Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Lord, please hear our prayers. May we always rejoice in your redeeming love. Open our eyes to the goodness around us and grant us the light of your grace that we may never be overcome by the darkness of sin. We ask this of you through Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Lord, give us pure hearts and minds as we await the coming of your Son. Increase our hope. We praise and thank you for all the good things you have done and continue to do for us. May we serve you and one another in the love Jesus came to earth to bring. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read about another aspect of our Advent celebration - Our Jesse Tree - at The Working Home Keeper blog.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Dave and I met yesterday with the specialist to discuss the results of the pathology done on the lymph nodes removed during his surgery. The results were good! No signs of lymphoma or carcinoma - praise the Lord! The test revealed a reactive lymph node but not what the lymph node was reacting to. According to the specialist, Dave's deviated septum could have resulted in the polyps that were in his right sinus. Which led to a chronic infection, enlarging the lymph nodes. So thankful we're not dealing with cancer, that the surgery is over and we can move on. Dave is healing remarkably well and got the go ahead to resume his running. Praise be to God.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Dave's surgery is tomorrow morning. We have to be at the hospital bright and early. If all goes well, he should be able to come home tomorrow late morning/midday. Dave's Mom is coming up tomorrow morning to take Ashleigh to school. And of course my Mom will be home with the boys. So the little ones will be looked after. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers tomorrow. I'll update when I have a chance.
And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
We still do not have an answer as to what is causing the enlargement of the lymph nodes. The next step is to see if maybe a dental issue could be causing an infection. If it's not dental in nature, then the specialist will proceed with the surgery to remove two of the lymph nodes.
I can't offer enough thanks to those who have taken the time to pray for us and send healing, loving thoughts our way. It amazes me that people who have never even met us, would support and lift us up during our time of need. Thank you!
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits--
who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Soon as the leaves heard the wind's loud call,
- Come Little Leaves
As a child, I remember waiting for the school bus with my Mom on cool, October mornings. She would sing a little rhyme about the leaves putting on their coats of red and gold. I remember her saying it was a song her grandmother would sing around this time of the year.
Recently I overheard my Mother singing the same rhyme to Ashleigh as they stood at our front door looking at the changing leaves in our yard. Now that I've found the origin of the rhyme, I'll make sure it continues to be passed along.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Not the news I wanted to hear. But we have a clear course of treatment to follow. So now we just do the next step and move on from there. Please keep us in your prayers!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
It wasn't until I was reading Jen's adoption story last week, that I realized the source of my need to have all the answers. Like Jen, I was adopted. But there's so much about my conception, my birth that I don't know. I don't even know my birth father. I've been content all my life not knowing. I don't search the Internet for lost relatives. I don't think about hiring a private detective or a reunion with siblings I didn't know I had. I don't ask questions of those who probably know. I had a father growing up, so there wasn't really anything missing.
But maybe having all those unanswered questions, is what creates in me the desire to know all the answers in the face of uncertainty. To undertake the impossible task of figuring out an entire course of events with a sense of omniscience not humanly possible. Which in turns steals my joy and keeps me from fully resting in Christ's peace. Hmmm...
Speaking of unanswered questions, keep Dave in your thoughts and prayers tomorrow. He's going in for a CT scan of a lump under his jaw. The lump is painless and he's had it for over a year. Our doctor told him it was nothing to worry about, maybe just a swollen lymph node. A few weeks ago, Dave's Mom (she's a former nurse) was visiting and he asked her to look at it. She went back and told Dave's Stepdad (a doctor) about it. She calls us back and tells Dave he needs to see a specialist ASAP. His stepdad had major concerns that it could be cancerous. Dave went in last week for a biopsy. We know now it's not a swollen lymph node but a salivary gland. The specialist is waiting until after the CT scan to review all the test results. But she did say the gland should not be that big. I'm trying not to let my mind wander into the area of the worst case scenario. It has also given me ample opportunity to give my worries over to God and affirm that even though I don't know all the answers, He does. And regardless of the answer, He'll be there no matter what.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
While I was typing this, Reedy ran in crying with a boo-boo for me to kiss on his arm. Right now, Gabriella's mother would probably give anything in this world to just be able to kiss away her little one's pains. Remember to thank God for your children and for their health.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Money Saving Mom - Monthly Financial Check Up
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Remember when I wrote about missing an opportunity to provide a meal for a sick co-worker? God had placed a call to service on my heart but I delayed in responding. Well today as I opened my email at work, there was another request for meals! This time, I promptly replied that I would fill both dates if they were still available. Somehow in the short time I replied to the first email, another was sent saying only one date was left. So I picked up the phone and called to claim the remaining date!
Thank you God for giving me a second chance to answer Your call!
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Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
~ Saint Francis of Assisi
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
If this is my greatest disappointment of the day, then I should consider myself fortunate, right? The kids got to play in dirt, always an enjoyable activity for them. And I discovered something new about myself. That potato growing is just not my thing. Basil yes, potatoes NO!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Last week our HR department at work sent around an email requesting help with meals for a co-worker who is recovering from an illness. Nourishing foods have become a passion of mine. I love to cook and felt this would be a perfect opportunity for me to serve someone else with my talents (which I feel are very few in number!). Unfortunately, I waited and didn't promptly act on the call to service God had placed on my heart. When I called yesterday to select a date for my meal, all dates had been filled.It was good knowing that between her church and work, there had been an outpouring of assistance for this co-worker. At the same time, I was disappointed that I would not have an opportunity to serve in an area that seemed to be so perfect for me. Why had I not answered the call to my heart when it was given? In the midst of my disappointment, God pointed out that daily I'm presented with opportunities to serve. The elderly neighbor that needs someone to chat with. The husband that sometimes feels forgotten. The woman in the grocery store with the screaming toddler that needs a "I've been there" smile instead of judgement.
Don't miss out on your opportunities to serve.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
It's been 9 weeks since Dave was let go from his job. Last week he finally received his first unemployment benefit check. It was a lump sum check for the last 6 weeks. We transferred it straight to the emergency fund and now we are $600 shy of the initial Baby Step 3 goal we had set before everything was put on hold! Thus far, we haven't needed to use the emergency fund and I'm hoping we can keep that up.