Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gratitude Challenge November 12-15

Where do the days go???? My lack of participation in the Gratitude Challenge the last few days is not an indication of my state of mind -- I actually find myself more grateful than ever for all kinds of little (and big!) things. But the days are just slipping by so quickly! Let me catch up now . . .

November 12 - I'm grateful for all the support I've been receiving since I was diagnosed with lymphoma. Family, friends, hospital staff, community care workers, cancer support centers -- it's incredible how much love and support my family and I have received! It's overwhelming (in a good way!), really. 

November 13 - I'm thankful for my sisters and brother. We didn't really grow up together, but now that we're all adults (well, kinda ;) we are growing together in spirit. Only one of us six sisters has not joined the Cancer Club, and while that's not a club any of us would choose to be in (or see others join), it has certainly served to unite our hearts. They have become such a blessing to me, and I'm grateful for their presence in my life. 

November 14 - I'm grateful for homeschooling. Today I enjoyed some serendipitous learning time with my littles, and I just felt so blessed to be teaching them, learning with them, and spending time with them. It's not always easy, and I have the perpetual plague of comparison to contend with (Are we doing it as well as ___? Are we doing enough? Would it be better if ____?) -- but I'm thankful for the freedom we have to be living a lifestyle of learning. 

November 15 - I'm so thankful for the variety of foods that God provided to nourish our bodies. I've been reading a lot about juicing lately, which has enlightened me about the many nutrients housed in fruits and vegetables. Last night I juiced some celery, carrots, parsley and garlic (ooohhh, that made it zingy! -- I had to add an apple to take away some of the garlic's zapping power!). Well, I don't know if it was the juice -- the tomato-parsley salad my friend made for me -- or the leek soup another friend gave me -- but after supper, I had more energy than I've had since my diagnosis! For the first time since I started chemo, I felt like my body was working the way it is supposed to work. I think I'm onto something here, and I'm grateful for the discovery, as well as God's provision. 

What are you thankful for today?


  1. Ooo I didn't know about this gratitude challenge. What a great idea. I often ask my husband before we go to sleep what 3 things he is grateful for or that went well that day. We have so much to truly be grateful for. I'm sorry to hear about your lymphoma. I have just finished treatment for a recurrence of breast cancer. So I know how it can change your perspective and make you grateful for the small things. Keep fighting and enjoying life and art xx ps thanks for your kind comments on my blog today.

  2. Time does seem to fly by. What great things to be thanful for.

  3. I will add you to my prayer journal. I hope God heals you quickly. Thankful you have so much to be thankful for. God Bless.

  4. Hey : )

    Popping in form the link-up. Enjoyed reading your post :) Being close to siblings is such a precious gift.

    Many blessings to you.


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