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Laguna Beach - a time for rest and regeneration
Labor Day Weekend 2006

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September 5, 2006

Last Thursday, August 31, Liz completed her radiation treatments. She came out of the radiation chamber, rang a bell to signal the end of her 28 sessions and turned to face her friends and family who came to celebrate. No more radiation! (celebration pictures are here)

The next morning Jessica, Liz and I packed up the car and headed for Laguna Beach, California. Liz yearned for the sound of ocean waves, cooler breezes and rest. The Inn of Laguna www.innatlagunabeach.com accommodated all her requests.

Our room faced the ocean and provided a view of the shoreline.

We feasted on spectacular sunrises and sunsets and at night the ocean sounds lulled us to sleep.


Each morning I woke early and strolled along the beach; there were few early risers so I had the beach all to myself. I found the place I visited as a child, sitting on rocks near the tide pools. That is where I began my day on Sunday, the Day of Hope for Liz. I thought of the dozens of people who were spending that day with Liz out on the trails. Gratitude. I felt gratitude for all of you and the marvelous support and energy you generate. No matter where YOU are, we feel it in Arizona!

The “girlfriends” came to visit us on Saturday morning. Yvonne (in angel shirt) and her daughters Heather and Kiersten, prepared a patio breakfast picnic and Yvonne offered a toast to mothers, sisters, girlfriends, daughters, godmothers, grandmothers and great granddaughters. Liz and I know that the women in our lives will rise to every challenge life brings us.

It was enough for Liz to gaze at the ocean, listen to the waves at night and nap during the day.

Jessica pushed her mom in the wheelchair. We walked the beach path, dined at local restaurants and even did some window shopping one day. We are grateful to Grandma Doris’ church, Apache Wells Community Church, for lending us the wheelchair.

On Sunday Jessica and I planted two umbrellas in the sand near our room, spread out some towels and beach chairs. Liz spent two hours enjoying the ocean breeze and working “fill-in puzzles.”

Before we left for Laguna Beach someone wrote these words: RestLizRest. While you were running and walking and biking and rowing, Liz began her period of rest. She is taking great care of herself, eating well, holding positive thoughts and preparing for the next big race—surgery. We will know the date by the end of this week. Between now and then Liz will be preparing her interior landscape for surgery. She knows what she has to do and she knows how to do it. I believe in her and we both believe in the power of her healing system. She stands in the center of the sacred cross that means so much to both of us.

We come to many crossroads on our journey. There are many directions to choose; you just have to pick one and go. We choose life. Abundant life.

Joyce

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The song that is playing is "Dream Big " by Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband.

This wonderfully energetic bluegrass-kinda group is singing these words of hope
for Liz, for her family...well, for all of us...Dream Big

 


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The Lyrics:
words and music by Ryan Shupe

When you cry, be sure to dry your eyes,
'Cause better days are sure to come.
And when you smile, be sure to smile wide,
And don't let them know that they have won.
And when you walk, walk with pride,
And don't show the hurt inside,
Because the pain will soon be gone.

And when you dream, dream big,
As big as the ocean, blue.
'Cause when you dream it might come true.
But when you dream, dream big.

And when you laugh, be sure to laugh out loud,
'Cause it will carry all your cares away.
And when you see, see the beauty all around and in yourself,
And it will help you feel okay.
And when you pray, pray for strength to help to carry on,
But when the troubles come your way.

And when you dream, dream big,
As big as the ocean, blue.
'Cause when you dream it might come true.
But when you dream, dream big.

Dream big.
Dream big.

When you cry be sure to dry your eyes,
cause better days are sure to come.
And when you smile be sure to smile wide, and
don't let them know that they have one.

And when you laugh be sure to laugh out loud,
'Cause it will carry all your cares away.
And when you see, see the beauty all
around and in yourself, and it will help you feel okay.
And when you pray, pray for strength to
help to carry on when the troubles come your way

 

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