Verse of the day...
~ “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
There were alot more boys today at camp.... so very exciting!
Going through warm-ups.............................
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
So I took the boys to a local gym. Met one of my older boys there with a friend.... and they had a good time of basket ball... weight lifting and swimming.
I will have to do this more often with them. Its a good stress reliever. This allowed them to put the world outside away for just a few hours and relax!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Results are back after all the chemo Ken had..... He is officially CLEAN! Remission for Christmas!!! God is awesome!
My Navy boy is in town for Christmas... so Mevin...Patrick...Michael.... David and I all stayed at a hotel behind the hospital last night (Christmas Eve) so we could get up.... and be close to Ken for Christmas.
Here is our little travel tree... stockings and gifts we set up in our room.... Santa came... we packed it up... headed across the street and spent our day with Ken (dad)
umm....... these two stayed up way too late last night ..... hahaahaaaa Opened their gifts and fell asleep in Kens room.
What is Christmas?
Christmas will always be for us
A time to reflect on Christ
The gift God gave to all the world
Was the gift of His life
We know Christmas is not about tinsel
Nor fancy Christmas wreaths
Nor is it about all the decorations
That adorns our Christmas trees
And it’s not about Holly or Mistletoe
Hanging from our doors
Nor is it about the gifts that are left
By the jolly Santa Claus
Christmas is more than all of this
And the only reason why
We celebrate Christ’s birth together
And the wonder of His life
So remember as you celebrate
Just what it’s all about
And invite the Lord to join with you
Instead of leaving Him out
For He will always be the reason
We celebrate this day
No substitute the world may offer
Can take that meaning away
Merry Christmas my dear sweet friends and family!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
We took the clippers and made daddy feel much better!
David starts it all off.....
Patrick takes his shot.... gettin the back all cleaned up.....
Friday, December 23, 2011
This lovely red scarf... which I'm really pleased at how it came out.......
This "Owls in a row" cap.... I do like this one.... kinda proud of myself with this.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
You have legitimate needs and desires. You know what would make you happy and you pray for it with all your might, asking God to help you get it. But if it doesn't come to pass, you may feel frustrated, disappointed, even bitter.
Sometimes you do get what you want, only to discover that it doesn't make you happy after all, just disillusioned.
Many Christians repeat this cycle their entire life, wondering what they're doing wrong. I should know. I was one of them.
The Secret is in the 'Doing'
A spiritual secret exists that can free you from this cycle:
Trusting God. Trusting in the Lord.
"What?" you're asking. "That's no secret. I've read that dozens of times in the Bible and heard lots of sermons on it. What does he mean, secret?"
The secret lies in putting this truth into practice, by making it such a powerful theme in your life that you view every event, every sorrow, every prayer with the unshakable conviction that God is totally, spotlessly trustworthy.
That's where we mess up. We want to trust in anything rather than the Lord. We'll trust in our own abilities, in our boss's judgment of us, in our money, our doctor, even in an airline pilot. But the Lord? Well…
It's easy to trust in things we can see. Sure, we believe in God, but to allow him to run our life? That's asking a little too much, we think.
Disagreeing Over What Really Matters
The bottom line is that our wants may not agree with God's wants for us. After all, it's our life, isn't it? Shouldn't we have the say over it? Shouldn't we be the one who calls the shots? God gave us free will, didn't he?
Advertising and peer pressure tell us what's important: a high-paying career, a head-turning car, a drop-dead-gorgeous home, and a spouse or significant other who will make everyone else green with envy.
If we fall for the world's idea of what matters, we get trapped in what I call "The Loop of Next Time." The new car, relationship, promotion or whatever didn't bring you the happiness you expected, so you keep searching, thinking "Maybe next time." But it's a loop that's always the same, because you were created for something better, and deep down you know it.
When you finally reach the place where your head agrees with your heart, you're still hesitant. It's scary. Trusting in the Lord can require that you abandon everything you've ever believed about what brings happiness and fulfillment.
It requires that you accept the truth that God knows what's best for you. But how do you make that leap from knowing to doing? How do you trust in the Lord instead of the world or yourself?
The Secret Behind This Secret
The secret lives within you: the Holy Spirit. Not only will he convict you of the rightness of trusting in the Lord, he'll help you do it. It's just too tough to do on your own.
Because the Holy Spirit knows you better than you know yourself, he'll give you exactly what you need to make this change. He's infinitely patient, so he'll let you test this secret—trusting in the Lord—in little baby steps. He'll catch you if you stumble. He'll rejoice with you when you succeed.
When you trust in the Lord, you'll feel as if the weight of the world has been lifted off your shoulders. The pressure's off you now and on God, and he can handle it perfectly.
God will make something beautiful of your life, but he needs your trust in him to do it. Are you ready? The time to start is today, right now.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
***day 5 and last day of chemo for Ken***
Thursday, December 8, 2011
You see .... with this new stay in the hospital... and the future transplant .... the hospital bills are and will be quite large. Insurance only pays so much. So.... to create some relief of the bills... our friend Jean has decided to sell these absolutely adorable melted snowman cookies.
God is so good!!!!
***day 4 of chemo for Ken***
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Cougars take 1st place!!! Way to go boys! I'm so proud of you!
Patrick 152 lb weight class
hugs...love... & blessings
***day 3 of chemo for Ken***
Monday, December 5, 2011
Well... its all sunk in with Kens relapse..... and we're gonna push through this thing again.
The doctors are very incouraged that Ken will get into remission again..... but have discussed with us the fact that for long term health and cure... a bone marrow transplant is needed!!
So.... today the boys and I took Ken to the hospital... got him all checked in and ready for his chemo treament to start to get him back into remission. He'll be in the hospital for a good month .... so I need to dig out my "single mom" hat again and we'll do what we have to do to get through all this! Its not going to be fun... or even easy at times... BUT... its what God has planned for us... so we walk the path we've been given and see where it leads us.
So... if you all wouldnt mind keeping us all in your prayers... I would really be grateful!
Thank you so much!
Love you all!
***day 1 of chemo for Ken***
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thank you all for your love and prayers.... but today.... our answer was not what we had hoped for. The bone marrow biopsy results came back and the say that Ken has gone into a relapse.
So my friends..... we are in need of many more prayers! God has a plan here... we dont know what it is... but we will do what ever He chooses to do with us!
I get my 'single mom' hat back on ... Ken will go back to the hospital and let the doctors help him get back into remission ....and we just TRUST! God's plan is so much bigger and better than ours.... what He has put in front of us now is another piece of the journey we started last year in October. Obviously we're not done walking it yet..... so.... we look UP... Thank Him for walking with us... and keep on a truckin'!
Thank you all for your love and prayers!
have a wonderful day!