Monday, April 16, 2012

Faith, Family, and Friends

Good Monday morning and welcome Through My Back Door. It is DD coffee this morning and I am glad to see you. I want to share Amanda's "Rejoice, No More chemo" party, as well as some other things. I am sorry, I ate the last piece of pound cake, before I knew you were coming. It is Monday and I am NOT doing laundry. Again. I am so not as  structured as my Mother and Grandmother were. Wash Monday, iron Tuesday, Wed&Thurs, were free days, clean on Friday and cook for Sunday on Saturday? Did any of you grow up with that routine too?
Well even after they had automatic washers and dryers they still stuck to this schedule.
Anyway, the big celebration for Amanda was Saturday night. There were over 100 people there, close to 150. She was thrilled to death and so grateful for everyone who came. They had all done something for her during this troublesome time. The biggest surprise of all was Beth came in.
She was SSSOOOO surprised! They both, as well as those who witnessed it, cried.Happy tears of course. Beth kept telling her she wished she could be there, but it wasn't possible, etc. We all kept a good secret. Curt came from Nashville too, so Amanda had her entire family with her. Deb, Michael, Beth and I went early to decorate the community center. Michaels sister,Molly, and her 2 daughters came to help. Mary Kate and Anna saved the day. They are beautiful young ladies who are always ready to help. Anna, the younger of the two arranged a 24 hour prayer vigil when Amanda was first diagnosed. Any way here are a few pictures of getting ready.
Mary Kate and Molly hanging lanterns.
Anna blowing up all the balloons.
The dessert table. Many desserts arrived later.
The food table. Michaels brother John and his wife Kim, are the bar be que specialists. Michael and John smoked the meat for about 24 hours. The food was delicious,John made potato salad, Debbie baked beans and I made cole slaw. Clays sister made homemade cookies shaped like the pink ribbon, Michaels sisters made desserts, as well as some other people.
Michael out side the community center.
We didn't all wear pink, but we all wore hats.
A table shot. Lots of pink.
Mollie wanted a cupcake before the party started, so I said
A few shots of the crowd.
I said we all wore hats. Clay was brave enough to wear this. We are so thankful for this wonderful young man. God blessed Amanda with a good husband and a wonderful father.
Andrew was so busy welcoming his friends and cousins.
Not a good close up, but the only one I got!
Mollie and her Uncle Curt
Well I hope you enjoyed rejoicing with us. Blogland prayed hard for her, and we wish each of you could have been with us. I know you prayed because I had e-mails & comments, stating you did. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
I have changed things since my last post. couldn't stand some of the changes. SO here are some "re tweaks".lol
Moved the spoon foot table back to the window and put this blanket chest here. I like it better.
Left this. I like it.May do some more changing this week. I am in the Thanks so much for coming Through My Back Door where life is good.
PS: Faith,family and friends, are what has helped Amanda, as well as the rest of us get through this. We know God is in control and we love each of you for whatever you did.
PSS: I have had some calls on the house. Only God knows what is going to happen. I will accept His will.
PSSS: Amanda has one more surgery this week. Will you continue to pray?


  1. What a sweet party! Loved how everyone wore hats too! Looks like a good time was had by everyone and oh what a reason to celebrate! Will continue to pray for Amanda as she faces this surgery. Love what you have done in your home. Have a great day!

  2. Keep on fighting Amanda.You can do it.LOVED all the photos Betty Boo.What a great celebration you had.Love the hats.A very special day.Fingers crossed for your house sale too.What will be will be.Talk to you

  3. Continuing to pray for Amanda Betty! Thanks for showing the photos of her party! You talking about the weekly routine reminded me of that old nursery rhyme song ...

    "This is the way we go to church, go to church, go to church. This is the way we go to church early Sunday morning.

    This is the way we wash the clothes, wash the clothes, wash the clothes. This is the way we wash the clothes early Monday morning."

    On it went through the end of the week. Brings back lots of memories : )

  4. Lots of happy tears here for Amanda--that is what you call a BIG roomful of love. So happy everyone was able to get there for Amanda's party. Amanda is always included in our prayers.--hugs, Jan

  5. What a wonderful celebration! I love all the hats, especially yours! I love red!

    You bet! My family and I will continue praying for Amanda.

  6. Hey Everyone! I wanted to say thank-you to all of you for your support and prayers! And thanks Mom (A.K.A. Mammaw Betty) for all of your help too! Love, Amanda

  7. Betty, I absolutely love this post about Amanda's
    party. What love there is in that room of people. And the hats..........wonderful!
    Love to you Amanda.

  8. Betty, what a wonderful celebration day. I know you all had a grand time.

    Wearing the hats is so thoughtful. When I had my aneurysm, hubby took me to church for the first time and I wore a bandage and a hat. When we walked in the sanctuary, all the women wore hats! At the end of the service they took them off and laid them at my feet giving them all to me. Then they pinned money to mine. I was so blessed and never felt so welcome and wanted.

    Still praying.


  9. What a wonderful gathering...and happy!

  10. Such a joyous occasion.So glad she is doing so well.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  11. What a wonderful celebration! So happy for Amanda and all of your family!

  12. What a wonderful celebration. You are so blessed to have such a warm and caring family. Rejoicing with you!! ~Sara

  13. What a wonderful get together of family and friends!! Love how everyone wore hats in honor of Amanda. Looks like everyone had a great time at the celebration.

  14. There could be no greater celebration than the one of life, courage, and support. I am glad she is done. Thanks for sharing it all with us. -Steph-

  15. What a wonderful party and a great post, Betty! I am so happy for Amanda and you all, being able to celebrate together!! Have a great week.

    Bear Hugs & Blessings~Karen

  16. This post just made my heart happy, so glad she had a wonderful day just to celebrate her. :)

  17. A wonderful celebration,so thankful she had the last chemo. Wearing hats was a wonderful idea! Will continue to pray for you and Amanda

  18. Praying and Rejoicing with your Family.
    God is sooo Good!

  19. Betty that is awesome and so glad you all had a wonderful time, yet knew you would! Wonderful pics of everyone, enjoyed them. Continuing prayers for Amanda and all of you!
    Hugs Libs

  20. Betty this party looked like a huge success...and such wonderful friend/family - she deserved the honor!

  21. what great news to hear and a wonderful party to go with it..:)

  22. So wonderful so many were there to rejoice with Amanda. Lifting prayer for surgery. Amanda you are a strong & brave young woman. Blessings!

  23. Betty: One more and then no more! I shall remember her in my prayers. What a lovely party And how wonderful that there were so many to help. I especially love that you all wore hats...hey it is fun to "dress up!" LOL

  24. What a wonderfully uplifting post - what blessings Amanda has in her life. You can feel the love and support through the photos....amazing. (Love the red hat!!!) Thanks for sharing this special time here with us....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin


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