Just a little something to get your week off to a great start…https://www.facebook.com/MetDaanTips/videos/3146810245542500/UzpfSTE0NjA5ODE5Njg6MTAyMjI4ODY5Njk1NTAzNjA/
“When the world says give up, HOPE whispers try it one more time.” Thank you for posting this on FB today Stacie!
Ryan’s morning with me began with a small seizure. Sometimes, by holding/hugging him and massaging his shoulders for a few moments, he manages to calm down and the seizure subsides. It wasn’t the case this morning, so I had to give him a small dose of medicine, which did work……..I don’t know about you, but some of my days are full of way too many things; so many that my mind feels like it’s going to explode. Things big and small like to-do lists, work/business, what to cook, what to wear, various choices to make, how to act/react in certain situations, should/shouldn’t I?, thoughts…Yes, thoughts. Just thinking about stuff can be overwhelming at times; especially since I’m only able to manage one thought (maybe two) at a time depending on the subject matter…Eh, who am I kidding?…just one. When I find myself getting overwhelmed, I have to force myself to STOP (In the name of Love…sorry), take a breath and prioritize. I then proceed to knock things off one at a time; which is all I can really do, because I’m not a multitasker. If I can accomplish this, I usually make it through the day without getting a heggit (Ryan’s word for headache). Today was one of those days…way too many things, but no heggit. Thank you Lord for giving me many opportunities to practice stopping, breathing and prioritizing. I pray you’ll give me another opportunity to practice tomorrow. If, for some reason however, I fail, thank you in advance for aspirin…
This new format is driving me insane…or, more insane than I already was. Tried to post yesterday, but the page would not load. I’m going to load this program into the shredder and fire it…ah, on second thought, I’ll go get some ice cream and come back later to try again. Sorry about the rant…In other news, the air quality improved a bit today. In other words, not as much smoke from fires in the air. Still not back to the fresh, polluted air we’re used to, but getting there. Ryan’s been steady Eddie throughout. Just dawned on me that his middle name is Edward…hmmm. I couldn’t have done that if I tried. I’ve managed to wean him off one dose of another medicine. Now he only takes this particular med 2 times a day instead of three. Slowly, but surely. I know, don’t call you Surely…Finally: Ask God to help you make the best possible decisions you can each and every time, and see if you end up doing things a bit differently.
Ryan and I just got done watching the pilot episode of Designated Survivor (DS) on Netflix; a story about who succeeds the president should he and other members of congress, etc. be, for lack of better terminology, wiped out suddenly. In the opening 10 minutes or so of the episode, a bomb blows up the Capitol, along with the president and the entire congress, and the DS(played by Kiefer Southerland) instantaneously becomes POTUS. I doubt Kiefer woke up that morning thinking his life was going to be much different at the end of the day; much less that he was going to become POTUS. It got me thinking about how things can, and often do, change in an instant. I certainly didn’t wake up on the Saturday some 9+ years ago, thinking my life was going to be drastically different at the end of the day, but it was. So, how does one deal with something like that? I don’t know about you, but I turn my eyes upward towards God, and ask him to give me strength and wisdom and understanding and comfort and peace and love and…let’s just say I ask for a lot. And, by His grace He pours out those things abundantly. My life, our lives, changed in an instant, and they haven’t been the same since. And, they continue to change and unfold. And, we ebb and flow with the tide, so to speak. Thankfully, God has shown me what He’s doing through Ryan’s circumstance. I praise Him for that. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for everybody…but perhaps it’s because they don’t ask. I encourage you, when change happens (he operative word being when), to ask God for the things I mentioned above, and hopefully He will allow you (as He has me) to see what He’s doing. Keep the faith and give Him praise…ALWAYS!
Does anybody else feel like this? MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY BLINK MONDAY MOVIE RECOMENDATION: The Peanut Butter Falcon on Amazon Prime Ryan, Janine and I just finished watching it. Thank you Jacob for telling us about it. You finally recommended a good one… Congratulations to a couple of Ryan’s and our family’s friends for their weddings! Congratulations Sydney!! Congratulations Lauren!! May God’s grace abound in your marriages!! And, congratulations to their wonderful parents!! You know who you are…xoxoxo
So, do you remember what America felt/looked like the day after 9/11/2001? I wish it could feel/look like that now; at least the good parts anyway… It’s hard to believe that Ryan was only 7 years old. I was MUCH younger then too…which is also hard to believe. We hope y’all are having an amazing weekend!
9/11/2001 NEVER FORGET
Our dear friend Don posted this on FB today
On this night… 19 years ago 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning. 343 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift. 60 police officers went to sleep in preparation for morning patrol. 8 paramedics went to sleep in preparation for the morning shift of saving lives. None of them saw past 10:00am Sept 11, 2001. In one single moment life may never be the same. As you live and enjoy the breaths you take today and tonight before you go to sleep in preparation for your life tomorrow, kiss the ones you love, snuggle a little tighter, and never take one second of your life for granted. May We Never Forget!
Ryan’s flamingo has ash all over him…