Thursday, October 25, 2007

It's the Fair!

Here is a slide show from our day at the Ga. National fair. We had a great time and enjoyed seeing a few horse shows too! Didn't get any photos of the horses though, just the kiddos!


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Keep the prayers going!

I know so many have been praying for Daddy. He has made it another day and did not take any steps backward! He is "holding his own", fighting hard - bless his heart! He is a fighter! He looked good, even though he is hooked up to a ventilator, dialysis machine, 2 IV poles with about 8 meds on each! That's alot of stuff. I don't know how they keep up with it all. But the nurses are awesome! Praise God for them!
We are looking for baby steps with Daddy, it is a day by day, moment by moment thing looking for progress and signs that he is healing, getting stronger, fighting and able to hold his own. One good sign is a skin tear he has on his hand that has healed/healing on its own. That is a good thing! Who knew! His incision is doing well. It looks like he is fighting this infection. He just needs to continue positive steps.
Keep praying! Thank you for the encouragement through the calls and emails too!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

please pray!!!

My Daddy is in critical condition. Please pray for his vitals to get stronger, the swelling to go down, for no more fluid retention, he is now on dialysis, he has a bacterial staph infection causing a fever...pray for that to go away! Daddy is on the ventilator and hooked up to so many things right now. Pray for my Mom, please. Dr. Sellers said we need to move only in a positive direction, no more negative things need to occur. Pray for my family as I really, really want and need to be there with Momma. I just ask you to pray!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Good News....Bad News

Good News: The service at New City was awesome! The worship was so much fun and we heard a beautiful story of redemption from the book of Hosea. I know I have heard this once before probably by the same handsome man :) , but I was reminded of it in such a powerful way. If you haven't read Hosea, take the time. You'll laugh like I did at the harlot's name that Hosea chose for his wife - GOMER! Lovely, I know. But the way he went and bought her back makes you think she was lovely. Just as God paid the price through Jesus Christ and bought us back and made us lovely. That is my own simple and quick version, Keith's was much better. Anway, great day!

Bu then...


Bad news: I got a call from my Mom saying that Daddy had to be placed back on the ventilator late Sat. night. He was having a CT scan today at 2pm to see why he is running high temps and why his belly is so distended. I went up to Atlanta with my brother to see him and he just didn't look well. It broke my heart to see him trying so hard to breathe, even though the vent was doing it for him, he was breathing over the machine. The respiratory therapist said she wished he would just relax and let the vent do it for him. He is even heavily sedated, but still breathing short quick breaths. Anyway, we may know more tomorrow. He has hundreds of wires going everywhere...ugh! How do they know what is what! So, pray, pray, pray!!!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Great Praise!

I got great news just before bed tonight that Daddy has come off the ventilator! Yay! He now will respond to commands and is awake enough to look at you and kinda understand. He is slowly coming off the sedation meds. Thank you for your continued prayers for him and Momma.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Update on my Daddy

Well, it is Thursday night and I just got off the phone with my Mom. Daddy is still in ICU, still on the respirator, but in stable condition. He is being weaned off the sedation medicine which should help him breathe more on his own and they hope to have him off the respirator tomorrow. Momma has been asked to stay in his ICU room because he seems to be responding to her voice. She is sleeping in a recliner in the ICU waiting area at night now. She had a room in the hospital for one night, but has opted to be closer to him and stay right around the corner outside of ICU.
A cardiologist has also been called in because of some heart issue that occurred during the surgery. I am not sure of what this will mean other than maybe some heart meds.
It is really hard to be here, when they are in the hospital in Atlanta, but I just haven't been able to go back since Monday. We are coming up on our next service this Sunday and it has been an extremely hectic week. I've also been trying to help with my Grandmother while Momma is away. I really hope to go and see them in a few days. Thankfully, Mom and I can talk several times a day, thanks to Verizon .
We have had so many people faithfully praying for Daddy! What a blessing and source of encouragement for them. I have seen such strength in my Mom this week, undoubtedly an answer to prayers! we look so forward to Daddy waking up to hear the good news of no cancer in his liver, or anywhere else that they know of! He hasn't had that good news in many months! Thank you Lord!!!
On another note...my husband and I will celebrate our 16th anniversary tomorrow!! Some sweet friends have offered to watch our kids while we enjoy a date! Thank you Caleb and Emily.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Daddy's surgery

Daddy went into surgery this morning before 8am and finished up around 5pm, that is when he headed out of the OR. What an incredibly long day for my Mom, us, and I am sure, the doctor and staff in the OR! He was taken to ICU and we(Mom and I) got a peek at him and were shocked. He was on a ventilator, very swollen and pale. He was unstable with a very low blood pressure, he had lost alot of blood and it scared me to death when I saw him! Praise God that when we were able to go back into his room around 9pm tonight, he had improved some! His blood pressure was a little better, they had him on like 4 meds for it and he was off of one by then. The nurse was so sweet in explaining what she could about his condition. We are so grateful for their care. The doctor is awesome as well! He stuck with Daddy and gave his all in taking care of Daddy over the last months.
Praise God he was able to remove all of the tumors ( he believes) and he told us for the first time in a long time Daddy is considered NED: no evidence of disease!! Praise God! We as a family cannot wait for Daddy to wake up and get to hear that good news. The last 3 surgeries he has been told not so good news. SO we hope and continue to pray this will be the good news he hears very soon! We are learning to praise God for the daily battles that are won against this cancer. Tonight it was definitely a moment by moment battle.
He is not out of the woods yet, but there are many prayers being lifted on his behalf. I just know God has heard the name Lynn many, many times in recent days and hours. So we praise Him for everything He has brought us through and rest in His perfect will for the days ahead! I have no idea what tomorrow holds, but I am sure that the One who holds us is forever faithful! He will never leave us and never forsake us.
Thank you for your prayers and I am thankful that the prayers will continue in the days and weeks ahead.
Please remember Momma who is sleeping and staying in the ICU waiting area until he moves to a room. She can't wait to caress his sweet face and share the good news with her beloved. My heart ached for her tonight because she was grieving in her heart that she could not be with him and stand by him while he is in ICU, especially while he was in an unstable state. I stand truly amazed at the strength God has given her during this just incredibly trying, exhausting and difficult time!
I helped her the other day on the farm feed the calves...my 60ish yr. old mother carrying 5 gallon buckets full of feed into a pen filled with hungry calves. She could have refused to do all of the dirty, stinking things she has done since Daddy has been sick, but she has not complained one time about having to do all of the odd jobs that he cannot do. It has been only by God's grace that she has done this!
I've gotta give thanks for my awesome Mom in law who has taken the boys for 2 days and loved on them and taken great care of them, what a huge blessing and relief.
Well, I gotta get to bed!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

GO RAMS









Well, Robby's team won the game today! They had a great game! Here are just a few pics of Robby and some of the team. Robby is #55, he plays center and he also happens to be the biggest boy on his team. Kim, I guess that point keeps me from worrying about him so much. It is the smaller boys that he plows over that I worry about. I love to watch him play. I think it gives me a glimpse of what watching Keith would have been like. :)

There is one part I don't enjoy and that is Elijah whining to go to the concession stand...I never bring my purse! :( Oh, shoot!!... Where are those grandparents when you need them?? hee, hee

Friday, October 12, 2007

I love this weather!

I love this fall weather! It is so wonderful! It is great to open up the door and sit on the screen porch to work on school with the kids. I love my screen porch! I wish it could get a good makeover, but I am not good with that kind of thing...anybody want a project? When we lived in Birmingham, the porch was my favorite thing on our old house there! I have great memories of Papa Tidwell coming to visit and he LOVED that porch. This weather reminds me of spending time with him too. He loved this time of year!
It is also great football weather! Robby had a game last night and the weather was nice and cool. Tomorrow morning they play Tatnall and I hope the get some pics to post. Robby loves to play and he is really good. He is so sweet off the field, but on the field he means business! Last night he broke through the line and went straight for this really little guy (the quarterback) and took him down. As Robby's mom it was great to watch, but I don't think I would have liked watching if I was the other guy's Mom. Anyway, Robby's team won, the team worked so hard together and had a great game!
I think we are heading to the fair this weekend! Pics to come...

One more note: Daddy will be having 2/3 of his liver removed on Monday morning. The surgery is scheduled for 7:30 am in Atlanta at Piedmont Hospital. Please pray for him, the docs and staff who take care of him and Mom!!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Tough Times

These are tough times we are in right now. I guess I would rather be here than out of God's will, but it is still rather difficult. SO... what is difficult about it, you might be asking... well there are a few tough things. My hubby is working way over 40 hour weeks as he has been for months. Last week for example, he worked 7 straight days and then started over on another full work week. (This is with his pay cut of 20%,...ahem.) (This I really find quite offensive) He still does everything he has done since he began working at Mabel. He really struggles to find time to be with us and then there is our new ministry. this is usually worked on late at night. So...
He is now fighting a cold which will most likely turn into a chest infection which will require antibiotics, mostly brought on by exhaustion and STRESS.
Thankfully, no stresses from New City! Things are going great with the church plant. New people calling often wanting to know more or get involved - great news!!
We continue to be blessed with encouragement from those who sense the spiritual battle going on around us. I read often the following scriptures:
**Psalm 31 - "In Thee O Lord, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed; In Thy righteousness deliver me. Incline Thine ear to me , rescue me quickly; Be Thou to me a rock of strength, A stronghold to save me. For Thou art my rock and my fortress. For Thy name's sake
Thou wilt lead me and guide me. Thou wilt pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For THou art my strength."
**Psalm 62 - "My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken."

This scripture has probably been the greatest encouragement for me during a time when the evil and wicked seem to be running freely and slandering & lies are the norm:
**Psalm 37 - Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret, it leads only to evildoing.
It seems for this season that evil and wicked are prospering by destroying lives; by lies and deceit prospering. But I have to wait patiently...when in my flesh I want to run and rescue and yell..."STOP IT". I have to wait and not fret. I have to cease from anger (this is a difficult one) and do not fret...just "rest in the Lord."

So, can I ask you to pray for us? Pray that I will cease from anger, fretting and wrath. I want to rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. I know He will take care of us, but I need to "know". Pray for Keith who is extremely overwhelmed with his responsibilities...here, at Mabel and with New City. Pray for us as we seek partners to financially support our ministry. We drop in pay another 10% each month through Dec. and then we no longer have a "paycheck". We will be all New City in just a few months! Yikes!! We also cannot wait for that day to put all of our efforts into this new ministry that the Lord has laid on our hearts!