Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/22/19

Ryan’s happy and unhappy his mom is home. Happy because she can now cook him the hearty meals he’s been missing so much, and unhappy she didn’t bring him a t-shirt from Prague…

Ryan says he’d like some soft, chewy chocolate-chip cookies with half the chocolate chips, and a big glass of cold milk. Mmmmm, my mouth is drooling. Oops! I mean, Ryan’s mouth is drooling…

“Today, a million kids want to clean up the earth. Two million parents want them to start with their rooms.”

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/21/19

Tomorrow, Ryan’s mother returns from Prague, Czheckq Republic (or however you spell it), so Ryan and I are frantically cleaning the house in preparation for her return. One can only imagine (I’m not the one imagining, because I’m here) how messy…scratch that…trashed the place has gotten this past week. Can you say ransacked? I can imagine what wrath she will bring upon us if we don’t have things in order when she walks through the door…

Speaking about spelling, check this video out…Ryan and I are still laughing…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/20/19

Well, PG&E didn’t turn the power off today, because God kept the wind to a light breeze…

Speaking of breezes…

“I have a great joke about air, but I think it would just breeze right by you.”

“I, for one, found No Nut November to be a breeze, but then again I am highly allergic.”

“What do you call a pasta sauce made out of sea breezes? Marine-air a…”

Ba dum bum…

Happy Wednesday Y’all!

 

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/19/19

Psalm 5

Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament.
Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome.

The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest.

But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple.

Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies—make your way straight before me.
Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice.

Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies. Declare them guilty, O God!
Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.

But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

Ryan and I listened to this Psalm (amongst others) today. It really spoke to us…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/18/19

Ryan and I spent a quite day together. After having partied all weekend, we had no other choice but to take it easy. We listened to a little music, and read a few chapters of the Bible…

We have another power outage scheduled for this coming Wednesday, which is supposed to last at least two days. Oh the joy! I need to make sure the generator is working again. It worked so well last time. Please pray it does this time as well. The things impacted most when it comes to Ryan, is 1. His air-filled bed. When the power is off, it deflates. So, it’s necessary to switch the mattress out for a firm one. It’s not too bad because the lift to get him out of bed to make the switch works on backup battery, and 2. His respiratory treatments get put on hold because the machines work only with power.

Please pray the power doesn’t get turned off (best case scenario), or if it does, that the generator works like the champ it did last time…Thank you!

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/17/19

Nothing but a huge pit where the pool once stood. Ryan and Jacob had a lot of fun in that pool. Who can hold their breath the longest? Who can swim the farthest underwater? Who can stand on their hands? Wanna have chicken fights? Etc. Etc. Etc. I miss them playing in it, but won’t miss the maintenance…

Next project: Remove the deck and build something more fun…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/16/19

I just realized I didn’t post anything yesterday, so I apologize to all of you who haven’t slept for a couple of days now. The reason I didn’t post is because Ryan and I were partying hard…Janine’s half way around the world on business, so you know how that plays out…

Truth be told, I went to a high school football game. Jacob’s old school, Campo, was playing Livermore in the first round of the NCS division 2 tournament. It started out a bit sketchy for both sides. On the very first play from scrimmage, Campo picked of a pass and almost ran it in for a touchdown. A few plays later and Campo scored. On the ensuing kickoff, Livermore ran the kickoff back for a touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, Campo ran it back for a touchdown. So, within 2 minutes the score was 14-7. Campo ended up blowing Livermore away. I left with about two minutes to go, and the score was something like 41-17…and it wasn’t even that close. So, Ryan and I weren’t really partying…much.

He’s resting comfortably this evening. I sure do love that kid…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/13/19

MIRACLES HAPPEN EVERY DAY!

Yesterday, my neighbor shared the following story with me. I’ll leave out names for now, because I’m not sure if I’m allowed to share them, but will when permission is given…

So, my neighbor’s son (and my friend) founded, and has been running, a charitable non-profit Christian organization for at least as long as I’ve lived here (33 years). His organization operates entirely on donations, which have been around $1 million annually…give or take. Some years are leaner than others, but God’s always supplied just what they’ve needed (isn’t that the way it always is?). Now, a million dollars sounds like a lot (it does to me), but it really doesn’t go as far as one might think; and especially in today’s economy.

My neighbor’s husband (who passed away many years ago) had a cousin living in Redwood City ( a town about 30 miles away from my house). He was a judge; and I only mention this to make this story a bit easier to follow. The judge’s wife’s birthday happened to be the same day as his cousin’s, my neighbor’s husband’s. Every year, on their birthdays, the two couples would get together and have dinner, and over the years the cousins and their spouses got to be very good friends. Now, the judge and his wife were very philanthropic people, and would donate a little money every year to my neighbor’s son’s organization.

Several years ago, the judge died, leaving his wife as his sole heir, as they had no children of their own. The judge’s only other living relative at the time, and with whom he was very close, was his brother. His brother was the founder of a very large, very well-known company; which, everyone reading this will recognize. Eventually (a few years ago), the judge’s brother passed away, and left all of his possessions, including his company’s stock to the judge’s widow; as he had no wife or children of his own.

Last year, the judge’s widow passed away. A few months ago, the lawyer of the deceased widow called my neighbor and told her that the widow had left some stocks in her will to be divided amongst four charities; one of which was the Christian organization her son runs. Long story short, the stock that she left to be divided amongst the four charities is currently worth $120 million. Now, I’m no mathematician, but I believe divided by four, that comes to $30 million each.

Now I realize receiving an inheritance is not an unusual occurrence. It’s certainly nothing out of the ordinary, and might not be considered a “miracle” by the masses. But, I believe in this case, it’s definitely a miracle for my friend’s Christian organization, and the countless lives who will be touched/blessed by it.

LUKE 16:10   Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

PRAISE GOD FOR HIS PROVISION! MAY HIS GLORY BE MAGNIFIED!

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 11/12/19

For the past couple of days, Ryan’s been wide awake for at least a good couple of hours. During this time, I’ve been trying to see if there’s anything he can/will do on command with some consistency. Yesterday, I asked him to move his foot/feet if he could hear me…and he did…a couple of times…but not every time. Today, I asked him to do the same thing…he did not. Does he hear me? I believe he does. Does he understand me? I’m not sure…maybe sometimes. No matter what, I’ll keep trying. After all, it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that he started to smile, and to laugh. Who knows what he’ll be able to do given time…

No matter how hard it may be, or how long it may take, I will NEVER give up…