Sunday, November 29, 2009

Coleman's (prayerfully) Last Treatment & BPS

Today is Coleman's last chemo treatment for Lymphoma. Please keep him and the medical team lifted up in prayer! Soon he'll have another scan and I'm believing for a clean result, in the name of Jesus!

I taught the 4 & 5-year-olds at children's church this morning and we learned about the authority we have to ask for anything in Jesus' name. I am claiming it (although I lost my little cardboard police shield with JESUS written on it)! I encourage you all to do the same in your lives. "Headache go away, in the name of Jesus!" "Car, start in the name of Jesus!" "Luca, go to bed in the name of Jesus!"

Baby Picture Sunday - why I'm thankful:

Yes, I've used this pic of Sabina before, but it makes me feel happy!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Thankful Thursday!

Today, of all days, I am thankful for my amazing, beautiful, surprising, silly, wonder-full family. They are the delight of my life. I've been many-times blessed.

I am also thankful for God's great love. I would be lost without that. Thank you, Lord.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Many blessings to you and yours.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Psych Out

Well, we didn't go to the beach yesterday. I wanted to, but we decided we should have a cleaning day instead.
Yeah, that was such a good idea.
I spent much of the time on school with the kids, doing laundry (as usual), and griping at the kids to do their chores. Nick, who was going to do all this cleaning on his day off, went to check out a lady's ex-boyfriend's Star Wars collection to see if he wanted it. She was desperate to get rid of it, and Nick knew he could make some money by ebaying this collection. Good idea, in theory, but a lot of work and a lot of time wasted yesterday. Do I sound disgruntled? Sorry about that.
So, we're going to take that fun day on Friday instead. We need a little time by the sea; and no, I won't be swimming in the Black Friday pool.

What do you all think about Letters to Santa as a writing assignment?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Baby Picture Sunday - Pretty as a Picture

Luca - April 2006 - about a week old

Keliah - fall 2005 - 2 years

Sabina - spring 2008 - about 5 months

I have really pretty babies. I have to get all my old pictures put on digital, it's getting ridiculous! Maybe that's a good gift idea for me from my family! (Hint, hint...)

Sorry I haven't been around much this past week. It's been extra busy because of an amazing conference at OHOP where Corey Russell was teaching on the Eternal Glory of an Intercessor, and his lovely and anointed wife Dana led worship. It was a glorious wading into the shallows of the ocean that is our Lord. You should definitely check out their teachings at

Since we've been going non-stop without much down time, Nick and I are thinking about taking the kids on a "field trip" to the beach tomorrow. Doesn't that sound great? Built-in lessons on science, geography, reading and math, right? Well... that last one is a stretch unless I make a word problem out of miles/time driven. Anyway, if the weather cooperates, we'll be by the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Coleman Update - Press in!

My 10-yr.-old cousin, Coleman, is battling Lymphoma and winning! This last treatment time was scary and just underscores the importance of praying for wisdom for the medical staff involved. This precious boy is a warrior and in Jesus' name he is healed and his battle has come to an end! Please continue lifting him and his family up for strength and peace. Thank you!
This is the update from his grandma:

Coleman had a treatment on Oct. 29th that was not the best. This was a treatment where he had to stay overnight. The doctor over prescribed his steroid medicine while in the hospital. Michele questioned the nurse about the amount of steroid they were giving him. She had remarked that it was 3 times what he had been taking.
When Michele tried to get the prescription filled the pharmacist refused to fill it. Thank God the pharmacist was alert enough to refuse to fill the prescription stating that it was too large a dosage for Coleman's age and size. In the mean time, Coleman was complaining that he felt like fleas were crawling all over him and that something in his chest needed to pop out. The Lord was looking out for Coleman because Michele did not give him the full dosage when they first came home, due to being so busy, or it could have been worse. Needless to say Coleman's parents were not real happy with what went on. They have the dosage straightened out and he is doing just fine now.
The only good thing that came from being in the hospital for this treatment was Coleman got to meet coach Bob Stoops, get his picture taken with him and receive an autograph football. This made his day.
Coleman does not have to take another treatment until November 29th. This will be a spinal treatment, but he will not have to stay overnight at the hospital. After this treatment he will have a cat scan done and they will decide if more treatment is needed or not (Praying not). Will let you know when this is done.
Coleman's spirit has been good and his health has been pretty good. Your prayers has helped tremendously with this.
Thanks to each one of you for praying for Coleman and for caring.
God Bless each of you,

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Baby Picture Sunday - Sepia Shots

This is Carlo, at age 2, playing with his mouse-eared shadow. It was a cute shot before, but I think the switch to sepia and a little cropping make it almost magical. Definitely classic!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today is a simple one:

I am thankful for the sweet smell of the Holy Spirit.

It freshens my house and my stinking mind.

Verse for the day:
"My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty." Malachi 1:11

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Blogging...what am I doing?

So, after experiencing the fun and rush of Myspace (I especially liked decorating my space and picking out music and pictures), and the super-easy connectivity of Facebook, I finally took the plunge into Blogspot. It's been a joy, although my time management skills have retarded some of my efforts. I've really loved "meeting" and sharing with other bloggers. You are all amazing!

Recently, I volunteered to administrate the OHOP blog which had been neglected for the past year. Our great Co-Director, Emily, is gifted at staying in touch and promoting through Facebook and MySpace, as well as e-mail. So, yeah. It's on Wordpress and I have no clue what I'm doing. I have a vague idea of what I want, but the format and language are completely different than Blogspot. I'm considering getting a Wordpress for Dummies book, or at least checking it out from the library.

If any one of you has some secrets to share, I need to hear them!!! Thank you.

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Joys of Digital Photography

Well, I was a little unsure of what I was going to blog about until I was scrolling through my recently uploaded digital pictures and found several along these lines:

Now, aside from the fact that my girls used my somewhat expensive point-and-shoot digital camera without permission...grrr...I can't get too upset because, hey, I can just delete them. I didn't have to find out after paying for film and getting it developed. I love that I can take as many pictures as I want without worrying about wasting film. I love that when I miss the "perfect shot" I can try again right away or wait and see if it comes around again. I love that I can play with color and cropping, effects and framing on the software. I am so grateful to Nick for upgrading my camera last Christmas. I'm not ordering any more prints until I get those 2 boxes from the past 14 years sorted into albums. A big job ahead of me, but it will be a true joy to get books made of the digital pics from the past 3 years. YAY! I may just jump the gun and order those now...after deleting the pictures of my daughters' messy room from my computer.