Friday, August 26, 2016

Where in the World??

Some of you may feel like you are playing "Where in the World is this Blogger?" over the past few months in reading my blog...or lack thereof!  So let me bring you up to date on where I've been...

As most of you know, the last 4 years we have been full-time missionaries currently serving at the TX-Mexico border.  My husband's current ministry job is Student Minister for a small Baptist church where he coordinates everything for K-12th grade students plus handles mission work and outreach in our local area.  So needless to say, being a Student Minister, means summer is very busy for us!

The first week of July we took our 6th-12th grade students to Youth Camp.  Then the next week we were in charge of Vacation Bible School (VBS) so we spent all week decorating rooms and preparing for VBS.  The 3rd week of July we hosted VBS at our church and had about 75 kids attend.  We took a missions offering each night and the kids raised $434 to help a missionary family in Puebla, Mexico!  Then the last week of July we took our 3rd-5th grade students to Kids Camp.  We came home from Kids Camp on Thursday, our youth students led worship that following Sunday morning (which meant set-up and practice during the weekend), and then our family left for a month to start our deputation/support raising for Honduras. For those who don't know, we have recently been appointed as full-time missionaries to Honduras and you can read all about that here.

We have been in Alabama since August 2 doing support raising.  The Lord has blessed us to be able to share with several churches about our calling to Honduras while we are here and David even had the chance to preach about missions at a church too.
There's a pretty neat story about him being given the opportunity to preach too.  He was invited to preach at New Hope Baptist Church in Lawrence County, AL.  After he accepted the invitation, my grandmother told us that New Hope Baptist was the first church my Papa Travis (who was a Southern Baptist preacher for 40+ years) pastored after he was ordained.  The night David preached was also the first time David has preached in a church in Alabama since he was ordained.  So he not only got to preach in the same pulpit my grandfather had but they both preached their first sermons after ordination in this pulpit. 

Of course, we have also enjoyed being back "home" seeing our families and friends too. It had been one year since we had been back in Alabama so being able to be here for a month has been a true joy.  We are leaving this weekend headed to Arkansas. David has to attend a 2-day conference there and the kids and I will be exploring the area of Rogers/Bentonville while he is in classes each day.  We have compiled a small list of free places we want to visit and things we want to see.  We will get back to the TX-Mexico border next Friday and are looking forward to being back and jumping back into our ministries and work there too.  

I have also been blessed with several opportunities lately to try some new products, I've been reading some great books, and I will be sharing about some of the places we visit in Rogers/Bentonville, Arkansas too so keep checking back for more regular updates and upcoming giveaways too!  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Aetherlight (Game Review)

We are a family that all enjoys online gaming.  We actually do a lot of online gaming together as a family.  We help each other conquer quests, get achievements/goals, work through challenging levels together, etc.  While we do limit our kids screen time each day, we still find that online gaming is something we all enjoy.

I, well..our family, was recently given the opportunity to review The Aetherlight online game.  This is a unique game because not only is it a game that kids are going to enjoy playing but it also has Biblical roots.  The company who created this game is Scarlet City Studios and they are a small New Zealand based gaming studio.  Their studio has an epic goal: to take the greatest story ever told and re-tell it for a digital generation. Established in 2012 to advance the historic mission of a postal Sunday school ministry, Scarlet City took the grand tale of the Bible and reimagined it as a steampunk, allegorical story that would be entertaining, educational, formational and creative. With the launch of The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance, the studio’s ongoing mission is to tell great stories, nurture genuine innovation, and foster rich encounters. For more information, visit
The Aetherlight game is designed for pre-teen age players.  Of course, older kids might enjoy it but the game is geared more toward pre-teen age kids.  Younger kids would need the ability to read to fully enjoy this game.  Currently only Episode 1 is available for game play but Episode 2 will be releasing in August and you can pre-order it now.  This game is supported by Windows, OSX, Android, and iOS.  

As a parent, I loved what this games goal is.  When asked "What are you trying to teach in this game?" check out the game studio's response:  "The Bible is one complete story from Genesis to Revelation (not a random collection of unrelated stories). Despite the many different stories and types of literature in the Bible, there is a definite narrative thread that tells a purposeful story — the presence and activity of God in the world to work through his people to redeem creation. Jesus is the high-point of this Story – it is all about him, it all only makes sense with him. Humanity has a part to play in this story, by partnering with God in his redemption of his people and creation."  Then asked "Why is this important?" they responded:  Pre-teens today grow up in a world with many competing stories on which they can base their lives. Will it be the story of consumerism? Or perhaps the story of Hedonism? Or even the story of Nihilism? None of these stories are sustainable, and to the Christian, we know that the best story to base your life on is the story of a loving God who created the world good, and despite humanity’s sin, has enacted a plan to redeem and restore that which he created. Pre-teens are caught up in various "life stories" at a young age, and we believe that these stories need to be subverted at a young age with the story of the gospel, so that pre-teens (and teens!) can begin to live an alternative story with confidence. Knowing the story of the Bible will give tweens and teens a vocabulary and a “set of lenses” to view the world and culture as they transition from childhood into adulthood."  This is a game that wants to partner with us as parents to help our children in some of their most challenging and formative years to have a solid foundation on which to base their lives and choices.  Being able to accomplish that in a game form that the kids will probably not even realize how much they are learning is even better!  
One of the things our kids enjoyed about this game is the online gaming community you can play with.  They can play with their friends or make new friends in the game.  The Aetherlight adheres to KidSafe guidelines as well as COPPA compliance and they have a moderation team to ensure online gaming safety and a bully-free zone during game play.  There is also a Parents Dashboard where you can set your own personal controls for your child's game play and even set a timer of how long they can play!    

The storyline of The Aetherlight is that the world of Aethasia is under the control of the bad emperor Lucky. He rules the land, literally “with an iron fist”, by his Automatons and a fog, that holds the land captive. The player joins the Resistance to help the mysterious Scarlet Man back on the throne as great engineer. On his way, he meets others, solves puzzles and quests and becomes an engineer be himself.  The game is allegorical and is closely linked to the Biblical narrative, however does not use Biblical names, places, and language that may confuse or alienate some players. The player will have the opportunity to partake in exercises that link the game story of Aethasia with the Bible text and their own lives through what we call the Resistance Academy.

Our kids really enjoyed playing this game too.  They found the storyline to be intriguing and the game play to be challenging yet fun.  Our kids have all read C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia" book series and they found some similarities to this story throughout the game play.  Our kids also like the colorful characters and unique costumes too. Our 11 year old is excited for Episode 2 to come out and already looking forward to continuing his quest when it is released.  If you're looking for a very kid-friendly game that also reinforces and teaches Biblical concepts, The Aetherlight is a game for you!

Disclaimer:  I was given the opportunity to review The Aetherlight Episode 1 for free from Ravu Collective.  No monetary compensation was received for this blog post and the opinions expressed here reflect my personal thoughts and opinions.  Your results and opinions may vary from mine.  

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Monday Musings

David has found a new love of astronomy and astrophotography.  He has finally figured out how to work his telescope and also how to hook our DSLR camera up to it and take pictures.  He informed me he still needs a few "pieces" to make it work the way he wants it to though.  Every night (if the skies are clear), he goes outside and sets up a little place on the driveway and spends a few hours star gazing, looking at planets, etc.  We joked the other night that it looks like he was doing some kind of ritual with the lanterns but the truth is that the mosquitoes are SO bad here right now and he was just trying to keep them at bay. 

I am loving making hand-stamped cards for all occasions. Let me assure you that I am simply a beginner but I am having a blast making these cards and find it very fun and relaxing to spend time making them.  Plus, it's more fun to send a card to someone when you've been able to personalize it and make it for them yourself.  A few years ago, a friend sent me a huge box of Stampin Up supplies and honestly I had no idea what to do with them so they sat in our closet for almost 2 years (sorry, Amanda)!  Then last year, I went to a craft show at a local RV park and met a lady who was selling handstamped cards and lo and behold, she was a Stampin Up demonstrator.  She was even teaching a class each week at the RV park.  She invited me to her class, walked me through how to use all the stuff in the box my friend sent me and taught me SO much in the few months I got to take her classes.  Sadly, she is just a "winter Texan" (meaning she's from a northern state and only comes down here for a few months each year...kind of like a snow bird) and she left in April.  The good news is that she will be back this Fall and she plans to teach her classes again.  Until then, I'm having fun trying new techniques, learning new methods, and having fun with my supplies at my kitchen table.  
Wyatt recently had a birthday and he spent all his birthday money on Science stuff. He bought several dissection kits, grow-a-frog kit, microscope slide-making kit, and his own dissection tool kit.  This is him diligently working on dissecting a large owl pellet. He was so meticulous with his method and made such great observations.  He loved it and is looking forward to dissecting a starfish, squid, and snake over the next few weeks.  
We were blessed to get to see this movie in 3D recently.  I have to be honest and admit, I did not realize there was even a book about this!  So, I especially enjoyed seeing this movie because I didn't know the story or the outcome.  We are huge Johnny Depp and Tim Burton fan's so we couldn't wait to see this movie.  It was great!!!  The kids loved it and David & I did too.  The cinematography in it is was stellar and it was a fantastic family "treat" for us.  If you haven't seen it yet, it's well worth going to see at the theater!  

...and a little food for thought to start your week!

Make this week count!  
Live boldly and courageously for Jesus!  
Do something for someone else!
Pay It Forward this week!
Pray for Orlando!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

"Wise Guys" Book Review

About the Book:
For guys, more than ever, it's a confusing world.  Your GPS doesn't offer any maps showing how to get to the point of wisdom - and who likes asking for directions anyway?  

But there are ways to get that guidance you need.  The answers may be all around you, in the form of guys you already know.  Wise guys.  More experienced guys.  Better-traveled guys.  Could there be ways to tap into their invaluable knowledge without enduring dull lectures or taking pages of notes?  

Kent Evans has surrounded himself with these wise guys.  They have shown him all the back roads on the ways to wisdom.  With a great deal of humor and endless supply of stories, he wants to show you how to gather life-enriching truth from the guys in your own circle.  

About the Author, Kent Evans:
Kent Evans is the board chairman and co-founder of Manhood Journey, a ministry that helps fathers and mentors build the next generation of godly men.  Kent has personally experienced how the guidance of godly men can change the course of a life.  Today he is blessed with a solid 20-year marriage, four wonderful sons and a fulfilling life – largely because of what he’s learned from other men.  He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and can be found on Twitter @manhoodjourney.  You can learn more about him on his website also:
About the book, Wise Guys:
I am going to "shake things up" a little in this review.  You see, since this book was geared toward men, I thought who better to review this book than my husband.  For those of you who don't know about my husband, he is a full-time missionary currently serving as a Student Minister for K-12th graders at a small church at the TX-Mexico border.  He was ordained into ministry in February of this year also.  Here is what he had to say about this book:
I found this to be a very good book.  It was easy to understand and had many good things for men to not only think about but also to help them grow both spiritually and in their character.  Throughout the book, Evans challenges you to think of others and what we as men can be doing too.  I loved his thought on page 42 where he wrote "We're usually so consumed with our own needs and issues that we don't stop to learn those of others.  When asking questions, we're shelving our own issues for a moment and seeing the world from someone else's perspective."  There are many good moments in this book where he challenges your thinking and causes you to really do some self-introspection into your own life...and y'all, sometimes that ain't pretty or easy!  
As men, we all know it is hard to ask for help or to ask questions.  We often believe it makes us seem as if we are weak if we ask for help.  This book challenges you to overcome those issues so that you can see the true worth of men around you and see and grasp what you have to learn from them by asking questions or simply asking them for help.  These men have been there.  They have the wisdom of experience.  They are willing to help us if we are willing to put aside our pride.  
At the end of each chapter, there are a list of questions for you to think through and process.  This brings a very introspective, personal element to how each chapter relates to you personally or what you have to learn from this teaching.  I recommend this book and believe any man or young man should read it.  I will not tell you that it will be an "easy read" but if you go at it with an open mind and a willingness to learn, you will grow and be better for it.  
I have to tell you, David isn't quite finished with the book yet.  He has really spent quality time in it, truly learning from it and making sure he gets everything he can from it.  He isn't one to just "speed read" through books. He is looking forward to finishing the last few chapters soon.  You can purchase your own copy of this book by clicking here or you can WIN A COPY by entering on the form below.  This is a quick "flash giveaway" that only lasts 48 hours so make sure you enter to WIN!
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Our "Compassion Experience" with Compassion International

One Friday a month is "Family Fun Day" for us.  We try to go somewhere as a family and spend the day together having fun and making a family memory.  This past Friday, we had the opportunity to go to Baptist Temple (BT) church in McAllen, TX for the "Compassion Experience".  
Loaded up & ready to hit the road

It is about an hour away from where we live and we had 1:00pm reservations for this event.  Thankfully, the Lord blessed us with an incredibly beautiful day of sunshine and temperatures in the high 80's.  
The trailer at the "Compassion Experience"

If you're not familiar with Compassion International, they are an organization that is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. The goal is for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult. One of Compassion International's biggest ministries is child sponsorships.  For just $38.00 a month, you can choose to sponsor a child and literally change their life and their families lives too.  Through monthly financial support, prayer and letter writing, sponsors invest directly in the lives of children living in extreme poverty.  The children attend church-based child development centers where they receive life-changing opportunities that would otherwise be out of their reach, and which build on, add to and extend their school lessons. All Compassion-sponsored children have the opportunity to develop their God-given potential and be released from the poverty that has trapped their families for generations. 
Happy faces even while waiting in line 

Once we got to the "Compassion Experience", we had reservations but there was a school group in front of us so we had to wait a little bit.  We didn't mind one bit because we got to talking with some of the students and teachers and found out that they were a PUBLIC school whose English teacher had organized this field trip and she said God literally worked it out for them to get approval to bring all her students to this event.  Talk about a work of God!  We enjoyed getting to talk to them while we waited in line.  

Also, while we were in line a woman came in line behind us.  She asked us how many were in our party and we told her 5.  She asked if she could go through with our family and we told her we would ask and see.  The nice gentlemen running the event said she could absolutely go through with us so we also got to meet her.  
Just a few of the scenes throughout the Compassion Experience 

Finally, it was our turn to go through the "Compassion Experience".  The first story we walked through was the story of a young man from Kenya, Africa.  The second story we got to walk through was the story of a young girl from the Philippines.  I don't want to "spoil" their stories for you in hopes you will get to go through the "Compassion Experience" this year.  I will tell you that I had tears several times as I walked through both their stories.  Not just tears of sadness but tears of joy and hope too.  

At the end of our walk-throughs the lady who had asked to go through with our family asked if she could interview me.  Turns out, she was a newsreporter with The Monitor, a local newspaper here in the Rio Grande Valley.  You can read the article she wrote here.  
Our sponsored child, Luis!!!!! 

At the end of it all, there was a room full of children around the world who need sponsorships.  David & I both knew that we were supposed to sponsor a child.  Now this may seem crazy to some of you since we are full-time missionaries ourselves who live on very limited support but God doesn't call us to do the easy...he calls us to do the radical!  The kids were begging us to do it too and they even decided to give up NetFlix and PureFlix subscriptions so that the money saved there could go to our sponsored child.  It also was very easy to choose a child.  Wyatt has always wished he had a little brother so he wanted a little boy from Honduras.  We are hoping to move to Roatan, Honduras in 2017 and do full-time mission work there for 3-4 years.  So, we chose Luis, a 7 year old little boy who lives on the mainland of Honduras!  We are excited about sponsoring him and hope to sponsor him all the way until his graduation.  We also pray the Lord will allow us to meet him at some point while we are in Honduras as missionaries too.  This morning, we mailed off our first letter & family picture to him!  
The moment it became "real"

Wondering if the "Compassion Experience" really conveys the needs of children and families around the world?  Curious if you really get a sense of what life is like for those in other countries?  Well, we took the kids to eat at Chick-Fil-A after we finished at the "Compassion Experience".  They ate their meals and then asked for an ice cream cone.  While we were waiting on them to finish their cones, we looked over and Wyatt had huge tears in his eyes.  We asked what was wrong and he broke down crying saying he had got to enjoy a yummy meal at Chick-Fil-A and even get ice cream and some kids around the world had never even got to eat an apple!  His heart had been stirred, reality had broken through for him, and he realized how blessed and fortune he and all of us living here in America are.  You will walk away from the "Compassion Experience" changed!  

The good news is that even if the "Compassion Experience" doesn't come to a town near you, you can still change the life of a child.  You can choose to sponsor a child for just $38.00/month.  If you would like to see children who are awaiting sponsorship, click here.  If you cannot sponsor a child, you can still pray!  Pray that every child who needs a sponsor will be blessed with one.  Pray for the children and their families who are both awaiting sponsorship and those who already have sponsors.  Pray for Compassion International and all their workers throughout the world as they work to end poverty and bring the good news of the Gospel and the hope of Jesus Christ to these areas too.  

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

"None Like Him" Bible Study Review & GIVEAWAY

Have you ever really thought about all the ways God is different from us? 

We all know that God is different than us but I found it very intriguing to really study deeply a few of the ways He is different.  In Jen Wilkin's new book "None Like Him", she addresses 10 ways God is different from us.  I am a huge fan of women's Bible studies and had never done any of Jen Wilkin's books so I was excited to have the chance to be introduced to her writings and study methods.  

"God is self-existent, self-sufficient, external, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible.  We are not!  And that's a good thing.  Our limitations are by design.  We were never meant to be like God.  But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone. Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God's limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God. " 

Wilkins writing style was different and unique from other Bible studies I have done.  She writes in a very personable way where it almost seems like you're sitting across the coffee table from her having a real conversation.  Yet, she also writes in a "teachable preaching" way too where you feel like you've just heard a great sermon at the end of each chapter.  

In every single chapter, I learned something or I was challenged, or my thoughts were stirred.  This is a Bible study I will be reading again and doing again and hopefully inviting some friends to join me in too!  Chapter 10 was especially convicting to me...sovereignty!  In all honestly, I know God is ultimately in control of it all..time, plans, our lives, our days, etc.  But speaking truth, how many times do we I try to take control of the reigns and dictate what is going to happen in my life or on a certain time schedule?  Wow...chapter 10 really hit home for me and was a beautiful reminder of who is really in charge of my life.  

Each chapter ends with some verses that you can read and meditate on.  There are some questions for reflection and then a specific prayer application.  I loved this way of ending each chapter in study because as a busy Mom, it didn't take me hours to do yet it was relevant and impactful.  

If you're looking for a great Bible study, I would encourage you to grab a copy of "None Like Him". You can purchase your own copy from Crossway Books for just $12.99.  Thanks to Jen Wilkin and Propeller Consulting, I am blessed to be able to offer my readers a giveaway for a chance to win their very own copy of this great Bible study.  Enter on the form below! 
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

My Skin Cancer Story

About a year ago, I noticed a very small clear blister-like bump on the side of my right nostril.  Honestly, I chalked it up to my "almost 40 skin issues" and didn't think much about it.  A few months later, it was still there and completely unchanged so I decided it was time for that little "zit" to go away. So I sterilized a needle and tried to pop it.  Nothing came out if it, it didn't bleed, and honestly it didn't change.  So I started some intense "zit" creams to get it gone and after a few more months the stubborn thing was still there.

Now y'all should wasn't flaky, it wasn't bleeding, it wasn't hurting, it wasn't discolored in anyway, and in fact, it blended in with my skin so well that people didn't notice it unless I pointed it out to them.  So about a year after I first noticed it, I decided to just go to the dermatologist and have him take the silly thing off so I could move on with my life.  So I got an appointment in December 2015 and went to the dermatologist.

38 years cancer was the last thing I ever expected to hear.  I've never been a tanning bed girl, not one to just "lay out and bake" in the sun, but I haven't always been the best at wearing sunscreen when I'm outdoors either. The bump literally had none of the typical signs of skin cancer at all.  The dermatologist said it needed to come off now because he thought we might have caught it in a very early stage.  So he removed it and did a biopsy to determine what stage of skin cancer it was even though he felt like it was just early stage basal cell carcinoma.  I was left with a small area on my nose that was open and he opted to let it heal naturally with no stitches.
The biopsy came back exactly what the dermatologist thought it was...early stage basal cell carcinoma skin cancer and on my follow-up visit he felt like he had been able to get it all and it should be fine.  My nose healed over a couple of months and while I did have a small divet in my nose from the scaring, I was just thankful the skin cancer was gone.  

Then in January, I started noticing that the area on the outside of my scar was beginning to make the same clear, blister-like bumps that I had previously.  So I called and got another dermatologist appointment for him to check it.  Turns out, the skin cancer was back and it was being "aggressive" as the dermatologist put it.  He recommended that the best course of treatment would be to have MOHS surgery done because it has a 99% success rate of removing all the skin cancer.  The closest MOHS surgeon to where we live at the Texas-Mexico border that he trusted and would recommend was in San Antonio, TX about 4 hours from us.  
So I got an appointment for February 10 and we took off to San Antonio.  We went up a day early and took the kids to the Alamo, took the boatride along the RiverWalk, and walked all over downtown San Antonio. We were blessed to get to meet up with some friends from Alabama who had moved to San Antonio also and we enjoyed being with them for the day too.  My surgery was scheduled for bright and early the next morning at 8:00AM.  David dropped me off for surgery that morning and then he and the kids went back to the hotel until check-out time.  Then, when they had to check-out, they did a little geocaching until the surgery center called to tell them I was ready to be picked up.  
The surgery lasted just over 3 1/2 hours long and I was awake through the entire thing.  They just numbed my nose/face for the actual surgery and then when it was done, the area he had to remove was too deep and wide for stitches so I needed a skin graft. They took it from my collarbone and I was actually awake through that whole procedure too.  Now I have to admit, I did great during the MOHS surgery on my nose but when it came time to do the skin graft I had to really focus and recite scripture and do lots of praying because it was a little unnerving to me to be awake while they were removing and grafting skin.  I had an incredibly wonderful MOHS surgeon (Dr. Hobbs at the MOHS Skin Cancer Surgery Center of South Texas).  He and his PA, Chris, both had amazing bedside manner, we actually talked about our mission work during a lot of the surgery, and they were both so supportive and kind too.  

Once David picked me up, I was free to go home so we actually drove back home that afternoon and got home about 6:30PM.  I came home with a large bandage on both my nose and my collarbone.  I had strict instructions not to get it wet at all and not to be moving my right arm (the side the graft was taken from) above my waist.  I also wasn't supposed to lay flat so I had to sleep elevated and they recommended bed rest or being on the couch for 8 days to allow my collarbone and nose to start healing perfectly.  Talk about limitations, plus I am right-handed and I couldn't wash my hair for 8 days either!  My husband and kids were amazing with helping me, taking care of me, encouraging me when I would get frustrated, and making sure I recuperated well.  Our church family was incredible...they provided dinner every evening for our family so David didn't have to cook and some even brought breakfast and lunches too!  Y'all, I don't know how people go through life without a church family!  Ours is truly family to us and such a blessing.  
8 days later, the stitches and pressure bandages were all removed and I finally got to see the damage to my nose.  It was a little overwhelming but then I realized how blessed and fortunate I was to have caught it when I did.  The MOHS surgeon had also told me that they got all the skin cancer and I was cancer free in this area now. He didn't see any other areas on my face that were of concern either, praise God!  While I was super excited to have the stitches out and begin to start using my arm again (and washing my hair), I was put on another restriction to stay home for 14 more days.  My graft was still very "fresh" and still needed time to heal and the surgeon said it was very susceptible to germs/bacteria.  If I were to get it infected, I would lose the graft so he wanted it to have another 2 weeks to heal better and not be exposed to lots of germs/bacteria.  So I was confined to the house for basically 3 weeks after surgery.  
My nose and collarbone continued to heal well over those weeks of house confinement and the Lord used that time to grow me spiritually too.  It is a beautiful thing what the Lord can use to draw you closer to Him and what He can reveal to you when you truly seek Him more.  I praise the Lord that He allowed me to catch my skin cancer in a very early stage (even if it did require MOHS surgery). I am thankful that it is healed well.  The only thing I have to do now is for the next year, I must keep sunscreen of SPF 50 or higher on the spot when I am going to be outdoors.  
Today, you can still see a circular scar on my nose but when I wear makeup it's not really even visible.  I share all this with you today because I want you to know how important it is to get your skin checked.  I would have NEVER thought that little bitty clear, blister-like "zit" would turn out to be skin cancer.  Mine had none of the classic symptoms or signs of skin cancer.  So, please, please, please get your skin checked...especially if you have suspicious or strange things on your skin.