Thursday, April 14, 2011
Jaw dropping. Gratitude spilling. Earth shattering. Tears falling. Heart exploding. I still have a hard time putting these next 3 words together... Vicky Westra Benefit. I keep wanting to look over my shoulder for the "sick" woman, everyone is making such a big deal about. But then I bend a little the wrong way and pain shoots up my spine. And I'm ready for a nap by noon some days. I awake with nausea and have a need to stay close to the bathroom at times. The reality settles in a bit more each day.
Sitting on "THE couch," and you all know that couch, in HER studio, was just like any other day last week. Is there any question that the poster and the beautiful family portrait were done by Ria Czichotzki, of rialeephotography? But in the gallery of photos she took, that reduce me to a blubbering mess, I see the wince in my face when Colton grabs me around the middle. The evidence of the disease, the cancer, is harder to deny. It turns out its not such an ordinary day.
But I'm not digging for the blessings, trying to dislodge them from the muck. They're still on the surface, like giant bubbles of grace, floating along and popping open with goodness at any given interval. Albert Einstein says: There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Miracles, yes, life lines really, and I am grabbing hold. I have no earthly idea how I will be a good steward of these blessings and how to multiply and reflect back to all those who have bestowed them on me. All I do know is I feel a bit like Cinderella getting ready for the ball. Each kindness and goodness bestowed upon me fills me with a bit of light. And come May 1st, I might just be the twinkliest girl at the ball.
Thank you a million times over for the exquisite work, Ria. Its beyond words and I love it.
Watch for more bracelet photos to be posted soon!
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