Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thank You For Praying!

A special thank you to all my blog friends for your thoughts and prayers for Ashley. On Thursday she had surgery to put in a pacemaker and a defibrillator. Her short term memory is slowly coming back, which is a huge answer to prayer. She is on a lot of medicine (which will take awhile to get all regulated) and very, very weak. She has a long recovery ahead of her, but we are sooooo thankful she is alive! Thank you, again, for your prayers.
I know I already shared a picture of Hilary and Ashley, but in closing, just had to share another one...

Cute little cousins

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Update on Ashley

Just a quick note to update y'all on Ashley. She is still going through a lot of tests to determine what the best treatment is for her. At this point, she will probably have surgery in a few days to have a pacemaker and defibulator (spelling?) put in. They want to give her heart a few more days to "recover" from all it's been through before they operate.

The discouraging thing is that she has no short term memory. She can remember things from a long time ago, but everytime she wakes up she asks the same questions: Where am I? What am I doing in the hospital? What happened? Who found me?, etc. Over and over and over again all day long. So discouraging for her family!! Pray that her short term memory comes back!!!

Love all my blog friends and how the blog community cares for each other!!! SO COOL!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Prayer Requests

I cannot stop thinking about the massive earthquake and devastating tsunami that followed in Japan. Watching the news is overwhelming! These kind of tragedies leave me without words. Several times throughout today I have stopped and prayed for the people of Japan. My heart is broken for the people there, and my prayers are with them.

My heart is also broken for my cousin Bernadean and her husband, Chad. Tonight we learned that their sweet Ashley (Hilary's age) is in Mercy Hospital in critical condition. Yesterday, as she was taking her garbage to the dumpster at her apartment complex, she collapsed. The neighbor happened to see her, called 911 and got help. She had no pulse and was not breathing. Someone performed CPR until the paramedics arrived. They had to use the paddles twice to start her heart beating again. I am sooooooo thankful she was not in her apartment (she lives alone) when she collapsed. It appears she had a very serious heart attack. Chad and Bernadean will be meeting with the heart surgeon tomorrow morning. If you think about it, would you please pray for our Ashley girl? Thank you!!!

When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I'll be there. Matthew 18:20 (The Message)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

RCHS Winter Banquet

Last Saturday night was Redding Christian High School's Winter Banquet (aka Winter Dance) at the Red Lion. Lyle decided to go "solo" this year. I must tell you that he was NOT happy that I insisted on taking his picture before he left. Oh well!! Doesn't look like he minded people taking his picture at the Banquet. :0)

It's sort of a tradition that after the Banquet, the Juniors and Seniors have an "After Banquet Party". The Warren's graciously opened their home for the Juniors. They played games and danced some more. After listening to all the talk, I've come to the conclusion that the Banquet was great, but the "After Party" was even greater!!!

P.S. My son thinks Converse tennis shoes go with EVERYTHING!! What happened to dress shoes? I can envision him at the wedding altar someday with a tux and converse! :0)

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Yes, it's a BIG week! Dress rehearsals today and tomorrow, and then it's opening night!

There is SOOOOO MUCH work that is done before the actual performances. It takes a lot of people to make something like this happen. Lyle and I have spent the last three Saturdays at Mrs. Orr's house. Most of us worked on paper macheing the trees that Mrs. Orr built:

My job was being a "dipper". Sat on the ground for 5-6 hours and dipped paper in the "goop", removed the excess, and handed it to our paper mache crew:

The men built various things:

A couple of the ladies worked on finding costumes:

Many of the young people painted sets:

Then, on this last Saturday, we met to load everything on trailers and transport it to the school. It was a big job loading AND unloading:

Then began the task of putting it all together! It will eventually look like a huge tree fort!

I must say it has been a lot of hard, hard work BUT has also been a lot of fun working with the other parents, chatting while we worked, and laughing a lot!

Can't wait for opening night on Wednesday!!!