The important and the non-essential

May 14

The four of us packed our weekend with maximum fun by road-tripping to my sister’s town for her baby shower. Even though my body was in rough shape last week after chemo, it is important to me to do important things; we are so glad we went. It was a great time, and this baby is already so so so loved. Our family is the best.

I’ve come home with a fair amount of pain — either more broken ribs (probably) or some strained muscles from coughing. Thus I’ve put myself on bedrest for non-essentials. Which basically means I keep re-defining “non-essentials” because it is very hard to not do the things. And when I’m holding still I’m generally okay — it’s when I move that I yelp in pain. I’ll see both of my medical teams later today, so we’ll see if they have any advice for me.

Brad is a champion and is doing an amazing job taking care of me. The girls are helping too; they are picking up responsibilities and having helpful attitudes. I am very well loved, and that makes sitting and resting and doing the quiet things feel peaceful. I am grateful.


  1. Marlayne Skeens /

    Love & Gentle Hugs ~ Babies make everyone smile 🙂 Family Time & Celebrations are the Best 🙂 <3 🙂

    • Patty Wheeler /

      ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ So Happy about the baby and we agree great family!

  2. Peggy /

    Gentle hugs and furiously strong prayers coming your way.

  3. Karin Eppert /

    Praying dear friend

  4. Dotti /


  5. Kathleen /

    Calm restful thoughts being sent your way. Great to see your family… and my how your girls have grown! ?

  6. I’m happy you could celebrate with your family. Rest and healing is now on the agenda! ?

  7. Marge Greene /

    Congratulation’s to your family for the baby arriving in New York! As always, I send you wishes for a good day today and tomorrow and the next and so on…

  8. suenitz /

    Jen please know that you are always in my prayers. I pray that God gives you the grace and strength you need to get through each day. The way you dwell on your blessings while keeping it real amazes me and shows me He is listening. Love to you???❤️???

  9. Cindy Mitchell /

    I am glad to got to spend the day with your family.. Sending gentle hugs for a little comfort..Prayers your pain eases up for you and that the doctors will be able to help more..Have a great day