Saturday, April 28, 2007

Home...

We're home. Thank You, Lord!

I tried to write an update last night (after I posted about my father-in-law), but my computer froze up and I lost everything I had written. And I was way too tired to write the whole thing over. So...for a more complete update you can go here, and read Ashleigh's post about our trip to Alabama and our flight home.

This morning I am heading out to the airport to pick up my husband and then we are meeting up with Ashleigh, John and our dear friends--the Tiss family--to attend a Gaither Vocal Band concert. We have had this planned for many months and while it's been a little stressful getting our family all together for today--the timing of it is perfect. Thank You, Lord!

Thank you all for your continued prayers for our family--we have felt them and appreciate them more than you can know. I am feeling pretty good right now and I am just so thankful the bleeding has finally stopped. I saw my doctor on Thursday and it looks like I will be having more surgery in two weeks (I'll post more about that later).

God is so good, isn't He? In the midst of all this turmoil in our lives, He has provided everything we have needed and taken care of every detail. We're just holdin' on for the ride!! : )

Happy Saturday y'all!! It's good to be home!! : )

Friday, April 27, 2007

Sweet By and By...

In memory of "Dad", who went home to Jesus yesterday afternoon. We love you and miss you--we'll see you again "in the sweet by and by".


In the Sweet By and By

There’s a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way
To prepare us a dwelling place there.

In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore;
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.

We shall sing on that beautiful shore
The melodious songs of the blessed;
And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.

To our bountiful Father above,
We will offer our tribute of praise
For the glorious gift of His love
And the blessings that hallow our days.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Just Checking In...

First let me say--it's no fun trying to use my mom's dial-up Internet. But it's gonna' have to do! : )

Thank you all for your continued prayers for our family. We have surely felt them and in the midst of feeling overwhelmed at times, the Lord gives His peace..."which passes all understanding."

Ashleigh, Troy and I made it to Alabama safely on Sunday afternoon. We picked up the rental car and drove straight to the hospital to see my mom. She looked so fragile and weak in the hospital bed--it was quite a shock. But I am thankful to report that she is now home and resting comfortably. She is regaining her strength each day. Praise the Lord!!

I still have my bleeding "issue" and at times have been quite weak myself. After a trip to the ER yesterday and seeing a gynecologist today--I will be having a minor surgery tomorrow to (Lord willing) stop the bleeding. It's a long story, but I'm going to keep it short for now because it's late here in Alabama. : )

We have been VERY blessed by a number of people while here: My dear friend Mitzi (and her sweet daughter Hannah Beth) has brought soup, watched Troy while Ashleigh has taken me to the doctors and just made herself completely available. My mother's neighbor also brought a meal and a highchair for Troy, as well as offered to cook more meals for us. My aunt brought over a meal and has helped care for my mom--and a number of my mom's friends from high school have stopped by and offered help. I'll tell you what--southern hospitality is something to behold!! : )

And my sweet Ashleigh--she has been quite the trooper. It's not been easy for her to help care for her Grammie AND her mom--all the while caring for a very active 1 year old AND being three months pregnant. She has been amazing!

My father-in-law is stable at this point and I believe my husband will be traveling up to northern California in the next few days. It's been heart-wrenching for Rande to wait for updates each day on his dad and me--not knowing if he should fly out here or go be with his dad.

Thank you again, for praying for us. It's been so encouraging to read your sweet comments. I am very much looking forward to catching up with you all when we get back home.

Thanking the Lord for each of you,
Mishel : )

Saturday, April 14, 2007

And yet again...

This is Ashleigh again, updating for my mom. She is bombarded with other details right now, and asked me to post here. This is an abbreviated version of my full entry.
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
II Corinthians 12:9


For those of you who haven't yet read my mom's post from last night regarding my Grammie, I'd encourage you to scroll down and start there for this to make sense.

This morning, we learned that my Grammie ended up being taken to the hospital via ambulance and is now there... with pneumonia. Things are not looking good. She is so tiny (just over five feet tall, and maybe 90 pounds dripping wet), so sick, and so weak.

Shortly after finding this out, my aunt from Northern California called and said that my grandpa is doing worse. His kidneys are shutting down, and he's not getting the nutrients he needs due to watering down his "food" so the feeding tube doesn't stop working. Things are looking much worse there also.

My mom went to see her gynecologist yesterday, and found out that she needs surgery. He wanted her to do it right away. But due to everything else that's going on, she knew she couldn't just have surgery right then, and was thinking possibly on Monday. He gave her some medication to try to stop the bleeding, but it actually made it worse. She's weak, and she's tired. And I'm worried about her.

When the first phone call came today, I was talking to my mom about my cousin's baby shower we were planning to attend this afternoon. We were determining what time to leave (and whether or not Mom was strong enough to go... the rest of us really didn't think she should be traveling two hours each way, but she wanted to try...). Now, a few hours later, we are looking at plane tickets to leave right away for Alabama. My mom, Troy and I will be heading out there for my Grammie early, early tomorrow morning, while my Dad, Zach, and John are here, ready to head up to my grandpa's. My aunt (or, mom's best friend, if you want to be technical) isn't supposed to leave until Wednesday, so she might take a side trip to visit family in Arizona before she leaves. Things are a bit crazy.

There are so many people hurting right now... dear, precious Heather, and sweet Kelli are both going through more than I can even imagine. I'm seeing more and more each day that sometimes the Lord does give us more than we can handle... because it causes us to depend completely on Him. I don't have anything super-spiritual to say in response to any of what is going on right now. It's a bit overwhelming. But I do know, in the little part of my mind that can think at the moment (between laundry, packing, figuring details, a clingy little man, and feeling quite, quite sick today), that God always, always shows Himself faithful in these moments when the rain is pouring down. I know that He is and will be holding us up. We do covet your prayers (especially for my mama... I'm really worried about her in all of this. She is not well herself.) and yet, it is so very, very humbling to know that you dear ones are taking time from your own lives, your own hardships and struggles to lift us up to the throne of Grace. It has brought tears to my eyes numerous times this week, knowing that there are people we may never even meet this side of heaven who are praying for us at that very moment. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

One More Time...

It's late Friday night here in California and as I write this post, I am very humbled and thankful for all of your prayers regarding my health "issues" this past week. Thank you all so very much.

I need to ask another favor. If you are reading this would you please, please pray for my mom (Shirley). I didn't talk to her during the time I was in the hospital (my husband was in touch with her) and when I called her yesterday after I was back at home, I noticed she did not sound good. It turns out she's been sick all week. She promised me she would try to get into the doctor today. When I called her today she sounded much worse. I thought she should get to the ER, but she refused to go (she lives alone in Alabama). My aunt (who lives two streets over from my mom) called her 3 times to try to get her to go. After my husband calling, me calling and my aunt...mom finally said she would go (my aunt will take her) first thing in the morning. I am very concerned about how she will fair through the night.

I don't know what else to do, but to pray. I am scared for her--and I know I have to leave her in the Lord's hands and trust Him. I am just feeling very helpless right now. If I could, I would fly out tomorrow and be there, but I have this bleeding "issue" and my doctor told me today he wants to do surgery ASAP. I told him about my father-in-law being in the last stages of cancer and not sure if I could have surgery right now...and this was before I knew my mother was so very sick. At this point, I am praying the Lord would miraculously stop the bleeding, because I honestly don't know how I can have surgery right now. I am feeling a tad bit overwhelmed right at the moment, as you can probably tell.

Thank you so very much for the many prayers you have been lifting up on behalf of our family over the past few weeks. I know you all have your own trials, struggles and health issues you are dealing with...and so to know you take time out to pray for me and my family--is very humbling and very much appreciated. God is good--all the time.

With a thankful heart,
Mishel : )

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Hospital Update...

This is Ashleigh again...

Thank you all so much for your prayers over the past few days. My mom was just discharged from the hospital, after three nights. The doctors discovered that she is experiencing Premature Ventricular Contractions, which, in most people, won't cause problems (and aren't even usually felt), but in some, like Mom, they can. Since the tests they did at the hospital were too inconclusive, the doctors sent her home after careful monitoring, telling her to see a cardiologist to further investigate her chest pain and possible heart issues. She's also supposed to see a gastroenterologist to determine the cause of the abdominal pain, which they weren't able to figure out, either.

I didn't mention it in my first post, but one of the more serious issues here is that Mom has been having some "female problems" (she requested I say it "nicely" :smile: ), with heavy bleeding for over three weeks. This isn't the first time she's dealt with this issue, and the doctors aren't sure if all of it is related or not. She has an appointment tomorrow morning with her gynecologist to try to take care of this, because it is definitely one of the most concerning, pressing issues at the moment. This loss of blood is taking it's toll on her... she's very weak.

And on a good note, my mom's very best and dearest friend is on her way out from Virginia this morning, which will be absolutely wonderful. Mom will be taking a little bit of a bloggie break while we sort through all of this, but she said to tell you all thank you for your prayers... you are such a blessing to her.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

In the Hospital...

Hey everyone... this is Mishel's daughter, Ashleigh, signed in to ask you to please pray for my Mama tonight, as she's been admitted to the hospital. She was taken to the emergency room this afternoon with unexplained severe pain, and has been undergoing various tests since then to determine the cause of it, as well as some other troubling issues that may or may not be related. When I left the hospital room she's been admitted to, just a little bit ago, she had a terrible headache and seemed rather weak, but was still smiling her pretty smile. Please pray that the doctors will be thorough this time, and that the Lord will give them wisdom to determine what is really going on here. When I asked her if I could ask for prayer here (because I know she greatly values the friendship of her bloggie girlfriends!), she told me, in her usual style, that if I did, not to make too big a deal out of it, because, you know, she's just fine. :ahem: I don't agree. :little smile: We'd appreciate your prayers, for both her and my Daddy, who is going to attempt sleep in an upright chair beside her bed tonight. Thanks a bunch...

Monday, April 9, 2007

Resurrection Sunday Happenings...

How was everyone's Resurrection Sunday? I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! After a somewhat stressful morning, we ended up having a very relaxed day--which was just what we all needed to focus and remember our precious Savior on this special day . Thank You, Lord!

My dear and very tired (he had been up much of the night at work) husband, got home in time from the fire station to change and head off to church with Troy, Ashleigh and I (Ash took the above pic of Troy with Rande and I). The rest of our guys had already been at church for a few hours to prepare for the Sunrise Service, the Deacon's Breakfast and the Easter Cantata. We received a call just before church that my husband's father was not doing well and for a while that morning, we didn't know if Rande may have to fly up to northern California.

After church we changed into our "play clothes", then headed over to our dear friends--the Maldonados (aka "The Maldies") for a fun and very relaxing afternoon. We are all trying to eat more healthy, so Bro. Maldie made the most delicious chicken on his new grill/rotisserie (the above picture is Troy enjoying the yummy chicken). The rest of the menu included a beautiful fruit salad, baked heirloom tomatoes with a slice of mozzarella cheese, basil and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and big green salad filled with all kinds of veggies. The only "splurge" we had was Ashleigh's dessert--Turtle Cheesecake and Oreo Cookie Ice Cream Pie. : )
Our hosts--The Maldies : )

The weather was absolutely perfect yesterday--so after lunch some of us went for a swim. This was Troy's first swim of the season and he loved it. Here he is with his daddy and his good buddy Noah.

Troy and two of his favorite people--his Oncle Zach (Oncle is French for Uncle) and Noah.

This was as close as I got to going swimming. : ) Although later on, I did sit in the jacuzzi--which was wonderful.


Troy had so much fun riding around in this little Jeep--you could tell he was thinking "I'm really cool!". Don't you just love his "swim hair"? LOL

Zach (on the right) and his two good friends--Robbie and Jared. The funny thing about this picture (and something Zach loves to remind his friends) is that these two guys are 3 years older than Zach and yet, he is the tallest. : )
Look who found the chocolate! When nobody was looking, Troy found a Hershey's Kiss and enjoyed it immensely. : )


These two pictures (the one above and below) are proof of what happens when you stay up late Saturday night playing Nintendo Wii--then have to be at church by 5am the next morning, help cook a huge breakfast, sing in the Easter Cantata--then spend the rest of Sunday eating, swimming and hanging out with your friends. The Maldies have very comfy furniture, which makes their home the perfect place to crash out. I know--I've done it a few times myself. : )




We had a very good day--it was just the kind of day we needed--because honestly, we were very concerned about Rande's dad and were somewhat distracted. But the Maldies (and Jared) are like family and they didn't expect anything from us. They just loved on us and got us to laugh--a lot. We had good conversations about the Lord and what He's doing in our lives--it was just a good day and we were thankful. : )

Update on Rande's dad: As I have posted before, his dad is in the final stages of esophageal cancer. He is having problems with his feeding tube, and we are praying the problems can be resolved. Of course, ultimately we desire God's will above all else...and we are thankful the Lord has already given Grandpa Richard more time with his family than was expected just a few weeks ago. God is good...all the time! : )


Have a wonderful day!! Happy Monday!!

Sunday, April 8, 2007

He Is Risen!

"Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them,
Why seek ye the living among the dead?
He is not here, but is risen..."

Luke 24:1-6


May you and your family have a blessed Easter!!

Friday, April 6, 2007

The Finished Work...




"They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born,
that he hath done this."
Psalm 22:31




I read this wonderful Good Friday devotional written by Dr. Henry Morris and published by the good people at ICR (Institute for Creation Research). If you are interested, you can go here to read it.
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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Nurturing Your Soul...

  • I am currently reading a book that came highly recommended from my good friends, Julie and Heather. The book is titled: "It's a Wonderful Life--Serving God Joyfully in Marriage and Ministry" by Mrs. Terrie Chappell (wife of Dr. Paul Chappell, Pastor-Lancaster Baptist Church).
  • I am only half way through the book, but I have already been blessed by the "treasures" from God's Word found within it's pages. In my opinion, Mrs. Chappell's writing style is reminiscent of Elizabeth George--so if you enjoy reading Elizabeth George (which I do!), then you would like this book as well. And you don't have to have a husband in full-time ministry to glean from this book. : )

    I wanted to share with you something I read a few days ago. In Chapter 5, Mrs. Chappell is discussing the need to nurture our souls by purposefully and continually reading God's Word. She provides a list of advantages to reading the Word of God daily:

  • It is the way to grow spiritually--1 Peter 2:2; Matthew 4:4
  • It is the way to grow in faith--Romans 10:17-18
  • It is the way to have victory over sin--Psalm 119:9-12
  • It is the "seed" for our witnessing--Luke 8:11, 1 Peter 1:23, Psalm 126:5-6
  • It is how we stay tender--Jeremiah 23:29
  • It is where we obtain God's wisdom--Psalm 19:7
  • It is how God guides us--Psalm 119:105
  • It gives instruction in every doctrine--2 Timothy 3:16
  • It is the way to have great peace--Psalm 119:165
  • It is our strength--Psalm119:28
  • It is our assurance of salvation--1 John 5:13
  • It is the way to know God's will--Psalm 119:104-105
  • It gives spiritual discernment--Psalm 119:130
  • It is the way to be comforted--Psalm 119:52
  • It is the way to experience answers to prayer--John 15:7
  • It is our hope--Psalm 119:81
  • It is the way to find joy--Psalm 119:111
  • It leads to success--Joshua 1:8
  • It is the way to know God more intimately--John 1:1

I don't know about you--but reading that list was so encouraging to me! Whatever you or I are facing today, we can go to the Bible--God's Word--and find answers, hope, peace, comfort, wisdom, assurance and most importantly, salvation if you don't know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior (Romans 5:8, 6:23, 10:9).

When I became a Christian back in February of 1990, one of the first things the woman discipling me said was make sure to read the Bible daily. She explained just as we need to eat food daily to live physically, as Christians we need to partake of the Bible daily--to live and keep growing spiritually. She said if I didn't stay in the Word continually, I would become malnourished spiritually. I am so thankful to that dear lady, for putting it in terms I could easily understand--and it has stuck with me all these years. Have I read my Bible every day since then? I wish I could say yes. But I can tell you that if I don't--I miss it and my relationship with the Lord suffers, as do my other relationships as well.

Have your nurtured your soul today? If not, stop and take a moment to read God's Word. You'll be glad you did!

Happy Thursday! : )

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Our Weekend...In Pictures

I hope everyone had a good weekend~we sure did! And I hope y'all are having a GREAT week so far!

Saturday was our "All Church Workday" and what fun it was to get our church all spiffed up before Easter. We love workday~everyone works hard, but we also have a lot of fun (and a yummy breakfast!).


While others cleaned kitchens, classrooms, the auditorium and did yard work...Ashleigh and I cleaned the nursery from top to bottom. Of course Troy helped. : ) Here he (top-right pic) is with Miss Jenny~his favorite nursery worker (besides Mommy and Grammie). Troy also loved the baby in the stroller. Good thing~because he's going to be a big brother in November!



Sunday was a wonderful day in many ways. Going to church is always a blessing...but we were especially thankful because the Lord answered two specific prayers. We have been praying for two young men and both of them showed up at church on Sunday~one in the morning service and one in the evening! Praise the Lord! We also had a neat surprise when a dear family that used to attend our church and belong to our homeschool group~shared the Lord's Day with their old friends from Calvary Baptist Church. The Nixon family was visiting the desert for the weekend and we sure are glad they did! : )

The other special event on Sunday, was the celebration of our precious daughter's 21st birthday. I think Ashleigh enjoyed her day~she seemed to!


After church, we went out to lunch with friends and family. Ashleigh's daddy brought her beautiful flowers. She might be married, but she's still her Daddy's girl! : )

Ashleigh's two favorite guys~her beloved husband, John and her sweetness, Troy. Can you tell Troy is a VERY happy little guy?
And of course, what birthday celebration would be complete without the embarrassing moment when the restaurant employees sing "Happy Birthday"?! : )



Finally, we went back to our house to open presents. (Don't know if you can see it or not, but there is plastic still on our windows~for those of you who don't know, we are remodeling our house.) Our gift to Ashleigh is a trip to see the Gaither Vocal Band (and the Isaacs and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound). Ash shares her birthdate with her very best friend Bethany, so at the end of this month, we'll be going to the concert with Bethany and her family. Woohoo!! And because my husband and son were still up in northern California on Troy's actual birthday, there was one last present for him to open. He loved his little red piano! He should because I think it's in his genes! LOL Troy's daddy is very musical (he sings and can play almost any instrument by ear) and his mama sings and plays the piano beautifully.

It was indeed a GREAT Sunday! : )

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday Ashleigh!



Twenty-one years ago, the Lord blessed my husband and I with a precious baby girl. Well, that little bundle has grown up and become a beautiful young woman and today we celebrate God's blessing. We love you Ash and thank the Lord for you!!

Happy Birthday!!