I am traveling on a trip that God has been so gracious to give us. I have to admit the first couple of days were hard. My husband was so very tired that except for going to the top of Lookout Mt. we cancelled our other plans. We did have a fabulous dinner last night downtown in a little Bistro I found online. Fresh trout grilled smoky with some grape tomatoes and herbs. Probably the best way I’ve ever had trout!
Today we traveled through the gorgeous North Carolina mountains. Everywhere I looked I could see our Lord’s creative hand! For the next 3 days we are staying in Asheville. There are so many places to see! Tonight we were referred to a Grill to too far away. Dennis had a 14 oz prime rib! I haven’t seen him eat that much meat since before his heart surgery 11 years ago! And I had really great lamb chops! I ate more meat than I ever do. It was like we were starved for meat. Great meal.
Today we go to the Biltmore Estate. Sometimes I guess it’s good to be disabled and senior. Our tickets were so much more affordable. A blessing! Looking forward to our day!
Today my scripture is from Psalm 89:8 “0 Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto Thee? or to Thy faithfulness round about Thee?” See everywhere in scripture it speaks of our faithful God. I am living proof of that as are so many, many others.
Have a great day!
The last time I wrote, my youngest daughter had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, in very short order she has seen the breast oncology surgeon and then today, the oncologist. They’ve told her that even though it’s stage two, it’s a very aggressive cancer. She is going to go through 20 weeks of chemo which will be very strong/ two meds. Then she will have a week between each to recover, “so she doesn’t bottom out.” THAT MEANS FORTY WEEKS! Yes, it is a very long time, but they’ve got to get it much smaller and kill anything that has metastasized. Once that is completed, she has twelve weeks of one more med, then the surgery. Once surgery is over, she will also have radiation and she will take tamoxifen for five years.
So you may have read all this and wondered at my title. It is literally true though in that the lump was found about a month ago. I know that it just is impossible to get into mammogram, then MRI, then biopsy, meeting with the top breast oncologist reconstruction surgeon in Atlanta, (who told her it would take a week or two for her to see the oncologist) but somehow, three business days later she is meeting with the oncologist who wants to start her life saving treatment next week! Which will give her time to get a port put in, a brain MRI, a PET scan, and an EKG!
Yes it is going to be a hard first two years! But I know my Lord who gave her both physical and eternal life has her by the hand and will be walking, sometimes carrying her through this. And then through the following years with meds and follow ups and tests.
As for me, I just know that somehow God will keep me together for her. For the first time in years, “She needs her mama.” So I am working hard on my physical therapy and have asked for speech therapy help. It will help me with my swallowing and choking problems when I eat as well as some voice issues.
What I am asking for— begging for— are your prayers for my daughter, first and foremost. Then secondly that both of us as her parents will also hold up and be able to be there for her and her husband.
Several times in the past couple of weeks, as I was putting on my makeup, I spilled my coffee. It went into the sink and all over the mirror and other things. I had been using a heavy, plastic, multi-drawered unit to store my “stuff” in. However, we have a small counter and it took up all the space!
So Mr. Wonderful went into action and started searching the internet for something that might work better for me. Today it came and he didn’t say anything, just brought me into the bathroom and showed me what he had purchased and asked if it would work! It is awesome! The perfect size. Holds all my stuff and looks great on our vanity! How sweet and thoughtful a gift this was to me, for me. I just cannot begin to say how thankful I am for such a husband as God has given me.
Tonight when we had dinner before leaving tomorrow for Mayo Clinic, he read the Lord’s Words at the Last Supper from the gospel of Luke and we prayed and had a bite of bread and a sip of wine in remembrance of Him. Probably one of the most awesome dinners I’ve ever had with my husband.
Isn’t God great?
How surprising memory is! I remember being so awed by the house-almost overwhelmed. I hadn’t seen anything like that before! Now, besides the gardens, the incredible ceilings and just the overall size of the estate, I just wasn’t struck. I don’t know if I’ve seen so many other incredible places by now in my life, or my eyes, priorities are just in a different place? Like I said in my previous post, there is NO ONE that is more creative than our God. Things in a house can be pretty, comfortable or speak to a particular lifestyle. But this house, I found myself wondering about George Vanderbilt who built it as a single man, then after it was completed, married and had a daughter. The he died of complications from an appendectomy! His wife managed his estate and investments from then on and raised her child alone. How sad an ending for one of the richest men in America at the time! Do you ever find yourself wondering where the person’s soul is when death is announced? I do, maybe weird, but I always pray to the Lord that He will fix this particular issue. I always hope that the person had a “come to Jesus moment” before they actually died.
Anyway, the really awesome few moments happened when I was alone, waiting for my husband to ring up the car (parked a long way away) This man was getting his back pack on and I remarked it was nice. We are looking for a small one for me. When I have to wear my oxygen (all the time so far in TN and NC) it fits cross body and also makes it difficult to put a purse on my shoulder so it will stay. Dennis thought a backpack might be the perfect thing, but so far we haven’t found a store. So I’ve made do with his cargo pants pockets. He carries an extra oxygen battery, my inhaler and a lipstick! My back pockets carry my phone, a couple of cards, little bit of cash. So he and I had a nice conversation. You know it got around to Jesus!! He was a fellow believer but said he need strengthening. Then he told me something amazing about Stonewall Jackson. He had such faith! He said to people, like I do, “God wrote the number of my days in the Book of Life before I was ever created. When the last day comes, I am ready.” The reason he told me of course, was something else I had said. What a blessed few minutes together sharing our faith! I don’t know his name, nor he mine, but out of all the people there…
It’s been a good day, but long and still there is dinner!
Tomorrow we will go to Chimney Rock and it’s state park. A little more laid back I hope.
My scripture tonight: Jeremiah 32: 27 Behold I AM the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
I love this one! How true! Just let your mind really think on each of those words as the meaning of the scripture. It is still true today. (And the capitalized I AM, The Lord, the God of all… He is giving you His names.) They say Who He is…look into that. When you know the names and the character of God, it is so much easier to trust Him!