Monday, December 31, 2007

Welcome Home Daddy!!!

Daddy finally came home today!!! After 78 days in the hospital, Daddy came home on a beautiful sunny day, walked with his arm around me into his den and sat and enjoyed being with family. His speech is great, no longer slurred or hard to understand. He ate chicken and dumplings for lunch, especially made by my grandmother upon his request. He enjoyed coffee, tea and dessert, some fruit cookies too. He laughed and in between conversations watched Georgia Tech play along with the other guys. My brothers installed the new TV before Dad arrived home and so he and Mom were surprised to see it when they came in. There old one died while he was in the hospital. He was thrilled to have a new TV to enjoy while he recovered at home. Mom got re-acquainted with her chihuahua who was pouting at them for being gone so long. It was a great day filled with rejoicing and thanksgiving for the miracles done in Daddy's life.
I kid you not, just last Tuesday he was on a feeding tube, scheduled for stomach peg on Friday along with repairing his epiglottis, his speech was not right...Wednesday - the speech therapist came in and tested him with foods and she said it was a miraculous change from last week..Thursday he had a barium swallow test (again) and this time he PASSED!! Huge, HUGE praise!! The next day he was scheduled for surgery - CANCELLED! because God had healed those things!! Thank you, thank you to those of you who have prayed and prayed for Daddy - you are seeing answered prayer! Praise God!!
Next for Daddy: sees a plastic surgeon on Wednesday to talk about repairing a hole and mesh on his stomach that is not healed correctly. Then, asap, in a month he will need followup chemotherapy to finish off any cancer cells that may be left in his body. He is bummed about that, but willing to go ahead with it.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

This came to me from Desiring God blog and I thought it was so true!

(Author: Jon Bloom)

Each year Christmas night finds members of my family feeling some melancholy. After weeks of anticipation, the Christmas celebrations have flashed by us and are suddenly gone. And we're left standing, watching the Christmas taillights and music fade into the night.But it's possible that this moment of melancholy may be the best teaching moment of the whole season. Because as long as the beautiful gifts remain unopened around the tree and the events are still ahead of us, they can appear to be the hope we are waiting for. But when the tree is empty and events are past, we realize we are longing for a lasting hope.So last night, as Pam and I tucked our kids into bed, we talked about a few things with them:
1)Gifts and events can't fill the soul. God gives us such things to enjoy. They are expressions of his generosity as well as ours, but gifts and celebrations themselves are not designed to satisfy. They're designed to point us to the Giver. Gifts are like sunbeams. We are not meant to love sunbeams but the Sun.
2)Putting our hope in gifts will leave us empty. Many people live their lives looking for the right sunbeam to make them happy. But if we depend on anything in the world to satisfy our soul's deepest desire, it will eventually leave us with that post-Christmas soul-ache. We will ask, “Is that all?” because we know deep down that's not all there is. We are designed to treasure a Person, not his things.
3)It is more blessed to give than receive. What kind of happiness this Christmas felt richer, getting the presents that you wanted or making someone else happy with something that you gave to them? Receiving is a blessing, but Jesus is right—giving is a greater blessing. A greedy soul lives in a small, lonely world. A generous soul lives in a wide world of love.
It's just like God to let the glitter and flash of the celebrations (even in his honor) to pass and then to come to us in the quiet, even melancholic void they leave. Because often that's when we are most likely to understand the hope he intends for us to have at Christmas.

Monday, December 24, 2007

I saw my Daddy yesterday, he only asked Momma about 20 times while I was there to take him home. he would look at her with the sweetest look and say "am I going home" "we are going home, aren't we" and she would tell him so sweetly, "honey, I told you that you have to get better first, we can't go home until you are better". Then he would tell her"I can get better if you take me home". She had to walk out of the room one time, it gets to her to see how much he wants to be at home. I asked Daddy what he wanted to do when he got home and he told me that he wants to sit in the swing on his front porch and watch his cows.
THen there were moments when he would think that there were little kids standing at his door and he would ask Momma,"who is watching those kids out there?" There were no kids in the hallway... these are the times when we are most concerned. He is not taking any meds like pain med that would make him disoriented. What is causing this and his inability to swallow and speak clearly? Pray that the scans this week will give us answers. It is really strange that he thinks so clearly and can carry on a normal conversation and then he gets this look on his face and asks some crazy question.
As I get ready for Christmas day tomorrow, I ponder my very first Christmas without my parents. I don't like the idea of it, but it is reality this year. Yes, they are in Atlanta and I can go there...we have plans down in Eastman with Keith's family for lunch. I think I will wait and take our kids up on Wednesday and have a more relaxed visit with them. They haven't seen Elijah since Oct. 15th and Robby has only been allowed up there once because of his age.
But this will be the 1st Christmas where we will not go to Mom's house and experience all of the traditional things we have done since I was a child. I will miss it!
Lest you think me ungrateful for the praises of Daddy's recovery, I am very, very grateful that Daddy is alive and fighting to come home. I guess all of these yrs. i have just taken for granted that we've been blessed to be together each yr.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

I'm in tears as I write Daddy is not coming home and he has pneumonia again. I don't know what is going on, I cannot begin to understand all of this, including the medical things we continue to hear. A neurologist has now been called in to do some tests to see if Dad's swallowing problem is brain related. He has had "episodes" that are out of the ordinary for just disoriented. Please just continue to pray for his healing and also for Mom...she is emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted and is in desperate need of some good news.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

BA-humbug! That's what we said when our excitement over decorating the gingerbread house turned into an "un-happy holiday". It all started with Elijah crying over everything we did. He was overwhelmed with excitement, ... I guess. After he finally got settle down and it was time to put the candy on the house, Robby got in trouble for eating too much of the candy. Then, Ivey stormed off up stairs when Elijah didn't follow her decorating rules. See, she is alot like me, it has to be perfect, and beautiful and just right. Well, with a 4yr. old little brother it doesn't turn out that way. So, she left... I would show you a picture of the finished house, but my neighbor just left with my camera...

On a really good note, I sold our cute little Max today
to a Mom buying him for her son for Christmas. She drove over 2 hrs. to pick him up and it was such a messy day! Anyway, we have one more puppy to sell and I hope to find her a great home in time for Christmas!
Then, this afternoon, Keith sold his Xterra to a couple buying it for their daughter for Christmas. I wanted to cry because I was sad that he had to sell it. But I was grateful for God answering that prayer and relieving us of that debt. I pray that He will provide for our need as He sees best.
So, that was 2 great praises for the day! I closed out the day by grinding a huge bag of Starbucks winter blend coffee for our service tomorrow. The whole house smelled delicious!!
My Daddy is back in rehab and scheduled to come home hopefully on Christmas Eve. Yes!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Boy, has it been a crazy and exhausting week. I am learning that the week before our services at New City Church our home gets really crazy. I think some of that may be that ol' devil trying to stir up trouble. Anyway, we are almost there and we are smiling!
Check out my Ivey's new blog face @
Keisha did it and she did a great job!! Ivey is just tickled! All for a great cause too!!

Also, my Dad got pneumonia this week, so he is out of rehab and back in the transplant unit until he get better. He still has only a feeding tube because his epiglottis is still not working properly. Please pray for that to heal soon! He wants some water to drink and he is constantly begging my Mom for it. She sometimes has to leave the room because it bothers her so.

Check out our New City website and listen to Keith's sermons! We now have them online. Go to and click on media and you can listen...they are a blessing!!

I am so excited to go to a Christmas party tonight with my hubby! I am ready to be festive and have some fun!! Then next week I hope to do some baking...fudge (yum) and try some new things that I have never made...and then I always make fruit cookies because RObby loves them and especially my Daddy (he said to freeze his until he gets home).

Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 7, 2007

My friend Keisha Walker was so gracious to make my blog look so festive! Now she would like to do others and donate the money to a great organization!

This is her way of raising support! Check out her blog and her test pages to see if you would like one:
Keisha and her husband Matt adopted their daughter,Faith, this year from China. They were touched deep in their hearts after visiting orphanages and feel compelled to pray for and do whatever they can to help these orphans.
logo design
Keisha writes:
Just a little about it:
blog re-designs are: $30.00

*right now ALL proceeds will go to help raise money for a BIG Baby shower coming up for Love without Boundaries & their new Cleft House. I am partnering up with Hope's Heart!

So, not that you "need" a new blog face, but you want to help raise money for this cause...please pray about it. Pray for Keisha and this cause and if you can... contact her and get a fantastic, new blog!!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Praises for the Day

Well, this has certainly been a week for good news and praises....
  • Robby had a successful surgery and is doing great!
  • Keith had a great birthday and we are so thankful for 40 healthy yrs. and for the adventurous journey God has placed him on! (Never a dull moment)
  • We continue to receive surprises and anonymous gifts for the ministry of New City Church! God has definitely confirmed His calling on this church over and over!
  • Daddy had his dialysis port removed yesterday! This means they are pretty sure he won't need that anymore!!! Mom called me to tearfully share the great news of this miracle!!!
  • Rehab has tentatively set a coming home date for Daddy...December 19th!!! What an awesome Christmas present this would be for us :)
  • Ivey has started working with her horse at a new boarding facility 5 minutes from our home, something she has been wanting to do for awhile now!
  • We sold another puppy on Sunday and have a commitment for another one. ( 2 left)
  • Daddy has taken steps this week with a walker!! Praise the Lord for progress!!
  • God's provision as we have taken cuts each month in Keith's paychecks as he transitions out of his job at Mabel and into New City church.

We really are truly thrilled about Daddy being off of dialysis, this was not a sure thing, it has been a God thing! Now we continue to pray for his sugar levels to remain in a non-diabetic state so that he will not require insulin again. Also, we are praying for his swallowing to become normal again so that he can drink fluids and then eat normal foods again. Right now, he is still on a feeding tube because his throat muscles and all that stuff needs more therapy and healing to work normally again.

My heart truly is overflowing with thanksgiving for answered prayers and God's miraculous work in Daddy's life...not to mention in New City Church and in taking us through this time of transition from Mabel White to church plant. December 31 marks the end of our time at Mabel White and the sole commitment to New City Church downtown. A new year filled with watching God's work and being His vessel to minister to a lost city...can't wait!!!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Good news for a Monday!
  • Daddy is now on the rehab floor, enjoying around the clock intense rehab. I talked with him tonight and he was letting me hear his speech therapy homework. It was funny!
  • He is now off of dialysis until further notice!!!!!!! Big Praise! His kidneys seem to be getting rid of the toxins. We hope they keep getting better.
  • He walked with the aid of a walker today up and down the hall, and also used the parallel bars to help him strengthen his body.
  • His view from his room allows him to see the great big Christmas tree outside the hospital :)
  • We sold puppy #2 on Sunday to a big family with 4 boys! This leaves us with 3, and one person coming tomorrow afternoon for a male!!

What a way to begin the week!

FYI: Robby has his rods removed from where he broke his leg (back in February) tomorrow morning in Atlanta around 10am. And Dec. 4th is Keith's big "40" birthday!!!!!!!!!! So... HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVE!!!