I was at Publix last night with Nicole and Nathan, and Nicole mentioned something about her eyesight. I did a quick little test by asking her if she could read a sign that I could clearly see (and my eyesight is not the best) and she could not read it at all. Yikes. I was in 5th grade when I got my first pair of glasses. I remember my mom said she felt so badly because my whole family would point out things that I said I couldn't see and they would kind of tease me about it. They thought I just wasn't paying attention. :-) That began my 30 year battle with eyewear (I just never liked glasses or contacts) until I finally did lasik! I've been so happy to be eyewear free for the past 7 years!! But now, the saga begins with my daughter. I was really hoping all the kids would get Tim's eyesight. I guess 3 out of 4 ain't bad. :-) Anyway, one more reason I'm glad we're here at this time and not on the road trying to figure out what to do for her. Same thing for my tooth. I have received some good recommendations for dentists from friends and I will be contacting them today and figuring out which direction I should go in this. Don't get me wrong, we are still convinced we will be going back on the road, so it is not a matter of if, but of when. We had a great time with 2 other couples Saturday night after church, and they were asking how the kids are doing being in this limbo state. We said they were doing great, and we followed up by asking them yesterday during Little Church how they were doing. They concurred they were all doing great. Noah said he was hoping we could go back out on the road in the not too distant future because he thinks if this drags out for a long time he will want to get back into a house, but that right now he's fine. My sentiments exactly! Thank you for your continued prayers as we wait. Blessings!
Just wanted to say thank you for your prayers for my Dad! He came through the surgery to install a pacemaker with flying colors! It's an amazing procedure - they don't even put you under general anesthesia. He was only up in the OR for less then an hour and said he was awake the whole time. His heart rate had been regularly in the 30's and 40's, and it was so good to see the monitor staying in the 60's after his procedure! They're keeping him tonight just to keep an eye on things, but he should be coming home in the morning. So again, thank you all for your prayers for him!
OK - I need all you Tampa/Brandon people who have maybe experienced a complicated dental problem like a cracked tooth and had a dentist amazingly fix it the first time to come out from the woodwork! :-) I am just not feeling good about entrusting myself to a dentist who blew off my concerns about this tooth for a year and a half and never did a very simple bite test to diagnose the cracked tooth. I really like this dentist, but like I said, I just don't feel confident. SOOO...please comment here if you have someone you have gone to or would definitely go to for something like this. I would really appreciate it!
One other thing I wanted to ask is for prayers for my dad. You may remember he was having heart problems a couple of months ago, and they were going to put in a pace maker but then changed their minds. Well, they're going to go ahead and do that this Thursday. I'm going to drive down Wednesday night, stay Thursday, and come back on Friday. SO, prayers for him would be much appreciated!! Blessings to all!
OK, I chickened out on the dental thing today - but for a very good reason. I want to get a 2nd opinion. If I'm going to go through all that and spend all that money I want to make sure. Plus I needed some time for my mind to wrap around it - I mean I just found out I needed all this work on Friday and to have it done on Monday was too soon for me. So, I'll keep you posted on that saga....
Yesterday was such a beautiful day! We had a great Little Church. Nathan shared with us some verse out of Proverbs 3, and Noah & I were sharing Tim's men's Bible. On that page was a devotional written by Bill Hybels about courage. I'm going to write some of it here:
'As Christians, we sometimes feel like blindfolded children [in the game where children blindfold each other and give each other verbal directions through an obstacle course]. Paul says in 2 Cor 5:7, "We live by faith, not by sight." We are not alone in the woods, though - God will direct our paths. But following Jesus Christ demands an enormous amount of courage. Quite often his leadings sound illogical, irrational, countercultural. Sometimes he is so challenging that I say, "No, I think I'll just crawl back into my shell and play it safe." Then a voice inside me says, "Where's your courage, Hybels? Get up and walk. You can trust God." Cowards do not last long on their spiritual pilgrimages. They shrivel up and disappear. It takes enormous courage to repent and become a Christian. It takes enormous courage tofollow God's leadings in the Christian life. Some of his callings demand the best that you can summon. Some of his tests stretch you to the limit. Some of his adventures evoke great fears and doubts. Truly, spiritual courage is on the endangered character-quality list.' Good stuff, eh?
Well, yesterday was also Scary's birthday. Who is Scary, do you ask? It's this big stuffed animal (Tiger) that Nathan insisted we bring because he's had it for years. So Nicholas made a party hat for him and I snapped a picture of him with Nathan. I also had my sweet friend of 25 years, Hollyhead, come visit me yesterday. Enjoy the pictures below of both events. :-)
Tim and I went to the Dentist today - yeehaw! You know, it is just NOT fair that I floss my teeth like every day and he almost never does and he was in and out of there faster than I was with no problems (he just had to get some type of rinse for his mouth) and I, on the other hand, now have to go through a lovely and expensive procedure for a cracked tooth! We just saw the dentist today, and I'm scheduled for the procedure on Monday morning at 9am but I'm already kind of wigging out about it and will probably call them at 8am and postpone the whole thing. Evidently, he'll have to remove my filling and then determine if I'll need a root canal and/or a crown. If it cracks all the way he may need to remove the tooth and then I'd have to get either a bridge (which evidently compromises the teeth on either side) or an implant (which is more expensive but doesn't hurt the surrounding teeth). Remaining toothless (if it has to be pulled) is not a good option (believe me, I asked!) because of several reasons that I don't feel like recounting. I definitely want it fixed as I have been in pain on that side of my mouth for quite a long time (over a year) and have been chewing only on my other side, which is now in pain due to receding gums. I gotta say, I've taken my teeth WAY for granted for a long time! I'm hoping if I speak nicely to them every day or something this will be the last episode of this craziness! :-) This just reminds me of that verse that talks about the body of Christ metaphorically in the parts of your body from 1 Cor 12:26. It says: "If one part suffers, every part suffers with it..." Ain't that the truth in our physical bodies?! It seems we are so busy and disjointed from the Body of Christ the truth of that for us as Christians has largely been lost. That's kind of one of the biggest pieces of what we want to bring to hurting marriages. Offering community, mourning with those who mourn, bearing each other's burdens and so fulfilling the law of Christ (Gal 6:2). Now if only someone could bear the burden of my cracked tooth! :-)
By the way, Nathan asked me to let you know he posted about a weird dream he had so you can check it out. Maybe we've got some Joseph's out there who can interpret dreams. I would love to see someone try to decipher this one - he's right - it's weird! I don't know if I should be sad or glad that Noah and I are not in it! :-)
And today is supposed to be even gorgeous-er (I know - not a word, but you get the idea!). Yep, I'm still VERY glad we are in Florida! As we said prayers last night we were all reminded of so many things we have to be thankful for. I was even thankful I had a touch of a stomach bug for the last 2 days. My poor nephew had it bad while they were here over the weekend, so I'm guessing I caught it from him, but thankfully mine was pretty mild (not so with my nephew, but I'll spare you the gorey details). I just felt nausous and headachy and tired, so I munched on soda crackers for 2 days, never tossed my cookies, and by last night I was feeling A-OK! I was telling my sister about it (over email) and was saying I wouldn't mind having that like once a month. It was nice not to be hungry for 2 days - eating is so time consuming and fattening and expensive. :-)
Anyway, I thought I'd post some pictures from this weekend with my family. It was so nice being together. Here they are:
My brother and sister-in-law, along with his 3 boys, are in town with my parents this weekend, so we made the trek down to Port Charlotte for the weekend. It seems to take us FOREVER to get anywhere. I don't think we got here until like 3pm-ish! As my Grandma used to say, "We're off like herd of turtles" only you have to pronounce it 'hoid of toitles" to get the full Grandma effect. Speaking of my Grandma, she had a GREAT sense of humor, and always had funny Grandma-isms to say. I have written down as many as I can remember and thought I'd share a few of my favorite ones here. Here they are:
Do me a favor please, and if you don't please, do it anyhow.
After me, you come first.
My mistake, your fault.
Good for you! You read them the riot act and I'll turn the pages.
Yes, I went to church. I went to St. Mattress with Father Blanket officiating.
It's raining cats and dogs....I hope we don't step on a poodle!
We're too soon old and too late smart.
I'm doing pretty good considering I have aids......one in my right ear and one in my left.
If someone was staying at her home too late, she would hand them their hat and say, "Here's your hat, what's your hurry?"
If she drove through a red light, she would sheepishly say to no one in particular, "Slightly pink, ociffer".
We had fun sitting around telling stories about her and my Grandpa. Made me wonder what kind of legacy I'll leave. My sister and I watched the Miss America pagaent tonight just like we used to do when we were kids. After Miss Nebraska won Nicole and I went on the computer to find out more about her. Turns out she is a believer who really wants her life to be all about following the Lord. She's the youngest person to ever win the title, and it also made me think of the legacy she is already leaving. Hmm...maybe I'll bring that song, "Legacy" by Nichole Nordeman for little church tomorrow - shhh - don't tell my family yet. We always like whatever song we bring to be a surprise for the others. If you've never heard that song before, look it up on rhapsody.com or youtube or something....good stuff. Well, I hope everyone enjoys a great Lord's day tomorrow! Blessings.
I love these verses from Luke 12:
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Nicole and I were just talking about her needing some clothes like 2 days ago as she is out-growing some of her things. Then yesterday I was visiting a friend who said, seemingly out of the blue, "Does Nicole need any clothes, because I have a whole box of clothes." I love the verse that says, "...and your Father knows that you need them." I just think there maybe someone today that needed to hear this passage. Blessings!
It is all the talk around here these days....it's so COLD! I just wore my coat all day and felt very comfy and cozy, thank you very much! We had originally planned on being back on the road the first week in January. After seeing all those snowstorms sweeping the country, I'm very glad to be 'stuck' here in Florida!! We're really enjoying spending time with friends and family, but we're also just chomping at the bit to get out there again. I'm hoping we'll be able to venture out again by the first week of March. We still very much need your prayers for provision and direction. Thank you so much for your prayers! Blessings.
I don't know about you, but paperwork is my arch nemesis. We just don't see eye to eye, and we simply don't get along. I would like paperwork to go its way and I would go mine, but it doesn't work like that .... paperwork requires I DO something with it. I really hate that part. I took all the paperwork I could find out of our camper and onto our friends' dining room table and proceeded to sort through it. Thankfully, the biggest pile you see in the middle of the table was all throw away! Woohoo! But the other piles were all yelling at me to do something with them. But for many of them I couldn't just do something easy with them, like file them. No, a lot of them required I make phone calls and copies and actually fill them out and stick them in envelopes and address them, stamp them, and the worst thing of all, mail them!! I think putting something in the mail runs a very close 2nd to sorting through paperwork in my 'most hated things to do' department. I think the problem is that I'm a perfectionist, and I can't just pencil whip a form or throw something away unless I know for sure it won't be needed. Believe it or not, it took me most of the day and I think I came out largely unscathed and mostly victorious over my arch nemesis. I'll tie up a few loose ends tomorrow and only have a pretty small 'todo' pile after that. Yes, I did get EVERYTHING off of the dining room table and back in our camper by late afternoon. We went ahead and took some other friends' offer (who live a few houses down from the Perrella's) to stay at their place, and moved over this afternoon. I hope everyone else had productive and fulfilling Mondays. :-) Blessings!
Tim & Jodie