Friday, October 19, 2012

Life


Well, I no more than dipped my little toe back in to the blogging world when I once again had to put it on the back burner!  This time it was not for a bad reason.....well kinda....Katie started having pain with her port that was put in 14 months ago for her chemo and other treatments.  She has never had a pain at all since having the port put in but she has lost quite a bit of weight and I think things just kinda shifted around.
Anyway, today she had the surgery to have the port removed and in a few days she should be as good as new.  The bad news was simply that she was having quite a bit of pain and discomfort and had to live with it until they figured out the problem.
The good news is that our sweet Oncology Doctor simply said, "it's done it's job now let's get it out of there so she doesn't have to deal with anymore 'stuff'!"  So now it's out, she did well through the surgery but is very tired and will be resting for a few days. 
We're very thankful and consider this one more step away from this Cancer mode we've been in for so long.
The Lord brought us this far and he gave us the wonderful blessing of healing our sweet Katie, no more Cancer!  
Yep, now it's time to get on with that regularly scheduled life!!! 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY
October 8, 2012
Here in Kentucky

Outside my window...Beautiful sunny skies, temps are in the 50's so it's pretty chilly.  Love the fall weather!

I am thinking...about the beautiful baby afghan Katie is making for a friend.  I love to see her working with her hands and she loves it also.  We still have not figured out how to knit and I think we've decided to just stick with crochet.  It's amazing how quickly a homemade gift can be made and I know it will be treasured.  I still have a handmade baby afghan a friend made for me 29 years ago when I was pregnant with our first.  Love homemade gifts!

I am thankful...for a husband that works so very hard.  He's been with Delta for almost 25 years now, worked so many overtime hours to count, never ever called in sick and above all he never complains.  His work day starts way before most folks even wake up but he wakes up in a good mood and is the same all day.  How wonderful to not be married to a grouchy person!  Sadly, I can't say the same for the person he's married to, emotions seem to be everywhere these days for this 52 year old lady!  But, he loves me anyway!

In the kitchen...Lots of starters going on: Homemade buttermilk, yogurt in the crockpot, homemade sour cream, kefir, kombucha and hopefully soon we can get going on a sourdough starter.  Supper for tonight is takeout since we have quite a few errands to run.
 
 I am wearing...Calico jumper, pink top, mauve sweater.

I am creating...have nothing particular going right now.  We've been listing things on ebay and getting ready for a yard sale, time to streamline things a bit.
 
 I am going...Hobby Lobby, Starbucks, Walmart, Kroger, Family Christian Store, and finally Subway to pick up supper.

I am wondering...how much decorating I want to do for Christmas, sometimes you want to go all out and other times things seem to demand simplicity...just not sure yet.

I am reading...just finished Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble, excellent book!

I am hoping...we can get everything finished before the cold weather hits, much to do.

I am looking forward to...everything, every moment we are given is such a wonderful gift.  Life is such an incredible adventure and I choose to be optimistic about it all!!!

I am learning...that less is definitely best, simplify, simplify, simplify!

Around the house... hubby is relaxing after just getting home from work, Katie is getting ready for our errands and Christopher is busy with his stuff!

I am pondering...what's truly most important in life?  Do I need all this stuff?  What do I truly want to focus on?

A favorite quote for today...
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
Corrie ten Boom

One of my favorite things... long talks with our adult children, sometimes we can just sit and talk for hours.  I've always had that with my family and love that I have that with my kids also.

A few plans for the rest of the week: lots of chores, inside and outside.

A peek into my day...lots of ebay items ending and more sifting for the yard sale/give away/ trash/ recycle.
I love this image, it's by one of my very, very favorite artists; Karla Dornacher.  I purchased some of her images on Etsy.
 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Life Changes, Christ, New Beginnings...All Good!


We've had an interesting year:  Katie has faced, dealt with and overcame a diagnosis of Lymphoma; My father was diagnosed with Cancer on his bladder, which was then removed putting him in a different stage of life, but he is doing great; Our son Tommy had a tumor on his finger, but that was taken care of and all is well.
Truly, looking back on the this past year seemingly nothing is different.  Katie has hair again, short but it's growing in oh so curly, which is different because her hair was always straight.  My dad is doing everything he did before, tires a bit quicker now but basically is doing great.  Tommy's life is no different, he's making some changes to a different apartment and trying to make a few other small changes.
Basically, life is just what it was a year ago.  But we are different, oh so very different.  

I had taken so much for granted,  I knew that we were not immune to bad things, no one is.  But, we had never had much Cancer in our family so I just assumed that was not really a fear we would have to deal with anytime soon.  But life changes in the blink of an eye, doesn't it?  I would not have chosen any of these things to happen to our family, no one would, we hate to see loved ones suffer.  

But, what we can choose is the way we deal with these things.  I could decide that these things were a sign of horrible things to come and dig my head in the sand, dreading the next bad thing...or I can say, the past is the past, I cannot change it and will not be defined by it.

We cannot live in fear, we shouldn't live in fear, Christ came to die on the cross so that we can have life, and beyond this world we will be with Him in Heaven.  The goal is not to fear every little thing, take no chances, avoid the probabilities of something bad happening or avoid contact with others because of the slim chance of catching some bad they might have.

Life is about living, not fearing.  

A few days ago we celebrated 30 years of marriage, my Danny and I.  30 years of being married and we still laugh every single day.  We've had problems, still have problems, will always have problems, that's life, but we choose to face them together and above all keep very close to the One who made it all and continues to rule today.  God is everything, without him the problems would be too overwhelming to deal with.  We choose Christ.

This is October 6th, 2012; Katie and my dad are Cancer free.  For today, I choose joy and will not worry about what tomorrow may bring.  I sometimes say, I've faced almost losing my child and my father, it didn't happen.  Let's face it, death is the only final thing, every other problem in the world can somehow be fixed or endured.

And now, I return to blog world, a completely different person, but the same in so many ways.  Loving this moment and enjoying today but always looking forward to what's around the next corner.  Life is such an incredible adventure!!!