Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"one great thing…"


I've been living my moments so full-y, lately.  When Dr. Panwalkar asked how I was doing with fatigue?  I said, fatigue?  I don't think I have very much these days.  What I really have is just plain being worn out at the end of a busy day.  

Plus, my secret weapon?  

My mailbox.  

Here is a small sample and my way of saying an instant "Thank you." 

A great book, a bookmark that I begin to breathe in the second I lay eyes on it,  and a beautiful card.  So thankful, Tammy- truly blessed by you!





This card?  Made me smile and then went straight to my heart as well.  Thank you Cindy!  Thankful for the support and love, always. 




The letter below was addressed to the boys.  Nolan was away for hockey, but Colton was home and tore right into it.  I should have grabbed my camera- the wild shouting and jumping up and down were a sight.  But then I read the beautiful letter, from an anonymous "heart" friend.  And oh… someone knows my boys so well!  The words of the letter were all gift to me.  And… it just so happens my Dad's birthday was September 19th… and so the words helped remind me of the legacy of my Dad, living on in his grandchildren.  

The generous gift cards to our favorite hockey store, will be such a big help to our family!  The boys are trying to figure out who could have sent them something so perfect!  

I just know, how much my heart soars, every time I see these.

Thank you, anonymous friend.  Your name be unknown to us, but we feel your heart! 



This little guy is called "Bluey."  He was a gift from Colton's Grandma Carole.  Bluey still has a coveted spot on Colton's bed.  And the bracelet?  Is the hockey-skate-lace bracelet made by my friend and sold on my blog as a fundraiser once long ago.  





So when Colton was asked to do a time capsule for his Social Studies Class, he chose Bluey to bring along, unafraid to share his love for a blanket/animal his late grandmother had gotten for him.  He also brought a pink bracelet, that signifies my living with breast cancer.  This is what he wanted his class full of friends to know about what mattered in his life.  And then I read the last few lines of what he would read to his class…

"That I love my family because "they're" always there for me.  I also want everyone to know about me-I'm a hard worker and I never give up."

… with misty eyes, I give him a quick hug as he leaves for school.  That one, so dearly entrenched in my heart.  






As I sit composing, a knock on the door and look what walks right in!  A beautiful cross and a sweet card filled with understanding and encouragement. Thank you Jennifer! 

"Let Peace Surround You."  Amen.


I have a couple of busy weeks ahead.  Don't we all?  If I am quiet, know that I am simply trying to pour out, all of what you give me, in a way that pays forward the blessings I feel.  

Speeches to write, talks to give, and emptying so I may fill with his Grace.  



“I don't believe there is one great thing I was made to do in this world. I believe there is one great God I was made to glorify. And there will be many ways, even a million little ways, I will declare his glory with my life.” 
― Emily P. FreemanA Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live












22 comments:

  1. I'm working on some presentations right now, but so glad I took a little time to read this. Starting to panic and needed the reminders you've tucked so nicely within. XXOO

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    1. The reminders are so good for me too… waiting to exhale a bit, alongside of you. xxoo

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  2. As Yoda would say, "Flowing over with loving feelings I am."

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    1. You are speaking Colton's language with a Yoda quote :) Love this- love to you as well :)

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  3. The love for you and from you is felt here. Greatly.

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    1. You are such a part of that, too, Susan. Love to you~

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  4. this gave me misty eyes and a big smile!! So wonderful to see how blessings come your way!

    Sending you strength and endurance to keep on keeping on!!!
    xoxo

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    1. Thanks Tiffany- I wonder sometimes what I will have to post about- and then it walks through my door and I am grateful to share in so many ways. Sending love to you~

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  5. Lovely, Vicky. Your heart, the words, the gifts, the hearts that gave them. XOXOX

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    1. Thank you, Robynn. You are a central figure in all that love as well. Love you, friend.

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  6. What beautiful blessings! And, thank you for inspiring us with your words and strength.

    Love and hugs!

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    1. Eileen- so kind of you to say. You are so central to the love and support that surround me and I am so grateful to you for that. Love to you~

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  7. You always inspire us with your words, thoughts and messages....I am humbled. Love and blessings to you Vicky.

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    1. Lisa- so glad to see you- I am so humbled and blessed-those are the truest words that really say it all. Blessings and love to you~

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  8. Tears filled my eyes as I read Colton's words. Knowing that boy as I do, I do know that he loves and cherishes his family, and is never afraid to show that. He always works hard, and is such a great example for his peers. You and Rick are doing your job well in raising such kind, respectful and loving boys!

    Take care, my friend, and continue living your life full! Love and prayers to you, always!!!

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    1. Steph~ I have no doubt you helped strengthen that idea in my Colton through all the family projects you did and that calendar they made… so much of what you taught resonated with him deeply… such a gift to us! Love and prayers to you!

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  9. Whew, Vicky. Vicky. Vicky. Colton undid me with this one. Soooooooooooo powerful. And I love this quote and you, and your courage and faith and joy and hope and love.

    Thank you.

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    1. Julie, I am so honored by your sweet and kind words. Thank you! I am also excited to come and read about your newest adventure. So thankful for you~ much love to you~

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  10. Isn't that a good feeling? To know you're tired because you've had long, full days? I needed that reminder as I head into a very, very crazy October.

    I've been meaning to read Emily Freeman's book, and that quote makes me even more eager to pick it up.

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  11. i only just saw this..just now...the mailbox...isnt that old mail just the most wonderful kind of mail! like the bestest...like when we were little to go check the mail was huge..because there could be a letter from grandparents..or a birthday card...Oh how I miss old fashion mail...may I add...your ending quote..... there is one great God I was made to glorify...perfect..yes, I believe he has you, right were he wants you...for so many of us to learn from' He has you...he truly trule has you.........love and prayers..always!

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  12. Oh my sweet friend,
    What wonderful reminders to you of how dearly you are loved. You are a tough cookie and we are all praying for peace and health to surround you. And what a perfect gift for the boys, a gift card to your favorite hockey store. Another reminder that you are surrounded by angels and love and hope and prayers.

    But what brings tears to my eyes that keep cascading down my face and won't seem to stop this am, is Colton, Sweet Colton.I LOVE that he has such a heart. He loves you so.
    And Bluey that he isn't afraid to show to his classmates. And the pink bracelet, as Colton says, "it's special to me because its pink and black and my Mom has breast cancer."

    You are LOVED and CHERISHED, dear Vicky. You are surrounded by prayers. We are all praying for Rick and Nolan and Colton too. You are the daughter of the most high.

    Love you to the moon and back!
    Linda

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