A New Story

March 22, 2013 Annette Daily Inspiration

I have wanted to write a blog for some time, but just was never sure what to write about. A friend said to write about my life here in rural West Virginia, where we are fortunate enough to actually live ‘up a hollow’. And, we don’t even have a red light in our whole county, seriously, we don’t. So, I thought I’d write about my family because I adore them all from my husband, 5 children, 2 children-in-law, grandson, two grandbabies on the way {woohoo} and ‘other’ daughter. I could write about cooking, and cleaning and baking. I do a lot of all of those, and guess what? I like to!! I strive to be that Proverbs 31 woman but so often fall short. With all of this, I still was uncertain about what I should share. Well, now I believe I know what the main part of my story is that I will share:
I am now 2 full days into my diagnosis of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Yep, me. Huh. Not that I would wish this on anyone else, so why not me? You know what the hardest part was? It was telling my family. I hated to tell my dad who has already lost my mom and older brother to cancer. I didn’t want to but couldn’t wait to tell my husband {God Bless him}. And felt literally sick telling my children. We have all cried and hugged and cried some more. Then we ‘googled’ and ‘googled’ some more. Then I think we cried a few more times. I know that I am going to beat this. I am a little nervous {OK a lot more than a little} about this journey to recovery, I feel discombobulated and foggy {some would argue that I am like that anyway…..} But through out it all I hope to do one thing: bring honor and praise to God. Now I haven’t quite yet learned what it says in Philippians 4:11 about “whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” But I do know that “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” {Philippians 4:13}

8 Responses to “A New Story”

  • Jordan says:

    Still doesn’t seem real to me. On another note, SO glad to see you blogging!!!! yay!


  • Sarah Robinson says:

    I just loved our visit to your “hollow” and will never forget the scenery, the beauty of the woods and steep trails Steve took us on, and especially your warm and loving family. Oh, and the chili supper was amazing (compliments to the chef.) I’ve been trying to plan my way back there ever since, and look forward to coming again this summer possibly. I would love my granddaughter, Ava (2) to come see your place and meet my sweetest friend Annette.
    In the meantime, we pray for every step of this journey to be footprinted by God, so that the path is already down for you, a path of hope and peace amidst the unknown.
    Love and prayers,

  • Kylie says:

    Your daughter posted a link to your blog on facebook. I really hope you can beat this, I think its so wonderful how you have such a positive outlook on such a nasty and negative disease. I’ve lost 2 very important people in my life, My father and Grandmother, both of them battled cancer and lost the fight. I’ll pray for you. Good luck!

  • Amanda Fisher says:

    Love, love, love you! I aim to be a Proverbs 31 woman myself; and I fall short as well. This venture you are undertaking and blogging and sharing about it will help you on the good days and the bad days. You’ve got the perfect mindset, and your family is undoubtedly in your corner. I will pray for you as you go through this, and I know God will see you through it!

  • Sarah Robinson says:

    Hi Annette,
    I hoped to get an update on you here, and I did.
    It sounds like you are staying strong, getting good rest, and having wonderul fellowship. What more could we ask for? And the bald eagle sighting was so cool! reminds me of a scripture:
    “Have you not known?
    Have you not heard?
    The everlasting God, the Lord,
    The Creator of the ends of the earth,
    Neither faints nor is weary.
    His understanding is unsearchable.
    29 He gives power to the weak,
    And to those who have no might He increases strength.
    30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
    And the young men shall utterly fall,
    31 But those who wait on the Lord
    Shall renew their strength;
    They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
    They shall run and not be weary,
    They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31
    Love and prayers,

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