Hey guys! Happy Monday to you! I’m checking in this morning from a local Second Cup on Whyte Ave in Edmonton while the rest of the crew naps, eats a later breakfast, and takes the morning easy after an early wake-up and a quick interview for Mikey with Ryan on Breakfast Television (link to come later)! I have a few fun photos of the morning to share, plus another reason why I woke up early to run, and some big news…another big change in our lives. You’ll have to read to the bottom for that info though…
(Messing around in the green room after they took Mikey in…he wasn’t too nervous and actually knew the interviewer from high school in Calgary! Small world.)
(Mikey did a great job with this interview, and we encourage everyone in Edmonton to come on out tonight at the Stanley A. Milner Library at 7 pm!)
(We left with tons of schwag…thanks Ryan and BT team! 2 ceramic coffee cups (yessss), 2 water bottles, an umbrella (fun!), and 2 toques!)
We are so grateful for these opportunities to share the news of the film with others and to help raise awareness for the unique opportunities that young adults who are diagnosed with cancer face. These early mornings are worth it!
In reality, my morning started out even earlier than this interview at 7 am…off went my alarm at 5:20 am (it’s been a while since I’ve woken up in the “5’s” – since I was training regularly before the tour!) to get a run in. I had a mini challenge for myself: if I could be disciplined to get up this early, I could get up at 7 am on other mornings when I didn’t feel up to a morning workout. Although my body’s gotten used to running and working out in the afternoon with my training schedule, while on this tour it works better to get a run/workout in early before the day begins because the daylight hours are so full of screenings, interviews, preparations, and driving to different venues. So, up I was and I cruised out of the
house RV in the dark hours of the morning.
(Blurry morning shots as I ran through unknown streets 5.81 miles…felt so good to move this morning!)
When I got back, it was just getting light out, and slowly the RV was waking up. As we drove to the studio downtown, we came upon a beautiful sunrise:
Thank you, Lord, for the beauty of another day, especially amidst life changes and hard times – you are constant, you never change, and we are so grateful for your faithfulness.
So, what’s the big news? What’s the change that has occurred? Unfortunately, we heard from the owners of Peacefield that they have decided to keep the building and property and we will no longer be moving into the home to use it for young adult cancer survivors. This was a shocking, huge blow, and we have been processing all that’s gone on, allowed ourselves to ask the “why?” questions, and have been encouraged and uplifting by not only the faithfulness of God to lead but our supportive community of people around us. I’ve explained this big decision and subsequent life change for Mikey and I in detail here, on the Wrong Way to Hope blog, and encourage you to read it if you’re interested. We continue to believe and trust that God is in control, but this is another curve ball that has been thrown to us out of the blue and feels just like Mikey’s cancer diagnosis 3 years ago. The unknown lies ahead not only on this tour and on the road in the RV with our friends, but after this journey ends as well.
So here’s to the unknown, to new adventures, to letting things go and embracing uncertainty, because life is short, is not ultimately about me anyway, and because God has proved time and again that he indeed is good in our lives. Live well and be well friends,