Sunday, January 31, 2010

Baking with Mae

Our sweet friend's daughter Maeleigh came to help me bake a surprise for Bryan a couple of weeks ago that was actually promised to him in October (a little late then never, right?). She is precious and as you can see she was very apt at getting Gracey involved.

We made Bryan cards and took a walk with Gracey and her little dog, whose name happened to be GRACEY as well! What do ya know?!

When Bryan got home that night he was VERY happy! He ate them for breakfast the next day as well!

Thank you Mae for helping me!


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Love

There's a place I go often
where dreams and reality meet...


...it is when I sit down
and see your eyes looking right back at me

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Down the Common


"It's wonderful what one can do, she thought, when one has time and there is no one around to say you are silly."
pp. 99 "Down the Common"

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Alarm

Yesterday morning I woke up super late and was still half a sleep when I straggled out of the bedroom. Bryan must have been just as tired, if not more, than I because he set our house alarm for the wrong setting and as soon as I walked one inch out into the open the whole system went off. Our house has hard floors so the resounding waves of screeching terror set my heart racing and Gracey, as unsuspecting as I, nearly didn't make it to the back door to pee. Granted, as Bryan gleefully noted, I did wake up rather quickly after that. No need for caffeine!

Gracey had an unsuspected last minute visit to the vet again last week and had an x-ray done on her abdomen to see her liver. I walked into the exam room and the doctor and assistant were laughing really hard and I was told to look on the x-ray. Apparently her stomach was SUPER DUPERLY full and on the x-ray it looked like most of what she was composed of was her stomach. She did just eat and we stopped by the bank and of course she had to have a bone there! But after we all calmed down (with little snickering throughout the whole talk as we kept having to consult the x-ray) we did see her liver is smaller than it needs to be indicating that there is a shunt, but we don't know what kind it is yet. It can either be a large vascular shunt (which means a blockage) that will need to be operated on, or small capillary shunts that can be aided with medicine and diet. We will have to travel next week to see the specialist and get the ultra sound. I am very worried about her. I hope this wont need surgery.

On the note of laughing, I have a very sad but amusing story. Bryan had a contact appointment last week. He wears glasses, but has not liked the glare, so I decided he at least needed to try contacts. He obliged and the doctor put them in his eyes. He had a "lesson" after to be able to take them out and put them in and I was SO tickled and could not stop laughing! Isn't that terrible? I just had the most uncontrollable laughing urge and Bryan was trying so hard to get them in and fluttering his eyes and looking to me for encouragement and there I was laughing! AHHHH! I felt so horrible. But he has done so much better, yet sadly last night he ripped one and we had to ceremonially flush it down the toilet. Oh, we it lasted a couple of days!

On a serious note I feel like the Lord is doing great things within my heart and I am looking forward to this year. I feel like the Lord gives me titles to different seasons in my life and the other day I realized the one I am in and it is a season of "experience." It may be experiencing Him in different ways, or experiencing fun and adventure with Bryan, or purposefully experiencing hard things or different types of people and circumstances that I can pray for or love through. I turn 30 this year...I can't believe it. It seems so old. But in some ways I feel like I have just begun to understand jewels of wisdom of who God is, although it is simply a tiny speck of sand on a huge endless beach. I don't always know what lies ahead. I don't always like what I experience. But maybe somehow in the quietness of something beautiful and unchanged I can really come to understand what faith is really about.

My friend Cari (EEE) is back safely in the US. She was traveling to the airport the day the second earthquake took place. I was able to talk with her for 1 1/2 hours the other day and even still I could talk more. She was able to tell me a lot about where she was and what happened. She explained the first big earthquake felt like she was in a plane with bad turbulence and shaking and said it went on for a long time. People outside said the ground rippled like someone flapping sheet metal up and down. Fences looked like paper rippling and lots of people were just screaming everywhere. Feel free to check out Elsa's Missions web page at www.bhm.org and help in anyway you feel led to and keep up with restoration efforts.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Phone Photos 2/Gracey Update


Bryan and I got your new Bibles! We have been praying for a translation that both is accurate and easy to read. We decided on the New King James Version as it does not exclude text from the original documents (like John 5)


Oh, how I LOVE my chocolate cake! Bryan came home from work one day with our own PERSONALIZED cake slices....YUMMY! Can't you see the authentic delight in my face?




It is a little cold in our house (because of the windows) so we love the snuggle. Gracey wrapped herself in my hoodie...she had NO help, promise!


This has to be one of my favorites. Do you know how many doctor offices I have sat through? Well, this was Gracey's vet visit and I was bored as we were waiting for her test results. She kind of hoped on Bryan's back and just sat there, waited and listened to what was going on the the office. She was adorable.

Gracey is still having problems with her liver. She will be seeing a specialist soon and we will know if she has a shunt in her liver and how we will be able to treat it. She seems to be acting ok, but there have been times where she yelps if I pick her up the wrong way. It is really sad because I know she is trying so hard to get better. We did get to participate in PETS the other day and I was SO happy! She is a little out of practice, but I know she will warm up again to being around the hospital.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

EEE (Haiti) Update

We heard from Cari and her Grandmother late last night. I received their e-mails this morning and I was very relieved they are ok after a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti yesterday afternoon. Although they have written there is a lot of damage and a lot of injured...even sadly a death of someone who works on their mission.

Cari's grandmother wrote:

"Hello All -

Thank you for your prayers and concern. Please pray for the injured and those tending the injured. I am ok. House was mess but we have cleaned it up. The hospital is full of injured people. The mission has some minor damage. Helping as we can. Experiencing aftershock tremors every fifteen minutes. The mountain across the gorge broke off. Could hear people crying and screaming. No electricity outside but the generaters are still working. No phone service, but Internet is working. One of our employees has died. God's grace abounds in hard times and in good times.

~Elsa"


There is no doubt in my mind the Lord has Cari and her Dad over there at this time. Pray they will stay well and will be able to show the Power of the Lords comfort to the people of Haiti.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Praying for EEE

My sweet friend Cari (who I call EEE), who was also one of my bridesmaids, went to Haiti yesterday with her dad to visit her grandmother. As most of you heard there was a massive 7.0 earthquake there today with aftershocks reaching 5.9. Please pray for her and her family. As of now no one has heard from them and I am hoping to hear from her sister or mom that they are ok. But I can't stop there, Cari and her family are wonderful people who love the Lord. In fact the reason they are even there is because of her grandmother's love for the poor and her desire to share God's Love with them. She has been a missionary there for years and years. I have been touched by this family for 16 years now. They are strong believers and I know the Lord is going to use them for His glory while being there at this specific time. Pray for strength for them and that we will hear something soon.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Carrie Underwood's "Temporary Home"

I can't help but feel God's presence in this song by Carrie. I was able to watch "A Home for the Holiday's" as she sang this live. It was to benefit adoption. Below is the recording of her that night. The version on her CD is even more beautiful (it is the first to play on my music here on the side bar of my blog, it should play automatically when the page loads).

Pandora's Box

Lately I have been stumbling upon the story of Pandora's box over and over in odd places. We all know about this Myth or perhaps we know it as a jewelry retailer! Either way, the story provides something beyond the nonsense of mythology, it reveals beauty in its ending, which to me really is a beginning. I wouldn't even be surprised if it is a rendition of Biblical influence. It goes something like this, Pandora was given a box and told not to open it, but gifted with curiosity, she opens it "and when she did so, all of the evils, ills, diseases, and burdensome labor that mankind had not known previously, escaped from the jar" (taken from). Maybe you've heard this before somewhere? Perhaps in the garden of Eden where Eve was given all to her and was tempted as well. She succumbed and as a result sin was released in the world. But as in the Bible the story does not stop there, nor does it in the Myth. It goes on to say one truly important thing. At the bottom of the box lay one more thing after everything else escaped and that was HOPE. God gave us HOPE in Jesus even when sin became a part of the world.

As someone who has walked through very difficult times I can attest that without HOPE, life would be pointless. In fact the reality of HOPE is one of the only reasons I believe I am alive. Sometimes it is easy to HOPE, and other times it seems impossible. But as faith is being certain of things unseen, so it is with HOPE, it is a risk to HOPE, yet I believe there are tremendous consequences in our lives, in the lives of many around, and in eternity when we continue to HOPE and believe in God and His promises and Love for us.


Perhaps Jesus being our discovery at the bottom of the box has given us the greatest expectation of HOPE, one the world cannot compare with.

Monday, January 04, 2010

The Word



Discoverable treasures
Food for the soul
Truth served by Love
Awakened heritage
Future’s blessed honor
Words of harvest
Grown by our attentive stirring

Could not all men’s accomplishments dwindle against just One Amazing thing…that God Loved and Loved us enough to send Jesus and give us a way to know and live it.