Thursday, July 31, 2014

Strength Undefeatable

Two years and counting.
Love you.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Seasoning The Present

This funny, strange week continues.
My feelings of today are intertwined with happenings of the past.
Two years ago, tomorrow, I became cancer free.
I do not want to remember the sad days but I do not want to forget them either.
There is something absolutely special about letting the past "season" your present.

I am happy today.
The sun is hidden behind rainy clouds.
Libby is gobbling down her Pug dinner
tomorrow will come in its own time,
allowing me to rejoice in the joy of remission!

Please remember to get your mammogram.
Love you!

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Right Paths

Do you remember what real mail is?
Do you remember,
walking to the mailbox, opening up the little front door,
your heart beating wildly
as you thumb through the stack of envelopes.
I adored real mail.
For some reason the maibox has become a place for
once and awhile it holds a treasure.
Maybe an invitation to a wedding or party,
a card of care and well being,
something so very special, it has to have a category of its own.
This very thing happened to me this weekend.
Larry brought the mail in, announcing real mail for me.
Let me show you.
I was so touched that I cried.
Lisa Aven has been my friend for over 30 years.
She is an amazing woman
 remembered that my passion is for women who cannot afford mammograms,
get them and be diagnosed early if they might have breast cancer.
She also remembered that  two years ago,
{this week}
I had surgery to remove my tumor.
{invasive ducal carcinoma}

Life goes on.
everyone is busy and living their lives, as I am.
Two years ago, while going through this,
I did not realize that two years later
the bumps in my road would have been so strange.
So frightening.
So Happy.
So sad.
So touching
and best of all,
So filled with love.

Two years ago, Lisa Aven sent me a book.

Promises Of Hope For women

Oh how I love this book.
Not just because of the scripture and quotes inside,
but because Lisa gave it to me.

It reminds me that strength, faith and grace live within us all.
All we have to do is whisper a prayer....
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding:
Think about Him in all your ways, 
and he will guide you on the right paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

I want to be the Lisa in the lives of my friends.
Are you the Lisa in your friends lives?

Love you.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Live With Me Moment

Yesterday I was invited to Matilda's ballet class.
I felt sentimental about it. She is growing so fast.
Forgive the bad photos, I only used my phone
was to busy watching her, to concentrate on "good" shots.
Resting Ballerinas.
The water fountain was popular.
Matilda took a drink each time she passed it. 
Ballerina fingers peeking around the corner.
Happy ballerina
Do you know the special moments in your life?
The ones that live in your heart forever?
Matilda, at 3 years old, in ballet class, is a live with me moment.
Love you,

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throw Back Thursday Tolbert's

I went through the pictures on my phone today.
This gem made me smile.
It was a spring day at the Ft Worth Zoo.
Larry had taken the day off, but of course he was working.
No cell phones then.
I guess that it was 1989.
This picture describes my family.
Even now.
Larry working. Lauren in charge and Jami with binoculars around her neck.
Don't you just adore acid wash jeans?
Love you.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In The Texas Heat

I am growing sunflowers and harvesting the seeds for Matilda to plant next summer.
The Texas heat has returned.
I tried to get all  of my chores done in the morning.
When the temps are 101, afternoons beg to be lazy.
I close up all of the blinds, get a huge glass of water, curl up and read.
That's what summer is for isn't it?
I must confess, I did not get much done yesterday.
So much for well laid plans.
Larry and I did go out to dinner.
We went to a small Italian Restaurant that has new owners.
I had eaten there with the old owners and I refused to go back.(it was THAT bad)
I have been there twice with the new owners now and my meals were perfection! 
We were alone, talking about our day and gossiping about things.
I love date nights with My Larry.
Coming together after a (semi)busy day for me, is always nice.
I do hope that your  today is busy,
 tonight as it is ending,
you come together with someone you care about and share your moments.
It makes the day worth while.
Love you.