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October 11, 2010


IMG_5232 I was reading through the numerous comments on the blog yesterday and honestly, I can't say thank you enough.  (I am trying to get back to each of you personally, but it may take a day or two.)  I am so grateful for the comments, the messages, the emails, the phone calls and the texts.  I have received uplifting thoughts and valuable information from those who have had similar experiences and it has been incredibly helpful.

IMG_0493 Additionally, my friend Jill wrote an amazing post on the subject and I can't thank her enough.  I am so grateful to her for the support and for spreading the word that much more.  Please head over there ASAP, but don't forget the tissues. I know I needed at least one for each read.

IMG_0486 Perhaps because I was so immersed in the outpouring of support, I got up from my desk at one point and forgot to close the blog.  I was in a hurry and trying to cook breakfast, get the laundry finished and get the kids out the door so we could be on our way to a nearby pumpkin patch.  In my multi-tasking haste, I left the screen up and my 'secret' was suddenly a little more widely known.

The minute I walked back into the kitchen, I was accosted by Cait.

"You know, if you don't want people to READ your blog, you shouldn't leave it open on the computer!"

Um, oops.

I asked if she had read the whole thing...she had.

I asked what she thought, if she was upset...and she just shrugged and said, "I'm fine."

With that, I queried if she even understood what I was writing about.  She looked at me as though I had 3 heads (this is a very common look in our household right now, as she is 12 going on 32) and the answer?

"Um, Mom, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month...yes, I know!"

IMG_0477 IMG_0480 Oh.  And, with that, our conversation was over, and we both headed in different directions in order to try and get ready to leave before sundown.  We had decided to try a new pumpkin patch/festival this year and met up with the Salty Dog Crew near Leesburg.  The boys played for a bit and then we made the drive to Great Country Farms in Bluemont.

IMG_0489 IMG_5239 I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but in the end, felt the day was well worth the admission fee.  We did not have a chance to do the U-Pick (think it was just beans yesterday), but visited the animals, jumped on the giant balloon, played on a wooden tractor, played on a real, but retired tractor, climbed a pile of tractor wheels (heaven for LG), rode the rope swing 18 different ways, played in the corn bin (not for those who fear dust), played in the sand box, ate pumpkin pie ice cream (a diet buster, but worth it), took the required photos in front of giant pumpkins and rode the cow train.  In short, it was a good day.

I loved the back play area, as it was spacious, the views from the tire pile were incredible and the kids had so many options.  There was plenty for them to do that did not require anything but the admission fee (except the cow train...photo op worth the ticket price) and other than the train there were not any typical sit-down rides.  There was lots of jumping, hopping, sliding and tons of energy burning.   We left tired and happy, picked up a pizza on the way home (healthy pizza, of course) and had a girls' movie night in after Nick fell asleep.  Without a doubt, it was a fun day that was quite needed and much enjoyed.




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Hi Jen, I just saw Jill's post (I'm a potential future FSO wife and FSO blog lurker). I'm also a military wife whose hubby is deploying shortly to Iraq, a mother of two crazy cute boys (6 and 4) and I'm a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed 3 years ago at 29. There's a wonderful website for those diagnosed under 40 http://www.youngsurvival.org/. They were amazing and helped me understand what I was up against. They also gave great advice on what to ask doctors, things I wouldn't have thought of. Once you get your path report you'll be able to gather your arsenal. I'm so sorry you are going through this. Good luck to you, I will be thinking about you! ~Laura

Oh Jen - now you're going to make me shed another tear or three. So happy to see the amazing outpouring of support from our collective friends. So glad they're going to help take you though this ... Love your photos from the pumpkin patch - and to hear that you had a great day with your friends. x

Maybe it's a good thing that your daughter read your post. You were very honest about what was happening. It could be a good way to open any discussions, or answer questions she may have.

The trip to the pumpkin patch looked wonderful and sounds like everyone had fun.

thinking of you today. all the best.

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