Yesterday our Mom surprised us and we went on a little day trip to Obispado! El Obispado is a museum of historical Mexican military artifacts (swords, guns, cannon balls, uniforms, etc) and some religious artwork as well.
We didn’t go there to see any of that though. We actually didn’t even go inside the museum at all! See, El Obispado is located high up in the hills of Monterrey and we have been told by our friends that the panoramic view of the entire city that you can see from up there was quite incredible.
Oh my gosh! They were right!!
Words will never do it justice.
We just sat there, smiling, speechless. Completely in awe of what we saw.
I looked around me- the Sierra Madre mountain range in front of me, the Cerro de la silla next to me, the glowing sky above me, my mom and sister, smiling behind me.
I tried to take a mental snapshot while praying I would never ever be able to forget this moment… of literally, being on top of the world!
I than decided to wheel closer to the ledge and look over- down at the city of Monterrey below.
My eyes found it immediately- the helicopter landing pad that signifies a hospital.
There it was. Hospital San Jose. Right beneath my feet!
I counted up to the 8th floor and found my room.
At first I got very, very excited, “Oh my god!!! Look mom!! Look!! That’s my room!! How cool is that?! Take a picture of me!!!”
I may have even started waving, rapidly while screaming (very) loudly “Hiiiiii Dr. Cantuuuu!!!!!!” …As if he could see, or hear me from the hospital or something.
Oh boy. I guess that is what 5 years of isolation, trapped sick indoors can do to a person?? Wow. How embarrassing. :)
However once I got over my initial excitement (and took a few dozen pictures) I was quickly brought right back into that room. The memories of the very long year of laying in there staring out of that very window up at this very hill… not knowing when, how, or if, I would ever get on the outside again…
I never thought I’d ever be seeing this view of the hospital. From up high, looking down. From the outside, looking in.
So many emotions became very real and overwhelming.
I felt like I couldn’t breathe.
“What’s wrong?” Katherine asked. “Are you crying because you’re happy, or sad?”
“I don’t know! I don’t think either… I’m just so thankful.”
I was feeling a lot of things in that special moment with my mom and sister yesterday, but the feeling of thankfulness was definitely felt the strongest.
Thankful for this moment, this family, this time, this place, these doctors, this experience, this life, this God… all of it.
I never could have visualized or imagined this day, my first time out with my sister Katherine in over 5 years! It was perfect and I hope we never forget this feeling of literally being “on top of the world”!
We made it through the valley to stand upon the mountain! Thank you Jesus!
"I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth!" Psalm 121
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