28 October 2009

A Sweet School!


My school surprised me with an assembly today to wish me speedy recovery from my breast cancer surgeries. My favorite group of all time, the California Kids, sang me a song they had practiced. Then a student representative from each grade level said some words about their well wishes for me. The third graders presented, "The Top Five Things We Will Miss About Mrs. Steffes" and a fifth grader, Monica, read me a poem she wrote. Then six pink balloons were released in my honor (in the gym because we are environmentally conscious!). Kids hugged on me and teachers wished me well. It was a total surprise and I loved it!

26 October 2009

Missouri Fall


The fall colors are starting to come in! It always seems like our colors come in late and stay for such a short time. These are just a smidgeon of the photos... too hard to choose!

24 October 2009

Happy Birthday, Ashley!


Happy birthday to my sweet daughter who is 24 on the 24th. I know you are bittersweet about this birthday. Ashley and her grandfather, Jake, who passed away in August, shared the same birthday. We know the angels are celebrating with Jake while we celebrate with you!!

We had a birthday tailgate party as it was Mizzou's homecoming. We have had several birthday tailgate parties! Friends Julie, Beth and Stephanie came to help celebrate. It was a fun day!

21 October 2009

Say Goodbye to "My Girls" Party!

With my bottle tree!
Joey and Charlotte
Marsha and Tambra

Last night my friends Marsha, Charlotte, Joey and Tambra took me to Arris Cafe to enjoy a Say Goodbye to "My Girls" party! We had fabulous food and a great time together. We laughed and joked and ate and drank (lots of good wine!). Then, they all surprised me with a bottle tree. Tambra owns a machine shop and had her guy Kevin make it for me. TOO COOL. I have wanted a bottle tree for ever. I have had them save pretty bottles for me as long as I have known each of them. Now I have a place to display them!

I love my girlfriends!

19 October 2009

16 October 2009

VIP Party!


Our new Buffalo Wild Wings is open. Before they opened to the public they invited some locals to come in for free food and drink. We met other education people there and had a great time!!

Happy Bosses Day!

Today is Bosses Day and as usual, my teachers and staff recognized the day in a special way. There were cards and balloons and a beautiful big potted mum, which I loved. My secretaries made soup and sandwiches and had lunch for me.

However, it may appear, I know who the real bosses are. I brought in bagels today for the secretaries and custodians. I am no dummy.

14 October 2009

My Bunco Group is the Best!


My Bunco group all wore these Tshirts to support me and my upcoming surgery. I love these gals.

12 October 2009

Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival


Totally wonderful! I am always so glad we make the effort to go. This year it was just Ashley and me. We shopped til we dropped! We had to make two trips to the car to put away all our stuff.

We saw the best pumpkins! We saw them in the field and in trailers and in wheelbarrows... on display and in doughnuts.

We found so many cute Mizzou things and found great deals on jewelry. We bought spaghetti sauce that was made from the vegetables from Hartsburg gardens and hand loomed scarves. I bought a cornflower yellow afghan and chairs for our tailgates.

Ashley found a puppy! but we didn't buy one.

11 October 2009

Cute Cookie Idea!


These look easy to make! The hat are sugar wafers and rope licorice. Candy corn nose, chocolate chip eyes, licorice smile, cookie head, but what is the hair??

09 October 2009

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I really never paid much attention until now...

Bags at my local grocery store...

05 October 2009

Wonderful Weekend

We had one of those wonderfully wild weekends where you do a lot of stuff and come home exhausted!

First we had my dr appt with the gynocologist. He told me that since I can't have hormones after surgery that I will immediately start having hot flashes and not be able to sleep well... and who knows about the cranky side? Not what I was hoping to hear.

Then we drove to Marceline, which typically takes 2 hours but took almost 3 and a half due to the dogs throwing up in the car. We made it to Marceline in time for the halftime show and seeing the crowning of the queen and we watched the last half of the game in the freezing cold. It was fun!

Outside the Marceline Football Field

Then we headed to Wien. This was the weekend where we cleaned out Jake and Amos' closets and gave their clothing to the local Share and Care.

A fashion show from the boxes in the basement... Master Mix!

Bob and Gary kept what they wanted and boxed up everything else. That night we went to the Pear Tree in Bevier to celebrate Irene's birthday. What a wonderful meal!

Happy birthday, Irene!

On Sunday we cleaned out part of the basement, one half day saw about 2 shelves cleaned off (out of about 100 that we need to do). We had a wonderful lunch of Irene's meatloaf and fried fish. We packed up our car and headed home but not before we stopped at one of our favorite shops, The Randolph Mercantile. We love that store!

Arrived home tired but Bob bbqed chicken for us that was totally juicy and wonderful while I attended the visitation for Craig Hendrickson. This young man has battled cancer for two years and passed away. His wife, Gwendolyn, is one of my teachers.

02 October 2009

Cancer Update!! #1


Just giving you all the latest news about my breast cancer treatment. I learned earlier this week that I will be having surgery on October 29.

I will be having a bilateral mastectomy (double mastectomy) to remove the cancer still in my right breast. I am doing a double mastectomy for peace of mind and because the tissue in my left breast is similar to the right and therefore I would have to continue monitoring it. I don't think I want to go through that again!

I will also do a lymph node dissection. Dr. Roberts will take 2 of the 3 layers of lymph nodes since cancer cells were found in the sentinel lobe.

I am doing a hysterectomy. This is to help my hormone therapy. For the hormone therapy I need to be post menopausal and the fastest way to do that is to have the surgery. I could take shots to shut down the ovaries but that could take months to accomplish the task. Right now I am of the mind to get this thing over with!!

I will do reconstructive surgery after the mastectomy. I am vague on this right now as I have not had my meeting with my plastic surgeon. I meet with her on Tuesday so I will know more then.

It would be safe to say that I am nervous about all of this but I can say positively that I am ready to be cancer free! I am going to enjoy my first true experience with Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October but after this, I want to be a survivor!

Thank you all for the many blessings and prayers you have said for me. I am truly blessed to have so many people out there who care for me.