MUSIC: "Celebrate Life"
As our family nears the end of 2008, we are very thankful for the blessings we have received over this past year.
Celebrate LifeWritten by: Terry Kelly
Hey. Celebrate. Life. oooo
This next site was provided to me yesterday by another cancer patient www.mskcc.org and outlines information about ALL types of cancer. Once again it is a very detailed website and one that you should most definitely check out.
We are all forging ahead over unknown waters and discovering a vast wealth of information through communication with others.
Keep the Faith!
Only four letters and such a small word, but a very powerful word. This word has given my husband encouragement to never quit in his battle with cancer, it gives him and the rest of our family the inspiration to remain positive and it is a symbol of how one's life may appear to be reaching it's final days and then suddenly a miracle can happen!
After Christmas is over, we never pack this particular ornament away. It is hung in our living room for everyone to see year round and most of all, for my husband and our family to appreciate what we have been given and to realize that no matter how dismal things may look at times, there is always HOPE.
Here's the words to this beautiful song you hear and I trust that after listening, you also will be inspired to never quit.
The Christmas Hope
Her wish this Christmas Was that Christmas would just pass her by
Nothing could reach her Or answer her questions why
She feels so alone And she wonders if all hope is gone
Hope is a candle A light in the window Showing the way for A heart to come home
Hope is a Savior Who was born in the manger Sent down from Heaven To rescue our hearts
Our Christmas hope
She never imagined That for her there was hope to find
But isn't it amazing How God brings a heart back to life
She's smiling now she's finding out What Christmas hope is all about
Hope is a present A gift freely given
To all who receive And open their hearts
Hope is a promise For a better tomorrow
In a world filled with sorrow We always have hope
Our Christmas hope
Our Christmas hope.
Things never go so well that one should have no fear,
and never so ill that one should have no hope.
I absolutely love this picture! It was taken this weekend as my daughter was putting the lights on our tree.
Sorry for not being around for a few days....
The second time I climbed this same mountain the journey was much easier as I discovered a path to the summit - one that had been very noticeably worn down by other adventurers. Without obstructions in my way though, my expendition as mountain climber became less meaningful.
The view from the top was breathless, with miles of ocean across the horizon as far as the eye could see. It was the pinnacle of mother nature and so much worth all of my efforts to reach it's peak. My point to remember is that we all face mountains in our lives of varying heights.
I'd like to share a moment that my daughter and I experienced when my husband was first diagnosed with terminal cancer many, many months ago. It was mid-summer and all three of us had gone inside a local clothing store. My husband walked towards the men's department while my daughter and I strolled towards the ladies section. We briefly looked at the various apparel with little interest as our main concern was keeping a close eye on my husband from a distance. We bothed watched as he looked over several pairs of men's dress pants. He'd take each pair up individually and then slowly lay them back on the rack again. This continued a few times, before I finally knew what he was thinking:
"Why would I buy new clothing, when I only have a few weeks left to live?"
It was a heart wrenching moment for my daugher and I, and we could only imagine just what was going through my husband's mind. We left the store that day very sad, for it was not our intention to remind my husband of the time he supposedly had left.
Now, many, many months later, my husband continues to beat the odds. It has not been without climbing a few mountains along the way, but he scales each one with great courage and determination to reach it's summit. For the most part, each climb has been difficult for him with alot of obstacles along it's path, but it has led him to a mountain top that shows him so much inspiration to NEVER QUIT!
I trust that other cancer patients reading this post, will decide also to not quit, even when the journey may seem so very difficult to travel.
My husband has purchased and also been given many articles of clothing since that memorable day at the store. Looking back now, after receiving such devastating news back then, he could have just given up and probably would most definitely have died. His positive attitude and determination to NEVER GIVE UP has taught all of us a very valuable lesson in climbing our own personal mountains in life.
Listen closely to the song today Mountains by Lonestar and especially these lyrics
There are times in life when you gotta crawl, Lose your grip, trip and fall
When you can't lean on no one else,That's when you find yourself
I've been around and I've noticed that Walk-in's easy when the road is flat
Them danged 'ole hills will get you every time.
Yeah, the good Lord gave us mountains so we could learn how to climb
Men, now it's your turn to tell that special woman just how much her courage and strength inspires you.
I dream a painting, and then I paint my dream.
Vincent van Gogh
And for those men in your lives who you sometimes take for granted....make this day an opportunity for you to tell them just how much they mean to you.
It is not until you see your loved one go through such adversity, that you finally realize the true measure of a man!