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Time for a Mission

2 Jun

Those of you that have followed my blog from the beginning remember that last year at this same time we had a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico planned.  I thought that 4-weeks after my mastectomy I could go on the trip with Kevan and all would be great.  Well, we know that isn’t how it happened at all.  My plastic surgeon said she would not approve the trip and that the roads, the travel, the long days, etc. would not be good for me.  So, Kevan went without me.   This year….I GET TO GO!  Praise God!!  We leave Tuesday.  🙂

I’m freaking out a little because this is one of the busiest times of year at work, but I know this will make a huge difference in my life and hopefully in the lives of those we come in contact with while we are there.  Please pray for us.  We need lots of prayer (our whole mission team does).  There are 12 of us going.

My hardest day will be the day we minister to the children at the orphanage.  We will be taking them to a pool/park for the day.  I will want to bring them all home with me.  I know I will wish that Mexico had an agreement for adoption with the US by the time I leave.  😦  Pray that God speaks to Kevan and I about what he would have us do regarding children.  Adopt, continue to wait or give up on children all together.  We just don’t know.

Here is a picture, from last year, of Kevan praying over one of the towns near Tijuana.  Sorry the pics are so small.  I saved them from Facebook so I’m not sure if that is why they are so little.

Kev praying

And here is a picture of Kevan loving some of the Mexican food (his favorite) while there.

Kev

Here is a sweet message to me while I was home recovering and he was there. I missed him so much! This is one of my favorite pictures of him. He doesn’t like to smile in pictures normally so this is such a sweet picture of who he really is.  I love this man.  He is my best friend.  Thank you Lord for him.

sweet kev

Lastly, here is a picture of Kevan and I that I cut out of our whole mission team photo. I didn’t get permission from everyone else so I didn’t feel comfortable posting their picture on the World Wide Web. These are the shirts that our team will be wearing this year.
whole pic

Thank you to all of you that will be praying for us this year.  Please pray for our safety, our strength, health and that we will stay united as a team to accomplish what God has planned for us.  Also, please pray for those that we will come in contact with and that we will show the love of Jesus to all.

Rib Lump

16 May

Last week I helped Kevan with getting our garden ready.  I was using a hoe to break up dirt and rake the grass/weeds out of the garden area.  That night and the next 3 days I had pretty bad muscle pain and spasms.  Sunday night I was still having the pain so while I was taking a bath I was rubbing my chest muscles and noticed that above my breast I had a pretty large painful lump.  I freaked.  This is only one year and 36 days since my original cancer diagnosis and only a little more than 8 months since I finished chemo.  I made Kevan feel it twice and, much like the first time I had a lump, he was not very excited to do so.  lol!  I immediately made an appointment with my breast surgeon Monday morning so he could take a look at it and get his thoughts.  The appointment was made for Thursday morning (today).  This meant that I had to wait 3 days to find out what it “might” be.  It was hard to work, I couldn’t concentrate and my thoughts kept leading me to “what if” scenarios.

Unfortunately, I worried.  A lot.  Kevan walked into the kitchen on Wednesday and said, “Sweetheart, is there something you aren’t telling me?  Are you on strike?”  I’ve been so worried and depressed that I haven’t cooked at all this week or cleaned much.  We’ve eaten out every night and I was too depressed to clean.  So, he figured I was on strike because this isn’t normal for his wife.  I was taking the extra time I had not cleaning/cooking to google all about weird chest lumps and freaking myself out.  I told a few friends so they would pray and mentioned it to my Ladies Bible Study group on Wednesday night.  They were so sweet and prayed a prayer for me right then (which made me cry).  They prayed that it wouldn’t be anything serious and asked God to give me peace if it was cancer again.  Well, last night I actually felt peace.  I thought a lot about Christian women that I knew that had breast cancer that was found in other areas of their body and died young.  Each of them is such a special woman and I knew that God allowed it to happen in order to bring about His ultimate plan somehow.  As scripture says, “all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”.  So, I thought, if this was cancer, that I would feel privileged that He felt that I should undergo what these other women did in order to bring about His purpose.  Does that make sense?  Then, I said a prayer for my mom and my husband because I knew that, if it was, it would be so hard on both of them.  It was so hard on them the last time.  They would need special prayer.

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Speaking Opportunity

21 Nov

God’s been providing a few opportunities for me to share my cancer testimony.  A few weeks ago I was asked to speak to a group of ladies about how my illness affected our marriage.  The group was doing a series on marriage and a friend thought it would be great if I could do the “in sickness and in health” portion.  I was honored that she thought of me.  It was very sweet of her to ask.  It was also a lot of fun to participate.  Since the ladies were in Florida and I was in Tennessee we did it over Skype.  They hooked up a laptop to the television.  Here is a picture of me talking.  ;o)

I spent a few hours putting together a testimony of my cancer journey.  It was about 3 pages.  I was given a time-frame of 20-25 minutes.  One morning I read it out loud (by myself) to see how long it was and it was exactly 20 minutes.  :o).  Thank you Tonya for letting me be a part of your ladies group.  :o)

The scripture that I shared was:


Colossians 3:12-17
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him”
The reason I used this scripture is because it had so many verses that explained our journey together.  Kevan had to clothe himself with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” as he took care of me.  I know it was hard on him.  We have to forgive each other when we were both tired of the journey or I wasn’t feeling well.  We “put on love” for each other and tried to “let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts” when the journey got tough and we weren’t sure when things would improve.  We tried to “sing psalms, hymns…with gratitude in our hearts to God” for what He was doing in our life always “giving thanks” to God.  We knew through the journey that this was God’s plan and it made it a lot easier to go through knowing God was right there with us.

If I have some time later I might type up a little more about what I spoke about.  But, I wanted to share that it was great opportunity and I was very thankful that Tonya invited me to participate.  Thank you!