Monday, August 11, 2014

life lately...

I'm back...this is me ripping off the back to blogging bandaid.  Sorry for going has been a crazy few weeks.  If you follow me on Instagram you saw that I was back home in SC for a little while.  At the beginning of the summer we found out my mom has breast cancer.  I know people always say you don't understand until it affects you and that is so true.  I even have close friends who's moms have gone through it and it was just always one of those things "that happened to other people."  So it came as quite a shock to say the least.  With that being said I also had a sense from day one that everything was going to work out.  My mom seriously is one of the toughest people I know.  For example the day she called to tell me the convo went like this "Hey...the test results came back, and it is cancer....I don't want you to worry at all what all are you doing today?"  Um what?!  Can we talk about what you just said!  I have always known that if I am one day half the mom she has been i'm doing something right.  This just took it to a new level though.  Being an adult I also realize how many times our moms put on a strong face just for everyone else not to worry.  So while my original plans were to complete a months worth of blog posts while I was home(ha!) I instead just hung out and did things to help her and just hang out together.  

All of the technical stuff... First, I have to say that the process of finding things out is like an extreme versions of how the military says "rush to wait" and I have a whole new sentiment for families that go through this.  I found that while waiting to hear what stage or what the next step would be it was best to try your hardest not to let your mind go to the worst possible scenarios and not to start googling as if you are now an internet doctor!  We are lucky that they caught it early (stage 1).  After completing an MRI they did find a lump in the second breast that they then went back and did tests on.  It came back as benign!  Almost two weeks ago she had her lumpectomy where they removed both spots.  Everything went as planned and all of the tests to see if it had spread at all came back clear!  Now she is in recovery stage from surgery and will soon start a month long radiation treatment.  Our family considers it the best case of a bad situation.  It is sometimes hard to know how much personal stuff to share through blogging but I figure this will just be that many more prayers to help through the journey!

Because I cannot leave on a cancer note... I also wanted to give an update on our back porch/deck.  All of the pieces of furniture finally came in and I am loving it so far!  I know many think the idea of white outdoor cushions is insane but the look I am going for makes the extra effort worth it!  (We will see if I'm still saying that in a few months!)

Here is a little before.. (I snapped this just as it was getting dark b/c I had just gotten home with the first few pieces and was too excited to wait until the next day to start changing it up!)

I have always loved this outdoor rug so I initially thought I would keep it.

But after taking it away I think it is much more of the look I'm going for. 

Now I just need to find a few accent tables and some more plants and it should be finished!...for now!


  1. My mom is a breast cancer survivor, and it's really scary how many people are affected. I know it isn't always comforting to find out that others have gone through the same thing, as everyone's experience is different. I am so glad that it is Stage 1, and I'll definitely keep your mom and your family in my prayers.

    On a happier note, I love that new rug!

  2. So sorry to hear about your mom but so glad things seem to be as good as they can be considering. I will say a prayer for her tonight! Also love the patio situation...very Miami, rustic, chic if thats a thing?!

  3. Oh, Mallory, so sorry you've been going through this with your mom. But I'm glad to hear the prognosis is good and that she seems to have a great attitude! Your porch is looking great . . . love that look!


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