Hello, blogging friends! It has been such a long time since my last post. I am in the last phase of my doctoral program and I find myself caught up in the world of academia. I just took my comprehensive exams, six hours of writing and nearly twenty some pages. I pray that I pass, but if I don't I am ready to take them again in February.
I did take some time to do something very important to me. My hometown of Marceline (Missouri) has a church called Bethany Baptist that hosts a special salad supper each October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness. This year I was invited to be their guest speaker. I was so honored. I love my hometown and to give back, in any way I can, makes me so happy!
My speech centered around my own personal experience with my cancer diagnosis, treatment and ongoing experiences with breast cancer. I shared some of my story, including the stories I have from my students at my school. I hope I was able to combine a serious topic with the humorous day-to-day life of an elementary school principal!
The church ladies outdid themselves with a huge variety of salads. At the table was a gift for each person in attendance, a pair of gardening gloves, pink tulip bulbs and a mint! During the dinner there were readings, giveaways and entertainment.
My family came with me. My mom, my cousin, Judy, and my sister, Tammi. My cousin Debbie was there as well. I also saw many friends, many moms-of-friends, and women whom I have never met. By the end of the evening, we all had a common bond.
(My friend, Annie, Judy, my mom, Tiffany)
I was given a wonderful handmade blanket and a pot of flowers. I love them both! Thank you so much for inviting me and allowing me to share my story!
(My blanket, the brown with the polka dots and pink ribbons)