Thursday, July 1, 2010

Join me, will you?

My head is spinning from all that has been going on during this vacation, (supposed to be actually on one but staying home now and enjoying having Sean here for a stretch,) and part of it has been heavy on my heart. I haven't mentioned it up til now because it wasn't really my story to tell and it involves a family member whose permission I needed before mentioning it. She has given me her blessing now in hopes that you all will come together with us to pray.

Sean's mom Louraine found out while we were in Florida that she has breast cancer. Her biopsy was done the day before we left and she really felt like since there was no family history of breast cancer that she would get a call while we were there saying that all was fine. Instead she got word that it was cancer and for the rest of the week she was helping my father-in-law make appointments for all kinds of visits. The Summer plans all changed. Everything shifted.

While we were with her in Florida it was a sweet time. She took extra pictures and seemed to take it all in without complaint. She isn't a worrier, (I don't get people like that! Ha) and she kept saying that she had hoped it wouldn't be cancer so that it wouldn't end up dictating what the whole family would do and dictate all of her life for a long time. If you've been touched by any kind of illness, though, you know that it will. Not necessarily in our worst-feared ways but it does change things. She is aware of what may be coming-which, to be clear, we aren't sure of other than that it was confirmed that she will have a mastectomy since the cells surrounding the mass were also cancerous-she isn't sure about chemo or radiation yet. We will know more in coming weeks.

We've had lots of fun plans this week that changed and now there are other things instead. That's okay. We went to a Rough Riders game tonight and the nap strike my kids pulled today couldn't come on a better day. not. But that's okay too. We took Ty and Charlie and left Joy with a sitter so we're not completely crazy. Instead of the 60 degree Colorado weather on the 4th that we were looking forward to we'll likely be frying beside the pool at my sister-in-law's Flower Mound house instead. Again, that's okay. The kids are healthy and sleeping tonight and all else, my friends, is small stuff.

We're seeing good friends this week and sitting out in the backyard a lot. We're celebrating the holiday counting our blessings. We are both close to our families. They have been instrumental in our kids' lives and we are so thankful to live close to my family and Sean's family. So bear with me. It's a busy time. And what I'm lacking in blog updates I'll make up to you in pictures. I'm taking a lot of them. I'm trying to figure out how to be a good wife to my not-usually-as-worrisome husband who is worried about his momma. Join me in praying for Louraine, would you?

I know you will. Y'all rock.


Carley said...

We are praying for Louraine. I think we've talked about her and the family everyday this week. Hang in there!

We Three Smiths + 1 said...

We are praying for sure...scary times sometimes bring us closer in an odd way. God will carry you through. Love to you all!

Heather said...

Absolutely, we'll be praying Mary. Thanks for sharing, and for giving us the opportunity. Let me know if you're up for getting together...we'll be around for sure.

Lindsey said...

I will definitely be praying. Keep us updated. Love you friend!

Love Being a Nonny said...

Just prayed for Lorraine and will continue to do so as she comes to my mind. In a way, these things bond a family and bless us in more ways than we can imagine. Keep the faith.

Michelle said...

I will pray for all of you!