November 2018 The hardest part about traveling back and forth from Anchorage to Cincinnati was transitioning back to “normal life” when we were home. It was a constant packing, unpacking, and laundry. Always planning and arranging the next trip, it was really hard to be present while we were home. But we tried… really hard! Keeping […]Read More A Month Of Gratitude
October 2018 We flew straight from Orlando to Cincinnati, we had a few more fun days before our vacation turned into scan days. Mimi and Papaw were meeting us in Cincy for a special weekend celebrating our new 8 year old girl! But first we all met our dragonfly family at Shaw Farms to make […]Read More 29%
September 2018 When we moved to Anchorage and got a Costco membership there was a giant picture of a Disney Cruise on one of the walls. Every time when would go into the store LJ would talk about how he wanted to go on a Mickey boat! We were trying to detox from Disney World […]Read More Disney Dreaming
September 2018 Moving to Alaska was scary. Not because of bear, moose, or the cold, but because we were leaving the BEST community in Homestead, Florida. I had 30+ friends (more like sisters) that I could call on if I ever needed anything. My kids had an abundance of tias y tios too! When we […]Read More Friends and Fall
August 2018 We got settled in at home as quickly as we could! Joshua returned to work, I returned to housework, and the kids returned to tearing up the house! It felt so nice to be home, in our own space, and establishing a new routine. LJ’s clinical trial involved taking two chemotherapy medications daily. […]Read More Growth.
July 2018 It was finally July, the month we have been so looking forward too! We were going HOME!! To our Dolce, our stuff, and our village that loved us so well the short time we were in Alaska. But first, we had to squeeze out every bit of fun Cincinnati had to offer! Unlce […]Read More Home is Wherever I’m With You…Kinda
June 2018 After radiation was over we were able to have two full weeks off from the hospital! It would have been the longest time we spent outside of the hospital since February. We wanted to make the most of this much needed break, so we headed to Myrtle Beach, SC to soak up some […]Read More Rest and Chemo
End of May 2018, LJ turns 3!! How do you celebrate your child’s birthday when you are being told it could be his last on earth? BIG! Obviously we would have went to Disney or the moon even, but LJ was almost finished with radiation and we couldn’t go very far so we went to […]Read More A Rollercoaster Week…or Maybe Waterslides!!
LJ began radiation and for six weeks our weekday mornings looked like this: On the first day of the week we had to wake up our fasted little boy with a cold cream to put on his chest. Then stop by the CBDI (Cancer and Blood Disease Institute) aka the oncology clinic at Cincinnati Children’s, […]Read More Ten Year Anniversary
Once we were home from the biopsy, in true Barnes fashion, we explored our new home as we welcomed many visitors those first few weeks. It began with a haircut from a wonderful woman that came to the house to fix LJ’s post-biopsy hair. She even gave our little princess a trim too! Jaden and […]Read More Cincy March Madness!