My Mother Taught Me:
- To appreciate a job well done. “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”
- Religion. “You better pray that comes out of the carpet!”
- About time travel. “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into next week!”
- Logic. “Because I said so. That’s why!”
- More logic. “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”
- Foresight. “Make sure you wear clean underwear in case you’re in an accident.”
- Irony. “Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
- Osmosis. “Shut your mouth and eat your dinner!”
- Contortionism. “Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!?!”
- Stamina. You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”
Christmas is almost upon us! Let’s continue our celebration of this wonderful event!!
Stacie posted this on FB today:
“When you go through a long period of time when you don’t see anything good happening, just stay faithful; keep a smile on your face, and keep doing what you know is right. God is preparing you for greater things.”
I’ve always believed this; that God puts you through situation/s, so you will be prepared for a time when you will need to draw upon the wisdom gained from it. You may find yourself empathizing with another and/or helping someone through a similar experience. Use the wisdom gained from the trials, failures, successes and life experiences, in general to help others along their journeys…ALL to the glory of God!
Thank you for posting this Stacie…
I just received the following update regarding our dear friend Bernard. Would you all please pray for him like you’re never prayed before? Thank you!!!
We got the pathology report back today. It is cancer. ( Testicular cancer, they are quite sure, but will make a final determination soon ) His treatment plan is going to be reviewed and we will have a better idea of what lies ahead of us in about a week. He definitely will have chemo, for how long, and the kind of chemo is a bit tricky because of his Sarcoidosis which has greatly compromised his lungs. We will be doing the hospital Christmas again this year. This Friday he does more bloodwork to determine if the tumor markers are the same or reduced with the removal of the tumor. If they are reduced that is a good sign, if not, not so good. He has small lesions in his liver and spleen and another one on the base of his skull. Quite a few of them, but very small. They were sure these were Sarcoid, but with this diagnosis, they have no idea. They are too small to be biopsied. Sarcoid is not affected by chemo, so if they reduce in size after chemo, it means they are cancer, not sarcoid, which means he will need additional chemo. If it is just testicular cancer, it was caught early and the survival rate for this type of cancer is very high.
As in all things we give it all to the Lord, knowing He has His best for us, no matter what that might be. Of course we would love your prayers. Please feel free to share this prayer request to those you feel it is appropriate. Of course we are quite concerned because since Bernard is working as a private contractor, he does not have sick leave/pay. He is worried and concerned about being able to get back to work and provide for the family. My prayer is that the Lord will give Him peace about this. His provision has always met all our needs. Hard for a man to not work and know that he is putting stress on his family and wife.
We love you all so much. Miss you terribly. We continue to lift you up in prayer.
Ryan has been doing well. He and I are enjoying watching B-ball together tonight. Despite not having Steph or KD, the Warriors are holding their own against the Kings in the third quarter. Not sure where the game will end up, but if the Warriors continue to play hard and smart, they should prevail. Either way, it’s been a fun game to watch; and that’s really all we can ask for. After all, it’s just entertainment…
Oops! Not looking so good in the 4th quarter, but it’s not over yet…Finish well Warriors…
No matter where you are in life, it’s never too late to start doing right by people until it’s too late. Start sharing the Gospel with others now, until it’s too late.
I came in to watch Ryan at 11 tonight hoping to chat with him a little, but he was fast asleep. He didn’t sleep at all today, so hopefully he’s back on a “normal” sleep schedule and will sleep throughout the night. Can’t wait to catch up with him tomorrow…Sleep well my boy…zzzz
I’m looking forward to what God has in store for him this week. We’re still praying for a miracle for him…
Received a call from my mom this morning letting us know that my dad is doing much better. He was even up and around walking. So, thank you all for your prayers. Whatever it was that was ailing him is on the mend, but he’s still got a way to go with his new knee, so if you would continue to pray for him, that would be most welcome…
HOSPITABLE adjective: disposed to treat guests and strangers with cordiality and generosity; RYAN
Ryan has always been one to treat others kindly. Just ask the many who’ve been welcomed by him. I’m grateful for the time I get to spend with him, because I still have much to learn. It’s not the way I would have chosen, but God has His reasons, and His plan is always better.
Ryan was up until 4:30 A.M. So, we watched an entire season of GOT…again. He did sleep a lot today, which is a good thing, but hope it doesn’t become a habit. I’ll be banging a lot of pots and pans in his room tomorrow if he decides he wants to sleep. Nah, not really. He gets to do whatever his heart desires…whatever he needs to continue the healing process.
PRAYER FOR RYAN’S GRANDPA: Even though my dad was getting around a lot better on his new knee, something didn’t look quite right last night during Thanksgiving supper, so today my mom took him to the hospital. They admitted him for low blood pressure and are running tests to see what else might be ailing him, and he’s now in ICU recovering. Please pray for him; that the doctors will find and fix whatever it is that needs fixing, he’ll not be in any pain, heal quickly and completely, so he can go home again soon.
Thank you for your continued love and support!!
Once again, A Very Happy Thanksgiving to ALL!!
Ryan would also like to wish his Grandma Sandy a Happy 29th Birthday! She has done so much for Ryan over the years; performing physical therapy, making him clothes and pillow cases. Was nice to spend Thanksgiving dinner with her and Grandpa, and a lot of other family.
We are/were all thankful today. Keep the thanks going…
We welcomed Erica to Ryan’s nursing staff on Monday of this week. She’ll be working a few days a week during the afternoons, as she’s currently working fulltime for another agency. Ryan took to her right away, and she’s highly qualified. Now we wait for a few more like her, then we’ll be all set.
We have much to be thankful for, don’t we? God is ALWAYS GOOD!!!
Colossians 3:15-17 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Ryan’s happy that Jacob’s home for the Thanksgiving holiday! Well, maybe not that happy, because that means less turkey for him. Nevertheless, Jacob’s home and that completes our family, and that makes Ryan very happy. Oh! And it makes Janine and I happy too!
Ryan is also happy that his Aunt, Uncle and cousins, while out from Boston to visit his grandfather, stopped in to visit him today. Ryan likes visitors, and has had a few over the past couple of weeks. Thanks to all who have taken time to come see him…
So, just like we should celebrate Christmas every day, we too should give thanksgiving (and praise) every day…
Gotta love this time of year!