This year we just had a small thanksgiving at home...my mom and dad, my sister and her family, and our family. It was a wonderful day. The highlight of which was sitting around the table talking about "one main thing we were each thankful for"...listening to my sweet mom, who has gone through so much and is in so much pain, give thanks to the Lord for His provision and His goodness. What a testament to the Lord. It's times like these where faith is either secured or falls to the way side. So many people think that if you are a christian everything will go well with you. Not so. Just read about Paul who literally gave his life and gave up everything for the cross. This is a man who once persecuted Christians, but after seeing Christ was willing to lay down his life to tell others about Him. This wasn't a blind faith, like ours, he was there! This is huge, because it's the only explanation for his 180. Why would someone be willing to be tortured and die for something they know is a hoax?. They wouldn't. That is so encouraging to me in my faith. Wow...kinda veered off there, but in a good direction. ha! :)
On another note, we just found out this week that my mom's mastectomy is scheduled for this Wednesday. She is ready for this to be over, but is also understandably nervous about the surgery. They will not be able to do reconstruction until at least a year after the surgery because of this type of cancer and how aggressive it is. That way they can keep a closer eye on it. She understands, but that is different than what she was originally told, so she is adjusting to that news. She was also informed that her doctor (the surgeon that she trusted so much) has been deployed to Iraq and will not be able to do her surgery. The day she found that out, she met with the new doctor right away(Dr. Friesen) and scheduled surgery. It was quite a whirlwind day! He also wants to be a little more aggressive in the surgery than the other surgeon and while she wants to do what's best, she is also worried about the side effects of removing to many lymphnodes in her underarms. There are just so many little things that can go wrong. You just have no idea until you walk through it or walk closely with someone as they do. Please be praying for her and for Dr. Friesen this Wednesday. She'll go in at 11:00, but her surgery is at 1:00.