1. A strong belief. 2. Loyalty, belief and complete trust in God's will. 3. Devotion. 4. The acceptance of what we cannot see but feel deep within our hearts.
I received this frame as a Christmas present this year and immediately knew that I could not just fill it with snapshots...random pictures that I would want to change every year or so when they became outdated. No, I knew that this frame was special, and that the pictures in it would need to tell a special story. And for me, one of the most powerful expressions of my faith journey has been that of living through the last four years of this uncertain adventure called Hodgkin's. The story that needed to be conveyed in this Faith frame had to be one that reminded me of God's promises to me, the fulfillment of those promises, and how He carried me through it. And so I chose four pictures, from four significant milestones, with four significant people who walked my faith journey with me.
The picture on top is the most recent, taken with my mom this past Christmas. Now that my stem cell transplant has been completed, and I am in the follow-up phase of that, it is my mom who weekly (and sometimes semi-weekly) drives me to Hillman Cancer Center for my check-ups and bloodwork.
The bottom picture is from 2009, from my Europe back-packing trip. Here, Sherri and I are standing on the Zugspitze, the highest peak in the Alps in Germany. This is where I looked out over the railing to a view that was completely obscured in clouds. I prayed a little prayer, asking God to show me the view...and the clouds parted to reveal an incredible blue lake far below. I stood there, enjoying the view and listening to "You Raise Me Up" on a friend's ipod, while it seemed that noone else around me even noticed the parting of the clouds. It was just a special time with God and me. And, when the song ended, the clouds rolled back in. The entire trip was really such a journey of faith for me...
The picture on the right is next, from 2008. This is just before I went into the hospital for my Auto Stem Cell Transplant, and that is my sister Erika kissing my bald head. :)
And the picture on the left is from nearly the beginning, 2007. I was losing my hair from the chemo and decided to throw a "buzz-cut party" with my friends. It was great fun! Everyone took their turn with the clippers, and in the process of buzzing my hair gave me some pretty interesting hair styles! Peggy, who is in the picture with me, has been such a wonderful friend and support through this journey. She also is the one who gave me the neon pink wig! (And this frame too!)
And there it is, all put together...
...and hanging on the wall! Doesn't it look great hanging there. I love the combination of the blue frame and the green wall. I already had the metal "faith" word sitting on the windowsill of my window seat, so I think the two go well together. And speaking of the windowseat, I just love the fabric on the cushion! It's so bright and colorful and happy! The blue fabric on the edge actually matches the frame nearly perfectly... yay for unplanned coordination! I made the cushion this past spring - my first experiment with cushion making. I still have yet to finish covers for all the pillows, but I'll get there, eventually! :)