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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saving the date

I'm saving the date for The Relevant Conference.  I have a hotel room reserved.
I will have enough points for a airline ticket in about 2 weeks.
Now, I just need a ticket. 
I'm praying for God to provide one.  If I am to be there, I know He will provide.
There are some amazing ladies speaking at this conference.
I would love to hear and learn from them!

Monday, July 26, 2010

thankful for . . .

  • a great weekend my my family (386)
  • the smell after a rain (387)
  • my little one waddling across the room (388)
  • the way my little one nuzzles in my neck as soon as I get home (389)
  • clean, fresh water - everyday (390)
  • fun little kids who sit next to me at the airport and make me laugh, laugh, laugh (391)
  • window seats (392)
  • antibiotics.  they are my friend. (393)

Monday, July 19, 2010

my new rhyme, or something like that

Allergies and Asthma, Go away
Come again some other...NEVER.

In case you can't tell, I'm sick and tired of allergies and asthma.
My lungs just don't seem to understand that a girl's gotta breathe.
Seriously, this girl needs some oxygen filled air.

In the past 30 days, I have been semi-well about 6 days.
Oddly enough, I stopped pumping about 30 days ago.
I'm thinking that there might be a connection.

And, if this keeps up, I might be the only mum out there pumping just for her own health benefits.
just saying...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Praying, praying, praying

This week, as you are out and about, please keep my friends and their family in your prayers.  As I said the other day, they received news that Jesse had been killed in Afghanistan.
Jesse was a riot - your typical, hilarious younger brother.  Always instigating "trouble" and making you laugh until you cried.  Yet, he wasn't typical.  He woke up every morning willing to serve our country, even if that meant losing everything he had.
I can't imagine what their family is going through.
They need your prayers to get through this time and to learn how to live daily in their "new life" without him.
Please also remember all of the other heros who have given up everything so that we can live in a country where we are free to do many, many things...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

There's never a good time for bad news

Today, one of my sweet friends received word that her hero of a brother was killed yesterday.
There is never a good time or place to hear those things.

This kind of information is hard to stomach.  It brings up all of those fears and bad thoughts that lurk around somewhere in your head.  I just don't like it.

Over the past 4 years, my hero of a brother has had a tour in Iraq and in Afghanstan.  This fall, he will return to Afghanstan for another tour.  I am so proud of him for serving, but it is so nervewracking to not know if he will be safe.  And now, my little sister is also in the military. Commissioned in May, she is now off to serve...we are still waiting to hear on her orders.  Not knowing that they will be okay, turns my stomach upside-down.  Knowing that every time I see them might be the last time, makes me want to squish them and hide them in my pocket.

Yes, I realize that we are not ever assured of our safety, but we do live in a country where we don't have to worry daily about a car bomb exploding and killing you instantly, or even worse, killing you slowly.  Yet, this is a worry that each of our brave soldiers and many other people have to deal with on a daily basis.  This is what my friends brother had to deal with...not only the fear that it might happen, but also the fact that it did.

It makes me so sad for those people who live in areas of unrest.  As I said earlier this week, I've been reading a few books and they are pulling and tugging and ripping at my heart. Making me want to stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves, to give everything I have and move to another country, to love those who have nothing - not even hope.

After receiving this news today, I want to do that even more.  I am so sad for my dear friend, her sister, her mother (I can't even imagine her pain tonight) - their entire family.  It also makes me so sad for others in different parts of the world who live with the fear that this very thing might happen to them.  It makes me sad for the people who do these awful things.  I will never understand what makes a person want to create a bomb and then kill innocent people.  Their heart must be so sad for them to do such awful things.

I understand that for things to change, I must change.  Although I can't end the war and make all human beings happy and kind, I can pray for things to get better.

I can pray for the hearts of those who are hurting.
For the hearts of those who are doing these awful things.
I can get off my bum and work to make a difference.
I can raise my son to love his Heavenly Father and to love others.
Raise him to not live in fear, but to live knowing that God is in control.  Knowing that even when things don't make any sense at all, He is still there.
I can teach him to live life one day at a time; to live each day as if tomorrow might not come.
I can teach him these things by setting an example.
Oh, how I pray tonight that I can set that example for him and for my sweet friend and her family as they realize a life much different than what they knew yesterday...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thoughts from tonight

 I have a tendency to do too many things at once.  
This includes reading books.  
My husband has helped to encourage this crazy behavior with my anniversary present.
It was a very fabulous anniversary present.
From a very wonderful husband.
who is learning to deal with the fact that I do 14 million things at once.

I'm enjoying reading my books on my Kindle!  It is great because it allows me to take many different books with me on all of my many different travels.
Currently, I'm reading Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt.  I highly recommend you reading it.  And soon. 
I have a feeling that it is going to cause a radical change in our life.  We are still not exactly sure what God is going to do with us, but we know that He has HUGE things up ahead...  Interestingly enough, He doesn't send a ton of memos ahead of time telling us His plans.  So, we are learning to be patient and to listen.  We know that He is speaking - we just need to learn to hear Him.
I'm also reading Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas.  I've read it before and now I am reading it again.  I'm excited to start a 6 week DVD study on this book with one of my best friends.  I can't begin to describe how much this book has helped me.  I love it and am so excited to learn even more the second time around.
Another marriage book that we are reading is Love and War by John and Stasi Eldridge.  I've read all of their other books and have learned from every one of them.  I am so thankful for Ransomed Heart Ministries and am so excited to finish this book!  When I am finished, I plan to write a post about the book.  If you haven't read anything from Ransomed Heart - put it on your to-do list now.  I found their ministry years ago, when I first read Captivating.  The following year, I was able to attend a Captivating was life changing.  Although there were 300 other women at the camp with me, it was like a weekend on a mountain with just God.  What a great weekend it was...wonderful fellowship with other godly women and lots of time to talk and LISTEN to Him.  
Bottom line: Go read Captivating.  Today.

Ok, so that is the end of my rant on books.  
Evidently, unexpired albuterol doesn't make you shaky, but it does cause you to ramble.  
Thanks for your patience, as I learn (once again) how to be a good asthma patient.  

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

breathing treatments . . .

can be very good. They can return you to the world of easy breathing in just a few moments.
Just not when you accidentally use albuterol that happens to be expired.
Because, if for some reason, you were to use expired albuterol,  you would be very shaky for the next hour.  You would not be able to type very well and you might spill your drink all over your nice new skirt.
Although your breathing would eventually get better and you wouldn't be coughing as much, you would be very thirsty and very shaky.
at least, that's what I think would happen.
I'd never be unobservant enough to open an expired package of albuterol, carefully twist off the cap and completely empty the entire dosage into the medication cup.
And if I did happen to do all of that, and then use the abovementioned albuterol, I would totally stop the breathing treatment when I read the expiration date on the package.

Monday, July 5, 2010

2 years ago . . .

was a good day.
My life changed more than I thought possible. 
And it was a good change. 

Thankful for:
smiles (376)
belly laughs (377)
agreements that prove that He made us for each other (378)
arguments that teach us more about each other (379)
arguments that draw me closer to Him (380)
the giggle from a little one that makes us question if life can get better (381)
the way a hug can take away the worries of the day (382)
4 hours with wonderful friends while the little ones play away with a fabulous sitter (383)
watching bright colors fly across the sky (384)
a weekend together - just the three of us (385)