Today is Friday. It is September 30th. Wow. Another month virtually gone. Crazy.
Radiation went very quickly today. They were ahead of schedule, so I was finished by the time of my actual appointment. That's always good. We're really on the countdown now. Just four more radiation appointments and seven more chemo treatments. Then a period of rest and a time of reassessment. They are planning to try to reduce my steroid dose one more time. I can't really remember when, but I think it may be Sunday. You can be praying that goes well... whenever it is. :)
Our doorbell rang after lunch today and a nice surprise awaited on the other side of the door...
Yep. A tray of IKEA cinnamon rolls. They were obviously irresistable as you can see that my mom and I wasted no time getting into them. Thanks so much, Susie (and Margie)! You know what I like and they really hit the spot! :) (Yes, I love IKEA cinnamon rolls... but you can see there are still four left in the tray. Please, my dear local friends... wait awhile before inundating us with more cinnamon rolls. At some point in time I'm going to have to work off all this bread and sugar and that is not going to be fun! But my tastebuds and I sure do appreciate your very tangible expressions of love for me!)
Let's move on to some scripture (because if I keep talking about cinnamon rolls, I'm going to have another!). Today we're going into the New Testament. Philippians, to be exact.
Philippians 1:27 and 2:3-5
"Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ."
"Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ had."
I try to always be mindful of how I'm coming across to others. Hmmm. I don't think that's exactly what I mean, because it sounds rather surface-y. What I really want to remember is that, because most people surely know by now that I'm a Christian, well... that I have a responsibility to act like one. And that means acting like Christ acted when He walked the earth. Unselfish. Humble. Not trying to impress people. Taking an interest in others. Putting others before self.
Really, these are not natural, are they? We all have at least a few selfish bones in our bodies, I think. I know that I do (and my family can attest to that!). But, we don't have to give in to our selfish desires. The Lord will help us to show the results of our salvation (Philippians 2:12). He is working in us to give us the desire to do what pleases him (Philippians 2:13).
What helps me is what you have observed me doing here — reading the Word. Digesting it. Making it personal. Focusing on what is applicable and meaningful to me at the time. And just dwelling on the instructions from the Lord. Read His Word, think about it, and see if it doesn't seep into your pores and start to change the way you think and act, too.
Time to move on to some craftiness.
As you know, we have had so many people bringing us all manner of things. But one thing that has been so meaningful and helpful is the steady stream of meals that have been brought to the house. We have been overwhelmed by the love and support of our local community — our neighbors, our local friends, our church family, the families and alumni families of the preschool where I work, members of the Curves where I work-out... like I said, it's been overwhelming.
We've been quite haphazard with our expressions of thanks and Ken finally typed up a little note that we could give to people when they drop off food.
I pulled out a bunch of Papertrey Ink stamps and am just working my way down the stack, making a bunch of cards to have on hand. We gave the first away last night, allowing the almost-six year old girl to pick which one she liked. Sophie Ann has drawn me many pictures and sent me many cards, so it was only fitting that she should be the first to get one of our official thank you notes. (With no hesitation she chose the one on the top left with the shiny crackle, the flowers, the rhinestones, and the blue bird... I think I could've predicted. :) )
AND TELL: stamps are from Papertrey Ink (Mat Stack 3 Collection); cardstock varies; patterned paper is from my stash; ink is Stampin' Up (Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Basic Gray); pearl is SU; rhinestone is Kaiser (clear); also used PTI's Mat Stack 3 die.
Since it is, once again, after 4:00 (where does the time go???) — well, I think it's time to close this up and maybe watch some HGTV shows before I set up the DVR for next week's shows. Can't miss my decorating inspiration. Not that I'm doing any decorating right now, but I sure am accumulating lots of ideas! :)
Do you have fun plans for the weekend? We're hoping to go down the street on Saturday to our neighborhood ball field where they're having a big Oktoberfest celebration. The weather is supposed to be pleasantly cool (for here, that would mean in the 60s), so I'm hoping to have the energy to get out and socialize a bit. Then Sunday is stamp club, but I'm going to have to forego it — because there's also a Panther's game and nothing can get in the way of rooting for them (especially now that they have a win under their belt!). But I will miss seeing my stamp club buddies. :(
Well, thank you so much for dropping by and spending some of your precious time here with me. I plan to be back tomorrow — but we'll see. I may just decide to take a day off... so don't panic if I'm not here. OK? Sending you lots of love and big ol' hugs!