Chasing Cheerios

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

It's a Beautiful Life...

Elliott's time off from work following his brain tumor removal surgery is coming to an end, and we have been enjoying our family time together...

Flying kites from our boat

Baiting a hook and going fishing

Nature walks

Hugging trees



Exploring our cultural exchange package from Scotland

Finding extra large lily pads

and so much more!  It's a beautiful life.

We are hoping and praying for good news next week when Elliott has his MRI and follow-up appt with his neurosurgeon.  We are hopeful that brain tumors and MRIs are a things of our past and not of our futures.


  1. I hope all is well with Elliot and your family is able to move on from this and it becomes nothing more than a memory. I have been reading your blog for a very long time now yet something in this post made me realize how old O has gotten! I remember the posts of her doing her activities with the tiny wisps of blonde hair and now she is way past that little toddler stage, and E is nearing the end of it as well! Sometimes its the simplest thing that reminds us how fast they truly do grow. Your blog was one of the first to inspire me to begin "tray work" with the toddlers in my class and now years later I feel that is one of the activities that has taught them the most. Thank you for sharing both your family and your wonderful ideas with us all!

  2. Such a lovely post, Melissa. I hope everything turns out all right with your husband's health! On another note, curious about the cultural exchange box you referenced above - details? Thanks! Marnie

  3. Melissa - so happy for you and your husband & family that it looks like his surgery went well and the future looks bright for you all! A very trying time, I'm sure. All we really have is each other, and even then for too short a time. Great to see your family healing and happy!

  4. Indeed, beautiful... All the best during the follow-up. I will be praying for you and your family.

  5. Thanks for sharing the pictures and your story. I wish you all the best in the follow-up scan and appointment. I know you must be holding your breath, but hopefully all will be well and you can put this behind you. Thanks for your important message - LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!!! We can't forget that in our hectic lives. Best wishes, Renee

  6. That is a HUGE lily pad - haha! Glad you have been enjoying time together as a family.

    Praying for good news next week!!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this, makes me appreciate the simple things in life finding beauty and love in every moment

  8. We're all behind you guys Melissa. Keep the Faith! Sending hugs.

  9. Anastasia@healthymamainfo.comMay 13, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Looks like an dream day!