Wednesday, October 24, 2012

hope on my doorstep...


Hope showed up on my doorstep yesterday in a hot pink pumpkin with Hope written across the front of it and a sparkly ribbon affixed to it.  

Spying it on my doorstep as I scooted out the door on my way to infusion started my day off with a huge smile.  Thank you whoever you are for my pink pumpkin of hope!




At the infusion center I was treated to a copy of this book to read:

"no lumps, thank you," Filled with the artistic photography of Meg Speilman Peldo, and uplifting, and humorous stories of breast cancer survivors, I fully delighted in every aspect of the book, recognizing so many of the women quoted throughout the book. 

I found it clever, creative, honest, witty and classy.  You can read about it here. Proceeds go to support the Embrace Cancer Survivorship program at Sanford Health.  







While at infusion, my friend Angie's sweet mom, Laurel called wondering if we'd like dinner.  Oh boy would we!  We've been treated numerous times to Laurel's baking and cooking.  Everything is made from scratch and it always tastes like home and comfort.  


Home made rolls... they are already gone this morning...



Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and carrots.  I ate an entire plate full, before I finally caved and crawled into bed for a nap. 




I was glad to have gotten some tasty food in me early yesterday, because my old friend nausea decided to visit last night.  Blech.  

I just never know if or when side effects will crop up.  But when you consider I have done some form of infusion once every three weeks for 18 months straight, its bound to catch up with you at some point. 

But despite infusions and cancer and side effects, what remains a constant in my life, is how much you all find ways to show love and support me.  The day before we left on our trip I received a package in the mail- from GERMANY. 

My dear friend Mimi crocheted this beautiful teal poncho for me!  She packaged it with German candies and cookies for the boys.  It took months to get here- but I was so excited when it finally arrived.  

Thank you Mimi- I am touched beyond words.  Mimi and I speak different languages.  She does an amazing job of deciphering and communicating in English.



What I have discovered though, is that love needs no translation.   Whether its a pink pumpkin on my doorstep, a tasty meal, or a package from Germany- the love shines through always.  










24 comments:

  1. Amen! ... love needs no translation. Beautifully put. Love.

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    1. Thank you Kelly, its an honor to have you reading and commenting- thank you!

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  2. Love that line!... love needs no translation.

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    1. Thank you- such a simple thought right? But it speaks volumes to me and glad it did for others too... I think of your doggy adoptions and that is the epitome of me love that needs no words!

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  3. Oh Vicky, how wonderful that during such a rough week, you feel the love of God and these dear, sweet friends to bring you care and hugs. Bless them ALL and I will pray your side-effects abate quickly and that cancer retreats even more and more in the face of this chemical assault. Love you.

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    1. Thank you Robynn- and I am thinking of you! Two days later and I am feeling better already :)

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  4. Oh wie schön. ich denke an dich und wünsche dir alles gute. Drücke die Daumen für deine Behandlung.

    Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland.♥♥♥ Andrea

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    1. Thank you Andrea- I think I will have to install a translate button too! Thank you so much for taking the time to come and leave a sweet comment :)

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  5. Hey Sweetie,

    I LOVE the pink pumpkin!!! What a wonderfull and lovely idea!

    I am so happy that you like the poncho and the treats :-D.

    All my love and Bussals
    Mimi

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    1. Love them Mimi- love you too sweet friend :)

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  6. Love needs no translation - how beautifully put Vicki.

    The pumpkin is amazing and how great to find it on your door step - such a lovely surprise. And the poncho and treats from Germany and the beautiful home cooked meal are wonderful injections of love that you need to keep you bouyed while going through this treatment. The world is indeed a small place isn't it.

    I know that HOPE so lovingly given followed you right on through your front door. You sound your usual positive self as always. Every day gets you closer to where you need to be and you are going to get there. Too bloody right you are as we might say here x

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    1. Oh Lilly- I love that "Too bloody right you are," Oh I am so going to use that. Thank you for your presences and encouragement always. And yes, I am feeling better already :)

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  7. ...and dear, Vicky, rest in that love. You are so loved.

    Praying today...as I have so often for you...that quietness & trust will be your strength!

    See HOPE in the constant of the sun, in the kindness of even strangers, and in the ever precious arms of family & friends...

    see hope...

    feel hope...

    LIVE HOPE.

    Rooting for you!

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    1. whoops...wrong profile...'tis me faithfully reading from the Alberta prairies....:)

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    2. Thank you for rooting for me and cheering me on- I truly feel all those positive vibes and wishes going out on my behalf. I'm coming to visit again soon- can't wait to see what is happening on the prairie :)

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  8. All the love you emanate in words and deeds is reflected back to you ... and deservedly so.

    Must feel so good to know you are respected, appreciated, and especially ... loved.

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    1. Thank you Bonnie for your wise and insightful viewpoint- I admire it greatly. I think it helps keep me striving to really ensure I am a good steward of all that I have been given and to somehow keep it flowing through me... its a work in process... I haven't quite figure it all out but this much I think is true :)

      I hope you are well Bonnie! I also think of your daughter often and pray she is well also :)

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  9. You do have beautiful people in your life, Vicky. It's inspiring from here to watch how God blessed you through your "neighbors." XXOO

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    1. Roxane- I hope you know, that everyone knows- that all of YOU are the beautiful people in my life too. You all show up every day full of positive encouragement and light-filled abundant words that our medicine to me. Hugs sweet friend :)

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  10. Love the poncho gift! Hope your week goes better for you.

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    1. Thank you Lisa- I am feeling much better already. So grateful it passes quickly! I still wear the beautiful prayer shall that you and Jen sent to me as well :)

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  11. I think about you oftentimes your gracioUs way of living through this life, and I wish I had mastered it as well. Maybe one day.

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    1. Melissa~

      You do YOU so well and you are not- ungracious by any stretch! I wish I had a fraction of your wit! But thank you- I'm honored you would say that :)

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  12. Doing a little catching up as I once again have out-of-town company for a couple of weeks. What a beautiful shawl! I haven't watched the link you shared yet. I'm sure I'll need some Kleenex handy when I do. Blessings, Vicky, as you travel through this.

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