Hello, hello, hello! Goodness, it seems like its been months since I blogged last and I must confess, I’ve missed it! The Taylor family has had a busy month but I could not be more thankful for it. Not having time to blog, or much to blog about, is actually a blessing. It means I am doing so much better and my days are less full of hospitals and more full of life. And praise God, they have been teeming with life as of late!
Bryan and I have been away from home because… we have been on our first ever vacation just the two of us since we’ve been married! Between me not feeling well and having constant doctors, there has never been a time when we could go anywhere, but summer 2013 finally held the first Taylor family vacation for us.
We absolutely love the Carolina area of the country so we took our tired, worn out selves to beautiful Hilton Head Island. Just thinking about it now makes me so happy all over again! Some of my favorite things in life have always been live oaks, spanish moss, myrtle trees, and sunshine… if I could design a little piece of Heaven, that would be the section I’d want to live in! It speaks to my soul and somehow makes me breath a little easier, and I loved every minute of it. Especially getting to share it with Bryan!
Being at the beach was wonderful but my favorite part of the trip was waking up every morning and sitting out on our balcony, looking at the ocean, drinking coffee, reading our devotions, and taking some time to hang out with, and talk to God. Not everyone is the same but quiet time in the morning is the best for us, and getting to do that with an ocean sunrise… ya just can’t beat it. Something about marveling at one of God’s most beautiful creations makes me feel even closer to Him. Or maybe it was just that I was taking time to slow down and purposing to listen to His voice even more than usual. Either way, God’s presence was with us the whole trip and we enjoyed every moment of relaxing and sort of detoxing from this crazy year. After a year full of physical medicine, this getaway was medicine for our souls!
Now I wish this whole update was all about the fun stuff of vacation but, as usual, I have some health updates as well. We finally heard back from Mayo yesterday and looks like we will be heading back up to Rochester for appointments on the 27th to start the mastectomy process. I have an appointment with my oncologist as well as a breast surgeon to discuss the details of surgery and to figure out a plan for how we are going to proceed. I may go up and be able to have surgery all in the same visit or I may have to wait and make a separate trip for the surgery; but, either way, I will be beginning the last steps of the cancer journey and will be that much more cancer free!! I’m not exactly pumped for another surgery and recovery, but it will be a big relief to be done with cancer forever. And that is what we are believing. Cancer was for a season and, heads up devil, that season is coming to an end!
Speaking of seasons coming to an end, it is almost the end of our summer. Bummer. Bryan starts class on Monday and we will once again be in the season of studying, exams, and the oh so fun coordination of class and doctors appointments several states apart. It’s not exactly what I would love to be doing but it does mean we are starting Bryan’s last year of actual classes in pharmacy school and that is extremely exciting! We are, however, still in the annual transition of what Bryan calls “the process of moving from the state of utter depression and despair, to a state of realizing that starting class means starting towards another year done.” 🙂 If you would, please be praying for us though to remain refreshed, focused, and energized as we begin another stage of doctors, being away from each other, and recovering from surgery. I’m excited to get this behind us but I know there will come a day when I’m not feeling so great after surgery and Bryan is locked away studying, and all I will want is to be back on the balcony with some coffee and the ocean… but God has been faithful so far and will always remain so! Can you tell my emotions are a little back and forth right now? How many ways can I say that we are ready to get going but going to miss summer? 🙂
Thank you all for your continued prayers, even when I haven’t been updating recently. I will be hearing more details about this next visit from Mayo at the beginning of this next week and will let y’all know soon. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend and I pray God speaks to you in the way you need as you spend time with Him on the Lord’s day!
“…and God is true, who will not let any test come on you which you are not able to undergo; but He will make with the test a way out of it, so that you may be able to go through it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13