Friday, May 13, 2011

Books and Blogs and Brunch and ...

FFF spring

It's been another full week! Not exceptionally busy, but full of news.  We met with the surgeon and got more details of the pathology results.  That was part good news (the two tumors are both very small, and there is no sign of invasion) and part not-so-good news (the cancer is high nuclear grade, which suggests aggressiveness).  We decided to proceed with treatment, which is going to include surgery, radiation, and medical treatment (not chemotherapy, but something like tamoxifen).

Even so, we are finding blessings along the way.  Thanks for stopping by to read my Friday's Fave Five list!
  1. My blog post on Monday was my 1000th post.  (This milestone would seem more significant if we didn't have all these other things going on!)
  2. Every week, Keiki Hendrix at The Vessel Project compiles and publishes a list of free Christian books for e-readers.  (If you don't have a Kindle or Nook, you can download free apps for your computer or handheld device.  In addition, some of the free books are audiobooks, which can be played on practically any computer or handheld device.)  Thanks to Keiki's lists, I have downloaded numerous books to my Kindle.  I only hope to have time to read them all! :)
  3. Even as I am taunted by the box of books and blank lesson plan sheets, I am thankful for the freedom to homeschool.  I get to spend every day with my son and learn (or re-learn) alongside him.
  4. My husband and son took me out to brunch for Mother's Day.  We rarely go out that day--it's so crowded and so expensive--but we found a place that was neither of those.  The food was fabulous, especially the penne pasta!  (I just couldn't go another week without including food in my FFF list!)
  5. I hope you're not tired of hearing how much I love my church ... because I love my church!  I have been tremendously blessed by the emails, phone calls, cards, hugs, words of encouragement, and offers of help that we have received since I got my diagnosis.  Last week it was a friend from church who said, "You won't be going through this alone," and those words are already proving to be true.

      Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. (Philippians 2:1-2, New International Version)
What have been the best parts of your week?  Answer in the comments section or write up your own Friday's Fave Five post and link up to our lovely hostess, Susanne.

I am planning to take a semi-break from blogging next week, so I can take care of some things here.  I'll be around, but I have guest posts (and a book review) scheduled already.  I may be back for Friday's Fave Five, if the timing works out.  See you then!


  1. So glad that your tumors are small!!! Continuing to pray for you. What a blessing to love your church and be loved by them. God is good!

  2. You are very upbeat in the face of this - I am glad that God helped you through the depression before you had to deal with this.

    God gives us community for a good reason.

  3. wahoo on the good news. i'll be praying about your treatment. all these prayers, support from others, God's healing touch,the treatment itself and your own fighting spirit will prove to be also quite aggressive!

    1000 posts is quite significant. i am struck by your attention to your blog and readers. you've even arranged for posts while you are busy this week.

    your are an awesome woman.

  4. Thanks for the blog comments Melissa. I am feeling like I should not let anyone make me feel so bad that I want to quit something I love. That's my fault for letting a persons words get the best of me. Live and learn. Thanks for putting up with me. Praying for you.

  5. 1000 posts is definitely a milestone! Having small non invasive carcinomas is better than all the milestones one can recall!

    Nice to hear you had a great Mothers Day in spite of the turmoil that is trying to bring you down. Your Faith has proved to be more powerful than turmoil, Bravo and Blessings to you Melissa.

  6. I think it's a wonderful thing to love your church. So glad they are there for you.

    Continuing to pray for you as you go into your treatment phase.

  7. I guess it is possible to have good, bad news. I'm hopeful for you, and the nurse inside of me, said, "that IS good news!" I'm glad you have so much love and support, too. It's almost as helpful as the medical treatments.

    Happy 1,000th post - and yes. Homeschooling is a gift.

  8. Penne sounds wonderful! I am so glad your church has rallied around your family.

    You are in my prayers.

  9. When I went through my cancer my church was a huge encouragement to me. But even when we don't have problems, our churches are wonderful places and I love hearing that you love your church.

  10. Congrats on 1000 posts!! I'll be praying for you as you go through treatment. It's so nice to have a great church, isn't it? Hugs!

  11. Thanks for that free ebook tip! I've just downloaded Kindle on my blackberry and our MacBook and I'm LOVING all the freebies out there!

    Thoughts and prayers!

  12. wow, what a great list!!!!!
    thinking about you


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