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san diego family photographer | just us twelve times | april 2013

Hopefully this collection of ‘just us’ images will make up for the fact that I didn’t have a chance to share one last month.  We had a fun month filled with adventure and activities.  I’ll fill you in more with the next post of ‘what april looks like’ in a couple weeks.  🙂

We woke up at the crack of dawn for Brooks to race in the Carlsbad Jr. 1 mile race!  He was awesome!  He proudly sported his medal after the race!

After we missed an entire season of Padre games last year, I grabbed us tickets for 3 games this season.  We had fun watching the Padres take on the Rockies.  Well, I watched and Brooks snacked … nothing like ball park treats!!  Of course we went early to catch batting practice and Brooks even walked away with a ball courtesy of one of the players.

We’ve even made it to Disneyland for a gorgeous day of rides and even more treats!

I had a special session with a childhood friend’s family last weekend so I brought Brooks to meet her 6 kids!  Before we left, she snapped this one of us!  xoxo

Our weeks are now filled with extra training for Brooks’ new adventure … triathlons.  Last Sunday he had a bike/run training session along these gorgeous trails.  I brought my bike to help with the ride.  I love sharing this activity with Brooks and I’m so incredibly proud of how much dedication and passion he gives to this new sport.

Please take a moment to continue on with the circle by visiting Carey Pace.

For over a year now, even before I was diagnosed with lymphoma back in September, I’ve used this monthly post to update friends with my journey.   I had my last scan and blood draw in March and it all looked good for my visit with my oncologist.  The nodes had shrunk since the December scans, but they were still bigger than my first scan in September.  The fact that they were smaller was VERY good news for me.  In addition to that, I had a bone marrow biopsy in February to test if the cancer was also in my bones.  All along the Dr. assumed it was based on the fact that there are tumors all over my body.  But guess what?  It’s not in my bones… which means it’s stage 3 and not stage 4.  It was such a blessing to finally have some good news after all the bad visits.  The Dr. even went so far as to say I was glowing!  I bet he doesn’t get to say that too often.  I also have gained the 5 pounds he wanted me to gain to prepare my body for the chemo, but now that I don’t have to start chemo yet, I’m ready for that 5 pounds to be gone until I need them.   😉

Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my diagnosis, but there is finally a quiet peace that has settled within me.  I feel so strong and healthy, it’s still hard to believe that I’m ill.

Last weekend my friend Susan’s husband was diagnosed with throat cancer.  (Susan is the wonderful woman who organized the trip to Hawaii for us.)  Everything came rushing back … the terror, the tears, the anger, the pain … as I knew another person I loved was experiencing all of this.  My heart broke for them.  He’s got the strength and power of his wonderful wife who is a force and is already doing so much to find the best course of treatment.  This is such an ugly diagnosis.  My love and prayers are sent to John and his whole family.  xoxo


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April 25, 2013 - 5:41 am

Nancy - You are so amazing Jules. You deserve every bit of the strength and happiness you’re feeling. I’m so glad to hear you’re doing so well! That’s so awesome that Brooks is out there kicking butt too!

April 25, 2013 - 6:32 am

Amy - I tear up looking at how happy the two of you are in all these photos… Such wonderful adventures the two of you share. I know that your bond is so strong and it makes me so happy to see these photos of the two of you together — living life, enjoying every moment, and capturing it, too. Hugs to you! xo

April 25, 2013 - 6:41 am

tamsen donker - beautiful images Jules, and even better to hear such great news! I love seeing the two of you together, enjoying this time, living such a healthy and active lifestyle and teaching Brooks so much in the process! You are an amazing woman and you have an entire web community of people praying for you. Thanks for updating us, looking forward to seeing the April post as well! XO

April 25, 2013 - 7:21 am

misty setzler - Your looking fantastic! And way to go Brooks so awesome he’s found such a great thing to do. BTW you look too good after a shoot…

April 25, 2013 - 7:21 am

Jasmine Sargent - So glad to hear some good news for you! You are always on my mind. You are such a strong person and I know you can fight this!

April 25, 2013 - 7:36 am

amy grace - this is the best thing i have heard in a very long time. it’s not big, it’s huge. the way you love your boy makes you glow i think. there is so much life and joy and hope in you two, it is overwhelming for me to look at you together. in every picture, you are shining, lit from within, so, so beautiful. so much love to you two. your courage and peace and optimism are astounding and so real, you make us all feel it too. praying and thinking about everything good for you. thank you for your continued example and inspiration.

April 25, 2013 - 8:11 am

Melanie - I’m so happy to read all your good news! Thank you for keeping us all updated. I agree with your doc, you are glowing!

I’m so sorry to hear about your friend.

April 25, 2013 - 8:51 am

Gail Pomare - you are glowing. And filling your life and Brooks with wonderful experiences and memories. I am glad we get to share in this through your posts… (which really means – don’t stop posting lol) arohanui xox

April 25, 2013 - 9:00 am

tina million - beautiful photos Jules. You look so radiant and healthy. Always thinking of you and praying for your health. I am glad you have so many quality moments with Brooks. Keep fighting the fight, you can do it.

April 25, 2013 - 9:23 am

Ketti - It’s great to know you got some positive news!
Your son is impressive – triathalon training?! Wow!

April 25, 2013 - 9:35 am

jayme f. - Jules, I love that you are back this month and I am so impressed with everything you and B. are able to accomplish during your outings and weekend adventures. I pray for your health often. Praying that you have good doctors, praying that cancer would remiss. I will continue to pray for you my friend. keep your strength and wonderful attitude. loves my friend.

April 25, 2013 - 10:10 am

Val Spring - You are absolutely glowing my friend! Reading about you finding that peace made my heart so happy. You are such an inspiration, you’ve always been but even more so now. Maybe when you come you can rub some of your awesomeness on me? Please and thank you ;)! I can not wait to see you! And look at Brooks, training for a triathlon, so impressive. You are the best Mom any boy could have, you better know that. Hugs to the two of you!

April 25, 2013 - 10:13 am

Christina W - Wow, so glad to hear about your health status and everything still looking good ( We pray that this continues to get even better). You look amazing! On the flip side, how completely devastating for your friend. I am so sorry to hear the news.

April 25, 2013 - 1:45 pm

marla - Jules- So glad to hear you are doing so well! I love seeing the images of you and Brooks. The two of you have quite a special bond and it always shines through. You are constantly in my thoughts as you fight this awful disease. You are glowing, my friend…and that is wonderful!hugs and prayers for you and your friend!

April 25, 2013 - 10:15 pm

Leslie Bell - Oh Jules….I love reading these posts, especially because they are filled with your strength and hope! You are a strong and beautiful person who lives life to the fullest! I’m so proud of you and your darling son and I’m thrilled to hear the positive news you have with your cancer!!! Xoxoxo

April 26, 2013 - 12:32 pm

momMom - A wonderful post with the pictures I love of you and sweet Brooks. It is exciting to hear about this new activity and how well he is doing with everything. Just great.

April 27, 2013 - 5:03 am

Ginger Unzueta - Jules, I was just overcome with such joy reading your update to my family. I shared with then your pictures and how you are just glowing! You are an amazing example in so many ways for all those who come in contact with you!! So happy for you.. Our family will continue to pray for you!