Sunday, August 16, 2009
Once again I am reminded of how good God is even though I don't deserve his daily blessings. How patient and loving He is while in return I grumble and complain about his blessings - even if only kidding. Thank you God for daily manna!
How deserving He is of our utmost praise. How blessed I am for His mercy and forgiveness. How reassured I am of His presence.
How ironic that as I have read about the Children of Israel in the past, I was judgmental of their grumbling and complaining in the presence of God. Here I sit overcome with shame over the same sin. God be merciful to me a sinner!
O God, forsake me not!
Take not thy Spirit from me
And suffer not the might
Of sin to overcome me.
Increase my feeble faith,
Which Thou Thyself hast wrought.
Be Thou my Strength and Power--
O God, forsake me not! Amen
Could we pack anything more into this weekend? YES WE CAN. And by the grace of God we press on. An emergency to trip to Madison; wonderful care from doctors and nurses; many prayers from family and friends and God's mercies are new each morning. God is good!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I woke up to 5 screaming boys. What a treasure. My two sons, my grandson and two of their friends.
I was tired. So much so I felt ill. But I got up and I pushed myself.
I made chocolate chip pancakes for "my" boys.
Gage left with his dad and the rest of us got ready to go to the pool.
David and Jack laughed and screamed and ran and played. I was a little tense as you could expect with 4 year olds around water.
And then I looked -------- really watched ------- and David, with a big smile on his face, was running into the water and then onto the dry cement in awe of his footprints. I had no camera with me but my heart took a picture.
So special to see these moments of pure joy and happiness experienced through innocence and youth. From a mind not yet burdened with life. From a boy whose energy level was unaffected by the 4 times he was up last night.
The house is quiet now and I am going to bed. Just another ordinary day . . .
I am so blessed. Thank you God.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Why do I scrapbook?
It started as a little hobby. But after 10 years of collecting stuff for this hobby and never producing anything I had to think about why it was I wanted to do this. After the addition of our little surprise package (see page below) my reasons started to change. I basically decided to scrapbook after David was born to be able to leave him some of the things I have given to my older children and may not get a chance to with or for him.
Most of my scrapbooks deal with David and then Richard. Why? Because Katie and Mike have already had me for 25 years and David and Richard haven't. I have set my priorities for scrapbooking accordingly. I obviously don't keep track, lol but most of my stories etc., are geared to help teach the younger two things I hope Katie and Mike have already learned from me. You never know.
How do I scrapbook?
In 15 minute chunks of time. I have tried setting aside an hour or a day or a weekend and have always just set myself up for disappointment. I was just never productive during those times. When inspiration strikes for a story I want to write I take a few minutes and write out the story. Next time I have a few minutes I go pick out some pictures to go with the story. Next time, the papers, then figure out how I want to throw it together etc. Sometimes I will leave the gluing until I have several pages and then if I do get that golden hour or more to myself I let my creativity (ahem, scraplift) go wild and add embellishments and glue everything down. It feels so good to finish a page - even if it does take me a few weeks. ;)
Here is one that took me a week to complete. Happy David will have this to look at some day!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
If you press on the picture you should be able to blow it up big enough to read the journaling. People have asked me how the family does with all these hospitalizations and I think it answers what it is like. It is what it is. It pulls at our heart strings and we move on. But the biggest thing I think this layout will do is help David and maybe even Richard to someday understand how tough these decisions and situations can be. It is not easy to leave Mike alone in the hospital for days and it is not easy to leave small children at home without their mom. I hope this just lets them see into each others world a little better. Teenagers can spend a fair amount of time feeling sorry for themselves. Siblings of chronically ill children are no different. When those times come I hope this and other layouts will help them remember the feelings of love that we all share.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I did this one a few weeks ago. I sure love learning new stuff on the computer! And I really love looking back at the layouts. My Library of Memories is growing!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Hope you like it too! Blessings on your day!
Friday, February 27, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Today I handed out valentines to my two kids and the other 4 day care children that were here. While everyone else was busy opening the candy my David spelled his name on the card and then said, "Thanks mom for this wonderful book!" He was just so impressed this little card had his name on it. It was the sweetest moment looking at him with that big smile on his face as he studied the simplest card I had ever made him (was actually feeling a little guilty for not having put forth more effort). Kids are awesome!!
God's blessings on your day!!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
So that is how the Pollyanna thing started. Many doctors and nurses have said the same thing to me over the past 25 years and I'm sure there are some who would tell you I'm nothing but a pessimist. lol I do understand that many times people will ask me how Mike is doing and I tell them. I may be a Pollyanna but I AM REAL. I would have to lie to sugar coat things and make it all Rosy all the time and I just can't do that. I tell it like it is and hope people know me well enough that I don't have to go on and on about how it is going to be okay! It IS okay and God works all things out for our good. Sometimes that good is right there and visible and sometimes we just have to hold that promise close to our heart and trust. But anyway that is how Pollyanna came to be. I just know things always work out when you let God take the wheel. I am very optimistic about the future no matter what that holds because I know who holds the future. He's right there with us every step of this journey and the one thing CF has done for me is keep me very close to God in my daily walk. I am so thankful.
Oh, and the 10??? That was for intelligence level. Really kind of funny because I'm not really "book" smart but the test was more analytical and I got a 10 out of 10. He said he had had some doctorate types take the test multiple times trying to score a 10 and couldn't. I'm sure I couldn't do that again ;). But it gave my self esteem a little boost :).
Have a blessed day - make it a good one!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Feeling so blessed - just had to share! Blessings to you this week!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
This is a picture of Gary while in Afghanistan. Still such a cutie :).
How have your prayers been answered this week?
Thursday, January 29, 2009
And look at this cute bookmark in the picture. I'm not real crafty but I needed bookmarks and thought I should use up some of the thousands of pictures I have! Novel idea. On the back are two pics - one of two younger boys and one of Katie and Mike dancing together. I love it.
Monday, January 26, 2009
I had searched the net and found so little. Well that has changed :). The other night I was in a chat room with some wonderful women. We laughed and laughed and it did my heart good! I found a few new blogs and am so appreciative of the people out there willing to share their experience.
Because I so appreciate the sharing of information I will do my best to occasionally update the situation here in hopes it will help someone else like others have me.
This is my cute son Mike :) He is 25 years old and living with CF. This is our everyday. Here he is hooked up to the "Vest" that helps him be independent and do therapy on his own. He does this at least twice a day along with the neubs you see hanging from his mouth. This $16,000 piece of equipment has been a tremendous blessing in our lives! The tubes from the compressor attach to the black "vest" and shake the mucus from his lungs to help keep them clear :)
This is also Mike.
And when he's not doing that (because it's too cold) then he's probably doing this:
He's a pretty good dancer and instructor. He works hard at it!
Now I didn't get the name Pollyanna for nothing but I also believe you should keep it REAL! If I didn't I would feel like that would be denying Mike's experience. So here's to keeping it real! More to come.
Remember - you don't die with CF . . . you live with CF :)
And one other thing - for you newly diagnosed families, CF is much different today than it was 25 years ago and your journey will be quite different. There have been so many advances in medical technology - Praise God.
Blessings! Email us if you have questions :)
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Chicken Taco Soup
2 - 12oz cans white chicken - OR - chicken breasts cooked and chopped up (I do my own)
1 small onion chopped and sauteed
1 - 16 oz chili beans (I use medium sauce)
1 - 16 oz can white beans (mine say northern)
1 - 16 oz can pinto beans
1 - 16 oz can of corn
1 can Ro-tel tomatoes (i use small one with chilies)
1 larger can diced tomatoes (i use whatever is on sale)
1 pkg taco seasoning (I've used all different kinds - no difference)
1 pkg ranch dressing (the dry kind in the little package)
Throw it all in a crock pot or dutch oven - DO NOT DRAIN ANYTHING. Yep, just open cans and packages and throw it all together. sinful isn't it. Add tomato juice/or sauce if you want more liquid.
Then you really just need to cook long enough to let the flavor cook through. You can put this in the crock for several hours or just simmer on your stove for a few hours.
Top with shredded cheese, tortilla chips (my son prefers corn chips) and some sour cream. It is SOOOOOOO good and really fills you up. You can make this as hot or mild as you like! Just use mild chili beans and no chilies in the tomatoes if you have small kids :)
Let me know if you guys like it. Even my 8 year old loves it.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
O Lord, save us;
O Lord grant us success. . . .
You are my God, and I will give you thanks;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Such passages of comfort. Not from my Bible reading today but lead to them as I am reading Matthew with the People's Bible commentary and just at the beginning of Jesus' suffering and death. The commentator asks to have you read Psalm 15-118 to see how they relate to the Passover dinner Jesus shared with his disciples and instituted the Lord's supper. Just before these wonderful passages above is a passage that Jesus uses to show his disciples some of the prophesies about him:
The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;
the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes. Psalm 118:22-23
Reading through the passion of our Christ and looking again at what he "DID" - "for us" is comforting. Knowing that an all loving God is working all things out for our good.
Contemplating and pondering my time in Tishbe . . . thankful for this time to grow. Sorrowful at the loneliness it brings. God is faithful and good.
Not many pictures this week. But thankful that I can and have opportunity to take them. At this time last year I could not get a camera within 3 feet of my face (and let's not even think back to how hard it was to get dressed, lol - thanks hubby). I was teased about not having my sidekick - the camera and it was a long road back. Thankful to be able to move again after my fall and rehab. I think I'll go take some pictures today to celebrate :).
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Tried my hand at a little homemade version of a photo overlay. This little frame was done with the rectangular marquee tool and the stroke outline selection from the edit menu. The font is getting to be a favorite - it is called Amelie. I actually paid for this font. First time I ever did that :).
Friday, January 16, 2009
He's as big as the bath tub! I've been wanting to take this pic for a while. When I see him "swimming" in the tub I always think - wow, he is as long as the tub! Gotta love the cookie cutter tool in photoshop elements ;) so I don't get arrested for porn, lol.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Daddy went to Kohls after school tonight (practice called off b/c of the cold) with a 30% off coupon. David needed new undies - size 6!! He's getting so big. He had to try them on when Dad got home! He just kept saying, "Thanks Dad!" He loves CARS! After supper I realized he still had them on, lol. I had to snap a pic :).
Conversation at breakfast this morning:
David: "I want to do feelings Mom."
Mom: "We can do the feelings chart after Jack and Gavin get here."
David, looks at Richard: "Richard are you happy?"
David: "I'm happy too!" "Mom, we're happy Mom!"
I needed to hear that today. God sends just what we need when we need it. Love these boys!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Click on the link and it will take you to a gallery of all the pictures. Click in the upper right corner to see a slide show or click on an individual pic to see it larger.
To read more about this project go here: http://aliedwards.typepad.com/_a_/december-daily-album-2008.html Ali Edwards had step by step instructions on her blog and then kept a Flickr group of every one's stuff that participated. Awesome stuff out there.
Monday, January 12, 2009
I do childcare in my home. I have three little ones (including mine) 4 days a week and two one day. We try and do "circle time" at least two times per week and sometimes three times. Usually Mondays are tough - kids tired from the weekend etc., but today everyone stayed on task and was ready for more. We practiced our cutting skills. They just cut and cut until they don't want to anymore. They cut for over 10 min. today! Pretty good for 2-3 year olds! David loves to cut very tiny pieces. I'm just so thankful when it is all done and we all have all our fingers (and Hair! ;)
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Life is good!
I love the footprints in the snow - they say, "Children live here!" My Richie having fun playing outside. I ALWAYS have to call him in. He would stay out until completely frozen if I would let him!
Poor David, we haven't been out much at all this year. One of the downsides of having an old mommy who is afraid to fall and get hurt again. I'm going to try harder to get him out. The new boots I got over Christmas will help! :)
But truthfully he is hard to take out. He falls all the time and is a little frightened also. When I ask if he wants to go out he usually says no. He still has problems with depth perception - something he may always have to live with. With his eyes being so crossed he can't always figure it out. I think all the white stuff throws him off and it is hard to see the little hills - you know? Better safe than sorry. He fell again today - more like he gets scared and then sits or slides down! Poor little guy - doc said he may learn depth perception to some degree. We'll keep praying and in the mean time be very thankful he can see as well as he does! Praise God!
I couldn't pick just one!
Okay, for what I lack in creativeness - I try to make up in just a tinsy bit of techno geekiness! hah!
My sister Terri gave me the book, "Simplify Your Holidays" by Marcia Ramsland, for Christmas. It's a great book and I will try to implement some of her wonderful suggestions for next Christmas. For now she said to take a picture of all your decorations to help things go more quickly next year. So today I ran around and took several pictures of our Christmas decorating - which, sad to say gets less and less every year it seems. But humble as it may be here it is in one photo! lol I couldn't pick just one photo out of the group so I used six. I made a blank photoshop document and pasted in six 3x3 tiny pics then downsized for the web and uploaded. I have documented how to do this on several sites as people ask me (I also use this on my monthly 12 on the 12th pages) so I would be more than happy to help. Let me know. I am going to open up my blog today so ask away :)!
Now a little explanation of the pics:
1. This Nativity is made out of fabric! It is awesome and sits just inside my front door. The kids can pick it up and study the pieces and alas - many a day the baby Jesus goes missing. He seems to be a favorite with the kiddos. We always find him and he goes back to his cradle! This was made by a dear friend. Priceless
2. Aren't those ornaments beautiful. They are one of the few things DH Paul has from his fraternal grandmother. She made them herself. We have several different ones on the tree. I see a scrapbook happening here to just document all the ornaments and how special they are so that if something were to ever happen to Paul or me . . . you know :). Priceless and irreplaceable!
3. The snowman is a scream. He didn't get batteries this year. He is cute and activated by motion when he splits down the middle and his top goes up and music plays and a winter scene goes round and round. Well folks what goes up must come down and last year he tried to take Jack's finger with him. He is NOT kid friendly and it was hard to get his finger out of there. I don't know who was more scared - me or Jack! So NO batteries this year - maybe next year :).
4. This is my built in buffet with fake (allergies you know) poinsettia and runner. Our house was built in 1910 and the buffet is built in and beautiful - love to show it off with seasonal stuff!
5. This little Nativity sits up in our window (love the lead windows) all year. I think we should always think of the nativity ;). Good reminder of what Christ did for us!
6. This little Nativity sits on a coffee table and yes that is just a towel under it. lol I couldn't keep the boys away from it so I just protected my table and let their curiosity be fulfilled. They picked up the pieces and rearranged them everyday. We've had this for a long time but there really is no special value or meaning so I say - let them play and observe - surprisingly nothing was hurt in the least!
So that is my "one" photo for today! snicker, snicker
P.S. You can click on any of my pictures and they will blow up much larger for viewing in a new tab.