Jimmy and I woke this morning to the sound of a newborn pup! Our son, Drew, found a lost Labrador Retriever on his college campus one month ago. He was unable to find her owner, so he decided to keep her. She was pregnant with a brood and blessed us with a beautiful litter of nine this morning!
Mom and pups are doing great.
Lyla did a fantastic job delivering her babes and it was a marvel to watch.
Ladies, thank you so much for all of your prayers. It's been a rough week but I am feeling much better. Dani is on the mend too. A good friend was checking up on me and asked if I was discouraged with all that was going on in our family. I said, "Not at all! I see God all over the place as He graciously provides for our every need." For example, there is no way I could have driven myself to the chiropractor Monday morning. My neck was so stiff and painful that dabbing tears from my eyes with a Kleenex triggered muscles spasms that sent me yelping in pain. Since Jimmy's job has him traveling out of town Monday though Thursday on a full-time bases, his being in between jobs was a clear blessing of provision from our mighty God who knew this would be a trying week.
I have to share with you how things went from bad to worse. Monday morning Jimmy took Dani and I to the chiropractor. I had to hold my head to keep it from moving so as not to trigger the spams. The doctor worked on me for 2 1/2 hours and adjusted Dani as well because she had quit eating and was constipated. Dani has always gotten instantly better after seeing the doctor but this day was not like any other. On the way home, as I held my head and yelped periodically, Dani began vomiting all over herself in the back seat. I couldn't even look back let alone climb back to help her. I just listened and wondered what else could go wrong. Jimmy had his hands full as things began piling up on him. After taking a quick glance back at Dani's mess, he turned back at the highway ahead and said, "This is a test." He was right and it was only the beginning. Before day's end she had vomited all over herself, the couch, Jimmy, and his laptop.
Your prayers, however, got us on the mend. Wednesday we were all able to go to my sister's home to do a photo shoot for her Christmas cards. She lives on acreage and has three Silky Bantam chickens as pets. They are sleek and beautiful as far as chickens go. Jimmy got Dani to hold one and trust me that was a feat in itself.
Then, I knew Dani was feeling better
when she got into my make-up
and used my cover up stick as lipstick.
It's so good to feel better and oh how I thank God for the health He's given us and the faithful and powerful prayers of the saints!
Blessings to all of you dear ladies and please share on this post any prayer needs you may have so we can lift one another to the throne of God.
"No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another,
God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."
Ladies, we are falling apart here. I've had muscle spasms in my neck since 2am Monday morning and the pain rivals that of child birth. (It feels as though I've been in a terrible car accident.) To top it off Dani has been vomiting for some odd reason so she's a challenge in and of herself. Jimmy is home to help but the poor guy has his hands full. Please keep us in your prayers. I have nothing to do but pray so I'm praying for each of you. Hope you all are well and spasm free.
In the grand scheme of things this is not overly important but help...I'm running out of soap! Last Christmas I bought spicy holiday soap from Bath and Body to put in my pumpkin dispensers this year and I'm already out. I certainly don't have enough to last till Thanksgiving. Any ideas where I can find spice scented (red/orange) soap for my starving pumpkins?
It was time for Dani to get new glasses. She is 20 years old (I swear she's found the fountain of youth and won't tell us where it's at) and we wanted a newer more modern look, so off we went shopping for just the right frames. She doesn't look like she was having fun (it's the Autism) but she was very much looking forward to a new look.
She is so proud of her new glasses that yesterday when we got in the car she immediately pulled down her sun visor to look at them in the mirror. When we arrived at Target she bolted down an isle to look at herself in the mirror. She's all girl.
"...but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."
It's rare I have little to say but this week I have been virtually blogless. For the last two weeks our family has gone through a time of significant trial and grief that's literally surrounded us on all sides. Coming from nearly every direction it's been enough to make our heads spin.
In an effort to regain my balance I've fervently sought God in a new way and it's proven to be an opportunity for God to polish me into an image that greater reflects Him. Faithful to always teach new things, God has delicately drilled into my heart Romans 12:1, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship."
While worship and sacrifice come in any variety of different ways, I am convicted to make a daily habit of giving up one thing for God each day. Whether it's a meal, time of recreation, or anticipated purchase, I will give up one pleasure each day and offer it as my spiritual act of worship. It's the least I can do for Him.
Dear sister, if you are going through a difficult time I encourage you to take a moment to worship God! Exalt Him for who He is and all He has done for you. No other person or pleasure will ever compare or satisfy. The world and everything in it will either let us down or lead us astray. Only God can provide the balance we so desperately need. Hope in the Lord, renew your strength, and stand firm in Him!