So Incredibly Blessed

Well, I finally met with my doctor on Monday and I got the report I had been waiting for.   When she sat with me she smiled and said, "Well... I have good news and bad news".  Hmmm, not exactly what I was hoping to hear but I sat and listened to her explain my situation.   The good news was the cancer was non invasive and the margins were clear.  The bad news is the cancer was six times larger than anticipated and the margins were only clear by 1 millimeter.  This meant I needed to go back to have additional surgery to create a 2 millimeter margin which is the standard protocol for prevention.   I have to admit I just sat there stunned because surgery was scheduled immediately for the next morning and all I could focus on is the fact that I had been just one millimeter away from not having to have more surgery.  That's the same size of the tip of a pencil, not the eraser but the lead!!!  It took me awhile to process this.  

My first reaction was discouragement.  I thought, "Will this mean I will have to cancel the Stampin' Up! incentive trip I'm scheduled to go on next month?"  "I bet I am going to feel awful after the surgery, after all, I'm not fully healed and now I'm going to start over!!!"  These were the discouraging thoughts I allowed to consume my mind.  Grumbling instead of gratitude is what I allowed to happen.  I realize now sometimes that is what I do, I focus on the negative instead of the positive.  I didn't realize at that moment there was a whole LOT of positive to celebrate and be grateful for.

One of the lessons I believe God is teaching me is to always remember that He is with me, that He is in control.  If I focus on His presence surrounding me, then no matter what, I will be at peace.  In this situation, I choose to focus on the negative, more surgery!  I totally missed the opportunity to immediately praise God for answering prayers that he so clearly had.  I'm glad I see that now because truly I have a lot to be thankful for.

First, the cancer was non invasive.  That is something that could have been a major fear if I had focused on the possibility of it being invasive.  Honestly, I didn't even think about that.  Praise God for his grace to not even let that possibility enter my mind.  I realize now that I am one of the fortunate 20% of people who caught it early enough before it spread.   The second answered prayer is that the margins were clear, that is what we prayed for so our prayers were answered.  I am also thankful to have a Dr. who wanted to follow the protocol to give me the best chance of it not reoccuring.

One of the things I am realizing about myself is that I allow discouragement, worry and fear cloud my judgement sometimes, okay maybe often!  In my devotions today, I was reminded that everyday God's presence is with me.  Worrying is one of the things that can block my awareness that He is there, it is a form of unbelief.  If God is truly in control of my life then I have no reason to worry or fear.  Instead my reaction to challenges should be an awareness of new opportunities to trust Him more.  

Tuesday morning at 7:15am I had a second surgery at the Queens Same Day Surgery center.  I received such excellent care there.  Surgery went well and now I am recuperating at home waiting till I feel good enough to stamp again.  This is especially challenging because my box of new catalog product arrived Monday night so now I can just look in the box and dream of all the projects I can do when I feel well enough to get back to work!

Prior to going into surgery I did get some stamping done.  In fact today I'll share a card I made that was inspired by one of the beautiful flower arraignments that I received last week.  This particular arraignment was from my friends Tom and Mary.

Here is the Daisy bouquet they sent me:

Get Well Flowers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Get Well Flowers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Since this arraignment had Daisy's in it I chose products from our new Daisy Delight Suite.  What colors do you see?  I see Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Garden Green, Whisper White and our new Lemon Lime Twist.  I choose colors from this palette to create this card for Tom and Mary.  

Daisy Delight Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Daisy Delight Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This is not the type of card I usually make as I prefer one or two ink pad colors on my cards, especially when I am hosting classes.  However, I challenged myself to try and use as many of the stamps and colors I could to match the beautiful colors of this thoughtful gift.  I am really glad how it turned out and hope Mary and Tom will like it too.  I call this one of my Inspired Creations, where I basically look at something such as fabric, a photograph, or in this case, a flower arraignment, to use as my inspiration.

Daisy Delight Card and Envelope - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Daisy Delight Card and Envelope - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Making Thank You Cards has been on my mind because I have felt so incredibly blessed over these past couple of weeks by all the kind things others have done for me.  So I decided to use this same set and create a simple elegant monochromatic card that would be easy for me to reproduce.  

Here is the card I came up with.

Simple Daisy Delight Thank You card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Simple Daisy Delight Thank You card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card not only features a the new stamp set Daisy Delight, but it also shows the coordinating Daisy punch, the new Oh My Stars embossing folder and the dazzling Clear Faceted Gems.  This card could be made using only one in pad in a variety of colors.

It is so fun working with all these new products.  I can't wait till I feel strong enough to get into my new box of goodies and stamp some more.

As I end today's post it is with a heart filled with gratitude for a good Dr.s report.  For a successful second surgery and for the fact that surgery was yesterday and I am feeling well enough to sit up and write this post.  I feel so thankful that this experience is helping me to see areas in my life that need to change.  I need to focus on the positives and not the negatives.  I need to remember that God's presence is with me everyday and I shouldn't allow worry to block me from realizing that.  I need to focus on the fact that I have no reason to be anxious because God is in control  I need to remember to rejoice because God has been so good to me.  I am so grateful for this opportunity to learn to change my attitude and focus on all the good around me.  I feel so loved by so many of you who have continued to reach out to me in so many ways.  I feel your prayers and love and I can truly say is I feel so incredibly blessed.  

I know that there are those out there who are going through challenges.  Today my prayers are with my friend Charlene whose husband is having a triple bi-pass surgery.  I ask that you would lift up Jon in your prayers today to ask for surgery to go well and for his complete healing.  I also ask that you would pray for Charlene that she would not be anxious but would feel God's loving presence with her and know the peace which passes all understanding.   

If that is you today and you worried, anxious or need encouragement I will end this post with a couple of verses from the Bible that I read this morning in my quiet time.  As you read them I hope they will encourage you and help you to let go of whatever you are worrying about today as they have certainly helped me today..

Matthew 6:25-27  “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

Psalm 55:22 "Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken."

With love, gratitude and many blessings,

Cindy

 

 

 

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A Beautiful Gift

I have been overwhelmed by all the love and support that has been given to me over the past couple of weeks.  I feel so incredibly blessed to have so many thoughtful people in my life who are checking on me and letting me know that they are thinking of me and praying for me.

Today, I wanted to share a special gift I received from my very talented sister in law Jennifer, who is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator from Washington State as well as a member of my Stamped With Aloha ohana.   

When I received Jennifer's gift, I first opened this beautiful card.  

Trust in the Lord Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Trust in the Lord Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I so appreciate all the intricate details Jennifer put into making this card special.  I love all the layering, the glimmer paper, the textures, the sponging, the pearl embellishments and the embossed words.

 Jennifer wrote a thoughtful message inside the card and shared that this is one of her favorite verses.

These words from the Proverbs 3:5-6 are a great reminder of exactly what I need to do.  This encouragement is especially helpful while I am still in the middle of waiting on a pathology report that will inform me of whether or not the surgery I had was successful or not.

The card was created to coordinate with this gorgeous framed art piece.

Thoughts and Prayers Frame - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Thoughts and Prayers Frame - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Isn't it beautiful?  Just like the card you see so much detail in Jennifer's creation.  One of my favorite parts is the way she embellished the bottom corner with a pink ribbon.  The pink ribbon is the international symbol of breast cancer.  This ribbon was always something that was special to me because of the awareness it brings.  I have so many close friends who have battled cancer and now with my recent diagnosis, it has an even more personal meaning to me.

Pink Ribbon - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pink Ribbon - www.stampedwithaloha.com

What a special detail to remind me to continue to have hope, strength and courage.

This frame perfectly matches the decor in my new stamp room and I will put it on display to serve as an encouragement to all who come over to stamp with me.

A beautiful gift - www.stampedwithaloha.com

A beautiful gift - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I have learned so much on this journey about love and the blessing of being surrounded by loving thoughts and prayers.  

 Even though it is only 5am here I have already received a text message and an email from special friends who wanted to remind me that they are thinking of me and praying for me today.  Its a wonderful feeling to know that I am not alone in this battle.  I know God is with me and so are so many other wonderful people whose prayers have truly helped my heart be lifted.  I am encouraged to continue to put my trust in the Lord with all my heart with an understanding that He is in control.

Thank you Jennifer for using your God given talents to create this beautiful gift.  I know it will serve as a reminder to stay positive not only for me but to all who see it and are truly inspired by your beautiful creation.

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