It has been 10 months since I was diagnosed and since that time I have protected myself even more from the outside world of news and social media and everything else-and I missed nothing and felt more connected to those around me than ever before. My faith has grown tremendously, and I have little or no time or energy or interest in unnecessary distractions. I would absolutely take a pass on the “gift” of cancer, but one thing I’ve noticed is that one is forced to see worldly things differently. I try so much more than I ever did before to not waste time on things that distract me from what really counts. (I think a short daily prayer reminder helps because we are inundated with distractions!) And what really counts is faith, family and neighbors-“bloom where you are planted”. Relationships. The gifts that God gave us that He wants us to make good on. Guarding our hearts and our minds so that if we find something that leads us in the direction of greed, or anger, or vanity or self pity, we avoid it. Those deplete us of life, not fill us up and lead us to real joy and gratitude.
These are the cutest (well-played with as you can tell) little dolls! Very un-Barbie-like, thank the Lord.
Also my version of playing-I love baking and bought these things on Amazon to make baking for others more fun. Wrapping up cookies or brownies or anything else in these little packages makes me happy!
Baker’s Twine-a set of multi-colored string
Small Baker’s Bags (fits a personal amount of treats ie a few cookies)
Personalized Stamp(mine is very old but this is a similar stamp)
I bought the round tags at Michaels.
We have been taking turns reading this book to Patrick and we ALL love it. If you have a boy into sports it’s such a great message and not done in a hokey preachy way, but by great story-telling.
An incredible, unforgettable book. I wanted to know more about the hardships, desires and struggles of immigrants and this is quite eye-opening and heart-breaking. (There is also a young adult version that I want my high school age son to read.) . How lucky we are to live in this country.