It was out with the old and in with a brand new year this week! I have to say I was not too sad to see 2019 go! Todd and I reflected over this past year earlier in the week. It was “the best of times and the worst of times”. Overall, the year included 7-8 weeks in the hospital. My rough count of MRI’s and CT scans comes to around 25-30 not to mention 365+ bandage changes, 6 rounds of chemo, 6 weeks of wound vac backpack sporting and…….. 52 weeks of being enveloped by the love and healing power of my Lord and Savior! While going through some boxes over the Christmas break, I came across the box of cards I have received over this past year 16 months. I kept every note and letter and card. As I read through some of them, tears of joy and gratitude began to rain out of my eyes. I could never fully express just how precious each and every one is to me. What seems so small an act to us sometimes is the world to someone else!

While back in SC for the Holidays, we attempted to see as many of our family and friends as we could. I had to pace myself and did not get to do everything I wanted to. The time went by so fast and it seemed as if we blinked and it was time to come back to Richmond. We are moving to an apartment this week until the house in Clemson sells. Maybe this will help us feel more like we live here rather than being on a very extensive visit. I am working from home and starting a couple of projects in the new year, life seems to be rolling along. I have what I hope will be my last chemo treatment on Monday then we head to MD Anderson January 14 for scans. Unlike last year, I am now all too familiar with how things work with this disease. Still, I know that medicine alone is not my hope of healing. I know that strength to face every day and healing comes from above. When I am anxious and fear begins to rise within me, I know what to do. Stop, pray and be still. Let the love of God and comfort of the Holy Spirit wash over me to calm me. It is not always easy but the more I do this, the more my faith grows.

So, I walk into 2020 with a clear 20/20 vision of where we have been and where we are going. I will continue to choose faith and hope every morning. There is so much to look forward to. Two of my sons (Chris and Clay) will finish school at Tri-County Tech and already have great jobs. My middle son (Chase) is getting married in July. Todd and I WILL move into a house here in Richmond sometime this year!

I pray that we all remember to make the most out of every moment, drinking it in and letting it warm our hearts and spirit. The photo collages at the top are a mix of pictures from this year and the special people who bring us joy!