Sunday, February 27, 2011

In Times of Trials

Dear Readers,
Our community has been dealing with a lot of death and disease in the last three weeks.  A 19 year old girl had been trying to raise funds for a lung transplant.  She was working hard with the community and her family but unfortunately, it was too little too late for young Makenzie.  Please pray for the Diekoff family.  A dear family friend of ours lost his six year battle with liver cancer on February 14th a few short days after his 41st birthday.  James leaves behind a wife and two young children.  Please pray for Kris, Kensi, and Kyle.  That same week, February 16th, a very close friend had to have 75% of her liver removed.  She is just beginning her battle with cancer.  She is in her early 30's.  I stayed with her four young children much of the last two weeks while her husband stayed with her at the hospital as much as he could.  They are 10, 7, 5, and 8 months.  Please be in prayer for Monica and her husband and children as she begins her chemo and radiation treatments.  Another friend of mine was killed Friday morning in a freak automobile accident.  She leaves behind a husband and two daughters 13 and 11.  Also Friday night a man fell from a high school gym bleachers striking his head and never regained consciousness.  Please pray for the Moffett and Moeller families.  It has been over a year since my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.  Each day is a new adventure for my family especially my mother.  Alzheimer's is a horrible disease and it is emotionally draining.  Please pray for my family.  I find it especially hard to deal with when I am emotionally spent from all the other crazy things life throws at me.  One thing I know is that the power of prayer is stronger then any disease, any situation, or any tragedy.  God is there.  He never leaves us!  So, I am going viral and asking for your love and support this week and the upcoming month of March.  Please help the above families with the  gift of prayer.  Thank you in advance.  May God bless you for blessing others.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Our New Barnyard Friend

Meet Lily.  She is my daughter's new Nigerian Dwarf doe.  We adore our goats.  They are simply some of the sweetest animals God ever created. What a wonderful mommy my daughter is being.  Lily has two very good uncles as well.  I am convinced the responsibilty of caring for an animal is an experience for a child that is unmatched in any other form.  My children feed and water all the animals each morning.  They care for goats, chickens, bunnies, and dogs.  They do a fabulous job and have thrived with the added responsibility.   Moving out to the farm over a year ago was a move we will never regret.  We have enjoyed the wide open spaces, the freedom our children have to be kids, and the ability to have a hobby farm.  What a blessing it has been.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pioneering Spirit :P Bah Humbug!!!

Well, The midwest has been under oldman winter's attack.  My sweet niece lovingly posted as her "Facebook" status..."Why does everyone complain about winter, it is one of God's beautiful creations."  Well, after being stuck in one room with my 3 beautiful children, darling husband, sweet minature poodle, for 20 hours with no electricity huddled under a tower of various blankets and sleeping bags, I was not so optimistic in my response.  Did I mention we had been fighting flu and I was probably slightly high from kerosene fumes?  I responded..."Well, actually God's creation was a beautiful temperate controlled garden called Eden.  It didn't rain or snow.  It was so warm that Adam and Eve walked around naked.  It was because of Adam and Eve's sin that we have the snow so, we have no one to blame but them.  In my next statement I thanked her for her optimism and told her I loved her. (I realize I was most likely jaded because I was cold, I was using creek water to flush my toilet, I hadn't been able to properly wash my hands or brush my teeth and the fact that I was just starting to get sick myself didn't help my attitude either.)

As I am typing my blog my daughter looked up at me with no prompting and said yesterday was the best day ever!  It was a little cold, but the best day ever!  Now that I think about it, we did have some quality family time.  We had pushed together our love seat and coach and read Anne of Green Gables.  No distractions, no t.v,  (not that we watch much of that anyway), no phones peace and quiet.  We had a lot of time together and we have enjoyed each other(maybe a little too much at times).  I guess the important part is we had everything we needed. We have been trying to be more self sufficient.  We didn't have to make a last minute run to the grocery for supplies.  It is a joke in our family how winter storms make everyone crave french toast.  You know, they run out for eggs, bread and milk!  The only "failure" we had as we haven't lived out in the country for a long time is, we didn't realize our water pump was electric...hence why we had to use creek water for our toilet.  You live and learn.  As soon as the water turned back on the kids and I were busy filling emergency buckets for our toilet!!!

As we sat there in our 50 degree family room, I couldn't help but notice the straight winds blowing at 40 mph. Then I thought I guess I am not so cold.  I am grateful for all the people who work for the power companies and the road crews.  I am thankful for the emergency medical personel.  I am thankful for the police officiers and the national guard.  All those that are not with those families when we are all cold at home together.  The ones that worry about their families without power at home and go to work anyway.  God bless them all. 

 As I read back over this post I am beginning to wonder if the fumes are still effecting me.  I seem completely disjointed...I hope you can all understand my rambalings.  Please let me know how the weather has effected you where you are. God bless:)