To My Love and the One Loved by Many

To my precious husband,

You turn 31 today! It’s a day we celebrate the day you were born and the world immediately became a sweeter place because of you! You are kind, tender, loving and caring. You exceed my dreams everyday by loving me so selflessly and beautifully everyday. You are the perfect team mate to do life with, the best partner in crime to face this crazy life of parenting together and the besets friend a girl could ask for! Thank you for blessing me endlessly and never failing to make me laugh when I need it most. There truly is no-one that “gets me” quite like you do and that is truly a God given gift! I cry ugly tears over how incredibly thankful I am for you and could not be happier with the life we have built together. I love our silly dances in the kitchen, I love how ticklish you are even though you hate it, I love how patient you are when I throw your pillow off the bed every time you get out of bed (laughing just thinking about it), I love that we both appreciate chinese food the same way, I love our classic TV show marathons (currently almost through all of Will & Grace), I love your dry humor and horrible dad jokes and I love your accent you use when you read books to the kids.

So much I love about you and I get to enjoy it all forever with you! Happy Birthday, my love and may you feel celebrated and extra loved today!

I love you to the moon and back.

-Elisa

You are an amazing father, husband, friend, grandson, brother and more! I know you have not only blessed me in so many ways, but you have also touched the lives of so many others. There are so many people that are lucky to have you in their life and I have a few of them right here to share how you mean to them. May this be a reminder to you how truly spectacular and special you truly are!

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Top 5 Tuesday- Favorite Moments of May

Happy Top 5 Tuesday! Sometimes I feel like these days don’t come often enough! I love writing all about my top 5 favorites because it’s a great way for you to maybe learn something new!

Today I am changing things up a little and giving you my top 5 favorite moments in May! I realized I don’t really share different ways of getting to know me on my blog so this is a great way for me to reflect on this past month and for you to get to know me a little more!

These moments are in no particular order

1/ May 8- My Brother in Law

On May 8 my sister had a pretty invasive surgery to remove a tumor in her neck. There was also a possibility of removing her thyroid as well, which did end up happening. In the end she was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer that had spread to the lymph nodes. Even though this day was not a day we would have chosen for her or for ourselves there was one specific moment that stood out to me on this particular day.

Let me tell you about my brother-in-law and why he is one of my top 5 moments.

I honestly could not think of a better man for my sister. He has not only loved her through the hardest of times, but he has shown unending love to everyone else around him. After my sisters surgery we were all eager to be able to see her. We had to wait for quite a while until she was awake enough for them to transfer her to a room. We waited for what felt like forever in this long hospital hallway just waiting to see her hospital bed come wheeling towards us. Every time a door opened we eagerly stared at it hoping it was her!

Finally she arrived and I remained standing in my place in the hallway and watched my brother-in-law approach his wife after 3 hours of being apart. As I stood there observing I saw him grab her hand, bring his face close to hers and he began to pray over her. As I watched my sister wipe tears from her eyes, I couldn’t help but feel my own tears. Tears of thankfulness for God’s protection over her but also tears of thankfulness for this man. 

Thank you, Anthony, for loving my sister so beautifully.
Thank you for standing right by her side holding her tightly through all these deep valleys.
Thank you for caring for her in every way possible
Thank you for praying for her and with her in times of fear and in times of joy.
Thank you for being exactly what mom wanted in a husband for her.

I hold this moment close because it is then that I realized more than ever how incredibly special this man is and I am so happy my sister has him to call her own!

2/ May 10- Vegan Cupcakes, husbands and littles

Two days after my sister’s surgery and we were all ready for her to be home and for her to find some much needed comfort. I had the privilege of spending the last 2 nights at the hospital with her so her husband could get some good and much-needed sleep at home. By this specific day we were all weary. My poor sister just wanted to get home, but was also really struggling in her recovery after such an invasive surgery.

I hadn’t seen my husband and sweet littles in a couple of days and was missing my little family something fierce! I had texted my husband early that morning and asked him to send me some pictures of the kids. About an hour later I got a text that said, “come to the [hospital] family room.”

Confused, I walked down the hallway to the hospital family room. As I approached the room my 5-year-old came running with arms open wide saying, “Mommy! Mommy!” I got the biggest hugs and kisses! Then there stood my precious husband holding my baby girl and a brown bag containing a vegan cupcake from my favorite place! This man knows the way to my heart in every way! I felt so loved by him and my babies and could not have asked for a better surprise! 

Thank you, my love, for thinking of my needs as a wife, mother and woman (hence the chocolate)!

3/ May 12-   Home School Mama’s Nourish Event

My mother in law is a woman of many gifts, but one of her favorite gifts of mine is when she shares her heart with other women. I have heard her speak on various subjects a few times and am always so blessed by her words and extra thankful to have her in my life!

On May 12 my mother in law hosted an event for home school moms to gather in worship, eat food and be encouraged. I am personally not a home school mom, but I was still so encouraged by the words she shared and so inspired by these amazing women all gathered in the barn together.

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I had the privilege of playing the piano and singing some worship music while people prayed individually over these mamas. I have to say I had the best seat in the barn! Not only did I get to spend 20 minutes worshiping a great God, but I did so while watching fellow mamas being prayed over by other mamas. It was an incredible scene to see women from all different paths and journeys come together and love each other so beautifully.

It was a beautiful day and I was so thankful I got to be a part of it.

4/ May 13- Mother’s Day Card From My Daughter

Something I love most about mother’s day is when my kids make me a homemade card. I always love seeing what they chose to write and how their image of what I look like changes every year! Sometimes my hair is standing straight up, sometimes I have no arms, sometimes my nose is missing and sometimes they go into full detail. I just love seeing their creativity shine on their cards for me.

This year my kids make their homemade cards for me at school. My daughter brought hers home several days early and hid it under her bed until Mother’s Day.

The morning of Mother’s Day my daughter came skipping up the stairs with an extra pep in her step. This was how the conversation went…

J: “Mommy!! I made this for you! Happy Mother’s Day!”
Me: “Oh wow!! This is beautiful! Thank you so much!”
J: “And look! It has a list of chores on it for YOU to do!”
Me: “OH! I’m pretty sure these are for you to do. Like a coupon for you to do certain chores in the house.”
J: “No mom…these chores are definitely for you!”

I couldn’t help but laugh! She was so convinced that these chores were for me to do! 

Happy Mother’s Day, mom! Here is a to do list…

5/ May 23- A Day Well Spent

May 23 was the 2 year anniversary of my mom passing away. My sister and I spent the whole day together and it was such a blessed time with so much laughter! I don’t have one particular moment in this day that stands out over the rest. This whole day was one big moment for me and I am so thankful to have spent that time with her! 

Here is the open letter she and I wrote together that day and it shares a little about our day as well…

Dearest mother of ours,

May 23….is it a day that we dread or a day to be celebrated? On this day two years ago you didn’t just leave this earth but instead you began a new life: a life in the presence of Christ that makes our sorrow not all sad but hope-filled. We know 2 years ago when we held you for the last time that it wasn’t truly the last time; for the time will come when we embrace once again. In the mean time we choose joy in our sorrow and hope in our grief. We eat at Panera Bread because that would have been your first choice (fuji apple chicken salad hold the apples).We eat sweet and salty treats. We buy bargain clothes we neither needed nor have room to store. We wear hats and have a little chuckle cuz our hair will never look as perfect and put together as yours. #mermaidhairdontcare And even though some might scoff at our bare feet by your gravesite we remember your travels and how somehow you always managed to “sneak” your freshly painted toes into the image of the beautiful scenery. While the scene in front of our feet isn’t quite as majestic as a sunset at Ka’anapali Beach in Maui it is a glorious reminder of a life spent loving well and your subsequent eternity in Heaven.

So on this day we celebrated you a little extra. We miss you. We look forward to the day we will see you again. 

We don’t cry because it’s over, we SMILE because your life happened (maybe there were a few happy tears)! 

Your daughters forever, Erin and Elisa

Thank you, sweet sister of mine, for spending this day with me. I am blessed by you and I am so thankful for our relationship!

 

So there you have it! My top 5 favorite moments of May! I loved reflecting more on these moments and I hope you enjoyed reading about them! It was a nice change for Top 5 Tuesday this time and look forward to the next one!

Do you have a favorite moment from this past month? I’d love to hear all about it! 

Have a beautiful day and always be kind.

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When Cancer Changes Everything- Part 1

“Hello?”

“Hey! Are you with mom?”

“No, should I be?”

“She is having a CT scan right now and I don’t think she should be alone.”

It was my sister calling from out-of-town. I had known mom was not feeling well and was dealing with some pain, but I didn’t know she was having a CT scan. My mom never wanted anyone to worry and at that moment there was nothing for her to worry about.

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