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Consciously taking notice of the gifts each day places in our path.

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” R. W. Emerson

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Light

Hello there faithful friends.
It's been a while.
Between the fantastic Over the Moon Designers Market the week before Thanksgiving and today life has been eventful.
(The two photos below are not my space but a sampling of the creative vendors chosen to participate.)

Pretty everywhere you turned.
What a fun show.

We are also putting Frippery Farmhouse on the market soon.
If you know anyone looking for a 4-5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath farmhouse style home 
on 2 acres please send them my way.
We are selling our other 4 acres to our neighbor so the home will remain surrounded by nature.
It has been a beautiful home to raise our family but too large for just Joe and I.

 With all of that happening I chose to decorate very little for Christmas. 
Stress free and simple.
Now to the real news.
We need a few prayers.
As you all know last year I had breast cancer in the spring of 2013 and a hysterectomy/oophorectomy 2 days before Thanksgiving the same year.
The last few years seem to have had the theme of loss which I spoke about here.
Then in December my mom was admitted to the hospital for emergency surgery and spent the week before Christmas there.
I thought this year had to be better...

I had my breast surgeon appointment and all was well.
Happy dance, don't have to see her for a year.
Then I had my blood levels checked and because I had elevated liver enzymes from taking Tamoxifen for the BC my PCP decided to do an abdominal scan.
Lo and behold it appears I now have kidney cancer.
I have my urology appointment tomorrow.
 (As well as starting my yearly temp job because timing is everything right?)
I called my oncologist because I wasn't getting much info from my PCP and she was very helpful in telling me what to expect.
The cancer appears to be treatable with surgery and they will probably remove my entire kidney.
She suggested I look at this as a blessing because if I hadn't been taking the Tamoxifen I would not have had the scan in the first place.
I had to go back and reread my thoughts on this too.

Therefore just a light Christmas again this year and prayers for a better 2015.
I will post an update as soon as I can.
Meantime this is a hell of a way to lose weight, piece by piece, haha.

Have a Merry Christmas whether your hearts are light or heavy this season.
Each moment is a gift so savor all the good you can.
Peace and may God's light shine on you all,
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