Wow! My heart is overwhelmed by God's blessings-both great and small! The benefit has been above and beyond what I had expected! People coming for the dinner, the auction, the wonderful hard working committee, the baked goods, the items donated for silent auction, sponsors for the holes and/or shirts. The mail has been having a few cards from those that were not able to come due to other commitments or obligations with a monetary gift. GOD IS GOOD!!!! The cards with the wording inside is touching enough!! Like I said to some that were at the dinner, it is a blessing to me more than money just to see the support from the community. God has blessed me with a small and caring community and I am thankful. I'll try to see if I can post a few pictures in a few days, but if not, the website of the benefit will have them up and going as a slide show. Thank you everyone for your support, love, and prayers for not just myself but my husband and kiddos.
I'm hanging in there from the busy weekend. I can say for sure I am worn out and trying to recover and get some much needed rest. I am still fighting severe muscle cramps along with bone pain that hurts terribly-which I have had before. Madison, WI is saying that I should have my Dr appointment scheduled by the latest-Friday. They said today that the Dr. is reviewing my chart right now.
Chicago also called regarding the biopsy surgery. I am to see the specialist/surgeon on August 14. She will then schedule it while I am there hopefully. I have been waiting for this to be done since I was there in the hospital in December. It's been talked and discussed and hanging over my head and I am ready when they are to get the show on the road and get it over. I honestly was thinking it would be done before the benefit but it didn't happen-maybe there's a reason. Just wanted it done before kiddos started school up but it would only be a week away after August 14. God cares and understands and I know whatever the timing of it, it will all work out. I have placed it in the hands of the Lord. That is where I want my life to be always. HE means more to me than I could ever put in words. I want to keep my life in HIS hands and let HIM do the work in my life that HE wants to. I want to be a vessel used by HIM and molded and made in HIS image. When people look at me, I want them to be able to say I see God in her. I do love HIM and never want to fail to give HIM all the glory and honor!
We have added 2 new friends to our home as of last Thursday-Flip and Flop. They are two albino frogs. I love watching them eat. They are fun and entertaining for the kids...and maybe Mom and Dad too. :)
Also, we have a peach tree out in our back yard. In June it was FULL of peaches that were growing and little by little the squirrels have been eating them clean. They are cute watching them eat the peach, but what theives they are!!! They can't stop eating them. In the past 2 weeks they have grown to be bigger and beautiful. The kids have been excited about picking them. :) Well today I looked at the peach tree and it looked pretty sad. Leaves were all full and green- but very few peaches throughout the tree. So... I thought I'd look over at the tree near by that has a squirel stand. What did I see with my eyes- a lot of peach seeds at the bottom of the trunk of the tree. The squirels have taken the peaches over to the tree and eating them. I thought I'd count and see how many were there-close to 50 seeds!!! I thought I'd go ahead with Kailey and pick the rest of the peaches on the peach tree so they didn't get anymore. We picked 15. Lesson learned-squirrels may be cute but watch out:) they are thieves.
I also was quickened in a spirtial lesson- satan is like a squirel and little by little robs us of things in our lives like-joy, peace, patience,love until we just have a little bit left. Reminds me of a children's song- read your BIBLE pray everyday and you'll grow, grow, grow. If you don't read your BIBLE and pray everyday then you'll shrink, shrink, shrink. Not physically, but spititually in your walk with God. I want grow in HIM.
I had a wonderful surprise on Friday afternoon while resting in my bedroom. My Mother in law, Aunt and 8 year old cousin came and surprised me -from Texas. They wanted to be here for the benefit. They came in on a train. Shane and Kelsey kept it a surprise from me. Thank you for coming! Lots of memories were made the 4 days you were here!
It has taken me a bit to get this typed between not feeling good and things but things could be much worse and so I should not complain. Last summer I was in and out of the hospital so much and unable to enjoy my kiddos. Each morning I am enjoying some sweet snuggle time and through out the day. I am blessed. :)