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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Update from New Jersey

I'm in NJ this week visiting my parents and to take care of my dad. He went back into the hositpital last Thursday and was released yesterday. He is still in a lot of pain and the doctors can't seem to do much about that. It's very frustrating. He was supposed to go to a pain management specialist today but never told us the time of the appointment!!! So.....they called this morning to tell him the appointment was at 9 am! There was no way we could get there because it's in another county and it's rush hour. I did manage to get another appointment for him next week.

It is amazing to me the amount of paperwork and hassle we have to go through! As you can imagine, my dad is on a lot of medication. I wrote everything out that he needs to take and when but it's still kind of confusing. I'm going to make him a chart that he can check off each day after he takes each pill. Hopefully that will help him to know what needs to be taken when.
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Since I'm up here I didn't get to see Julianne's last day of being of freshman. It's hard to believe that she will be in 10th grade next year. Only 3 more years of homeschooling. Yeah!! She received an "A" in writing/literature and one in History. Woo hoo! Her math grade will be coming in the mail but I'm sure she did well with that also. I know she is looking forward to taking a break this summer.

Speaking of summer, Julianne and I joined the neighborhood pool. It's been a few years since we've joined a pool so this will be a nice change of pace.
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Please continue to pray for my dad. Since he was in the hospital, they are unable to do any chemotherapy treatments. Pray for my mom as she has a heavy burden right now of dealing with doctors, medications, insurance companies, etc. It seems everything is designed to be slow and cumbersome along with much paperwork. I wish I lived closer so I could help out more. I know they are going to need it in the coming months in order to find their way through this maze.
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I miss Virginia! Even though I grew up in New Jersey and lived here until 1990, Virginia is my home. I miss my family and my church family. Love you all!!
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One bright spot: I see bunny rabbits in my parents' yard everyday. That I do miss from NJ!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My Week So Far

It's been another amazing few days of beautiful weather. It has been sunny and cool--but not too cool. Although the other night we got down to 41 degrees! Our springtime is usually short-lived and rushes right into the heat and humidity of summer. This has been great. I've enjoyed sitting on my swing at various times during the day...and watching the dogs play.
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Yesterday I went to lunch with a group of ladies called The Lunch Bunch. It's just a group of ladies from our church who try out a new restaurant each month. The ladies vary according to their schedules. We had seven yesterday; the last time I went was a few months ago and there were four of us. Other times we've had 12 or more! We tried a new Italian restaurant and it was very good.
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While Julianne was at karate, I went to a used curriculum sale at a local church and was able to find her biology textbook. Yeah! I also purchased two history textbooks to use as a foundation for next year; I'll supplement with lots of living books.
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My dad had his first chemotherapy treatment yesterday and all went well. He was at the cancer center for 5.5 hours! I haven't talked with him yet today so I don't know if he is experiencing any side effects. Please continue to pray for him.
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From Psalm 62:

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Here at Home

This has been a quiet week at home. I so enjoy those! I only had to go out to take Julianne to co-op and karate on Tuesday and Thursday. I did go out early yesterday for grocery shopping and errands. I stopped at a new Salvation Army store that just opened up. It was so neat and organized--it was joy to shop. I found a really nice clear cake plate and cover. I've always wanted one but without the pedestal. I also picked up a Spanish/English dictionary for school next year.

I stopped at the fabric store to pick up some fleece to finish a blanket I'm making for my dad. I'm making a Cowboys blanket for him like the one I made Matt two years ago.
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Michael is away for two weeks! I'm keeping busy with things around the house but I'm quite lonely without him around. He is actually in New Jersey so he's going over tomorrow to see my parents and sister. They are having some problems with their computer and other electronics so he'll work on those while he's there. What a blessing he is! He's spending the weekend at his brother's and then goes back to his hotel tomorrow night. He'll be home on Friday. Yeah!!
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My dad is still in a lot of pain and my sister says he is sleeping a lot. I will be going up on the 26th to spend a week. I'm really anxious to see him. I know he is in good hands with my sister being there. I had planned on going up this past week but when my sister flew in, my parents felt it would be best if I stayed here so we could space out the visits. Please continue to pray for him.
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Wednesday night was the season finale of Lost. Any Lost fans out there? Julianne and I have had fun trying to figure out various scenarios and what will happen next season....the *last* season. It's maddening that we have to wait until 2010.
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Next week I start working on the front and side "gardens". It's in quotes because it's basically just weeds. I hope to get them all pulled so we can plant something decent--that comes up every year and requires little care. Haha!!
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Tonight was our Fellowship Group. I really look forward to having everyone over and spending time eating, talking, discussing things of the Lord and praying together. What a blessing it is!! I'm so thankful that we were able to open our home and share it with others.
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I was looking at my schedule and every weekend is full until the beginning of July: graduation parties, church picnic, youth activities, family coming down, homeschool convention, a ladies tea, and a church camping trip. Whew! The summer is over before it starts!! At least our weekdays will be quiet. Julianne will continue with karate Tuesday and Thursday nights but our days are free!
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That's about all from here. I hope you all have a blessed Lord's Day tomorrow.

"And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He made made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high; having become as much better than angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they." -Hebrews 1:3-4


Monday, May 11, 2009

Here at Home


It's hard to believe it's May already. Where does the time go? I thought I would update on things that are happening here at home.

A few weeks ago my dad was diagnosed with cancer. He turned 89 today (and my mom 80; they share a birthday!). Tomorrow he has a meeting with his doctors to determine a course of action. My sister flew in from Nevada and she will be at the meeting as well. I'm so thankful because it seems the doctors have been giving my parents the runaround since this all started. Please keep them in your prayers--for healing, if the Lord wills, but especially for their salvation.
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Trish and I have started studying the book of Hebrews using Precept materials. We have completed three lessons and already learned so much. One of the things in last week's lesson that really stuck with me comes from Hebrews 1:3: "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in Heaven." What really impressed me was that He sustains all things by His powerful Word. With His word He sustains all creation! He is the One who orders all the events of history and brings them to pass.

I looked up "sustain" and found this definition: to maintain, keep in existence. He keeps us in existence!!

I find comfort there because it reminds me that ALL things are under His control. Nothing is happening that He hasn't brought to be. When I feel like the world--or my life--are out of control, I need to remember they aren't!! He is controlling everything for God's glory and my good. To me, there is great peace in that verse.
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The ladies' Bible study that was meeting at my house has ended. My friend, Nancy, who taught did a great job. If you haven't studied A Woman After God's Own Heart, I highly recommend it! Next fall we'll be doing a study that Trish and I did a last year (??) called Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow. Another good book!
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Arwen, the beagle puppy, is doing well and adjusting to life in our home. She has learned how to sit. That is a praise. I was beginning to despair thinking she was too wild but she is just "all puppy" right now. Dasher seems to be tolerating her but they do have a lot of fun playing in our backyard. We had rain almost every day last week so they spent quite a bit of time inside but the past few days have been nice so they've been outside all day. It's great because they are so tired when they come in and sleep and sleep!
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I spent the other day clearing out leaves and debris from around our backyard fence. I have a little bit more to do and then it's on to the front and side yards. I did have Rose of Sharons going down the side of my house but they have not been doing well the past few years. I'm not sure why. I have a lot across my back fence and may replant some of those on the side. These plants are from cuttings that I took from our house in NJ 19 years ago!
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That's about all from here. I will update with some pictures later this week.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Be Still


Ask God the question, "How can I develop and sustain a robust fear of God in my life?" and one of the answers He will give you is, "Be still and know that I am God." Do you want to know Me, Who I really am, what I am like? Do you want to have an experiential knowledge of My greatness, My glory, My majesty? Well then, you must be still, you must be willing to think, you must take charge of your mind, and control your thoughts and actions. You must stop frenetically running around, keeping yourself so busy mentally or physically that you miss My presence. You must periodically, regularly, often make time to focus on Me, to think about Me. You must not let your mind think about whatever it wants. You must deliberately focus on Who I am. If you are not willing to do this, you cannot know Me in an in-depth way, and you will not fear Me in a constructive, powerful way. To know me as I really am and to fear Me as you ought, you must "be still and know that I am God."--Wayne and Joshua Mack (The Fear Factor)