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Embracing Change

“So make friends with whatever’s next.”

Live Loved by Max Lucaco

I read these words from Max Lucado last night.  My friend Corina gave me  the little book  Live Loved: Experiencing God’s Presence in Everyday Life, and the short passages have been just right size to squeeze in before we go to sleep. It is a collection of little jewels from Max’s previously published writings.   As usual the words I read were appropriately fitting for the occasion.  So much so the words caught in my throat as I read them aloud.   As is the case with many of you this time of year, change is encompassing the life of our family at the moment.  Our law school graduate and his wife left sunny California to live in our little apartment for the summer while he studies for the bar exam.  Our college student moved home from the dorm for the summer.  Our daughter moved from her apartment to a house nearby.  Everyone’s personal belongings are in transition. 

Frankly, things are a mess around here. 

A beautiful, happy, togetherness sort of mess. 

We are beginning to get a handle on some of it, finally finishing up some remodeling that wasn’t quite done on the little apartment.  But the next phase is about to begin.

My husband and daughter are preparing to travel to Africa, so the suitcases will be coming out soon.  I hate the open-suitcase-prolonged-packing period that seems to be our habit. Well really my husband’s.  I’m more the throw-it-all-in-at-the-last-minute type.  I might not get there with what I want to have, but at least I don’t have to step over the suitcases that way.  Besides, the chances the bags will actually arrive with you are about 50/50, so what’s the use in all that packing anyway?

Of course for me the adventure of daily changes associated with chemo are ever-present on my mind. 

I have been very pleased that so far my experience has been better than I had expected.  Up to this point I have had an assortment of relatively minor woes, but not the extreme side effects I was afraid I might face.  I am thankful!

Side Effects of Chemo

I do suspect that I have just waded into the edges of the chemo pond.  The water isn’t as cold as I was afraid it might be, but there are deeper waters to cross, and the shore is hard to see in the distance.  So Max’s words challenge me.

“Embrace change.  Accept it.  Don’t resist it.”

“Change is not only a part of life, change is a necessary part of God’s strategy.”  Really Max?

His list of examples helps me believe he has the right idea. 

Gideon.   Joseph.   Mary.  Paul.  David.  Peter.   

Wow.  Moving the contents of closets is nothing compared to the transition from shepherd to king. 

Changing hairstyle is a piece of cake. 

My daughter helped me embrace the probability of  hair loss this week with the first of a series of haircuts. 

Warning.  Photos of me ahead.  I’m becoming quite the diva these days.  Not in the exceptional talent sense of the word.  More the world-revolves-around-me sense. 


Before my first trim

A bit of a trim.  Sometimes embracing change involves baby steps.

Just a little trim

How about a little updo?

Simple updo

Or curls?

Some curls

Just getting acquainted with my new friend, What’s Next.  It should be an interesting relationship.


  1. Posted 3 Jun ’11 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Praying for you as you embrace change. I am back in Abilene if you ever need anything please let me know.

  2. Lisa
    Posted 3 Jun ’11 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Once I had a teacher that has the theory that everyone needs to be completely bald a some point in their life. Then they will be able to smile with their whole head!
    Your beauty shines completely throughout your body and soul, my friend. I love you.

  3. joy young
    Posted 3 Jun ’11 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    I believe Laura must be the female equivalent to the name Barnabus! You are such an encouragement to me!

    • Posted 21 Jul ’16 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

      12 mai 2011danyVai, Vasile ! Ce esti tu ? Moldovean sau roman ? Imi vine rau sa mai aud de poporul moldovean care vorbeste limba moaelvendosca ! O mica precizare: sunt din Bacau, care este din regiunea istorica al Moldovei parte componenta a Romaniei.  

    • Posted 1 Nov ’16 at 10:44 am | Permalink

      FK in a good position for Wake. Right outside the 18, probably 25 yards out. It’ll be bungled.UNC keeper screams, “left! left! left!” at his wall. Everyone hears him, except the wall. Grand comedy.

    • Posted 3 Nov ’16 at 6:12 am | Permalink

      Welcome back Vix!Sorry that the weather is not so welcoming, bloody horrible in fact.What a cool picture of you she has really captured your you-ness.Hope you have a fab weekend.P x

    • Posted 2 Jan ’17 at 12:48 am | Permalink

      I'm SO happy to hear the surgery was a success, you got rid of Boris, and were only stage 1. How nice to have one surgery behind you!!! I wish you a very speedy recover, and in the meantime it sounds like hubby will take amazing care of you!! Relax and take care of yourself this weekend!

    • Posted 2 Jan ’17 at 12:59 am | Permalink

      Imádjuk a takarót, nem cserélünk, inkább gyűjtök egy kis pénzt erre a rózsaszínre :) Pedig érdekes módon nem vagyok barátja a rózsaszínnek, de a feketével elragadó, azóta minden nap megnézem :)

  4. marcela
    Posted 18 May ’12 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    dear Laura, just by coincidence i found myself reading your thoughts for an hour, trying to find how to decorate a table in an african way…i loved the way you express yourself and your way of looking at things….have no idea which year is this in your blog, but i want to wish you all the best….in your journey

    • Posted 6 Nov ’16 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

      Daar zoek ik me ook al helemaal de pest naar, overal staat Oktober vermeld maar nergens kan ik wat vinden. Op Tweakers staan ook al een hoop winkels met prijzen maar nergens duidelijk hoe lang het nog dut2#&u8r30;

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