A New Chapter

Wow, it’s hard to believe that 6 months of fighting cancer in Texas has finally come to a close. Being cancer free is such a miracle, yet I hear the words of being diagnosed echo in my head like I heard them just moments ago. It seems like just yesterday we arrived, but at the same time, it feels like a lifetime that we have been away. What a time of deep thought and reflection I have found myself in over these last few days.

With that being said, we can finally announce that:

We are moving back to Colorado this week!

Nicole walking to the right slightly blurred out smiling in a green shirt in front a brick wall

The best way to describe the feeling overall? Emotional.

We are:

•excited to see family and friends
•thrilled to move into a new house
•pumped to get back to work {Wes much sooner than me as I continue to recover}
•ecstatic to meet new people
•motivated to write, read, and serve, and
•jubilated to grow in our faith through involvement with church and community

We are also:

•sad to be leaving my family, our friends {old and new}, and our incredible medical team
•thinking about all of the abrupt changes ahead
•wondering how we fit back into life in Colorado after 6 months of being gone
•hoping that cancer does not return
•exercising extreme caution about my recovery, especially now that I will be far away from my medical team

So how do we work with this range of emotion to allow us to be content and at peace? Here is what has been helpful for me this week:

Remembering: God calls us to remember his faithfulness and deliverance in the good times and the bad. We can be so forgetful of his goodness and how He holds our future, so by taking time to reflect on God’s perfect guidance of our lives in the past, we remember that we can trust Him with everything that is to come.

Recalling the facts: “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” -Luke‬ ‭12:25‬ – I need this reminder more often than not! It’s so true, isn’t it? {I 100% recommend reading Luke 12:22-31 as well for further encouragement!}

Reading: The Bible is filled with incredible stories of people, just like you and me, who faced huge changes in their lives! Check out the lives of Matthew, John, and Paul, for example. It will fill you with hope and encouragement that you and I can navigate new seasons/adventures, too.

Resting: It can be really easy to lose sleep over things. I’m such a thinker and my mind too often runs at night. So God invites you and me to talk to Him. But not just that, He offers us a much lighter load to carry! “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.””‭‭ – Matthew‬ ‭11:29-30

I hope that you find encouragement and peace today. God is for you and not against you, my friend. We can do this by his power and strength!

So, here’s to a new chapter ahead! Colorado, here we come!

Nicole Laughing


Sparkle on my friends!

Nicole Body

 

Are you or someone you know facing change {exciting or difficult} today? What has helped get you through new seasons? I would love to hear from you! Please share below to bring encouragement and ideas to everyone reading! {You are not alone!}

21 comments

  1. I love getting the notification that you’ve posted! I love reading about this transitional part of your life and am so thankful to be a small part of it. You are so strong!

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    • Tori, You are incredible. Such a bright light and encouragement! I’m saying a prayer right now thanking God for putting you in my life and am praying that He meets you in all of your needs today! God bless you!!! 🙂

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  2. We are so happy and excited for you and Wes! If has been a wonderful experience getting to know you and going on this miraculous journey with you! We are going to miss y’all so much yet, we know that you are excited to go home! Know that our prayers continue for both of you and we look forward to seeing y’all when you come back! Much love, Carole and Jess❣️

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    • Carole and Jess, You both have blessed our lives richly. Talk about God’s divine appointments in how He places people in one another’s lives right when you need it the most. Thank you for becoming prayer warriors, friends, and family to us! We will be back in March for my next set of scans and would love to see you! Praying for you both today and love y’all very much! Thank you for your love!

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    • Carolanne, We are so grateful for you! Thank you for being part of our journey! You have a heart of gold and your uplifting words show that genuine, loving heart! Thank you for blessing me today!!! Sending our love to you as well!

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  3. Nicole,

    It makes me happy that you are cancer feee and able to return home back to Colorado! Praise Jesus for such a blessing and miracle. Your faith in the Lord definitely shines through you. As I’m going through my own season of waiting and trusting after a terrible ski accident, to have positive and strong women that rely on the lord on social media is refreshing. Keep on being you and I wish you nothing by the best on this next journey.

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    • Brittany, thank you so much for celebrating with us! God is so good and He gets all of the glory through this healing. I don’t want to waste a single day! I am SO SORRY to hear you were in a ski accident! How terrifying and painful! How are you doing?! I am saying a prayer for healing for you right now!! Please keep me updated on your recovery. So thankful to have you in my life so we can encourage one another through our walks. That’s one of the greatest blessings! I am praying for your recovery and journey through this season for you!!!

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  4. Nicole!!! What beautiful pics!! So happy for your miraculous recovery and win over cancer!!! But so sad to see you leave😢. Praying for safe travels and blessings for your next chapter in Colorado. It has been a pleasure getting to know you better and getting to meet Wes!!! I hope you will visit when you are back in Texas. There are more fish for Wes to catch and a boat ride or two for you!!! Take care of yourself!! Love, Cheri

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    • Cheri, you are so sweet!! We are celebrating every day and keep the fighters on the top of our prayers! We will miss y’all so incredibly much! I am glad we will be coming back and have the opportunity to see y’all multiple times a year though! That makes me happy! Thank you for your prayers and we are praying for our whole family, too! Can’t wait to see you soon! And you know Wes is up for more fishing and I would love a boat ride.. okay, definitely 2!! Haha! Love you!

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  5. Nicole, I can hardly wait to see you! So very very thankful to God for all he has done, and thrilled to hear you’re coming back to Colorado! Love you both!

    Polly

    From: Nicole Body {Sparkly Survivor}
    Reply-To: Nicole Body {Sparkly Survivor}
    Date: Monday, January 22, 2018 at 10:09 AM
    To: Polly Lott
    Subject: [New post] A New Chapter

    SparklySurvivor posted: “Wow, it’s hard to believe that 6 months of fighting cancer in Texas has finally come to a close. Being cancer free is such a miracle, yet I hear the words of being diagnosed echo in my head like I heard them just moments ago. It seems like just yesterday “

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    • Polly, I can’t wait to see you either!!! I am excited to give you a gigantic hug! God has done some pretty incredible things and He continues to amaze me every day! We are so excited to get back and also humbled to be able to do so! We love you too!!! Thank you for your love through this entire journey! It really has meant so much to Wes and me!

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  6. So excited for you and for the next journey God is taking you on. I know He will do amazing things through you! Hope we can get together once you’re back!

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