Sunday, December 25, 2011

Jesus!


...unto us a child is given.
That says it all.
Today, I celebrate Jesus, He probably was not born on this day but I find nothing wrong with celebrating His birth today.  Why not, I praise Him every day!
God Bless you all!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Outside my window...Overcast skies, brown trees, the grass still has some green to it.  Very cold, might have some snow soon!



I am thinking...how blessed we are to have a warm home and full bellies.  There are so many that don't even have the needs this winter, the wants are so far beyond their reach.  I pray we all reach out to those in need.

I am thankful...for feeling good.  I've suffered for a couple of days with a headache, very frustrating.



From the learning rooms...learning all about using my ipod touch, Katie got a new one so I am blessed with the 'old' one!

In the kitchen...not sure just yet, have to do some changing things around on Dan's off days.  He usually has an idea for something different than our plans.

I am creating...Have two jumpers to make this week, also a new purse for me.  I'm going to quilt some fabric and make me a quilted purse, made to my own specifications.  I cannot seem to find a purse anywhere that is exactly what I want and need.  Posted this last week and still need to make them.  Added to this I now have to make an ipod touch cover for Katie and I.



I am going...tomorrow, we have the one month followup appt. with the radiation doctor.

I am wondering...if I'll ever get used to these cooler temps.  The older I get the colder I stay!

I am reading...lots of different Christmas idea books and magazines, I keep the magazines I like from year to year and love looking at all the ideas.  Especially the woodsy, country ideas.


I am hoping...to get working on my 'to do' list after feeling bad for a couple of days.

I am looking forward to...our little errands we have to run today, I get to use my new ipod with the  new speaker system we got for the car.


I am hearing...Christopher and Katie discussing the European football game they're watching.  The love Manchester United.

Around the house...clearing, tidying...simplifying!!!



I am pondering...New ways of doing things, I really am trying to focus on simplifying everything down to the very basics.  Still working on the basics, need to get it on paper so I can review as needed and keep things from getting too busy.

One of my favorite things...just being home, I'm so very content to be a 'homemaker'!

A few plans for the rest of the week: decorating for Christmas, will be getting a 'real' tree after all since our Katie requests one.

 

A picture thought:
Our girl with her Manchester United scarf folded over her head.  This is how she looks every game.  Of course right now she has a cap on underneath since her hair is gone.  But the good news is that it's growing back!!!  Little by little!!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jesus forgave....can we?

When our Katie was diagnosed with Lymphoma I found myself, typically, crying out in prayer. My heart was so very heavy and I had a fear that I’ve never known before. The unknown is always scary but especially when it is not you going through it but your child.

In my prayers I started to see myself as the Lord might be seeing me and I must confess I didn’t like what I saw.

I knew then that if I was going to petition the Lord to heal my child I needed to do some serious praying.....and listening.
The first thing I saw was how I had held onto a hurt from a few months before.  Some things were said about me, they were very subtle but it was clear the intended target was me. I confronted the folks in this conversation (I’m all about getting things out in the open) and was told that it wasn't really about me.  I was hurt and didn't want to let this go.


Fast forward to the weekend we received the Lymphoma news:
In my prayers I saw myself as the one holding a grudge and realized what I had to do.
I wrote a long letter to the one saying the things,  absolving them  of all the blame, I took it on myself and said that I misunderstood what had been said. I asked for forgiveness and said it was all my fault.


Anyway, I mailed the letter and have never heard a word back, I'm sure it was received but I was told they would probably ignore it. 

They also have never called, sent cards or even asked about how Katie was doing, to this day they’ve still never acknowledged her Cancer.

So, the situation is no different from the standpoint of them and us. But, what’s most important is that I knew that I had to ask forgiveness for me, I needed to know that I could go to the Lord with as pure a heart as possible. I’m not perfect, I’m a sinner through and through but I’m also a Christian and I know that as a Christian I must be able to forgive and ask forgiveness, taking on the blame if the situation warrants it.
I tell you all this not because I think I’ve done a wonderful thing.....no, no, no, what I have done is to ensure that my heart is cleansed of anything that could keep me from Him. If I didn’t have Jesus I would simply cease to be, those aren’t just words, they’re the truth. Judy is nothing, Christ is everything.

I do challenge all of us to look closely into our hearts and undo any hurts that we possibly have caused or simply that others have caused but we’ve let those things fester until there is a separation from that person or just a silence, sadly I know there are those that I have hurt. We know that the Scriptures tell us not to harbor these things in our hearts, we are truly hurting ourselves much more than we could possibly hurt the other person. Below is a list of things that I felt led to pray about and clear up, I encourage you to do the same. I promise you it will ease your burdens, calm your spirit and lighten your heart but especially take away any stumbling blocks that would keep you from Him.
  • if others have hurt you and there has been no communication: open the wires of communication with a heartfelt ‘I’m sorry’, whether it be from a hurt you caused or simply because you’re sorry the situation escalated to the silence, I promise you they will be open to clearing things up.
  • if someone owes you money or made a promise they have not kept: forgive the debt or absolve them of their promise. This might be difficult, it might even be the biggest obstacle you could ever face and can’t imagine forgiving this. Do it anyway, not for the pride of being the bigger person but simply to keep the path to Christ clear for them and you. We do not ever want to be the stumbling block to someone else’s faith. Can you just imagine their surprise when you forgive this, it could be that they are really struggling financially or are simply not able to keep the promise, the relief they will feel will automatically cause them to thank Jesus and that’s exactly what we want.
  • if someone has slandered you: let it go and make sure they know that you have let it go. Tell them you’ve forgiven them, they may not accept the apology but your heart will be cleansed.
  • if I had 24 hours left to live and wanted to meet Jesus with a pure heart: who do I need to forgive, ask forgiveness from, apologize to or simply talk to so things can be cleared up? Maybe those folks have passed on, in that case we can do nothing but pray about it....but, I know that with most of us it is those closest to us, probably family...that we need to get things right with. The reason we have such strong feelings with family is because of the depth of emotion we feel with family, the hurts hurt worse and the love loves stronger, emotions just get put into overdrive.
I just want to encourage all of us to start the new year with a clean heart, knowing we don’t have to face these people and deal with awkwardness, silence or fighting. What a peaceful feeling we will have and when we pray, we’ll not have that nagging feeling inside knowing that we are holding on to things that we should not.
Most of you do not know this about me but I was married on my 18th birthday, the marriage ended after two disastrous years, most of that time we were separated. What you don’t know is that I was mentally, verbally and physically abused, I’m truly amazed I lived through it because a few times I was in pretty bad shape. Looking back I see that although I was not close to the Lord at the time, my sweet little Christian Mom was praying for me and I know that’s why I was not disabled or worse, thank you Jesus! 
Anyway, I’ve never had contact with him since the divorce but I have forgiven him. I cried, I was on my knees crying out to the Lord, asking Him to take away the burden of it all, I forgave and have never ever thought about holding a grudge since. Believe it or not I cannot remember those times if I try to, the memories are gone but I know it happened. I believe the Lord took away those memories so I could move on, isn’t He just so merciful?

Anyway, our Katie is now cancer free. She still has things to deal with for quite a while but basically the treatments are over and have done their job.
What a year this has been, I wouldn’t want to live it over....but....I’m a completely changed person because of it. I no longer sweat the small stuff and as I know that everything can be fixed but death, I understand that most of the things I worried about before were so very insignificant. Yep, God is so very good!
To God be the Glory!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

The idea of no TV sounds wonderful to me!  Sadly, dh does not agree! LOL
I pray we all have a blessedly simple Thanksgiving.
Full of love, family, hope, joy, peace and blessings.
I'm thankful for so much:
  • Jesus
  • Family
  • Good Health
  • Good Christian Friends
  • Freedom (only made possible through our armed forces)
  • Good medical care (courtesy of all the Dr.'s, nurses, NA, paramedics, etc.)
  • Safety (courtesy of our police forces, firemen, etc.)
  • a warm home
  • a very sweet and loving husband
  • three incredible grown children
  • so much more!

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook


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Monday, November 21, 2011


Outside my window...Dark, very very dark.  It's 10pm.LOL  Without any city lights close for the ambient light, it is very dark outside.


I am thinking...about all the work we did today getting items together for the Vietnam Vets to pick up tomorrow, so nice to get rid of unnecessary items and to know others will be able to use them.

I am thankful...for the hope of tomorrow, and the next day and next day, etc....God is so good!


From the learning rooms...hoping to learn more about using my serger since we're moving it downstairs to my sewing space.

In the kitchen...roast beef sandwiches, onion rings, fries....yeah, we were thinking Arby's!!!

I am wearing...well, it's time for Pajamas.

I am creating...Have two jumpers to make this week, also a new purse for me.  I'm going to quilt some fabric and make me a quilted purse, made to my own specifications.  I cannot seem to find a purse anywhere that is exactly what I want and need.  Posted this last week and still need to make them.


I am going...tomorrow, we are going to a local knitting store.  Katie and I stopped in there a few weeks ago.  We chatted with the owners while shopping and they were starting a class to make hats for chemo patients, they chose Katie for their inspiration and tomorrow we go to pick up her hat.  Very nice folks.

I am wondering...if I will ever finish all my Christmas shopping....just kidding!!!LOL.  I actually have no shopping to do, the only gifts we're buying are for our three and they all wanted one item so that's what they're getting, the rest of our gifts will either be handmade or a bit of cash for the younger family members.  We've had a rough year with Katie's Cancer and decided that Christmas will be very, very peaceful.  It's all about Jesus.  No stress, no wasting money, no overabundance, no worries about who will like what. 

I am reading...Simplicity Primer excellent read, should be a must read for all of us!  Still in the midst of reading SP but also reading a series called the Potluck Club Catering, funny and lighthearted reading.

I am hoping...to finish packing the items for the Vets, it's 10:10pm and I still need to close up some bags.  Hate procrastinating!

I am looking forward to...Thanksgiving with our family.  Last thanksgiving day I was very sick so this will be my first thanksgiving meal in 2 years!


I am hearing...Hayley Westenra playing on Katie's Ipod while she does a few bedtime chores, of course it's Christmas songs!  Now, it's playing Andrea Bocelli, beautiful Christmas music!

Around the house...clearing, tidying...simplifying!!!


I am pondering...New ways of doing things, I really am trying to focus on simplifying everything down to the very basics.  Still working on the basics, need to get it on paper so I can review as needed and keep things from getting too busy.

One of my favorite things...visiting with my dear mother in love.  She's widowed now and doesn't get out much.  Dan sees her quite often because he runs errands as needed for her since she doesn't drive (never has) and she lives close to the airport so Dan can stop as needed.  Sadly we don't get over to her place as often as I would like, we'll be seeing her very soon though so we can put up her Christmas tree and deck those halls!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Thanksgiving with family.  Such joy!

  

A picture thought:
 my Tommy, oh how this mommy loves her babes!  Even though those 'babes' are 27, 25 and 21!!!  They'll always be my babes!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Five Rules to Be Happy

1. Free your heart from hatred.

2. Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply.

4. Give more.

5. Expect Less.

Well now, how simple is that?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Does Anyone Cook Anymore?



Katie and I had the opportunity to be treated to some nice meals last week.  Once to Outback on Wednesday and then Texas Roadhouse on Sunday.  It was a lot of fun and the food was good but we are so happy to be back to eating our homemade food. 
Last night before bed Katie made up a batch of bran flake muffin batter and this morning she baked them up for us.  Tonight for supper we are having Southern Greens soup with Iron Skillet Cornbread. 
I say all this because every restaurant in our area is packed every single night, it is unbelievable, not only could we never afford that but doesn’t that get old real quick?  When I say every restaurant I mean every one!  We live on the outskirts of a fairly large town and there is an overabundance of restaurants and more going up all the time…and still folks flock there constantly.
Growing up my sweet little mama fixed us meals every single night, these were good hearty meals made from basic ingredients.  Going out to eat was a huge luxury that might happen once every 6 months or so.  Actually I can’t even remember us having very many restaurants back then anyway.  Dan’s mother was the same way, they had the same basic meals over and over just like we did.  With the prices of food going up I know that groceries are very expensive but it is so simple to make up a meal that I cannot imagine having restaurant food every night.
I grew up in the 60’s, remember having some restaurants in the 70’s and by the 80’s there were some more.  By the 90’s we had drive thru’s everywhere and now it’s family style or high end restaurants on every corner.  When will it end?  I actually find the speed in which all this is happening to be kind of frightening, will there be any grass left in 100 years?  What will our children’s children have left of our beautiful earth?  I do think that the food network and others like it have brought folks back to the kitchen, maybe that will slow down this restaurant building trend.  I truly think we must look to the past to remedy some of the problems we’re making for the future. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Simple Woman's Daybook


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Friday, November 14, 2011

Outside my window...Overcast, we're in for some storms.  The temp is around 70 but will drop after today.  Very windy, the trees are dropping the remainder of their leaves.

I am thinking...about our nice weekend, yesterday we were treated to dinner at Texas Roadhouse by my sweet parents.  It was a celebration for Katie since her cancer is gone.


I am thankful...for Jesus, what would I do without Christ every single minute of every single day of my life?  Too, too hard to even consider.
 
From the learning rooms...found a new recipe for homemade deodorant, can't wait to try it.


In the kitchen...Southern Greens Soup with cornbread.


I am wearing...comfy at home clothes.


I am creating...Have two jumpers to make this week, also a new purse for me.  I'm going to quilt some fabric and make me a quilted purse, made to my own specifications.  I cannot seem to find a purse anywhere that is exactly what I want and need.
 
I am going...today we are blessedly home with no errands to run!!!  This is wonderful after going every day for three weeks for radiation and Dr. appointments.


I am wondering...if I will ever forget this feeling of Katie now being cancer free.  This has been the most frightening thing we as parents have ever endured, but we have all learned so very much.  The small things are so very insignificant!


I am reading...Simplicity Primer
excellent read, should be a must read for all of us!  Still in the midst of reading SP but also just finished a fiction suspense by Erin Healy called Never Let you Go, I just finished it a few minutes ago so I'm not sure what to say about it.  I couldn't put it down but was 'curious' throughout, definitely know it will be on my mind for awhile, I'll need to analyze it some more.

I am hoping...to just enjoy this week with no pressing appointments, also to finish up a couple of Christmas gifts, the time is getting near!!!


I am looking forward to...EVERYTHING!!!  I refuse to dread anything ever again!  I look forward to each next moment with such anticipation!!!  This life of ours is such a wonderfully great journey!!!
 
I am hearing...the wind blowing through the windows, other than that it is very silent in our home.


Around the house...Purging of the old, making way for some empty spaces and less dust catchers! 

I am pondering...New ways of doing things, I really am trying to focus on simplifying everything down to the very basics.


One of my favorite things...talking to my sweet little mama on the phone.  Her and my daddy are so precious to us.  We cherish them and I love that they love our sweeties so much!  Family is everything to me!


A few plans for the rest of the week:
Putting away the old, starting anew!
  
A picture thought:
a quilt image I found at Google, hope to use it for ideas and inspiration for a quilted wall hanging I want to make.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Homestead Blessings DVD's with the West Ladies


During these past few months of Katie needing lots of rest, her and I started a nightly ritual of watching the Homestead Blessings DVD's that I purchased a couple at a time.  We had always wanted to own them and this was the perfect time for us to enjoy them together.  The West family live 'off grid' I believe, at least it seems that way from some of their comments.  They are truly hands on people and love to make from scratch, make do, make naturally, etc.  Katie and I have decided that if we knew them their mama Vickie and I would be great friends as I am interested in so many of the things she is and Katie would be friends with Jasmine, Hannah and Cecelia because they all have much in common also!
Through watching these, we learned so many things and got some great tips on things that we've already been doing.  I learned a new method of making soap and Katie got some great ideas on making her own hand dipped candles from their soapmaking and candlemaking DVD's and we learned so much from all of the DVD's, they are such a wonderful resource and blessing!
I plan to review them one at a time in the near future but just wanted to share a bit of what has kept us 'occupied' in the times that busyness was not possible because of Katie's fatigue.  
Click on the pic or the words below to go to the Homestead Blessings website.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Frugality - Grocery Lists


I must admit that I have been a bit lax on my meal planning as of late.  Too often I find that we're heading to the store at 4pm to get supper ingredients for that night.  Well, I get very frustrated with this because I've always been one to stock up, we actually had a full pantry down in our basement that we kept well stocked.  Fast forward to today and I must admit that I do not have the stocked pantry anymore, it's all simply that I stopped planning and keeping up with it.  In the past few months I've been especially bad but intend to remedy that.
Truly, we have let so many things slide with having illness in our home, our kombucha sat untouched until it finally got mold on it and had to be thrown out.  This is very frustrating because I know the health benefits are so important, it's simply that Katie had no appetite so things we made very simply and spur of the moment.
My first step on getting back on track is having a grocery list to print out so we can mark it as needed.  I found this online list maker:  http://www.grocerylistmaker.com/ and it looks pretty good.  I know there are apps for Ipods and I will be using that soon (Katie has a 16gb Ipod touch and needs more gb so she's getting a new one for Christmas and I will get her old one!!!  I love technology and don't mind hand me downs at all!!!) but for now I need to just things organized and be ahead of things.
I'm going to go peruse through some of my favorite blogs and see what kind of frugal info I can glean from them.
Any tips will be appreciated!


Friday, November 11, 2011

The Devil's Beatitudes

I have been reading this book for awhile now and I believe it to be one of the best reads ever.  I've had only two other books I've felt this strongly about, one being the Bible and the other being Jackie Wellwood's A Busy Mom's Guide to Simply Living (this book was the catapult that plunged me into homeschooling....love this book!!!) and without a doubt The Simplicity Primer goes on my list as #3.
I want to review the book and will after I finish but I wanted to post one of the pages here today, this is a reminder for us Christians to make sure we are keeping our focus on Christ.
The Devil's Beatitudes
  • Blessed are those who are too tired, too busy, too distracted to spend an hour once a week with their fellow believers-they are my best workers.
  • Blessed are those believers who wait to be asked and expect to be thanked-I can use them.
  • Blessed are the touchy who stop going to church-they are my missionaries.
  • Blessed are the troublemakers-they shall be called my children.
  • Blessed are the complainers-I'm all ears to them.
  • Blessed are those who are bored with the minister's mannerisms and mistakes-for they get nothing out of his sermons.
  • Blessed is the congregation member who expects to be invited to his own congregation-for he is a part of the problem instead of the solution.
  • Blessed are those who gossip-for they shall cause strife and divisions that please me.
  • Blessed are those who are easily offended-for they will soon get angry and quit.
  • Blessed are those who do not give their offering to carry on God's work-for they are my helpers.
  • Blessed is he who professes to love God but hates his brother and sister-for he shall be with me forever.
  • Blessed are you who, when you read this, think it is about other people and not yourself-I've got you, too!

 While reading this I had to say 'ouch' a couple of times, obviously I need to work on some things.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Lymphoma Battle Has Been Won by Katie!

 
Katie had her last radiation treatment today. The cancer is gone from her body. We will have follow-up visits for quite awhile just to check things.
We will have an appointment soon with the oncologist to discuss removing the port, it will be surgery but will be much simpler than implanting it was.
The radiologist told us that there is a very miniscule chance this will ever return. How wonderful is that? She got a ‘diploma’ from her friends
in the radiology department, they all just loved her there, she kept them laughing. Yesterday she told them it took forever for her to fix her hair
and they messed it all up with the radiation mask!!!!LOL I actually found that most of the patients we saw just seemed to find humor in things and seemed
very positive, I think maybe they are able to put things into perspective a lot more clearly than we can. Truly, the weather, bickering with folks, traffic,
money problems, job issues, family problems, world problems, even day to day aggravations seem to be so trivial when you’re battling a life threatening
illness. Someday I hope to write down all that I have learned through this, I know my perspective is entirely different than Katie’s....I’m watching the
families go through it, she’s seeing fellow patients suffering. Life changing for both of us.
To say that we are thankful just doesn't seem to be enough.  We've been overwhelmed with the support we've had from family and friends.  This journey was very difficult, but it was certainly made easier having support from so many.  
We now return to our regularly schedule life...having been changed in so many ways.  Live every minute to it's fullest, we truly never know what tomorrow will bring.  The anticipation is so very exciting!!!!!  God has blessed us all beyond measure!!!  I give Him all the glory and honor.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Outside my window...Overcast with gray clouds.  A bit chilly today but very nice temps, 70 degrees should be our high for the day.

I am thinking...how much I love the fall, the air seems so crisp and clean and having the windows open is just so freeing!


I am thankful...Katie is really feeling much better (finally!), it has taken over a full week for her to get back to feeling somewhat normal.  So thankful she only has one chemo session left to go, the last one took everything out of her, we'd never seen her so sick.
 
From the learning rooms...Katie and I have been watching the West Girls DVD's since she's not up to doing much else.  We have the candle making, soap making, sewing, quilting and cooking ones and we LOVE them!!!  We've learned so much from them and gotten some fresh ideas on how we do things.  Love doing things the simple way!


In the kitchen...Parmesan cube steak, sauteed zucchini and yellow squash, oven roasted asparagus, salad


I am wearing...some working clothes, lots to do today and I don't have to leave the house!


I am creating...Found a new pattern for a crocheted dish cloth, it's a nice change because I love making them but sometimes you just want to do things a little differently.


I am going...no place today, maybe not all weekend!


I am wondering...how to make sure I keep things nice and simple, sometimes I want to complicate things by going too far with things.  Always striving for simplicity!


I am reading...Simplicity Primer
excellent read, should be a must read for all of us!

I am hoping...to have the energy and pep to continue with my 'fall' cleaning, lots of things to do and wonderful cool breezes blowing through to motivate me!


I am looking forward to...the end of the cancer treatments.  These days are difficult but I have no doubt that we have all grown so much through it all.  We've learned what's important: Family, good health and especially keeping our eyes on Jesus.


I am hearing...The upstairs shower water running.  Other than that our house is very, very quiet.


Around the house...New projects have begun and with them some purging of the old things, lots for Goodwill and some for recycling.


I am pondering...New ways of doing things, I really am trying to focus on simplifying everything down to the very basics.


One of my favorite things...talking to my sweet little mama on the phone.  Her and my daddy are so precious to us.  We cherish them and I love that they love our sweeties so much!  Family is everything to me!


A few plans for the rest of the week:
Putting away the old, starting anew!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Living Simply

Today has been a very quiet day for us.  Yesterday we had a nice cookout with our oldest son Tommy coming over to visit, very nice day indeed!  Also, we got a lot of housework accomplished yesterday so today was a day for doing our own things.
We've got a stocked up pantry, fridge and freezer so meals are pretty simple to put together with no running to the store.  We're eating very simply these days because Katie doesn't really want food but that should change in a few more days.  
It is very chilly outside and we have the windows open so it's chilly in here also!  We've spent today just resting and doing what we want since it's Dan's day off.  He enjoys just coming home and watching TV so the living room is all his and the remote is his also, he's happy and content!LOL
Christopher, Katie and I enjoy reading so generally we've got quite a few books we're reading so we enjoy days when we can just delve into a book and live in that world for awhile.  I've never understood how anyone could not love reading!!!  To lose yourself in a book is one of the most wonderful things in the world to me, especially on an autumnish day when the house is so very quiet.
Katie has always wanted to read the Nancy Drew series so we've been buying her a few of them at a time from Amazon and she reads them in no time at all!  She loves them and wants the whole series so she can always keep them.  I read them just a few years ago from the library and got hooked on them also!  Yep, at the age of 45 I read through the whole Nancy Drew series and loved every minute of it!  I love reading mysteries and lately have been reading some suspense/mystery fiction books, I find the ones I think I'll like at CBD.com and then put them on hold at the library.  We can put books on hold online and then pull up to the drive thru window and pick them up, so very handy!  Christopher likes historical fiction and has been enjoying a few different authors lately.
Tomorrow will be quite a bit busier, ebay items to package and take to the post office, need to pick up some plastic eating utensils for Katie (she's having a problem with a constant metallic taste in her mouth and this will help to alleviate some of it for her), laundry, some sewing and some card making.  Also, since the weather is so cool, it's the perfect time to get to cleaning that garage!!!
Love these cooler temps, makes you want to throw the windows open and enjoy the breezes blowing through the house!  It's truly the little things!!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY
Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Outside my window...Brown dead grass, sadly we've had so little rain that the grass just couldn't seem to find the moisture to live.  The trees in the woods are beautiful and green though.  Very hot today, 95!...yep, I'm ready for fall!!!

I am thinking...I've been thinking that it's time I try to get myself back in some semblance of normalcy so I'm going to try to keep up with this daybook and post throughout the week when I can.


I am thankful...Our 21 year old sweet daughter Katie has Lymphoma, she had her second chemo yesterday and we were unprepared for the horrible vomiting this time.  Up all night, roaring headache, every time she moved she vomited
, she couldn't keep her epilepsy meds down so while she was vomiting she was seizing.  Poor thing sitting there holding her head (which is a bald head now) suffering very quietly and silently.  Thankful that it stopped this morning at 7am, one hour before a possible hospitalization, so very thankful!  One chemo to go, will be glad when it's over for her.

From the learning rooms...Our homeschool years are past as all three have graduated.


In the kitchen...needless to say, food is not an issue in our home today, whatever we can snack on will do.


I am wearing...my gown, it's 9pm.


I am creating...Katie and I have been watching the West girls DVD's so we're anxious to start on their homemade soap recipe and use the beeswax we have to start dipping candles..plus lots of sewing ready for feeling good days.


I am going...Our lives revolve around Dr. visits and test right now, thankful to say that we have nothing scheduled for the next week or so...so far, could change at any moment.


I am wondering...if we can get all of our gifts made before Christmas, really want to focus on being busy when Katie has good days.


I am reading...Simplicity Primer
excellent read, should be a must read for all of us!

I am hoping...to get our yogurt, buttermilk, sour cream and other recipes finished tomorrow.


I am looking forward to...every moment of every day.  Cancer reminds you that every moment is precious.


I am hearing...Twice Upon a Christmas DVD on the TV, Katie already watched A Muppet's Christmas Carol, yeah she's a Christmas nut!!!  Just like her mommy!


Around the house...We're all just resting and enjoying the calm.


I am pondering...where can we find a church?  This has been an issue with us for a while and I really want to find one very soon.


One of my favorite things...having my whole little family together at home.  Tommy lives on his own but I've talked to him twice today, so this mommy is content.


A few plans for the rest of the week:
It's almost over!



Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Lymphoma Journey

Update on our Katie: Tomorrow morning she will have her second chemo treatment.  This will be the second of three so she will finish up with chemo soon.  Then we head on to 3 radiation treatments.
She's doing very well, a few days ago we had some rough days when her hair started falling out but now there is very little of it left and she's becoming accustomed to it.
We found a wonderful website that sells hats for chemo patients.  She found 2 cute pink caps and then a deep pink sleeping cap.  She does not want to go without her head covered at all.
Her sweet brothers have both shaved their heads completely in support of her.  Also her uncle Ricky (my brother) shaved his head, he adores our girl too.  I'm wearing some type of a head covering and have cut my hair as short as she will let me.
While we're not letting our life be dictated by Cancer it has been dictated by Dr. visits and lots of tests at the hospital, thankfully everything has come back just fine.
We are looking forward to 'normal', I know a lot of you live this daily and there are others that have their own form of normal with their own health issues in their homes, I will never ever complain about 'normal' again.
This has put so many things into perspective for our family.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Update on our journey with Lymphoma

Before I give you an update I want to say that living with cancer in your home seems to be a lot of waiting and holding your breath!  We had hoped initially that the tumor was not cancer, but it was, so next was having a pet and ct scan to check for more tumors, that was a week ago and today we finally received the results.  I think her daddy and I were all set to hear the worst because you just find that that's the only way you can handle it if the news is bad...but today we were given very good news, this is the email I sent to our families prayer list so I'll just post it in it's entirety:
Wow!!! Wonderful news from the oncologist today. The tumor they removed is the only one, there are no more! She will have a port put in within the next 10 days and then have 3 chemo treatments and then some radiation. She will lose her hair 2 weeks after the first chemo treatment but losing hair is so minimal to the possibility of losing your life. God is so good! Thanks for the prayers everyone! 
Her treatments will be every 3 weeks for the chemo and then we will head into the radiation part of it.  The doctor says that this plan of treatment is meant to cure her.  When the treatments are all over (approximately the beginning of November) their goal is to cure her completely.  Since they can do so much more now than they could even 10 years ago, they can gear her whole treatment plan to exactly what she will need and nothing more.  The long term effects of it are a possibility of her not being able to make saliva on the left side (which is where the tumor was) but really nothing more.  This will not at all keep her from living a long happy life!  Getting married and having lots of babies!!!!  *which is her dream*.
We are so thankful, her daddy had a dozen red roses waiting for her when we got home today.
Thanks for the prayers, this has given us a good glimpse into the life of a cancer patient and we intend to do more for the American Cancer Society because of it.  If the research had not been done in the past few decades none of these less invasive procedures would be available, yes we are very thankful.
We’ve always supported the Arthritis Foundation (moms rheumatoid arthritis) and American Diabetes Society (Dan’s mom is diabetic) so now we can add the cancer society to it.  It’s amazing to think how far all of these have come because of the support of so many folks, one day perhaps they will be able to find the cures for them all. 
This evening I cut my hair very short and then we measured her a long pony tail and cut it to appr. 13 inches, we’re sending the pony tail to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program.  They make wigs and give them to cancer patients, we were going to try ‘locks of love’ but Katie did a lot of research and ‘locks of love’ charges folks for the wigs they make and she didn’t want that, she wanted it to be a free service for those that couldn’t afford it.  Although she shed some tears I think she’s happy it’s cut and now when it starts to fall out it will just be short pieces coming out.
Love to all!
Judy and bunch
Here are the pics:            Her long hair:
                                                                   Now very short!
                                                   Sweet tear stained face.
We're very proud of her, she's being very brave about all of this.  At age 21 I'm not so sure I would have been so mature about it all.  I learn so much from this sweet young lady, She holds on tight to her Father's promises and knows her future is in His hands.

Friday, July 15, 2011

We received the results from Katie's surgery.  She does indeed have cancer.  She has lymphoma.  We will just go on from here and do what needs to be done.  God is in control.  Thank you for the prayers, continued prayers are welcome.  I will not be blogging for awhile, if you want to contact me you can email me at keeperathome@insightbb.com.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Prayer Request

Tomorrow morning at 7:45 our Katie goes into surgery for a tumor on her face.  We found out a few weeks ago that this was all going to happen so we've kinda been in a holding pattern.
The tumor is growing right in front of her ear, they think in her salivary gland but won't know until they get in there.
Please pray for a smooth surgery, the Lord's comfort and presence for Katie and a good outcome.  The statistics say that this type of tumor is usually 80 percent benign and 20 percent malignant.  We're not even going to accept that it could possibly be malignant.
Thanks for your prayers, the surgery will probably last over 3 hours and she will stay overnight in the hospital, I'll stay with her so I wont' be able to post again until Wednesday or Thursday.
I pray all is well with all my dear friends, my brain has been mush so I've not even given a thought to a blog post, I intend to dive in with both feet after this is all over and she's on the road to recovery!
Thanks again and may the Lord bless all of you with much joy, good health, happiness and every other thing that is good!
Don't forget to give your loved ones a big hug, the future is always so uncertain for our earthly bodies but Heaven awaits us!  What wondrous love!!!!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Simple Woman's Daybook


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My Daybook for...
Monday May 23, 2011...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...Sunny and very warm, we've had a wonderful breeze blowing all day.  It's been warm enough for the A/C this weekend but hopefully it will be much cooler the next few days.

I am thinking...wow, my mind is a maze right now and I'm trying to work my way through it.  I have so many things on my mind, truly I need to start a journal again and get some of these thoughts straightened out and make some lists, I'm on overload these days with my to-do lists and wanna-do ideas.

I am thankful for...that our Katie is walking around again, she's still limping but she is mobile so hopefully she'll be 100% very soon!  She's a very good patient, never ever complains about anything!

I am remembering...the guilt of missing an important event this past weekend.  Sadly I had someone wrong me in a very cruel way so I had to miss this event.  It's amazing how some folks can do something very cruel, on facebook for the world to see and then refuse to accept the blame for it.  I hate, hate, hate deceit and I don't play games with folks that lie to me, it's way to easy for me to see through the stories and lies.

I am currently reading...just finished a couple of the books in the Mystery and the Minister's Wife series from Guideposts, I love their series and collect all of the books, they are very 'pretty' hardcover books and as I love reading them over and over I hope to collect all of them to have on my bookshelves!

I am hoping...Really need to get going on our sewing projects, sadly our sewing room is a floor away from Katie's mobility, we don't want her going down those stairs just yet.

On my mind...Lots of projects I want us to get finished and started on, once again I really need to get those lists made!!!!

Today I'm wearing...navy blue skirt, light blue long sleeve top.   I love the warmer weather, so many times I just kick off my birkenstocks and go barefoot!!! 

Noticing that...the older I get, the more I want to pull closer to family.  Whether it be immediate or distant cousins, I treasure being able to communicate with all of them whether through email, facebook, snail mail or phone.  Family means everything to me!

Pondering these words...found this on a blog today:  'Grandkids fill a place in our hearts we never knew was empty!'....I'm not a grandmother yet but I know this is exactly how my mama feels.  She loves us all so very deeply, we are truly her treasures!  I'm happy to say that's exactly how I feel about my 'babies'!!!!  (Okay, so maybe my babies are 21, 24 and 26...they're still my babies!!!!)

From the kitchen...Katie made us tuna salad on whole grain bread for lunch.  For supper we're having chicken (hamburger patty for Dan as he will not eat chicken), noodles, salad, 7layer salad (only Katie and I like this), with fruit for our evening snack.

Around the house...Katie is still laid up doing some work on her laptop and playing around with her IPod, Christopher is learning some chords on the guitar and Dan is home from work just relaxing, I am going to get off here very soon and make us some afternoon coffee and get supper started. ......this was my post from last week and it still applies except that we've already had our coffee and supper is already started.


A Picture though....this is our Katie with her Manchester United scarf on top of her head.  This is how she's watches all of the games...LOL!  Yeah, we think she's a bit strange!  But oh how we love her!!!!


Monday, May 16, 2011

Simple Woman's Daybook


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My Daybook for...
Monday May 16, 2011...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...cloudy and cold!  That's right...cold!!!  Usually May 15th is the day we can start planting outside without the threat of frost, not this year!!!  Plus, we're due to have rain every day, it sure will be beautiful and green!

I am thinking...about the nice weekend we had, got to see my little parents and visit for a few minutes.  We're still pampering Katie and she's still not able to walk but a few steps on her sprained ankle so we're her servants!  Of course we love it!

I am thankful for...seeing my little parents just working so hard around their home, my dad loves to work out in the woods, clearing and woodcutting.  My mom loves to take care of her home (she keeps it beautiful) and loves to garden, her flowers are always gorgeous!  Even though they are both up in years, almost 80 for my mama and over 80 for my daddy, they refuse to let age stop them and they continue to enjoy the things they can do rather than complain about the things they can't!  What a wonderful spirit they both have and a wonderful example to us all!

I am remembering...how bad Dan was hurting about a month ago, now he is pain free!  Sometimes we forget to be thankful for healing, even if it might be temporary we must be thankful for feeling good!

I am currently reading...have some library books about bookkeeping, I want to brush up on some things and I'm sure learn some things I never knew!  Seems to happen every day, we learn something that we didn't know yesterday!  I love that!

I am hoping...to very soon start sewing on our new sewing machine and serger, haven't even tried the serger out yet, just been too busy!  Still need to get going on this, we have a project that needs to be done on the serger and have all the materials, just need to get busy.  (We're making some cotton feminine items, trying to be more green and healthy)......still hoping!

On my mind...some issues with hurtful comments that have been made lately, sometimes it's hard to believe that people can be so cruel and so 'stupid' as to post something online thinking the one they are talking about won't see it!  It's especially hurtful when it's family!  Wow!  You just never know about people!

Today I'm wearing...teal long skirt, (Katie and I are officially dresses only now!!!) long sleeve yellow thermal top with white top underneath due to the cold temps!!!  My Birkenstocks, I'll live in them all spring, summer and fall!

Noticing that...I'm feeling stronger every day now.  I was extremely anemic throughout the winter and unaware of it, now that I'm on the iron supplement I feel wonderful!  I seem to feel so much more energetic every day, it really pays to keep up with those medical tests to make sure things are okay.  As much as I hate them, I still have to do them!

Pondering these words...This was on my Mary Engelbreit calendar for May 12th:  "I'm convinced that every boy, in his heart, would rather steal second base than an automobile."  Tom Clark     I think truer words were seldom spoken, we all must have some hobby or interest to keep our bodies and minds striving and working towards goals.
 
From the kitchen...I was going to make beef stew but Danny doesn't want it tonight so it will be tomorrow night.  Tonight is smoked sausage, green beans and taters and also a pot of chili, he just can't decide which he wants so I must make both!  Lemon bars for dessert which is a real treat in our home!

Around the house...Katie is still laid up doing some work on her laptop and playing around with her IPod, Christopher is learning some chords on the guitar and Dan is home from work just relaxing, I am going to get off here very soon and make us some afternoon coffee and get supper started.

I love these patriotic Christmas ornaments, hoping to make some for this Christmas.  I love Christmas and I love the USA!!!!!