Please pray for our dear friend’s son Luke Souza. The Souza’s have been friends of our family’s for 40+ years. I believe Luke is only 20 years old. A couple of weeks ago, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The good news is, the doctors are optimistic that it is “highly curable with chemotherapy and possible radiation.” Nevertheless, we encourage you to join us in praying for Luke’s complete healing and the families peace and comfort as they go through this season.
You can also let Luke and the family know they are not alone (that we are with them), by visiting Luke’s Caring Bridge site at caringbridge.org…Luke Souza. Please leave a comment of encouragement and support. We know firsthand what it means from Ryan’s Caring Bridge site and this one. In case you don’t know, it means the world to us.
Thank you for loving, caring, praying, supporting and all of the other good ings!! XOXOXO
OH! And may God be Praised in 2018!!
Posted on FB:
Promise Yourself —
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
Ryan could have written something like this, because he epitomizes the essence of it…
Slept pretty much all day, and am still tired and battling this stupid cold. Missed out on a couple of visitors who came to see Ryan. It’s all about him anyway, so I’m glad they came to see him…
He’s doing really well; and by that I mean really well for someone in his predicament. Would love to be able to say he’s back to his normal self, pre-incident. Perhaps tomorrow…
Have mentioned in the past, that I don’t make New Years resolutions. Instead, I try to become a better person each and every day. Sometimes I forget what day or month it is anyway, so it makes no difference. Don’t know if I’m getting any better, but I’m trying…
Jacob brought a cold home with him from college. He gave it to Janine for a Christmas present. Janine re-gifted it and gave it to me. I’m feeling selfish, so I think I’ll keep it for myself. Ryan doesn’t deserve this gift. Please pray he doesn’t catch it from me…
“If you see your glass is half empty, pour it into a smaller glass and quit your whining.”
MERRY adjective: offering fun and gaiety
BRIGHT adjective: full of promise
May Your Days Be!
Only 364 days and some change (in minutes and seconds) left until Christmas 2018. Just giving y’all fair warning that it’ll be here before you know it, so you may want to start your Christmas shopping now…
In the blink of an eye, everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You never know if/when you’ll have that chance again.
1 Corinthians 15:52 …in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be change.
I don’t have to watch Ryan. I GET to watch Ryan. God has bestowed this honor upon me; to watch over one of His own. It’s a privilege I look forward to and cherish each and every time. Thank y’all for watching over him with me through your prayers…
The Merriest of Christmases to ALL! Ryan and I are listening to Christmas music for the last time this year. Even though we’ve listened to different versions of the same Christmas songs over and over again, we’ve come to embrace them and are a bit sad that they’re going away…for now. We will, however, keep celebrating the birth of Jesus throughout the year, because that fact never loses its place in our hearts or gets old. Celebrate each day you’re alive, and make sure to let others know that the birth of Christ is for them to embrace and celebrate as well.
O little town of Bethlehem,
how still we see thee lie;
above thy deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
the everlasting light;
the hopes and fears of all the years
are met in thee tonight.
For Christ is born of Mary,
and gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep
their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together,
proclaim the holy birth,
and praises sing to God the king,
and peace to all on earth!
How silently, how silently,
the wondrous gift is given;
so God imparts to human hearts
the blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming,
but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him, still
the dear Christ enters in.
O holy Child of Bethlehem,
descend to us, we pray;
cast out our sin, and enter in,
be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
the great glad tidings tell;
o come to us, abide with us,
our Lord Emmanuel!
GIFT noun: something acquired without compensation
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Who but you coulda thunk of saving the world in this way? Shows me how small and defined my mind is. Thank you for this most wonderful gift. It is unlike any other past, present or future. And, the gift doesn’t stop there. All I/we must do is accept the gift, and voila, an eternal gift awaits.
Ryan is peacefully sound asleep, assured of his salvation in You. And for that, I am eternally grateful…
Charlie Brown quote:
“Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.”
Psalm 8:3-4 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
Love this time of year. Crisp, clean air. And, only two more days until Christmas. Are y’all ready? Of course your ready. That was a dumb question. Whoever said there are no dumb questions, never met me…
So, I was concerned Ryan was going to have another sleepless night last night, as for an hour or so just prior to “normal” bedtime (11 P.M.), he showed all signs of previous sleepless episodes. It wasn’t to be, thank God, as I tried something new; leaving the music on and turning down the lights creating a relaxing atmosphere. It was so calm, it almost put me to sleep. I splashed cold water on my face a couple of times, and managed to stay awake. Good thing…
Once Ryan did get to sleep, he did so until 10 this morning. He even slept through his shower. Speaking of showers, we could use more precipitation…