Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Little Ray

I want to thank everyone for their expressions of love, encouragement and prayers. I want you all to know that it is appreciated. Life has been tough lately with the news of cancer returning. The first time around the fear of the unknown made life uncertain. Now we know what to expect with the chemo treatments and life isn’t any easier.

I know how much we are loved. I can feel the prayer support, but I still feel unsettled. A week ago my biggest aggravation was the publishers of my book not delivering the timelines they originally told me. Today, I’m finding it hard to even care about it. Tom on the other hand asked me to call and find out what the status was. So I called and they mailed my book and it was delivered on Tuesday to Washington. I had told them I moved, but somehow that information wasn’t placed in my file. It will get here eventually and that’s what matters. Tom still wants me to do all that I planned regarding the release. He’s excited for the both of us. My next post will be about the giveaway.

Life is nuts but in the midst of craziness sometimes a little ray of sunshine enters. In the mail came a couple of packages from dear friends. Inside one was a portable DVD player. The other had the first season of First Edition. They sent that to us so Tom would have something to watch during chemo. When I saw what it was I cried. I cried because of the love expressed in their thoughtfulness. From across the miles they reached out and blessed us beyond measure. Thank you so very much for your kindness Ty and Jen.

I will come around and visit you all again. Thank you again for your expressions of love and support.

Blessings,
Nadine

© 2008

27 comments:

Toby Parsons said...

I continue in prayer Nadine.

I'm glad that you have your book for a nice deviation from the heaviness of life. Can't wait to see it! :)

Merry Christmas! :)

chelle said...

Big hugs!
That was so a sweet gift!

I can't wait to see you book and read it!

Dwee Cooke said...

Nadine - across the thousands of miles Tony and I have prayed for Tom and our church prayer group prayed last nighth. This is so hard with all the changes going on in your life with the change of job and location. We love you guys and will pray and pray. And our hearts go out to you too as you have to watch Tom go through this. Let us all be strong for you in the Lord at this time. Dwee x

It's All Good! said...

I'm so glad to hear from you, Nadine. We're beside you & Tom through prayer.
God bless,
Brenda :)

Scarlet said...

It's good to see you posting again and sounding positive. I know your book will get to you in due time and that all will go well with Tom. You know we continue to pray for both of you and God hears our prayers.

It's sweet to receive such thoughtful gifts in the mail from friends. I know they made you cry, but I hope they made Tom smile. :)

Take care.

PS - I'm still working on your portrait. Who knows, you may get your book and portrait on the same day. ;)

jennifer said...

Nadine, the gift that Ty and Jen sent was so thoughtful. I never would have thought of that and yet it makes so much sense.

Let Tom support you and be excited about your book. I think it means so much to him and he is obviously so proud of you.

You and Tom are in my prayers. I can imagine that facing chemo with the full knowledge of what it is like must be tough. Hold tight to each other and weather this storm as well.

I will continue to pray and add you children to my prayers too.

linda said...

Thinking always about you and your sweet hubby!

How wonderful of your friends to send such a thoughtful gift. You are very blessed!

Louise said...

(((((HUGS)))))
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Hugs dear friend!!

Ann(ie) said...

OH wow. I'm so sorry you're going through this again, love. My prayers will be with you and Tom on a daily basis. You guys are such a tremendous couple....full of joy, love and life...I know he'll kick that cancer right in the booty. xo. Happy Holidays my friend.

Knitting Mania said...

God's love for us is so strong and so real and it comes through people like Ty and Jen. Be blessed and know you are loved and that God knows your every need even before you do.

KM

Art said...

Still prayin'

Diane said...

Nadine (and Tom),

....and the prayers continue. I am honored to be on the many who are storming the gates of heaven with our prayers for a miracle.

May you feel the peace of God knowing that He is taking what the enemy means for harm...and will use it for His glory! You BOTH have been a ray of hope and love to so many across cyberspace....I have no doubt that Tom's healing will be a miraculous display of the powerful healing that only Jesus can provide!!!!

Blessings my friends...friends IRL and your sister in His hope and sure promise...Diane

palmtreefanatic said...

friends are a blessing! so sweet and thoughtful and a perfect time for it! still praying! love you!

Sharon - Mom Generations said...

What a ray of sunshine your friends are... what a truly thoughtful gift. The prayers are all around you and Tom and your family, and that faith is such a powerful force. I have been thinking of your book, too... and I think it must give Tom such a sense of purpose to help keep you focused on such an important past of your life... your writing. In this way, Tom is able to help you as you comfort him at this difficult time.

I am praying every day...

Jacki said...

We will continue to pray for Tom. Peter's step-father started his radiation treatments yesterday, and the doctors are very pleased with how he is progressing. He will have radiation treatments every for the next 30 days (excluding Christmas).

Kate said...

Keeping you both in prayer.

May peace surround you both,and your faith be stronger now than ever!

Penless Thoughts said...

He (Jesus) who we serve is faithful and I know that both you and Tom know that. Cling to HIM!!!
Susan

Tammy said...

You and Tom continue to be in my prayers...

What a sweet thoughtful gift from your friends!

(((HUGS)))
~Tammy

elizabeth embracing life said...

I am standing in line for your give away. Okay so if the first shall be last...I am at the end of the line. I have just started praying for Tom and for you. I know when the news of my health was not good I could see the level of pain in my husband's heart. I am also praying for you Nadine.

Only in the storm said...

You are so loved, everytime i think about you and Tom it makes me cry, I know God has such a big plan, though, and that helps

Christina said...

I'm continuing to pray also and am thinking of you and Tom. I pray for healing for him and I pray for you to remain strong so you can get through this together.

At least you had some good news about the book. I can't wait for it. I hope this gives you a little lift although I know it must be hard.

Shionge said...

Dear Nadine,

So thoughtful of your friends to send some cheers over and I hope you'll continue to be strong for Tom and that you know we'll always be praying for both of you.

Take care my dear friend.

Bebe said...

Dear Nadine,
Thank you so much for stopping by yesterday! It was good to hear from you and I appreciate your taking a little time out of your day to come say hello, considering all that you are going through right now. Lots and lots of healing thoughts are being sent to Tom. I know what you both must be going through right now. Take care, my friend, ((((HUGS))))
Bebe :)

Dawn said...

Glad you are feeling uplifted. There's nothing more comforting than knowing you're uplifted in prayer... and you ARE!

Blessings!

Debz said...

Oh Nadine, I'm so sorry to hear you and Tom are being faced with this again....I am praying for you both.

Jen(n) said...

love you... hope that you have a great Christmas with the kids!

Sandy said...

Merry late Christmas Nadine. I'm sorry to hear about the C coming back w/Tom. So sorry ... but i know where your faith lies. And I want to congratulate you on your book being completed too. Huge accomplishment. God has big plans for you and your husband ...
Love to you and Happy New Year ahead.
Sandy