August 31, 2009
One less tooth ...

I did go to the dentist this morning and get that tooth pulled out. It was starting to hurt again and I didn't want to deal with that again! Ugh.

I loved the oral surgeon, what a super man. The crazy tooth had 3 roots, which is probably why we had problems with the original root canal and the second time they went back in. I was a nervous wreck before I went in, and then I forgot to pre-medicate and had to wait another hour before he would pull it. =(

And the best thing? On the way to my car, I fell in the parking lot. Yup, flat down. (sigh) I can barely walk on my left foot, the ankle is nice and huge. {sigh} As I texted Josh, "I am a dork." Everything is entirely too far away from the car except my house from my parking spot. This week is appointment week ... Joy.

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How fun ...

Look what they get to drive?


August 30, 2009
Isaiah 43:1-2
1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze


August 29, 2009
Wedding Day!!
Its all over and clean away, but I am thankful for the memories we will have of our son and his wife's special day. I can't believe I just wrote wife, I hadn't realized that till seconds ago.

My son and his wife! I'll have to get used to that. =)

It was a beautiful day, our photographer was beyond awesome. I'll share some photos when we get them back, because I didn't get a chance to take any during the ceremony so I have none.

I'm so thankful for the ladies who helped me today and all these last few months ... they are awesome. My prayer is that the Lord blesses them greatly for all their hard work and sacrifice to make this day what it was. Josh and Lexi couldn't thank them enough.

We enjoyed meeting some out of town family of Lexi, you can see how much they love her. There was quite a bit of crying going on. When Lexi walked in, her sister, a bridesmaid started bawling, so there were the tears down my cheeks, my friend Beckie was crying too. Josh barely kept it controlled and Stephen too.

It was a fun day, I'm thankful to the Lord for making it work out so well. We serve an awesome God. =)


August 28, 2009


1 day left ... HELP!

(kidding!) Uh, maybe. Didn't make it home until after 11pm last night ... I am wore out. Most of the sanctuary is decorated thanks to some amazing ladies. I wish we could just "wish away" all the stuff after the ceremony is over. Not happening. I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me ... right?

Quite a big list for today ... last minute house clean up, Kansas City run for perishables, pick up Josh's suit, find light blue tissue paper (not be to had!!), white shoes for Josh, pick up hub's suits, find a cream colored scarf for my head, (trying really hard to be comfortable in the wig ... and no blue dress for me. I guess I should have started months ago, but ... so it will be a cream skirt and jacket with a light blue blouse); decorate reception hall, cook rehearsal dinner, set up tables and such, serve and clean up. Pick up candelabras. Hopefully get my car back from the shop!

Run to Wal-Mart and Aldi's ... I''m sure there's more. I'm hoping my hub will do the KC run for me.
I did get my eyebrows fixed yesterday, they look so much better, not quite like a chemo patient ... thanks to Sarai for leading me to someone who has experience working with peeps losing their hair and such. She said my eyebrows would come back slower than my hair.

And my incoming hair looks like quite a bit of grey ... I was really hoping for COLOR. We'll see, its really hard to see.

Lexi's family from Texas came in ... she is so excited. God made that possible, without a doubt!
They took Josh and her shopping. That's always fun. =)

I feel like I'm forgetting stuff, but I have my list ... and pray not!

Its supposed to be a cool, clear day tomorrow. Thanks Lord!!

(Photos are of some I've looked through in the last few days ... me with hair and hub, Mini, Josh's faithful companion, Stephen who played Taps solo for the Veteran's Day parade during the plane flyover and his band teacher giving him the Ok sign (he did an awesome job!), and Josh & W.D. during that amazing Easter performance a couple of years ago, there was not a dry eye in the house!) (and the photos uploaded backwards ... ) sigh

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August 27, 2009
Thankful Thursday

Thankful as always, first and foremost for the Lord Jesus Christ, His saving grace and healing power.

Thankful for my husband, I need his faith this week. He's a good, hardworking man and never complains. (unlike self here ... he puts things in to perspective for me. Hard to swallow at times, but still truth.)

Thankful for my sons, Joshua for being a comfort and his faith for me during this season of life.

Thankful for the Lord and Tim Henson for sparing Stephen last night, he was choking and no air was getting into his lungs. VERY VERY SCARY. God is good.

Thankful for all the little things that the Lord does for us, most of what we don't see.

(Side note -- its been a little struggle this week for our family, please pray for our protection!)

Thankful that things are coming along for the wedding, thankful for friends who willingly give of their time. They're awesome.

Thankful for our Pastor. We chose to go to the man of God for a decision after being led by the Lord to do so. Amazingly (or not!) the day isn't as dark. Trusting and believing God for something specific.

Thankful my friend Brenda is in town, I've know her for over 20+ years.

Thankful for Taco and Mini -- our little pups who hang out with me when I don't feel well. They really do make a difference!!

Thankful for our neighbor who brought over a huge plate of cookies to share with visiting family/friends. She said I knew you might not be feeling well, and wanted to help. She made me cry. I told my hub she brought them over, and Josh ratted on me to my hub. He told him you didn't tell dad she made you cry, did you? Nope. I decided I need to become a better neighbor.

Thankful for health, healing, a home and strength to walk with the Lord every day. Even when I stumble, fall to my knees, or fall to my face, so thankful for the strength to get back up!

Thankful for Michelle, we are so alike, and she encourages me daily. I wish she lived closer!!
Snickerdoodle is growing on me friend, that might work!! LOL!

I made the Homemade Beefaroni and all the men said it was a keeper, make it again. Not to mention how easy it was! It makes a lot so there will be leftovers. Thankful for easy meals.

Much to do with the Lord's help .. have a blessed day!

For more Thankful Thursday posts, visit Iris at Grace Alone.


August 26, 2009
Wedding Week Wednesday!
Not much to write about ... you can pray for the super dose of energy I need to get my list done.

I went to Kansas City for some errands yesterday, came back and promptly crashed for an hour. I felt better when I woke up. My poor hub suffers from allergies BIG TIME this time of year and he is suffering. Please pray for him. He takes allergy meds, which relieve a little of the symptoms, but also make him tired. I got back at 9:18 last night and he was out. Poor guy.
Living in the country with all this ragweed does NOT help.

We have 2 new goat adoptees ... Nubian goats. They are yearlings. The "girls" were not very nice to them when they first arrived. But our girls have horns and the new girls don't! No fair.

Stephen I decided they needed to be named after cookies, because one has to be named Oreo.
Any suggestions for the other girl? They are sweet, and the babies always hang around them.
My husband has this crazy (insane?) idea of milking them ... I know its good for you but you are slaves to them. 2 times a day milkings! That won't happen for a while, thankfully.

Oreo on the left, and the "other" on the right, she is a cinnamon color. We thought about Sandie, but we don't really like that name. We want a "cool" cookie name but have come up blank. If we can't think of a cookie name for her, then we'll change Oreo's name too. I know, I'm weird like that.

We are seeing a little bit of that darkness the Pastor talked about, but God is still in control. Please pray for me, we are trusting God in all things. Honestly, it was a pretty dark day yesterday, we haven't had one of those for a while, but I decided today wasn't going to be like that, even if I have to constantly quote scripture when the dark thoughts come in. (and I've been doing that!) I do know and believe, God is all over this trial. IJN!

Please continue to pray for the M&M Babies, they are doing well. One doctor even said Micah's progress is a miracle. God is awesome.

Drop a prayer for my co-worker/friend really' Beckie -- going through a trial. I'm also praying she will come to know the Lord through this. Jason, my other co-worker/friend I know is also praying for this! We have a new staff member, a Major that joined our office. He is awesome. Most of my co-workers are not believers, we were all in his car on the way to a lunch and he was blasting Christian music. LOL! I'm sure some of the others were uncomfortable, but Maj B said that's ALL he listens too. Jason and I were VERY comfortable. I guess lots has been going on in the office this past week.

I better get to work ... its house clean up day, laundry, and finish ribbons and tags and fun stuff like that! (Ugh!) Please pray for me today, I need it. Love ya!

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August 24, 2009
When I Say I Do ... "Their Wedding Song"


Wedding Week & MPM
I can't believe there are only 5 days left! Yikes.
We'll be fine, I am blessed to have some wonderful friends helping me, I couldn't do it without them.
Even my co-worker/friend Beckie has volunteered to help decorate! I am truly doubly blessed to have them in my life.
I was reading a blog post this morning about showing kindness to others. The last line especially spoke to my heart. "Kindness is not optional. If the world is to see the love of Christ, they must see it in us; our hands, our feet, our words, and our time" I don't need to worry about if people are showing kindness to me, because people let us down, but I do need to worry about how I AM showing kindness to others. I'm usually always willing, but sometimes the flesh is weak, especially during this season of life, I have a lot to make up for! Giving of your time is truly a gift, especially in this day and age when everyone is so busy with their lives.
It will be an easy week, if most of it even happens! I have a plan for each day so I can get things done.
Sunday -Turkey Pastrami Sandwiches, Salad and Cantaloupe.
Have you tried those Oroweat Sandwich Thins yet? Yumo!
Monday -- Leftovers or Turkey Burgers -- Kansas City/Dress/Hair/Sams/Cut & Curl Ribbon Bubbles
Tuesday -- Homemade Beefaroni (Kansas City for what we didn't get)
Wednesday -- Turkey Sandwiches, Salad and Fruit -- House Cleaning Day!
Thursday -- Grilled Hamburgers - Veggies - Fruit (Cook Food for Rehearsal Dinner) Possibly Lexi's dad and grandparents will be here to visit.
Friday -- Kansas City for perishables, then from Noon on decorating hall and church, then rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Going to be a long day!
Saturday -- Wedding Day!!
(Roast, Chicken, Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad, Rolls and Cake!)
I'm super excited to see my friend Jeanine from Colorado/Missouri now! and my friend Brenda, whom I've known for 20+ years! She is making the long trek here for the wedding. I've missed her. She truly gives of her time, she's always been like that, I need to be like her when I grow up!
Time to get to work! I need a shot of energy today. I am a bit weary, but otherwise doing okay. Thank the Lord!! The Pastor talked in service yesterday how it will get a little dark for me before the dawn breaks through. He believes the Lord has told him, I will beat this. Thank you Lord for your healing and for putting a true man of God in our lives. And thanks for putting those support people in my life during this season of life, may I be able to one day return the favor, if it is needed.

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August 22, 2009
Menu Planning 101 - 15 Meals
I thought I would participate in Toni's Menu Planning 101 series. I usually do pretty well, but I sure did have a hard time coming up with 15 meals we like! I really had to think. You can visit The Happy Housewife for more tips, she has seven children, homeschools, is a military spouse, so she has some great advice to share.

Here's our 15

Hamburger Patty Special
Baked Ziti
Grilled Chicken Breasts
Chicken Spaghetti
Soft Tacos
Homemade Pizza
Sloppy Joes
Tortellini Soup
Lemon Pepper Tilipia
Mexican Casserole
Baked Pork Chops
Taco Salad

After the wedding, I'll share some of the recipes that I don't have blogged yet. This blog is a great resource for me. Even better than a normal hard drive.

Tonight is Josh's bachelor party - aka Paintball Party. I'm sure they are having a blast.
I need to be working on some paper/craft type things that I need to have done for the wedding.
Needless to say, I'm very thankful I have the next week off.
I went to get wedding bubbles and asked Lexi to pray they had them. When I got to the store, they had some plain bottles which were $2.36 a box, and then ones with the intertwined hearts that didn't have a price. I took it to the register to check the cost, and the lady said they were $2.95, but I think if you are a preferred customer, they will be $2.36 too. Score! I am a preferred customer. Thanks Lord! I hope I didn't buy too many, but I'm keeping my receipt.


August 21, 2009
I'm thankful for my son today. He's an awesome guy. Been scanning, so I thought I would share some scrapbook layouts I've done over the years.


August 20, 2009
Lexi and Josh
I've been thinking a lot about my soon to be daughter-n-law, Lexi. I've been scanning in some photos of her for the pre-ceremony slide show and contemplating so many things about her.

Photos do tell a lot if they are taken in an unposed way. She has a heart for children and animals. There is just a deep loveliness and sweetness about her. When Josh first talked to us about marrying her, I was speaking with a lady at our library who I chat with when ever I go, we talk about her grandchildren and our children. I mentioned Josh's future marriage and she told me to remember something. "Josh has known her longer than you and knows all the good things about her and has come to love her during that time, you perhaps haven't had that time, but give yourself time to love her. After all, if he loves her, she has to be someone special."

Her words have proved true. Josh loves her and all the good things about her. She really is a lovely girl. A little goofy but aren't we all ?

Lexi on the right with her sister Liz. Love her blonde curly hair. She's beautiful.



Two peas in a pod. =)

They both love animals.
I'd like to get her a lovely daughter-n-law gift, any suggestions? Since we don't do jewelry, that won't work. But something that she can keep forever. Something extra special.
Nothing special going on around the home front today. I was pretty wiped out. We had Youth Service at church last night. Josh is quite the comedian. I hope the kids had a good time. We left pretty quickly after. We have an all night prayer meeting this Friday night, the Lord always blesses the church after one of these nights. If you have never spent an hour in the middle of the night talking with the Lord, you have definitely missed out. The midnight hours are the best.

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August 19, 2009
The US Military is amazing...

Yesterday I requested prayer for one of our officers -- but I have to give a High-5 to the US Military and how they came together to help this officer in his time of need.

One of the things I loved about the military is their sense of family and how they took care of their own. To be honest, they go above and beyond regular family and even how church families help each other. I don't know if its always been this way, but I know it was when I served and by yesterday's evidence, it is still going strong.

One of the officers' staff group spent the entire night with him. He got the call in the evening on Monday, the chaplain came as well, but another officer stayed with him the entire night. They were here at 0700 -- bringing him here so that our PAC could help him get a flight home. They raised over $2600. dollars in about 2 hours. Amazing. One officer after another from his staff group came up here to be with him, hug him and offer any support that could give. They were amazing to me -- and he not really being "one of their own", but in a sense he has become one of their own. He is still flying back home to his children ... its going to be a long, long road ahead for him.

A huge High-5 to the US Military, who really do take care of their own.

Lots of last minute wedding things to be done ... here's hoping I'm better by this weekend.

Stephen started his first day of his Senior year this morning. He was up at 0530 after not being able to fall asleep till 1am last night. He will be wiped out tonight and he has a full day ahead of him. The pups are going to be sad, because they will be kennel bound all day now. Taco is back to normal, which is a relief. He gets up whenever I do in the middle of the night to use the bathroom ... I'm sure he'll make up for being sleep deprived today.

Josh has his bachelor party this weekend -- paintball! Hosted by Lexi's dad. I thought that was super nice, because Stephen, uh isn't able to do it! The main problem will be transportation out there. Alot of people think because we live outside of the city limits that we should be the taxi service -- but uh, we already pay extra in gas for that. Its kind of sad in a way, because if we don't transport they don't come. I guess that just shows how much they care to come! {eyeroll} Sorry, that is sore subject, but still the truth. Their thought is well its not that much, okay, then if its not, then you drive it. I keep trying to find that money tree they think I have planted on our land somewhere, but I sure can't find it. LOL!

Lexi's bridal shower turned out really nice. Her maid of honor lives out of state so the ladies of our church stepped in and gave her a lovely one. She received a bunch of nice gifts! Lots of good food and fun games.

And I really am not cranky today, but what goes around, comes around. LOL. I'm really not cranky, maybe if I keep telling myself that, I won't be? I'll just blame it on the meds and lack of sleep. I've been skipped for some things at work because of this stupid cancer treatment. That does make me cranky. Its not fair. Grumble.
My co-worker lost her brother last night, please remember them in prayer. {sigh}
Its a quiet day here at work. Its been raining again, and I think we've had enough for this week!
Thanks for the prayers, they are greatly appreciated. God is good.

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August 18, 2009
Prayer Request
One of our international officers' wife was killed last night in a head on collision, back home in Africa. Please pray for him, he understandably is not doing well at all. He has 3 children -- many decisions and all countries are not like the USA. (We need to keep our country the way it is!) Our Personal Affairs Coordinator is trying to get him a flight home, but he will have to come back for the remainder of the year. I really have no words, except how heartbreaking this is, and I pray he has a hope and comfort in the Lord Jesus Christ.


August 17, 2009
On my feet ... thankful
On my feet today. It started off pretty rough, I had a good cry/prayer time and the Lord saw fit to touch me. I am so thankful for Him -- and His healing touch.

Please pray for Lexi's Uncle he was put in the hospital on Thursday evening, is on a respirator and needs prayer. It's so close to the wedding -- and Lexi is sooo wanting them to come. Please, please touch the throne of grace. This means so much to her, and he needs our prayers!!

She's had some disappointments in life and I so want this day to be so very special for her. I could weep with the want of it all. She deserves a beautiful day filled with family, joy and love.

I took some goats photos, its like a swamp outside. It rained for hours and hours. (ugh) Here's most of the crew, first time I've seen the colored ones in the field.

I took this from the house yesterday, but they were frolicking around, jumping and enjoying themselves! Bandit is the one in the middle, Maddie on the right, and Juliette on the left.

Here's a better photo of the colored one. Lacy is in the front. Isn't she pretty? He, of course is prettier. He needs a good home. They've grown so much!

Here's Frosty and Bandit. He barely fits under her any more. Its going too fast!

Sorry for the backsides, but you can see their colors really well in this. That's Mama Knees.
They are not near their mama -- they all hang around Knees for the most part. Not sure why?

P.S. I have peach fuzz on my head!! It looks really light -- I hope its not all grey! LOL!

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August 16, 2009
Menu Plan Monday
Sunday -- Chicken Spaghetti, Veggies and Fruit

Monday -- Bridal Shower for me, Leftovers for the guys

Tuesday -- Shredded Beef Quesadillas, Corn and Fruit

Wednesday -- Pasta with Homemade Sauce (made last week!)

Thursday -- Tilipia, Brown Rice and Veggies

Friday -- Homemade Pizza
I'm planning for an easy week! Lots of pantry/freezer items, so little OOP groceries.

Saturday -- Undecided.
Sunday afternoon -- well the chicken spaghetti didnt happen, but they ate the leftover roast on bread with some veggies and fruit, I just wasn't up to the game today. (sigh)

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1:11 am
The fair is over ... I only worked until about 6pm today -- and even then I don't think I was that much help. Had a rough night and day -- this treatment has knocked me flat. I made it home and to the couch where I stayed until now. Ugh! It really took everything I had to get done what I did out there. I really need the number to that semi that hit me on the way past ...

I asked my hub, why now when I did really well with the other two treatments like this? Been having chest pains, extremely high blood pressure and constant nausea, body aches, headaches, and fatigue. It's been fun. Uh, not! God is still good and I am thankful He is here with me.

I did meet two cancer survivors out there this week - that was a joy of the week. I want to be like that, and not be afraid to encourage others struggling through this season of life. They both gave me a place to go to for help with a wig. And it was the same place! I need to find a dress for the wedding. I have a loaner, but its not the right color. I know what I would like to wear but can't find it!

Lots to do in the coming two weeks and I need to be well. Please pray a quick turn around with this mess. Lexi's shower is Monday and her dad wants to give Josh a paintball bachelor party. That should be fun for them.

I ate a frozen dipped banana today at the fair -- and it was yummy! You definitely have to like bananas to enjoy it. Stephen does not care of bananas, but Josh and hub do. I've tried to avoid most of the fair food and did really well.

I did get a bite of the Fried Twinkie and it was yummy, like a big warm donut. Life is meant to be enjoyed -- and you can still be healthy as long as you don't eat 2 of them! Its all about how much you consume and of course what you eat, but you also need to be moving and not sitting on your seat all day. Getting up and being active is a huge key.

Headed back to the couch ... thanks for the prayers. Covet them this morning. Love Me.

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August 14, 2009
Who Knew ?

The fair was pretty packed last night, I left early due to some side effects of treatment. And of course was up before the sun with the same "stuff". Blah! I took some meds so I pray I will be in fine form for later today. Have a few errands to run but nothing much. I did some cleaning up yesterday.

We are about to lock our dogs up in the barn for a week ... its that time of the month (in dog time) for Mini, and Taco has gotten to the age where he thinks he's the papa dog. Huge sigh. He is like a little crazed weasel or something. Needless to say its not been fun. It looks they will be spending a lot of the next week in their kennels.

Stephen starts his senior year next Wednesday. He has an internship and was told he has to drive there ... that's kind of impossible without a vehicle. He tried to find a job this summer but it just didn't happen. Too many people need jobs. People with families. Help us pray about this, he really wants to do it, but its that getting there that will be a huge issue. Its 3 times a week too!

Lexi has a bachelorette party on Saturday hosted by her step-mom and a Bridal Shower on Monday. It's promising to be a busy week. I need to finalize my dress and get a wig and/or hat to wear. Rachel at the American Cancer Society has offered to help me. I need help. LOL!

But time is short, so please pray something works out that will look decent. I realize I'll not look too great -- its the whole chemo look, but ...
I meant to bring my camera to the fair yesterday to share photos of the booth, we have some new cool signs showing the Walking Taco and Roasted Corn. We've done pretty well with this year's menu. Fried Snickers are popular and considering we are the only booth offering them, its great.
Its always better to have a photo -- and this one is not great because Mini was chasing Bandit around the living room. Yes, Josh brought him into the house. No accidents! These baby goats are just too cute. Love 'em.

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August 13, 2009
Thankful Thursday

As always, first and foremost I am thankful for the Lord Jesus Christ, His saving grace and healing power! I'm thankful He's walking this road with me, sometimes carrying me. I'm thankful for my healing. I'm still claiming it!!

I'm thankful I don't have to work today. I'm wore out -- these steroids keep me awake so I didn't crash till after midnight and up at 430 ready for work. I laid there until I slept again.

I'm thankful we did pretty well at the fair last night. We sold alot of our one of a kind items there. God is good.

I was very thankful and happy to hear Miguel is doing great after his surgery! Amazing how doctors can operate on his teeny heart. I've not heard about Micah today, but I am believing God for him as well.

I have a good visit with the doctor yesterday. He said it looked excellent, no redness, and alot of it was skin and the tumour had shrunk and no more enlarged lymph node. Thank you Lord. Next treatment is September 2nd, and he will hold the biochemical so we can proceed with surgery. As it gets a little closer, I'm getting a little stressed about losing it ... (sigh) And although the insurance gave approval for it, we received the insurance paper in the mail for the new chemos! OH MY! One is $20k billed and the other $7685. OH MY!

I'm very thankful for my insurance and please pray they don't drop me and that this cancer DOES NOT COME BACK. IJN!

I'm thankful for my husband, who babies me a lot lately and handles my chores especially after treatment days. And the amazing job he did on my living and dining room, the floor is great, I LOVE not having carpet in there. We have a little caulking to do, and touch up paint and then to put everything back in and in its place and its done! Amen.

I'm thankful for Josh and Stephen and Lexi and Sarai. Please pray for Sarai, she is facing some big decisions lately and regrets. Lexi and I plan on working with the baby goats to get them tamer and on a lead. Makes life easier later. Our bigger goats were never trained like that. Its no fun chasing them to catch them.

Errands this morning and then off to the fair this afternoon. Have a blessed day!


August 12, 2009
Lots going on this week ...
Today is my mom's birthday, she would have been 88 years old. She passed away on February 18, 2005 at the age of 83. Amazingly her heart just gave out ... she was amazingly strong and didn't struggle with any health issues until her last few years of life. I'm not sure where I fit in the picture ?? {eyeroll}

The fair went well last night ... Fried Snickers were VERY popular. (photos above) We do the Twinkies tonight. I am so going to EAT one before the fair is over. They are not as sweet as unfried, but still not healthy. I'll do better the rest of the day, I have cucumbers and grapes for lunch and a yogurt.

I go for treatment today at 11:00 -- pray no issues or problems, I have 4 days of fair working to do for the work of the Lord. I work tonight, tomorrow and Friday days, and a long shift on Saturday. I just wish it was cooler.

Goat News -- we ended up with 3 does, and 2 billies. My chief, wants a male. Yeah!! No chopping block for him. I'm not sure if he wants Bandit or the colored one (who I did not name)
I did name the girls -- Madeline, Juliette and Lacy. Maddy is the littlest white one, and Lacy is the colored girl. My husband just rolled his eyes. LOL! I'm not sure where I pulled their names out either. Bandit has gotten HUGE already. I was hoping the other 2 would have had babies, but not this time. We will breed again in November. Lots of goats at the fair though.
I'm hoping to get some photos this weekend. Better ones.

M&M Babies -- please continue to pray for them. Miquel is supposed to have surgery today on his teeny, tiny heart.

I need to find twinkies for a good price today ... so say a prayer for that if you would.

And 17 days and counting to the wedding! I am so NOT ready. Pray it turns out beautiful anyway.

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August 10, 2009
Pray for Little Micah
Undergoing emergency surgery at 1pm -- they said he has a 50/50 chance. God can change that in a heartbeat. Please continue to pray for the little M&M guys.


Monday Musings and Menu Plan
No real plan this week -- something to do every day that will take us out of the house.

I made a roast on Sunday, so there are lots of leftovers for sandwiches and possible to freeze to make burritos or meat and noodles. There is rolls and pastrami, veggies and fruit in the fridge.

Monday - work and to Kansas City to get fair stuff in the evening
Tuesday - work, Labs at 230 then over to the fair booth. Opening Day!
Wednesday - work am, Chemo am -- fair right after
Thursday -- no work (thankfully) Fair
Friday - no work (thankfully again) Fair
Saturday 1030 am - Fair All Day

Today is the Flag Ceremony for the International Officers, they post their colors, its a pretty cool ceremony. They post the video of the ceremony on the college's page, I'll add a link later.

And I saw this post in my reader this morning -- I would so love to learn how to decorate cakes, I think it would be a fun hobby. Stephen and Sarai took classes when they were younger, I just want to go to a class with someone, instead of going solo. We shall see.

Check out these Apple Cake Pops -- how fun?? I'd love to do some for the wedding, but she doesn't have any wedding ideas on her blog yet. Images are Bakerellas.

And these are just entirely too cute!!

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August 9, 2009
Goats on Sunday
Josh had a good birthday yesterday -- he had some friends over and Lexi, they played football and board/card games and ate and laughed. He was happy with it. He's a good guy -- always has been appreciative of what he is given -- he's not an expector.

This week is the County Fair and our church has a booth. We will be helping this year, our super-hero brother who normally does 99% of it had surgery and is limited, so we will need to fill his shoes, and they are pretty big shoes. Most of the week will be spent there. I have chemo on Wednesday -- but will be fine by the grace of God.

The kids and hub brought the babies inside. We ended up with 3 does and 2 billies. Of course Bandit is a billy who is super huge and cute and one of the colored ones is a billy. (sigh)

Here's Lexi with Bandit (white) and the colored billy. Isn't he pretty? One of the white does (who don't have a very good mama and the 2 colored ones) The doe cries like crazy when you pick her up. We are keeping all the does. The colored one with the white on his head is the billy.

These are the two does from Knees, and the colored doe. The billy is going behind the chairs.
Not the best photos, my lens is messed up ... I need a new one or need to get it repaired. I have a few lens on my wish list. But in time ...
Have a blessed day -- and pray for a good turnout for the fair, we serve grilled corn, walking tacos and fried snickers, fruit boats and drinks.

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August 8, 2009
Happy Birthday Josh!
Today is our oldest son's birthday!

Wishing him a wonderful day filled with joy and happiness!!

Happy Birthday Josh, we love you!


August 7, 2009
22 days and counting ...
Last time I checked we had 3 months until the wedding, now its 3 weeks! I feel like we have a list a mile long ... but it's 90% things we couldn't have done any sooner anyway. (sigh)

I've just recently found my friend Jeanine from Colorado on Facebook and she lives in St. Joe, Missouri now. (about 45 minutes from Leavenworth) And she's coming to the wedding!

I'm super excited to make contact with her again, although we live a little far to hang out, which is a bummer because I don't have someone like that in my life right now. I miss doing "things" with another sister in the Lord. Too much alone time means too much thinking. :(

She's an artist and super talented and has some things in a show later this month, I hope to get up there and see it. We're blessed to own (been given!) some of her work. She's who I rode horses with in Colorado.
Stephen's 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Espinosa had asked me to make a mule for a program that they were having at school. I can't remember what the play was about but I do remember the fun we had making the mule. Totally her creativity. This is Jeanine and Ol' Sal.

I could NEVER have done that myself -- I helped her rather than she helping me. We hauled that thing to the school in the back of a UHaul truck and rolled it down the hall. I remember Mrs. Espinosa walking out of her class and seeing the mule, and just standing there with her mouth open, totally speechless. She loved it and begged to keep her.

Good times -- I am super excited!!! I can't wait to see her again.

Oh -- Knees delivered today .. and she gave birth to 2 goats!! Lexi and I hope one is a girl because we are going to work on getting hub to let us keep her. Lexi came over the other night and sat in the field with Bandit in her lap. Its such a peaceful feeling to cuddle one of God's little critters.

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August 6, 2009
Thursday Thoughts ...
First, please continue to pray for Miguel and Micah -- they are having brain bleeds, which from what I've read usually happen in micro preemies. I have also read that alot of the time, they resolve themselves. Let's just pray for that -- they are in critical condition, but stable.

Their grandmother has a video/photos with music if you would like to see them. They look HUGE in the photos, they are NOT huge. Teeny, tiny little guys. She is a professional photographer and did an amazing job. Miguel and Micah

Saw the endodontist today who recommended that I just pull the tooth out for various reasons -- now to see if Dr. S okays it? And when. Its still very tender and sore. Not sure they could even pull it in the condition it is in??

Registered Stephen at school today -- I can't believe he's a Senior. Its a sad as well as a happy time.

No new goats, but the guinea eggs are hatching! Going to call it an early night tonight, I am wiped out. Love ya all!

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August 4, 2009
I feel like Job ...

God is still good in the midst of all of this "mess".

There are angels walking around this earth -- there are the 3 that have been helping me tremendously with this wedding. I don't know what I would have done without them!

Please pray a special blessing for them -- Debora, Shannon and Sherrill.

and don't forget to pray for the M&M Babies! Still doing okay. IJN!

Oh -- the baby goats are arriving! Frosty had a baby boy last night. Soo cute!!


August 3, 2009
Dentist Visit Today
I've been having problems with the same tooth (#30, in case you are wondering!) for the last year. I had a root canal done and then retreatment and it seemed that everything was okay and it was healed so we had the crown put on.

Not appears. I started having tooth pain last Thursday -- and it got progressively worse. By Friday, I was ready to pull my hair out (had I had any to pull or grip to pull out!) I ended up calling Dr. Shwaiki for help -- he called in some pain meds and antibiotics. I sure do like him!

I struggled with it most of the weekend, by yesterday my lower jaw was swollen up pretty good. That is not a good sign. I saw my dentist today and unfortunately there is an infection under that crown! Ugh! And double ugh!!

I go see an endodontist on Thursday, if it gets worse than I can go tomorrow. I'm not sure if they would perform the procedure with all the infection in there or not?? But I have to have an
apicoectomy. They were concerned if I could even have it -- but as long as I am under antibiotics, I can. It doesn' t look too pleasant a procedure, but the site says its easier than a root canal, and those are a piece of cake for me, so In Jesus Name!!

I go for the next chemo treatment next Wednesday, the 12th, so scheduling this procedure should be interesting? What do you think is better? Before it or right after? I have the issue with bleeding from the chemo ... so not sure what to do. I do know this pain has got to go. Once this is done, it should be good for life.

They asked me, are there any health concerns we need to know about? I replied, I am going through cancer treatment. Total silence on the other end. I find it funny, in a morbid sort of way. People don't expect those answers.

Other than that -- I am doing pretty good. I must be doing something right to get attacked so much. LOL!

I have strict instructions to head to the nearest emergency room if it gets ANY worse. Let's pray not!

A lady at the bread store, stopped me, put her hand on my shoulder and asked me if I was a cancer victim? I said yes and she asked my name and said she would pray for me. I told her that they would be appreciated very much. The cashier offered more prayer for me. I will take it.

I thought about it on the drive home, and I don't think cancer "victim" sounds right. I take my yes back.


Menu Plan Monday

I usually grocery shop on Saturdays for what I need for the week, and its only Thursday (30 Jul) but already am planning for next week. Based on sales and what I actually have in the refrigerator and need to use up.

Sunday -- Baked Ziti, Salad and Italian Bread
(I have ricotta to use up! Will need to make sauce, (but have lots of canned tomatoes) so will do this on Saturday and put the casserole together so all that is needed is for it to be cooked on Sunday.

Monday --Outreach Night -- so something easy -- BLTs or leftovers
Have garden tomatoes and bacon in the freezer.

Tuesday -- Out for dinner with co-workers. Special Steak Night! (its always enough for lunch)

Wednesday -- Breakfast for Dinner - Pancakes and Scrambled Eggs
(a from the pantry dinner)

Thursday -- Aldi Oriental Noodles and Fried Rice
(will need to buy the oriental noodles and rice, have the rest)

Friday -- Pastrami Sandwiches and Veggies and Fruit
(will need to buy a pound of this and some hoagie bread. We grill the pastrami before making the sandwich, it tastes too raw if you don't. I ate this alot growing up! Its yummy with brown mustard!)

In actuality I don't real have a huge grocery list for this coming week. I will need to get milk, eggs, bread and cereal and some fruit/lettuce. I didn't see any great sales for this week either ... I am craving watermelon!


August 2, 2009
Special Prayer for Miguel & Micah
Tonight I met the tiniest human babies I have ever seen--and probably ever will.

Little Miguel & Micah were born on Friday, 31 July 2009.

Their due date was about November 21, 2009.

Please remember these beautiful little boys in your prayers -- that they would grow healthy and strong without any issues along the way. They have a mama and daddy and sister that love them very much.

I stood in awe of God tonight -- as I saw these two little miracles. They were amazing to me.

Please lift them up before the throne of grace tonight, and in the days ahead. Thanks!!!