Thursday, August 13, 2009

Movin' Miss Molly

This is my Molly. She is literally one of the funniest, fun-loving, original people I've ever known. Not only was I blessed to be her teacher for two years, but I have also found a true friend in Miss Molly Dee.
Well, seeing as how life isn't always sunshine and tulips, Molly's family is going through a really rough time right now. Early this month, Molly's dad, Tim, found out that he has a very aggressive form of brain cancer, and last week he had surgery to remove a tumor the size of a large lemon from his brain. I wish I could express to you how amazing her family is and how inspiring they have been about all of this. Her dad is really trusting God right now....even though things are scary and they face many unknowns in the near and distant future. I pray that should I ever be faced with a trial such as this, I will be able to handle it in such a way that my life inspires others and draws them nearer to the One is always in control and Whose will is always perfect...even if it seems impossible to understand sometimes.
Lee and I were able to move Molly into Mississippi State last weekend and had so much fun. It made me think three things:
1. I was so very jealous. I LOVED my college experience at the W and would be overjoyed for a chance to travel back in time and do it all over again.
2. It made me think about the day when Libby will go to college. Although (thankfully) this won't happen for another fourteen years, I know it will be here before I know it. I can't wait to see the person she will be when it's her turn to leave home and face her own set of adventures.
3. I am so proud of Molly and my very special group of former students now friends who are beginning a new phase in their lives this month. They are so amazing in so many ways, and I literally can't wait to see all the things they will accomplish.
If you'd like to keep up with Tim and his progress and to read his inspiring words, please check out his Caring Bridge site by clicking here. Also, please pray for him and his fantastic family as he begins chemotherapy and radiation in the days ahead.