Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Personal......

Monday, January 16, 2012


 Today's post is a little personal........well really it is very personal.
I tend to keep things light and fluffy here.
Blissful and Domestic is my little world, where everything is pink and full of crafts and recipes. Basically all my favorite things. It is where I share about my family and everything I love. Well this year I wanted to share more with you guys. Let you see a little more of me.
Danielle.....the face behind Blissful and Domestic.

Well a few weeks ago I got some news, which I have been debating whether or not to share.
I finally decided that I can't be the only one going through this and possibly me sharing could
help someone else and help myself as well.

Right before Christmas my Mom and Dad had to tell my brother and I  some news I am sure they were not wanting to share, considering it being Christmas and such, but we like to be open.......

no secrets.....

My dad had a lump in his mouth, which we knew he had gone in to have tested.
Well they got the results and they were what you always fear when you hear the word "lump"
He had CANCER. That disgusting six letter word, that literally changes your world. He had cancer of the mouth. They couldn't do surgery because of where it was, but they were very positive that Chemo and Radiation would kill it.

I am not going to lie...I cried thinking that my father could die. The Hubbs father died from cancer a few years back and it has changed us. We are still a close family, but we miss Damian every single day. The thought of that happening to my father was heart breaking.

I remember crying to my mother as she gave me details and gave me reassurance.
She's a retired nurse and is so strong. She is being so strong for my brother and I, when I feel like we should be strong for her. Her best friend is sick, but she has been there for us...

My dad started Chemo last week and will start radiation very soon. I am thankful for modern medicine. I am thankful for hopeful doctors who have very positive outlooks on his treatments.

Right before he started treatment, I got to go over and have dinner with my parents. No Hubbs or the kids. Just me, my brother, and my parents. We had Subway, nothing special. We talked and I think the show 24 was on. They asked if we had questions about anything, we didn't.
But being there together reminded me of all those family dinners growing up....
all those plain chicken and wagon wheel dinners my dad would make because my mom hates anything too seasoned......He tuaght me to cook, he taught me to ride a bike, he's my dad and I love him.

I am scarred what the chemo will do to him...
It scares me to think how he will look different....

But I know that God will protect him and will help him through these next few weeks.
These next seven weeks are going to be hard. The doctors said they would be the worst, but that he would get through it and be healthy in the end.

I know this is probably just a jumble of my thoughts, but I don't want to forget how I am feeling.....

If you know someone who has cancer or maybe it is you...
It is ok to be scared. 
It is only natural. When someone you know is effected by the dreadful
C word, it hits you hard, but I know we can get through it. I know I can get through it.

I am thankful for a Savior who loves me and knows exactly how I am feeling.
I know when he was on that cross he saw my face, my brothers face, my Moms face, and my Dad's face. He knew we would go through this, but he wouldn't let us do it alone.

I am thankful for that knowledge, that when I am down....
he is always there to pick me back up.

So as I wipe my tears,  I want to ask for your prayers. Prays for my father.
If you are going through something similar please let me know. I would love to pray for you as well.

Thank you all for all you do. You always are so sweet and take time from your day to visit me and my pink Blissful and Domestic world.

Hopefully this is not too jumbled. I fear that if I re-read it, I may delete the whole thing and chicken out sharing something so personal...

So I will keep you posted on My Dad.

Here is a picture my Mom sent me.
It was taken last week during his first Chemo session.
He is positive and of course had to give me his famous thumbs up.
All is well......All is well......


I also wanted to share this beautiful song by Martina McBride. It makes me think of my parents and how thankful I am they have each other. That they can LOVE each other through this......

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  1. Danielle, I am so sorry for the great challenge your family is facing. Your dad, mom, the doctors, and your whole family will be in our prayers.


    I'm sorry to hear those words too. I heard them on June 1, 2007. That's the day my husband was told he had cancer. (We learned mere days later after surgery that it's Stage 4 RCC- kidney cancer).

    It's been 4.5 years and we are still fighting the good-fight.We have chemo three days a week, and just keep going.

    Stand strong, and if you need someone who knows about what you are going thru (as a spouse this time, not as a daughter, though my mother had cancer in the 70s), I am here for you.

    Suzanne in NW IL
    (A Follower for some time now)

  3. just keep holdin on to our Father, and he will see you and your family through! my dad went through chemo and radiation a few years back, and (praise the Lord) has been in remission since. treatment has come such a long way, and i'll be honest, it didn't change him much- he was a little thinner and he slept more often, but he was still my same old daddy really :) i'll be praying for your dad and family, for His comfort, love, strength and healing. *huggs*

  4. Danielle, you are most definitely in my thoughts and prayers! I'm so sorry for what you are going through. I love you and am here for you!

  5. So sorry to hear does change your outlook on life when a loved one is diagnosed. Prayers for you and your family!

  6. I am so glad you shared it with us. And am sorry to hear this about your Dad. I love the picture of him at the end here. It made me cry happy tears. LOVE the thumbs up! Danielle, you hold tight to our Heavenly Father and the love He has fro us all. I will be praying for your Dad as well as your family. ((HUGS)) to you my friend.

  7. Danielle,
    I"m so sorry about your dads diagnosis..You already know how hard treatment can be on the body but judging from that picture you have up of your dad, he looks like a very strong man who has the will,drive and strength to fight. He also has a family who loves him very and that alone can work miracles. Please know I will pray for your dad and all of you as well.. Please keep us updated as even though we are only blog friends we care..

  8. thank you so much for sharing! cancer sucks...and i hope so much your dad can fight through it. praying for peace & strength for your family!

  9. Danielle,

    Keep holding on and focus on the positives. Your father has the greatest gift of all...a wonderful family and wife and with all that love, he's in for a positive journey. *hug*


  10. Must be the day for getting personal on your blog - (I did the same). :-)
    Good for you for being open and honest and sharing about your family's situation.
    I will be one of the (undoubtedly many) readers praying for you and your dad!
    Keep your eyes upon the Lord and His perfect plan. :-)
    Oh ... and LOVE that song! It makes me cry almost every time I hear it. <3

  11. Oh Danielle, We will be praying for you and your family and your father! Just by day and minute by minute! ;)

  12. so sorry to hear! cancer is evil, i HATE it! Hope your dad recovers and it never comes back to him or anyone else you know!

  13. beautiful post - thank you for having the courage to share such a personal story

    I shudder at the C word and will, my entire life

    sending prayers yours and your father's way from the desert, in Utah

  14. Thinking of ALL of you - will be praying hard, too!

  15. My heart goes out to you. Praying for all of you!

  16. Oh, I just hate it when I hear that someone has the dreaded C word. I HATE IT HATE IT!!! I have been thru it with my Dad. It will be hard, but you know that you have wonderful family that will be there for you and your Dad. You will be strong! Hugs!


  17. It's good that you know that Heavenly Father will see you through this. you seem so tough! My aunt just got results back from having had cancer in her lungs and the doctors said that the chemo worked. What a blessing! Keep strong! Our prayers are with you!

  18. Danielle, praying for you and your family during this time! God will be with your dad every step of the way! Let me know if there's anything specific I can pray for as time goes on!

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  19. Prayers for your father, you and your family <3

  20. I'm so sorry to hear this Danielle. I will definitely be praying for your father and for you and your family too.

  21. I'm keeping your family in my prayers! Tell your dad we're all here rooting for him!

  22. Oh man Danielle your testimony made me tear up! I am so sorry to hear this about your dad. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  23. Dear Danielle
    You and your family are in prayers. Thanks so much for sharing this, I wish you lots and lots of strength and love and trust.
    A big hug to you, your dad, and the rest of your family

  24. Oh Danielle..I am so sorry to hear this news. Your Dad seems like a fighter and I just feel it in my heart that everything will be ok. I pray for your father to pull thru this with flying colors, I pray for your mother to continue to be strong, and for you and the rest of your family as well. Thank you for sharing your story with's good to talk about it and let others comfort you during this difficult time. Wish I could give you a big hug.
    God Bless,
    Crafty Soccer Mom

  25. That's a great photo of your dad. He looks like a real trooper who's going to fight this! I just read your comment on my blog and even though we just "met" I'll say a little prayer for you and your family that your dad will fight this battle and win. Keep the faith!!! Sending a little sunshine his way :-)

    Jen @ sunny vanilla

  26. We're all here to support you! I'm sending good vibes, thoughts and prayers to you and your family!

  27. my prayers are with you and your family


  28. Danielle,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I know exactly what you are going through and just how horrible the big C is. I also know that the God you serve is bigger than any earthly thing, and that He is holding you and your family. Please let me know if you need anything.

  29. Keep the faith, Danielle; it will get you and your family through this. Sharing lightens the load so don't hesitate to share.

  30. Praying for you. No matter the outcome, God will be with you. <3

  31. Praying all goes well! Thank you for sharing ~ the dreaded "C" word has touched many lives! xo

  32. Prayers for you and your dad. Thank you for sharing, what a courageous thing to do.

  33. I am glad I have had sometime to catch up with you on your blog. This post really hit home. As I found out around Thanksgiving time that my mother has bladder cancer and my father has Alzheimer. She just completed her first round of chemo treatment. Like you have not wanted to share this publicly on my blog as of yet. But I feel a little connection with you sharing about your dad. Hope he is doing well.

  34. Girl I am praying for you and your family. I know that prayer can fix anything and the love of a family is the balm that soothes during the most painful times of life. Please keep us updated on his progress/recovery.


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