Discovering beauty in the ordinary

Discovering beauty in the ordinary

Day 38 and November 8th

Day 38 and November 8th

Do you know what November 8th is? Do you? It’s the halfway point between my first surgery and my reattachment surgery of course! Were you thinking something else? 😉


It’s hard to believe that my emergency surgery was five and a half weeks ago! I’m doing quite well. I still have a weight restriction of 10 lbs until next week, but other than that, I feel pretty good and can do pretty much anything in small doses. I’m still taking it easy since I tire out more quickly physically and mentally than I did before surgery. (For example, even this post is taking me forever to write and edit because I have to read every line multiple times and I’m second guessing every sentence for grammar. So pardon my English grammar if it’s bad – I’m going to go with “good enough” today).

Just about the time I’ll be completely back to normal (was I ever normal? 😉 ), I’ll be going in for reattachment surgery and starting the recovery process all over again: so I’ll see you in March, OK? Seriously though, I’m so thankful for this next surgery! So thankful. So so thankful.

So here’s the prayer request: even though I’m healing well and on schedule, I sometimes I get a little tired of not being back to 100% and I get discouraged when I think of having to do this all over again. So could you please pray that I would continue to be patient and thankful, and not focus on the fact that I won’t be back to “normal” until the spring? Thank you!


I don’t know about you, but when my mind and the great Deceiver want me to focus on the negative, the best antidote is for me to be thankful (Ephesians 5:20; Philippians 4:6). Will you join me? I’d love to hear what you’re thankful for. In fact, I think I’m going to be starting a “Thankful Thursday” on the blog! Next week, ok?


Here’s my (not exhaustive) list:

  • I’m thankful the surgery was successful and my colon didn’t rupture (seriously, that could have happened).
  • I’m thankful the mass wasn’t cancer.
  • I’m thankful our burden was lifted by the prayers of so, so many of you.
  • I’m thankful we were blessed with meals and the generosity of so many of you.
  • I’m thankful my mom was with us for 3 weeks and was an invaluable help (I joke that the house has never been so clean!).
  • I’m thankful I’m healing well.
  • I’m thankful we were able to have the reattachment surgery scheduled in this calendar year, thereby saving us a LOT of money (since we already met our deductible and maximum out of pocket for the year).
  • I’m thankful my friend came out to help and spend time with me while Jeremy was away overnight for a meeting.
  • I’m thankful to be able to prepare and plan for this next surgery, unlike the last time.
  • I’m thankful . . . there is so much more! Too many to name!


And now a few prayer requests (one painfully honest one):

  • Please pray I would be patient and thankful for the recovery and upcoming surgery.
  • Please pray I would have patience with the kids: it’s a little thin at times, especially since I tire more easily and get discouraged at how much I don’t get done. They are more important than a clean house or a completed to-do list!  🙂
  • Please pray for wisdom as we meet with another OBGYN doctor on December 5th to discuss leaving or removing my remaining ovary. She specializes in endometriosis and so will hopefully be able to give us good insight and counsel on the matter.


What can I praise the Lord or pray to the Lord for/with you today?


P.S. – Isn’t it funny how often the things we are dealing with with our children are the very things God is teaching us? I was just having a talk with my daughter about being thankful today instead of focusing on the negative. Hmm, sounds like we both need the lesson!

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