by Tammy Taylor
Here we are once again at the end of one year and the beaming threshold of a brand new one. I’m the eternal optimist by nature and look forward to each new year with anticipation of exciting things to come. Last New Year’s Eve was no different as my excitement of planning fun new directions for ~TMR~ danced in my head. But we could have never known the diagnosis that was in store for me only a few short weeks after that hopeful new-year’s celebration.
Together RancherMan & I navigated a frightening year filled with doctor’s appointments, lab tests and lengthy surgeries. Of course we held tightly to each other and our ranch life was put on hold as we focused on more immediate needs. Although our daily ranch workload initially fell behind, we were surprised that our sales volume actually picked up considerably. It seemed people were coming out of the woodwork with interest in our animals. Coincidence?
Some of the things that we simply could not find time for were magically taken care of for us. We had friends come maintain our lawn for us and I was beyond touched after initially being frustrated by my inability to plant my beloved vegetable garden, I was surprised by dear friends & family as they showed up unannounced early one Saturday morning to rake, mulch, plant and water my vegetable beds for me. Coincidence again?
And as we struggled to pay the mounting out-of-pocket medical expenses, one of my most expensive specialists leaned over & whispered to me during my appointment: “This one will be no charge – it’s on me” REALLY??! Has anyone since the dawn of time ever heard that before? I know I certainly haven’t. Yet another coincidence?
How can we get through such a trying year you ask? The answer is easy: we never stood alone. We not only had a strong supportive family unit and amazing friends, but also and most importantly we received abundant grace from above. The words to the hymn ‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness’ has skipped through my mind over and over this year, especially the line ‘All I have needed thy hand has provided – great is thy faithfulness Lord unto me!” Truer words have never been spoken and I’m living proof of that.
How frightening yet what a blessing this year has been for us. And I’m excited to be looking toward a brand new year now – it promises to be an amazing one!