It’s been a while since I have written here. I could say ten different reasons why, but that is for another blog post (or most likely not).
One of the main reasons is that there is just only so much of Steph to go around. I am saving the best parts of me for my family. Right now that means going to chemo with my Dad every Monday.
Every week Dad and I take a selfie with a quick update, and I post it on my personal Instagram and Facebook. Some may wonder why I (over)share about such a personal subject in a public forum. Here are just a few reasons why I let everyone in:
- I covet your Prayers. I want prayers from far and wide to cover my parents, my sister and I. I have been in a crisis situation where the prayers of my family, friends and strangers alike literally held me up. I want that kind of strength and peace for my family that only comes through prayer. That is the peace of God that passes all understanding that you can only have through Christ (Phillipians 4:7).
- I want to share our Smiles & Faith. Dad was diagnosed with a very rare, stage 4 Cancer that is not operable nor curable. The diagnosis was very bleak when we heard it almost two years ago. Yet we hold our hope in Jesus, so we can smile every week. Sure there are definitely a lot of tears too. However, we know no matter how hard things get, Jesus has us wrapped in His arms. I am so grateful to my parents for raising my sister in I to know and love Jesus, so that we have the Faith needed to make it through the difficult times in life. There is no greater gift that a parent can give a child.
- I want to be a Friend. I can’t tell you how many people who have approached me because they are either dealing with something similar with a parent or have in the past. Whether they can share some of their wisdom with me from their experiences or we can commiserate together about our pain, it helps us both feel better and not quite so alone in our pain.
- I want to get REAL. In a world where your FB & Instagram feed is full of date nights, football games and pretty Christmas trees, I want to sprinkle in some reality. If you were to see me at the kids’ school, at work, church, or Publix, you would have no clue that I am dealing with such a difficult situation. Life doesn’t slow down just because you have a crisis you are dealing with at home. You have to keep up with life and responsibilites. There are people you cross in your life every day that are dealing with BIG things every day, and you don’t know it. Always be ready to give an extra bit of grace. The person that may be a little short with you…..the email/text that goes without a reply a little too long…..the mom that may forget to sign a folder or put $$ in her kids’ lunch account 🙋🏻😳 😂 Have a little extra patience and understanding with your fellow man. You may (or rather WILL!!) need it one day too!
So here we are another Monday with Pa Pa.
No other place I would rather be!