What did the King do…

Well, we are not sure of the whole story, but what we do know is that The King, aka Mr. Burger King, had a play place built into his fast food joint.  King thought it would be a great idea to have kids play after having a fine dining experience.  So far, I agree with his stance.  Why wouldn’t you want to keep patrons in your eatery for as long as possible.

Although there were no witnesses to the accident, we have proof that my Cinderella, did in fact break her finger playing in noted play place. Not sure if the King did it or not, but I have my suspicions.

Here is my little princess with her splint on the little finger of her left hand.

Gas Prices…

Yep, this is what my piggy bank looked like after I bought gas this morning!!

Still Learning To Receive…

Still a very hard lesson to learn. Again, this is not a self serving post, but rather another friend who is making a difference in our lives out of the goodness of their hearts. Here is an e-mail excerpt from a dear friend of mine and her husband and what they are doing. They have asked me to post this…

Hi all!

I loved reading the post by Russ on Stef’s blog March 26th about raising money for Stef to take a trip to Fenway – one of his “bucket list” items. My husband Dave and I have been wanting to challenge all of Stef’s friends, family and acquaintances to join us in trying to cross off ALL of the items on Stef’s “bucket list” and we were very excited that someone else has the same idea! We have decided to match the first $1,000 (dollar for dollar) given towards the goal of seeing Stef and his family enjoy EVERYTHING on that list! The check is already in the mail to them. Some other ways to contribute would be with air miles for the trips to Greece or California, or wave runners for summer fun – just take a look at the list and be creative! I’ve copied Stef’s list below.

From Stef’s blog (Jan 23, 2008):

“I really would like to see the movie “The Bucket List”. Maybe that will motivate me to get some things done that I would like to do. Such as (in no particular order):

1. Go to Greece and visit some of my family that I have never met.

2. Take Sandi to California, rent a convertible and travel up the coast of California and stay at some Bed & Breakfast places along the way.

3. Take the boys to a baseball game at Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.

4. Take the boys deep sea fishing.

5. Take Sandi and my daughter to Chicago for a weekend and go on a shopping spree.

6. Go big game hunting out west.

7. Buy some wave runners and take the kids out on weekends this summer and have some fun.

These are just a few things, as random as they are. The problem with this list is that we need to watch our funds due to the medical bills. Some of this may get done, but I know some will never get crossed off the list. Am I ok with that, I think so… I guess the most important thing is to just make sure that I spend as much time with my family as possible. That is what really matters to me. Yes, it would be great to do any one of the things on my list, but if I give up these opportunities to spend time with my wife and kids, I am ok with that. I am getting used to making sacrifices, if it means more time with the family and friends.”

Come on everybody, let’s bless the (red) socks off of our friend Stef!

Thanks ahead of time for this great gift to the Tarapchak family!

Laurel and David Pinson

Computer Screen Cleaner…

Yep, this has to be, hands down, the best screen cleaner on the market! Check it out here…


Thanks to Michael over at What Does It All Mean for this one.

Run for Stef…

Ok, this is a hard one to post. Know that this is not a self serving post, but one that a good friend of mine has asked me to do. My buddy, Russ, who I have coached soccer with for a number of years, is a solid friend! He is a sprinter by nature and running a 1/2 marathon is going to push Russ to some limits, but he is game. Here is what Russ is doing for us:

Taking care of the Bucket List

For those of you who have read this blog regularly, you’ll know in January, Stef posted a Bucket List. #3 on that list was to go to Fenway. To help get him there, I’m running a 1/2 marathon on April 12th as a fund-raiser and would love it if you would contribute toward that goal. I’ve never run a 1/2 marathon before, but I also couldn’t just sit close by and do nothing. We’re also working with the Red Sox to see what they can do for tickets and area hotels for his stay.

So please, I will do the work – I’ll run, contact the Red Sox, do all the correspondence, collect and distribute the funds to him, and all the other little things if you’ll but simply donate.

You can track my running progress at : http://runforstef.livejournal.com/

If you’d like to contribute, please contact me at busket_13@yahoo.com

Thank you and pledge from the heart,
Russ Beitzel

I could not thank Russ enough for what he is doing. I was surprised and got a little emotional on this one. We have had so much support through this and receiving is still a lesson we are learning. Thanks, Russ.

You mean I got good news…

goodnews.jpgFINALLY!!!! Let’s face it, other than a successful surgery, good news has not been on the menu for Sandi and I. HOWEVER, we did get a bit of good news today. Remember that issue with the bladder that they found on my CT scan? Well, I had an MRI on Friday to rule out any issues with the bladder.

Got the results today and NOTHING WRONG WITH THE BLADDER!!! Can you believe it, good news!! Just thought I would give you this quick update and let you know!

Refusing to lose!!

I think I have found my cure…

After months of chemo, surgery, and other things, I think I have done my research and found a cure for my cancer. I figure if I sit in this thing for ten minutes a day, I can get a good ab workout and work off my cancer. I give you…the Hawaii chair!

The results are in…

And I am beginning to get REALLY MIFFED at this stupid disease. The results were not what we were expecting. The cancer that was left after surgery continues to grow. The also found some possible issue with the bladder. They think it just might be some “debris” or blood. No mention of cancer in the bladder, however. The also found a small mass in the small bowel that was not there three months ago. I also have some “tiny” pulmonary nodules that continue to remain unchanged, but they are still watching them.

SO, after having a short weak moment of tears and anger today, I am back on the straight and narrow path of optimism. We meet with my oncologist Tuesday for my next round of chemo. I am SURE that we will discuss treatment plans. We then meet with my surgeon in early April. I am sure that he will want to schedule another surgery. Although I would prefer not to have another surgery, this seems to be the only way I can rid myself of this cancer. Chemo just doesn’t seem to be doing the trick for me.

Again, I thank ALL of you for ALL of your support. My prayer is that one day I can post that I am cancer free. Until then…


World Clock…

clock.jpgOK, this is waaayyyyy too cool. Check out this site:


Thanks to my buddy, Dave in Michigan for this one.

My heart is heavy today…

I got a call last night from a an old high school friend of mine. When he called and I finally realized who it was, I was very happy and thought we would have a great conversation by catching up and talking about the high school days. To say the least, I was not prepared for the conversation that we had.

My buddies name is Chad. His wife’s name is Staci. Chad and Staci have two children, ages 10 and 6. Chad informed me that just earlier that day, Staci was diagnosed with breast cancer. AAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! My heart sank. I was as floored by this news as I was about my own diagnosis. This is another case of LIFE IS NOT FAIR!!!! What did Staci do to deserve this? NOTHING!!!! Now another family and good friend have to begin a journey and fight for life. They do not know what stage she is at, but they do know that it is a rare form of breast cancer that is aggressive, spreads fast, and targets the lymph nodes. NOT FAIR AT ALL!!!!

In my conversation with Chad last night, I felt some peace as he talked. They are doing what they can to work through this life altering event. Chad and his family have a strong faith in God and Chad mentioned that things happen for a reason. This is not an easy time for them right now, so I am asking a favor.

I know and have felt the power of prayer through people that have read this blog and followed my journey. I am asking that all of you begin praying for Chad and Staci and their family. To that end, I know that hundreds of people will be praying for my dear friend and his wife who is beginning a fight that she doesn’t deserve to be fighting.

I keep going back to the Mercy Me song, Bring the Rain. The chorus is:

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings
You glory And I know there’ll
be days When this life brings me pain
But if that’s what it takes to
praise You Jesus, bring the rain

Here is the song.

Refuse to Lose, Chad and Staci!! We are behind you all the way to a complete cure!!


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