A Quarantine Picnic

Anna Marie is sharing another update along with an idea for those who are still on shelter-at-home! — Love, Sarah

I’m receiving my fourth chemo treatment as I write. My blood counts are continuing to drop, which is to be expected with chemo, but still good enough for treatment. I received iron last week, and I think it helped a lot with my energy levels/nausea, as last week I felt much better than the previous two weeks (although to put it in perspective, I really only felt nauseous at all for one afternoon). I’m receiving another iron infusion today and beginning a medication that should help boost my white blood cell production. This whole realm of medications, many of which are to counteract the effects of other medications, is pretty new to me. But I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be receiving this metronomic chemo, and for the many people I’m meeting and getting to share with in the process. Assuming there are no slowdowns, I’m now over 25% of the way through my time here!

I wanted to share about a little outing I did with the children before I left Kansas. While driving home from an appointment a few weeks ago, I saw a crew out with heavy machinery widening the road, right across from a local grocery store parking lot. Since it was nearly lunchtime, we quickly put together a picnic lunch to eat in the van. The children are great at helping fill their water bottles (we like the Kleen Kanteen brand), get bibs, carrot and celery sticks, etc., and we were soon on our way! (The bibs we like are called BabyBjorn. It’s Titus2’s Amazon affiliate link: see the Titus2 Privacy Policy for more information.)

It was perfect that when we arrived, a parking space facing the workers was open. We had a delightful time watching while we ate, and since we all stayed in the van and were not near the entrance, “social distancing” wasn’t a problem. Even Simon Peter enjoyed his picnic! 🙂 Since I was preparing to leave for Washington soon after this, I was especially thankful for this sweet time we could have together!

Anna Marie

PS: For anyone wondering: I’m wearing a pair of non-prescription blue-blocker glasses I got online from Zenni Optical (Sarah’s note: this is a referral link: Anna Marie will receive a credit to her account if you purchase, and you’ll receive a $5 off code) for use with my computer. I started wearing them more to remind myself not to touch my face!

“But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto
children’s children; To such as keep his covenant,
and to those that remember his commandments to do them.”
Psalm 103:17-18

10 thoughts on “A Quarantine Picnic”

  1. Dear Anna Marie,

    It’s always lovely to read about how you are doing . We’re sorry that you’re going through this tough time .

    It was great that you were able to use that time for a memorable picnic.

    Thank you for taking the effort and time to share with us re different items you use ,that’s very thoughtful of you.

    Every blessing for your journey of this treatment.

    “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace , whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

    Isaiah 26:3

    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways ,saith the LORD.
    For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

    Isaiah 55:8,9.

    (Made me think ,the Lord said that , he cares so much for us that he SAID that . He said it, then,and he still SAYS it now . And when God says it he means it . Sometimes we are told , “take my word for it”, well ,we can take His word for it , that’s a certain.

    Every blessing, for that perfect peace.


  2. Anna Marie-I am praying for you today. When I read your posts, I am always cut to the quick to not complain and to earnestly pray for you and your whole situation. I appreciate you sharing your life and staying so positive.

    You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he (she) trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

    With much love, Marilyn

  3. I did something similar to this too. When my oldest son was about 2 or 3 (he is now 15), he was crazy over machines. I was out and about and had driven by a closed down restaurant that was being torn down. When I got home, I loaded him and his little brother in the van and took them to see it. It was really cool to see the claw rip and tear the building apart. He really enjoyed it! Those spontaneous trips are so fun!

    So glad Anna Marie seems to be responding well to the treatments!!! I continue to pray that she will be healed! And stay healthy during treatments!!! Hang in there Anna Marie!! You are well loved and being covered in prayer by many!!! I hope being with her family is a special blessing too!!!

  4. Thank you so much for the update, Anna!! We continue to pray for God’s healing and peace for you and your sweet family.

    In Christ,


    1. Elizabeth just turned 2 so her wearing a bib helps Anna Marie not have to do so much laundry. I assume they end bib wearing when the bib remains clean during a meal. Elizabeth isn’t there yet.

  5. I am so encouraged by Anna Marie. Her sweet demeanor and trust in the Lord is such a testimony. May the Lord continue to give Christopher the strength and patience needed to get through this time, also.

  6. Continuing to pray for Anna Marie and her recovery. Also for the family. I’m a 7 year breast cancer survivor. I had a double mastectomy, but no chemo or radiation was necessary. Her strength is inspiring.

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