Sunday, November 17, 2013

Back to Idaho

We're going to start off with some adorable pictures of Avery Jo.. because she's adorable!
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The hat that I always wear! I guess she likes to stick out her tongue when she's happy! :)

I know that I am a horrible blogger and that I have let a ton of time go since the last post, but I will try to catch everyone up on everything if I can! Since our little Avery Jo was born, many things have happened! I told you a little bit last time about the beginning of the radiation I was doing. That was going fine but I started having really bad seizures so they put me on lots of steroids which eventually stopped the seizures and I haven't had any of those since July.. thank goodness! Steroids are no fun.....! They make your appetite huge and I gained lots of weight from them and my muscle abilities were very weak. I was always very, very tired during radiation and it made it difficult to take care of the baby. I was lucky to have my husband there with me and his family as well. Radiation definitely made all my hair fall out all around my head except the very tip top. (Looks super funny)!! They said it would take 3 to 6 months for it to start growing back. And it finally is! Now i just have this funny little mohawk on top of my head with hair just starting to grow in around it haha and the hair is not really blonde like it used to be so we'll see if it goes back to its normal color. 

Since the radiation, which lasted for 6 weeks, we have been able to get a lot of things done and enjoy a lot of things as well. We were able to go to the beach over there with Tommy's family for a week to a place called Bald Head Island in North Carolina. It was beautiful and a place that we could just relax and spend time with one another. I'm so grateful that we could do that and that they were kind enough to take us with them! The week went by way too fast of course because we were having way too much fun! When we came home there wasn't a lot more to do besides spend time with his family and friends before we moved back out here. Tommy and his brother Jake started driving out here and my mother came to fly out with my baby Avery Jo and I. We went to Provo back to our apartment to where we had left most of our stuff in our apartment at Wymount on campus. We had made the decision to move up to Idaho after radiation to move in with my parents while I start my chemotherapy. They luckily have a small little apartment area behind their house that has 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. We are very grateful to have our own little space! Tommy sadly had to leave BYU and will be starting school at BSU in January in the athletic training department. I'm happy to be back in Boise after about 7 years of not being here. I have missed it a lot, and the people too. But there are some people in Provo that we miss still. But we try to visit them once in awhile. 

Anyway, life is going pretty great for us. I hope it is for all of you as well. There are many times when I think about what we are going through and how everyone has their own challenges and I know that Heavenly Father is watching us and knows what we can handle. I know that He knows that I can handle this trial and come out on top and that everything will be okay. There are times where I feel like I really need His help more than others, but we all need His help to get through our challenges. And He is the one who can help us out. We need to always be asking for that help and praying to Him for the strength to continue on our way through these times. I know that Christ also has paid for everything we each have been through. I know that He knows how I feel and how it affects me each day. I'm grateful for that. We can all get through our trials with their help.. I know that's true.


  1. It was great to read this update--I'm so glad things are going well for you. I have thought of you often and prayed for you even more often. Bishop & I were released today, and I have felt overwhelmed by all the love from "our BYU kids." Please know that you will always be in our hearts; we pray for your continued recovery and happiness. Love you!

  2. We love you Kassi! You guys are so awesome. I loved this post and can't wait to see you again :)

  3. Praying for you guys. You are incredible Kassi, and Tommy I know is incredibly blessed to have you as his wife. Steroids are just hateful. I know Heavenly Father will to have us face more then we can handle, but sometimes I feel like hollering up "okay, okay, no more, I've hit my limit" or saying "you sure I will come out sane from this?" Your spirit is beautiful and the update was wonderful.