Saturday, July 26, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
"Thank you for your outstanding service over the past four months to Liberty Mutual. Your hard work and dedication has helped the company maintain its positive reputation. Please accept this gas card with our sincere appreciation."
It was a typed generic looking letter and I have no clue who sent it. I don't know if everyone gets one after four months of employment, or if there are certain criteria you have to meet in order to get one. What I do know is that I am seriously impressed, because this company shows their employees that they are valued! $50.00 might not seem like a lot for a huge and successful company to give away, but it means a lot to me to be shown that I am valued for my contributions to the organization. It can be really stressful to have to meet certain production levels, etc. They demand a lot out of their employees! But on days like today, I know that my hard work and dedication will pay off! I'm thankful that I work for a Company that understands how showing appreciation to their employee's will pay off for them in the long run! It's amazing to me that I continue to see blessing after blessing (like this one) since I started putting the Lord first in my financial life!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
1:00pm - September 6th, 2007
Trey is still in surgery and we are receiving updates every hour. At 10:40am they had started the surgery and were going to start putting him on the heart and lung machine. We were just updated for the 3rd time at 12:45pm. The surgery is going well and the surgeon is working on fixing the problem now. It sounds like they have to take material from the lining to construct a longer artery. My terminology may be off a bit as I am not knowledgeable regarding medical terminology. They mentioned something about the aorta also. The WELS Chaplain was visiting with us when we received this update. He appropriately read Psalm 40 to us and prayed for Trey. We asked if they knew how much longer the surgery would take. We were told approximately two hours. After surgery is over no one can see him for an hour. So, it sounds like it will be around 4:00pm EST before Pam & Eddie will be able to see him. Like Eddie's sister said, we don't care how long it takes, as long as the problem is fixed. I want to give updates to relatives and friends through this blog, but am also finding it to be therapeutic for me as well! Thanks for reading this! I'll write more later.
September 6, 2007 - Thursday Trey is out of Surgery! Trey's Surgeon came to tell us that the surgery was successful and Trey's heart is now back to working on it's own (as opposed to being on the heart and lung machine)! Needless to say we are now breathing a bit easier ourselves! This was at 3:15pm. He told us they would get Trey situated in the ICU and it should be 45min-1hr until Pam & Eddie could go see him. Eddie checked with ICU at 4:30pm and they said Trey was still sleeping and they are currently getting him cleaned up from the surgery. They said Pam & Eddie should be able to see Trey in 15-20 min. By the time Pam & Eddie see Trey, it will have been 8 hours since they left him. It's been a long day! Only 2 people can go into ICU at a time. Trey will be thrilled that they took pictures of his heart during the surgery!. This highly intelligent child is so curious! He fought the meds to stay awake yesterday during the catheterization and he watched it all on the monitor! He wants pictures for his scrapbook! He asked Pam to have the Dr.'s take pics during surgery...to which Pam said..Trey you can ask! He didn't ask, but when the surgeon told us they took pictures b/c of how rare this situation was, Pam couldn't wait to tell Trey. She knows getting to go home and see the pics via email will give him motivation to get well soon so he can see those! :) Pam will probably tell you in greater detail how his heart was making due before. He was a walking time bomb and we are truly blessed!! Hopefully Pam & Eddie are with Trey in ICU as I am typing this! The rest of us obviously have to take turns, but I look forward to seeing him soon! He will probably be in there for a few days. I am heading back down to the ICU waiting room, but will write more later! Please thank God for a successful surgery! =-)
Friday, July 18, 2008
The first time I had Gelato was while dining out with Allyson, Kelly & Jeannine when I lived in Milwaukee. I believe it was at the "Twisted Fork" Restaurant. Gelato is more expensive then ice cream, but incredibly delicious!
I was seriously impressed when I found this place today! I guess they just opened 3 weeks ago. This is the type of place you would find in a large and trendy City! Granger/Michiana has come a long way baby!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
He has made everything beautiful in it's time. Ecclesiastes 3:11
These are some flowers (bright yellow) that are right outside of Liberty Mutual on Lincolnway. Aren't they beautiful? I took this picture on July 10th. At the beginning of spring, who knew they would bloom to be so beautiful? It kind of reminds me of how we as individuals are in a constant state of growth to become even more beautiful.
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I've learned a lot about not being able to change other people this past year. The only person we can change, with the help of God, is ourselves!
"If you can’t change someone else eventually you’ll have to change yourself." Joyce Meyer
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Hannah - Arts & Crafts - Summertime Fun!
Lexi - Arts & Crafts - Summertime fun!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Frank Peretti, The Wounded Spirit
"There is a saying that says: "Minor surgery is what happens to you and yours. Major surgery is what happens to me and mine." When it happens to you, it isn't minor."
Chaplain Norris Burkes
I found the two quotes above on the internet tonight. I find them both to be true! It's human to consider things to be harder/more major when they are happening to us. Just like Cancer, we all hear the word everyday, but until it hits you or someone you love, it's just that, a word and a disease that "happens to other people and their loved ones".
I've heard of grief described as a deep wound that eventually scabs over. Sometimes that scab gets scratched and it hurts again, or sometimes that scab falls off, and we feel the deep wound all over again.
I have felt that deep wound all over again the past few days. I've been to quite a few funerals since my Dad's funeral which was on December 11th, 1999 (8 years and 7 months ago tomorrow). I've attended viewings of parents of friends of mine and given them support. I have a very close friend who lost her Father a year before I lost mine. We met 6 months after my Dad died. This time, it's happening right now to an already close friend of mine who is experiencing the loss of her earthly Father. His funeral was yesterday in WI. Sometimes the wound hurts all over again , even when you thought it was all scabbed over and fine. This is one of those times for me. My heart aches for my friend because I know the pain she is experiencing. Although everyone experiences grief differently, her situation is quite similar to my situation. She is 27. She is the oldest child of 4. Her youngest brother is 20. Her earthly Father was called home to heaven at the age of 54. I was a month away from turning 26. My earthly Father was 59. I am the oldest child of 3. My youngest sister was 21. I wish she didn't have to experiencing this life changing pain, but God in His infinite wisdom wanted her Father to come home.
When I come home to Heaven
How joyful it will be!
For on that day at last
My risen Lord I'll see.
No greater happiness
than to see Him face to face,
To see the love in His eyes
and feel His warm embrace.
Then why should earthly care
weigh down upon me so?
They'll be a distant memory
when home at last I go.
This Poem was a great comfort to me immediately following my Dad's Death. It still is! I have a picture (like the one above) with this poem right beneath it, in a frame. As Christians, our goal is to go home to Jesus! Brenda's Dad got to go home to Jesus on Saturday. He had the opportunity to see his daughter get married exactly 2 weeks before he went home! I'm happy for him. I'm happy for my Dad. The pain never really goes away. Life just somehow goes on and memories are formed without that loved one. We never stop missing those who go on before us, and that void can never be filled by anyone else. Only Jesus can heal our broken hearts.
As Frank Peretti states above, God does not waste our pain, or our tears. I know that my pain has not been wasted. Although being there for Brenda is bringing up painful memories of when my Dad died, I believe He has used my pain to mold me into who I am today. I also believe He will use my pain so that I can be a supportive friend and a source of comfort and encouragement to Brenda. We won't know the answers to our "why" questions until we go home to heaven. I do know that God has great plans for Brenda and that He will continue to hold her close as she mourns the loss of her Dad. I believe He is still shaping my bumps and bruises into something beautiful, even if they still hurt at times like these.
"For I know the plans I have for you...Plans to prosper you and not to harm you...to give you a future and a hope" Jeremiah 29:11
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
It took me 33/34 years to realize I'm a runner. I've tried to run from myself all of these years. It also took me 33/34 years to realize that I CAN'T run from myself and my problems, no matter how hard I try! Even though I've learned this truth about myself, I still need others to point it out to me when that's what I'm doing. I'm thankful that my Women's Small Group last evening pointed this out to me, in a very loving way! I missed the past 2 weeks of this Small Group, and I could really tell that I needed to "get grounded" again. I didn't even recognize that I was trying to run again, until it was pointed out to me. Then I had another "AHA" moment.
I haven't felt happy the past few weeks and I wanted to plan a get-away in August to get away from it all. Externally things in my life are great! I have a steady income, good job, great friends and family, etc. It's inside, that I'm not feeling happy at all. I was just getting a bit ahead financially where I was going to be able to take a mini-vacation. However, on my way back from Fort Wayne, IN yesterday afternoon, I got a speeding ticket. I was so mad at myself and cried a lot. This was just the "straw that broke the camel's back". It's this discontentment inside of me that makes me think my problems are external, when they are not. What am I running from? I'm not entirley sure! If I had that all figured out and dealt with, I probably wouldn't be trying to run anymore! So anyways, I think this "getting caught speeding" thing was God's way of telling me not to run away. A few people also pointed out that maybe the speeding ticket was God's way of preventing a tragedy from occurring. In the grand scheme of things, it could have been much worse!
I do have 3 work days off at the end of August, but I think I'll stick close to home, and not run. I'll continue to pray that God helps me to deal with what I need to deal with, and not try to run! He's not letting me run anymore! :)
I'm SO VERY thankful for my Sunday evening Women's Study Group! You know who you are! I know I've grown a lot over the past few months, but I have a long ways to go! I'm so glad we are on this Journey together! :) Please keep holding me accountable!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
The first pic is of Steph, the 2nd pic is of Steph and her kiddos, and the third pic is of Zoya the dog! Darren was out mowing the lawn when I was taking these pictures. Steph and I have been friends since we were 5 years old! We can go years, and we literally have gone years without seeing each other, and when we get together, it's like time hasn't passed. That's when you know it's a true friendship. I'm thankful we got to go to Starbucks alone and just hang out and catch up on the happening's in each other's lives! We also watched "Bucket List" last night about 2 male friends! Good movie, but I cried! Thanks for a great weekend Steph! Let's not go 3 1/2 years without seeing each other this time, k?! :)
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
More quotes from today's "Revive Our Hearts" with guest Amy Baker:
- If you expect people to meet needs that only God Himself can meet, that puts you in a place of inevitable disappointment.
- Be the kind of friend to someone else that God has been to you. Then watch how God will meet your needs as you meet the needs of others.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I listen to a Christian speaker on the radio named Nancy Leigh DeMoss. The local radio station which I tune into to hear her is 104.7 WFRN in Elkhart, IN. I love her heart for God! In fact,
one of my favorite quotes was taken from Nancy; Life is tough, but God is faithful!
Anyways, I had my earphones in at work today and her program "Revive Our Hearts" happened to be on the radio. Today she briefly mentioned the fact that she is single. I have listened to her for over a year now and never knew this fact about her. So, tonight I decided to find her website. The website is reviveourhearts.com. I found the transcripts from an interview she did with Carolyn McCulley (another single woman) on 6/25/07. I LOVE what Carolyn says about Singleness! It really puts things into perspective:
Carolyn McCulley: We’re not going to get to Heaven and have the Lord look at us and say, “Great! You finally flapped over the finish line of marriage. I’m so proud of you!”It’s going to be irrelevant. What we’re going to be commended for is whether or not we faithfully stewarded what He gave us. That is why we’re going to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” It’s not going to be because we did or we did not get married. That is a short gift for this age, and it will not be repeated again in Heaven. While our church is rightly swimming against the culture in reclaiming the high value of marriage—in promoting the high value of marriage within in churches—we singles need to remember, that is just one avenue the Lord uses in glorifying Himself and in sanctifying us and conforming us to the image of His Son.
God is my Heavenly Father. He is the all-wise One who controls all things. His essence is love and His desire is for my good. Since He is loving enough to desire only good for me, wise enough to plan just what is best, and powerful enough to accomplish what His love and goodness have planned, how can I lack any good thing?
I further acknowledge that my future belongs to God. I trust His wisdom, knowing that His plan for my life will be the most fulfilling to me and pleasing to Him. I purpose to seek fulfillment in Him alone, realizing that He is able to meet and control my desires--spiritual, emotional, and physical. I also purpose to refuse any thoughts of self-pity, jealousy, or resentment which could creep in when I do not understand His way with me now or His intention for the future.
"Lord, I make this declaration before you. I need your help to be true to this commitment and to make me immediately aware of the slightest deviation. Help yourself to my life--giving or withholding marriage--whatever you choose. Thank you for being good and trustworthy. Thank you for your love for me and for your good purpose for my life. In Jesus' name, Amen."