Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A day of reflection

I am a blessed woman.....I know I've said that before, but it has never been more apparent to me than right now.  I found out last night that good friend of mine has an inoperable brain tumor and I'm going to lose her.  I've known this gal for years and I've never had any clue she was fighting cancer the entire time.  She told me last night and I just need to process the information, I don't think I've gotten that done yet.
I'm left with questions.........
What is important to me?  How many people do I love that I haven't spent time with lately?  How does this sort of thing happen to people that only give of themselves?  What is it about the "C" word that strikes terror in our hearts?  Why aren't we doing more to prevent toxins in our water, air and our food?  Why, why, why?

I have a friend that just lost his 14 yr old daughter to cancer last month, his only child.  What words do I have that comforts a man that loses that much?  We have an aunt that is a dear, sweet woman and she was just diagnosed with breast cancer.  I lost my aunt to cancer a couple years ago, my point here is that everyone is touched by this disease.
Our ability to face all of this with strength and love is what makes me take notice.  We are made of strong stuff, and our capacity to love is only deepened when faced with this sort of trial.  I am in awe of my friend and her strength, it has humbled me and made me proud to call her my friend.

I am BLESSED, and I thank the Lord that he will be there to take this journey with my friend, my aunt that is going to fight this and win, my aunt that lost her battle, my friend that lost his daughter and when I had to fight my own battle with this disease.

That which angers us, controls us.


  1. (((Hugs))), Kelly.

    Toxins in our environment, some of them linked directly to GMO crops, are things I have become more aware of, and much more vigilant about. We can't avoid all harmful things, but I'm sure going to avoid what I can!

  2. Thanks Michelle. We grow so much of our own food now and that has got to help a bit. Bigger and faster isn't always the best.

  3. Sorry to hear about your friend. We just had a friend pass away today due to complications of cancer and heart disease. And she still has children at home. It is a tough road to take.

    I agree with the bigger and faster isn't always the best.

  4. Kelly.......

    I haven't posted for so long....I just read your blog today.......
    I am so sorry about your dearly loved friend....
    My mother has been recently diagnosed with bladder cancer.....It happened right after her 84th birthday , september 26, 2011......

    I can't tell you how hard this is.....
    She has very advanced disease and the surgeon is talking about setting her up with hospice care after her next surgery when he removes her bladder......

    my tears won't stop coming.......
    You are a dear friend, even though I have never met you.......
    Please keep my mom and the rest of us, her family, in your prayers.......

    I will do likewise for you and your friend....


  5. Oh, Lorraine, I am so sorry to hear this terrible news. You certainly can count on my prayers for your mom, and thank you for including my friend in yours. Keep me posted my friend. Hugs to you


He who angers you, controls you.

And my favorite.......You can't control what others say or do, but you can control your reaction.

Mike and I

Mike and I
Mike and I at Nick and Emily's wedding

Raised beds & chickens coops

Raised beds & chickens coops
Can't wait for this stuff to actually be food....