Steep in the glory

June 18th, 2012 § 11 comments

The last month has been busy with good things.

Somehow I’ve wanted to tuck these things away, commit them to memory, etch them in my mind so that I might remember. I’ve been taking loads of pictures and rather than writing, photography has been my way of documenting these times. I find myself taking photographs more and more each week, and getting a lot of joy from doing so. I post many of them on Instagram for those of you who might be interested (username: adamslisa).

Paige graduated from eighth grade this week. The fact that my firstborn is starting high school in the fall is mindblowing.



















Colin finished 4th grade, made the All-Star baseball team (they lost the game) and then had his Little League Minors team win the Championship today (a happier boy could not be found). He pitched the first 3 innings of the game today and I’ve enjoyed this season immensely. What a great group of boys and coaches on the team this year. I love that he still waves to me when he is playing right field and still will yell, “Hi Mom!” as he runs by. I love that he still hugs me at the bus stop and tells me he loves me many times each and every day, without hesitation.

These things matter. They may change. They probably will. But for now, I treasure them.































Tristan and Paige had a piano recital yesterday and Tristan got his first trophy. On Tuesday we will take him to Philadelphia to see his orthopedic team at Shriners Hospital for a checkup. He is bubbling with excitement at being a first grader now…













June 18 is a significant date. It was 5 years ago today that I had my last chemo treatment.

Five years isn’t meaningful in terms of my disease. It doesn’t mean I’m “cured.” My kind of breast cancer can return after seven years, or twelve, or fifteen. But it’s still five years so far that I have had no evidence of a recurrence. Five years of memories. Five years that matter.

These last few weeks have been magical to me.

These were the days I fought for.

These were the days I wanted.

These are the days I longed to share with my husband and my children. And I am doing just that.

I’ve been overwhelmed with emotions in these weeks, seeing my children change and being so proud of not only what they do, but also who they are.

I think when it comes down to it I haven’t been writing this month because I needed to hold all of this inside. I needed to let it sink in. I needed to  steep in the glory that these simple days hold.

Being alive to share these days with my friends and family.

Helping others who are undergoing treatment and surgery.

My days are full and I do not take them for granted.


§ 11 Responses to Steep in the glory"

  • Marisa Birns says:

    What a wonderful post to read. Brought several tears to the eyes. Am so happy that at the end of all that scary, painful, and despairing time, you have photographs of the great things that are happening to life with your family. Congratulations to your kids for their milestones!

  • Lindsey says:

    What beautiful words and pictures, which capture a time surely steeped in glory, just as you say. Sending you so much love. xox

  • Ann Gregory says:

    Thank you for sharing these precious moments.

  • Erika Robuck says:

    Sometimes a picture really can say more than words. I’ve felt your pride, gratitude, and happiness in these photos and it warms my heart for you and for your family. Stopping to enjoy these sweet moments and holding them in our hearts is all we can do. Thanks for the reminder.

    Wishing you many, many more years of this…

  • LIsa,
    I know exactly what you mean and you expressed this feeling perfectly. I felt similar emotions watching my daughter at her wedding recently. It is marvelous to just be isn’t it? We do need to bask in the joy that is living. Thanks for a lovely post.

  • auntie_jenn says:

    I love watching the picture story unfold each day…now I see the common thread. Congratulations. xoxo

  • Becky Sain says:

    Lisa… I don’t think I could have any more love or admiration for anyone. I’m so lucky I can call you friend.
    I’m so lucky that your days are filled with all this magic, because you spill the magic in you all over me each day.
    Wonderful days for you my friend, wonderful days.

  • Jody Schoger says:

    These are the days I fought for….beautiful, my friend.
    Thank you,

  • Catherine says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post (just found your site through twitter). It’s a gift to celebrate in this sort of love and life, and a pleasure to share in your joy.

  • Jenny Murphy says:

    Thank you for this.

  • fishing rod says:

    Hi, thanks for sharing.

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