Saturday, June 26, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Goodness sakes they look like siblings!
Over at the other blog "A Place to create" I received a request to be interviewed.
Returned a call this morning and the whole thing is legitimate. Incidentally I am now in her contact lists. Wow that is one way to set your soul to getting things done. Ideas in place. Kindled a light that had dimmed a bit. Sorta clipped the wick. Peaked my interest in continuing on my creative expressions.
My name is Laura, and I am a reporter for the Arizona Republic.
I am working on an article about DIY home decorating projects.
I happened upon your blog, and I was very impressed by your decorating skills.
If you are located near the Phoenix area and if you have two simple home projects that you could easily explain,
I would be happy to feature you and your design ideas.
My article is slotted for next Friday, so we would need to find a time within the next week that I could interview you quickly and have some photographs taken.
I hope you are well,
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Well it is an amazing thing when the tough get going. We had a wonderful service last Sunday despite the ear cracking volume of the service, no joke. There was an Epiphany for my darlin' and I. The Pastures story went like this...
I can KEEP my pile and have all the burden of it or I can entrust God with it. This the epiphany that it is GOD who we will give charge over our pile. Everything we own is his. Every breadth. Not out of fear but out of release. Who really wants the stress and anxiety of clutching onto all with white knuckle desperation. Wondering where every dime and every need is going to come from.
Lately every time I turn around a dime and a penny appear. A whimsical game God and I have played for a good 20+ years. We have given our lives to Christ but have we ever given him our pile. A long time ago I lived in fear that the pile would be taken away. We had a differing belief between us in our finance over the tithe. The DREADED TITHE...so finally trusting I let go and kept an attitude of generosity for years. I came about after years of this fear that the pile would be taken for the lack of the practice of the tithe that I became fearful so much so that white knuckled I changed. ME! the girl with the trunk full of clothes and things we no longer needed and every visit to a friend to the trunk they were taken and we saw the amazing provisions shared and there was never a lack. There is still never a lack.
8 years ago we went down 2/3's in income at the same time adopting our second international adoption. A very scary time for we had began the adoption as the plant that Steve worked at shut down and he was not absorbed a 27 year career gone. Low man on the pole he began again. It was then that the trunk dried up. " better hold onto the things for never know I may just need them." The pile grew. Stagnant oppressively grew. We began a budget a year or so ago. We became out of debt. WE DID IT har har...Who? OH WE>>> Who? who? made us able when bills hit unexpectedly? Who?
Our intentions blessed and efforts made yes. For the first time this message has changed hearts so...hands open we are now budgeted for the tithe just as the house payment or utility a priority.
Somehow all the slack in the budget will be covered I know this from a life time of seeing the measure met. The jar of oil never dry or flour pot never empty.
OH THE Peace! of this being out of recognizing that we no longer control but have given control over our pile to God. We will continue to do due diligence. From there? It will be so fun to see how it will all come around and the pile will balance out to a blessing and not a big old oppressive mess to deal with. I am so happy, so proud of the unity that is now provided on this topic in our marriage and it being out of release and not fear.The leader leading. Put a fire under me that warms me to get a few things sold on Creigs list and clear out some of this accumulation. A warmth to bake bread and set menu, to cut out the fat of the excess.
Monday, June 21, 2010
What an afternoon! Being an American is the most prized gifts in life.
I have health care and the best technology to help me.
Steve met us there and Dash and I had allergy shots and Dash had his asthma check up. He is doing great!
God is so Good to see my boy so wonderfully healthy.
Dash went to lobby with Dove and Steve stayed with me.
Indeed I have CVID the moderate in degree. At my age I will need a 4 week interval of Infusions.
Each infusion is a 6 hour process for the administration must be given very slowly as to avoid side effects as much as possible. The first to be done at the clinic then I will be given a homehealth care nurse. She is there to moniter the anifalatic concerns and the reactions I might have. My IgG is half of a normal person. There are a couple worse than me in the practice. This is a rare disorder Genetic in nature. In the large practice there are 5 of us. My case is not severe however I will have to have the infusions the rest of my life every four weeks. Because of my age it is very unlikely to ever rebuild my own immunity so I will be dependent upon infusion to guard me from infections for the rest of my days here. This to protect me from life threatening respitory things as well.
As it stands...
The coverage is being confirmed, the infusions will be ordered as too my specific need.
There are two cells types as I understand it. The "T" cell protects against virus, mine is intack. Thank God! Then there is the "B" cell this is where my big problem is. The "B" cells (that I do not have or have a very little of) are to attack the bacterial infection.
I need to use great care as to not get exposed as much as possible until after the first infusion. Each infusion will provide a varied type of immune cells. This will give a broader range of protection.
The risks very minamal as for the new techniques used = hep C, AIDS. VERY RARE
I will have to set up a CAT scan with contrast (injected die) for a base line on my lungs. To be repeated every two years. I will need to keep up on collonoscopy, mammo and other rutien cancer screening. That should be done by all of us anyway. With this there is a bit higher chance of "C" then in the common of society.
Watch there might even just be some kind of mirical some day that somehow my immun system will show us all! There will always be hope. Even so 6 hours and possible yucky every 4 weeks and I have a healthy normal life that is good news!
In an hour I will be with my husband learning more about what CVID is all about for me and the degree of what we will be facing. I have no lack of confidence in the battle I am facing . My courage will not halt or falter. I have utter confidence in the love that God has for us.
These words are processing within my result to bone me up to walk I hope with grace.
I must somehow follow an example of result not to focus on dieing but on living determined to fight a good fight. All I am and have is only but by the grace and is a gift form God. I deserve nothing yet have been given everything I have NEED of and a lot of icing on that cake too.
Thank you for your support. I must keep composed for the sake of the children. Pray for us about that please.
I heard HIM say today to practice the ministry to the medical folks that it is God not them who is in the authority of my health. It is HIS ultimate hand in the outcome. NOT THEM< THEY ARE NOT THE HEALERS God is! I am impressed that that is what this is all about.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
5 A.M. saw be awake and in the yard and garden. Watering in my pajamas for the house was still. Breathing was not to fun so instead of sitting reclined I just got up and went outside. The ball thrown for the dogs and the coop top cleaned with new shavings...
Hearts meeting with my dogs just loving on them. Finally the sweet Lab (no name for safety) is calmed. We are trying to be the first at the door of the humane society for a voucher to snip him. The cost will go down from $250 to $85 for it. I am not going to breed him and his libido is out of the park. This is to mellow him and perhaps stop the leg lifting on the wall. Then the dogs can be house dogs again.
I just got to be the first on at the door at 7 a.m. with kids in tow or Daddy man to cover me.
I am left thinking your feeling may be of me doing the pet thing wrong. This parenting thing is hard. Dash did so well and tended to task sometimes it is hard to remember that Dove is a different child and has some special considerations. She is 12 on one day and 6 on another oh I am so to blame yes...Even though I asked twice my instincts should have been listened too.
This parenting stuff is hard.
Older women likewise teach the younger women...
• how to love their children
• how to be self-controlled
• how to be pure
• how to be keepers at home
• how to be kind and submissive (not subservient) to their own husbands. (See Titus 2:3-5)
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By Maya Angelou
That a man should have to seek Him first to find her.'
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean living,'
I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.
When I say.. 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain...
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!
Words have power. Here are a few of my favorite sayings.
- A warm cup of tea is like a cuddle with a friend.
- The North American Indians have a more eloquent word for ‘friend’ than we do in English. In their language, the word for friend literally means, “the one who carries my sorrows on his back.”
- Return with Honor
- The sage anticipates things that are difficult while they are easy, and does things that would become great while they are small. All difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they were easy, and all great things from one in which they were small. Therefore the sage, while he never does what is great, is able on that account to accomplish the greatest things."
- "HOME IS WHERE YOUR STORY BEGINS"
- “Live so that when your children hear these words they think of you… Fairness Caring Integrity Honesty Love Trust.”
- "O Lord help my words to be gracious and tender today, for tomarrow I may have to eat them."
- "No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes"
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This was given to me for the third time in just a few weeks.
"For the LORD your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song."