Birthday Eve

On the eve of my 44th birthday, here is my morning view. Morning View | photography by Jessica Nichols, Sweet Eventide Photography

{treasures from my visit to the forest yesterday}

The past month has been a wild rollercoaster. Did I mention that I don't like rollercoasters?

Two weeks ago today, my husband had a major fall on his bmx bike. I was on my way to get ice cream with my mother-in-law when I received a text from a stranger at the bmx park that I needed to come right away. To sum up the situation shortly, not my specialty but I want to try to be brief, he fell 12' and took the brunt of the fall on his face. So he broke his nose, jaw and some teeth, but needed zero surgeries. He also broke his hand and no surgery needed there either. Everything is feeling a lot better except his teeth, but his next dental appointment is on Monday so hopefully he'll start getting some relief. They had to let his mouth heal a bit before they started repairs.

One week ago, I went to see my oncologist to have him check out a lipoma I have had in my abdomen for over three years. It has been stable all this time but over the summer, it got bigger and felt different. So he wanted me to have a CT scan which I had Tuesday. Another long story short, the radiologist felt I was relapsing with my lymphoma and I read that before speaking to my oncologist, who actually disagrees. I do need to have it biopsied, so we won't know exactly what it is until that happens. It was a really big scare to see the CT scan report.

I put a lot of unpacking on hold while all this was going on, but that is what helps me feel centered and settled. So I hung some art yesterday and today, some large items are being picked up that freed up space on our basement. All of these unexpected issues have taught me again that old adage, life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.

All I want for my birthday is to go to the Oregon coast, but we are going to a big family party tomorrow. Maybe on Sunday. Also before all this happened, I was tagged by Jessica Swift for 20 Things You Might Not Know About Me. I actually had most of that post prepped before Jeff's accident so stay tuned for that to be published next week. I had a lot of fun writing that post.

It feels very good to be back in this space. It is a sign of routines resuming. I'm so looking forward to fall this year.