This past week I visited my cousin Martha in Florida. She’s a 3 time breast cancer survivor and one of the finest Christian women I know. There are lots of things cancer can do– but Martha focuses on the things it can’t.
On Thursday we went to the hospital and Martha had a port put in, which will help with getting medications and blood samples. In order to put the port in though, they had to give her some sleepy medicine.
Cancer can make Martha tired….but cancer can’t make her stay home when she doesn’t want to.
We came home and Martha rested for an hour or so, then she insisted we all go out to dinner.
The next day we went to a different hospital and she got over 4 hours of chemotherapy.
Chemo can make you sick and can cause you to lose your hair…but it can’t make you lose your determination.
Martha’s had chemo before and it’s made her very, very sick. She’s tolerating this round of chemo much better and even though her hair has thinned out, it hasn’t all come out this time. But if it does, well, she’s been there–done that and she can rock a wig or no hair with her attitude that says, “There are more important things than hair.”
Places to Go and Things to Do
So we left chemo and went shopping for an hour or so, went home, changed clothes and went to a baby shower. Martha has three daughters and two of them are expecting babies this year. She is an awesome nana and can’t wait to welcome another granddaughter and a grandson.
Martha has a new car and she drove it to the shower.
Martha has always been a soul sister and I hate the fact that she has cancer, but spending time with her last week reminded me that while she may have cancer…cancer doesn’t have her.
It doesn’t have her smile, her positive attitude and it sure can’t touch her faith.
She is one amazing woman and I love her so much!
Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week!
Sunday is Father’s Day….a day to honor dads and to remember fathers who are no longer with us.
If you still have your father I hope you will call or send him a card.
Here are some Father’s Day Quotes you might enjoy
“A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.”- Gabriel García Márquez
“I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example.”- Mario Cuomo
And my very favorite quote is...
“If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.”- Bill Cosby
And finally my Father’s Day shout out to all the dads who….
Work hard all week then spend their weekends shoveling snow or mowing yards, depending upon the season.
Who coach their children’s teams and encourage fair play and sportsmanship. Who don’t swear at the referees when a call doesn’t go their way. Who take the time to teach their children how to handle anger and disappointment properly.
These men don’t just send their children to church with their mothers or the neighbors, but take them themselves and exhibit the principles of their faith all through the work week.
They teach their sons to do laundry, cook, and clean, and their daughters how to change flat tires.
They know they aren’t perfect and aren’t afraid to admit it when they make a mistake, or to ask for forgiveness. They seldom give in to their emotions, but when they are deeply touched they aren’t ashamed to shed a tear.
They don’t believe in taking the easy way out, because they believe that something worth doing is worth doing well, and that applies to parenting as well as life. They set reasonable limits for their children and if the rules are broken the consequences are sure but fair.
They don’t mind if their children don’t follow in their footsteps, but rather encourage independent thinking because their children’s happiness is more important than a “father-son” sign over the door.
They teach their children the importance of telling the truth and accepting responsibility for their actions.
These are the fathers who know that building character is more important than building an empire.
To these unsung heroes we say “Happy Father’s Day” even though we don’t have to, because these are the men who celebrate fatherhood in their hearts every single day of the year.
When I was young and my mom took my brother and me to the pool we always had to stop and eat on the way home.
This little missy ate as much as her 7 year old cousin…a whole grilled cheese sandwich by herself!
There is just something about playing in the water that makes you hungry.
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Sunday is Father’s Day….a day to honor dads and to remember fathers who are no longer with us. If you still have your father I hope you will call or send him a card. Here are some Father’s Day Quotes you might enjoy “A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to [...]
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