Thursday, November 17, 2011

Things That Are Making Me Smile

I am sitting here thinking about the things that are making me smile today. . . Here they are in no particular order. . .
1. My Hats! Didn't Mary do a great job on the brown, gray, and black ones and colored flowers and Dawn do a great job on the navy one with the gray flower?! They are super great. Check them out if you need some cute hats!
2. My Cards!
I am so thankful I asked people to help me with this!  I am amazed at how much they help remind me that fear is not from God and that he alone can help me conquer it!

3. School Pictures!
So each teacher got like a whole pack of pictures this year and they each wrote a note on the back and sent them to me!   I work with the BEST people! So stinkin funny!
 4. These Two Pictures!
Enough said!
5.  Making Christmas Cards!
I am starting to think about making Christmas cards for people so if you want one, email me at and we can talk about pictures. Here are a few I did last year: 

Friday, November 11, 2011

One Month

It has been exactly one month since I was given the biggest challenge I have faced in my life so far. What a whirlwind month it has been. In the past month I have gone to numerous doctor appointments, had two rounds of chemo, picked out a wig, cried lots of tears, shaved my head, and learned more about God's love than I ever could have imagined. I am shocked and in awe of all of the love and support that has been shown to Ryan, Grover and I and both of our families. We are so thankful for each act of kindness and each prayer that is offered on our behalf. This is not a journey we expected but we are continually experiencing the Love of God, his plan for our lives, and his provision in all areas. I am so blessed to have my amazing husband by my side and my parents who have basically let me move in with them. I am also blessed to have my sisters and brother who are the masterminds behind Team Chin. And I am blessed to have Ryan's parents and family helping in so many ways too. This journey is not easy but the love and support make each day easier.

Here is a picture of our little Grover boy at 23 weeks! He is learning to kick harder and each kick/flip turn he does in there reminds me that he is being knitted together day by day by our heavenly father who has all of this under control.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

I have a need

Okay well I have lots of needs. . .  BUT I have a need that you can help me with. . . One of the things I have been struggling with the most in this whole experience is fear.  I can't explain it all but it is one of those things that just creeps up when I least expect it.  It is the devil's way of getting into this situation and trying to take the glory away from God.  I am working really, really hard to conquer this fear and repeat verses and phrases in my head to help me. I was thinking about how I can continue to conquer it and I decided that I wanted to write verses on 3 x 5 index cards and bind them together so I can flip to one every time the fear creeps in.  Here is where all of you come in.  Pick a verse, write it on an index card, write your name (and a note if you want) on the back of the card, and send it to me.  I will put them all on a ring and keep them with me all the time. Here is the address:
17639 George Moran Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55347

Thanks for being a part of my support team and for letting me be real. . . I know I can count on you to help me conquer this fear and show the devil that my God is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more powerful that he is!