The Best and The Worst Week

I don’t really know what to say about Cancer besides I hate it. I hate what it does. I hate what it means. I hate that it always seems to affect good people. I hate, hate, hate it. Okay, so let me just talk about something else for just a little bit and then I’ll tell you why I hate Cancer (as if anyone really needs a reason to hate something so horrible) and how I was able to Dig In and Do Good this week with MasterCard.

This week was the best and worst week and it is dragging on forEVER! I’m sitting here writing at 10pm on Sunday because I worked my tail off all week and I wanted to write this for you all by Monday. I was working my tail off moving and cleaning, but before all that started…something beautiful happened.

Beth and Kandice with Preslee

I became an aunt again, meet Preslee!

My vacation week started out (last Saturday) with a new baby niece, Preslee, and I just adore her. My boy loves being a big cousin and everyone in our family is just completely overjoyed to have another baby around. My aunts and Granny came to visit today and we all talked about how my Papa would love that there are new babies in the family. He would get a kick out of my boy and then to have another little girl in the family would just make him swoon!

James Pike, my Papa

We lost my Papa to Cancer in 2004 after a long battle. You see, my Papa was the picture of health. He didn’t drink. He didn’t smoke. He walked miles every morning. He ate well, lived well, and was the kindest, most upstanding man I’ve ever known (my dad is coming up close on his heels, but that’s another story).

This is my Papa in his twenties. I admit, I wasn’t organized enough this week to get a newer picture of him, but I am not likely to be finished talking about this beautiful man. I’ve written about how he and my Granny met in London recently, but I didn’t talk much about him. He was the most amazing man…and yet he was taken from us way before his time by Cancer.

We have GOT to do something about Cancer!

So, that’s the best part of my week and things just went roller coaster crazy on my after the baby arrived. This week I was on vacation (good thing) to prepare for moving day (not so good thing), but I got to spend the week with my hubby (good thing) so we could pack (no so good thing).

We went out to lunch every day together (good thing!) and we paid with our MasterCard and every single time we ate together we did our part to Stand Up To Cancer during Dine Out Week! Then, we would head back home for some more packing and cleaning (not so good thing). But, taking that break every day, enjoying a meal with my husband, and knowing that I was doing my part to Dig In and Do Good made all the hard work worthwhile. I can tell you that I will be writing a lot more about the “Worst” part of my week, but for now, I will just leave you with this so you can go #DoGood with #MC as well.

Stand Up To Cancer with MasterCard #DoGood #MC

When you use your MasterCard® card to pay for a meal $10 or more between 7/12 – 9/28/13, MasterCard will make a donation, one precious cent at a time, to Stand Up To Cancer up to $4,000,000.

Go grab your coworkers this week, plan a date night with your hubby, take the kids to their favorite restaurant and do your part – Don’t forget to pay with your MasterCard – and then tell your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and those strangers you see every day where you go (you know the ones). Let them know how to Stand Up to Cancer as well. You could possibly turn your best week that turned into your worst week in to your favorite week ever!



  1. Sara Pirate (@CleverPirate) says:

    Congrats on being an auntie again! Thank you for sharing and helping stand up to cancer!!

  2. Tammy S says:

    Congrats on becoming an aunt! I love how her name is spelled. She is adorable! Thanks for sharing about the Stand Up to Cancer Dine Out program. I think it’s great that they are trying to help in the fight.

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