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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Family Reunion

Every 3 years our family gets together for an extended family reunion. It's so fun to see aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and siblings again! This year, our reunion was held in Virginia, and there were 96 of us altogether!

Visit with my Dad

I saw my 97year old Dad on July 8th and was able to spend time with him. I knew that things had really changed from the last time I saw him (7 years ago), but I truly wasn’t prepared for the magnitude of how much his health had deteriorated. It was nice to know though, that for the moment, he knew who I was and was so touched that I flew out to see him. He cried with joy and just said my name over and over again: “Martha, Martha!” He was in a wheelchair, so I wheeled him outside and sat and held his hand and we enjoyed the sunshine and the warmth of the day. He fell asleep for quite a while, and I sat and cried while I watched him. I remembered him as a robust hard working farmer who was so full of life, and it was hard seeing him completely unable to do anything for himself. I hope that my being there will help release him to go ‘home’ now. I was the last of the kids to spend time with him. It was so good for me to be able to see Dad and to sit with him; even when knowing that most likely 5 minutes after leaving him, he probably had no memory of my being there. I’ve wanted to be able to see him for a very long time. I hugged him and kissed him goodbye, knowing that that was the last time I would be with him until we’re both in heaven. It was a bitter sweet reunion.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Easter Sunday, April 4th, 2010

What a wonderful representation of new life in Christ!

Praise the Lord! He is indeed risen and living TODAY!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Fall Colors 2009

We were able to enjoy beautiful fall colors this past year, and they were oh so pretty!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Christmas Gifts

I had so much fun making Christmas gifts this last Christmas! Since budgets were tight, I wasn't sure what I would do, but I wanted very badly to make something special for each of our family members and for some of our friends. I prayed about it, and then remembered some crafts items that I had downstairs in my craft room. I tried an idea and liked the results so much, that after making one - I took off like a 'gang buster' and let my creativity take over! I tried specializing each gift as much as possible, and having something that represented that family or that person. I had a great time putting them altogether!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Thursday, June 4th

Wow! Another amazing thing has happened, and I am baffled, once again, by God’s goodness, His faithfulness, His watchful eye upon me, His grace, His protection, His unconditional love and His mercy!! Thank You Jesus for being so incredibly awesome!

The surgery that was supposed to happen last February finally took place this past Thursday, June 4th. Ever since our kids were little, I have complained through the years of feeling that something wasn’t right on the right side of my ovaries. I have had lots of examinations, several exploratory surgeries, and ultrasounds, and the Doctors were never able to find anything wrong. My surgery that was scheduled was for a total hysterectomy and a bladder reconstruction. During the past 2 months, I have experienced so much pain and I thought that the majority of the pain was probably due to my bladder condition.

After waiting for 2 hours, Roland and Rachel were met by the surgeon and told that once the surgery began and they started working on me, that he was surprised to find a fibroid tumor (the size of a man’s fist) sitting right next to my uterus. He worked and worked at getting it out, but wasn’t able to dig it out or pull it out, and ran out of options. So he ended up performing an abdominal hysterectomy rather than a vaginal hysterectomy, and instead of taking 1¾ hours, the surgery took 2½ hours! But, I am alive and I am still here!

Now it’s just a matter of ‘putting on the brakes’ and making myself not do anything, and that will be the hardest part! I have a hard time obeying those kind of orders, but it's pretty obvious that this recovery will take quite a while!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sunday Mornings

The 4 year olds through 3rd grade enjoy their own Worship Hour at 11:00 AM called "Worship KidStyle."

This is my partner and helper, Cameron Griffith.