Monday, October 28, 2013

All Shall be Well


 ”God of Your goodness give me Yourself, for You are enough for me now…
All shall be well, all shall be well, all manner of things shall be well.”
 Julian of Norwich (Christian Mystic, 1342-1416) 
My friend Susan today posted this blog post from A Deeper Story, written by Melissa Green, on my facebook wall. It is a quick read and well worth your time, especially the part where she sings a song she and several others have written entitled "All Shall Be Well."  She has a beautiful voice and the words resonate. Deep.
Sara Frankl is the one who gave me the tag line " All shall be well," in a surprise header she once made for my blog.  Could this be where she had gotten it from?  I've often wondered.
I had such a great weekend.  We had fun at the hockey social long into Friday night- well-and on into Saturday morning.  I may or may not have danced a few dances. Hehe.  Saturday we had lots of hockey- 2 games for each boy for tryouts.  Its been an intense process and we all look forward to finding out their teams next week.  
Sunday we began looking for a new mattress for our bed.  The disc problems I have in my back continue to wreak havoc on the muscles surrounding my spine- especially at night when I go to bed.  Our mattress is old, and the springs and coils in the bed are no longer working like they should.  I feel every one of them, and wake up shortly after falling asleep with shooting pain and knots in my muscles.
We've done our research and are currently looking at beds like TempurPedics.  They are quite expensive- thousands of dollars.   So we're looking for something just as highly rated, but less expensive.  I'm praying we can find financing and make something happen.  
In just a little while I will head off to my first radiation appointment.  It looks like I will see Dr. Foster before I have treatment.  I will then have treatments everyday to my lungs and lymph nodes for the next 3 weeks.
I'm both nervous and excited to begin this new chapter.

I'm grabbing hold of the "all shall be well" motto and clinging tight.

These are just a few photos taken on our way through Kentucky, Indiana, and then Iowa on our way home from Tennessee. 

The horse below wanted nothing to do with Rick, but seemed to gravitate more towards me. He was a gentle giant and I could have spent all afternoon with him I think.














Our last sunset of the trip happened near the South Dakota border and so we stopped for one last time to capture the golden goodness.  It just never grows old for me.








This was taken within minutes of me meeting Gitz for the first time.  The line shining felt as though it was coming both down to me, around me, and from somewhere deep within me. 


32 comments:

  1. I love these photos! Especially the gorgeous sunset.

    And what fun you had over the weekend - yay for you!

    I do love the message in this prayer -- ALL shall be well. Amen.

    P.S. My daughter has a tempurpedic mattress pad. I wonder if that would help, instead of having to buy the actual mattress by this company. She loves it, but of course doesn't have the issues that you are dealing with, with your back. All the best in your search :-)

    okay, back in the kitchen to finish dinner ...

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    1. Susan- I so loved you sharing this with me! We do have a specially made foam mattress pad- but as old as our bed is, its just no longer helping. We'll take our time and do our research and find an alternative. Thanks for your encouragement!

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  2. I'll be praying you get that mattress just right for you! And you came through KY! It better not have been Bowling Green or you're in trouble! JK:)
    Love the pictures! With God, ALL shall be well. . .thank you for the reminder~

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    1. Krisitn- we did go through Kentucky- so pretty! We went down through Paducah on our way down to Nashville. Is that very close to Bowling Green? I know we want to come back again sometime and visit! xxoo

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  3. Your pictures!! Golden goodness--that says it so beautiful. They grab my heart.

    All shall be well. A universal truth we all need to hear.

    Love you.

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    1. Thank you Julie- we loved having interludes throughout our driving time to stop and photograph whatever appealed to us. Love you too sweet one!

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  4. You're so good at stopping for pictures when you see a great view. I always talk myself out of it!

    I don't know if this would help or not, but I saw it literally this morning from a friend so thought I'd mention it - they bought a new memory foam mattress cover (about $150) and it's made a huge difference for her.

    Good luck to your boys!

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    1. I enjoy it so much- the stopping and getting out- we both do. I don't know if we would nearly as much around here- we pass by things all the time to, just trying to get somewhere. Yeah- we have the mattress cover and it helped a good couple of years but either my back is really in tough shape and nothing will help- or its the bed- or heck maybe both. But since Rick is just as uncomfortable- its telling us to do something!

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  5. these photos took my breath sweet one. Oh how I love that Rick took your picture while you were taking pictures of that beautiful horse. I LOVE the one of you kneeling down shooting...capturing beauty. That's you.
    I want you to have that mattress! Really really want you to have it...

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    1. We're going to try to get the right mattress Robin- very committed to it! I would otherwise be sleeping so well at night. But lately I settle for the couch and then end up back in bed at some point. Thanks for the visit! I sure miss you :) Love you honey!

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  6. Beautiful photos, Vicky! Good luck with the mattress hunt. (I have a TempurPedic and it ain't "all that", by any means)

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    1. Thanks for the input on the mattress- several have now told us to proceed cautiously with the Tempurpedic type bed and we are listening!

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  7. i LOVE the last one of you and the one before it--such a beautiful shot!

    it is obvious that you and Superman enjoyed each other's company during that trip. there's a little twinkle in your eye and a knowing look as you stand there among the corn. love that!

    will pray right now for the radiation that is beginning.

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    1. Thank you so much Jenn- appreciate those prayers. My schedule is mornings- from 9-10 each day- Monday through Friday-for three weeks. Glad you enjoyed the photos too- yep Superman and I were enjoying our time together!

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  8. Animals somehow always know who needs a hug.So he came tp you. xoxoxo

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    1. Well that sound like a good answer to me! Hehe :)

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  9. Gorgeous photos, Vicky. We splurged on a tempurpedic last year. Between you and me, I don't think it was worth it... It can get very hot...You continue to be in my prayers.

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    1. Thanks for the insight on the mattress- we couldn't afford the Tempurpedic- but have looked at similar ones with a gel- cooling layer. Don't know if they work or not, but we're still looking!

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  10. First of all, beautiful photos as usual. There is just something so peaceful and calming to me when I see photos of farms and ranches. We have a Serta mattress and love it. It is now 7 years old and still very comfortable. Hope you find one that gives you a good night's sleep.

    You are always in my thoughts and prayers, Vicky. Sending love.

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    1. We can't quite be sure how old our mattress is. I know we found it in the clearance room at the local store shortly after we moved here. It went well for those first 5-10 years, but its just run its course. Sending love to you!

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  11. As always...such beautiful pics! Praying for you as you head into this next stretch...

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    1. Thank you so much Kim- always so nice to see you showing up here! xxoo

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  12. Vicky, the horses love you at Carmel, too! I loved the shots Rick took of you capturing the horses visually. And the one that jumped out and made me lose my breath for a moment is the one of the barbed wire fence, and how the tendrils are curling around and the sun setting just at the perfect moment. Absolutely stunning! Praying, praying, praying for you as you face radiation. You have such an amazing attitude. Gitz is no doubt with you! :)

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    1. I was thinking of the Carmel horses as I visited these ones! I do think Gitz is nearby many of us, often. I'm digging deep to get through these next few weeks and I know how many times she has had to do the same- so that encourages me greatly.

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  13. Many many prayers headed up "to the one" on your behalf on this next chapter and journey! loved your pic's and love how you radiate in ALL your pic's....your soul smiles through! went to listen to the song...Pretty! and YES, good lyrics! My reception is poor on my internet..so cannot respond to well....But in a couple days I should be at a better location! Hang in there beautiful you... All shall be well!!!

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    1. Thank you Peggy Sue! All shall be well for you as well! Thinking of you as you arrive at your better location!

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  14. Vicky, There is a story in the Bible in 2 Kings 4 about the Shunammite woman who extended hospitality to the prophet Elisha. Elisha prayed for her to have a son & she did! ( her only child). He later suddenly became ill & died in her lap. She laid the child in the guest room where Elisha stayed sometimes & set out to find the prophet. Her husband apparently didn't know about the child's death & asked her why she was going to the prophet. She answered, " It shall be well. " She went to Mt. Carmel to find the prophet & his servant came to meet her. He asked her, " Are you well? Is your husband & child well?" She answered him, " It shall be well." Only to the prophet, did she reveal her agony. He immediately followed her & brought the child back to life. This is my summary of the story but I left out much detail. I know you'll want to read it for yourself. Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

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  15. blogger just ate my long comment...so here's a short one. no tempurpedic, {yucky smell} but yes to the adjustable base with a pillow top beautyrest mattress. my body has been feeling so much better with my head and legs raised just a little bit. try it out in the store, but i think you'll love it.....xoxo

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  16. Dearest Vicky,
    Oh my goodness... the photos on this post give me such a sense of JOY, PEACE, and SERENITY! I love the gorgeous corn stalks, the diffusing light, the majestic horse (who appears smitten with you, as my Grandma used to say) and most of all you in the corn patch.

    My prayers this week are for the perfect bed, peace of mind for you, Rick and the boys,
    tranquility and HOPE in Him in radiation, and few if any side effects. By golly, I am praying and visualizing the OBLITERATION of those pesky tumors.

    Sending you Loves and HUGS from Spokane,
    Love,
    Linda

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  17. Must be in a bawling mood today because these photos did it to me again. The beauty of you and that horse together, with his tail blowing on the breeze, are awe inspiring. His black and white combo is my FAVORITE coloring in animals - horse, dogs, cats. The best of my best have been these colors. And the OFF-THE-HOOK-DARLING picture of you in the field? Well, I hope you have that on your wall at home now. And finally, you DANCED, and friend.....that was the best and made me think of this song. I love you. http://youtu.be/RV-Z1YwaOiw

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