Someone asked me this week what is hardest to deal with right now. The answer that came quickest was that life around me, my daily life, and family life all feels and seems ” normal”. Yet nothing is normal. I don’t “feel”sick often. I continue to be mom and wife and friend, yet in many ways my life is on hold. For example, Adam and I were registered to run the Canton half- marathon together with some other friends; and now our names will be worn by others (ashley & lyndsey). This is wonderful, yet strange that I can’t muscle through and just do it. Today I met a few of the running girls and while they ran, I rollerbladed. This is challenging in some ways as i am used to being able to just do what I wanted without much hesitation or effort. Nonetheless, we had a great time together.
Following the run/rollerblade the family and the Smith’s headed to the local farmers market. Again, a fairly ” normal” stop for us on a Saturday Morning. Then Adam mowed at my parents so I spent some time there with mom, and then headed out to look at plants for the yard. Dinner was spent with the Armstrong side of the family. I am thankful for a wonderful sister-in-law and her hard work as a mom and wife. And i am very thankful for my mom-in-law and the son she raised up to now be my best friend. We had a good time being together. We ended the day with friends from our ABF, “Sunday-school” at church. The day was very full but delightful in many ways.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. (2 Corinthians 4:6-10 ESV)