Friday, September 28, 2012

Moving Along...

On Wednesday of this week, Shelly finished up her 23rd day in the hospital.  She was able to get a sonogram that showed baby Tegan weighing in at an estimated 2lb 2oz and doing great! 

After her induction chemo, her immune system finally rebounded enough that she was able to be released. She is at their Gainesville apartment now and will get some tests today that will hopefully allow her to go home home until the 8th of October.

On the 8th, she'll need to go back to the hospital for another bone marrow biopsy, this will be her 4 week biopsy after induction. C-Section will follow on October 11th.  Which also coincides with JC flying down for pre-testing, so he'll get to be there when lil Miss is born. 

Shelly will be admitted for the bone marrow transplant on October 23rd and will start chemo on the following day.  This chemo will be extremely rough on her.  JC will start his shots on the 26th and then fly down on the 29th to start the collection on the 30th.  The actual bone marrow transplant will happen on October 31st.  Happy Halloween!

Of course, this schedule could all change, it's tentative right now, but as long as Shelly's biopsy is good and she heals good enough after birth, everything should go as planned. 

An interesting note that I didn't know... after the transplant Shelly's blood will match JC's DNA perfectly.  Even down to being male blood!  She will have JC's immune system as well after it's all said and done. 

So basically, a lot is happening and very fast.  Please continue to keep Shelly and Tegan in prayers for their upcoming challenges they need love, comfort, and strength for good health!

Friday, September 21, 2012


I've been gone the last two weekends so I took today off work to have a Mama/Daughter fun day.  I asked Monkey what she wanted to do on our day and without hesitating she said she wanted to go combine.  So that's what we did.  
In the combine with Uncle Jack
Watching the corn dump into the auger wagon
Farming with Papa Bob
It's not all fun and games, he put her to work too!
Farming is dirty work.... but loads of fun

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Grilled Stuffed Peppers

I haven't made stuffed peppers in a while and I had some in the fridge that needed to be used.  Instead of going the traditional route, I thought I'd try them out on the grill.  BEST. IDEA. EVER.  Well maybe not ever, but best idea involving a green pepper in a long time, these were so good!
What You'll Need:
  • 4 Large Green Peppers, cut in half and seeded
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 jar of diced tomatoes
  • 1 boil-in-a-bag rice
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Mozzeralla Cheese
What You Do:
Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium heat.  Add onions, tomatoes and a couple of dashes of italian seasoning.  Remove from heat. 
Cook rice according the package directions.
While the rice are is cooking, prepare the green peppers.  I wanted the peppers to be nice and charred on both the top and bottom so I took a short cut and roasted the tops right over the open flame on the stove top.  You can put them on the grill as well.
When the rice is done, add to the beef mixture.   Use a spoon to scoop into the green peppers.
Top each pepper with a slice of mozzeralla cheese.
Grill peppers over medium heat until the peppers have nice grill marks and the cheese is all gooey and melted. 
I served with a slice of garlic bread, a side salad would be nice as well.     

Friday, September 7, 2012

Another Update...

Shelly and Becky in St. Maarten
Shelly started her first round of chemo on Tuesday. They call this the induction phase and it is being done with baby on board. She is expected to be hit really hard during weeks two and three so any extra prayers and encouragement during this time will be additionally appreciated.

She has tested positive for a double mutation which may throw a wrench in things, most likely this will mean she will need a bone marrow transplant and the doctors would like for JC will be the donor. No set date for this, but could possibly be looking at mid to late October. One step at a time and right now it's getting through this first round of chemo!
Shelly is in the Bone Marrow Transplant portion of the hospital so she can't receive any flowers or plants, but if anyone would like to send a card, letter, or pictures to her, here is the address:

Shands Hospital
1515 SW Archer Road
BMT Unit/Shelly Gardner/ Rm 7120
Gainesville, FL 32608

You can also visit here for updates:
Please keep the prayers coming!