Here is a little back story to my first collection, Taffy:

During my husband’s second chemo treatment, we were only supposed to be in Houston for 5 days and ended up being there for 10. His blood counts were too low for treatment the first several days so he couldn’t be admitted but he wasn’t allowed to leave Houston. On the 4th day of being told his counts were again too low, my husband looked at me and said “I can’t do this again today.” It was the first time I remembered seeing him broken. Knowing I had to do something for him, I mentioned going to Galveston to get away. I was a little nervous because he was weak and it was a little too far outside the doctor’s “safe range,” but I knew he couldn’t just sit at MD Anderson for the rest of the day.

So, we decided to just go for it. We drove down, we ate seafood, we walked the beach, and before we left to go back we went to his favorite taffy place. There were baskets and baskets of taffy. While standing there deciding on what he wanted, I remember him grabbing my hand and telling me “Thank you.” It was one of the first times that we realized there were going to be some really bad days and we were going to have to make the best of them no matter what.

Just Greater Plans was started because I wanted a way to take the hard times and change the way I saw them. I know many of you have had hard times or are currently going through them. I believe that with any hard time you have to allow yourself time to grieve and process it, and then after that period has passed, change the way you see it. The pain will still be there, but you can also see the good no matter how small. You just have to look for it.