Friday, November 15, 2013

Faith, Family & Friends

'Tis the season to be jolly ...

Isn't it interesting how we get swept up in the spirit of Christmas?  For some the sweeping comes earlier than later; some, like me, who love to deck the halls long before Thanksgiving; and leaving them decked well after the new year.   

Why is that?  

I haven't a clue!

But this I do know:  Whatever  I'm swept up in, it's mysteriously linked to faith, family & friends.  I needn't figure it out beyond that!

Speaking of family, I can tell you that our beloved Molly continues the rugged ordeal associated with battling Ovarian Cancer.  Today is the 4th week in her Chemotherapy juggernaut, which means she's got roughly 14 weeks to go.  She has good and not-so-good days ~ days of energy & humor, days of nausea & bone-chilling weariness.  She's begun losing her long locks in clumps, and has now trimmed them in readiness for the baldness to come.  Above all, she's strong & courageous.  

Also about family ... I have a recently-discovered cousin, Linda, that I've enjoyed getting to know.  She lives in Michigan, so I've not yet had the pleasure of a person-to-person visit, but that'll come, I'm sure.  Her mother & my father derive common DNA from the ever-industrious Annie McFadden-Wells.  Recently she has joined us here in cyberspace & begun to pen posts.  I can assure you she's got a knack for it.  Why not drop by & welcome her at her cyber-home,  Gather Around the Fireplace  ?

Random thought:  Who among you hails from Mountain View, California?  I am blessed to see how often you visit, and how many of my 6+ years of posts you've taken in.  I'm equally stymied by the visitor from the Russian Federation, Mumbai & Lithuania.  Cyberspace is, indeed, a small world.

As the year winds to a close, we ready for the new chapter in our lives:  another move (so what's new?) !  We've not yet got an exact date for the shuffle, but we're hoping it'll be January-ish.  Because of that, I've decided NOT to deck my halls this season.  I'll be packing them instead.  

OK ... so I owe ALL of you a long-overdue visit.  I hope to make the rounds next week, and look forward to hearing all about your escapades.

This is the day
the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it."
~ Psalm 118:24


Debbie said...

Good morning! I have been praying for Molly so am glad to hear this update...I will continue my prayers for her...such a pretty girl! No, I am sure with a move in Jan., decking your halls would seem pretty fruitless, lol. Looking forward to hearing more about that later. Blessings to you!!

Sharon said...

My continued prayers for your dear Molly. May the Lord give her strength and peace as she battles this insidious disease. And, of course, may He grant her complete healing.

Waiting to hear more about your move.


NanaNor's said...

Hi there, Loved getting caught up with you. I'm so sorry that Molly has Ovarian cancer-my sister battled it for many years about 14 yrs ago.It is such a horrid disease! But treatments have come so far in the last number of years.
Also wanted to say I am not from Mt.View but was born&raised in Palo Alto, had our daughters in Cupertino before moving to Santa Rosa. Now we live in beautiful Colorado.
Hope you have a great weekend.
Hugs, Noreen

Terri Tiffany said...

I have so enjoyed keeping up with your life. I can't wait to read and see pictures about your next move--January sounds like a chilly time though! LOL Been praying for your beautiful daughter.

Debbie Petras said...

Kathleen, I am praying for your Molly. So young to go through so much. How fortunate that the Lord moved you closer for the comfort and support only you can provide as her mom.

I understand not setting up all the Christmas decorations with all that's going on in your life right now. I had one Christmas in our 29 years of marriage that I let it go and that was when we had to make that move to the west valley for a time. I was so discouraged. But I have to admit that I have already put up my tree. I know it's early and I usually wait until after Thanksgiving but Greg and I needed it this year. The place is small and it brightens up our condo. So I shut my blinds and we play Christmas music. :)

Love you,

Granny said...

Many prayers for Molly & everyone who is rallying around her during this time. God definitely has a plan for her life & the blessing she must be to those around her... I truly enjoy your posts, but just like everyone else we just have so much going on with our family as well. I am on & off the computer always in a hurry, and my blog posts have become very sporadic. But, we do as God directs in our lives & are thankful for the opportunity to be available for our families. May God Bless you & yours during the Thanksgiving & Christmas seasons... and also during this season of Molly's journey... daily prayers for her from our family.

Just a little something from Judy said...

There is not a day that goes by, that you and Molly are not brought to my thoughts and prayers. Since I have spent time with my good friend recently, that went through the same battle, the reminders stay fresh in my mind. I can't imagine the heaviness of it all, for everyone in your dear family.

Another move, I cannot imagine that either. I love that I can talk to God about you, and continue to ask Him to calm your heart and give you His peace, no matter what season of the year it is. I wish I could place my little decorated tree at your front door today:)

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

Molly has been in my heart and prayers...praying right now again.
Blessings on another move. So glad your faith is in the one who holds the world in His hands.
Happy Thanksgiving!