Free-for-All Friday: We’re in Maintenance!

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I took this photo of Ja’Naya last weekend when we were playing at the park. It is a great reminder that we have so much to be thankful for. This week, though, our thanks are tenfold. She has officially reached the “maintenance” phase of her treatment! This means that weekly visits to the clinic will be reduced to every other week, then monthly. Regular readers will know how big a deal this is, but for those of you who are new to Green Your Decor, feel free to read about my daughter’s diagnosis and her hair πŸ™‚


This is just in time too! She turns 5 on Tuesday, August 2, and will start kindergarten exactly a week later. I can’t begin to tell you how happy we are that the hardest part of her treatment is finally over! She’s still taking meds, but overall, she’s in great shape. The smile in the photo above should tell you that πŸ™‚ Plus, her hair is already starting to grow back. She has a thin layer of peach fuzz over her whole head.

And because I rarely post photos of myself, here’s my new favorite photo of the hubby and I, taken the same day as the ones above. We celebrated our 7-year anniversary on July 20, and we couldn’t be happier. Oh, how I love this man!


In a side note, I have a professional photo shoot this weekend! I entered the “See Me Shine” contest from Creative Soul Photography and Execumama a while back. The idea was to write a post doing what so many women forget to do most days: Celebrate what we love about ourselves. It took me a while to write, but if you’d like to see my entry, you can read it over at Green & Gorgeous (yeah, I DO post over there once in a while…lol). Imagine my surprise to find out I had won the contest! The prize is a photo shoot with Creative Soul along with a makeup session from Ivy LaArtista. Both their work is awesome and I am SO excited! I still have no clue what I’m wearing, but I can’t wait to share the results of that shoot with you. Wish me luck!

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  • Rachelh July 30, 2010, 3:57 pm

    That’s fabulous news Jennae! Yay for Ja’Naya!!!

    Oh, and yay! for you too. How cool to win that photo shoot. I bet the photos will come out beautifully!

  • Lynn July 30, 2010, 4:13 pm


  • Lynn July 30, 2010, 4:15 pm

    Oops! That “took” before I wrote the rest. You are an amazing family to have pulled together the way you have. This kind of situation sometimes destroys relationships but it seems yours has grown stronger. So exciting that things are progressing well. Ja’Naya is just the most joyous little girl. Her smile is magic! Thank you for sharing and congrats on the contest too. Looking forward to seeing the photos though this one is terrific too!

    • jennae July 30, 2010, 5:12 pm

      Thank you Lynn! It really has made us stronger and brought us together. I also forgot to mention in the post that my husband and I just celebrated our 7-year anniversary on July 20, so this is a time of big milestones for all of us πŸ™‚

  • Condo Blues July 30, 2010, 4:40 pm

    Congratulations all the way around! Ja’Naya looks radiant, her smile just lights up her face. Whoever took the photo of you and your husband really captured a moment. You look very much in love.

    • jennae July 30, 2010, 5:14 pm

      Would you believe my husband took that photo with his arm outstretched? lol. Needless to say, while it’s the best of the bunch, it took a while to get the angle right. But it does very much show how much we love each other, so it did its job πŸ™‚

  • Kathleen July 30, 2010, 8:26 pm

    Wonderful news! The three of you make such a gorgeous family. I hope Ja\’Naya is excited to start kindergarten.

  • Lynnae August 2, 2010, 10:38 pm

    Such good news! Ja’Naya looks great! And so do you and your hubby!

  • designdiva August 20, 2010, 10:53 am

    congratulations! u have a beautiful little girl and family. i am new to your blog, i discovered it while on afrobella….love the site! this is something i\’ve been interested in for a while.

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