Thursday, September 19, 2019

Cancer, you dont get the final say! {Thankful Thursday #238}

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This week I'm Thankful for:

Ernie doing so well
We're half way through our agility training with Ernie & I'm just so excited to see his progress.  & really love that Ricky has seen a lot of it is about how much he puts into it WITH Ernie. Such is life.  But I just love seeing Ernie get so excited when we pull into the drive way of this place. He perks up as soon as we hit the gravel.

He just has the time of his life too with all the animals that hang out there. Chickens, cats, dogs, mini horses. Ernie is friends with them all.

A good pee day
... not for me... for Bruno. His 19 year old little bladder or kidneys must not be what they once were. He's going some days peeing once a day, which I know cant be good. So we're trying to load him up on water - but if he drinks too much, he throws it up & that defeats the point.  But he's had a few good pee days. We take those days & celebrate it.  MORE WATER FOR EVERYONE!!!!

Friend in the clear
My long time friend - & Canadian gal - Jen had a surprise last year when she battled Ovarian cancer.  What a scare. Especially for such a young, vibrant woman.  She went through a big surgery & came back amazingly... & reaching this one year mark, she got the all clear for another year. PRAISE THE LORD!!! & days before she & her family did an Ovarian Cancer walk.  Ummm - these shirts are just awesome! I love this family!!!!

Here she is with her husband & two kiddos
... I gotta get me one of those shirts!!!!

Learning about a new coworker
... well, she's not new. She's been there for over a year.  But she never worked on our floor & she moved to our little homestead in the renovation.  She's not in my department so I was taken back a little when she asked me to go to lunch with her. I always love hearing people's life stories & I knew she was involved in a lot of ministries.  It was so interesting to hear her background & where she came from & how these ministries work & how God is working in them.  More than anything, I just love hearing about her.  You never really know someone until you take time to listen, do you?  Thankful for the opportunity - & looking forward to more lunches.

Ricky on the car hunt for me
We had a call from the saleman for a car he thought I'd be interested in (Spoiler alert - it was the one I got) - but I had Bible study that night & couldnt go after work. Ricky ended up taking the time to go over & check it out for me, taking pictures, test driving it - knowing what I like & dont like... I just appreciated him doing that for me when I know he gets off work, he's exhausted.  He's a good man.

One hour lunch
Speaking of Ricky - most of you all know we do Lunch with My Love every Wednesday. We have met up for YEARSSS every Wednesday - usually at the same place, same Subway, same booth, every week.  But he had been working late a few days so they told him to go ahead & take an hour.  He charged up that scooter of his & ventured further away from his work.  I took him to one of my favorite places that offers the YUMMIEST Veggie Melt.  It's a quinoa, black bean, sweet potato patty - DELISH!  Ricky didnt know what to do with a full hour for lunch. He was chomping at the bit when he was gone for 20 minute & we still didnt have food - (A rest restaurant - not fast food - GASP!) - but by the end, he enjoyed his food, enjoyed slowing down & getting a REAL breather at lunch.  I wish he could have that every week.  Poor guy.

Caught Sunrise
... both Saturday AND Sunday. I'm loving starting each day welcoming the beautiful bright sun!

Author Comment
Call me a geek, but I love when the author of books comment on my IG posts.  & OK - this is embarrassing - I never even put 2 + 2 together to realize she's THE Gilman's wife - from Kelly & Ryan.  But when I saw he liked my pic too - the light bulb came on. How fun is that?  Makes me like the book even more!

Lots of talk on that Monday - I'm just glad my hunt is over.  Hopefully it'll be ready to pick up by the end of the week - & you can bet I'll be praying over my car for yearsssss of safety & a good, 'healthy' car.  You rely on these babies. I need her to hold up for me.

My Texas Family
.... so this week, our family took a loss.  My Uncle passed away after a battle with cancer.  This is my mom's sister's husband.  They've lived in Texas as long as I can remember - but they are still our family. Lots of visits & trips & connections.  I think I just talked about how my first flight was to Texas to spend a week with them when I was a teenager.  They are a close family & I ADORE my aunt - she is one of the funniest women I know - & I know they are all just heart broken at the loss of their spouse, their father, their grandfather.    It's time like this that I'm thankful that I know he had a professed faith in Jesus & is in Heaven right now. Like his daughter said, we know my dad was there to greet him & welcome him in to his eternal home... right next to Jesus.  Rest in peace Uncle Jack.

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This is my cousin with her dad at her wedding.
She's the only daughter & I told her - I feel her pain - the world isn't the same when your daddy isn't in it.
I hate there's a new collection of my cousins that are in this category ... it's a heart breaking place to be.
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So many years together
Pray for my aunt please
I just realized that I have 2 different posts here about cancer.  One amazing post where my friend is cancer free after a year... & a post here where it seems like cancer won.  But nope.  Cancer, you dont get the final say here.  My Uncle is now pain free - no more sickness - healthy as a Texas longhorn!  You didn't win Cancer.  You never will!.... Praise the Lord for victory in all things!

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  1. It DOES make a big difference when an author comments on a post about his/her book. I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often.

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Your aunt and uncle sound like wonderful people.

  3. I'm sorry to hear about your uncle! Cancer sucks. It just does.
    My thankful moment this week - I experienced a mini-meltdown/breakdown and was close to losing it - posted a prayer request on FB and felt those prayers. Situation isn't as dire as I thought it was and definitely a wake-up call to action for me. VERY thankful for praying friends!

  4. Gelman!! Gelman's wife!! I'd be excited too!

  5. Very nice that an author commented on your post. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

  6. I'm glad your friend is doing great and I'm sorry to hear about your uncle. I didn't know about Laurie Gelman's husband either.

  7. Why do we have to have Cancer in our world? It's just awful!
    So sorry about losing another family member.

    Other than the C word, looks like you had a great week. Lots of things to be thankful for. I want to do a Thankful post soon. I cant do it every week but maybe I'll make it seasonal!

  8. I always love reading these "thankful" posts, my friend! They remind me to stop amidst all the chaos and just enjoy and be grateful for what we do have, rather than always reaching for what's next. And I'm so glad that your friend is doing well! That's such a wonderful blessing!

  9. I'm so sorry about your Uncle and so happy about your friend. And you have the exact right attitude about cancer. It may, unfortunately, take some loved ones away but they are no longer in pain, now happy and surrounded by the loved ones who proceeded them to the heavens. That veggie melt looks so good and it's so nice that you and Ricky were able to enjoy, leisurely lunch together. Congrats on the new car! Looks fantastic!

    1. Thanks!!! I'm so excited to have that new car smell!!

  10. I love the new car! Such a great color!
    So happy that your friend is cancer free, but also sorry to hear about your uncle.
    Ricky's job sounds exhausting! What does he do? Jerry's can be pretty tiring too. He's a cleaner so he's on his feet a lot.

  11. So sorry to hear about your uncle. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family!!!

    On a brighter note, yay for cancer free friends, new friends and new cars!!

  12. So sorry to hear about your Uncle passing away. ((Hugs)) Love your new car. I love the t-shirts your friends family is wearing. Glad she is cancer free. Your sandwich looks delicious.

  13. Prayers for your family dealing with the loss of their dear father, grandfather, spouse... never easy. I enjoyed your thankful post and hope you get to pick up your new car tomorrow!! xoxox

  14. So sorry about your uncle. Unfortunate for you and your cousin but I'm at least glad you can be there for her and she has someone who understands and you can hold each other up.

    Good news on your friend and car!

  15. Praise God about Jen still being cancer free! And the fact that your Uncle is now face to face with Jesus, that's a victory for sure!

  16. ugh so sorry to hear about your uncle. F cancer!!!

    i love the new car.

  17. Girl, I am reading so many posts where someone has lost a loved one or acquaintance to cancer in the past weeks. We lost a dear 20 year-old friend, not to cancer but to the affects of the chemo and radiation she had at age ONE for a brain tumor. Prayers for you aunt. I know this will be a terribly difficult time for her.

    Yay for your sharp new ride. For your pup having good pee days. I can relate!! And to making a new friend over lunch.


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