Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Family Getaway

For years, my family has made the reasonably short drive to Beavers Bend State Park in Oklahoma just as a little getaway from the hustle and bustle of our normal lives. This tradition started when my sister, Ashley, and I were little girls, and it has persisted into our adult years. There is something so wonderful and nostalgic about going back there with my family. Now, things are far different than they used to be. Things change. This weekend was an excellent occasion of quality time with my family. And you know what? I am still feeling pretty normal. Praise God! I have bouts of nausea here and there, but I mostly feel very well. That's because of my prayer covering. I'm convinced!

Here are a few looks into our weekend:

Me and Brian. Ya'll, can you please excuse my hair. I've just about decided that its only style is the absence of style. For several weeks I was thinking, "I just might have to get a hair cut. This mop is out of control!" But, I just can't seem to take a pair of scissors to it when I know it will likely be falling out again in a couple of months. So, I think I'll just let it do its thing. It keeps me humble :)
Me and Ashley. Isn't she beautiful? She has the most exquisite blue eyes and vibrant red hair.
Sweet Baby Hensley. Such a big girl!
About 7 years ago, we (my sisters and I) took a picture on this slide. So, we decided to reenact our previous pose.
The "kids"
Chelsey, the Lioness
My husband is the greatest fire builder that you'll ever meet. It's one of his many useful skills. I love to watch him slave away to make the most impressive raging fire that you'll ever see. If he was left to survive in the wild, I have no doubt that his mad skills would carry him through. He's dreamy. ;)
Me and Dad. I like him. He's always been good at making sure that our family gets out of town together. That's important, I think.
Brian is taking a break to let the fire grow.
Maddox the Magnificent. Is that hat/boot combo not a riot? I couldn't help but crack up when I saw this ensemble.
Enjoying the blazing bonfire.

Unfortunately, the weekend ended much too soon, and we all had to return home to get ready for yet another work week. But, it was a real blessing for me to spend some time away with my dear family.

On another note, please pray for Maddox tomorrow. He is having his tonsils and adenoids out and tubes put in his ears. Though these are routine and minor, he is ours, and we can't help but wish for the moment when he is out, safe and sound. Pray for a quick, easy surgery without complications. And, pray for a speedy recovery for this little guy. Also, please pray for Ashley and Brian as they wait anxiously during their son's procedure.

Thank you!

Good night and good week!


Paula said...

Brian and Lindsey,
I am so glad that you guys got to get away with your family. The pictures are great.
You looked absolutely beautiful. If people didn't know you, they would never know that there was a battle raging inside your sweet body.
We are anxious to hear about what the radiation oncologist has to say, in the meantime, we will selfishly pray for no more surgery.
There is a verse in Timothy that so reminds me of you,I would look it up but the house is dark and everyone is asleep. It goes something like this, "For God did not give you the spirit of timidity, but of love, power and self control. It appears to us that at each bump in the road that you and Brian face, you face it with this verse. I love to see how God continues to work through you daily.
We will keep Mr. Maddox in our prayers also.
Have a blessed week and always remember that we are continuing to "Storm the throne of Jesus" on your behalf daily.
The Chaffin's

Kathryn said...

The pictures of you and your family are beautiful! It looks like you all really enjoyed your time together!

When Madelyn was sick, it truly amazed me how we could actually feel the prayers of so many. I know from what you write that you are experiencing that as awesome and surreal all at the same time.

Praying for a good week. Thank you for continuing to share the ins and outs of your battle with all of us.

Shelly said...

Looks like you guys had a fun time. And I think your hair is precious! :)

A Nerd and A Free Spirit said...

What a great, refreshing time! I love bonfires. And Lindsey, I just think you are absolutely beautiful. And your hair is cute any way. (-:

Happy Monday!


Julie-CA said...

Thank you for taking the time to share your fun pictures and recap your special weekend. I'm glad you and your family were able to get away together. Thumbs up for your Dad who faithfully initiates the family getaways. They are oh-so important in the midst of so many different busy schedules. I like your hair and think you are very pretty so keep your head high...He shines through you. :) I prayed for your little Maddox today and think he is super cute!

Anonymous said...

My son just had tubes put in - it really helped him (no more ear infections) and the whole thing took 5 minutes, no recovery time needed! I'm praying for little Maddox!

Life and Times . . . said...

Love your blog - I find it inspiring. Just said a prayer for Maddox. My son is having his adenoids removed and tubes put in on Wed., and I know that no matter how "routine" it may be to the doctors it's never routine to the parents. And on a funny note my little man has the exact same hat as Maddox - it's just too cute. Will also continue to pray for you as you face treatment for your cancer.

Erin said...

Looks like a fun trip! You can tell that you and your family really enjoy each other.

Ruth - Grandma said...

What a great weekend! So glad you could go and enjoy the time with family. Good pictures of your family having a wonderful time. You look so beautiful and happy. No one would know what you are going thru by the looks of your happy countenance. God is good and will continue helping you with your positive additude. Praying for little Maddox. He is so cute!

Cari said...

Fun!! Gotta love a family get away! I would love to see the picture of you and your sisters from 7 years ago. What a fun comparison! :) I keep telling Brandon we need to go to Beaver Lake as a family because, well, we're Beaver's!! :)