Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
A basket full of these brings a huge smile...
My little boy has caught the fever, and he has got it bad!!! (Isn't he just too cute?!!!)
Happy Spring! It was BEAUTIFUL here today...
Monday, March 29, 2010
Until this year... Mr. Cancer decided to show it's ugly face once again. This time in the other breast. OK. The mass was removed. No problem. She will just have another round of radiation. It worked last time just fine.
WRONG. Because this time there were cancer cells found in the lymph nodes. UGH! They decide she will have to have chemo. OK. We will deal with it...
WRONG. A test was sent off that said it wasn't bad enough to have to undergo the stress of chemo and that radiation should do the trick... Praise the Lord!
WAIT. She just had another scan and test run. They found a spot on her liver. It is a small spot and they have no idea, YET, what the spot is... she goes tomorrow for more tests.
I feel like we are on a roller coaster ride. Up and down, in and out, highs and lows... Radiation, radiation and chemo, radiation, undecided... Please keep this precious woman in your prayers. I am so proud of her, for she has remained upbeat, but unfortunately with every turn and swerve and different things doctors say, well it is hard not to worry and fear the unknown.
Tomorrow she goes for more testing to see what the spot on the liver is. It could be ANYTHING. We are keeping the faith and staying positive.
Prayers and blessings...
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Then why am I so sad?
I think it is because Spring Break has come to an end. AND I AM NOT READY TO GO BACK TO WORK!!!
Yet, I know it is necessary for now.
One of my hubby's favorite choruses is "The Day is Dawning." I found it today on YouTube and just listened to the words, letting them soak in, while humming along. I thought I would share it with you.
This song goes out to all the moms (and dads) who need a little boost and reminder of where our strength does come from, to meet the daily needs of our family and others.
Hope you have a beautiful Sunday! May you find the strength you need in the Savior to find your way through this week...
Prayers and blessings...
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Kevin with Todd and Randy (another college pal who now serves as music minster at Todd's church.)
Kevin leading worship. This was a fun song for the kids, talking about dancing and "leaping" for joy. the girls in our group had a blast with it.
Kayla, sorting clothes at the soup kitchen.
Again, Kayla at the soup kitchen. She is going to help serve the meal.
Jordan, the demolition man and builder.
Kayla, making a new friend.
Jordan playing games with the kids.
My family. Gotta love them. They have big hearts for ministry.
Hope you are having a beautiful week!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
It was in the wee morning hours that the phone rang, this morning. Startled, I answered. It was the hubby, we had locked him out of the house. He had just arrived back from a long night at the hospital with a family in our church. The events of yesterday afternoon, led to a long wait at the local hospital and ended at the hospital in Little Rock. He and our music minister and head deacon had finally come back home after a long wait.
As he came in the door, his red eyes said it all...
"It is not good. She is not going to make it."
At that moment I felt sick. Literally thought I was going to throw up. I went and laid back down and did not move as my thoughts ran rampant. WOW! Wasn't it just last Sunday I had sat by "Mary" and her daughter at a wedding shower? They were so cute in their matching colored tops... Wednesday night, she was the mom with "pre" wedding jitters... Yesterday morning, she was the mom getting ready for a wedding... Yesterday afternoon she was "not herself" with a horrible headache... Last night she has a mass on her brain that has ruptured and is need of a miracle...
My hubby quietly says in the dark, "Moments like this make me realize how much I really do love you."
"You just never know what the next moment holds." I spoke my thoughts aloud.
This life we live is like a roller coaster ride. There are slow steps of anticipating the mountain top ahead, only to hit the valleys at full speed in seconds. It knocks us from side to side, turns our world upside down only to slow down to fulfillment at the end of the journey. We grow up knowing about the hard knocks of life. We experience them, see them, hear about them, watch them on the news. Yet nothing prepares us for those high speed valleys. Nothing. All we can do is pray our seat belt doesn't break, hold on tight and hope we survive the ride...
The hardest part of my husband's job as a minister is this... waiting for a miracle with the families. What do you say? What can you say? All you can really do is simply "be there" and pray. This is where life gets really tough. This is when you wonder how God chooses to heal and who to take on "home." This is when it takes every ounce of faith you have to continue keeping the faith.
Last week our interim pastor talked about "Hope at the end of our rope..." He said so many times we want to ask "why?" Yet, that should not be our question. Our question should be "How do you want me to respond to the situation at hand?"
"Do not try to figure out the love of God through circumstances... know who God is from His word." In other words if we search for the "whys" we will never get answers. If we chose to simply KNOW who GOD is and put our total TRUST IN HIM, then he will bring strength during the tough times.
If anything, this whole situation has reminded me of how precious life is. That we need to "stop and smell the roses" at every turn. The last few months have made me realize this more and more. My mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. My nephew had an accident. We are told that one of our 18 year olds, a former member of our youth group is pregnant. Today, that same girl is praying for her mother's life. "There is a time..."
Tomorrow I leave for a mission project. Time to spend with my little family, while serving a God that I believe in. I plan on cherishing this time. A may not understand the journeyof life before me, but I am so thankful He has promised me a "happily ever after ending."
Dear friends, I pray you have a wonderful week, wrapped in the Father's love. I will be back Wednesday. Say a prayer for us...
Please continue to pray for Mary's beautiful family. Her husband has a lot on his plate right now. A pending wedding, a grandbaby on the way, two small foster kids under six years and the loss of two incomes, for Mary worked two jobs. And of course the loss of his best friend and life partner. (They took her off the ventilator this morning. Now it is a waiting game and totally in the Lord's hands.)
On a side note, our family did receive a "miracle" yesterday. My mother-in-law went to the doctor yesterday and received news that the test that they sent off, stated that she will not have to have chemo after all. They think radiation will be enough. We are doing a "happy dance," over small blessings. Thanks for all your prayers for her.
Sawyer celebrate his birthday today. I am so thankful for the miracle of him.
"There is a time..."
Do me a favor... go hug someone today and tell them how much you love them. Life is so very precious, I personally don't want to waste a moment!
Blessings and prayers.
Friday, March 19, 2010
WAIT! Did I say "VACATION?!!!"
If you call traveling for a few hours, sleeping on the floor, having a shower schedule, leading crafts, doing yard work, working in a soup kitchen and possibly building a porch, while chaperoning teenagers a VACATION, then WHY YES! BY GOLLY I"M VACATIONING!!!
Every year during Spring Break, the hubby plans a small event for the youth of our church. Sometimes it is missions, sometimes a conference. This year about 23 of us will be headed to another Arkansas town to help a good pastor friend with a few needed ministries around his church. We are suppose to help with a two night kid's camp, help a few of their elderly with yard work, building porches and repairing a few things and going into downtown to help with a soup kitchen ministry that they have.
My job? Crafts at the kid's camp and keeping tabs on some pretty special teenagers. I have to be honest, I haven't been too excited. I had the week off to spend with my family and then this mission project camp up. The thought of enjoying being home for a week, doing a little spring cleaning has been calling my name. I also wanted to wait and see how my nephew was doing. In other words, I wasn't going to go unless I was needed.
Well two other ladies are going, and I could stay home, but I am headed out on Sunday, anyway. WHY? Because my son really wants to go. Because the girls in the youth group really want me to go. Because the hubby wants me to go. Because I think God really wants me to go.
Although, the desire to stay home has been strong, there has been conviction mingled in there, telling me that there are more important things, telling me to set the example for my children, telling me that not everything is about ME.
So, I plan to leave on Sunday full of excitement over this little adventure and then come back with a camera full of pictures and plenty of wonderful stories to tell. God is so very good!
Pray for us please. Sometimes the little mission trips like these get forgotten and don't sound quite as exciting as if I was telling you I was going to Mexico or Africa. No, we are going to meet the needs of some individuals in our own state this trip. Every now and then you need to hug and minister to your own too!
I know many of you are wondering about my nephew Sawyer. Great news! Today, he is not in pain. The disk is no longer sitting on a nerve for now. . He is going to be monitored, having regular check ups. If it starts causing him pain again, he is to go immediately to the hospital and they will talk further about what can be done. He could have pain tomorrow or he may spend the rest of his life pain free. They just don't want to do major surgery if it is not necessary.
He is, however, to give up all contact sports, at least for now. His dream of playing football is now certainly out of the question. However, he is OK to play baseball for now.
We are thanking the Lord that he is a happy, little boy again. Thanks for the prayers.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
As you know my sweet, redheaded nephew has been suffering from a lot of pain due to an accident last weekend. He has been on a lot of medication and they have been trying to patiently wait for an appointment to see the neurologist. It was going to be THREE weeks, so we prayed. It was then moved to TWO weeks, so we did a lot more praying. His appointment time has now been moved up to the 18Th!!! I'm still praying for an earlier time, so they can get back to life as they once knew it, sooner, but every little step is a blessing and answered prayer from the Lord.
But wait...that is not all I'm dancing about. Sawyer has been feeling good, able to move around and be a little kid and rest at night, without the heavy pain meds. When my mom asked him today if he hurt, his reply was "just a little, but I'm OK." A BIG leap from the nights of screaming pain... OH friends, GOD IS GOOD!!!
Thanks so much for the prayers. I will continue to keep you posted on his recovery and prayerfully the good news they do receive when his visit to the doctor arrives. Please continue to keep him on you prayer list, for he is by no means out of the woods yet. We are just thankful that he is having moments of rest and feeling good. I think he even had enough energy to fight with his brothers when they came back home today... yep, feeling like himself again. :)
Yesterday, my daughter cooked dinner, all by herself, for the first time. She made spaghetti with crescent rolls. I thought she did very well and was so proud of her.
Kevin and Jordan have been going fishing about every free night this week. My hubby loves to fish and has been taking our kids since they were small. They can bait and reel like no body's business. Since the weather has been warmer and beautiful, I don't see them till dark and dinner is ready.
My daughter has her own style these days. Sometimes I think it is really cute. Sometimes I look at her and think "what are you thinking?!!!" And sometimes I just simply shrug and go on. I'm picking my battles, so unless it is not modest, then she is free to express herself.
I leave before they go to school in the morning, so dad takes them. I can count on him to make sure she is modest, but I never know what array of colors, hairstyles, etc...will greet me when I come home in the afternoon. Today, she was classic preppy, with a polo style shirt, and she decided to wear the famous pigtails that she is known for...
Isn't she cute?!!!
Have you met our dog? She is in need of a bath!!!
My mother-in-law will have to undergo Chemotherapy. They did find cancer present in her lymph nodes. Please say a prayer for her. This is not an easy journey for her, as you can imagine.
One thing my mother-in-law loves are her flowers. As long as I have known her and Papa, they have had a beautiful garden and flowerbeds. The other day she picked me a beautiful bouquet for my table. They smelled so good and so springy!
I have been so good lately. I'm not really on a diet, but I have drank NOTHING but water for over two weeks and I really feel better. And I am not snacking a whole lot between meals. However, I had forgotten that I had helped a teenager out and bought a package of yummy goodness a while back for a fundraiser at school. HELLO?!!! The hubby brings my purchase in the door this afternoon... I have a weakness for these...
I was good and only had two out of the whole box.
If you can't tell, I used their footprints for the ears of the rabbits.
Well friends, this has been one crazy week! Thanks for coming along on the ride with me.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
prayers and blessings...
I would like to dedicate this song to...
Every precious individual, who for whatever reason needs a "miracle" today. My hope comes from the Lord and I believe with all my heart He can change lives!!! There is nothing too small, that He doesn't care about, nor too great, that He can't handle.
As for Sawyer, thank you so much for the beautiful comments and prayers sent out on His behalf. My sister and I are truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of love.
Right now it is a waiting game. Just waiting till he gets in with the doctor. He is on pain meds which are finally helping him rest and at least move around a little more. He is a trooper and I thank God everyday for him.
Thanks once again!
Happy Friday! :)
Prayers and blessings...
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I mean, nothing has changed. As of last night, he wasn't worse off, but the "same" is not good either. My almost eight year old nephew is still in severe pain. Everyday, it seems, they are changing his pain meds, because nothing seems to stop the hurting . He shows his "game" face during the day, trying so hard to be strong, yet at night screams like he is having night terrors... only what is haunting him is pain.
My sister is at the end of her rope. A frazzled mess of concern, exhaustion and fear. The unknown is never a good friend. She is trying to be strong, but when you can't even hold your little boy, to comfort him, because the pain is so great...
She got a call from the neurologist's office... three weeks. Yeah, you read right... THREE WEEKS till his appointment. She asked them if they realized that she had a seven year old on Valium!!! "Sorry." was the response. Her pediatrician was able to move the appointment up a week, but still... DOES ANYONE REALIZE HE IS JUST A LITTLE BOY?!!!
Did I tell you that my brother-in-law is sick? Not sure what is wrong with him, but the word "flu" was mentioned on the phone last night. I'm praying it is just a cold...
As I was writing in my journal last night, the words would not come. I'm not sure these days how to even pray. All I could do is weep, as a storm brewed outside. In a way it was as if the Heavens were weeping with me. This frustration that has been welling up inside of me had to be handed over.
You see, I'm the older sister, yet I feel my hands are tied. This time I couldn't simply stand up to the bullies, buy her an ice cream or say the right words to make "everything alright." This is so much bigger than any of us. AND I DON"T LIKE IT!!!
As the tears hit my pillow last night, I realized I would just have to let go. Two hours away, the greatest gift I can give my sister and nephew right now, is my faith. Prayers mingled with the tears... I believe in miracles!!!
"Lord, wrap my little Sawyer in your love today."
Thank you for your continued prayers.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Anyway, I wanted to do something fun for a change, but had absolutely NO CLUE what to write. Well, that is until this afternoon. Kayla had piano lessons. Which meant I had 30 minutes to blow. I mean who wants to go home for thirty minutes and then have to turn around and go pick her up. There are dirty clothes and dishes at home, but they can wait another thirty minutes...
So what did I do? I went to the flea market up the road. As I have said before, I love looking for treasure. As I was browsing, I came upon a wooden sign. The only thing special about the sign, was what it said... God knew I needed a little reminding of His power right now...
I think I might just make you wait a sec to know what the sign says. In fact I think I will drag you through a little home decor, "Mich" style. Truth is, I don't have one. I am one of those eclectic decorators who likes a little of this and a little of that. A little shabby here, little french there, throw in a little modern traditional with some cottage pieces and you have ME! If I see it and it makes me happy, then I use it. No matchy matchy for this gal! I love pieces that tell a story, that speak to me. One of my weaknesses when it comes to decorating is signs.
I LOVE A GOOD SIGN!!!
My family will tell you, I have them all over my house. Instead of posty notes on my mirrors, I buy signs and prints and display them around my house as inspiration, encouragement and just as good reminders of what is truly important.
So, I thought it would be fun to show you a few of my favorites... YAWN!!! I know this may bore you to tears, but WHO CARES!!! It is my blog after all!!! :) I would love to know which one is your favorite.
This one hangs next to my sink, in my kitchen. Nothing like having the word "pray" staring you in the face as the dishes are being done.
This "pray" sign is metal. I picked it up at a flea market and thought about painting it many times, but finally settled on the rustic look. It is over one of the doorways in my kitchen. And yes, my kitchen is a bright blue. (I love color too!!!)
This is above one of the window in my dining room. The dining room is of course red. It makes me happy!
This little treasure and the suitcase it is sitting in was a gift from a previous church family for my birthday one year. Always a favorite verse of mine, it sits on a little chest, behind my couch, dividing the living room and dining space.
This grouping is above my china cabinet, also in the dining room. It is hard to read the print, but this is what it says "Having someone to love is family. Having somewhere to go is home. Having both is a blessing." (Hey Amb, I did find a place for the birdcage! :) )
This is above one of my windows in my living room. What better place than the living area to house this "home" sign. My living room walls are kind of a khaki green, although it is hard to tell in this picture.
For now, this precious sign, sits on a shelf not yet used by the hubby in my entertainment center.
This is probably one of my favorite pieces. I spent a little more on it, about five years ago, but it has been a constant reminder above my doorway. "PRAYER: when life gets too hard to stand...kneel"
This sign sits pretty in my entryway, over the door. Love it!
Well, those are a few of my favorites. I could probably do a whole other post on a few more, but I will save you from boredom. Now for a drum roll please... the sign that inspired this fun little post...
I will, Lord. Thanks! I needed this sign, this month, more than anything!