Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Family Update

First, some news about Grace.  After her colectomy in November, she has felt great with the exception of one peculiar day of great pain in March.  She still has the ostomy bag and has been getting tired of it and was looking forward to being reconnected (small intestine to rectum) which was scheduled the end of May.  Her GI specialist, Dr. Goyal, who we love and trust, suggested we wait, telling us of all the risks involved with the reconnection.  Since she's doing so well now, although it was still up to us, he thought it'd be best to continue on with the bag for a while.  He had no idea of how long she'll have it.  He just thinks it's keeping her well so why change that now with all that she's been through, and as severely as her Crohn's has been.  

Telling a teenager who is looking forward to getting into a bathing suit and looking like everyone else this summer that her parents have decided to wait for her to have this surgery was of course, disappointing.  (It's hard being parents, but I took her shopping for some summer clothes for a little retail therapy.  It helped a little.)  :)  Meanwhile, I had a friend suggest we apply for Make-A-Wish.  I had no idea kids like Grace would be considered!  She said it was for kids who have chronic diseases and all we have to do is refer her to find out.  We are still waiting for them to talk to Dr. Goyal and be approved, but wouldn't that be an amazing gift and perfect timing?!  I'll keep you posted.  

You can pray that God will bless this decision and keep her well for a while.  You can also pray that her spirits would be lifted and that she'd have a great summer!  God is teaching her many things.  This Saturday, in fact,  she was asked to say a few words at a pancake breakfast fundraiser for BowDazzling, an organization that Grace has volunteered for in the past and also been a recipient.  What an honor to be able to speak at the age of 14! (Hopefully, Dad will get a good video that we can share.)  We are so proud of her and thankful for all that God is doing in her life.  Thanks for being prayer warriors on her behalf and for loving our Grace and for walking with us on this journey.

I don't want to leave my other 2 great kids out, obviously.  Moriah has been dancing up a storm in competitions and will finish in June.  She's sailed through 1st grade and has lost several teeth, making money mostly for "Ever After High" dolls!  Luke is almost done with his junior year, working at McAlisters and has a new truck and a sweet girlfriend (2 months now!), Jordan.  He is busy, but blessed.  He's even teaching tonight's bible study at youth group.

I'm leaving tomorrow for New Orleans!  I've never been!  I get to go to a Pastor's Wives Retreat at the Southern Hotel in Covington, LA.  God has been teaching me lately about REST and this is just another way and one of my favorites, I think.  Thank you, God, for your peace that passes understanding and for ordaining for us and commanding us to REST.  It's such a good thing to rest.  I hope you make time to rest soon.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Choosing Gratefulness

Today I took my girls to the park, a super fun playground with a picnic lunch and potties close by and swings and monkey bars and slides!  We left after 30 minutes because there were bees.  I tried to explain to my girls that if they just thought more about the fun than they did the bugs we could stay and enjoy this beautiful fun, but I realized I do the same thing...
  • I love this weather, but it activates my allergies and *snort, sniffle, cough*
  • I can wear flip flops!  Oh dear, NO I need to get my toes done.
  • I love homeschooling…today.  Some days not so much.
  • I'm reading "The Best Yes" but some days I don't read it because it's not. (This actually makes total sense if you know what the book is about.)
  • My husband works hard…sometimes too hard.  *Pout
  • My kids make me proud and make me laugh, and sometimes…make me mad.
  • Is it only Tuesday?  It's already Tuesday!  (At least it's not Monday!)
  • This is the day the Lord has made (Psalm118:24)…but also, this day is evil (Eph5:16).
With every good thing, there is something I can come up with that could spin it to the negative.  With every good thought, there is a downside.
Choosing the positive spin today.  Of course, it's easiest to find the negative because we're on earth, this side of heaven.  Praying God would help me see the blessings and be grateful for them.  

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Birchbox

My favorite Christmas gift this year comes in a darling little box every month.
I got a Birchbox subscription!  Thanks Terri & Melissa!  I love it!

Every month I get to try samples of fun makeup, fragrances, lotions, and more!
When I first got mine, I went to a site and filled out a little survey about my preferences, like skin tone etc.  I'm loving everything I've gotten so far and I've only gotten 2 boxes.

I think Brad wants one for his birthday now that I've told him they make them for boys!



Friday, December 26, 2014

Marriage Conference 2015

Who:  All married couples
What:  Overnight stay at Embassy Suites DFW South
When:  Friday, February 6th - Saturday, February 7th 2015
Where:  Embassy Suites DFW South, 4650 West Airport Freeway, Irving, TX 75062
Cost:  $150 (per couple)*
Includes hotel room, breakfast, and all other conference costs
*$50 deposit will hold your spot with the remaining balance due by Sunday, January 18.
$25 per couple for conference only

Sign up after church this Sunday, December 21, in the Commons Area.


Contact Laura Vinson for more details:  lvinson@shadyoaks.org