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


  1. Oh, dear friend! I am SO thankful God answered prayer and your blood levels were back to normal! As you said, only GOD! And, I know He can do the same concerning your surgery. Oh, may He hear and answer prayer and do this for you, in Jesus' name! I have three posts to share and can't decide which one. I am not sure if there is an additional burden to you with each post that is shared in the link-up? If so, I will certainly not add to your burden. I will just link up one for now. I am doing Christmas Memory Sharing guest posts at my blog, so I am posting a lot more often than usual right now. May the Lord bless you richly and lay His healing hand upon you. I am so thankful you had a nice Thanksgiving!

  2. Such wonderful news. Praying that the scan shows the spots are gone. Continue to share your requests so we all can keep you in prayer!

  3. I am so thankful to the Lord for hearing our prayers and will not cease praying for you, my sweet friend! I am so blessed by your perseverance and joy found in the Lord. What an inspiration you are! I pray that you would continue to be strengthened by our God who loves and cares for you more than anyone! Please continue to allow your body to rest and not overdo it! It is so nice to see your smiling face and know that you had a great Thanksgiving! So much to be thankful for indeed! PS: Your turkey looks just perfect!

  4. Blessings, Julie. Hang in there. Sending prayers and positive thoughts.
    A joyful December to you and yours.
    And a blessed and Merry Christmas!
    Much love,

  5. I am praying for the spots on your lung and liver to be gone Julie! I am thankful you had your third chemo treatment.


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