Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Jump Rope for Heart

Hey everyone!

Long time since I have been around. Hope blog world is still around. It has been a busy week to say the least and I have had no time or energy to get on here. My great friend Jenny just popped in today for a visit. That was so nice! And it made me think, maybe I should blog. So this is short but hopefully there will be more to come in the next days.

Joshua is doing Jump Rope for Heart with his school and is hoping to raise a good amount of moolah for the cause. He and Adam just went out to ask door to door just in our complex area. They say kids his age should stick mostly to friends or family. Wondering if any of you who live around here would like to sponsor him. He would be very appreciative. And we could come to your door so he can do it formally. If not, no prob. Just thought that I would check in and see. God bless you all and have a great and wonderful sunny night.

We will be going to change over our studded tires so we get no fines tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

This song captures how I feel lately. God is good!!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Update on taxes

Oh yes, they are finished finally! And we are blessed on all fronts! It is enough to pay for Joshua's and Annabelle's school for next year. God is so good to us. As soon as our return comes in I will be down at the school paying that one huge bill off a half a year in advance! Thank the Lord... He is so GOOD!!!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Taxes tonight

Well, having supper tonight and then working on taxes with my mom. I am kind of excited as we will get a return but I have no idea how much so... praying for a good one.

Here's a joke for you all. Hope your night goes wonderful!

A couple of weeks after hearing a sermon on Psalms 51:2-4 (knowing my own hidden secrets) and Psalm 52:3-4 (lies and deceit), a man wrote the following letter to the IRS:
“I have been unable to sleep, knowing that I have cheated on my income tax. I understated my taxable income, and have enclosed a check for $150.If I still can’t sleep, I will send the rest.”

Friday, April 18, 2008

My Joshua 1 and a half years old.

Joshua's favourite cookies

This was a picture taken after the music festival where Joshua's class won first prize for the kindergarten students! They were wonderful!
A couple days ago I was making these cookies and Joshua informed me that they are his favourite cookies ever. It is kind of cool because up until now I have never found a cookie that Joshua really liked. I guess he is a peanut butter fan. Yum!

The pan is not dirty, it is my stone pan which I bake everything on. I love it!
The dough
And the finished product. They were very yummy!
I'm going to try to get back into blogging. I have been taking a bit of a break lately as life just got a little too busy. Hope all is well in your homes! Have a great and wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Inspired to Play the Harp

I have harmonica coming from I hope I get as good as Darth here.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Giving thanks to the Lord for He is GOOD!!!

James 5:14 and 15

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Annabelle has had a hernia in her bellybutton since she was born. It was not very serious like the lower hernias usually are because it was up higher but eventually would need to be operated on. They say that they commonly shrink until a child is about 5 years old and if they haven't then the surgery is generally done before they start Kindergarten.

I talked to the surgeon about operating on the hernia around Christmas time and he asked me to take her for an ultrasound because he saw a second hernia above the bellybutton He wanted to make sure it was not just a ball of fat or something else before including it in the surgery. I took her in February I think for the ultrasound and they found that sure enough, both were hernias but the top one was very small. The doctor said that since she would be put to sleep for the bellybutton one anyway, we would just get them both taken care of at the same time. He would not normally do surgery on one so small if it was the only one but the one in the belly button needed surgery anyway. Surgery would include putting her to sleep, cutting 2 small cuts and stitching up the muscle and then stitching her belly back up. It is about 2 weeks recovery. I have been through this same surgery, very painful indeed!

I set the appointment for the surgery and of course was nervous but felt that it is better to get it done now than when she is a teenager or something and you could see the hernia through her clothing, especially after eating or when Annabelle would get angry. The doc said that kids always notice and bug kids who have them. That is why they operate on them before school.

When I told my mom about the surgery she encouraged me to have prayer over Annabelle and to trust God to heal her. I KNOW that God can heal. Adam and I have experienced that first hand, but I was hesitant. I was concerned that maybe He wouldn't and then Annabelle's faith would be weakened and that she wouldn't trust him. I know, not a very faith filled thought but I really didn't want to harm in any way the beautiful faith that God had put in my daughter. So, I thought about it and then talked it over with Belle, explaining that sometimes God heals through just prayer, and sometimes through doctors but that we need to know in our hearts that He wants to heal her, either way. So we would pray a prayer of faith that God would heal these hernias before the date of the surgery. We began to pray every night for the last 2 weeks I guess and then took her to a prayer meeting and had her prayed over. Nothing seemed to be happening so I just started to prepare myself for the surgery. I thought that the larger hernia had shrunk a bit but I wasn't sure if it was just my imagination, wishful thinking. I know, that doesn't sound much like faith either. But I do have faith, I know He heals!

We continued to pray over her and then took her to cell last night and had her prayed over again. Nancy held her hand over Annabelle's belly button and prayed a spirit filled prayer over her. When I heard it, my faith was strengthened. I knew that God was going to heal. I felt Annabelle's belly button as soon as Nancy was done. The hernia was noticeably smaller. Like it went from about a toonie size to about a nickle size!!! In minutes!!! And then when we got home Adam and I went to Belle's room with her and Adam anointed her belly button with oil and again asked for God's continued healing. Today, when feeling the belly button the hernia feels about the size of a large pea! And the belly button is not sticking out which I have not seen in all her life! The top one is still there but it is so minor and I have faith that God will take that one away, too.

I had to write this now to say... Our God is an awesome God, so faithful! Annabelle told me tonight that this makes her love Jesus even more! He is able to work, even where my faith lacks.
Thank you Lord!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A moment of happiness from a wonderful Uncle!

A week or so ago Joshua got a package in the mail. It was from his uncle Andrew. What a joy for kids to get mail just for them. He was so excited! I took pictures of the whole thing and at some point, for some reason I formatted my camera without first checking if there were any new pictures on there. I remember regretting it as soon as I hit the button to say yes, but it was too late and I was rushing out of the house to get to Joshua's music festival. I forgot totally about the picture situation and then I got an email from my bro-in-law last night and he asked if Joshua got his package yet. Well, yes he did Andrew and he LOVED it!

Inside this wonderful package from Uncle Andrew was a very cool camel. It walks and makes camel noices and everything. So cool. Here is the little story.

Last time Andrew came to visit he sent a postcard to us and the kids about a month before he came. On it was a picture of some real camels. He pointed arrows to 3 different camels and wrote, Joshua's camel on one, Annabelle's camel for another and Joel's camel on another. Then he told me to let them know that he would be bringing their camel to Canada when he came. Annabelle was convinced that he was bringing real camels and would not let her brother tell her any different. Joshua said that he knew they couldn't be real ones so they must be stuffed toys. He was so excited. Joel was somewhere in between. He figured it didn't really matter, stuffed or real, he would be happy.

Andrew got to town and as always had a suitcase with gifts for the kids and everyone. It is so neat for the kids. So he took out 2 camels and told me that he meant to go back to the store and get one more but that he didn't make it before leaving Oman. He was feeling kind of bad but figured it wouldn't matter too much as he had bought Joshua another gift. So he gave the camels out and the kids were so excited. Joshua came up to me after and asked where his camel was and I let him know that Uncle Andrew could only get 2 and for him not to worry about it because he has lots of toys and stuff. So he seemed fine. But I had to tell Andrew a few days later that Joshua had saves one of the tags off the other camels and would ask me each night, "What color do you think my camel would have been if Uncle Andrew brought it?" The tag had pictures of all the didfferent colored camels. So Andrew told him that he would bring him one next time he came to Canada.

When this package came, right away Joshua asked who it was from and when I told him he was so excited and said, "Maybe it's my camel!?" He tore it open and sure enough, a very cool camel it was. It didn't look like the other camels, and it took batteries so we put the batteries in right away and it walked around making camel noices. All his disappointment was turned to gladness. Thank you so much Andrew, you are such an awesome Uncle!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Paradise Restored

I am really enjoying this book. If you are interested go read it or download it here:
Here's the Inside Flap Catalog Description:
Does the Bible teach Christians to expect victory or defeat in this world? In this powerful book, David Chilton sets forth extensive biblical evidence for the historic Christian view know as postmillennialism - the teaching that, before the Second Coming of Christ, the world will be successfully evangelized and discipled to Christianity. The author emphasized that our view of the future is inescapably bound up with our view of Jesus Christ. The fact that Jesus is now King of kings and Lord of lords means that His Gospel must be victorious: The Holy Spirit will bring the water of life to the ends of the earth. The Christian message is one of Hope: Pentecost was just the beginning.
It will probably challenge your end times view (I'm sure you have one!). I wanted to read this before diving into Days of Vengeance which you can also download online.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Happy Birthday Tristan!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well I made it with 31 minutes to go. Happy birthday buddy. I love this pic of you and your dad.