Saturday, September 29, 2007

This and that . . .

Well, I thought I'd update you all on a couple of happenings:

#1: Hubby is back from Germany safe and sound. Unfortunately, his work scheduled started the day of his return, so I've still got two more weeks until we meet again. To my hubby -- I miss you and love you!

#2: I visited my ex-father-in-law yesterday. I was surprised to walk through the door and see him there, standing, waiting to give me a hug. It was as if nothing had changed. He was feeling good -- no pain (he's on a high dose of morphine). He said Hospice came in and took care of everything. His wife, Virginia, said that she asked him why he was getting up this morning. He said, "Summer is coming over and I need to get ready for her visit." So, he got up, showered and shaved -- just for me! Virginia said that he had not been so active for a while. So, it certainly makes me feel good that he was looking forward to my visit. However, I hope that he didn't overdo it by getting up and moving around so much. We had a wonderful visit. We (my ex husband, his sister, Virginia & John) all sat around and talked for a couple of hours. I feel much better having seen him and spoken to him. I hope to get out there again to see him within the next few days.

#3: Baby Lulu is teething. She currently has 4 teeth breaking through the gum. After these four teeth make their appearance, she'll have six teeth - total.

I'll leave you with this . . .

Thursday, September 27, 2007

William Tell Overture for Moms

Oh - this is hilarious! Enjoy! Thanks to Musings of a Housewife for pointing me to this.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Like Father, Like Daughter!

(This was a picture taken during our trip to the Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum)

For more Wordless Wednesday, go here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away

So, I just received some bad news tonight from my friend. Sometime around the 1st of this year, his Dad, John, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. There was a tumor. It was removed. The doctors were sure that they had gotten it all and that the cancer had not spread. It's been an uphill battle ever since. Well, this past week, John was admitted into the hospital. He was running a fever and just didn't feel good. The doctors said that he's in kidney and liver failure right now. At first, they couldn't explain why. And unfortunately, due to the frailty of his body and his condition, they were unable to run the necessary tests to find out what caused it. The family has been told that in order for him to live even a month, he needs dialysis. And unfortunately, they can't guarantee that he'll live another month even with the dialysis because his liver is in such bad condition. The doctor's conclusion: The cancer has spread to both organs. John's options: Have dialysis and maybe live a month. Or call in Hospice, go home and enjoy his last two weeks of life. They say his kidneys won't be able to function more than two weeks without the dialysis.

I guess I should tell you, for those of you who don't know, this "friend" is my ex-husband and John is his Dad. Yes, that would make my current marriage my second. But that's a whole 'nother post in itself.

I tell you all of this because for 7 years, this man was my father-in-law. I'm asking that you please be in prayer for this family. They've had some hard knocks and they need God's mercy, peace and strength. I don't think they know how great our God is --- that he'll carry them through this difficult time. Please pray that John will come to know the Lord before it's too late.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

When I call on Jesus, all things are possible

Well, I climbed out of my bed this morning, still reeling from the funk of last night. It was raining out . . . hard. Downpour. I got the girls up and had resided that I was not going to church. #1 -- it's raining. I'm in a funk. I'm all alone. We attend a mega church. How on earth will I trek a mile through the parking lot with the girls and get them inside without getting wet? IT'S.JUST.NOT.POSSIBLE. And just as the words flew out of my mouth (yes, I was talking to myself. I do that alot -- ask my husband, he'll tell ya!) the rain stopped -- completely. And I stopped in my tracks. "Ok God, I get the picture. I'm getting the girls up. We're going."

So, I got the girls up and in a mad rush managed to get them both fed, both dressed and both diaper bags in order and we were out the door on time. That, my friend, is a miracle in itself. I'm never on time. IT'S.ABSOLUTELY.IMPOSSIBLE.

So, as I drove to church, I felt convicted. I don't feel like worshipping, I'm in a funk and now I have to go, try to sing and worship with this nasty attitude. So, I gave myself a good talking to. I said, "Look woman. Wake up! You've got a loving husband. Two beautiful children who are healthy and happy. You've got a beautiful home and family and friends that love you. Get a grip. There are people out there who have far worse situations and circumstances than you do. How about those people with cancer and other terminal illnesses -- you have NO RIGHT to mope! NONE! So, get yourself together and get your heart and mind ready to worship Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior. He has done great things for you. You have been so blessed!"

So, I went, I worshipped and I was filled. The spirit spoke and I listened.

"Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Thou art the potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after thy will,
while I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Search me and try me, Savior today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
as in thy presence humbly I bow.

Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me I pray!
Power, all power, surely is thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine!

Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Hold o'er my being absolute sway.
Fill with thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me! "

Text: Adelaide A. Pollard, 1862-1934
Music: George C. Stebbins, 1846-1945