Monday, January 31, 2011

Sun and water glasses

It is sunny here today. The calm before the storm. It sounds like 30 of the 50 states are about to get some kind of crazy winter storm. Why, oh why, do I not live in California? Trading the snow and ice and cold for mud slides, fires and earthquakes is tempting.

I'll tell you what, the sunshine is like medicine to my soul today. In addition to instant menopause, I think I may also suffer from that seasonal depression thing. A girl can't catch a break around here, I'll tell you.

Steve and I took the boys to the Y this morning. It was so nice to be able to do something *normal* for the first time in about 2 weeks. People welcomed me back without smothering me, that was nice. I walked (really really really slowly) on the treadmill. I'll tell you what, I felt a bit sore, but it lifted my spirits.

Overall, today has been a good day. I had some great time with Jesus this afternoon. He reminded me that He is my shield. That's not news to me, but felt good to be reminded.

I got a call from Dr. Reid's office. A nurse was calling to check in on me and see how being back at home was going. We chatted for a few moments and I told her about how I've been feeling good and walking. After a few minutes she said to me, "Boy, you sound like you are doing really good." She mentioned my faith and good support system around me. Then she said something that encouraged me. She said, "You sound like you're in the top 1% as far as doing well being back home." I know that it's her job to talk with people and she was mostly talking about attitude and spirits, but it felt like Jesus giving me some words of encouragement today.

I'm working on my optimism. If you don't know me, I'll let you in on a little secret. I tend to be a glass is half empty kind of person. I hate it, but that's something I've been trying to grow in. And guess what? Looks like I'm getting a chance to tackle optimism head on. Great. Feel free to tack that on to your prayers for me. Shoot, I'm getting a little greedy here, aren't I? So with that, I'll stop.

Gotta go hunker down for Snowmegeddon '11.

9 comments:

jenny from mommin' it up said...

Today I have been trying to decide whether I like Snowmageddon or "Snowpocalypse" better. I just can't make up my mind. Well, I hate them both equally in reality, but which TERM do I like better...
praying for you today! Especially in 9 minutes when it's 4:30.

Marianne said...

Wow ... from reading your blog entries I would never guess that you "tend to be a glass is half empty kind of person!" Thanks for letting us in on your journey ... You are helping me to grow! We are praying and praying for you and your family at our house. May the Lord shower you with good news and wonderful peace!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Marianne - wouldn't have thought of you as a glass 1/2 empty. I also want to thank you for sharing your journey. I have been following you and Sara (a previous comment) on both of your journey's and just passed them along to a friend who is 38 and diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. You are all so strong and I truly believe that God has a plan in all of this! Stay strong and remember we all see the glass 1/2 full! Kim up the road in Brookville

vwiller said...

And the weather people here are not even really giving us any totals because the storm path and tragectory keeps changing so they don't know well enough what to predict...yes snow, sleet, freezing rain, ice then snow again but how much of each no one knows! Frustrating...but the sun was a very nice break today! At about 5:15 or so I thought the storm was starting and then I realized that it was just the sun setting and it was getting dark...weird huh!

I love that you are doing so well...I know the road will be long, and you have all of us as support if and when the day comes that you need it more!

Sara@www.tablegrace.net said...

Hi Elizabeth,
I was looking out the window that's in my shower and praising Jesus for blue skies today. (Thankfully the window is high up!) I felt like it was a little of God's grace in what has been a really long, gray month for all of us.
There are several of us within a mile of one another that are going through, or have recently gone through the whole cancer, chemo, radiation, surgery thing. It's a club that none of us would have wanted to join, but it is my hope that we could all be a support to one another in any way we can be. Know this. Your journey will be your journey. It's a bit like being pregnant. Everyone has a story for you. Some good and some not so good. Take the good from each and leave the rest behind. I'd love for us to meet sometime.
Sara

Laurie Goodrich said...

Keeping up the prayers for you and your family. Thanks for your sincere updates.

Rachel said...

My brave and brilliant writer friend....just started in on the world of blogs because of you. I miss you and am praying alongside half the city of Dayton it seems! Thanks for the raw and real you that encourages my soul. With love from the Helwig home.

jenny said...

Sounds like you had some simple, tangible blessings yesterday....the sunshine....the phone call with the Dr.'s office....God showing you He is right with you. I will continue to pray things like this are evident each day to bolster your faith! Love you!

Sadee said...

Praying for you!!