Thursday, January 6, 2011

The start of 2011 and looking back...

The first few days of 2011 were great, and then the past 3 or 4 have been the pits! Our family has been all fired up for the New Year, and ready to get new projects going. The first 2 days we did just that, and then it started to head down hill from there. I ended up with a migraine, and not just any. The kind that puts you in bed, in a dark room, with prayerfully little noise around...believe it or not with great helpers this actually happened. Then came the next day, where the head was feeling better, but the body wasn't up to par. All the while I have lots of littles ready to get back to the school books, in this time they watched some science videos and did some Bible. All this with little help from me. Also for the past few years the first week of January always brings up memories of the past, thoughts of cancer and chemo. So, when I felt bad it kind of sent off shock waves through out the house of the blahs!!! But this was nothing compared to the news we were about to be given and made everything seem so petty that was happening in our world (family).

Just when I thought things were looking up, I received word yesterday evening that a sweet friend of ours Sherry Marr passed away. Sherry had been battling cancer and her body had taken so much that the Lord called her home. Our hearts are broken!!! Sherry was just 39 and leaves behind a beloved husband, and 4 young children 15 and under. I know they are going to miss her deeply, and their lives will never be the same. I also think of all the things that she will miss with them, like just being able to sit and watch her children grow into adults. Would you please remember the Marr family in your prayers. Thank you!


So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalms 90:12

This verse has been key in our lives for many years now. On January 5, 2004 ...7 years ago this week Arthur started his first round of chemotherapy. Our lives were turned upside down when we were told Arthur had colon cancer. He had color surgery on December 1, 2003 and on December 5, we were hit with another blow that the cancer was also found in this lymph nodes. All of this was hard to digest, but Arthur kept his cheery attitude. He held on to his faith and the Lord gave him great strength...often times helping the children and I keep a positive attitude. So, on January 5 Arthur marched into the unknown, chemo therapy treatments. Chemo proved to be a beast all of its own, and we watched Arthur endure things no human should ever have to. But our Lord was so faithful and loving. He carried Arthur in the toughest times, and Arthur's smile never left his face. Arthur (with the Lord strength) wasn't about to allow cancer or the chemo beast to still his joy...the joy in which Christ so freely gave. Arthur is now cancer free, and our lives have never been the same since walking along side him on the road of cancer. We value each and everyday, for we don't know the numbers of our days. We purpose to use our days wisely and seek wisdom from the Lord while doing so. Oh the value of life is beyond measure!

....The Lord is the strength of my life...
Psalms 27:1

6 comments:

Laura said...

What a great post! I hope you're feeling better. We will definitely be praying for the Marr family. Thanks for being such a great example to us!

Beth said...

I am so sorry for the loss....Will certainly keep their family (and your's) in our prayers!

Kelly said...

Love you..... hope this new year is filled with all that HE has for you!!!!!

mommyx12 said...

What a great post. Sometimes, the less one says the more affect it will have on the one who reads it. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. I too had a life changing event occur with my husband 4 years ago last month. The first Sunday in December on his way to an early church meeting he was in a car accident. A serious one. One in which the rescue team couldn't believe his lived through. The Lord left him with me and I am so thankful. However, things like this truly do leave an imprint on our lives.

warmly,
tricia

Amy said...

Sorry to hear that you have not been feeling well and about your friend. I will be praying for this family.

Theresa said...

I am filled with emotion as I read how Arthur was carried by the Lord. All the glory to Him.

Love you all, Theresa