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See Him and Find Joy

August 27, 2017
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Each Simple Act of Thankfulness

July 23, 2017

So many times we wonder, “What is the will of God? And in this situation?” What does He want me to do? How do I make this decision at this fork in the road? I throw my hands up (bring them together actually) and just pray His will be done and hope it works out.

Sometimes we want God to be so specific. Honestly, I don’t think he cares too much what job I do or where my postal code is. It’s more about how I am working and living, isn’t it? Am I in sync with His will? Am I yielding my will to His? Am I living like it’s laid out below in Colossians 3:15,

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. . . and verse 16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly . . . with thankfulness in your hearts to God. . . and verse 17. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Personally, over the last two months so much healing has taken place since that first week when I was literally plunged into darkness. Al and I were told, “It is possible you will regain your sight.” Whoa– possible? That wasn’t too encouraging. I desperately sought refuge in God and that I could trust in whatever lay ahead, hoping His will would be to heal. He blessed me with an overwhelming feeling of love and peace and thankfulness for the faith He has given me. It was an incredible gift to be able to rest in knowing He has my best interests at heart. God’s work in me jumped off the page last week as Al read Psalm 16. I said, “There it is! We have heard preachers and others say a few times, “the only good in me is from God.” This is a Bible verse that says it:

Psalm 16:1,2 “Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord,
“You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

Well, THERE’s a reason to be thankful! Where would I be without you, Jesus (rhetorical, don’t answer that!) And each simple act of thankfulness is living in His will.

Lincoln just being adorable with his hands in his mouth. We celebrated Preston’s 2nd birthday with a pretty awesome cake. Marshall from Paw Patrol made an entrance and was a huge hit!And we are pretty excited that Crystal is home for a couple weeks!  The stroller brigade pic was a successful trip through Zooz with the kiddos.

Oh, hey, the DOCTOR’S visit last week. Good report! Less inflammation again, the retina is almost completely back where it should be and I no longer need to take 3 eye meds. He gave us a 6 month weining program for prednisone along with the usual reminder that it may grind to a halt or reverse at anytime. But a huge praise! Every week or two I come across a marker of somewhere I’ve been and can compare to what it was like then and now. I can see noticable improvement in those 2 week sections. I have more energy (still a wimp though), less eye strain, less darkness in the room, I am sleeping better, hearing better and other little things. It is such a blessing to be on the mend. Thank you again for all your love and prayers and we give God the glory for His work in each one of us.

Wasn’t even

July 8, 2017

 

 

20170315_074013  I had an appointment June 21 with an opthamologist at the St.Joseph’s Urgent Care clinic again.
So here’s an update. So much has changed since my last appointment 2 weeks ago! We drove into St. Jo’s Urgent care clinic and I saw the building for the first time. Though I have been there half a dozen times already I have never been able to see it. My last visit I could see things if I looked and focused hard but the effort caused strain and a headache and everything was as if in a dimly lit room. I haven’t had a headache for over a week now! It was darker then and more warped and it’s so much better, now (still a ways to go of course). The light was so bright outside and I had a loud ringing of tinnitis and noises were very loud. All these symptons are getting better, praise the Lord! What answer to the so many prayers of everyone. So thankful for God’s healing mercies. The symptons are still there but settling and it’s much easier to cope. Honestly, I wasn’t even able to pray for physical healing. I just didn’t know what God’s will was but do know just being closer to Him and spiritually turning to Him is always a good thing. I am sure anyone going through a hard time has experienced this and what a blessing! To have to trust in Him fully, one day at a time, letting Him be sovereign over all. It was a challenge and at the same time He had a peace that did pass all understanding for me. I have no choice but to rest and be still. But we see evidence of His healing mercies every day, bit by bit.
The doctor was “tremendously pleased” with my progress. He said it was much better than expected and he credits the prednisone, of course. It is a high dose doing a great job fighting the inflammation that my body will continue to create in the body and eyes until it runs it’s course (they predict the next 5 to 11 months) with this VKH auto immune disease. Doctor sees the retinas in the eyes are continuing to reattach slowly, as the fluid decreases there. I think this is what causes the warped part of my vision and the darkness and the left eye being worse. The right eye is quite good. The doc continues to remind me this is serious and I am still very sick, and to be careful (okay, okay). So please pray for this healing process to continue on the fast track and for me to have patience if it doesn’t. I am doing a little more each day which, of course, makes you want to do more again. Please pray the medication symptons won’t be severe during this time. I don’t feel myself at all –I have way too mental energy but not physical (and unfortunate for all around I can’t stop talking).
So each day I am stronger, up a little longer, can see the computer (in big fonts, lol) and can handle the phone a bit more. We try to limit the day to half an hour events and maybe a visit per day. We are slowly settling into the new home — and purging! We absolutely love it here. God really did plop this home into our laps and knew much more than we did of our needs. We have met a few neighbours and are so looking forward to being part of a little community here. God is so good! Who has a verse for me to praise him? There are so many and I love your prayers, your support, voice messages, texts, cards and meals!!! It’s been overwhelming the love I am getting from friends and family. Thank you so so much and please pray for Al, too. He’s been a rock, a true example of God, and an example of Christ in his serving me. It is humbling.

 

Above, new April grandson and his big brother hiking with us at Balls Falls. I really missed them while in the hospital.  It was such a blessing to having visits from them.

PS. My next appointment is July 12 and we will let you know how it goes. Meal train ends soon and I think we will try cooking again. Thank you so much everyone for loving on us with the wonderful food!

In April we welcomed a new grandson! His big brother went hiking with us 🙂 It was so great to see them again after being away for so long.

I Just couldn’t resist including this pic below –not really whipping it with JC thoughWhippitgood

A Look at the Rainbow

July 1, 2017

July 1, 2017

Ever feel so scared that your life was actually in danger?  In Mark 4 in the Bible Jesus friends, experienced boaters and fishermen, are desparate.They are crossing water and a storm whips up. And then, Jesus calms the storm. He is literally in charge of and can control the weather. Sovereign over all He is one of three persons of the trinity –Father, Son & Holy Spirit. He rules the weather! Incredible. On the spiritual side we know he can be called on to calm our emotional storms, too. We just have to call on Him . . . . but I digress . . . I wanna talk rainbows.

Rainbow
In Genesis 9 God says He promises (a covenant) to never again flood and destroy the earth. He gave us a sign, His rainbow in the cloud. “When I (God) bring clouds over the bow and the bow is seen in the clouds, I shall remember my promise.”

And I, personally, shall, too! Knowing he controls the weather and wants to share this loving reminder with me, encouraging me, prompting me to talk to Him, praise and honour Him. He deserves my thanks for His love and faithfulness even when I do not always feel that way.

 

Health .. .Life really is a roller coaster

June 30, 2017

A little big recap for those that weren’t emailed personally earlier on. I had an appointment with an opthamologist at the St.Joseph’s Urgent Care clinic again.
The calendar of events was a like this . . .
May 13, we went to Crystal’s graduation at Liberty University (congrats on a job well done, sweetheart).Commencement-Ceremony-Header

That day I had warped vision and went blind in the evening, sudden onset of uveitis (didn’t know it was that at the time). May 15 we went to Rocky Mountain ER in Virginia, we said and they agreed I had a migraine. After a brain scan and spinal tap to be safe they said you aren’t dying so feel free to drive home. So we drove home.

I had headaches and darkness and hoped “the migraine” would go away. We gave up by Friday and went to Dunnville’s ER May 19 and they realized it was more a vison problem than headache. I spent the night on a cot, and they set up an eye appointment at St. Joseph’s for 9:30 next day.

It seemed simple at first, just a few special eyedrops needed. And then the words, “This is serious.” There may have been an expletive attached. The appointment lasted til 4pm with multiple specialists. It included statements something like, “It is possible you will regain your eyesight . . . scary stuff.  My retina was detaching from fluid and inflammation in both eyes . . . and I was off to the ER at Hamilton General for the next 4 nights.

 

 

 

Hamilton General Head

My home for a bit . . . they took really good care of me

I got a bed (that felt like heaven after the ER cots for the next 6 nights. A battery of tests in chaotic co-ordination with 6 departments of the hospital (Endocrinology, Opthamology, Infectious Viruses and Diseases, Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, if I remember right) began.  There were multiple visits of questioning, poking and general sucking of multiple vials of blood hourly it seemed.  Efforts to solve the mystery determined I have a rare auto immune disease called V K H. So that’s that. They put me on a high dose of prednisone and sent me home. I will follow up soon.

Biking Along the James

Loved having Maddie join us for the weekend

 

See it, enjoy it, enjoy Him

July 11, 2014

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Hoping for less than 5 km winds, camped out in our hotel suite, waiting for 11 pm to see if we would be flying up and away in a hot air balloon come morning. Disappointment, it’s a no go with a windy forecast . . . but we did get to sleep in instead of rising at 5 am — bonus! We are also up LATE enough for breakfast in the lobby –see –not so bad.

So now what? Antique shopping across the street beckoned. Interesting and nostalgic but no 50 cent discoveries. I think we may be we more the garage sale type. On to the town of Elora, I had no idea it was so nice.  And the Elora Gorge – how beautiful. We had hoped to float on tubes down the river but the water levels were too high so we took the slower way down river, yep; on foot.

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These women . . . make me smile

These women . . . make me smile

Walking and talking, taking it all in, enjoying each mile

Walking and talking, taking it all in, enjoying each mile

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