About That Story…

Yes, I know, I should be posting a story. Humblest apologies! In my defense, it’s been quite the busy week.

The yard sale went very well, and I got rid of a LOT of stuff! Not only that, but we met our goal of making enough money to get the kids a swing set!!!!! It’s a pretty basic model, three swings and a slide. My Dad got it set up this morning. I gave him a hand with it, and wound up with a bit of sunburn. We had to take a couple of breaks just to get out of the sun because it was SO HOT today! According to my kitchen thermometer, it topped 90 degrees in my back yard!

Between being busy and being hit with the nasty cold going around (I’ve dubbed it the black plague) I have not had much time to devote to writing a little story. When I have had time, I’ve popped a couple of cold pills and promptly fallen asleep! After a week and a half I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever get over it, but I’ve heard from other people with this particular cold that it’s one that really hangs on. Unfortunately, Aaron, me and all three of the kids came down with it on the same day. What are the chances of that? Usually such things happen like falling dominoes in our house, not like a falling ton of bricks! At least the kids seem to be having an easier time of it than us poor old folks. They still have the sniffles, and seem to be a bit crankier than usual, but overall, they are definitely on the mend.

There’s my excuse, for what it’s worth anyway! If inspiration strikes, I’ll post a story in a day or two. Otherwise, I still fully intend to do a “Three Things Thursday” post. J

New Blog on the Block

There is a brand new blog out there that I have to introduce my readers to. It’s the Aaron Priest Photo blog! Perhaps some of you are already familiar with the Aaron Priest Photography website and already enjoy Aaron’s photos. Now that the blog is live you will be able to read articles about photography and more in depth explanations of some of the technical stuff behind the images. If you have an interest in photography, or even if you just enjoy looking at beautiful photographs, I’d encourage you to check out Aaron’s brand new blog! While you’re there, take a peek at the galleries as well!

Travesty

Take a minute and go read this article. It’s OK, I’ll wait.

Read it? I couldn’t let this one pass without saying something.

First off, I am a HUGE supporter of home birthing! All three of my children were born at home, and we had a wonderful midwife and doula there all three times. I can’t imagine giving birth anywhere but in my home! If you’ve ever had a conversation with me about home birth then you know how passionate I am about it!

I am 100% pro-life. No abortion, NO EXCEPTIONS. An unpopular point of view to be sure, but then again, so is home birth these days. I find it terribly ironic that the women’s rights organizations that so zealously defend murdering your child before they are born under the guise of “choice” have yet to pick up this issue of choice in childbirth. Surely, women have the right to choose where they will give birth and who will be there to help them. Perhaps those organizations were too busy defending a woman’s “right” to leave her children in daycare to be raised by strangers while she pursues a career.

Some good may come of this. The legislation removing the requirement for a home birth midwife to be backed by an OB or a hospital would be a definite improvement. Neither the government, nor the hospitals have any business “regulating” anything to do with home births, including the midwives! It is the job of the parents to interview the midwife and determine if she is the person they want there when their baby is born. We must take on the responsibility of making sure that the midwife we choose is experienced and competent enough to do the job we hire her for. Just because you go to a government approved hospital and see a government approved doctor does not necessarily mean that you are seeing a GOOD doctor. Women have to be responsible for their own health, and that includes childbirth. We can certainly seek out the advice and help of people who have skills that we lack. Ultimately, the choices are ours, and we should never shrink from making them ourselves.

Not all that long ago, home births were common in this country. My grandfather and all five of his siblings were born in the very house that I am sitting in! Hospitals are sometimes the best choice for childbirth, but not always. Women need to have the option of giving birth in the place that they choose, whether it’s at a hospital or at home. For 13 midwives to suddenly find their practice “illegal” is unacceptable. It’s a travesty that should never have happened.

Nor Any Powers…

I walked to the end of the field and back yesterday evening. I guess that I was looking for an answer; one I didn’t find.

 

Today, while working on organizing the office, I heard the song “In Christ Alone” sung by the Newsboys. I’d like to share the last verse with you.

 

“No guilt in life, no fear in death,

This is the power of Christ in me;

From life’s first cry to final breath.

Jesus commands my destiny.

No power of hell, no scheme of man,

Can ever pluck me from His hand;

Till He returns or calls me home,

Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.”

 

I may have my answer now, but I’m not completely sure. Regardless, it’s good for me to be reminded that my life is in His hands alone. And that’s something that no one can change.

 

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Romans 8:38-39 NIV

Slight Detour

I’ve been somewhat absent from my blog for a while. I may not be blogging as much as I’d like in the next month or two either. There are a few reasons for this, but the primary one has been my health. I finally did what I should have done from the beginning, and went to see a chiropractor a week ago. After spending some time talking with me and going over the results of a symptom survey, he determined that the root cause of my health problems is stress. Or, more accurately, my lack of effectively dealing with stress. I am living proof that stress will make you sick.

So I have four different supplements to take. Each of them can help with a number of things, but all have “Nervous system balancing” listed as a benefit. Oh yeah, I’m crazy…

My journey has taken yet another unexpected turn. Now I’m on a bit of a detour to learn how to live with the myriad of things that life has thrown my way in the past 14 months. I really don’t know how to move past surviving to living. But I have an idea of where to start…

“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.'” — Isaiah 30:15

“But you would have none of it.” If that isn’t me…

Time for me to repent, rest, find quietness, and learn how to really trust.

Heartbreaking

It breaks my heart every time I hear her say it.

“I really miss Grammy.”

So do I baby, so do I…

The Sky is Falling!!!

Actually, just our ceiling.

Late Tuesday night, or more accurately, EARLY Wednesday morning, I was awakened from a dead sleep by a terrible crash. Aaron turned the light on in time for us to see a dense cloud of fine dust expanding into our bedroom from the closet. The ceiling in our closet is old plaster. I guess it got tired of being stuck up there all the time, and about a third of it landed on our clean clothes and bedding. The chunks of plaster weren’t as bad as the METRIC TON of plaster dust. I noted that a lot of the dust was an odd deep bronze color. I briefly wondered why that might be, but quickly decided that I probably didn’t want to know. After grabbing the fan to help vent the dust outside, we proceeded to clean up the chunks of plaster and dust as best we could in the wee hours of the morning. The laundry is still a work in progress due to the fact that everything in the closet needed to be re-washed, as well as all of the bedding actually on our bed because the dust left a nice little coating on just about everything in our bedroom. I was not impressed…

I am however quite thankful for three things. First, it was in the closet and no plaster actually landed on anyone. That would certainly hurt! Second, it’s a fairly easy fix. Just remove the remaining plaster from the ceiling and put up some sheetrock. We can do that. Third, it did not happen in the middle of winter. Since it’s warmed up considerably, there is not big rush to fix it immediately because of heat loss. I can take some time and get to it when it’s convenient.

So, overall it was a mess and a pill to deal with, but that’s about it. On reflection, I’m glad that it’s such a minor thing really.

There is one mystery that still has yet to be solved though… How on Earth did all THREE of my kids sleep through the horrific noise?

Camping With My Peeps

My IT staff has patiently walked me through the process of uploading a slideshow to my blog. And now, as promised, photos of the “Camping With My Peeps” cake!

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Book Review: Issym

I’m a writer. Not yet a published author though. I have friends who are incredibly talented authors, and it gives me a particular thrill when one of them is published! They have accomplished something incredible that I still only aspire to! I’m amazed by the hard work and the sheer amount of time that they invest in writing and publishing a book. And I can hardly wait to get my hands on a copy of their book!

I’ve just finished reading a book written by a friend of ours, and as soon as I put it down, I knew that I had to write a review on my blog! The book is titled Issym and was written by Jessie Mae Hodsdon.

Do you remember the imaginative play that you engaged in as a child? What if the fairy-tale world created in the mind of a child really did exist somewhere? That’s exactly what happened to Rachel and Seth, the two main characters of the story. Now teenagers, they find themselves unexpectedly in a world whose existence they can’t explain. A world populated by beings they themselves imagined. Before they can even begin to grasp that fact, they are caught up in the struggle between the inhabitants of Issym and the dragon Smolden and his army of followers. Rachel and Seth just want to go home, but they may be forced to choose a side in the coming battle.

Issym is a fantasy book in the same genre as The Chronicles of Narnia and The Hobbit. Teenagers are the intended audience, but it is an enjoyable read for both younger and older audiences. Written in an easy-to-read, yet always interesting style, Jessie’s book appeals to a wide age-range. The plot is solid, and the characters believable. Fantasy and sci-fi are two genres where a good, Christian novel is hard to find. I’m happy to say that with the publication of Issym there is one more good, Christian fantasy novel out there to choose from! The only thing that I did not enjoy about the book, was the realization that I have to wait for book two to be published before I can continue reading the series!

Jessie Mae Hodsdon is an author whose works I will follow with great interest, not only because she is a friend, but because she is a talented author!

If you are interested in purchasing your own copy of Issym, you may visit the Issym website, and click on the “Order Issym” tab at the top of the page. If you have tweens or teens in your house, I highly recommend this book for them. You might just want to consider buying two copies though, since you will definitely want to read it yourself!

Daybook for March 22nd

Outside my window… The gray sky seems somehow appropriate.

I am thinking… about the loved ones who I miss.

I am thankful for… hugs and kisses from three precious kids.

From the kitchen… perhaps some baking later this week.

I am wearing… pink PJs and an alpaca sweater that was a gift from a dear friend.

I am creating… a knitted shawl.

I am going… to rest today.

I am reading… Saving Sailor still. Perhaps I’ll make some good progress this week.

I am hoping… that healing comes quickly.

I am hearing… the kids happily playing with blocks in the living room.

Around the house… it’s been nice to have my husband home most of the week.

Pondering these words… “God never makes mistakes, and His timing is always perfect.”

One of my favorite things… having a sister.

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Note to my readers:

My personal life has taken an unexpected series of ups and downs the last few weeks, and though I don’t have the heart to do it right now, I hope that in the next week or two I’ll be back to more regular posting, as well as doing the story a week again.