Friday, June 27, 2014

…love does...

I'm falling… in love… with the book, "Love Does."  I've just cracked it open, and I want to dive right in, all the way, right away.

But I can't just yet.

Do you ever start reading a book and then its like the author crawled inside your head and started writing straight to the center of your being?  

“Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget. Their dreams become one of those "we'll go there next time" deferrals. The sad thing is, for many there is no "next time" because passing on the chance to cross over is an overall attitude toward life rather than a single decision.” 
― Bob GoffLove Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

This weekend, I'm going to an event that pretty much epitomizes what it means to live fully engaged.  

I can't wait to come back and share all about our adventures from the Cully's Kids weekend.  I've been asked to write a little something about it, so I'll be putting my reporter's hat on and taking it all in.

Have any of you read this?  

I received so many thoughtful cards and gifts these past couple of weeks.  The "Soft Surroundings" Catalog, came from a blog reader.  Plus, she sent a generous gift card so I could buy something.  The catalog is filled with accommodating and beautiful pieces that I could so easily wear to cover my surgical dressings comfortably.  She completely read my mind!  Thank you!

Plus the Oakes yearbook staff that sent me the survivor coin has a favorite quote of mine- "We don't know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice we have."  Amen to that.

As I walked with the nurse's aid to infusion on Tuesday, Dr. Foster happened to be walking by.  He lit up, and came right over to see how I was doing.  I had just a minute, as the nurse was well ahead of me by then.  But it was good to see him.

It must have been my day.  As I sat in my armchair waiting for my Herceptin to come, I looked up and out of the corner of my eye, all the the way across the nurses station, I see Dr. Panwalkar hurriedly walking by.  Then suddenly, he stops, smiles, and waves really big right at me.  I smile and wave big, right back.

Just a few more weeks I'll see Dr. Panwalkar for a visit.  


  1. That sounds like a good book. Smiling at the special doctors you have and the grace with which you live life.

    1. Thanks Susan- I'm excited to slow down and be able to read again soon :) You're so kind- thank you :)

  2. i read Love Does about 18 months ago. didn't have anyone to talk about it with at the time, but would love to hear your thoughts! have a fantastic weekend.

    1. Ahh- great Jenn- can't wait to dig in and will have to come and post and then we can talk about it :)

  3. Oh my..I am not going to remember the full quote..but living a life full of love and whimsey...and to love and not put things on hold... I needed to hear that again!!! I cant wait for your report On 'Culley Kids'. I think LOVE does may be a book....of my heart and I just may have to read this NOW! I love how your summer is going...changes and surgeries..that I cant even imagine...and I know...the pain and healing and yucky feeling...takes away...but your "your summer' and with it is also coming so much living and loving and being! many prayers
    still beautiful Vicky!

  4. I have to tell you not a week goes by that I do not think of your doctor, his name will come into my head in the middle of the night and I will pray, I guess the Lord has laid his name on my heart and for some reason he follows me, I just pray and ask for him to have wisdom to treat you and the many others who are dealing with serious issues.

  5. I haven't commented in so long, but am always keeping you in my mind and my prayers. I keep current, just am finally catching my breath with summer. I have had Love Does on my bedside since Christmas. I like that it has short chapters and it definitely challenges me. I can't wait to read your thoughts on it.

  6. Oh dear Vicky,
    Cully's Kids is all about Love Does. My daughter sent me that book with the most beautiful inscription and the title so fits you and the love and gusto with which you love and appreciate living your life! You will soak up every word. It's a call to live life with all your heart and to be fully present with God and those we love. It is full steam ahead living, no matter what "spiritual holes" life deals us. Everything is an opportunity to grow, learn and be closer to God and those we serve. Everything.

    Hearing about your summer just lights up my heart. I can visualize you smiling and waving to Dr. Foster and then, the cherry on top of the sundae, there is Dr. P smiling and waving.
    So know this, sweet Vicky, I am smiling and waving from Spokane, holding you up in prayer and asking God for more days and weeks and months and years for you!

    Always praying. Love you to the moon and back, dear friend!

  7. Thanks for the book recommendation. Looks like a wonderful one. I love the way you write. I felt I was sitting right next to you when Dr. P gave you a wave. You're always in my prayers.

  8. The author Bob Goff sounds familiar but I don't recognize this book title. Sounds like a must-read for me. Big hug from Georgia! And so much love...


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