Saturday, March 26

Quote of the Day:  Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.  Confucius

From Waking the Warrior Goddess:  Custom # 14  Take an herbal anti-inflammatory several times a week.

Today when I woke up, I saw 7 does laying, rather lounging, in the backyard.  The year before we bought our house, a fawn was born in the gully area on our property.  Those first years, before we had our dog, Sadie, the deer were frequent visitors.  Taylor, about 2 or 3, used to watch from the french doors at the wild kinddom going on outside our home.  Because there is no fence between us and our neighbors to the west, the deer would run through both yards and the bucks would even ram their antlers together.  It was pretty spectacular.  Taylor, understandably so, grew up afraid of deer and his brothers, acting as brothers will, saw no reason to nurse his fear.  They would play a game on the trampoline called “Blanketdeer”.   Nate would throw a blanket over himself and try to attack Taylor.

I couldn’t help but think of the power of women when I saw the doe gathered there.  My life has been so blessed by my friendships w/ other women.  There is such strength in numbers.  First of all, God knew that I needed women when he gave me 8 sisters, a mom and a step-mom.  My maternal grandmother, Vernessa, has been the most influential women in my life.

I have always considered myself so fortunate for having landed in Olympus Cove.  I have so many examples of women dedicated to education, fitness, family, church, civic awareness and service.  We moved away for a short period of time, and missed the friends and their influence and so hurried back.  I am also so grateful for my 4-Season friends, Becky, Candi, Kelleen and Heidi.  We have been through so much together, meeting as young couples, raising our families together, watching them grow, sending them on missions, watching them further their education, get married, and now starting families of their own.  What a blessing to share in those experiences.  Life is really about the relationships and forever building and fostering them.

The nausea was doable today and Joe and I ran a lot of errands so it felt good to be out and about.  The chemo causes fatigue but also this intolerance for touch, what I mean, it that the body is super-sensative to motion and touch.  Even driving in the car, I seem to notice each bump.  I have adopted a kind of leisure suit that I’m sure I’ll be discarding once chemo is over.  They are running or exercise pants and a comfy exercise shirt.  It’s all my body wants to wear.

I have been the recipient of much warm bread today-  it was needed.  Thanks Sharon Dunn and Linda Dunn.  Linda also brought over a book called the The 10 Best Questions for Surviving Breast Cancer which I am looking forward to reading.  Also, Louise brought over tulips that remind me Spring is on its way.  I got such a sweet call from Mary Lynn Burningham- she is recovering surgery and as always has the most inspiring attitude!


Does in backyard , Runners and friends at Christmas Luncheon


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