Monday, March 31, 2008
Mom got news today that her final pathology reports from both left and right side lymph nodes are clear and cancer free. Thank you, thank you, Jesus. She has an appointment Friday with the cancer center for the "what's the next step" part. Please continue in prayer for us all and praise the Lord with us for this good news. Keep praying over her health and the nodule in her right lung, for grace and patience as everything has a "wait" involved...pray that the next step will allow her some "normal" life stuff...the tough part right now is keeping her healthy in case she needs chemo/rad -- the baby is due for "live" virus vaccines (which our pediatrician is so great to tell us to wait and helping us make good decisions for the whole family) but this would keep him away from Grandma Barbie anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months depending on certain scenarios!!! Pray for God to already have this worked out, I know He makes a way for us...above all for God's will in our lives and His glory to shine.
ON the lesson side...(and the funny for today, although, I am still not laughing)
The heating element in the toaster oven is not, in fact, toast. I learned this lesson pre-coffee this morning as I reached into the back of the blessed toaster oven for that last 5th piece of toast way in the back. Dear Lord in heaven...and the best part is that it still burns and Ollie keeps grabbing the band aid that I put on it...so that was today's public service announcement, lest any of you get confused!
Friday, March 28, 2008
So, here's the funny. We were unpacking a week's worth of suitcases (ugh - the laundry is still not all done) and birthday presents and Easter candy and toys and yadda, yadda, yadda...and the kids had exhibited some good behavior (though it was fleeting), so I decided it was time to reward them with some Easter chocolate after snack time. So, I let Emma Grace choose and she picked the Jameson's candy company (from the town of my birth, New Castle, Pa - I was also born at Jameson Hospital there) that my Aunt Kim and Uncle Bob had left for us on a previous trip through Rock Hill to see Momma (Aunt "Kimmy" as moms calls her is mom's only baby sister out of a family of 6 kids). So, we open it and these bunnies are SOLID milk chocolate - SOLID - did I say SOLID? I had to cut into this bad boy with a knife. So, we indulge and have chocolate everywhere - even Ollie is drooling into this rare indulgence...and Emma Grace pipes up while we are finishing our chocolate euphoria..."Mommy, you can tell Grandma Barb that Aunt Kim can come every Easter and bring us bunnies." And I had to smile and agree. ;) The Easter bunny has nothing on Aunt Kim~
Psalm 3 - 3 But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;
you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
4 I cried out to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy mountain.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
God has lavished his love on us all and I thank you all for your prayers. Keep praying - pray for mom's recovery (that she will behave - yeah, I said that!), for clear pathologies that don't require chemo, for the nodule in her right lung to be nothing and cease to be, for grace and strength that only God can provide, but as always...for His will to be done and His glory to rise above all earthly things.
Thank you, thank you, Jesus.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Thank you, thank you, Jesus.
Monday, March 24, 2008
We left the hospital at rush hour and came home to get our kiddos. But, the mastectomies went well and the preliminary reports are good for the lymph nodes and clear from cancer. We have official final pathology reports in 3-5 days. Momma and daddy will be at the hospital tonight and will see what the doctor says in the morning. Best case, she comes home tomorrow - worst case, she doesn't. It's one day, one mountain at a time. But, I could see the pain, yet relief and momma and daddy's eyes as they were back together tonight in the hospital room.
Keep us in your prayers - I felt them all day long and thank you so much. Pray God's will and comfort over us, for clear pathologies, for the nodule in her right lung to be nothing, for her recovery and pain.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
This morning at 10:55 am, my mom will be having two bilateral mastectomies. We have felt calm and peace from God already. But pray that the mastectomies will allow the two types of breast cancer to be eliminated from her body, that a nodule in her right lung would be nothing, and that her lymph nodes will be clear. Please pray for all the medical personnel involved...God is the Great Physician...He is Jehovah Rapha...our healer...He is Jehovah Jireh...our provider...we seek His will and hope to bring Him glory through all of this.
Romans 8: 31-39 (NLT) says,
Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
So, we've been - I've been wrestling with joining KFBC - check previous post on that one. =) And it has been a long time in coming - I've been really rolling around in it since January...
So here's the what you should have learned part...I started reading the Daily Bible - a chronological Bible reading plan with my women's small group at home which gets you through the Bible in a year --- you have passages to read for each given day and it seems like I am never on that given day...
So, most of January, February, March, I've been reading about Moses and the Law and the wandering in the desert - just struggling to hang onto some of these texts, but there was always a fresh word for me when I made it through...
So, last night after having joined KFBC Sunday morning, I read the last passages from the book of Deuteronomy. The Lord speaks to Moses and to Joshua as the leadership of Israel passes from Moses and the wandering is ended, the Law is re-iterated, the covenant renewed and the Israelites are about to enter the Promised Land...bedtime boring, right?
Well, it took me until this morning to recognize the parallel in my own life...yes, I am a slow learner - thank God He is patient with my soul. I've been hanging onto what is was that God called me to do last that I almost missed living for Him now - I've been serving the Lord and using my gifts and going to church, but all with a sense of it being temporary...Don't you think that maybe that's how the Israelites totally lived everyday? Just wrestling and wandering and missing how good God is in every moment because they were a "stiff necked" people as Moses called them...I know I can be as "stiff necked" as they come sometimes. And this morning brought clarity and freshness -- and it was that DUH, Jen moment - like God was saying - do you see - transfer it all over and live here now and be for me now...really live in this moment not in limbo.
So, duh-huh, I gots-it. Again, God is so cool like that.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Then that little voice - gave me no peace - when Chris left at 6:30 am (really 5:30 am - dst sucks) I could not go back to sleep...I laid awake until the children awakened...we had breakfast, and that little voice still nagged --- you could make it to church --- so we sluggishly moved forward - very sluggishly! Needless to say, in a shirt that I didn't like on a day that I wasn't full throttle and I felt like pookie...WE JOINED KENNESAW FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH.
Yes, folks, the thoughtful ponderers crossed the finish line here in Georgia, though I still don't know how I feel about it. I know we were drawn to KFBC and happily serve the Lord there with our brothers and sisters in Christ --- but my heart longs for "home" - for First Baptist Church Fort Mill, SC. I long for my family and my dear friends daily. Pray for me, for us, in the times that we cross your minds. I will so not lie and say this is all easy...it's hard, stinking hard...but I will count it all joy according to the words of the book of James - especially in knowing that we felt God call us to this place for Chris's career, for our family, for His Glory.
So we are officially members of the Georgia Baptist Convention when the letters are all given...that feels weird. Keep our seats warmed at FBCFM, though, we'll (the kids and I) be home for the week of Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday (maybe the Easter bunny will help Chris hop on up to The Thrill for Easter, too)...and we're all looking forward to it! I hope we'll get home again at the end of April when the Wades hit The Mill, too.
Dates worthy of note --- my baby boy will no longer be a baby this Saturday, March 15th...Oliver Thomas will be ONE at 11:54 AM and the Grands will be here for our neighborhood (of 1700 homes) Easter egg hunt, then some boy/girl outings, and a birthday dinner complete with cake! It won't be an awesome cake by the illustrious Mrs. Gale, but it will get smashed and slobbered, so it will be okay for Georgia. We'll just make due. =)
Happy Monday-ing to you!
Saturday, March 1, 2008
SCATTERGORIES...It's harder than it looks! Just copy and paste. Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real places, names, things...nothing made up! You CANNOT use your name for the boy/girl name question.
What is your name? Jen
4 Letter Word: Joke
Vehicle: Jaguar - oh, some day...or not
City: Jupiter, Florida
Boy Name: Joey
Girl Name: Jacqueline (the other name my mom thought of naming me in 1980)
Occupation: Janitor (some days i feel like only a glorified one, maybe not even glorified!)
Something you wear: Jewelry
Celebrity: Jennifer Garner (I miss Alias, still.)
Food: Jam (relates to boy's name and an episode of Friends)
Something found in a bathroom: Jewelry (hopefully not down the drain)
Reason for Being Late: Jehovah's witness came to my door - had to reach one more!
Cartoon Character: Jasmine
Something You Shout: Jump!
Animal: again, Jaguar or Joey
Body part: Jugular
Sport: Juicing - oh wait that's just a part of sports! okay, Javelin-throwing
Word to describe you: Just Jen - there are no words... ;p