Look who I found!
Why, thatâ€™s my (former) neighbor, Tonya! You may remember her â€“ last spring, she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor (Lost and Found in the Garden). People were so touched by her story and strong faith that strangers from all over the world pulled together to donate over $20,000 to her family. Pretty amazing; I often think about Tonyaâ€™s story when I am feeling sad â€“ it really is proof that people care for and want to help others, even if they donâ€™t know the person personally. Anyway, after suffering through a horrible summer of dozen upon dozens of seizures and other complications relating to the tumor and her medications, sheâ€™s leveled out and is doing as well as she can be, all things considering. Sheâ€™s seen a ton of specialists, but her tumor is still inoperable and untreatable. Thankfully, the doctors donâ€™t think itâ€™s actively growing right now.
Her husband and little boys are doing well, too. The boys are such cuties. Today was their last day of pre-school before summer break.
Tonya plans to write a more detailed update on HTP very soon â€“ stay tuned! But she says HELLO and hopes everyone is doing well.
We had tea while chatting. Tonya is Christian and just attended a Bible retreat that discussed mindful prayer â€“ Iâ€™m not religious but I found the concept of mindful prayer to be very interesting; for a non-religious person, it sounded more like â€˜intentional gratitude.â€™ Iâ€™m going to look into this one method that she recommended and may turn it into a blog post soon. We could all use some more intentional gratitude in our lives, right? I know that I definitely could; I get far too swept up in the daily grind and forget all the things that I need to be grateful forâ€¦ my health, my family, my friendships, awesome and generous strangersâ€¦ The list goes on and on.
It was a very nice work break!
Eats included a mid-morning snack of yogurt and cereal. Breakfast did not hold me over.
And lunch was leftover casserole from Tuesday.
The casserole was definitely too dry after two days in the fridge, but a smear of pasta sauce was the perfect solution. Yum.
Thought of the Day:
â€œToo many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.â€ – Malcolm S. Forbes