Thursday, July 17, 2008

Song of Praise

Well, I guess I will start at the beginning. We were set up by a mutual friend that as soon as she met Marcus she thought of me. What a great friend to set me up with such a wonderful guy! We started dating in April of 1997. We had not been dating for long when we both knew that we wanted to get married, we just had to wait. And waiting is what we did...a total of 7 years (that is what happens when you meet your soul mate in 10th grade). We both had our own plans and own goals and those soon merged and became one. We knew that we wanted to wait until one of us was out of college to get married. So, after Marcus graduated I knew it was coming, just not when or how???? He was very smooth to pull everything off. One day he asked if I wanted to go have lunch with him. What I didn't realize, it was a picnic lunch at the park. Even after we pull up at the park and he had a blanket for us to sit on, I still didn't snap to anything. We were married in June of 2004. I am truly blessed to have such a great husband that makes me laugh. We have had a great 4 years of marriage and I can't wait for what's to come!!!!!

Now back to those plans and goals. My personal goal was that I wanted to start a family when I was around 25. Don't ask me why, just sounded like a good age to me????? So shortly before my 25th birthday we decided to start trying for a family. Little did we know that it would be a little more difficult for us. In July 2007 on a Friday we got news that no one ever wants to get. There was a 90% chance that a tumor Marcus had was cancer. 90%, that is the percentage that we were told!!!! We had a trip to the beach planned for that weekend and decided to still go, it would be better to go rather than sit around the house and cry (that is how I handled the news). The hard thing was no one knew about our news just yet, so we had to act like nothing was wrong the entire weekend. After tons of bloodwork and more waiting (a little over a month) he had the surgery to find out if it was cancer. It was BENIGN!!!!! By everything that the doctor was telling us, we were ready to fight cancer. This was a huge blessing, no cancer, no radiation, nothing at all!!!! So now back to what we were doing before this huge detour. As each month went by we realized that this journey might be longer than we expected. After some time went by we decided that we might need to go and talk with a specialist. After many doctors and doctor appointments later we are still in the information gathering stage.

If you can remember early I said that I had my goals and my plans. That was my problem, they were not Gods goals and plans for my life. He knows what is best for my life and having a baby at 25...26... was not in His plans. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" Jeremiah 29:11 I can honestly say that through this journey God has given me a peace that I can not explain. I just want to continue my Song of Praise and thank God for what He is doing in our life along this journey!


Jennifer Douga said...

Marcus & Lindsey,
Shane & I will pray for you as you go through this journey in your life.
Love, Jennifer

Anonymous said...

Lindsey and Marcus,
God is wonderful! What a great way to share your experiences!
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)
God is so good! I can see your strength and courage. We will all pray and trust in Him as His hands work in our lives! I love you and am praying for you as always!
Love, Mom V

Anonymous said...

We love you and are praying for you. We have seen this experience grow you individually and as a couple. We pray that God will give you the desires of your heart and bless you for your faithfulness.
Lance & Alison

Heather said...

Marcus and Lindsey,
I found your blog through Jennifer's. I am sorry to hear about your trials...Kris and I will be praying for your miracle.