Anthony made this in about 10 minutes one night when we were struggling to keep our spices in order. I had already gotten the tins, we just needed a good place to keep them where we could see them and easily get to them.
I don’t do it right now, but in 2013 I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon with my friend Beth! We had a lot of fun even though my knee hurt and I cramped up when it was over. It was still a great accomplishment! Yay for us!
Between us we have 8 nephews and 1 niece we just met and one niece on the way! To assign Nan had 2 with Rick who then had a third with his next wife, that makes 3. Allison and David have 3, that makes 6. Sarah and Ed have 2 from Ed’s prior marriage. That makes 8.
While we were in New York City in 2015 for Sarah’s wedding, we got a chance to attend service at the Brooklyn Tabernacle church. In some ways, it’s too big. But the message was preached and the work is good. I salute the church for handling it’s popularity and keeping it real.
Sarah is wonderful, and loves me well. She came for a week between my surgeries (not that we knew there was a second surgery coming). She is married to a great guy and I am so happy that she is happy. She is good at knowing she’s stepping onto a stage. I look unhappy for some reason. But it was a wonderful day! Any chance to wear my Ao Dai (weddings lately) 🙂
This husband of mine has been a true God-send. He has held on tight when I tried to push him away. He has an optimism that doesn’t stop. I seldom see him upset. He has his quirks, but he is faithful and steadfast and quite the caretaker when one has cancer.
I love this man of mine.
Barbara Streisand singing I loves you Porgy / Porgy I’s Your Woman Now
While it pains me to say I’m thankful for this pain in the rear, I do have to admit it saved my life so I am grateful to Dr. Jerby and the ileostomy (Lobelia Baggins) and the fistula. They have allowed me to eat and stay alive. Although the TPN has provided most of the nutrition in the past months. But if I had kept throwing up and refusing to digest my food, I wouldn’t have lasted long on this earth. That stupid tumor (hear Schwarzenegger saying that) was pushing on both the large intestine/colon, and the small intestine, so nothing was getting through.
Ah, but I now have my lovely ileostomy and fistula to allow things to pass. And for that I am grateful. Although I’ll also be grateful for the appointment to try to reverse them! (hint hint to God and Dr. Jerby and the universe. 🙂
I am grateful to many people and for many things with this wall. When my hair thinned enough that we decided to shave it, I was cold 🙂 (The joke is that I’m always cold these days 🙂
A friend who had been through breast cancer brought her hats over for us to pick out some for me to borrow. Then another friend bought two more plus scarves to wear under them. Then I went to Cure Diva for a few choices. And then Don gave me two Volvo toboggans for the winter. And Mom brought me a toboggan with a pom pom. And then my dear sweet hero of a husband put them up on the wall for me. A wall of awesome love and warmth and style. 🙂
Also note the funky clock my sister brought to me when she visited Halloween weekend. Much love going on in this house, I am so grateful.
Note this verse from Jesus, Lover of My Soul. Although Nate pointed out my head is even more protected since I’m wearing hats all the time 🙂 But it is also nice to be in the shadow of His wing!
Other refuge have I none;
hangs my helpless soul on thee;
leave, ah! leave me not alone,
still support and comfort me.
All my trust on thee is stayed,
all my help from thee I bring;
cover my defenseless head
with the shadow of thy wing.
"Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16
This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! (Psalm 105:4)
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing." Luke 12:22-23