Monday, December 9, 2019

Counting Our Blessings - Linkup

Hello friends.  I hope you had a wonderful week full of blessings!

I was sent these beautiful flowers that my friend made me. They are made of paper! She is such an amazing artist and I am so blessed to have some of her gorgeous flowers. My arrangement does not do them justice but no matter how I put them in the vase, they just shine beauty! This is my very best friend who sent these to me and every time I look at them, I remember how blessed I am to have a friend like her. Thank you, Joyce, for blessing me with not only these flowers but a beautiful, soft wrap, turban and card. I love them all so much!!

This just makes me happy...

This is my planner and journal for 2020.  I love the new Wonder Woman movie and can't wait to see the new one next year. It makes me smile every time I look at these and will be cheerful as I go into the new year.

I had my third chemo treatment last week and it has been a tough week.  I've had some side effects, some not so bad,  and others are worse or new. They gave me a shot to boost my white blood cell count the day after my treatment and it has made everything worse. I won't do that again unless my life depends on it.

Since I have the third treatment done, I will be doing a CT scan next.  It's scheduled for Monday, December 16th at 11:00 mountain time. I would so appreciate you praying that the cancer spots on my liver and lung are gone so I can have my hysterectomy. She said that if it is clear, they would do the surgery at the end of this year or the beginning of 2020. I am so hoping and praying that the chemo has done it's job and that the spots are gone! Thank you so much for praying with me on this!


Now it's your turn to share your blessings! Please share on the linky below...

Blessings - Julie

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Counting Our Blessings - Linkup

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! There is so much to be thankful for even in the hard times. God blesses us all the time and I love that we focus on that through this linkup. 😊

I cooked for Thanksgiving and did it over four days. I knew if I took my time, I could do it! I ordered my groceries online and then all we had to do was pick them up. I love this service, especially right now when I can't do the shopping and I don't want to add to my husband's growing list. Our store does such a fantastic job and it's really a blessing having this service when you're unable to go to the store.  They even take our coupons so you save just as much as if you did it yourself. Yay!

The only down side to our Thanksgiving was that my oldest son got sick and couldn't come over. I had just had a phone call two days before telling me my white blood cell count was down to dangerous levels so I can't be around anyone sick for sure! I felt so bad that he couldn't come over as I was so looking forward to having my whole family around me. It was just one of those things that happens that makes one sad.

We had a wonderful meal and I was so thankful to have my husband and youngest son share in our bounty. Here's my turkey and it was so delicious!

We had this delicious turkey, homemade dressing (stuffing), creamed corn, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, marshmallow fluff salad, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie and chocolate pie. It was a feast!

I also made sure we took pictures this year. Sometimes I forget to take pictures of my family and then I feel so bad.  I even dressed up! 😂

Here's a picture of my husband and I.

The little hat I'm wearing was a gift from a new friend.  She sent me a huge box of beautiful hats and scarves and I have so enjoyed picking out a new one to wear all the time! Thank you to my new friend, Julie, for blessing me with such a beautiful gift!

This is my youngest son and me

He has been such a huge blessing to me. He takes of work every time I have to go and do chemo and he drives me there and then sits with me for seven or more hours while I have the drugs administered. He is truly a treasure!

Finally, one of my son and my husband

These two bless me in so many ways! My husband serves me with joy and cares of me in so many ways. I am so thankful for both these wonderful men!

Going through cancer and chemo treatments is something like going through fire. I am so thankful that God promises that He is with us when we go through things that feel like we will be overtaken.

I had my third chemo treatment yesterday. I went there wondering if I would be able to have it because the week before, as I said, my white blood count was dangerously low. They tried to get my insurance company to approve a shot that would help my body produce more white blood cells, however, with the holiday week, it didn't get approved. So when I went to my doctor's office (2 hours away, remember), I wasn't sure if I would be allowed to have this treatment. I had been praying the whole week before that my blood levels would be normal.  Not only was I praying, but my family and friends were praying, too.  God answered those prayers! When they did my blood test, my white blood count was back to normal! Only God! I am so thankful that He cares and blesses in so many ways.  It may seem strange that I actually wanted the chemo treatment, but my son takes off from work to take me and if I hadn't been able to have my treatment yesterday, I would have had to go back down again and he would have had to take off from work again.  Not only that, but I get so nervous before these chemo treatments that it's hard on me. Waiting to do it would have really given me great anxiety so it was such a wonderful blessing to just get it done!

So now we come to a cross road. They will be doing a ct scan on me in two weeks to see if those spots on my lung and liver are gone.  If they are, then we will do a hysterectomy and I feel like that would help me so much.  Right now, I am fighting against the very thing that is producing the cancer so to have that removed, would give me more of a fighting chance. So dear friends, that is my prayer request this week - that the ct scan will show those spots gone and then I can have surgery. They would do the surgery quite quickly so that made me feel better, as well.  Thank you so much for your prayers!

Again, I have been so blessed by friends who have sent me beautiful gifts! I will be sharing pictures of them with you soon.  Every time I receive a package or a card, it brightens my day so much! To be remembered as you're going through something like this brings a lightness to my heart and swells my heart with joy at being remembered and loved. Having cancer is isolating so these thoughtful gifts and cards help lighten that feeling.

What are your blessings this week? I hope you'll share on the linky below! Remember, it can be something you made, a celebration, a recipe, something you learned through Scripture, or anything that blessed you and will bless others.  Thank you for being a part of this linkup!

Blessings - Julie

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Counting Our Blessings - Linkup

Dear friends,

This will be a rather short Counting Our Blessings as I'm still recovering from my second round of chemo. I will humbly ask for specific prayer at the end of this post but I want to count my blessings, first. 😊

My experience with this last treatment was quite a bit better. Between my pain management doctor and my Oncologist, I had the medications I needed to help with the pain and other symptoms. I won't lie and tell you I was fine - I wasn't - but at least I didn't end up in the ER this time. My biggest issue is the foot and ankle pain pain and I am so blessed to have a husband who rubs in pain cream and puts warm socks on my feet to help with the pain. He has even done it in the middle of the night when the pain became so horrible, I couldn't sleep. He is truly my biggest blessing!

I have seen this Scripture in action so many times as people who have gone through chemo have reached out to me in numerous ways. One kind friend talked to me about the medicines I needed to get through the first few days after my chemo treatment. Because of her guidance, I was able to ask for specific things to help me. Another new friend sent me a huge box full of beautiful hats and scarves! What an amazing surprise! Having others who have walked this road before me, help me and bless me in so many ways has helped me mentally and spiritually.

One of my son's co-workers had these made and his station is supporting me with prayer.

The whole station is wearing these bracelets and, the police department and fire department in the town his station is in, is also wearing them! My goodness - to have all this just brings tears to my eyes and gives me the encouragement I need. They chose the Scripture

He had enough made for me to give to my family and friends as well. I am incredibly touched by this and so thankful. 

On a light note, I got these cute earbuds. 😀

They came from Barnes & Noble and just made me smile! We all need silly things to just make us smile. 

My prayer requests:
  1. That the chemo will eliminate the cancer on my lung and liver after the 3rd chemo treatment so I can have my hysterectomy. 
  2. That my pain would subside and my weakness go away
  3. That the numbness in my fingertips would go away. 
Thank you so much for your cards, emails, gifts, and prayers! I can't tell you how encouraging it is to have continued support and to be remembered in so many wonderful ways!

Now it's your turn to share your own blessings! Please feel free to share anything that is uplifting to you. It can be an encouraging blog post, a recipe, a craft,.. anything, that blesses!

Blessings - Julie

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Counting Our Blessings - Linkup!!

I had my second round of chemo yesterday on Monday. I've had two fairly decent weeks after the horrible week right after my last chemo treatment. I've been extremely tired, but I think that's just something that comes with this. My sleep has been off, with me being up all night and then sleeping during the day. This, too, is from the chemo.

One thing I've been doing is my quiet time in the middle of the night. It really is quiet! 😄 I always do my In Touch devotional from Charles Stanley and then add my Bible reading and other devotional readings. I've also been working on my gratitude book that my youngest son got me.

I also finished my hat that I was crocheting. I was spurred on because my hair is falling out in clumps now. It's been rather disconcerting but, again, it's part of the chemo. I made two roses for my hat as well - one pink and one turquoise. I will simply pin them on depending on what outfit I want to wear.

Here it is with the pink rose...

Here I am with my hat on with the blue rose.  My birthday was last Friday and I'm holding the beautiful cake my husband got for me. It was as delicious as it was pretty!

After my last surgery, I started a doily and have had it finished for quite some time. I wanted to share a picture of that, too.  I just love the texture in this doily! The first picture shows the texture so beautifully!

However, this is not the true color of the doily so I took a picture with a flash to show you the true color. It loses the detail but you can at least see the true blue color. 😊

I absolutely love it! I'm making another doily in pink that is oval but haven't worked on it for a while. It's quite tricky and I just don't have the energy for it right now. However, I'm working on my fall pumpkin doily and will try an finish it in time for Thanksgiving.  We shall see - it will really depend on how bad my side effects from the chemo are this time. It is what it is.

I feel like I'm going to be better prepared for this chemo treatment. I saw my pain management doctor and he put me on a regiment of pain medicine as well as nerve pain medicine. He also gave me lots of nausea medicine so I will be protected there, too. He told me to make sure I take everything the day of chemo and from then on for the hard days. I'm praying that this will stop the horrible pain I had last time and get me through those hard days better. My Oncologist also gave a me a couple new medicines to help with the side affects and to help me just sleep for those two really bad days. I was so nervous and anxious today that she gave me something in my IV to help me to calm down. I slept for 2 hours! Plus, I was very calm! lol 😂😉

Driving home from Phoenix, the moon was coming up and it was so beautiful over the desert! Here are some pictures I took from the truck and, while they aren't the best, they are still so beautiful!

Isn't it gorgeous? I just reminds me that the Lord has created everything. My heart worships Him for who He is and how He holds everything in His hands, including me.
A beautiful Scripture depicting this is Psalm 148:1-6

He gave an order that will never pass away. 

*Check this Scripture out on BibleGateway to read the entire chapter and to find out more about it in the study notes they provide. Here's the direct link to this Scripture HERE

This happened on Saturday. 

You could probably see in the picture on my birthday how little hair I had peeking out from under the hat. It was really quite silly looking and so I asked my son to just take the clippers to what was left of my hair. As much as I was dreading it, it really hasn't been horrible and I am looking on the bright side of it. I don't have to shampoo my hair or style it. I feel much cooler, and I get to wear great hats of all types as fashion statement! I actually crocheted myself another hat - a beanie to be exact - and here I am in my new little hat.

I really like this hat because it's super soft and lightweight. I'll probably make more in different colors. 

I have been so blessed with continued cards coming in the mail and more sweet gifts from friends. Oh, how these bless me and touch my heart! They also give me strength because I know I'm being thought of and, believe me, as I'm going through this, I need to know I'm being thought of and prayed for.  I also had a dear friend bring us soup, rolls and flowers one evening. What a blessing! It's not always easy to make food as we are all exhausted. I have had so many blessings to count! I hope that you have had the same. 

My prayer request is that this round of chemo will not be as hard on me and that my pain will be well controlled.  I'm also asking for prayer regarding my surgery.  They will be doing a CT scan after the third round of chemo to see if the little spots on my lung and liver are gone.  If they are, they will then do the hysterectomy! I feel like this will give me a big boost to get the offending organ that is producing this cancer out of my body. Would you please pray that this will be so? I may to still to more chemo, however, I feel that getting the thing that's making the cancer out of my body will really help me to eradicate the rest of the cancer! 

Thank you all so much for the comments, emails, cards, gifts, encouragement and, most of all, your prayers! I have been so well love through all this and I am so grateful! It gives me such a boost and gives me the strength to fight this and stay strong! 

I would love for you to share your own blessings on the Linky below! Share anything at all that you would like. I see so many wonderful things here that are fun and encouraging! 

Many blessings to you, my friends - Julie

Monday, November 4, 2019

Bible Review - NIV Life Application Study Bible Third Edition


The #1–selling study Bible been significantly updated and expanded with more than 30% new content that readers have come to love – more charts, more people profiles, hundreds of new notes and so much more! With a fresh, new interior design, updated study notes, and features, this Bible will help you better understand God’s Word and provide you with practical ways to apply it to your life every day. It’s a Bible for all times.

•In-depth book introductions and overviews for each book of the Bible
•Presentation page perfect for gift giving
•Available in both black and red letter editions

•Over 100 Life Application® Bible character profiles
•More than 500 maps & charts
•Refreshed design with a second color for visual clarity (red for NIV, green for NLT)

•More than 10,000 Life Application® notes
•Side-column cross-references
•8.5 font size
•Single-column text

•Index to notes, charts, maps, and profiles
•16 pages of full-color maps
•Christian Worker's Resource- a special supplement to enhance the reader's ministry effectiveness
•Ribbon marker
•Durable Smyth-sewn binding, lays flat when open
•Full text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
•Full text of the New Living Translation (NLT), combining the latest biblical scholarship with clear, natural English


This is a beautiful Bible! I love the rich, brown two toned color of this Bible and the lovely feel of the cover.  It's easy to understand why this Bible is the best selling Bible in the world.

Inside, there are wonderful study notes that explain so well the Scriptures. I also love all the little maps scattered throughout.  There are maps in the back, however, having the small maps throughout makes it so easy to see where things are taking place as you're reading. There are also wonderful colored charts on the people of the Bible and other interesting facts of the Bible. I love this because they catch your attention.

Another nice thing is the explanation at the beginning of each book of the Bible that gives you an overview of what you will be reading. This is extremely helpful as you start reading those particular Scriptures.

I think my favorite part of this Bible is in the back and it's called the "Christian Worker's Resource". This section shows you how you can become a Christian and also has a section of how to follow up with a new Christian. I found these really great resources and something not found in any other Bible I've read.

Here's more information on the Bible:

You can also read the interview with Ron Beers HERE

The publisher's page can be reached HERE

This is a wonderful Bible with so many great resources right at your fingertips. I really love this Bible and highly recommend it.  I give it 5 stars.

*This Bible was provided to me by Bible Gateway. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

Blessings - Julie