This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Lovely Gift

Esther A Catholic Mom in Hawaii shared The Lovely Award with me. Thanks, Esther! I love Esther's blog. I'm always encouraged and refocused after a visit there. Maybe it's the Hawaiian winds blowing warmth my way? Hmmm...

The award says: “These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”

I'll pass the award on to these lovely eight bloggers.

Squelly at The Dreamer's Day
Carrie at Quite the Normal Life
Renee Two Peas in a Pod
Kim of mom-musings
Lisa at House of Many Blessings
Robin at My Two Blessings
The Bird House
Do You Weary Like I Do?

Thank you, Esther!

Notes From the Sofa and Other Stuff...







Below is a project that was supposed to be in the boys' room. But we ran out of room. Grandpa made the frame and Dad stained it and applied the LEGO tiles. The inspiration came from HGTV's 10 Themed Bedrooms. Which was very cool, but impractical since we rent and it was expensive.



The point of the board is that it can be propped up (or hung) with the LEGO masterpiece--Voila! Instant art. That was the original thought in my mind. But the backside of this board is finished nicely and can be used as a play surface also for games and puzzles. Just have to get them to take the LEGOs off to flip it over.

Anyhoo...

Homeschooling around our house...

Roo reading


Boo playing




Frustrated Libby and Sid

What are they looking at?




"Can we go help, Mom???"



"Please???"


Some time with Dad. Gifts courtesy of Grandpa.



Perhaps winter is giving us a break.

What's up at your house?

Monday, January 19, 2009

Praying

For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood,
but against the principalities,
against the powers,
against the world-rulers of this darkness,
against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Grains of Gratitude—Delayed Monday Edition

Well I found the gloves. Of course it was after I had bought some new ones. They were in a jacket I'd forgotten I wore with them. So now I should be really warm. Actually I’ve not had need for them—the weather has been great. I’m grateful for finding them and not needing them!! It was a lovely weekend with my guys. We’ve accomplished quite a bit and still managed to relax and enjoy each other.

Did I mention I also found the shirt? Yay!

I tore the house apart looking for some pictures yesterday and actually found them. Hey! I’m on a roll.

I am grateful for some good news on the medical front. I still have a few more tests to go, but my worst worries have been addressed. My blood pressure has come down significantly. And I was surprised to find out that I’m dealing with hypothyroidism as opposed to some other issues. That was unexpected. Looking at the list of symptoms was like looking in a mirror, we’ll see how I do on the medication. While I know it is not a “magic pill” that will fix everything, I have hopes that it will put me in a place where I can work at being healthier physically and mentally.

The timing on the colonoscopy Friday was good, my husband was able to take time off to help transport the boys to their activities and then me back and forth. That was a real blessing. I won’t lie and say the prep was not bad—it was neither fun nor pretty. The procedure itself, though was manageable, mostly due to the medications they give you (which make you forget the whole thing!).

There are people out there who want to be awake for this. You know I was awake for two C-sections. Those were joyful experiences (even with the issues of the first) I got pretty babies—but to be awake for a scope? Hmmmmmmmmmmm…I recommend the Versed.

I am very grateful to the staff, the nurses and the doctor for the care they gave me. Once I got there it was almost a relief and their attitudes and skilled care blessed me.

I am so grateful for my friends who covered me in prayer. The peace that filled me was nothing short of miraculous.

This new week is just waiting. What are you grateful for?