September 17, 2014

Wednesdays in the Word

I love these verses from the first chapter of Revelation. Such a powerful reminder of what Jesus has done for us! I was contemplating them before communion recently.

"Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come...
And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead,
and the ruler over the kings of the earth.
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father,
to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever, Amen."

"I am He who lives and was dead and behold,
I am alive forevermore. Amen
And I have the keys of Hades and of Death."


September 15, 2014

23 years

Yesterday was our anniversary!
~Twenty three years spent with the sweetest man alive! I'm blessed!

Our two youngest went out to eat with us and Hubby asked them what meant the most to them about our marriage.
(surprisingly they didn't say that we got them out of the deal - LOL)

 One said: 'That you guys still laugh at each others jokes, like you just met and are on a first date.'
The other one said "That you two are still in love.' (Yes and amen!)

The icing on the 'cake:
'My friends always wish that they had you guys for parents when they come over,  but I never wish for other people's parents.'
'You guys always support us in whatever we are passionate about and encourage us.'
(I'm a firm believer in writing down those sweet moments because sometimes they are few and far between on the parenting journey! And you just might need to reread to encourage yourself)  ;)

Saturday, we used our Busch Gardens passes from Hubby's company and spent the afternoon riding water rides in the heat! So fun! Then we dried off riding the sky ride back and forth across the park.
We had to get this off our list since Hubby can't spend time in the sun once radiation starts.
-And here's a praise report: he has indoor work to do during that time. God is so good!

Chemo and radiation treatments start next week!
 We are praying and believing God that he will not suffer all the negative side effects of either treatment, in Jesus' name.
Everyone is different and some people breeze through it without any side effects at all. Pray he's one of those people please. :-)

Here is one of many inspiring things my guy has said lately:
'Cancer starts with a lower case 'c' and not a capital 'c'. We are not going to let it be a capital 'c' in our lives. We are going to move through it in victory and then  get back to advancing the Kingdom of God.,

He may have cancer but cancer doesn't have him! Amen!


September 10, 2014

Wednesdays in the Word (the cancer edition)

Six weeks ago when my hubby had an endoscopy for an acid reflux issue, the GI told us that he found a tumor in Hubby's esophagus and we were shocked. When we got home, the Lord put "Psalm 21:4"  on his heart.
Even though he's a student of the Word, he wasn't sure he had ever even read Psalm 21 before. It wasn't ringing any bells, so to speak.

On that day, we didn't know that he had cancer 
and we sure didn't know that it was stage 3. 

Psalm 21:4

'He asked life from You,
and You gave it to him- length of days
forever and ever.' 

How's that for being specific? :)

So, THIS is his verse! It is his promise for the journey and we believe it!!!


September 9, 2014

Fun in the mud

Mud Bowl 2014:

So, those pointers from Dad and practicing with Andrew did the trick!

Quarterback Joy

Joy was the quarterback for the first play of the game. She faked a throw and then ran the ball for a touchdown dragging some girls with her!!!!! LOL


And then the other team singled her out to be tackled by a bunch of girls whenever she was in. Poor thing! I guess that is kind of a compliment though, right?

 She's been nursing a sore back ever since, but she totally thought it was worth it! 
Love her!


September 5, 2014

Are you ready for some football?

Hubby was sooo excited last night for football season! To him it is 'the most wonderful time of the year.' One of our kids was telling me yesterday that part of the reason he loves football is because he loves how much DAD loves football! And he loves to see how excited he gets over it.
(its also the only time he yells all year! So, I nearly jump out of my skin when I sit by him) LOL

The youth group is having their annual mud bowl. Football in the mud. And a part of the ministry's budget actually includes having a water truck come and soak the field with gallons and gallons of water. -Except maybe the budget needs a little help this year because they asked us all to pray it rains until Saturday. LOL
It is some crazy fun! Joy was asked to be on one of the girls' teams and she couldn't be more excited. She's determined to be good at it. So, Dad gave her some pointers last night and then Andrew took her out back to practice. Her team was trying to think of a team name and it sounded like they wanted a cross between something fierce and girly. The options they'd come up with were pretty funny. Praying safety over that cute girl and reminding her that no awesome play is worth a trip to the ER, thank you very much, although the guys in this family might not agree. ; )

Now, I need to find some 'fun' football food that fits into this new way of eating of ours.
Today, I made gluten-free, sugar free banana nut muffins today! (they weren't vegan, but this was a good start!) They were actually delicious. I was surprised! I'm not sure when I've been more excited over a food item. The cancer fighting diet can be on the bland side, which probably means that I need to spend more time on Pinterest finding better recipes. (Pinterest is a god-send when you need paleo, vegan, gluten free etc.. recipes) Anyway, I'm so excited to surprise Hubby with a baked good he can actually eat! Smearing them with almond butter makes them even better. Next week I'll post this and some of our other favorite healthy recipes.

Hope you have a great (football filled) weekend!


September 3, 2014

Wednesdays in the Word

Lord, help us to hear You above the noise and to rest in Your promises.

"The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea. Your testimonies are very sure...' Psalm 63

We've recently had the crashing "waves' of diagnoses and the 'flooding' in of bills, but we can definitely say that His testimonies are very sure!
He's the way maker and the need meeter! He is mightier...


September 2, 2014

No longer a beach wedding fan

Saturday, we decided it was time for some beach therapy!

As we were trying to get these selfies, some teenage boys walked by and teased us! : )

I was sooo excited to finally have dragged this cute guy to the beach! Then a mom with a crying daughter, told us she'd been stung all over her body by a jelly fish. Ekkk! That put a bit of a damper on things. Until we got down to the shore and found two weddings in progress! Who doesn't love weddings? Even if you don't know a soul, they are still fun to watch. ~I'm always trying to talk Joy into a beach wedding SOMEDAY but she's not a fan.

Just as the bridesmaids were about to walk down the sand/aisle all of a sudden it started pouring rain! I was too enthralled to leave. Then it rained even harder! It looked like the wedding would go on and so the guests just sat there. Bless their hearts. About this time, Hubby was ready to hit the road and we used our sun umbrella to keep us dry. He caught a glimpse of the bride at the other wedding standing under an umbrella. Poor thing!
As we were pulling away, I said "Wait, I think it is starting to clear up" and Hubby drove faster. ; )
Then we passed a mini van full of the bridesmaids who were trying to stay dry and some guests who were soaked to the skin in their formal attire.
 So, I think I'm over beach weddings now and I kind of bet all those folks are too.