Waiting

It’s going to take several posts for us to catch everyone up on all the wonderful things happening right now.  This one deals with the idea of waiting.

Lorelei started this post a while ago but got interrupted (by life!) so she sent it to me to finish.  Here’s what she wrote before life interrupted:

“Well, forgive me for delaying this post. As you might suspect, things have been hectic. (Although, I am praising the Lord I have things to do. I've been on the other end of that spectrum!)

Let's start with Wednesday, March 28th. I woke up very early that morning and played in a golf tournament at Hefner Golf Course. I had a great time and my body kept up with me! Despite chemo my game is improving. I played in a group with 4 other girls, all of us from different schools. I talked more than they did, trying to get to know them. I think I was the only one that REALLY knew that our time together was about more than a golf tournament. ;)

Anywho, we finished up around 2:00 and I headed to one of my favorite places, the Women's Health Boutique in Northpark Mall () to try out one of the wigs that had just come in. (This was probably my eighth time to be in their store.)  Now, this next story may be lengthier than you'd expect but I assume that because you're here you won't mind.

Back in early February I ordered a long blonde wig through the boutique. That was a very rough time in my life. I still had my own hair but was very aware I’d only have it for a few more days. But the women at the boutique are absolutely amazing and helped me to feel excited about the fun part of soon being bald. So when they told me that the wig I really wanted was on back order and wouldn't be available until March 15th, we collectively we decided to order an additional, shorter wig I could wear to cover the gap.  That wig came in shortly after and is the one that you have seen in many pictures. I LOVE my short wig, but by the time March 15th came around I was anxious to get my REAL wig. I called my ladies at WHB and they informed me that the manufacturer had pushed back the date AGAIN. I agreed to wait another 12 days but STILL no wig. I guess there aren’t many cancer patients with hair the color of mine (well, the color of the hair I used to have.)  So, when I let the women of the WHB know that I was nominated as a homecoming candidate they decided to really get to the bottom of why my wig was so delayed.”

(This is as far as Lorelei got.  Mom is writing the rest.)

When Victoria at WHB again received the runaround from the wig manufacturer, she decided to have the same wig but in different color over-nighted to the store.  Lorelei and I went to see it after she finished the golf tournament on the 28th.   She loved it.  But I was not convinced because it was “too platinum” in my opinion.  Lorelei’s natural hair color had more dimension than this wig.  I didn’t want her to “settle” on such an expensive item.  We have a doctor’s prescription for a “cranial prosthesis,” but our insurance company will only cover $150 of the $500 price tag.

But as we stayed and visited the wig started to grow on me.  And I knew she needed to have a wig she loved to wear for homecoming (April 13) and prom (April 28.)  So, I agreed to go ahead and purchase the platinum wig.  The relief in Lorelei’s eyes was priceless.  She no longer dreaded the upcoming events and finally felt more like her pre-cancer self.  We signed the paperwork and were planning to leave the store when Victoria told us they planned to keep the order for the original wig in place.  They knew how much she loved it.  And even better than that, they were planning to GIVE it to her. That’s an amazing $500 wig for FREE.  We were blown away by their kindness.  These women love Lorelei.  (And word of it had come back to the owner of the boutique.)
Through our many visits to WHB as we waited for the original wig we’ve come to love these women.  Each of them has a story of her own.  And each of them seems so inspired by Lorelei.  We’ve even been blessed to strike up friendships with the other customers in the store.  They have this awesome chair that usually has a cancer-weary woman sitting in it.  Each time we’re in the store (checking on where the delayed wig might be) we meet another woman.  We learn her story and share Lorelei’s.  It’s always such a faith boost to be able to share the amazing things we’ve learned through our journey with other women; some of whom have had to go through this journey without faith.  (I can’t imagine.)  Please join Lorelei and me in praying for the women who work at the Women’s Health Boutique  They are bringing hope and light to people who really need it.

And join us also in thanking God for delays.  We couldn’t see the purpose for His delaying the delivery of Lorelei’s wig.  But in hindsight we see His hand all over it.  The delay caused us to visit the store many more times than we might have otherwise.  It allowed us to share Lorelei’s story with more people who needed hope and to be inspired.  And it allowed Lorelei to be blessed in the end with TWO wigs instead of just one!

Romans 8:25 (NIV)
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Lamentations 3:25 (KJV)
The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

Psalm 27:14 (NIV)
Wait for the lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the lord.

Psalm 130:5 (NIV)
I wait for the lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.

James 1:4 (NIV)
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

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