February ’18 – Blog Train

Enjoy Each Moment
Location – The Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
Wx:  37F, sleet

It is Wednesday, early morning.  Still and dark outside. Strong winds rush across the valley below.   Princess Daisy the calico sits beside me, delicately cleaning her mittens after her royal breakfast. She will soon head back to bed and purr herself to sleep, tummy full.  I am up early, because my mind is full.  Full of many emotions, many prayers.

You see, my friend Darlene has been moved into Hospice this week.  She has been a brave and courageous warrior in the fight against breast cancer this past year.  Always smiling her way through it all.  One of those folks that you love immediately upon first contact.  The smile.  The laugh.  The love freely given.

And I wonder, as I sit here in the darkness, why her and not me?  Why was my life saved, as hers slips away?  And perhaps, just perhaps, the reason I am here is to tell you about the miracle that I experienced during my cancer journey.  So, if you’ve a mind to sit with me for a bit and hear me out, let’s do this for Darlene.

I had been diagnosed with one of the worst breast cancer types – as if you could classify ANY of them good.  It was invasive, rather than in lumps.  It was also called “triple negative”, because my cancer cells were not the type to be affected by the various hormone drugs – they had no “receptors” that could be used to kill the cells.  My husband was frightened, yet I was calm.  I had gone into “warrior mode”, working the solution.  I could have left our mountain to travel to the big city to intake to MD Anderson, or Cancer Centers of America – but I just felt the Lord telling me to trust him.  I could do this, close to home.  And that is what I did.  I trusted him every step of the way, partnering with my “small-town country doctor”.

The miracle happened on the day of my surgery – a double mastectomy.   I woke up early and before I even got out of bed, I started to pray.  I prayed for the Lord to give my doctor the wisdom he needed to work my case.  To bless his hands with knowledge in the surgery room.  There were other things I must have prayed for, but what I most remember is, the moment that I prayed for myself, I was hit by a bolt of electricity.  That’s the only thing that I can compare it to.  It wasn’t painful, but there was that definite feeling of a current of electricity passing from my right shoulder, down to my left hip.  It lasted less than a minute, but I knew that something special had happened.   In surgery that morning, my surgeon found my invasive cancer cells that had previously been scattered throughout  my breasts and most likely my body, was now in one lump.  And easily removed.  My miracle.  HIS miracle.  And one of many that kept occurring throughout my journey.  What an awesome God!

So thank you for listening.  Just – well, Thank you.  For being here.  For hearing the name of Darlene ringing out in your ears and perhaps your heart.  Bless the coming and going of her.   Had I known that the cancer was moving so swiftly in her, I would have made my kit a bit special this month just for her, celebrating her exuberant life.  A kit with poetry, beauty, smiles and warmth.  Generosity and serenity.  Celebrating the volunteer that freely gave for years and years of service, honoring those around her.  We are all better for knowing her.  Yes, bless the coming and going of her.

Launching my part of the February Blog Train, at Pixelscrapper.  I have a habit of not using the entire palette and blending the colors that bring about different shades.  But if you check out the other Pixescrapper Blog Train designer kits you will find that they have faithfully stayed with the colors of the month.
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My designs are available for commercial use, I only ask that you try and pass along a kindness to someone else in exchange.

The elements have three previews below, but there is only one download necessary for them.

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Thank you for stopping by!  Sign up for email notifications if you want an alert when I release new designs.  Have a fantastic week.

Sunny
therushranch@gmail.com

27 thoughts on “February ’18 – Blog Train

  1. Thank you! Lovely kit as always! You’re one of my favorite designers!
    So sorry to hear about your friend Darlene. There are so many things that happen in life and we will never understand them. Thank you for sharing your story. Knowing HIM is a wonderful thing! I too am a survivor and though I didn’t have a “moment” as strong as you did it changed my life in so many wonderful ways!
    Annie

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  2. Beautiful as always Sunny. Love the clustered frames and the journal cards. Thank you. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend Darlene. I’ve said a prayer a for her and for you. So many loved ones have struggled with cancer and every struggle is different and never easy. I know you must be praying for a miracle for her such as you were able to experience. God is good! Thank your for sharing your – and Darlene’s – story.

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  3. Thank you so very much, it is a beautiful kit. So sorry to hear about your friend, Darlene. May God be with her as carry her to her heavenly home with peace. May He comfort you and all who love her. That was a beautiful story about your cancer journey. God was certainly at work in you. May He continue to be with you and guide you.

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  4. Thanks for the pretty kit! May the Lord continue to bless you and do good works through you. May you and your friend know His peace that surpasses all understanding…

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  5. Thanks so very much for sharing about Darlene and yourself! My sister and I are both cancer survivors, my sister,Kathy, had breast cancer resulting in a radical mastectomy on the left side in 1992. (The year our mother passed that she was unable to attend her funeral) and my sarcoma was finally all confiscated (4 surgeries in 16 days) in 1998 just prior to our father’s passing! We chose different methods, she chose chemo and radiation, I on the other hand chose chelation (much newer and natural method) and prayer as well! She’s had many medical traumas since, I on the other hand have fared rather well! Thank You GOD for intervention! I
    I thank you so very much for your lovely gifts and as I use them will think of you and Darlene in a little prayer! Have a fantastic weekend!
    Hugs, Mat

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  6. I don’t know how I could adore this kit more!! As always the papers are divine, the clusters and journal cards are so imaginative, and the elements are beautiful! thank you so very much!!

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  7. What an awesome testimonial for the greatness of our Lord. He truly is a wonderful God and you are truly inspiring. Will keep you and your friend Darlene in our prayer chain. As usual very beautiful designs. God Bless.

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  8. Thank you for sharing your story. We don’t know why God heals some & others go on to be with Him. But what we do know is that God will never leave us or forsake us. He is with us through the storm giving us strength for the journey. God bless you & we pray for His presence to overshadow Darlene as she enters into His rest

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  9. Большое спасибо за все Ваши слова! Любовь и молитвы для Вас и Дарлин! Большое спасибо за Ваш великолепный набор!

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  10. Thank you for the beautiful kit and for the beautiful story. Our God is so good, if so hard to understand at times. I was on the other side of such a story, we watched our beautiful daughter lose her battle to cancer while seeing many other children be cured and grow into adulthood with all that entails. We have wondered thousands of times why her and not them. But I know God has his reasons and I won’t know what they are until I’m with her again and can ask Him face to face. As the years go by, I see glimpses of wonderful reasons and experience inexplicable joy I never thought I’d have again. I’m so thankful you are still here with us and I’m sure God is enjoying having Darlene in his presence. I’ll be praying for comfort for all who miss her here.

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  11. First, what a lovely tribute to your friend Darlene. I normally skim quickly most blog posts on these BTs, but something made me stop today to read yours. Then I realized that it was 4 years ago today, the day before my birthday, that my friend De passed from colon cancer. Her funeral memorial program had her photo with “Give it to God!” printed on the front. Thank you for sharing her story as well as yours. Definitely a miracle from God. Probably why your middle name is Faith, eh? Lastly, thank you for your always wonderful BT contributions. They take a lot of time. Shows a lot of love. God bless you and Darlene in her final journey home.

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