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Thursday, February 24

February 24, 2011 (53/365)


No results from the tests yet.
They think it may be connected to food.
He is on a very bland diet and symptoms have finally eased where they are not occurring half the day and debilitating. Now they occur only about 20% of the day and not as severely.

What a comfort to know you are praying.
Thank you!

Valerie

Tuesday, February 22

February 22, 2011 (51/365)


Can you tell I have been doing a lot of genealogy research lately? When I came across this quote though, I was immediately transformed to my teenage years in high school. One of my sisters (I have 3) was doing some Occupational Therapy 'interning' at the nursing home up the road from us. She and I would go back after her work was done and just talk with the residents.

We would even go and sing with them and I would play the piano.

I get so very frustrated with people who do not have a respect for the older generations. (One of which I am fast becoming). So much history and so much knowledge - they have - and if we don't listen and learn - it will all be lost.

The folks above are my mother's parents. When they were first engaged (1921 on the beach). Right before they were married(1922), about their 40's(1940's on the left side) and then when they were in their 70's about 1970. My Grandpa died when he was 78. My grandma was almost 92.

How very blessed I was to have a relationship with her when I was young and married. We talked once a week on the phone (she lived in Florida). Precious memories now.

Treasure the older generations. Don't get frustrated. Be tenderhearted and compassionate.
Pretty soon we (God willing) will all be walking in their shoes.


(My dear H is still struggling. 2 Ultrasounds done yesterday. Up again most of last night. I am continuing to pray that they will find something that is fixable, so he can bounce back into his health.)

Saturday, February 19

February 19, 2011 (50/365)

Symptoms continue - although not acute.
Another Dr. visit today and more tests.
More tests scheduled for next week.
Still trusting -
God knows best.

Thursday, February 17

February 17, 2011 (48/365)



Not knowing is so hard.
I know God is saying Trust
I'm trying.

Wednesday, February 16

February 16, 2011 (47/365)


Thank you for your prayers and support!

We made it thru last night - without anymore scares. One scenario was that the problem last night was caused by a reaction to some medication - but since he continued the meds as usual last night - and all was fine, we know that is not the case. Primary care visit today. Still praying they can find a cause or a reason.

I do know God is in Control. I think of how many folks are able to hand over every card to him and been able to completely divest themselves of worry. My mom always told me worry was a sin. I wasn't trusting that God knew best in all situations - and that God could make good come from everything.

I am praying about that today.

Tuesday, February 15

February 15, 2011 (46/365)


Sorry for the irregular posting times. I will try to get back on schedule. Please be in prayer for my husband. He woke with an emergency situation at 1:00 am this morning. I tried to drive him to the ER but had to call an ambulance and met them back at our house. He stayed thru the night and had some testing this morning. All tests have come back normal. We aren't sure what the cause of the situation was (he never panics - in fact this was his first trip to a hospital as a patient), but we will follow up with our primary care, and am very thankful that the emergency situation has subsided. I just brought him home and he is feeling more like himself. (Thanks Be to God!)


Monday, February 14

Friday, February 11

February 11, 2011 (42/365)


Not the prettiest of birds - but the Blue Heron is an amazing bird to see fly!
Is there a difference between pretty and beautiful?
I think so.

Thursday, February 10

February 10, 2011 (41/365)


One of my favorites from last year.
Sorry for the repost


Wednesday, February 9

February 9, 2011 (40/365)


Wow - the insights of a little girl.

Anne Frank

What a life . . .

Tuesday, February 8

February 8, 2011 (39/365)


So much bad news on the news channels this morning. A local 18 year old was killed in an auto crash this past weekend. A student at my school came home to find his house on fire last week.
It really can bring you down and start to worry. This morning I woke to this song in my head.

It was a favorite song from my growing up years. Mom sang it and taught it to my sisters and me. We sang it together.

Here are the lyrics:

  1. Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
    Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home,
    When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
    • Refrain:
      I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
      For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
  2. “Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
    And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
    Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
  3. Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
    When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
    I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.


I researched and found that originally the lyrics were written by Civilla Martin. Here is a story behind the song on Wikipedia (HERE).

Here is a part of the story that touched me this morning:

Civilla Martin, who wrote the lyrics, said this about her inspiration to write the song based in the scriptures outlined above,

Early in the spring of 1905, my husband and I were sojourning in Elmira, New York. We contracted a deep friendship for a couple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle—true saints of God. Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for nigh twenty years. Her husband was an incurable cripple who had to propel himself to and from his business in a wheel chair. Despite their afflictions, they lived happy Christian lives, bringing inspiration and comfort to all who knew them. One day while we were visiting with the Doolittles, my husband commented on their bright hopefulness and asked them for the secret of it. Mrs. Doolittle's reply was simple: "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me." The beauty of this simple expression of boundless faith gripped the hearts and fired the imagination of Dr. Martin and me. The hymn "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" was the outcome of that experience.
—Civilla Martin

Monday, February 7

Saturday, February 5

February 5, 2011 (36/365)


This morning the sun is shining, the snow is glistening, and the birds are plentiful around the feeders, poor things - the deer got most of the seed earlier this week - once again - even though I did try a great suggestion of mixing crushed red pepper with the seed - and it didn't work for me :(

I loved seeing the sunshine lighting up my dove photo's this morning. Made me think of the promises of God. Noah was one of those men, who stood tall and confident (it had to be so hard for him) thru the building of the ark - and the accusations, and then thru the time on the ark with all of the animals, wondering ... when is this going to end.

I am so glad I have not had to walk in Noah's shoes (or be on the ark with him) - but I (like you) have walked thru storms of my own - and yes - God is faithful.

I amy not see all of the outcomes in this life - but I trust Him.

God is Good, all the time.
All the time, God is Good!


Friday, February 4

February 4, 2011 (35/365)

So very sorry for the irregular posting of late - things have gone a bit bonkers around here. I have been filling in grades and comments for close to 300 report cards and then had all the data gone and had to do it again! Then of course we have to go thru and proof read everything and catch any errors.

The High School Winter Concert was last night. My middle son who is a senior - has only two more concerts to go. Can't believe I have another one graduating so soon.

The youngest keeps me crazy with his schedule of baseball, basketball, music lessons- I think sometimes I am in the car for 3 hours after school. On top of that - we had a little surprise in our family with a company contacting us about an inheritance. Don't get excited, it isn't much and it will be divided many times.

But the neat thing about it is that I have been once again madly caught up in the genealogy research of my family. One cool thing that has come from all of this - is that my cousins and my family are connected again. We have talked more this week - than I can remember.

Hopefully things will settle back into a routine soon.

I miss my blogging friends! Thanks for sticking with me.