Friday, February 10, 2017

Five on Friday (Feb 10, 2017)

1. Because of lingering sickness, Rory and I had an extra day at home this week (okay, I had 2 extra days at home). It's not how I hoped to spend my week off chemo, but sometimes you just don't get to be in control.

When I look at this picture, it makes me smile. I sure hope Rory remembers this day as fondly as I will because we sure had a good time convalescing together. We lounged and drank coffee; she spent several hours reading my blog (I haven't printed 2016 yet so this was her first time to read it); we painted our nails and binge watched Amazon's Just Add Magic series. So did I miss 2 days of work off my paycheck? Yes. Was it worth it? Also yes.



2. Brian and I decided to do a little Facebook fast this week. I admit to jumping on during my sick days as well as a couple of evenings at midnight when I wasn't sleeping. Otherwise, I would say it's been a success. I have felt more present for both Brian and the kids and I have definitely felt less resentment towards Brian's device in general. To be clear, neither of us think social media is wrong, but we felt like our family schedule is crazy busy and maybe needed a bit of a reset.

3. Camden had a choir competition Thursday this week. No word yet on how they placed, but he sure had a good time. This boy does love him some music. After a 6-week break from guitar lessons, he's back at it.


4. While we have done family devotions for many years (at times with more regularity than others), I've always wanted to incorporate Proverbs into our daily life. This is the week we decided to make it happen. So after supper, we all pull out our Bibles and read one chapter of Proverbs (there are 31 chapters in Proverbs and generally 31 days/month). The plan is for this to be an ongoing thing so no problem if we miss a night or two; we'll hit it next month or the next or the next. Listen, I would like to tell you that our kids greeted this idea with stellar excitement (and to be honest, Rory did). The truth is that there was some annoying feet-tapping, staring off into the distance, ugly side glances at siblings, not as much participation as I would have liked, and heretical interpretation of scripture by Rory. These evenings required more than a little long suffering from the adults. But it felt so good to gather and study together.

5. Although this was my off week for chemo, I still had a half day's worth of appointments on Wednesday. Most importantly, it was time for a scan. These scans always hold weight, but now that I'm on a clinical trial, it is crucial that my cancer doesn't grow (okay, it's always crucial that cancer doesn't progress). As long as the cancer is stable, I continue with this particular treatment. And since we believe this particular treatment is the best option, good results are important (okay, always important). Fingers crossed.

On today's agenda is my Friday morning Bible Study; basketball game tonight. Tomorrow Brian and I have a date scheduled and I have everything crossed that we'll get to actually go on that date. Sunday is all church related with regular services in the morning and a youth group fundraising event (a Valentine's Hawaiian Luau) in the evening.

I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people.
But let them not return to their foolish ways. 
Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, so our land will be filled with his glory.
Unfailing love and truth have met together.
Righteousness and peace have kissed! 
Truth springs up from the earth and righteousness smiles down from heaven.
Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings.
Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.
Righteousness goes as a herald before him, preparing the way for his steps.
Ps. 85:8-13


Monica said...

Even if you don't post them here, be sure to write Rory's heretical interpretations down to read later! I'm sure she'll one day love to look back and roll her eyes and laugh.

Christine @ 12,450miles said...

I love your five things this week! Well, except for the lingering sickness... boo to that! But great little tidbits... and that image of C with his guitar?! Amazing!