Good Morning and Happy Monday! We have had some major excitement in our family over the past couple of weeks. My son, Chase, got engaged. Yes, the middle child is getting married, Lord help us! His Fiance’, Rachel, is awesome and I love her dearly. The wedding is next summer and I am excited about this major milestone.

I will admit that I had a fleeting moment of wondering about my health and the fear that I am sure anyone with a life threatening disease would have. Will I be able to be there? Will I make it to see my child marry? To which I quickly told the devil to shove it! I will see not only my middle child marry but the other 2 as well. Whenever that happens. I will not let fear of death and disease take root in my spirit! I prayed for God to restore my strength of mind and spirit. I need these beautiful moments to look forward to. I want to enjoy every moment of this next year as we all plan and prepare for the wedding.

Speaking of my health, I am still wearing the wound vac and taking antibiotics. The machine makes strange gurgling noises and can be rather annoying. We visited a new church here in Richmond yesterday and I was so nervous that this machine would start playing it’s tune during the service. Thankfully, it kept quiet. I also cannot tell you how many times I have walked off and forgotten to bring it with me only to be jerked back by the pain of the tube pulling on me. I admit I look pretty funny carrying my backpack around the house all the time. When I get annoyed and start to complain my husband will bring me back to earth by saying “would you rather be in the hospital”? No, I would not. He is right…..as usual…but please do not tell him I said so! 😉

We are still waiting for our house to sell. I pray everyday for God to send the right buyer our way. As my sister-in-law (the Mellissa with 2 Ls) and I were enjoying some retail therapy this weekend, she began talking about how we might handle Christmas this year if we were still living together. I had not even considered that we might still be waiting for our house to sell! Don’t get me wrong, She has been more than gracious and wonderful and we all get along so well. We had a great time this past weekend. It was the first time in over a month that the 3 of us were all home for the weekend. Still, it is hard to imagine not being in my own house for Christmas.

As I thought on this later in the evening, I was reminded that the Holidays are a time to be with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Savior. Jesus was born far from home in a stable. He and Mary and Joseph celebrated that first Christmas in a strange, far away place, in a barn!! So what am I complaining about!! I was looking at the situation all wrong. I should be counting my blessings. I asked God to help me focus on the fact that we are so blessed to have a home with my sister-in-law while we patiently (ok, not so patiently) wait to be settled here in VA. If we are still living with Mellissa, it will be a special memory, a different Christmas but something we will never forget. And, As Mellissa pointed out…. she will have her very own in house personal Christmas decoration helper! Absolutely, I am your elf!