Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Often we hear the expression "no news is good news".
In our case, no new is......well, no news.
Tim was supposed to have his CT scan done Monday morning. Monday morning turned into Monday afternoon and Monday afternoon turned into "not today". Seems there were problems with the machine so his scan couldn't be done.
We had hopes for today (Tuesday) but this morning the machine continues to have problems. We are left not knowing if today will be the day or not. If it is fixed then they will squeeze him in for it but if not it will wait until tomorrow, or whenever the machine is good to go.
We continue to wait for news.....
Monday, March 29, 2010
I have been somewhat neglectful of my blog lately. I say somewhat because while I haven't posted much, I have THOUGHT about it so I think that qualifies my "somewhat" :)
While I have been away from the blog spring has begun to wake up the world around me. The bare trees are beginning to take on the slightest hint of green as tiny buds form and swell. In passing I've seen daffodils nodding their heads in approval of the warming temperatures. Grass is greening while flowers are poised to bloom when Mother Nature gives her signal. Ahh, spring. :)
And while I have been away from my blog days have marched on putting even more distance between us and cancer. I think that spring will forever remind me of our journey on the cancer road. While it was winter when the diagnosis and treatment came, it was spring when the healing began. Somehow that is so fitting.
In cancer terms doctors measure time from the end of treatment, not when the diagnosis was made. Tim's treatment ended last March -- a whole year ago. At the time it felt as though a year would never pass. In many ways it felt paralyzing, as though we couldn't move beyond it. But, that was 365 days ago. Many things have changed between then and now. Perhaps the biggest change is the eyes through which our trial is viewed. We are most grateful for the blessings, even miracles, that we have seen during the last year.
Today Tim goes for another CT scan. It's the one that commemorates his one year mark since the end of treatment. Test times always come with anxiety. I know of no way to take that away -- it just is. So today we pray for a calm heart, and a trusting heart.
"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth..." Psalm 28:7
Saturday, March 20, 2010
1. Only in America.... can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance
2. Only in America....are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.
3. Only in America....do drug stores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.
4. Only in America....do people order a double cheeseburger, large fries and Diet Coke.
5. Only in America....do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the desk.
6. Only in America....do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage. (I can really relate to this one!) :)
7. Only in America....do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call waiting so we don't miss a call from someone we didn't want to talk to in the first place.
8. Only in America....do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.
9. Only in America....do we use the word "politics" to describe the process so well: "Poli" in Latin means "many" and "tics" meaning "blood sucking creatures".
10. Only in America....do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
That said, I am still proud of the fact that.......
So life is good!
*This sign now graces my kitchen. :)
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I've known others who have chosen a courageous path and am in awe of their ability to hold on through the hard times, staying focused on the most important things.
"....in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, buy joy cometh in the morning." ~Psalm 30:5~
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
While we waited for the fireside to begin there was a quote up on the screen that I was so drawn to. It said:
I decided that along with quote I would also email a few pictures to him (he likes to have pictures from home) and I happen to come across the only two pictures I had taken of Jordan and Tim before they left for their trek experience nearly 4 years ago! I thought how perfect it was that I send those pictures with my email as I had told him of the trek fireside and told him that I had seen him in the DVD from 2006.
In the time since the fireside on that Sunday evening, I have thought over and over about the quote I shared with Jordan.
I have thought how we all have defining moments is our lives. Those moments come for each of us no matter who we are or where we live. We don't choose them and we cannot escape them but we can choose how we will respond to those moments.
The early pioneers chose to accept a journey of 1,300 miles on foot to escape persecution for their religious beliefs. Yet through it they rejoiced in seeing the hand of God leading their every footstep. Amidst the heartache they experienced, they also found joy in their journey.
Jordan chose to accept a journey that has taken him some 4,000 miles from his home and family to share with others his testimony of gospel truth with people in Brazil. It is a journey where he too will rejoice as he learns to recognize the hand of God leading his every footstep. And although there are difficult times for him I have no doubt that he too will find joy in his journey.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
The sun hadn't even begun to warm the sky and I heard birds singing!
The birds must have a calendar all their own to tell them that March is officially here! I am outside every morning walking Ella and that was the first day that I heard them. Yup, I thought, Spring is coming!
Saturday it is supposed to be about 50 degrees and sunny -- I can hardly wait! In honor of the coming warmth and sun I got out my carpis! Okay, so it was a little chilly to wear them but I wore them anyway!
I do love the cold and the snow but seeing and feeling spring arrive is always an experience worth waiting for. I am beginning to look forward to Kentucky emerging from its winter slumber and showing us it's lovely spring blooms.
I officailly join the ranks of those waiting for spring!