Sunday, January 10, 2010

When it rains, the blessings pour.

I am smiling from ear to ear as I sit down to compose this post. I just came inside from a brisk walk with Bertie the Bloodhound in the cool, late afternoon sunlight. It was exhilarating and refreshing, and a true escape. I needed that.

Last night Brian and I loaded down our car with all four dogs, some groceries, and clothes and drove to Lauren and Josh's house (Brian's sister and BIL). On Thursday night, our whole-house water filter froze and now it's busted, and thus there is no running water on Pleasant Drive. Sure, we have a man cave with beautifully striped walls, and freshly painted rooms throughout the house, but we can't go potty. So, really, those stripes don't seem so important any more :).

It is really interesting because when I was first diagnosed with cancer, back in September 2008, our house at the time flooded and we lived with Lauren and Josh for an entire month. I don't know what we'd do without them. Many people are willing to put up Brian and I, but when you add in 4 dogs, the offers seem to dwindle. I can't imagine why! :)

So, now our very top priority has become running water at our house.

On another note, for the past few days, I have been researching anti-cancer foods. Wow! If you want to be overwhelmed, research cancer treatment. Determining which methods are best and which tests and studies are accurate and which people are truthful is near impossible. But, to say the least, I have given my diet a complete makeover. Basically, if it hasn't been found to fight cancer, it's not going into my body. I'm mostly eating a vegan diet, but I'm also adding in salmon. I have consumed massive amounts of broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, berries, green tea, turmeric, onions, garlic, oranges, etc. I'm also ingesting something called Perfect Food Super Green Formula. This stuff is N-A-S-T-Y, so it better make me one healthy woman!

Brian and I have a rough couple of weeks and months in store. We have many many decisions to make about treatment and location of treatment. Would you please pray that God would guide us perfectly to His treatment plan? We are still praising God for allowing us to make much of Him through this trial. We believe, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that He has enormous plans for us, and we just can't wait to glorify Him. Praise Him with us today!


Jana said...

I hope you have running water again very soon!

I have to admit that I'll enjoy the company of another almost-vegan at the lunch table. :)

Paula said...

All of our family is fervently praying for you and Brian. We are sorry to hear about your water problem again. But there's nothing like a distraction, huh! Anyway, we visited a new church today and on our way, we were talking about your courage and strength and how God is using you to reach others with your witness wherever you are. The pastor was preaching on Romans 5:2-5, which to us is exactly the way God is using you. These verses, to us, are the model of your life right now. "And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hop. And the hope does not disappoint us, because god has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. As we pray for you, we also glorify God at the way that He is using you. To God be the Glory! The Chaffin's

podso said...

I have shared your "bring it on" post with several others who are facing some tough places, including cancer. Thanks so much, again, for sharing your heart. God uses you in my own life, and many others. He will lead you one decision at a time, I'm sure, with one step leading to the next. He gives us enough grace for each day's needs. Hope you get the water running soon!

mrs. darling said...

praying for you and brian. hoping running water comes to pleasant drive again soon! so excited to hear about all the huge things God is going to do in the coming weeks and months in your life.

The Johnson Five said...

Hi I do not know you but Lesile Bunt shared your story with us in Sunday school and I just wanted to let you know that after reading your blog what an amazing woman of God you are. Me and many others are praying for you and that God will heal you.
In all His love!

Sandy Gillett said...

So sorry about the water and isn't it odd, sounds like same song second verse. There's a blessing behind it I know it.

I'm so proud of you for switching to a Vegan diet! And yes Perfect Food is not a taste we're used to but you'll get used to it and actually like it. Maybe even love it.

Lisa H said...

I came to your blog through Leslie's...wanted to tell you that my family will be praying for you!

Also wanted to share a word of encouragement. My sister in law was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. She fought it naturally with nutrition/diet (she did end up having to have surgery to remove a lump) and was recently declared cancer free by her oncologist. If you are interested in reading her story or getting in touch with her, she has a blog... and I know she would love to be praying for you as well.

April said...

Praying for your water as well as your cancer :)

Also, my best friend drinks that Super Food Green nastiness all the time - she never had cancer, (although she did have Lyme disease for like 9 years) but it's really, really good stuff. Good for you, at least ... it sort of repulses me. But she says you get used to it - she craves it, now.

Good luck with everything!!

Andrea said...

Lindsey -- big hugs as you deal with all the stuff going on right now! I just wanted to offer help in one small area: if you need/want ANY vegan recipes, tips, ideas or what have you, just say the word! Current favorite recipe: frozen chocolate chip cookie dough dipped in melted chocolate. (To get the nasty green taste out of your mouth ;)

Love from Boulder,
Andrea (and Dan)

I Do Declare said...

I have been taken by your brave story, and I will say prayers that God heals you. I saw the pictures of the striped wall you mentioned in this post. Though they may be frivolous in the grand scheme of life, those stripes sure make your haven look fabulous!