September 30, 2015

Wednesdays in the Word

So, I got pretty excited about the people who lived in Gennesaret, this morning! ~How weird does that sound? ; ) Their story is in Matthew 14.

Peter had just had his walking on water experience which rightfully blew the disciples' minds and they worshiped Jesus right there in the boat and then crossed over the sea to the land of Gennesearet.

"And when the men of that place recognized Him, 
they sent out into all that surrounding region, 
and brought to Him all who were sick,' 

What compassionate, faith-filled men! -I know some like that! And they are daily bringing my dear Hubby before Jesus, in prayer. : )

"and they begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment."

They didn't come demanding that He lay hands on and pray over each and every one of them. They just asked for the chance to touch His clothing as He walked by. So humble!
 I wonder if they had heard about the woman with the issue of blood who was healed when she did the very same thing.
I wonder if they had heard that He said to the centurion "Go! Let it be done just as you believe it will." Mt. 8:13
I wonder if they knew that He had said "According to your faith let it be done to you." Mt. 9:29
to the blind men.
Whether they knew those things or not,

"as many as touched it (the hem) were made PERFECTLY WELL." 
And I really LOVE that!


September 29, 2015

This and that

I read this quote the other day and I love it.

"Marriage is like jumping off a tall building and discovering you can fly." 
So, I had to text it to my favorite newlyweds:

I picked them up at 11:30 PM last Sunday night at the airport. On Monday night we had a get together with Tiffany's parents, who brought Chinese food over, and we all looked at their honeymoon photos! So fun! AND so good to have them back!

They had a blast! Their cruise went to Peurto Rico, St. Kits and St. Marteen.

Other big news:
Andrew is now employed! Whoo-hoo!
A dear friend from church got him job working for a florist!
How cool is that?! He trims the flowers, strips off the thorns and washes out the buckets etc...
And he makes quite a bit more than minimum wage. Every teen's dream! : )

Hubby has had a rough go of things since the last chemo treatment, but he is just now starting to bounce back. Yay!

Nathan's job is going well. He is editing videos for an evangelist who has a show on God TV which is viewed in 90 countries! Exciting stuff! He edits best at night, so he's pretty much nocturnal now. ; ) (except for Sundays) So glad to have him here!

This is an awesome story about a very brave young woman who gave up everything to follow Christ.
I read it while Hubby was in the hospital. Very encouraging!

That's it. Not much happening here just now except for caring for my sweet man!


September 25, 2015

Update on my precious man

When we found out that the cancer was back, Hubby got started with chemo right away. He had his first treatment two weeks before Zac's wedding.
Honestly, the oncologist did not offer much hope...
And we were OK with that, because God is and has always been our HOPE. : )

We were grateful he would have time to recover before the wedding. And the nurse said that he wouldn't start to loose his hair until afterwards.
Which did happen, the VERY day after the wedding!!!

The precious men that he works with, who are big, burly construction workers, set a date to pray and fast for him to have the strength to enjoy the wedding. Isn't that the sweetest thing ever?
They planned their fast for Thursday, thinking that the wedding was Saturday. But unbeknownst to them, the wedding was on Thursday evening, the day they had chosen!
And there prayers were certainly answered.
He felt great until about 10:30 PM! It was amazing!

He had his second chemo treatment last Friday. (they are 5 hours long!)  Before it took place, he had the strength to celebrate our anniversary and my birthday! His favorite thing to do, right now, (if you don't count church) is to go and see a movie. He can walk into the theater and sit down before he gets too worn out. He is not a fan of the wheelchair and never wants to use it. -That may have a little bit to do with the driver though. ; )

I went hat shopping for him the other day, but he's decided that he would rather rock the bald look. ; )
He and Andrew are sharing clothes now. That is how THIN he is, bless his heart. -It is hard to fatten up a guy who only has a part of a stomach. But I'm trying!

We are suppose to keep his exposure to germs at a minimum. He was suppose to only fist bump people at the wedding, but they ignored his fist and grabbed him into big hugs. : ) Hard to resist!

Thankfully, his blood work is excellent! And the CAT scan he had recently showed that there is no cancer anywhere else in his body. PTL!!! We were with the oncologist when he saw the scan for the first time. He was actually surprised at how good it looked. He said that Hubby just needs to eat some ice cream (to put on some weight) and have some more chemo.
One more treatment to go.

Keep him in your prayers. He's been feeling pretty crummy lately. Thanks!

Love and hugs,

September 24, 2015

Rage to Roses

The other night, our dog, Bree was going crazy at about 12:30 AM. When I let her outside, I saw that Nathan and Andrew had just parked the car and were getting out of it.
It was a school night and this was hours after I sent Andrew to BED.
I just stood in the doorway in a nightshirt with my mouth wide open in shock. (not my best moment -lol)
Andrew didn't know for sure if I had seen him, so he ducked behind the car, hoping he was out of my view. No such luck.
It also that made me think he had suddenly become some kind of sneaky delinquent. ; )
Nathan spoke up and said that he had needed Andrew to "help him with something."

I couldn't for the life of me figure out what he needed help with at that hour, unless it was eating french fries from Checkers. LOL So, I said something to the effect that Andrew was in big trouble and I shut the door and went back to bed.

In the morning I had a plan to ground Andrew that was so severe, Hubby said I needed to lighten it up!
And when I walked into the kitchen in the next morning,
I found:

 THIS IS WHAT Nathan needed help with. Apparently, it isn't easy to find flowers at midnight. : )

So, all my plans to ground Andrew until he was 30 went out the window!

They asked me later, if they had 'made the blog.' -I'm pretty sure they always 'make the blog.'
Then they thought of this title for me.

And since I somehow lost count and thought I was turning 48, -turning 46totally rocked!


September 23, 2015

Wednesdays in the Word

This verse has been coming to mind a lot lately:

"In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong."  ~Job 1:22
I love that!
So many of us 'charge God with wrong' when bad things happen. Not to mention the bad wrap He gets for all the natural disasters and all the horrible things that happen in this fallen world. (the key is 'fallen')

I played the 'mad at God' card, years ago and it was such a nowhere road.
Eventually, He changed my perspective on the situation and then all I could do was thank Him, because His hand was so evident after all. It just had not happened the way that I thought that it should...

More from Job...

"God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?" ~Job 9:4

~Pretty sure, the answer is 'no one!' I know that I didn't.

Here's the thing:

"He does great things past finding out, yes wonders without number." ~Job 9:10 

He does so many things that we are totally unaware of!

"I will forget my complaint. I will put off my sad face and wear a smile." ~Job 9:27 

Great advice, from a guy who had every reason not to smile! : )


September 22, 2015

September 21, 2015

Wedding Week part 2

Tiffany was born in New York, so she chose this really cool New York deli for the rehearsal dinner. The food is awesome and the portion sizes are outrageous! The private room is really cute -no decorations needed. Yay! Don't get me wrong, I love to decorate! My kids will tell you I have to hang a banner for every occasion possible! : )

. There were 37 of us!

What a fun night it was!
 Hubby thankfully had the strength to introduce everyone and then he gave a great speech about Zac. Then Tiffany's dad gave a sweet speech about her. From there, the kids' siblings and their friends in the wedding party gave sweet speeches.
 It was a beautiful evening!
There was a lot of love in that room! : )