Friday, April 30, 2010

out of control

Ian is really working hard to keep out tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers alive...they are taking over our side garden area!

Monday, April 26, 2010

great news!

Good morning! I have good news from MDACC! Monica just called, and all looks really good on her scans. She is officially in “partial remission!” What a great word to be able to use! Monica had to clarify for me, “remission” = “not cancerous at this time.” The expectation is that it will come back at some point, but I’m happy to say that Dr. Seifker told her that the fact that she has responded so well to this treatment (less than 10% of patients who receive the same treatment get results as positive as Monica’s) is an indication that she should respond to other treatments, too. It makes me feel so much more comfortable to know that her doctors feel like they have a full toolbox for her.

Details of the scans: everything in her lungs continues to look good and is healing. There is nothing in the lungs that concerns Dr. Seifker. The spot on her spine continues to shrink and is closing nicely. It is even growing new bone, which is fantastic. The plan-forward is to continue chemo for 8 more weeks. After that, she will go through radiation treatment, essentially for good measure. Don’t know after that.

Today Monica will be admitted for her in-patient treatment. As y’all know, history tells us this will likely be a week of feeling pretty horrible for her. I am sure that going into it with such good news and realizing how worth it the chemo is will help her mentally. Even so, please continue the good thoughts and prayers. I know they hold her up. Thank you, all, for your continued friendship and support of the Phillips!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

5th grade carwash

What a wonderful day for a car wash! Maggie started the day with winning her last volleyball game of the season and then on to help her classmates raise money for their 5th grade celebration after graduation. The weather was beautiful and they were able to raise $650!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Love Thursday

reader forever

I love that Maggie loves to read. It's about 7:00am in this picture...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Isn't this yummy? We all loved taking this apart! It took me a while to figure out who it was from...the grandmother of a student that moved away last Decemeber!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

5th grade camp

Every year the 5th graders get to go away to camp for a week during the school year. What fun! It was a good week for this to happen for our it was my first week back to school since October! Everyone had a great time and they are looking forward to going back this summer!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Children's Festival

Maggie was pretty excited when Ian brought home backstage passes to meet/greet Chelsea from Disney Channel's show, Jonas.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

watermelon season

Watermelon seems to be the only thing I want to eat when I am feeling sick...and we found a good one!

Prayers for Monica today, please. She's really having a tough time getting over last Monday's chemo. That was the day she got Cisplatin + Gemcetabine; Cisplatin is the really nasty one. It sounds like it's normal to have more of a problem with it as it accumulates in your system through prolonged treatment, but it's been more than a week, and she sounds miserable. She's trying to sleep as much as possible and isn't talkative, so prayers, thoughts and emails are the best way to go to hold her up in this. Thanks for all of it! - Jennifer

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

garden update

Our garden is taking over and out of!!!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

the hunt is on!

Today was our Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Helen's Park with our lifelong neighborhood friends. We've had this hunt since the girls were toddlers. I can see doing this on into their high school years...they seem to enjoy it every year!

Rosie girl

Look what Rosie looked like when we picked her up from the groomers...she doesn't look very fierce with little pink bows!