Sunday, September 21, 2008

Making Lemonade

You know that old adage, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"? That has been the soundtrack of our lives for about the past month. Brian and I have been trying our hands at our own lemonade-making skills. We feel as if we reside in a lemon grove these days.

On August 23, we were about to leave our house to meet my family for dinner, when a big storm blew through our neck of the woods. All of a sudden, the lights brightened and popped, and we realized that something was amiss. Upon further investigation, we determined that a tree had fallen on the power lines going from our house to the main transformer, thus causing a power surge. Hours later, the electricity company shut off the power to the home. The fire department closed the street and would not let us return to our home until the electricity was shut off at the main line. Unfortuantely, this occured at a less than convenient hour (3:00AM), so Brian and I loaded our three dogs and ourselves into our Tahoe and headed for my sister-in-law's house to stay the night. "No big deal," we reassured ourselves, "We'll be back tomorrow." Little did we know that the water heater had burst and caused a flood reminiscent of Noah's. The floors were soaked and soured - not a great combination. To make a saga but a short tale, I'll just say that we're back home after 3 weeks and 3 days as evacuees. We now have new floors in every room, closet, and hamper; a new hot water heater; new toilets; a new refrigerator; and new wiring.


Well, we spent a few weeks indulging ourselves because of our inconvenient homelessness, but then the real lemons came. On September 4th, I received a life-altering phone call - "I'm sorry, Lindsey, but you have grade 3 invasive ductal carcinoma - breast cancer." That's right. Me, at 25, a newlywed of 3 months, a perfectly content wife to Brian and dog mom to our brood - me, I have cancer. Not the lady I know from work, or the woman I know from church, or my grandma. Nope, this time it's me. Sure, there were a few days of utter shock and panic, but I boast only in my Jesus, because He has given me peace in the storm.

In the Bible in the book of James it says, "Consider it pure joys, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds." Brian and I are making the conscience choice each day to consider our situation pure joy. This doesn't mean that we never have low points or that we're in utter bliss all of the time, but we do trust God. We lay this struggle at His feet, and say, "Use us. Make our worry your glory. Let others see your faithfulness in us, so that they might now you and trust you." For we have tasted and seen that the Lord is good, and we WILL rejoice and be glad in each day.

So, from now on, I will be posting as much as I can. I've certainly been out of the loop because of the homeless situation, and now I've been inundated with doctor's appointments, tests, screenings, and just getting my life in order. I'm having a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction this coming Tuesday (Sept. 30th) and then I'll start chemotherapy 3-4 weeks following surgery. God is good, all the time, and we trust him to see us through this storm.

Bless you, and I covet your prayers.







26 comments:

Amy said...

Lindsey, bless your sweet heart. I will be praying for you daily.

I am humbled by your words.

God will show Himself faithful to you and your husband, and He will honor your faithfulness to Him through this trial.

I am lifting you and your husband up in my prayers now.

Psalms 119:76
"May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant."

God Bless,
Amy

kate said...

Lindsey,
I am so sorry to hear of your struggles. You are in my prayers. What an awesome testimony you are to the Lord that you are praising his name during this time!

Kate

countrygirl3031 said...

OMG Lindsey...I will be praying for you. I so missed your blogs and have been thinking about you. Please let me know if there's anything I can do. I know I'm far, but that doesn't mean I can't help.

Take care girlfriend...God will heal.

Hugz,
Michele

Weeksie50 said...

How horrible. I am sorry the loss of electricity and the bursting of the water heater. But I am glad you were able to get all things new.

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you begin your battle with breast cancer.

Leslie said...

OF COURSE I remember you, Lindsey! Whitney has been sharing a bit about your current struggle and while I hate that you are having to endure this trial, I have been challenged and encouraged by your faith and joy. Please know that you and yours will be in my prayers, and keep these blog updates coming!

Please say hi to Brian and Ashley for me...it has been far too long since I've seen them. Have they had baby #2 yet?

My home - My life said...

Oh my word - I don't know what to say. I am so so so so sorry. I will definitely be praying for you and your family. My heart aches for you and your family. I pray your surgery goes well next week.

The words you wrote about the strength of God were amazing. I think wonderful things will come out of this dark situation because you know that God is good, he loves you and he will take care of you.

God bless you - please keep us posted if you can.

My Girl "PLEASE COME BACK" said...

hi
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how was your day?
i liked your blog
you are fantastic!!!

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take care
see you

whitneyfinke said...

Lindsey, I am so sorry to read about your news. I will definitely be keeping you in my prayers.

L Sqaured said...

WOW...I just came across your blog and I want to say, you have a wonderful outlook. I love how you trust in the lord even when times get toughest (something I struggle with personally.) I am very inspired by your faith. I will pray for you and know that you will make a speedy recovery..

Meagan

Crystal said...

I'm sitting here in shock. I had been wondering why you hadn't posted in so long. I thought you were just busy with school...I am so sorry to hear of everything that you have been going through. I will keep you in my prayers, especially Tuesday.
I'm glad you will be blogging again, please keep us all informed on how you're doing.

Bee said...

Lindsey,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I know that God will use your situation to draw others to Him. I am amazed at your outlook.

Please keep us posted, the best you can.

Elise

Marketing Gurl said...

Sorry Lindsey, I will be thinking of you...and praying for you...it is a long journey but I know you can pull through.

Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

So glad you are back in the blogosphere. You know I'm praying, dear friend of mine! :)

Elizabeth Finke Scholes said...

Lindsey, it's been so long since we've had contact but you are still dear to my heart. Conor and I have been praying for you ever since we heard the news and will continue to. Praise God for showing Himself so mighty to you already and for you to recognize that only He is the Rock in this storm. You are loved.

Miss Marian May said...

I had just been looking through my reader the other day, thinking that you hadn't posted in a while...

I don't know you well, but I will be praying for you, Lindsey!

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!...The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."--Philippians 4:4-6

LyndsAU said...

You are an amazing and strong person. I am new to your blog. And I am so sorry to hear the sad news. But you are an inspiration with your wisdom and strength in God. I have said a prayer for you and I hope everything is better soon!

~Tara said...

Hi Lindsey...I found out about you through Whitney @ My Journey Toward... and just wanted to let you know that I think you are truely amazing!!! I am awed at how you are facing adversity with such courage and strength and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

My friends and I are doing the Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk here in Boston on October 5th and we'll be walking for you...you will be there with us, pushing us on and keeping us motivated!!

Thank you for being such a great example of a women...a woman of strength and courage in the face of adversity! Stay strong...

The Storlies said...

Wow, I just read about you over at Whitney's blog and I didn't even realize it was you! My family and I will certainly keep you and your husband in our prayers. I'll look forward to your updates.

Sweet Simplicity said...

I will be praying for you. I hope the surgery goes well tomorrow. It is SO good to have you back in the blog world. Check in with us frequently to let us know how you are doing. I have been keeping up with the situation through Whitney.
Your faith is an ispiration to all of us. I will be praying for your healing and for your faith to continue to be strong during this trial--also for Brian and the dogs! I know they miss their mommy taking them for their long walks!

The Pink Potpourri said...

wow, what an incredible time in your life. i'm glad to hear that you're back home, with lots of new things!

I will be praying for you during this time of cancer, and your surgery tomorrow. I know the Lord will give you the strength you need...He never gives you more than you can handle, and with your faith and glory to him, he will bless you!

Julie Adams said...

Adversity can make you bitter or better. One letter changes the world.

I love you so much!

SweDaisy said...

Oh dear Lindsey,
May God Bless you and keep you in his care.
Hearing your story makes me grateful and even more committed to our Lord.
I will keep you in my prayers. Please keep us all posted.

Take care,
Lisa

Anonymous said...

lindsey,
this is lauren stewart (kucharski). rachael told me about your cancer and then i found a link to your blog on whitney black gwartney's blog. i am so sorry about your cancer. i hope and pray your surgery goes well tomorrow!! it was good to read some of your blog and catch up with your life. your wedding pics are gorgeous and you are beautiful!!!!!!! keep me posted about your surgery. praying for you!
lauren

Sarah said...

Lindsey, this is Sarah 'Camp' Schneider. Hopefully it hasn't been sooo long that you have forgotten me and our days as OBU freshman. Anyways, Lauren told me the news and I just want you to know that I will most certainly be praying for you tomorrow and each day after. You are beautiful and you look so happy with your new husband. I hope we can keep in touch, for it has been way too long. I admire your trust in the Lord.

Sarah

Megan said...

Lindsey... Know that you are in my prayers.

Donald said...

Lindsey,

G-Ruth has sent me your information. You are in our prayers.

Donald R Pond
Lompoc, California