03 March 2011


I know I have been absent for a few days, but a lot has been going on and I have a lot of thoughts that I am not sure I am ready to share yet.  But, I am in the midst of writing a 6,000 word paper on Aristotle and am ready to take a break...this is the perfect way to do it.

I had a couple of blows this week: on Tuesday I went in for my monthly eyebrow wax and bang trim and found out that my wonderful aesthetician, Shelby, passed away at the age of 32.  Just a month ago, on January 25, I found out she had liver cancer.  She died four days later on January 29.  I know she is in a better place, and even though I only saw her once a month, she had this uncanny ability to make me feel at ease.  Her vivaciousness, spunk, and zest for life are unmatched by anyone I have met as of yet, and she is missed dearly.  I can only hope I am able to impact lives like she has.  Rest in Peace, Shelby.  May He raise you up, and know that our lives were all a little bit brighter because you were a part of us.  <3

On the same day, I found out that my Aunt Paula, who has been bravely battling ovarian cancer for over two years now, and who is an inspiration to me and my entire family, is now battling a new beast: cancer in her liver, one kidney, and one-third of her colon.  She will begin chemo again next week, and our family prepares to take this journey along with her.  I ask for your prayers for my Aunt Paula and my entire family, for wisdom, healing, and strength, but mostly that God envelopes us in His loving arms throughout this difficult time.

On another note, I am preparing for my ACL reconstruction surgery next Thursday--a week from today.  As scared and nervous as I am, I am excited to get it over with so I can start healing so I can begin doing the activities I love--running, playing soccer, doing yoga and Zumba, and just everything in between.  I know that I have a long road to recovery, but I am ready to take it on.

On a happy note, I was honored to be asked to attend Marquette's Military Ball with my blogging-brother, US Army Cadet Matthew Henke, which is taking place tomorrow evening.  It will be a fantastic night.  At the very least, I get to dress up in a long dress and feel pretty and go to an amazing event for some pretty amazing people.  It can't come soon enough.

Again, I ask for your prayers.  I know He answers them, and He will not abandon us in our time of need.

Until next time...

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