You Just Don’t Know How Far You’ve Come Until You See Where You Are Now.

I forgot to post this photo over Christmas. The picture on the left is from 2013 about a week after Mal was diagnosed. When we were at the Wichita Littlest Hero’s Christmas Event, Mallorie wanted to replicate the photo from 2013, so that is the photo on the right. Sometimes you just don’t know how far you’ve come until you can see where you are now. From a straight-haired girl to a curly young lady, we are thankful for such wonderful progress.

 

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Baron Christmas Review

Now that the holidays are behind us, we can reflect on how awesome or not-so-awesome they were. We had a very blessed Christmas this year, but of course it wouldn’t be one without some minor hiccups along the way.

First, the Magic Mailbox was a hit. Logan loved writing Santa every evening before bed and getting his reply. Occasionally, Santa would leave a little surprise. My favorite activity was when Santa left “special beans” (Tic Tacs) and a little bucket of sugar. Logan was instructed to plant the beans and the next morning something special will grow. The next day, he harvested three candy PEZ dispensers. We will be doing it again next year for sure. I think the only thing I am going to change is starting it so early. He got a little bored with it towards the end. So maybe just do it the week before Christmas.

Around the Baron house, a holiday would not be complete without a trip to the ER. Mallorie has been in great health for months. Then randomly a day or two before Christmas, she get this rash and mouth sores. I was guessing it was a chemo thing, but her counts were good. She couldn’t eat so we had to go get some magic mouthwash. That didn’t help. The next day, back to ER for fluids. She is better now, praise God. Cancer sucks.

Then our kitty, Spencer, gets into the Christmas ham. Ok, not a biggie until the runs kick in. He used the litter box but is still learning how to cover it up and with diarrhea, he couldn’t help but step in it. He had poop prints all over the house. Luckly, I am a great hunter and could follow the tracks to clean it up.

We did have a very good Christmas. One with lots of love and laughter. I wish I could bottle up the spirit around our home and have it all year. But as you know by January 30th, things will be the same old same old. We have many things to  be thankful for, even though we are not deserving.

I would also like to take this time to thank you all for reading my blog. They are just simple thoughts most of the time. They may not even make much sense, but I love to write and share. So thank you for humoring me in 2015. I am looking forward to Morning Mojo growing in 2016.

God Bless,

Dee Dee

Christmas Blogging Challenge- My Favorite Christmas Story

Today’s blog challenge is writing my favorite Christmas story. I am trying to think back and decide if it was the year I received my first Cabbage Patch doll? I can’t forget the Christmas when my cousins and I moved the clocks up so we could open our presents?  Or the first Christmas with my oldest, Madison? It could be my first Christmas with my husband. I have so many great memories of Christmas, but two years ago, the meaning of Christmas was changed. My middle daughter, Mallorie, was diagnosed with leukemia on December 15th, 2013.

I can remember the craziness and fear during that time. She was admitted into the hospital. We wanted so badly to be out by Christmas eve. So of many wonderful friends brought her a Christmas tree. We were so blessed, blessed beyond our wildest dreams. We did get our wish and got dismissed on Christmas eve. We came home after 10 days of being in the hospital. Mallorie was so sick and looked like she was wasting away. It really but things into perspective.

We didn’t have our Christmas ham. We didn’t have family over. We didn’t get our shopping done. However, Mallorie did have enough energy to build a gingerbread house with her brother. By New Year’s Eve she was back in the hospital.  It totally sucked.Christmas

The reason why this is my favorite Christmas story is that Christmas reminded me that the presents, ham and parties aren’t what makes the season merry. It is being together, as a family, loving and cherishing each other. It is a time for reflection and peace. And the most important, making sure you got your life square in the eyes of God. This will be the first Christmas since her diagnoses that it will actually feel like an “ordinary” holiday. There will be the ham, family and presents. I am really looking forward to it.

 

If you would like to write in the 12 Days of Christmas, you can find the rules here.

12 Days Of Christmas Blogging

Christmas Blogging Challenge- My favorite recipe

I was asked to participate in this fun Christmas Blog Challenge. And today’s topic just happened to be about food, which turns out, I am a big fan of. So, of course I took the challenge.

As I try to think of my favorite Christmas recipe, I go back to my childhood. I haven’t thought about my Grandma William’s peanut butter fudge in  years, but this morning it is in the fore front of my mind. It was so good. I can remember going to my grandparents house in Missouri for Christmas. It would seem like the trip would take FOREVER! I would think about the presents under the tree waiting for me, my family and cousins I would get to see and the food. My Grandma knew how to throw it down in the kitchen.peanut-butter-fudge

I don’t have the recipe for the fudge and I haven’t had it in years, but as I type this, I can smell and taste the sweet goodness. Oh, how I miss those days.  Sometimes I would give anything to go back to just one childhood Christmas.

I just love Blogging and I know a few other people who do too. To join in on the fun of the Christmas Blogging Challenge, I invite.

Always Peachy

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You can get the details and rules at Life of Tracie

12 Days Of Christmas Blogging

 

Santa’s Magic Mailbox

Tonight I hope we’ve started a new tradition. About a month ago I came across this little red mailbox at Goodwill. I thought it was super cute and knew I could come up with some use for it. It didn’t take me long to concept the idea that I hope will bring my little boy some excitement and joy at Christmas time. Logan’s innocents and love for Christmas has really be infectious for me this year. Not sure why, but his love for “all things Christmas” has got me feeling all warm and fuzzy. I just want to bottle it up and save it forever.

I’m calling it Santa’s Magic Mailbox. I went to the Dollar Store and got some stickers to decorate the box and purchased “special” paper and a “magical” pencil. (It’s one of those big, fat pencils.) Before bed, Logan can write Santa a note, put up the little flag and Santa will write him back by morning. And sometimes, Santa may even leave him a little surprise inside. The whole project, so far, has cost less than $10. And that even includes a few little trinkets for Santa to leave from time-to-time.

I am pretty excited to see what Logan writes to Santa and the excitement on his face each morning. I will post periodically to let you know how it’s going.

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