Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I was challenged to my core yesterday

Mom called me at work (she had been to dentist the day before)  - she asked me to call my brother and ask him to go to her house and give her her insulin shots!!!  She said she was so sore from dentist she couldn't move, couldn't get out of bed.

I went there around 11:30 and she was in bed.  I took her blood sugar level, gave her a bananna to eat while I gave her 2 insulin shots while she laid in bed.  Meal on Wheels arrived.  I put in fridge and got her some jello and pudding to eat, brought that into her bedside table.  I filled her needles for the next two days, filled her medicine wheel, and picked up dirty clothes (she had diarrea last night and didn't make it to bathroom). 
I'm almost crying at this point...I just switched jobs and that is stressing me out and now I'm spending my lunch hour waiting on a completely capable person.  She asks me to rub her feet.  I'm put my head down and pray for strength.  I'm not a touchy, feeley person - I have a hard time with physical contact.  (due to childhood abuse).  I dig in and find it in me - I rub her feet.
I go back to work and focus on WORK.

In Ephesians 4:26, Paul warns, "In your anger, do not sin" which means that while God created us with the capacity for anger, the key to dealing with anger is learning to express it correctly.

Be focused.
Psalm 37:8 "Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret; it leads only to evil."

Be understanding.

James 1:19 "Everyone should be quick to listen."   I guess that is why we have two ears and one mouth!!

Be kind.
Proverbs 15:1 "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."

Be ready.
1 Peter 5:8 "Be self-controlled and alert."   This tells me I have to have a plan and make sure I have balance in my life, so I can control my responses.

Proverbs 22:24 is very clear, "Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man; do not associate with one easily angered."   Great Advice!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Gold found in MI

My husband's gold find last summer.

I love Teapots

Look at this beauty - the bottom is stamp Athens Gibson, made in England and W872 is handwritten.  I just love all teapots!

Polish Agates from U.P. MI

Just a sampling of the agates we found last summer in the U.P.  We brought these agates home from the UP and my husband polished them.

2009 Upper Pennisula Agates

This is a beauty!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

She has risen above, it's been a journey

Her brain protects her from the dark, disgusting secret.  She was only four years old when it started and it remained hidden inside.

She grows, she blossoms, she endures.....

Simmering below the surface, it sneers, it waits to attack.

It was a leech embedded deep in me, sucking the life from me.  A horrible sickness, a blackness hissing - waiting....

It's there - but I choose to stifle it.  I choose to live, to be ever present - to forgive NOT to forget.

She made it - you can too.

Cooking - Chili and Chicken Soup

My husband and I spent Saturday cooking! 

He cooked a pot of Chili, I cooked a huge pot of Chicken Noodle Soup (and used Ree's recipe, aka Pioneer Woman).  We froze the chili and chicken noodle soup and now will have some ready-to-grab dinners!  We do this from time to time and it saves us money and is good at the same time!