Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Our Moorhead boys...

I often wonder what my boys will think about their childhood having grown up with cancer in the midst of their lives?  I continuously try to "pour" into them, as much of myself as I can.  These words below resonated deeply with me when I first read them...


It was in the middle of chemo last week that I had a revelation.  Nolan had told us that he would be starting in the quarter final section game against Buffalo that night, last Tuesday.  He would be skating on a line with Matt Herbranson, and Jack Stetz, who just so happened to have moms who also had survived breast cancer!  Nolan would be centering the line with Jack on the right, and Matt on the left.  I texted my friends, and asked if we could do a picture together.

Here we are- Sue Stetz in the middle and Steph Herbranson on the far right.  We were so proud of our boys!  We posted the photo on Facebook and were overwhelmed by the response it got.  



Imagine our bigger surprise, when our boys came home, asking permission to be interviewed by Chris Murphy from the Fargo Forum.  

The story ran in today's paper.  Here is the link: 

With mothers having battled breast cancer, three Moorhead hockey players have special bond


I'm so honored to read this story.  The three of us.  The three of them.  Bonded together by the hard, but also the grace, and the perseverance to move forward- together- surrounded by a loving community that walks along with us.  

Our boys?  Got it just right... and I'm deeply humbled that they articulated their thoughts so well. 

The Moorhead Spuds hockey team will play in their section final tonight against Bemidji up in Thief River Falls! Go spuds!  Onward Moorhead! 

Will you help cheer us on?  




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    1. Thank you, Karen! Indeed, beautiful.

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  2. Nolan is his mother's son. He showed and shared his heart with those words and articulated so well the truth of your journey...and his. All you have and will pour into your sons, Vicky, shines through them now and will reverberate through the generations. You may have cancer, my sweet friend, but you live each day with intention. Some people live long lives with themselves as their first and often only thought. You are not only showing them how to fight, not only how to live, but how to make it count and THRIVE even when the body and its vulnerabilities threaten us and fail us and cause us grief and pain. Beautiful article and so well portrayed. My prayers for all of you and your boys of the ice. Love you.

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    1. My dear Robynn, you have such a true gift of words, and a perspective filled with such grace and experience- I learn from you all the time. Thank you for taking the time to come here and read, and contribute, and add so much to the ongoing conversation. Love you right back!

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  3. Vicky....what a beautiful article about tough Mamas who raised sensitive, smart boys. GO MOORHEAD!!!

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    1. Katie, thank you! Love having you drop in and leave such kind words!

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  4. I loved the words at the beginning of your blog. The article was beautifully written. Your son and his teammates showed through their words how thoughtful, sensitive and caring they are.

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    1. Kristi, thank you for your gracious words. The quote at the beginning spoke to me so much- I'm glad it did to others as well.

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  5. Oh my dear sweet soul sis...
    I promise you that I will always help cheer you on, cheer your boys on and hold you in prayer. I am so touched by your "when my children remember their childhood."
    Exactly. Me too. That's what I want them to know about me and I know that is exactly what your boys know about you. And the article...three boys and their three precious Moms...so many lessons learned. I'm so proud of Nolan for being so honest about your journey and his. The picture of you three (love that hat! :))
    is priceless. You made my day today, dear friend. Your authenticity touches my heart. So grateful that you share this transparent journey of yours with me, with us.
    Keeping you in my prayers...always!
    Love you to the moon and back!
    Linda

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    1. Linda- yes, my hat! I was thinking of that when I posted the pic- oh the compliments I get on the hat(s). All of the treasures you all gift me with, and I have such a burning desire to take a day and express my gratitude for it all! And thank you for allowing me to be vulnerable, and authentic, when its not always easy, or pretty, and cheering me on when I need it most! Love you so, sweet would sis!

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  6. I know that makes your mama heart so proud. The article is definitely a "Good Job Mom" moment!

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    1. Thank you, Jane, for all three of us moms, I think. Our boys don't talk a lot about it, so it was interesting to hear what they had to say.

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  7. What beautiful women you 3 are. And your boys are sure young men to be proud of! What more can we ask, then to have family and friends to see us through. God bless.

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    1. Such truth in your words, Nancy. I feel blessed to have so many continue to walk us through-just like showing up here to find all of you leaving such sweet notes- it all helps.

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  8. Oh! Oh! Oh! This is amaaaaaaaazing!!!!!! So much love to each one of you, and those precious boys!

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie- we're celebrating alone with you!

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  9. I just wanted to say your blog really touched me, I am actually the author of that quote, I run the page Soul-Fully Beautiful on Facebook, you are indeed the kind of Woman I was writing about. <3 Much love and prayers, Erin James.

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    1. How wonderful to have you come here, Erin and tells us those beautiful words are yours! Thank you for sharing them with us- they touched so many of us! I joined your fb page and look forward to more of your way with words.

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  10. What a wonderful newspaper article Vicky...so proud of all three boys for expressing their true feelings. You must be so proud of Nolan. Also proud of you three lovely ladies for your bravery and zest for life. I think about you often Vicky. Thank you for being my blog friend for all these years.

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    1. Lisa, I've been so blessed to have YOU as a blog friend all of these years! I so enjoy your photography, and excursions with Bike Man, and your cat family and I could go on and on. We were so happy a reporter wanted to share our story and he did such a good job with it!

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  11. Hello Vicky.
    What a wonderful article.
    As always, you are in my prayers.
    I think of you more often than I let you know.
    Love you, my friend....
    Jackie

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    1. Thank you, Jackie.
      I think of you often, as well. I always wonder if you're near Florida with Mama Rose and Papa, or with the grands at home? Or at church maybe? I think of all the snippets you've shared with us and I love that I can envision where you are and what you may be doing. Love you my sweet friend~

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