Sunday, June 30, 2013

Thank You, Pinterest

Thank you, Pinterest, for the delicious recipes you post that make my son want to cook dinner.  Oh, how I love you when you post a recipe like Barbecue Chicken Pizza Pinwheels. 

And he even made a salad to go with the pinwheels:

Thank you, Lyle!!!  Keep searching Pinterest for more recipes!!

Friday, June 28, 2013


June 28, 2013.  It was supposed to be a momentous occasion—the day my daughter would walk down the aisle in her beautiful wedding gown, bouquet in hand, best friends at her side, family and friends looking on with joy.  It was supposed to be the day she started a new chapter, the day her dreams would be fulfilled.  It was supposed to be the day I started a new role—mother in law—to someone I loved like he was already one of my own.

But, God had other plans.  As much as it hurts, God is always there to pick up the pieces.  Marriage and family are still two things I want most for her, but I know that they’re in God’s control—not mine.  She must find fulfillment in God.  He is her rock, the one who deserves her love and attention right now.

While it is a daily struggle to trust Him with the things I care about so deeply, He has proven that He’s looking out for her.  I leave her future in God’s hands.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Out of the Mouth of Teenagers

Lyle shared a conversation he had with one of his friends (that I don't know):

Friend:  So what exactly happened to your Mom?

Lyle:  She had a perforated bowel, and they did surgery to remove eight inches of her colon.

Friend:  Boy, I hope she never has to make a list.

Lyle:  A list?

Friend:  Yeh, a list.  Cause she only has a semicolon instead of a colon.

Kind of corny, but I laughed so hard when Lyle shared this with me.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Appreciating Little Everyday Things

Recently I spent eight long days in Mercy Medical Center!  I’ll spare you too much detail, but I ended up having emergency surgery for a ruptured bowl and had eight inches of my colon removed.  After the surgery, I developed some problems with my lungs.  Let’s just say, “NOT FUN!”

Throughout my hospital stay, I realized that we take so much for granted:

Breathing  --  that’s a big one!!  I had no clue that it is so much work to just breath.  As most of you know, I do love to talk…but for two days I chose to concentrate on breathing instead. 

Water  --  For four days, I could have no water or other liquids.  The only thing I could do was dip a sponge in water and swab my mouth.  When I finally got to have ice chips, it was better than handing me a million dollars.

Food  --  When you haven’t eaten for days, food (yes, even hospital food) tastes sooooo good.

Showers  --  On my fifth day in the hospital, I started to feel a little better and started asking for a shower.  Never got one!  I don’t blame the nurses; they are so busy.  Yes, eight days without a shower!  Thank you to my friend, Carmen, who came one day and washed my hair with some dry shampoo and gave me a “spit bath”.  That is the true meaning of friendship!

Going to the Bathroom  --  Every time I needed to use the bathroom, I had to push my nurse call button and wait for the nurse to come.  She would then have to unhook my IV and temporarily cap it off.  Unplug the oxygen from the wall and hook it up to a portable tank.  Then, when I returned from the bathroom, the nurse had to do all that again. 

I hope I am a changed person and appreciate all the little things in life so much more after this experience!

Monday, June 10, 2013


Today I am trying to let go of my “expectations” of what life should look like and embrace the messy reality instead.