Thursday, May 31, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Kenzie bakes yummilicious treats! (and if we keep eating like this we'll all be growing!)This year's crop looks amazing, thank You, Jesus! The early plantings are already starting to tassel, which means ... bugs. So Mr. Greenthumb is extra busy planting, watering, fertilizing and now eradicating sweet corn enemy #1.
Well, this one just speaks for itself :)
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
This week as I read about the glory of the new kingdom, I am
also reminded of the new life God gives us here on this Earth.
gift purchased for me long ago with the shedding of Christ’s blood: salvation.
simply wanted us to say ‘Yes,’ and that is the fulfillment of the vision.
We can take heart that once God places a vision before us, He will not allow us to be satisfied with something less.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
First I met Kennah. Hmmm, not sure.
Oh, she's that person. Mama!
And just as we were getting to know each other, our guide yelled, "Oh, another one!" Kasidi was thrilled to meet me, not so much.
I love this picture! After crying for so long, she looked at me as if she might be able to trust me.
Monday, May 21, 2012
We have the MRI results; we have an appointment with the neurosurgeon; we have been measured for the Crocodile walker; and there's a ton of other good stuff going on.
Not to mention that one year ago today, I met Kennah Janae and Kasidi Joy (within minutes of each other) for the very first time! I've got pictures to share and stories to tell.
So this is the preview. Stay tuned for the main attraction...
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
To say I've been anxious is
And then I look at her...
...and I am reminded of the obstacles she's overcome. And I'm reminded of just how amazing she is. And though this report contains information we need to know, it does not define her, and it does not change her.God's had her covered since the beginning of time. And He loves her even more than I do. And this was in my devo this week:
"Our circumstances are the means God uses to exhibit just how wonderfully perfect and extraordinarily pure His Son is...It is one thing to choose adversity, and quite another to enter into adversity through the orchestrating of our circumstances by God's sovereignty. And if God puts you into adversity, He is adequately sufficient to 'supply all your need'.
Can I get an AMEN!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The graduation of the College of Arts and Sciences was the largest ceremony on campus on Saturday! The Lloyd Noble Center was packed.
There he is on the big screen, marching in!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
...maybe it's a post for you. I've had to step back and take a look at my life. There are changes ahead. We ask the Lord daily to show us His plans. Even though our plans may seem good, if they are not in line with His, they will surely fail.
Trust me when I say, there is no cape......and even if there were, it would be crumpled in a corner somewhere, with the rest of the laundry.Yep, the only hero here might be my calendar. The calendar that is overcrowded, penciled-in, crossed-out...and crowded some more.
Don't get me wrong, I love my life! I am in awe of the plans God has for my family. I am astounded by His renewed mercies. And when He impressed upon my heart to return to school, I jumped in with both feet. And I have loved it! I've not been discouraged that most of my former 81 college hours for court reporting do not transfer for a social work degree. I've not been discouraged that I have to navigate two universities, completing my general ed while concurrently studying in my major.
And then came summer school. I didn't realize how badly I need a break. I really thought that 12 on-line hours and 3 live hours would not interfere with my life. I logged in for classes Monday, and I can't even describe the feeling.
True, this is a really busy time of year with the end of school, banquets every night, summer camps coming up, VBS...oh, and then there's our corn harvest which takes 6 to 8 solid weeks. And I feel overwhelmed by things like this:Dirty dishes are really not a big deal in the scheme of things. But my family is! My kids miss me, they need me...and more than that, I need them! My amazingly humble and supportive husband needs me by his side. And I need to be beside him.
And I had such an 'aha' moment when I looked at my course schedule. I realized that even though we might get through the summer, we would be 'less than.' We would be weary and beaten down. We would be cranky and distant. And though I might be able to claim success in getting some hours behind me, I would fail miserably in the most important journey of my life - being the follower, wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend the Lord has called me to be.
My oldest son (who was sitting beside me listening to bedtime stories just yesterday, by the way!) is graduating from college! I will have 3 teenagers in high school this year, and in 4 years they will all have graduated. Can you say perspective?
So after the Lord let me waller around in my own mess for a while, hubby and I had a talk about our family plans. We were both relieved when we decided something had to give, and for now it's the 12 summer hours. I'm still taking a 3 credit hour social work class next week (it's a 16 week course packed into 4 days), but then I'm done for the summer!
We will spend the summer praying for direction. I really want my social work degree...because I want to be a social worker. Social workers are 'helpers.' I love to help! The question is, do I need to be paid to 'help'? Maybe so, maybe no. That's what we're praying about. Because the reality is that while I'm trying to race through school I'm missing out on many of the things I love to 'help' with!
I've missed ministry blogging deadlines; I've forgotten to email packing lists to friends preparing to travel; I've missed opportunities to help families fund raise; I've missed encouraging; I've missed blogging. And when it comes to my family, I've missed a lot. That is not what Jesus intended when He gave me abundant life.
We've still got a busy summer, but it doesn't include school (after next Thursday). And by the time August rolls around, we will know whether I'm supposed to keep the 20 hours I'm enrolled in, scale it down, or ...
Who knows, maybe Jesus will come before then!I know this ~ Christ made me alive, and I just need to remember what I'm living for!
Monday, May 7, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
I can't believe my first semester is finished! There were days I wanted to quit and days I thought I needed to quit. And the thought of two more years of school is daunting, but right now I'm going to celebrate finishing this semester with straight A's!
I have 5 days till early session summer school starts. I'm taking 15 hours this summer, then 20 next fall...but I am racing for the prize. Thank you for so many words of encouragement!!!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
And a call from the doctor one hour into the procedure didn't help that. He told us there was an equipment failure which basically meant she had started to wake up and move, causing them to rescan certain segments, and they were having to administer the steady dose of meds manually. He would soon determine whether it was safe to continue the scan (due to the length of time it would take) or they would stop it altogether.
We decided to pray that the machine would be supernaturally fixed and they could safely complete the scan so she wouldn't have to go through it again.
Less than two hours later we got the call that the scan was completed and she was in recovery! We told the doctor we started praying as soon as he called, and he said, "They must've worked because our machine didn't."
Yes, prayer 'works'!
We won't have answers regarding CP for another week or two. But no.matter.what we are trusting the Father who loves our Joy even more than we do!