Life is a wonderful gift.
A delicate, fragile wonderful gift.
I think we take it for granted sometimes as we live our day to day lives just going through the motions, following our daily routines and we don't really take the time to slow down and appreciate how special this thing called life really is.
These last few weeks have been really hard on my family. About three weeks ago on June 16th my father was diagnosed with stomach cancer. And upon further testing and examining we found out that it was already stage four. News like that is really hard to digest in such a short period of time. Dad's been through so much in these last couple of weeks. He's been in and out of the hospital and had major surgery last week having his whole stomach removed. He'll be in the hospital for a long while. Often times when unexpected things like this happen we don't understand the whys or the hows. But God, in all his wonder and glory, has a plan. I don't have to understand it, I just have to trust Him. Trust Him to take care of my daddy and to give us strength and grace to get through the rough days ahead.
I was just walking around the hospital on the day of dads surgery, stretching my legs and I happened to wander into the gift shop. They had a lot of pretty things actually but I was drawn to this heart which captured the sentiment of the day perfectly. I bought it and it came home with me. It speaks to my heart and helps to remind me that Dad is in Gods hands. What a wonderful place to be, in the tender loving hands of our Lord and Savior. That thought brings peace to my heart and comfort to my soul.
This is my father. We traveled to Kansas to be with him on Fathers day. It's a nine hour trip one way and I've gone to see him three times since learning of his diagnosis. I'm planning another trip tomorrow. I'll probably be going back and forth from New Mexico to Kansas indefinitely. This is hard for all of us but mostly for my mother. So I want to be there as much as I can.
Sitting in a hospital room can make for a long day so I usually take a basket of yarn with me and work on something while I sit there. I worked on this hat last week when we were there for his surgery. It's a little baby hat pattern I found on Ravelry called simple newborn hat with a touch of lace.
It's a fairly easy pattern which was perfect for me because it didn't require a whole lot of thinking. I knit on it a little here and there in the hospital but also worked on it on the drive home last Friday. It's finished now so I'll have to get another project ready for my next trip tomorrow.
Lots of things to do between now and then so...
Til next time,