Before sharing with you a little birthday loveliness (separate post), I must tell you my heart is heavy tonight. I keep thinking about little Layla Grace (see HERE and HERE), sweet Kate (see HERE), and so many others big and small who have been affected by cancer, the ugliest 6-letter word. It's so hard to understand why things happen like they do. I have to remind myself often that it's not always our job to understand but simply to trust. Easier said than done.
There's a book that I consider a must read - Hannah's Gift: Lessons from a Life Fully Lived. You can find it HERE. I've read it many times and I always walk away with something new. Beware it's a real tear-jerker but such a wonderful, important message.
My mom got it for me a long time ago - I think I was in college. I'm so glad I read it for the first time BEFORE I had children. I bawled. Then I read it again when I was pregnant with Grace...yea, probably not the best idea. I was already hormonal and scared about the pregnancy since we'd just had the miscarriage. But even then I walked away with a sense of appreciation and feeling humbled beyond words at the courage so many show in the face of adversity.
Please pray for Layla Grace, Kate, and if you find it in your heart, please pray for a dear friend of our family that will be undergoing surgery tomorrow to remove a cancerous breast tumor. Pray that God will guide the hands of the surgeon to remove all of the tumor and that it will not have spread beyond the lesion in the scan. I know all too well the scared and nervous feelings of undergoing a lumpectomy and my heart just hurts seeing a loved one going through that.