Friday, May 1, 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

An Update

Wow, can you believe I haven't posted in 6 months??? There have been many times when I have thought about posting and changed my mind because it didn't seem right. A lot has happened. Some of it is just living life and other things are life changing. Here is a list of just some of those things to update you on what's been happening since our last post.

- The company that Troy and I work for went from Fortune 500 to Government Bailout in a
matter of days. Yikes!!
- I went back to work after 11 weeks of maternity leave.
- Our nephew had a successful open heart surgery and is now a roly-poly one year old!
- Brianna started playing soccer.
- Brittany made the high school freshman cheer squad.
- I turned 40 :-0
- We made the BIG decision for me to leave my corporate job after 17 years and spend more
time focusing on our family.
- God used our journey with Nolan to lead me to an opportunity to work in the preschool
ministry at our church which I am really excited about!!!!

Our experiences over the past year and a half make me look at things from a different perspective, but life is good! It's scary, exciting, challenging and fun all at the same time! One day at a time with God in the lead is how it's working for me. I am constantly amazed at how He uses our experiences to reach others.

I will post some new pictures later. More to come . . .

Monday, November 3, 2008


Over the past few weeks, I keep thinking about choices. We make choices everyday that affect the rest of our lives. Even the seemingly insignificant choices can have a big impact. I know I haven't posted in a while. A few people have asked me about it, and I just haven't had a lot to share. Things come to mind and then they somehow don't seem profound enough to share, but the subject of choices keeps coming up. Today is the day before election day, my youngest daughter's 11th birthday (Happy Birthday Brianna!!!!) and a few days past what would have been Nolan's 2 month birthday. Again choices - what person will I choose to be our country's leader, how will I raise my children, who should be the one to give and take away a life no matter how small. It all comes down to one thing - God's plan. He already knows the outcome of tomorrow's election, he already knows every choice that I will make regarding my children and he knew what choice I would make when presented with the option to take away my son's life because T18 is considered "not compatible with life" in the medical world.

Consulting the ultimate counselor has become something that is not optional for me. It's been a rough year and I can't imaging how much harder it would be if I did not choose God's path for my life. 2 Chronicles 18:4 says "First seek the counsel of the Lord". We need to come to Him in prayer, to present our requests to him with thanksgiving. He wants to hear all of our requests and concerns no matter how small, everything from our daily life to the election. I pray everyday that He will see me through, give me a joyful heart to serve my family and my community. It seems small, but sometimes when i'm having a bad day, chosing to just stop to ask for His strength makes a big difference. Pray that God will show us who he would have to lead our nation. Someone who is concerned with the financial/economic crisis as well as the moral crisis of our nation. Someone who will consult the ultimate counselor when making decisions that affect us all. No matter the outcome of the election, remember that God is still in control and He has the last say.

Job 12:13 "To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

In His shadow

Today was my orginal due date for Nolan. I always said my children like to "bake" longer as both girls were 9+ days past their due date. So, I assumed 9/18 would come and go and we would still be waiting to meet our sweet boy. Things don't always go as planned, and it has been over three weeks since Nolan was here with us. It makes me sad that he is not here in my arms. I think God has been protecting me. My devotional scripture this morning was Psalm 91:1 ~ He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Hurricane Ike has kept us more sheltered than usual. I have mostly stayed home, the kids are still out of school, and I haven't even been to the grocery store. In some ways, this shelter is good for me. In other ways, I need to get out, but getting out has it's consequences. Yesterday, I went with friends for a much needed pedicure. One of the ladies came up and asked "how's the baby?". I sat there for a minute - this had to come up sooner or later and I have to learn to deal with it. I've been saved from answering this question twice already - once by my Mom when someone asked at church 4 days after Nolan's birth and once by Troy when a neighbor saw us out walking the other day. I'm so thankful to them for answering for me, but I have to do this sometime. So, I told the nail lady that he only lived for about an hour. Of course she was shocked and so sorry. I even felt bad for her feeling bad about asking. Later I went into Subway and one of the teenagers that lives on our street was working there. He asked me if I had the baby. I said yes. He asked what his name was and I told him, 'Nolan'. As I left, I wondered if I should have said more. As far as he knows everything is fine, but I just couldn't bring myself to say more and he didn't ask more questions. I'm not sure if it's better to answer only the questions asked or to spill my guts. When fears overcome me and the cares of this world worry me, I have ventured out of His protecting shadow. I can't hide in my house forever, but I can live under the protecting shadow of our Lord. That is my goal - to venture out into the world, but let God's shadow protect me. He knows what I can handle, and He won't give me more than that.

I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust." Psalm 91:2

The Power in "no power"

We have a lot to be thankful for this week! We made it safely through Ike with only some limbs down and a part of our fence down. I never would have thought it possible to be thankful for plywood that cost $30 per sheet, but boy was I thankful on Friday night as the hurricane force winds blew through, and we were safe and sound with our family in our bedroom which was the only room where we boarded the windows due to a shortage of plywood and time. We were without power for less than 2 days. God was good to us again!

Prayer Request
There are many people who lost their entire homes in the areas near the coast. We even have friends who live within a few miles of us in the suburbs north of Houston who have trees that fell through their roof. A lot of our friends still don't have power. Gas, ice and perisiable foods are hard to come by. Please pray for all the people affected by Ike. Specifically, I would ask for you to pray for the Ekdahl's and my friend Debbie who both had trees go through their roof during the hurricane. Also, my brother-in-law's parents who lived on the west end of Galveston. They still have not been able to get back on the island to see if they have a home left.

I got an email from a friend this morning regarding the aftermath of Ike. She says it so well, that I asked if I could share with everyone in blog land. I think it reminds us that God can use every situation to his glory.

The Power in "no power"
"My home town is hurting. And so is almost every other town nearby. We've collectively endured an enormous storm, and it packed a hard punch. Not a knockout blow. Not quite. But close.

When 2.8 million people lose power in one city in one night - well, that's big. In fact, sources are claiming that Hurricane Ike was the cause of the largest power outage in the history of the great state of Texas .

On Friday night Ike was downright wicked. Scary. The limbs of trees with trunks as big around as my waist were twisted off like grapes from a stem. One huge tree close to our house was split near the base of its trunk: rendered roughly in two, with one half landing on one house, and one half on another.

The morning after the storm, my front door and porch were plastered nearly solid with green leaves that looked as if they'd been run through a food processor. Hardly any of them were whole. What the winds left resembled fresh green mulch more than it did discernible foliage.

And now, four days later, the question heard most frequently in conversations between friends, colleagues and neighbors is "Do you have power?" (Second only to "Where have you found gas, or ice?") Because without power, even the most ordinary-seeming tasks must be re-thought. No air. No lights. No cable or internet, or phones.

Transistor radios are in vogue again. So are paper fans, brooms, early bedtimes and board games. Neighbors are out on their porches, not hibernating inside, seldom seen. Children are outside playing and not indoors with their Wii's. A few weeks ago, before the storm, I had decided I would meet and get to know my neighbors. Sunday, we had our neighbors, Jan and Sandy, over for dinner, they were tired of turkey sandwiches. We had a nice visit, they are from England and knew nothing of hurricanes. We even enjoyed a movie thanks to my wonderful fiance who bought a generator before the storm hit. I'm hoping to see them again soon.

What I've decided in the aftermath of September's thrashing storm is this: there's a special power in "no power." It's a low, humming, steady power, and I hope when the lights come on, it stays. It's a power that has meekness at it's heart, and I like it - even though I wouldn't have chosen this particular method of delivery.

My lights are still out - along with two-thirds of the city. But I'm seeing more clearly every day." - anonymous

But he said to me, "My power is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (II Corinthians 12:9-10)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Bring the rain

As we, like many other people along the Texas gulf coast are preparing this evening for Hurricane Ike, I told Troy and the girls - It's just weather. We have been through a lot more than weather recently and God will protect us. He has gotten us this far, and he won't let us down now. In my women's bible study today, one of the speakers talked about the coming hurricane and how she was sure that some people in the room were thinking that it would be nice if a hurricane was their worst problem today. I was thinking "amen, sister"! Bring on the rain! If God can calm my storm, he can take care of Ike.

First I have to say, that everything I am sharing tonight I can't take credit for. I'm mostly repeating things I have heard in church and from various people over the last week. They happen to be things that have spoken volumes to me in my current situation, and I feel like right now my calling is to share and pray that someone else can encouraged by reading these words.

I believe that our outlook on a situation can affect the outcome. Our sermon in church last Sunday was about praise. Two things really stood out to me. First, praise is a pathway to God's power. When you feel attacked by Satan - praise God. ". . . Give thanks to the Lord; His faithful love endures forever!" 2 Chronicles 20:21 Second, praise brings perspective to our problems. An unshakable faith can only come from faith that has been shaken.

When I was in the hospital after Nolan was born, Troy left one day to go home and shower and then went to get a haircut. When he was on the way back to the hospital, the blade from a fan in our vehicle broke off and stuck in the radiator. He immediately knew there was a problem and drove to the repair shop. The fan and radiator had to be replaced. Then the day that we came home from the hospital our ice maker stopped working when we had a house full of company. Normally, these little inconveniences really irritate me and can get me in a bad mood. This time neither of us seemed really bothered. Troy asked me later if I thought that it was Satan trying to get us when we were down. I answered that I believe it certainly could have been but we choose instead to focus on celebrating the life of our son and God didn't allow the circumstances to get us down. I also believe that because we chose to praise God and share his love with others through Nolan that he guarded our hearts and minds from the other issues that were thrown at us during that time.

Our bible study today was about David and how he was anointed by God to to lead his people. We are all in different "seasons" of our life whether they are good, bad or just plain ugly to us, God has anointed and empowered us to be there in that season right now. He has a plan and purpose for us. I talked with women today whose husbands were out of a job, a son is in jail, businesses are faltering due to the economy; but all of them chose to praise God and continue to believe that God has a plan for their families. I would urge you to praise God for your season and choose to use it for His glory.

Please continue to pray for Kenzie and baby Faith as well as for the protection of the people in the path of Hurricane Ike.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Update on Kenzie

Some of you had asked about Kenzie and baby Faith since her blog is currently not working. Here is a link to Kim's blog who has had an update from Kenzie. Keep praying for her. Thanks!