We started off the month with a visit from Ryan's mom. I was supposed to go to Buffalo to see my girlfriends, and Sally was going to watch Noah while I was gone. As I mentioned in a previous post, I got really sick when I started taking a medication that was supposed to help with my fertility, so the doctor and I decided that I shouldn't go to Buffalo after all. :( (Super bummer, to say the least.) Though she would no longer be watching Noah on her own, Sally came to Denver anyway to help me for a few days. It was amazing to have her here. She grocery shopped, cooked, made freezer meals, watched Noah while I planned for our move, and essentially saved the day! I am so blessed to have her in my life.
To end on a happy note, Ryan and I got to go on a little getaway this past weekend. He will be done with his residency this Friday (he will get his own blog post for that huge accomplishment!), so we decided to go to the mountains to celebrate. My sister watched Noah, and Ryan and I spent two days and two nights hanging out together and exploring Rocky Mountain National Park. It was blissful. We had no schedule and no where to be. We enjoyed beautiful drives, held hands and walked through Estes Park, talked about the upcoming changes in our life, went on a lovely hike to a mountain lake, and just enjoyed each other's company. I was still sick every morning, but I felt good enough during the day that the trip was really fun and relaxing. Such a relief after the couple of crazy weeks we'd had. Thank you, Sary, for watching the Noah Bug for us!!!
One of my favorite moments from the trip was when we pulled over in Grand Lake because Ryan was so tired from all the driving: he took a nap under a tree, and I sat on the dock and felt the wind on my face, listened to the sound of the water lapping on the shore, and whispered an audible prayer to my Father in Heaven. For me, the biggest blessing that comes from trials and difficult times is the closeness that I feel to Him. In the month that I haven't been feeling well, I've really slowed down the pace of my life and spent more time than usual praying, reading scripture, and pondering. I've felt vulnerable and weak, and so I have turned to God in earnest to help me get through. I have felt His peace and have witnessed little miracles along the way, letting me know that He is aware of me. It is super humbling, and I am so grateful.
In regards to this mysterious illness and my upcoming surgery, my dad keeps telling me, "Everything is going to be okay." Hearing those words from my dad gives me a lot of comfort. I know he is right.
So here's to a healthier July! And Ryan being done with 11 years of post high school education (college, dental school, and residency)! And a new life in Twin Falls, Idaho in just a few weeks!
On to the next adventure, right??