- Peace for Shawn and I, for Kyle and Miranda and Braden and Connor, for our parents and siblings and nieces and nephews and inner circle friends watching and hurting as we go through this
- that God would keep soft our children's hearts toward Him through all the emotions of this hard journey
- strength and stamina; physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually
- that the cancer shrinks to gone, gone, gone!
- gentle side effects to this second round of chemo
- family unity, harmony, love, strength, joy, happiness
- anything else you feel God puts on your heart

Friday, October 4, 2013

Counting my blessings, naming them one by one!

This has been a huge and full week.  I am exhausted, both mentally and physically.  The scary words.  The scary chemo.  The long list of possible scary side effects.  It's all just so much this week.  So I will count my blessings because I know that God has been doing all sorts of great things for us this week.

- spa day with my Mom, a lovely and generous gift from a Team Kristin prayer-friend
- dinner out with a friend who has long been wrapped in some of my best childhood memories

- met my new oncologist and felt immediately like he was the right guy for my team

- I think it was a pretty mellow day
- I had tea with one dear friend in the morning
- I had tea with another dear friend in the afternoon
- my chemo nurse called to give me some appointment dates and turned out to be the friend of a friend/ a girl I went to school with... which made me SO PLEASED and "God is already here"!
- the extension for my chemo nurse is the same number as my parents' phone number... which was my phone number my entire life til marriage... so THAT just made me so pleased, too!

- my dear friend had successful surgery to remove a large mass from her brain... and it was NO CANCER!!!!!!!
- my every-3-month cystoscopy went smoothly with only a small bump in the bladder lining that is not at the 'worry about it' stage
- my urologist told me that my pathology report from the three polyps removed in July showed 'inconclusive' in that there is no way for the lab to tell if the polyps were inflammation due to chemo or if they were pre-cancer... to which I said, "Then I say they were inflammation!  Right?  Right!"  and the two nurses agreed!

- got some birthday shopping accomplished (our four kids are born in November and December)
- made it all the way through a few stores and C st c o!!! 
- tonight is movie night at our house
- we're making Me x i ca n for dinner... I've been craving it for a week!

Random good things
- hugs from my kids
- C playing with my hair
- B seeking me out to hold me for an extra minute (a huge sacrifice for this guy)
- M swimming her laps just makes me feel happiness and just... relaxed... I love watching that girl slice through the water
- K joined the high school soccer team and I'm so pleased that he will experience school sport
- Shawn worked from home on my appointment day... I love having him in the house
- a local church (that I grew up in) showed up with bread to feed our family
- our home church offered to take on the meal schedule to help us during chemo
- a great family meeting with the kids
- listening to my grade 1 son reading so well
- my grade 6 girl doing homework at the dining room table brings back so many great memories of my own school years
- brunch with Shawn's family
- listening to Kari Jobe on the mp3 and letting the tears just flow
- my mom, always willing to help
- knowing how loved I am
- an auntie stopped by for a visit
- email from a cousin
- texts with Diane the day after huge brain surgery!!!!
- Friday nights relaxing in this house, we are so blessed
- so many other little and big things that are just only God... He is here and He is walking us through this week

A Sunday School song I always loved:

Count your blessings, name them one by one.
Count your blessings, see what God has done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one!
Count your many blessings see what God has done!


  1. On behalf of CLCC, I would like to invite you and thank you for blessing this family with a meal during Kristin's next round of chemo. You can once again sign up on the Take Them A Meal site, but the Password has changed. Please use...

    Last name: Kristin
    Password: 2013

    You will find details and inspiration there. Again, thank you on behalf of CLCC. Jan Mosley

  2. When we stop and count the list is huge!

  3. Kristin, your list brought me a smile and tears. Todays Jesus Calling talks about finding Joy even in the most difficult days. You just proved it!!
    I will count my blessings with you!
    Love you!!

  4. THANK YOU CLCC & Jan for taking on the meal plan, this is such a huge blessing for Kristin and family!
    Also a Big THANK YOU to Diane for all the meal planning you did for Kristin this last year (among a gazillion other things!!) and to the many people who graciously brought meals and other treats.
    May the blessings Kristin and family have received be returned tenfold :)

  5. Bless your soul my dear friend in Christ.


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