"We Phillips' are Tough!"

Christmas Letter from my Mother-in-Law

Christmas Letter from my Mother-in-Law

I got this in the mail yesterday and was, once again, blown away by how amazing my Mother-in-Law is and how blessed I am.  The title “Mother-in-Law” doesn”t do sweet Anne justice.  She is truly a second mother to me.  She is undoubtably one of the best people I have ever met and I feel truly blessed to call her “family”.  She was an instrumental part of my healing and dropped everything to help me/us when I was going through my bone marrow transplants and not allowed to leave the house except to go back and forth from the hospital for over eight months.  If you”ll remember from my earlier posts, she was the other half of “The Mom”s” team (my own mother being the other half, of course)  and often spent 8 or more hours a day with me in the hospital for months as I received my treatments.  Around this time her own mother”s health was failing and yet she stayed by my side, asking what else she could do to help me.  Amazing.

And then here, in her newsletter to all her friends and family, she puts my healing at the top of the list.  She had plenty of her own exciting news to share that I know was very dear to her, including her recent safari trip to Africa with “the girls” from church.  It wouldn”t be overstating it to say that Anne is one of the most the most humble, selfless, gentle creatures I have ever met.  I take that back…she is THE most humble, selfless, gentle creature I have ever met.  Just knowing her, let alone having the privilege of being part of If you already have insurance with a company that you like for your car, ask your agency if you can add on a renter's insurance policy. her family, makes me want to be a better person.   This trip was the trip of a lifetime for her, a dream come true for a woman who grew up in a simple, small town in east Tennessee, dreaming only of traveling to other states within in the US, let alone to the other side of the globe.   We have a running joke now, the two of us, of saying “We Phillips” are tough!”  I think it”s origin was something Neil said as a kid but, as the only female of the Phillips” clan until I came along, we adopted it “The Phillips” Girls” ” mantra of sorts.  It became our slogan as I faced my intensive treatments and Anne would often nudge me and say…”We Phillips” are tough!” when things were a bit rough to get a laugh out of me or after I”d reached a certain milestone along the way.  When I opened this letter yesterday and saw the photo of sweet little Anne next to an burly man carrying a rifle, all I could think was, “Wow, we Phillips” ARE tough!”  At 70 years old, Anne fulfilled a life-long dream by getting on a plane, trekking it all the way to Africa with three other senior ladies from her church and making her dream happen (not to mention getting pretty darn close to some pretty big lions, as seen in her photo above!)  That”s my kind of lady…makin” it happen! Love it!

Anne not only gave her love and time to help me through an extremely challenging time in my life, not only prayed incessantly and rallied a troop of Prayer Warriors that would put Lobbyist to shame, but she gave me the most precious gift of all…her son.  I am overwhelmed with gratitude and humbled beyond words by what she has done for me, her “acquired” daughter, asking nothing in return, only what else she can do to help. There”s a quote by Brandi Snyder that says, “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”  Anne has a whole world to herself in my heart. I truly am the luckiest girl in the world.

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  1. Carol Jackovich
    Posted December 19, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Allysa, I was Rebecca’s client (at Bernadette’s salon) that came in to see her right after you yesterday. I’m currently fighting breast cancer and your story is such an inspiration to me. I can’t wait to read more blogs, read your book and hear more! I have been at Northpoint Community Church since it started in 1995 and I love hearing that you have been impacted by Buckhead Church. Thanks for being such an inspiration! I was feeling rather down yesterday as my cancer has been more aggressive and later stage than what they initially diagnosed me with……but as someone reminded me, none of us are statistics and you are certainly a testimony to that!!!

    Many Blessings,

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