Monday, August 18, 2008

Daybook Entry for August 18, 2008


FOR TODAY (August 18, 2008)...

Outside My Window I'm watching the storm clouds gather. The hurricane path that is predicted seems to have been drawn right over my house! I've been through a lot of these, so I'm prepared with candles, lanterns, oil lamps, water, etc. But looking out my window, I worry about two things: I hope my sycamore tree is strong enough to withstand the winds of the storm, and I wonder if the wasp nest on my window will survive. I love my Sycamore tree! My sister gave it to me as a gift years ago. It came with a stick to hold it straight and tall, and it stayed tied to that stick for a long time. But as it towered upward, it broke away, now standing proud with very wide, shady limbs. This will be its first test of strength if this hurricane hits us full force!

I am thinking. . . I don't pass the storm and wind test too often!.

I am thankful for...Increasing strength! Went to the Cancer Dr. today for a check up. Gave them more blood (They must have a gallon by now!), got weighed (lost 9 lbs!), etc. He did look at the tumor site and the notorious hole there and wouldn't say whether it had shrunk any or not. But when he prodded and dug into my armpit, he did say that whatever is under there has definitely shrunk. I'm thankful for that!

From the kitchen... Eggplant parmasean! A favorite of mine!.

I am wearing... Very little! The HOT flashes are horrid!

I am creating... Something new with my stitcheries! Can't wait to get started on it!

I am going... Nowhere. I've been to the grocery store today and that took everything out of me. Stocked up on munchies just in case the storm takes out the electricity. Isn't it funny, as soon as the lights go out, I'm hungry!

I am reading... Nothing! If blogs count, then that's what I've been reading. I have found some of the most wonderful, encouraging, God-centered blogs that have just lifted me up and I can't begin to thank all of you who share your hearts like this. I would have never believed that blogs could be used of God the way they are.

I am hoping... I'm not disappointed if I have to have more than the 4 chemo treatments the nurses told me I was going to have. The Dr. today said he said no such thing and it will all depend on how I respond to each treatment!

I am hearing... PeeWee crying for his dinner!

Around the house...There is so much to do. It's closing in on me.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week. . . Get myself ready in advance for next Wednesday's chemo treatment. I'll do everything I can in advance so I don't feel guilty or upset when I'm under that 18 wheeler again.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater.
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase.
To added affliction He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace

When we have exhausted our store of endurance
And our strength has failed e'er the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
The Father's full giving is only begun

His love has no limit. His grace has no measure,
His power has no boundary known unto man.
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
-Annie Johnson Flint


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Patty H. said...

Praying for you during the storm.

Wendy said...

I pray that the storm passes over you!! Be careful and God Bless!~Wendy

Linda said...

Cora you don't need another storm in your life right now. I am praying this one is much kinder to you and your tree remains strong and steady for you.

PianoPlayer said...

This storm doesn't look very dangerous at this point. The latest track (subject to change at any second) brings it ashore and across the state farther south, much like Charlie in 2004.
I love the picture of the woman with the burden on her back. I've felt that way recently. Thanks for reminding me about the "more grace" thing.
Love to you.

Julie said...

Scarey!! I hope the tree, the house and especially you, are all okay. Sending hugs your way. Julie

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hi Cora,
Praying for all of you in Florida and that the weather isnt as bad as they expect. Glad you got your provisions all in order and what is with when the lights go out its munchy time? And when the power goes out do you go turn on the lights too? I do it every time?
Praising God that the tumor keeps shrinking AWAYyyyyyyyYY!
eagle wings and crumb cake!
Much love
from the Potting shed

Renna said...

Cora, I love the way your pictures always so perfectly express your sentiment.

As to encouraging blogs to read, your's is one of the best. I simply cannot imagine how horrible this must all be for you, but the attitude you express on your blog is an absolute inspiration.

LindaSueBuhl said...

Thought of the song lyric - His eye is on the sparrow - so I know He watches me. We both know He does watch you and is always loving you. Your days sound busy and life can be a challenge - as my pastor says - we aren't promised a pleasant journey but Oh what a wonderful homecoming we'll have. Your journey is harder than many - but you handle it with grace and humor - and appreciate the small stuff along the way. Thanks for dropping by my blog - keep that fork girl!

Thru Pink Curtains said...

Thank you for the wonderful post today, the encouraging music and thoughts in a poem. It is so nice to have a sycamore tree-remember the zacchaeus climbed up there ready to give all his life to Jesus and God called him - Jesus wil protect you on the ground as well I hope things are okay for you....

Kelli said...

I am praying that the storm passes you by and that your week is going well. Thank you for leaving such a sweet note on my blog.

Wendy said...

I love the new look to your blog!!! Hope you have a Blessed weekend!!~Wendy

Clif said...

Great blog! Annie Johnson Flint is fantastic--one of my favorites!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Sweet cora!

Have had you on my mind and think of you each day Cora. Hope you are doing well and that treatment has been good for you. As always Cora, keeping you in my prayers!


Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Always love peeking into your day, Cora. I pray that the Lord just lifts those burdens from you shoulders dear sister.