Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I Answer To Barney

Just checking in. Don't know when I posted last or when I'll post again. The colonoscopy is behind me and I'm good. I had a couple of polyps, some diverticulosis resulting from colon spasms and irritable bowel syndrome. I'm actually feeling better than I have in months. A good purge is good for the body and bowels. Hee! Hee!

The doc explained it this way...We are wired one or two ways. There's Andy Griffith and then there's Barney.  Well, I answer to the tune of Barney. Gut reactions to out-of-my-mind stressors. 

We plan to close on May 27. There's still much to do. Prayers appreciated.

In the meantime, these babies are enjoying the summer sun.

This little one got bit by a dog today. Little fingers and blood. This BonBon could imagine the worse. Baby girl screaming and me holding her down to wash away the red. It wasn't as bad as I thought. No stitches needed. Then they were rear-ended. My baby had a bad day. We had a bad day.  

Getting a Mother's Day picture with everyone was highly unlikely. Will keep you posted.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day, to you, my friends.

And to my sweet girls who make me proud,

Happy Mother's Day!

It's not an easy day for me but I choose
To laugh. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Choices Made:???Did We Get It Right???

The house is coming along. There are already some things I wish I'd chosen differently, but I'm happy.

I love the light over the garage.

I think the gray siding brings out the gray in the brick. I'm just wondering. Should I have chosen a lighter gray?

Here's a bigger view from the other side.

We now have front door steps and the concrete is set for the driveway. The blue door is still my favorite but I recently almost changed it because I wondered if there was too much contrast.

I'm glad to have white cabinets again and the tile is another favorite. I think I did good there.

Here's a closer view.
This is not the chandelier that I picked out. It looks too big to me but the designer said we would need the light.

I'm looking forward to a covered deck. Although small, it's enough for us and the  kids have the whole back yard. I'll post the yard when it's nearer completion. It's a mess right now.

This is the view from the road. The finishing touches will come. I'm scared that the shutters are going to be too dark. They are a deeper gray than the siding. Do you think I got a little carried away with the gray? Is the blue door too much of a contrast? Should we have gone with the other house plan so I'd have a front porch? I liked the inside layout better on this one and that's our living space. I don't think we'll be camping out on the sidewalk. I just hope we'll love it when it's all done. We've never done this before and so many decisions had to be made in a day. Whew! No wonder the gut is in spasms. I'm one big spasm. Guess I need some reassurance that my choices are good ones.  After all, unless something big changes, this is our forever earthly dwelling. Glad our heavenly home has already been designed by the Great Designer of the universe.

Friday, April 29, 2016

God is Good, All the Time

I'm back.

Well, at least for today.  

(This may take awhile.  Read at your own leisure.)

It hasn't been an easy two weeks for me. 

My daughter and her husband went to NYC
and left the baby with me. 
That was a first!

Then I got, a horrendous virus on top 
of gastric issues that have plagued me for months.

I'll spare you the details.
Just let me say, Harper thought her playroom was the little blue-tiled room,
you know, the one with the tub, sink, and toilet.

My sweet DIL helped on Friday, 
the worst day of the bug. 

My husband took care of us on Saturday and Sunday.

Monday I was still sick.  I literally laid on the floor to 
change her diapers.

A little better on Tuesday.
Feeling better enough on Wednesday to take a walk outside.
Yes, all this while keeping a 16 month old baby.
Luckily (or by blessing) the gastrologist I 
had an appointment with on May 11, called and asked if 
I could come in the next day, Thursday.  

My tummy woke me up Thursday morning rumbling.
I thought I was better.
I sat on the toilet and cried!
Yesterday was one day, I could not, could, could, could NOT, keep my baby.
I would not have made the drive over. 

I managed to make it to the doctor's office. 
My blood pressure was low and I was dehydrated.
(I'm glad I had sense enough to leave off medications this week.) 

He felt that I was over the worse of it, 
but agreed that there were issues that we needed to address.
He did several cultures (yes that kind!) ouch and yuck.
I am scheduled for a colonoscopy on Wednesday.

I'm feeling better today.  
Does anyone know what happens after surgery, 
when the gut has been emptied and filled with air. 
Yes, that's what today is like!

Stay out of the way.
Better out, than in is my motto.
But yikes, who knows what may come out!

Just let me say again, 
God is faithful even when we don't know the outcome, 
especially when we are unsure of the outcome. 

He knows our need for peace.

I was praying on the way home and God 
began to speak to me through a song, 
Good, Good Father by Chris Tomlin.

Confirmation #1

One of my friends Debby 
My Favorite Things blog
posted the song on her FB page. 

Confirmation #2

The word "Good," kept coming to mind.
"If your father, although evil, knows how to 
give good gifts to his children, how much
more will your Heavenly Father give good
things to those who ask Him."

Confirmation #3

"For I know the plans I have for you, 
declares the Lord, 
plans for WHOLENESS 
and not for evil, 
to give you a hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11
(There's a story behind that verse that I'll share later.
One that made me doubt for years.  God used a verse 
that I still couldn't read without pain to teach me to trust again.)


My baby girl brought me one of her books to read.
One that she doesn't usually like for me to read. 
God is Good, All the Time.

I have a wonderful church family.
I wasn't able to attend the last women's gathering. 

They made me these.

The vase and cross. 

Kitchen towels. 

Ain't God good?

Hope to visit you later this evening.