Archives for July 2009

Jul 17

Finally, a breakdown!

I’ve been doing really good. Even though life around me has been out of control, I really have been at peace. In fact, I couldn’t even figure out how I’ve kept it so together.

My mom was in Surgical Trauma ICU for 3 days. My dad got married without much notice. I wasn’t even invited to the wedding. Blake got contacts. Hayden got his braces off. Dylan is still having ear trouble and seeing a specialist. I still work every day. I still spend every other night in the hospital. I miss my family. Jeff has either a groin pull or a hernea. I miss my husband. We are super busy at the office getting ready for She Speaks, a conference which I am heavily involved for 5 days at the end of the month. With that said, I’ve been taking it one moment at a time. Sleeping has been light. I fall asleep, I awake. I’m real tired. And truth be told, I’m worried about my Mom. She’s been in the hospital for 4 weeks.

I guess it was only a matter of time. I could at times feel tears, but they would never come. I think there are many reasons for this and I’ll share them with you:

1. I KNOW God is in control. I trust Him completely.
2. I don’t have time to break down. I have to go from home to work to hospital to work to home to hospital to work….etc.
3. Everyone else in my family breaks down. I need to keep it together. For my mom. For her husband. For my sister. For my kids.
4. God tells me to worry about nothing and pray about everything. I’m trying to do that.

Well, finally, I broke. And it didn’t take much to bring it on.

Yesterday at work, a co-worker, who will remain unamed, was in a bad mood and trying to beat a deadline. She had a phone call and I buzzed her office. She said, “Leave me alone!” Well, that was it. That did it. I started crying. Ok, I know what you are thinking…..drama! As I write I can’t even believe that’s what did it. But it did. I started crying and I couldn’t quit.

It was a long time until I went to sleep last night. Not because of my co-worker who snapped at me. I knew that wasn’t personal. It was just because I was at the end of my rope. It was time. I needed to let out all that emotion. Each time I would fall asleep. I would soon wake up. I just couldn’t get into a deep sleep. Finally at 2:30am I got up to let the dog out. I could hear her running around the bedroom. When I got up and headed for the door, I stepped barefooted into a pile of poop. Thanks Maggie! Geez. Can’t a girl catch a break here?

I finally fell asleep around 3:00 am. I didn’t wake up until 11:00 am. Thank God I work in a place that is filled with loving and understanding women. I’m supposed to be there by 9:00 am. That just hasn’t been happening lately. I called in and they told me to take my time.

I am feeling much better tonight. I got it out. I’m not altogether with it, but I do feel better.

God has provided. I’m not surprised. I am very grateful. Even though I have my times of weakness, He has been there to lift me back up. I trust Him fully. I could not do this without Him. Just when I think life is impossible, He reminds me that nothing is impossible for Him.

Do you trust God? If you are having difficulty trusting God in your life right now, please do share with me. And if you have a story of how you trusted God in a difficult time, please share that too. Your stories inspire me.

If you are interested in reading the latest update on my Mom, click here:


Jul 9

Phil 4:6-7, Josh 1:9, Matt 6:34

Don’t worry. Pray. Receive peace. Be strong. Don’t be afraid. The Lord is with you WHEREVER you go. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Trust the Lord one day at a time.

There ya go! Just summed up the 4 verses listed above. These 4 verses have more than carried me and kept me calm during this very stormy time of my life. The storms have been raging and they’ve been totally out of my control. Of course the greatest storm, Hurricane Mama Has Cancer has brought the most stress and strain to my already challenging life. Do you wonder what I mean by challenging? Well, take a peak at my today.

On the way to the hospital today, Blake read me my morning devotion. It began with these words: “Stop worrying long enough to hear My voice.” Well, he could’ve stopped right there. It’s all I needed to hear. Just that reminder grounded me once again. I have been filled with peace (see previous post) during Hurricane Mama Has Cancer even though it’s been everything but peaceful! Well, maybe I haven’t ben filled with peace the whole time, but in the past month I have. The Lord has provided. Don’t know why I doubt, ever. Besides the trial with Mom, life in general has been quite busy and unpredictable.

1. Get woken up by Dylan, my 12 yr old son, in severe pain. Fever 102. Ear swollen shut. (had to make an appt. to see doctor again. Then she sent him to ENT) Thank God Jeff could get him to his first appt and Jeff’s mom got him to his 2nd.)
2. Go down stairs to make breakfast for the 8 kids sleeping in my house. On the way down, Becca, my niece, is looking pretty green. I said, “are you ok?” She said, “I think I’m going to throw up.” And she did. After that she said she felt fine. Lovely.
3. Needed to get the kids (who were well) up to the hospital to see Mom before surgery. We took 2 cars because I was going to be staying at the hospital all day and night. Jeff and the kids visited and then left around 11. Jeff had to go back home and get Dylan for his ear appt. (see #1)
4. Mom was in her room until 12:30. Before she left for pre op, I prayed with her. She kept telling us all how much she loved us. She had tears in her eyes.
5. Denise got to the hospital right before Mom left. She and I went to the chapel. It was quiet and peaceful. We talked then prayed. I am still filled with peace. My Father has given that to me. I just love Him so much.
6. 6 hours later, still in the waiting room. My sister, Tricia is here too and my stepfather, Bud. Denise just left and Donna is on her way. I have such great friends. The surgery should last about 3 more hours.
7. Now I’m writing this blogpost as I wait.

If you are struggling with peace in your life in the midst of your uncontrollable circumstances, take a look at the 3 passages of Scripture I’ve referred to here. God is so very good. I love that He cares so much and I’m thankful He’s given me the calm in the storm. I am only looking at this moment. I’m not looking ahead. I’m trusting Him for today. That mentality is working quite well.

I’ll sign off here for now. Gotta tweet, FB, and check my email. Obsessive? Maybe. Good for passing time in the waiting room? Definitely.

Love to all my friends. Love y’all to pieces!

Jul 8

I Am Humbled and Honored

I wasn’t expecting to blog about this tonight. I was hoping to blog about Philippians 4:6-7. I’ve turned over my worries to prayers and truly God has replaced my fears with peace. I can’t explain it, but I have the peace which surpasses all understanding. And I wanted to share that with my readers tonight.

Even though, I still have peace, my evening went much different than I expected.

I am here at the hospital with my Mom tonight. It’s my turn to spend the night with her. Me and my sister are staying every other night. My Mom’s journey has not gone how I would have wanted it to go, but we have found bright spots along the way. My Mom has had 5 surgeries in the past 3 weeks. There have been set backs. But I’ve managed to remain calm. I trust God. I put the situation in His Hands.

Tonight I was challenged. My Mom was sore and chaffed. I washed her full body. As I washed, she cried. She said, “No daughter should ever have to do this.” However, I was honored to wash my mother. As I wiped the warm cloth over her body, I felt the love of Jesus saying, “I made this woman and I want her to feel clean. Thank you for washing her.” It was my pleasure to wash her.

A little while later, an odor took over the room. Mom’s colostomy bag had burst. Her linens and gown were soiled. She was embarrassed. I called for the nurse. 2 nurses came. They tended to Mom with care and allowed her to keep her dignity. I was so appreciative of that. They cleaned her up, changed her gown and sheets, and told her that everything was ok. They took their time in changing her bag, cleaning her up, and making her feel human and normal.

Yes, I have a peace that surpasses understanding, but I have to be honest. I hate what my Mom is going through. I hate it. I have never gone through anything like this in my life. I don’t like that staying in the hospital almost feels normal. I don’t like that I miss my family and our suburban lifestyle. I don’t like that my Mom doesn’t know what tomorrow will bring.

But God.

But God.

But God picked me. He picked me to have the honor to wash my Mom. He picked me to be humbled enough to clean her up. He picked me to have the calm and strength to be there for her. He picked me to have the priviledge to give back a little of what she’s given to me over the years. And I am honored and humbled.

God is enough. I couldn’t do what I’m doing, feel how I’m feeling, or get through what I am going through without Him. I have peace. And that is only from God.

Many Blessings and Much Love,


****Mom has another surgery on Thursday, July 9th. Thank you for your prayers.