing little souls doing your thing, finding your way and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2011 at Shelley Abreu
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I finished my life list. 100 things to dream about and plan for. It was inspiring to write this list. It's the perfect motivation for 2012. I wonder how many things I can accomplish this coming year! 59. have a wardrobe I love 60. get whiter, straighter teeth. 61. keep... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2011 at Shelley Abreu
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1/ I woke at 430 am to drive to the hospital, and it was snowing! I kept the high-beams on for the whole drive so I could see the big flakes swirling towards me. 2/ making handmade journals with Elise. This is an excellent tutorial for bound journals but for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2011 at Shelley Abreu
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I get to be home for three whole days. I'm so happy for the break--so happy to see David and Elise and to sleep in my bed and eat real food and just be away from the hospital. But I feel split in two. Part of me is elated to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2011 at Shelley Abreu