Monday, December 27, 2010
Thank you for your prayers, and we will always be grateful for more. I am going to try this week, to get into my old doctor and take her all my recent tests and medical records. I am hoping she will help me find a way to get my medicine cheaper, as I have had to quit taking it because of cost. My pain has gotten dramatically worse since doing so, and I am hoping to find a way to get better again. I will also need to have another pelvic ultrasound in a couple weeks to check on the left ovarian cyst that they found several weeks ago.
I will continue to be without internet for at least two more weeks, so while I am missing you all greatly, I pray you will have a Happy New Year, and hope to be able to communicate more often, soon!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Don't forget to turn my music player off first!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
I went through papers today, emptied two desks, packed up one computer, some books, and did more organizing. I also started packing up the tools and painting supplies in our floor to ceiling cabinet. Tomorrow, I hope to pack up all the small appliances in the kitchen. I think I can pack up the rest of the bake ware too. I'll need to keep some cookie sheets and pans out, since we still have a few days left that we need to cook food. The kids are supposed to be cleaning their rooms so I can pack up their toys, but I hear a lot of noise up there, and none of it sounds like cleaning noises! lol! :-)
It was a good Monday, and we are all really getting excited about seeing Daddy again in a few days! Please pray for his safe air travel on Saturday! Have a great week everyone!
Friday, December 3, 2010
Hopefully, when we are settled in our new home, I will be able to post more about projects that make our home more organized and beautiful! Have a great weekend everyone!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
With that being said, I read a great post lately that has tips on how you can ENCOURAGE your husband to be the spiritual leader in your home. There is nothing un-biblical about encouraging one another. I highly suggest you go check it out. Traci is a wonderful, godly woman with many encouraging things to share. Read her post *here*!
Monday, November 29, 2010
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
This was one of the first verses I was shown when being convicted by the Holy Spirit about salvation. What's so neat, is that today, it means something completely different. I am already saved, I already have that living water, Praise God! But there are so many times that I still thirst. I thirst for peace when I am troubled. I thirst for understanding when I'm lost and confused. I search for grace when I am broken. I search for mercy when I am convicted and burdened with sin. This verse speaks to me, and shows me exactly where I can go, no matter what I am thirsting for. I can come to Jesus, and drink and gain all these things that I search for. He is my best friend, my comforter, my intercessor. Praise God for giving us His Son, and the constant living well, that I have to draw from!
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which though hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered......
I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.
I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy loving-kindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy loving-kindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.
Be pleased O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.
Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it: let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.
Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.
Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.
But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God." Psalm 40
This is the view out my front door. I'm so thankful the Lord let me see all these colors one more time before we move!
Have a wonderful week everyone!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Make sure you scroll down and pause my music player at the bottom of the page. This song is so touching to me, especially right now. I am thankful for God's voice, His comfort, and His leading! Hubby is already in Illinois and Lord willing, will be in Kansas late tonight! Thank you for your prayers for my family and I!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
What God has done in such a short amount of time for us, is just amazing. We were in such a dark, confusing place, with no answers of any kind...just many, many questions. God has taught us patience, trust, humility, thankfulness, love, and how to be completely surrendered to His will and timing. From the moment hubby lost his job, I have been amazed at how well he has handled it, and how quickly he turned the situation over to God. It's just not his personality type AT ALL! He prays, and he seeks God's will, but he's so quick to take blame and responsibility and try to fix things in his own strength. I am truly blown away by how fast he handed this situation over to God, and well he's done at leaving it in God's hands, and not tried to manipulate things. I have done my best to do the same thing, and God is really showing us His infinite capabilities to handle anything and everything in perfect order!
All of our needs have been met. Our hearts have been touched like never before. Our spirits are soaring and we are definitely closer to the Lord. God has moved in ways that are truly above our ways and understanding. He has revealed His plans for us in His timing, and opened doors that He wants us to walk through. He has kept doors closed that He doesn't want us to walk through! I just can't even put into words how beautifully and perfectly He has timed each detail of our lives in the last 3 weeks. Money is certainly in tight order, and it's very important that what money we do have, is spent in the right place. God has seen to it, that we didn't have any money until we knew where He wanted us to spend it. He has not allowed us to waste a single dollar!
I am so thankful today and I look forward to the rest of this journey. I know it won't be easy, but I know we are safe in God's hands! Pray with us today, as we get the parts to fix the motor in our Suburban. I pray that what God has provided us with, is exactly what it takes to fix it!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
From my picture journal~
My mother made me this beautiful jewlrey set. There's earings, a bracelet and two necklaces. I absolutely love them! Thanks Mom!
Monday, November 1, 2010
Today will be another busy day. I got lots of rest yesterday, and I think it really helped me. Even though I'm up at 5 o'clock this morning, which never happens, I feel pretty good. For those of you who don't know, I have been VERY sick for the last week, and am really hoping I am coming out of it now. We managed to pull off the garage sale on Saturday, and made some money while getting rid of stuff we really need to get out of here! I am now going to focus on getting all this laundry done and getting rid of any clothes we don't need. I am NOT going to take all these clothes to whatever house we move to! I am going to do myself a favor, and get rid of as much as I can. I'll probably make a trip to a couple stores today too, and try to find some boxes. I'm dreading the thought of having to pack up this house. Moving is NOT something I enjoy doing. I love to unpack and decorate a new home, but packing up the old one is torture for me.
Please pray with us today, we have one more big decision we will need to make this evening! I'll try to keep you better updated this week. I hope you all have a fantastic Monday!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Well, that brings me to my second point. I got to see a doctor last night! Whoo hoo! It was so nice. I was excited and nervous all at the same time. 3 years is such a long time to go without entering a doctors office. It's hard to get too much out of just one visit, but he does think it's Fibromyalgia. So much so, that he's put me on a fibromyalgia medication. He's also asked for several lab tests to be done, to check for other things. Arthritis, Thyroid, Epstin Barr Viral, and two others. Please pray with me that the Hospital will work with me on payment for these tests. I can't go back to the doctor, until I have these done. I'm so thankful for what God has done for me already, and last night was truly a miracle orchestrated by God. I was able to get treatment, and God used me to witness to several of the staff members and they said they were really touched by my testimony. I just cried. It was so emotional, that God would use little, unworthy me to speak to His other children. I pray that I will continue to be faithful to Him, and walk with the Spirit; so that I may be used by Him again!
My goal for this week, is to eat wonderful, healthy foods, and exercise when I can. This medicine is a lot for by body to get used to. It put me out shortly after I took it last night. I got hot flashes, and nausea, so I'm hoping this morning will go a little better, and will keep getting better each time. I'm told it will take 2 months to get it's full effects, so that will give time to see what benefit it will do for me before the lab results come in, and I see the doctor again. Oh, he's also put me on 800mg of ibuprofen twice a day, so that's quite something for my body to handle, when I don't even take Tylenol for pain or headaches most of the time. I'm just not one for taking medicine. I always tough it out. He said it's time for me to stop toughing it out, and do something to make my life better! :-) I'll give it a shot!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The good news...I am now going to be able to see a doctor for the first time in 3 years! Praise the Lord! God is so good! I am so thankful for this opportunity. I am praying that I will finally get a diagnosis and a plan for moving forward! So, depending upon what the diagnosis is, some medicines I may have to take will actually cause increased appetite and/or weight gain. So, I don't want to focus on what I weigh. I still want to lose weight, but I want to do it by focusing on health...eating good foods and exercising, not on weight alone. My dear friend Arlene has been posting on Wednesdays for quite some time, and she calls her posts, Health-Wise Wednesdays. I think that's great, and I think that's what I'm going to do. I'm also going to switch gears a little and focus more on being healthy and all that it involves, rather than just on losing weight.
Part of my health issues is extreme fatigue at night. It makes it very hard to cook good dinners some nights. Another friend of mine, Ann, gave me a recipe for the crockpot yesterday. I already had everything on hand, and it turned out great! I even threw the chicken in the pot frozen, and it was still done on time! I used:
1 1/2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breast,
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken variety (dark and light meat)
3/4 jar of barbecue sauce (I think she said the ideal is 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp mustard (I just squirted in some honey mustard..quite a bit for some spice)
tsp Worcestershire sauce
I cooked it on low for 7 hours and they were more than done! I could of stopped it sooner had I been home, but the chicken was still tender and juicy! If you leave the skin on, I think your supposed to broil it first, but I don't ever leave the skin on, skin is unhealthy. I poured a little bit of water in it too, since I didn't have enough barbecue sauce. It was sooo good! Normally, I would wake cornbread with it, but since I was so late getting home, we just heated up some frozen rolls in the microwave. We will definitely have this one again! Thanks Ann!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
For Today~ October 5th, 2010
Outside my window~it's cool! It's finally cool outside. I'm so happy. I had to grab my sweater to sit on the porch with my coffee and bible. I love that....I've missed that throughout this long, hot summer!
On my mind~ my appointment with the Mercy Clinic administration today. I'm praying, really praying that we will meet their income guidelines. I am more than ready to see a doctor for the first official time in over 3 years. I want this diagnosis, but may the Lord's will be done!
I am wearing~ my favorite pj's that pass off for clothes. Black with tiny white polka dots. The top has a wide strip of white lace at the bottom, and the straps are white lace with black ribbon strung through them. So cute!
I am going~ to the clinic late this afternoon. I'm also picking up the new Karate Kyd movie from Redbox. We're excited, we've been waiting a long time to rent it for $1! Sure beats theatre prices doesn't it?!
From the learning rooms~ we are doing great with the new curriculum! It's a controversial curriculum, but I think it's absolutely awesome and I feel like it was made just for us! It's a lot more work, but we are loving it, and finding ways to still get everything else done!
I am creating~ a spectacular creation for my friends baby shower, and I can't wait to show you pictures after the shower is over!
I am reading~ just my bible right now. I'm fixin to start reading Dave Ramsey's books though.
From the kitchen~ menu plans again. I need to make them to stay on budget with the groceries, and remember what's in the cabinets and deep freeze! Sometimes I buy stuff for meals, and forget it's there, so I buy more groceries when I don't need to.
Around the house~ cartoons, schoolwork, washer & dryer going. Typical day!
A few plans for the rest of the week~ cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, and organizing! I feel like it's a lifelong process that will never truly be complete. As long as we're headed in the right direction, I guess that's what counts. I really need to finish painting the hallway too. I stopped half way up the stairs because I don't know how I'm going to reach. We need to find a solution and finish! Hubby says I'm the Queen of half finished projects...sad but true. There is just so much going on and so much to do!
From my picture journal~
A glimpse of our day Saturday at the free "Faith Fest!" Our local Methodist Church does everything they can to make as much of it free to the public as possible. I'm so thankful for that! The kids had an absolute blast, and I needed the day away from the house, and all the responibilities and stress. These bounce houses were HUGE and it was so fun to watch the kids play all day!
Monday, October 4, 2010
*Make a menu plan for the next few days
*Start a third load of laundry-DONE
*Clean all countertops and front of cabinets-DONE
*Make sure all clean laundry is put away!
Monday, September 27, 2010
I don't even want to make a list today, because I have no idea how long I'll have to spend on the new curriculum this morning. I know we'll be doing at least 5 hours a day after we get going, but they won't start all his classes right away. However, there is a two hour online conference starting at 10:30am...hmmm...what to do with the tornado...wish me luck! Better yet, just pray for me, because if it weren't for bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all! :-) I'm really excited to get started with this though, so I hope it will be a great day! Happy Monday to you! Keep it moving!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Okay, enough whining! So, some of you might have been wondering where my weight loss Wednesday posts have gone. I just couldn't get back to it after getting home from our trip. So much has happened since we got home, it's just been a whirlwind. It would take me all day to write it out, and you don't have all day to read it, so we'll not get into it all! (you can thank me later!) But I will say, that my health took a turn for the worse. A really bad turn, down a long hill. Weight loss has been the last thing on my mind. Just getting through the day is the goal. I am starting to feel better though, and I have good news! It looks like I might be able to see new doctors on the 12th of October to begin the process of getting an official diagnosis! Wouldn't that be great?! Like my husband said, "just knowing what you're up against, is half the battle!" So, please pray with me about getting the testing and treatment that I need. It looks like we are looking at a MS, or Fibromyalgia diagnosis, but they will probably test for a couple other things as well. I just want the Lord's will, whatever it may be! No matter what my ailment, I need to be eating healthy and losing weight! So, I will press on.
I've gained some weight back since the trip, and I'm not going to beat myself up over it. I'm thankful and praising God that I didn't gain it all back! So, we will start from where I'm at and press forward! I've already lost a couple pounds over the last few days, so I'm off to a good start! Part of losing weight and being healthy, is learning how to deal with slip ups and getting back on track! So, that's exactly what I see this as, is a learning opportunity. Not a defeat like it's been in the past!
I will try next week to get some recipes back up! I am trying out some new one's and loving how much better I feel when I eat good foods, verses how weighed down and sluggish I feel when I eat bad, highly processed foods and too many simple sugars (bad carbohydrates) I have also made a commitment to take my supplements everyday! They really help my symptoms. I take a multi-vitamin, B-Complex, Probiotic Pearl, Omega 3-6-9, and heart healthy acidophilus. On the days that I don't eat enough natural fiber, I take a fiber chew as well. It's a lot to keep up with, but I can really tell a difference when I faithfully take them!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
My new "mums the word" flower bed! I'm so happy with it! I can't believe how well my 50% off mums are looking! They should come back large and in charge next year! On the other side of the bed, is the neighbors property and house. On this side of them, we will eventually have pavers and gravel, for a little sitting area next to our house. I love it!