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Wednesday's Words

I am not going to lie, hearts have been pretty heavy around here.  
I am pretty sure that it wasn't a coincidence this morning when I was working on my Bible Study, that my eyes caught these words underlined in Joshua 21:45
Not one of the good promises  which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed: all came to pass.
I was headed to Joshua 23:10
...for the Lord your God is he who fights for you, just as He promised.
and just below thatin 23:14
......and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one word of all the good words which the Lord your God spoke concerning you has failed; all have been fulfilled for you, not one of them has failed. I am thinking those are good words for this Wednesday.

A thousand gifts

I have to confess that in all of last week's busyness, I was not faithful to get my gifts notebook out and record things daily....maybe that is why it was a difficult week for me?  I do so much better when I am not focusing on how stressful/busy life is, but rather on what is good about the day.  Just a reminder to myself that we never 'arrive' on this thankful journey, but have to keep running...each day a new opportunity to choose joy.

810.Micah home early 811.Evening walk with the boys 812.Sharing the burden 813.A surprise visit from friends to eat cake with us 814.Fall weather 815.Knowing God knows and He is here with us 816.A crazy busy weekend, but a fun one 817.Hearing the boys play with McGwire 818.Hysterical laughter of boys at Keith Coast event


I have discovered that I struggle do everyday, mundane tasks when I am worried/concerned particularly in recent months as I have been watching my sister walk the cancer journey.  Especially in the weeks following her diagnosis, I remember feeling like going about my everyday life was somehow not honoring her--as in how could I do normal/everyday things when her whole world had been turned upside down.  Of course, I learned by watching her (as I have for so many things in life) to just keep going, that not every conversation or blog post had to be about cancer, that cancer was a part of life, but it didn't mean that life didn't keep going on.  On Friday, she got some disappointing news that we were not really expecting which means that she will have to start a new chemotherapy regimen on Tuesday and again I found myself not knowing how to just go on, how to start a blog post about our weekend which has been good, but feels bittersweet when my heart is just aching for my sister,…

Wednesday's Words

It has been awhile since I did this, and yes, I know it has been awhile since I posted much of anything.  We are just ignoring that.  I seriously wish that I had just a little recorder for ALL of the funny things the boys say, they are just hilarious these days.  For example:

We were driving by CVS the other day and the boys were both practicing their letters (they notice letters everywhere these days!) and one of them said "C.V.S.....last year we went to VVS, but this year we went to VBS, I wonder where we are going to go next year." We were leaving soccer practice last week and the coach and his son were in a truck in front of us leaving the parking lot and they turned left while we were turning right and Xavier said, 'next time, can we follow Coach Dan, I really want to see where his house is.'  I think I might have a stalker on my hands!Tonight, they were cleaning up the dishes and were talking and William said something about "you are crazy, bro" to whi…

A Thousand Gifts

I am discovering that there is always much to be thankful for, and today is one of those days when I am reminded to count every single blessing and every single day because we aren't promised tomorrow.  Today marks four years since I went to the hospital with cancer still in my body and emerged from surgery a few hours later with zero cancer.  Any way you look at it, it was a good day. A good day to celebrate. A good day to be thankful. 

783.That Micah is different (in a good way...) 784.Sacred Parenting book 785.A godly model for parenting in my own parents 786.Start of a new study 787.Coffee with sweet friends 788.Worship CDs on sale 789.Micah being home for dinner and soccer practice (and hearing Xavier thank God for this) 790.Heidi continuing treatment 791.An 18

2011, weeks 36 and 37


Happy End of the Week

I was SO looking forward to this weekend until I got a text from Micah this morning letting me know that he was mistaken and he has to work this weekend while we thought that it was next weekend that he had to work.  Not necessarily a big deal, just that we happen to have a crazy busy weekend this week.  The boys first soccer game, a friend's son playing in a football game in our town, two 1-year old birthday parties, church and first small group of the fall.  I was looking forward to at least doing all of that with Micah, but looks like the boys and I are going to be hanging out together.  Oh, and they have a little ice cream party at school this afternoon that I get to help with--so should be a fun day.

I can't really think of anything exciting going on other than our day to day stuff.  I did make a trip to Lifeway Christian Store yesterday to pick up some more workbooks for our Wednesday night Bible Study group.  We are doing Beth Moore's Stepping Up Through the Psalms

Teal Toes

Since I am a breast cancer survivor, I know full well that October is breast cancer awareness month.  It seems like everywhere you look, it is pink pink pink.  And while I am all about promoting awareness of a very serious disease, to be honest, October is not my favorite month of the year, it just brings a LOT of memories and realities to the surface all. month. long.

What you may not be aware of is that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and this year, ovarian cancer became a subject way more important in my life as I have watched my sister battle courageously against this horrible disease.  She finished up her last scheduled treatment this past Thursday and we are trusting and praying and waiting to hear the results of her CT scan on the 22nd.

Over the weekend, she called and told me that there was a website called Teal Toes that is encouraging everyone to paint their toes teal in an effort to raise awareness about ovarian cancer.  Like 'pink' is the official color…

2011, Week 35

I managed to scrap a few pages over the weekend in addition to my P365 page, so I thought I would share them as well.

Nature Hike

Last fall, I had the idea that I wanted to find a nature trail where I could take the boys to 'hike' occasionally. I have so many good memories from when I was a kid that we would go and walk on trails and I thought that the boys were big enough that they could enjoy it as well.  I asked around and found out about one not far from here, but never managed to make it out there.  When I knew that Micah was going to be home on Monday and the fact that the weather has decided to be absolutely beautiful this week, I suggested that we head up there for a little bit of a hike.  After we went on some trails on our little vacation this summer, I knew that the boys would be excited and as soon as I mentioned it, they were ready to go!

Taking pictures in bright sun or with lots of trees giving crazy shadows proved to be rather tricky, but we had the best time and I am so glad that we got to do it and will definitely be heading back again.

It was fairly cool out when we arrived, but it def…

A Thousand Gifts, September 5

I just want to go on record as saying that I am a fan of the three day weekend.  Especially when Micah gets to be off for all three days.  Yes, you read that right, Micah was home for three whole days, three and a half, if you count the fact that he got done at like 1 pm on Friday afternoon (of course, he went in around 4ish, so he still worked quite a bit).   We have played games, we had family over, we had friends over, we ran errands, we cleaned, we cooked, we relaxed and watched TV, we even went on a hike at a nearby state park this morning.  It was so nice and I think that neither Micah nor I am ready to go back to the real world tomorrow, but I am going to choose to just be so thankful for the good weekend that we had.

Micah even got to go with me to pick up the boys on Friday from school.  It was so cute, because he hid in the back of the van and completely surprised the boys who squealed/screamed very loudly when they realized he was there.  I can't remember if I mentioned…

Thursday's Randomness

Just a little update about Xavier:  I emailed his teacher that night and she said that she talked to him after I left and she could tell that he had been upset, but that after a few minutes, she said "I don't think your mommy would want you to be sad, why don't you run and play and maybe that will get your mind off of it." and off he went and she never saw another tear.  That is pretty much what I figured would happen, but you never know...

Big day for my sister Melissa today.  It is her last scheduled chemo treatment.  I didn't realize I was so emotional about it until I sat down to write that.  She has had a rough time, but through it all has amazed me with her humor and positive outlook and constant choosing to see the good. 

I had two doctors appointments this week myself and am thrilled to say that they were good, no problems, no abnormalities, no changes.  Exactly the kind of appointments that I like to have.  Even my bloodwork that had come back elevated …