River Cruise Relief

 
Hello my friends,
 
I've been away way too long.  I'm excited to be back sharing with you!
 
Many of you know that I was diagnosed with brain cancer last Oct.  I had surgery in Nov. and my cancer doctors have me get MRI's quite regularly.  So far, good; but about a month ago the images were not so good.  They couldn't confirm that it was the cancer growing back or just inflammation.
 
A pic to break up the monotony.  I loved that our cruise director, Britta grabbed Jan's (my friend) phone and snapped this of us!
 
 
My friend, Jan (with one n)  :) invited us to go on a river boat cruise with her and her hubby.  We booked it a long time before I was diagnosed.  I wasn't sure we would be able to go.  Especially, when two of my drs.  said the same thing.
 
Thank goodness for the power of prayer.  I felt in my heart that we should.  I know hubby was worried, but all went well!!
 
We cruised from Amsterdam to Budapest for 18 days.  It was just what I needed!  It revived my soul!! 
 
 I loved the windmill tour and all of the welcoming!
 
 
It was interesting to learn that they really do farm and garden in wooden shoes.
 
 



 
 Even the cows wear wooden shoes in North Holland.  I couldn't help but smile!
 

Hubby suggested I wear his hat.  What do you think?

 
The flowers throughout the towns were so beautiful!  I love the window boxes hanging on the homes.
 


 
A beautiful artichoke blossom.
 
 
Colorful houses in a German town.
 
 

 This padlock bridge of love blew my mind!  I've seen quite a few of them, but never as many padlocks as this one.

 

 
Sweet whimsy of a painted path.  Don't you love all of the cobblestone and brick paths?
 
 
It wouldn't be England without tea.  This was a fun window display!  Sadly, it was Sunday so it was closed.  I could only enjoy the scene from outside.
 
 
Luckily, we had a wonderful tea on the boat!  We had celebrated Bavarian Day.  They put out a delicious
 spread at 1 p.m. for lunch.   At 3 they hosted a tea.  Oh my gosh, they had so much yummy food.  Problem is, we were all still full from lunch.  I still had to try a few.  Posing with some of the staff is always a highlight.  They work so hard!
 
 
Our boat had a lot of Aussies on it.  They were so comical!  The gal in the yellow pants was from Florida, but joined in with them.
 


 There is so much eye candy in all of the quaint towns!
 
A sweet welcome on a home door.
 
 
I love the metal yellow planters!
 
 
 


 
Silly Jan having fun at the flower market. 
 
 
Of course we saw lots of castles and churches.  But that's for another post.
 
I hope you enjoyed what made me happy!
 
To be honest, 18 days was a bit long for hubs and I, but I would recommend a river cruise if you ever get a chance.
 
hugs,
 
 

Now for a happier note, I had another MRI this week and the images were much better.  Almost all of the white was gone.  God is watching over me!!



32 comments

Pam Monks said...

What lovely photos thanks for sharing. So glad to hear positive medical news.

Connie said...

It is Wonderful to see your pretty smile gracing the photos of this post. I am delighted that you and your hubby were able to take this cruise. God bless you both. You're in my prayers.

Connie said...

It is Wonderful to see your pretty smile gracing the photos of this post. I am delighted that you and your hubby were able to take this cruise. God bless you both. You're in my prayers.

kayhil said...

I'm so glad you got to go!! Continued prayers for you!

Artsy VaVa said...

I'm so happy to see you back on the blog. I check it often for updates. Your trip looks amazing. I'll continue to pray for healing for you Jann. Welcome back!

Kim said...

God is certainly looking after you, lovely Jann. I am delighted your latest MRI was positive. I am so, so very happy to visit your beautiful place and see what you have been up to. How fun to enjoy a river cruise with your husband and your friends. I have enjoyed seeing all your photos. Aah yes......us Aussies are always good for comic relief. =) Take care, my beautiful friend.

Old Time Cindy said...

Happy to see your blog post, Jann. Been thinking of you! What a wonderful trip to take and enjoy with friends. Wishing you the best with your health. Hugs!

Creations By Cindy said...

So, so happy to see a post from you Jann. What a delightful and fun trip and I am so very glad that you got to go and enjoy. 18 days would be a bit long for me too...LOL! But I would love to do something like that. Will pray for you today dear lady. Nothing like the power of prayer. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Regina said...

I'm so glad to hear from you. I've been concerned because I hadn't heard from you. It sounds like you two had a blast. Maybe one day Lord willing my family could take a cruise.

Art and Sand said...

Your last paragraph is the best news!

I love all your happy pics. We looked into that cruise, but felt that 18 days was too long for us. There is an 8 day cruise that begins in Amsterdam that we are looking into.

I am glad you took the cruise, saw other parts of the world and had time with friends. Continue to play and have fun.

Louca por porcelana said...

Glad to hear from you too!Love and blessings,dear Jann!Stunning flowers!

Quiltingwiththefarmerswife said...

Praise God. So glad to see you blog and know you were on a lovely trip to Europe. Great news about your MRI! The Dr.s don't know everything but our Lord does. Look forward to more of your blogging. Patty Mc

happyone said...

Wow that was some holiday. Looks like all had a great time.

Rose L said...

Looks like you all had a great time. My sis-in-law has a condition (Cushings) which causes tumors to grow in her brain and she has had 3 surgeries and had 6 tumors removed. Unfortunately she has 2 more now and not good for surgery. I am happy you are getting better.

Susie said...

Jann, You are in my prayers. I will always love the kind sweet person you are. Glad you had fun and saw so much. Some of the things made me think of you and how you like to use old rusted things for decor. :) Thank God your MRI is better. There's so much power in prayer. Blessings to you and your family. xoxo, Love, Susie

Margie from Toronto said...

What a lovely surprise to see this post and so happy to hear that you had such a lovely time.

Kim said...

I'm so glad you went, Jann. You look wonderful and it sounds like it was a wonderful trip. It was fun to see your posts go by on Instagram. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Big hugs!!

mary scott said...

Thank you for these stunning photos! 18 days would be too much for me too. That's why I enjoy others' photos. thanks

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

What a joy to see you post again! That looks like a wonderful trip to go on. Loved all your photos. So glad to hear that the last MRI showed signs of improvement!

Sue said...

I was so, so happy to see your post! I enjoyed all the great photos and hearing that you saw so many enjoyable things and spent a wonderful time with friends.

Debby Ray said...

Oh my, what a trip that had to have been...so many wonderful things to enjoy. We all must agree in prayer that the images on your MRI are just that, inflammation...prayer is a powerful thing and God has you under His wing! So glad you made the choice to go on this fabulous river cruise! Hugs!

The French Hutch said...

So happy you are blogging and to hear you are doing well after your surgery. Glad you and hubby were able to get away, I'm sure this must have been a great trip with your friends. Your photos are beautiful and I'm going back for another scroll. Thankful you most recent MRI was looking better. Thoughts and prayers for you!

Rita C at Panoply said...

Beautiful Jann! I know still waters can run deep, but you look AMAZING (so does your hubby)! It's so good to hear from you, to hear the most recent MRI showed most of the white matter gone, and that you could enjoy a break with your honey and friends. The pictures are so wonderful, but it's also refreshing to hear an honest opinion of your thoughts on 18 days being a little long. I think Mr. P. and I would feel the same.
Blessings for peace of mind and quality living through your continued treatment! XO

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi Jann, I've been following along on IG and have been amazed at your abiltity to travel like you have. Such a lovely trip with wonderful friends. I love seeing your photos of the local colors, flowers and scenery. You look wonderful! I always send up a prayer for you. 18 days is a long trip, I hope you are energized by it all. So glad to see you post! hugs and love, Jann!

Gingham Gardens said...

It's so good to hear from you. I think of you often and when I do I say a little prayer for you. I'm a homebody, so 18 days would be to long for me too. It looks like an amazing trip though.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a nice surprise to see a post from you in my inbox! You look fabulous and your trip looks wonderful. So glad you were able to go and enjoy yourselves. Great news on the MRI. I will keep praying for you sweet friend!

Jackiepacheco814 said...

Hello Sweet lady,so nice to hear your news and see your beautiful picture.Im keeping you in my prayers.Love and prayers from California πŸ™‹πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ❤️🌻

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Prayers continue always Jann. Loved following your visit on Instagram - lovely to see your post today. Positive MRI news this week.
Hugs and Love
Joy

Jeanie said...

Oh, Jann, it's so nice to see a post from you! Even though we follow along on FB, it's good to see you on blog -- I so miss your cheery posts but also know it's not always the easiest thing to pull off, especially if you're not feeling your best. I'm glad you have had some good reports and were able to go on this fantastic cruise. It looks delightful and you look fabulous! I've never done the riverboat cruise and always wondered how they'd be. Our England/France trip was 24 days and while I could have stayed forever, it was also a long time to be away, if you get the dif!

Sending continued prayers and good vibes for many good med reports to come!

Lady of the Manor said...

Jann, it was so nice to see this post from you! I’m so happy you were able to take this great river cruise! You look wonderful and I bet being with your hubby and friends seeing all of these fun sites was just what you needed! Continued prayers for you! Zenda

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

What a wonderful trip to go on with your husband and friends. It looks like you had a fun time and I enjoyed looking at the photos of your trip. Praying for you and hugs.
Julie xo

GranthamLynn said...

Looks like such fun. The photo's are breathtaking!

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