Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Keeper Journal - #2

I had wanted to post this earlier, but I haven't been spending much time in front of the keyboard. This week the "Keeper" bible study has been about prayer. And we've had our need of prayer this week! :) So here's the clencher... Did you know I prayed for all this craziness? Well, I didn't know I was asking for THIS, but that's the way the Lord answered. One of the questions on the first day's homework was about how you've seen God working through prayer in your life. I wrote down my list, but then was talking to God and saying how I really hadn't seen any in a while and anted something fresh and new from Him that by prayer we would just know that it was Him seeing us through. That was Friday morning! He answered about 2:45 that afternoon. Now I'm not saying that I or even God wanted L to get his arm broken and all that went after, but I am saying that He used the terrible to show us Himself. And not just our family. He wanted to show up for our friends and all the kids in our homeschool. It rocked all the kids' worlds to see L on the pavement with his arm broken. Moms started praying right then and kids were praying for him all that day and the next and more. And God answered all our prayers! That builds faith - not just L's but all involved. encouraged, God answers prayer. Big and small. Praise You,God! Our memory verses for this week (See if you can see how they apply): "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths (and arms) straight." Ps. 3:5-6
"Be anxious for nothing, but in all things,by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts in Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:6-7

Monday, September 27, 2010

Home Journal - Arm Update

Is life CRAZY or what!? I got L a doctor appointment this afternoon. He said that L would have to have his bone reset tomorrow morning. Of course, L started crying when he heard that (poor guy). He was nervous about possibly having a shot and wondering if he would wake up from the medicine. The doctor tried to assure him telling him it would be fine and that he'd done this kind of thing lots of times before, but to a kid who's never done it before, it wasn't too helpful. Anyway, we go in tomorrow at 7am and have the surgery at 9 and he'll come out with a full arm cast. So, back to this afternoon...we left the doc, got in the car, turned the key and ...nothing happened. Yep! The battery died. L and I both prayed about the arm and the car and then we had to call Ter, who was at home watching the rest of the kids. While Ter and entourage were on their way, L and I headed for a treat at QT on foot. That perked up L's spirits and he decided he had something to be thankful for for this day after all. :) Ter finally arrived and got the car running so he drove the car to the dealership while I followed in the van. Well, we were in the turn lane for the highway when the car died again. There happened to be two guys walking on the side of the road and Ter yelled at them to help and they ran over and pushed the car onto the access road for us. We decided to go ahead and call a tow truck. Ter would stay with the car while I took the kids to Granny and Papa's house (my parents). When I got in the car and told the kids, they were ecstatic! L said, "This day just keeps gettin' better and better!" Little Betty #4 shouted, "Sweet!!! We going to Granny house? Awesome!" I dropped the kids off, picked up Ter and then we went back to our house to pack. Then got back to my folks house about the kids bedtime. Dull moment? I don't think so. CrAzY...beautiful. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Home Journal - Emergency Room

You just never know what will happen in a day. Thankfully God does, and I know Him.

Ter and the three older kids were at the homeschool co-op field trip to Advanced Metal Recycling while I had the younger two at home napping and watching a show. I was trying to get a little something done for school when Ter called and told me #2 had fallen and broken his arm really bad and that the ambulance was on its way to pick them up and take them to the hospital. He'd call when he knew more. After praying myself, I called our parents and our prayer team and started getting stuff packed into the car - not knowing what to plan for. Ter called me back and said they were headed to Hillcrest, so I hussled everyone in the car, called my mom to meet me there so she could watch the babies, and made it to the hospital just after the X-rays had been taken. Ter and L were both crying when I got there. L just wanted me to put my face against his and rub his hair. I whispered into his ear and he seemed to calm down after that. The nurse gave him more pain meds and the doctor came in to tell us about setting the bone and so on. It was a clean break of both his bones on his left forearm. They could set it right there in the ER. The nurse gave him a drug that they said would knock him out for a few minutes and he wouldn't feel or remember a thing. Then they got to setting the bone. Well, L wasn't asleep and he remembered everything and he felt it! So much for that medicine! But he was his usual talkative self the whole time - even through the tears. Once the bone was set he was ready to get the IV and cords off and get outta there. He was even talking to the old lady who was a patient in the room with him. Finally, the discharge papers came and we could leave. Needless to say, he was a much less bouncy Tigger than when he started the day, but we knew he was going to be fine. Now he's resting and hopefully will stay asleep for the night.

Thanks for everybody's help with the kids and car and praying and whatever else needed to be done on the crazy afternoon! God showed up and we are thankful.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Keeper Journal #1

This week I started leading a bible study called "Called to be a Keeper" by Lori Merrill. Five other ladies are taking the study with me, but I thought it might be fun to record a little bit of the weekly topics, God's promptings and my thoughts as I go through the study. Since having Monkey (that's a nickname BTW), I haven't been in a study and I'm excited to be doing this one. The first introductory video gave an overview of the study and the first week of study is already challenging my priorities. But getting up in the morning is getting easier now that the baby is FINALLY sleeping through the night most nights ( at a year old almost) and time alone is a precious commodity anyway, so I'll get up for that!!! The study itself will be delving into Titus 2:3-5 and Proverbs 31 - aka the two most dreaded scriptures for women - but if the bible is going to be talking about it, I guess we better be listening and then doing, right?? So the journey begins...  

Friday, September 10, 2010

Debut Journal

So I finally decided to go for it...throw caution to the wind, as they say, and start a blog. I had the hardest time trying to come up with a title, you know, something classy, something short and sweet that says it all and yet something catchy that will entice people to want to check it out. But that one was, out with perfection and in with average. I'm hoping to be able to record some of the special people and happenings that shape my life and cause me to reflect, rejoice and give thanks to God for His goodness and love. Now, we'll see about how I put in pictures and all the other various techno thingys that I'm no good at.