Discovering beauty in the ordinary

Discovering beauty in the ordinary

One Year Anniversary and Reboot

One Year Anniversary and Reboot

It’s hard to believe that a year ago tonight, I was in emergency surgery to remove a mass the size of an apple from my colon. What a journey it has been! From rejoicing over the surprising (and miraculous) news that the mass was not cancerous, to needing an extra surgery, to finally being done with “the bags”, this journey has had its ups and downs. But God’s faithfulness and “grace upon grace” through it all has been amazing.

I wrote the post below back on August 17th and planned to publish it by mid September . . . and then life happened! I started what I call Mia’s “hybrid schooling” where she is in the classroom at school 3 days a week and in her satellite class at home the other 2 days. It’s been challenging but wonderful! We also decided we didn’t have enough going on, so now we are moving in 10 days!

Anyway, all that to say, thanks for going on the journey with me, and thanks especially for your prayers.

I look forward to what the Lord has in store for all of us this year, at least what’s left of it! Seriously, how can it almost be October already?

August 17, 2017

I’ve been wanting to start up blogging again . . . for a long time. To, so to speak, reboot my blog. As most of you know, my original goal for blogging was not to talk about myself and my life experiences.  Once the emergency surgery happened, however, I was thankful that I had the blogging venue to keep people updated on my progress and prayer requests.

I’m thankful to say that as we come up on the one year anniversary of my emergency surgery (can you believe it?), my health is better than I expected it would be at the beginning of the year. I seem to have no major complications from my 3 surgeries, praise God!

I was surprised, however, at how much longer the mental and emotional toll lingered – definitely a little longer than I was expecting. Now that the worst of it is behind us and we are no longer in survival (and “amazing-grace-upon-grace-for-the-moment”) mode, Jeremy and I look back and realize just what a roller coaster journey this last year was. Although my energy and health are renewed, I feel like I’m still trying to catch up mentally/emotionally on things that got neglected during the surgeries and recovery times. Either that or I’m just mentally sluggish, which is quite possible since I started my regimen of hormones and it seems to mess a bit with my mind and emotions. 🙂 (edit a month later: it is most definitely messing with my mind and emotions. This menopause thing is much more of a challenge than I expected. Thankful for a patient husband, kids, and friends!)

I want to, once again, thank you all for your prayers and your kind words of encouragement. Thank you for going on this faith journey with me.

Will you please join me on my “new” (original) blogging journey . . . one where I hope to encourage you, my friends, and others who will join us, to



(I’m not sure when or how often I’ll get to blog, but I hope you enjoy the new look and renewed purpose of the blog! Be sure to check out the updated “About” page).

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