When Rick moved his office into the basement of our house, it caused a lot of upheaval. We're bursting at the seams. Not only is the basement filled, but so is our small garage. And when our employees show up to work? Parking can be a nightmare. So with the help of a friend who does concrete for a living, and some of his crew, Rick readied the ground next to our garage last week.
The pumper truck was supposed to come at 11 Saturday morning. But a little before 9 the sound of a large truck underneath our bedroom window woke us up. We scrambled out of bed and jumped into work. But just a few hours of work, with several sets of hands, and we had it looking good.
Speaking of hands, when we moved back to Moorhead we made a set of handprints in concrete we poured at our first home, circa 2003. So it seemed appropriate to mark the passage of 11 years in just this way. Wow- where has 11 years gone?
The rest of my week has been filled with such sadness. My heart is heavy with sorrow. Not one, but two precious cancer fighters, have been told they will be going to their eternal homes- soon.
Much too soon.
There have been many tears shed. And lots of talk about how do you do this? How do you stop… treatment, and doctors visits, and infusion appointments? And then what? What do you do? The vulnerability, of no treatment, no protection- well I just can't wrap my brain around it.
Because you think- just one more drug. Can't there be just one more chemo? One more treatment? One more anything?
When we speak of wanting "awareness" of breast cancer and all the funds raised by "Pinktober" to shift to research and funds going to find a cure- this is why!
Because at the center of my awareness- is too many friends, taken by their stage 4 metastatic disease, way too soon.
Can we focus on making this stop please?
Find a cure. For all cancers.
So in the meantime, I'm soaking up all my moments, with urgency and energy to match. My sister-in-law, Missy got this early Christmas present for me. Its a positivity jar. Each day you grab a quote out of the bag and put it on top of the jar. Each one has caused me to pause, to reflect, and helped to shape my intention for how I will live each day.
Every time I go to this fundraising website, Vicky fighting breast cancer, I leave in tears. A ten dollar donation allows you to be entered into a drawing for "thank you gifts," a few of which are shown below.
I cry just as easily for the 10 dollar amounts, as I do for the other generous amounts given. What I know, is that each one costs, each of you- no matter the amount, and we're so humbled by it all. We have just a few weeks left of the fundraiser!
While out on a hunt for a Birthday gift for my mom who just turned 79, I came across this little gem at Barnes and Noble. "Life is a Verb." How would you spend your time if you only had 37 more days to live?
So often, you all do so much for me. Sometimes, when I am spent, weary with sorrow, and completely worn out- the only way through- is by focusing on something or someone else.
Why not do a giveaway? Do you like to read? Is there a book on your list you have wanted to get for the longest time?
Maybe today is your day?
I purchased a 25 dollar gift card from Barnes and Noble and will give it away to one lucky reader!
For one entry into the contest, please leave me an answer to this question in the comments below on my blog:
What is at the top of your "must read" book list?
For a second entry, either sign up to follow and leave a second comment, or tell me you already are a follower in a second comment on my blog.
I will use a random number generator to pick a winner.
You have until 6 pm Friday night to enter.
I will post the winner shortly thereafter, so you can email me your mailing address!
Good luck to everyone!