Monday, May 28, 2012

Maggie's Visit to the Hospital (in her words)

It was really fun. And I got to ride in a wheelchair. And they put a really weird thing on my finger. And I had a really good time there. I was nervous and threw up 2 times.
This was how Rocky & Maggie spent Mother's Day. Maggie had been complaining of a stomachache on and off for about a week. Over that weekend, she had a low grade fever and complained about her stomach. She even decided she didn't want to go to her friend's birthday party, so we knew she wasn't well. On Sunday, we talked about taking her in, but started looking like she was perking up. Around noon, it really hit her. Rocky took her to SameDay care. She was very green when they left. Rocky called me when they got sent over to the ED. Maggie had thrown up in the waiting room and her temperature shot up so Maggie got a wheelchair ride. The ED doc gave her some anti-nausea medicine which Rocky said turned her back into her old self. He ruled out an appendicitis & ran some more tests to figure out what was wrong. The final conclusion was an infection,  probably a UTI.

They got through the Pharmacy fairly quickly and picked up McDonald's on the way home for Maggie.

It was an odd way to spend Mother's Day, but with Maggie healthy, it's a nice reminder of what is really important: my healthy happy girls!
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Friday, May 25, 2012

Trust, take 2

I started this post a while ago, obviously (see previous post).  With all the unknowns in our life right now, I find myself struggling with trust.  Then, as if the Lord was trying to tell me something [ya think?], I had not 1 but 2 gentle reminders of where my trust should belong.

The first was the prayer writing prompt from Rachel over at faithandwater.  Her prompt of Proverbs 3:5 was a gentle reminder that I'm not to trust in the things of this world, wine, or my own limited perspective on what's going on in life.  I'm to trust in HIM with ALL my heart.  And my soul (as in some translations, or is that my own head).

And then, Wendy Pope and her wonderful Psalm study, which I have not been as faithful as I should be.  This week was Psalm 21.  And it is verse 7 that she focused on, and gave me a new light, vision into:

For the king trusts in the Lord;
through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.
Not be shaken.  Wow.  I am very shaken right now.  I'm confused.  I feel lost.  I feel like doors have been slammed shut.  I feel like each direction we turn, we hear a resounding No and I'm not sure which direction to look now.  I keep wondering what am I doing, what are we doing wrong? Are we missing something?  Is there a huge sign that we are blinded to, either unknowingly, or worse, unwillingly?

And, yet, here it is.  Plain as day.  My "not be shaken" is not something I can do.  It is God's love for me, for my family, that gives us a strong foothold, makes our path straight, keeps me steady, keeps us reassured.  I can trust in him, I should trust in him, I must trust him because he loves me, he loves us.  Oh, how he loves us. 

[Go to Youtube and listen to David Crowder's How He Loves Us.]

Lord, help me remember your love for me, for my family and that you are in control. When I feel the most insecure, the winds of the hurricane, you are closer than ever.  And I will not be shaken.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Trust in the Lord with all your heart & lean not on your own understandings. Proverbs 3:5;

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Zin Your Face!

My wonderful friend Diane has turned me on to Old Vine Zins. And this Zin is definitely in your face. It's bold and very jammy. I'm really enjoying the fruitiness and beautiful red. I will definitely add this wine to the "purchase" again list. I think it would be a great patio wine, especially on a cool summer evening.
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Sunday, May 13, 2012

1 John 4:7

Beloved. Lord, my prayer this Mother's day is that I'm able to live this verse to my daughters. I pray they learn how to live love. To show love, unconditionally. To show Jesus, to be Jesus to the world. To be a light in this dark world. Father, help me to be Love to my daughters and my husband.

Beloved. Let us love one another. For love is of God. Everyone who loves is of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7 [my paraphrase, because I love the use of Beloved]
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12 NIV
Once again, I was inspired to write this post by the prayer writing prompts sent out by Rachel at Faith & Water. Highly recommend you check out her posts.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

23 months of Jessie

I can’t believe in less than a month, our Jessie will be 2 years old!  In honor of that, I’m going to do a few posts with a “my how she’s grown” theme.

Newborn Jessie


2 months old, Billings Clinic photo shoot, June/July 2010

BC photo shoot

At her baby shower, almost 3 months old, July 2010


Napping at Luccock, 4 months old, August 2010

August 2010

September 2010

Sept 2010

October 2010

October 2010

Christmas 2010

Christmas 2010

8 months old

8 months

10 months old

10 months

Baptism, 1 year

1 year

13 months old, at Relay for Life

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Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011a

Easter 2012

Easter 2011

Looking forward to seeing what the next year holds (maybe finally a haircut!)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Not Home Yet

I woke up this morning to Steven Curtis Chapman’s new “Long Way Home” going through my head. Then, it just happened to be the song that came on the radio when I got in my car to head to work.  And the line And I know sometimes it feels like we’re going the wrong way continues to go through my head today.

Things are up in the air right now with Rocky looking for a teaching gig and as we seek out God’s path and his calling for both of us.  We like Billings.  It feels like home. But it’s not.  It’s the reason we have such a hard time being content: we will never find home on this earth.

I do believe God speaks to me through song.  And I’ve been stressed lately about everything that is up in the air.  I think this was His way of reminding me to stop worrying about it.  That whether our earthly home is in Billings or somewhere else, as long as I’m making the journey with Rocky and my girls, the stops along the way don’t matter.  He is leading us home.

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