Saturday, December 5, 2015

Saturday's Scribbles

Good Saturday morning to you on this warm winter day in Iowa.  We are heading for close to 50 today, amazing for December.  We'll take it!  The forecast is for more on the same for the next week, which is great since we like walking outside so much.  We have walked with temperatures as low as 30 degrees,  but below that it too cold with wind chills factored in.

So, we have walked every day this week, which is my goal during treatments.  Mostly we are walking the paths as the roads are a bit more icy in spots.  It melts during the day but freezes back up at night. We have not seen any deer but have had to avoid their droppings on the trail.  We have seen several robins which is weird.  They should all be heading south.  Maybe, like us, something in life interfered with their plans!

Mostly this week we shopped some, spent time every day at the cancer center, and walked the paths here in the association.  I have been sleeping 9 or more hours every night!  Guess the body needs it. Joel has had meetings with the stewardship job he is doing for a local church, and I headed off to Bible Study on Thursday morning. We saw the doctor twice and yesterday he spent a great deal of time explaining to us in more detail what radiation does, why it is used, and how it works.  Due to major skin issues he is giving me only one more full breast treatment and then we will focus only on the tumor area until the end of my designated time.  That will give other areas of the breast time to start healing.  Yay.  He is a great doctor, patient, detailed in his explanations, and concerned with his patients.  Excited about what he does to help others live a full life.  Blessed to have him on our team.

We put up and decorated our tree last Sunday.  We ended up with a 9 foot tree which cost only $30. Joel did have to go up on the half landing to put our angel on the top.  We purchased her 40 years ago in the Philippines.  The decorations are out, the Christmas music is playing and I have started writing out Christmas cards.  We had so much to share, it is more like a novel this year than a newsletter!!  Ha.....

I cannot help but think about all those who are suffering the loss of loved ones, their innocence, and peace of mind this season due to the violence that occurred this week in CA.  Children experienced this horrible act of hatred too.  It has to end.  Hard questions need to be asked and answered.  Change needs to be embraced.  And our LOVING Father God needs to be welcomed into the lives of his creations.  We are made in His image.

So that brings us back to the reason for this season.  It was created to celebrate the birth of Jesus our Savior.  It was created as a time of worship and focus on the One who gave us life, and offers us life eternal.  It is about Jesus.

I am reading Beni Johnson's new book on health, Ann Voskamp's Advent devotional, and catching up on Guidepost and Angels magazines this week.  What are you reading?  I leave you today while singing along to Alabama's old Christmas CD.  We always listened to this as a family while decorating the tree. Sweet memories.....What is your favorite memory about decorating the tree?

Until next time..............


Sharon said...

Renee, I'm so glad that you have such a wonderful doctor. Having trust in our medical caretaker goes a long way toward healing.

I had to chuckle at the angel-placement! Good thing there's a landing! My hubby and I spent most of today traveling up and down a ladder putting lights up outside. But, all the effort was worth it - they look beautiful. We haven't done it for several years, but I really wanted to this year. I especially like the lights that we wound around some of the beautiful, big trees leading up to our entry!

Yes, violence in this world is escalating - and truly, I think it's because the devil knows his time is short. Oh may the Lord strengthen us to spread the Good News that the Prince of Peace is reaching out to everyone with His love and grace and salvation.


Gayle said...

So beautiful, I love the big trees, and what a buy! I'm so glad you have a good doctor that you trust. I downloaded Brooklyn after seeing the movie, I may start it this evening. I am reading at bedtime a favorite classic, it is short stories called Christmas in Fairacre by Miss Read. It is always a delightful read! Praying you have a better week, hugs and love,