Be Still My Soul

1.  Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side.

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;

leave to your God to order and provide;

in every change God faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul: your best, your heavenly friend

through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2. Be still, my soul: your God will undertake

to guide the future, as He has the past.

Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake;

all now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know

His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

3. Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on

when we shall be forever with the Lord,

when disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,

sorrow for forgot, love’s purest joys restored.

Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,

all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Amen.

Published in: on February 5, 2009 at 7:50 am  Leave a Comment  

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Here’s my list of things I’m proud of that I did in 2008:

1.  I ran more weeks than I didn’t run.  Which is a huge deal, since I’ve never exercised regularly in my life.  And now, when I take a week (or more) off, I know that I can come back to running.  That I don’t have to stop FOREVER just because I’ve missed a few weeks.

2.  I crocheted.  A lot.  Made MANY gifts for loved ones and friends.  Used crochet as therapy, prayer, and relaxation.

3.  Learned to KNIT!   Woo-hoo.  I’ve already made 3 pair of fingerless gloves and 2 hats.  I’ve tried straight needles, circulars, and DPNs.  I plan to start my first sweater next week.

4.  Started (and then abandoned) this blog.

5.  Began a new job.  In October, I began a long-term job as a sixth grade English teacher.  I continue to work my other job (music administration and choir directing) at my church, and will continue to teach until the regular teacher is well enough to come back.

6.  Learned how to cook South Beach Diet style for my husband, who has now lost 21 pounds!  Great job, Ben.  I’m proud of you!

7.  Continued having devotions regularly, even when life was difficult.  Sought to draw close to God in the midst of trial and challenge.

8.  Watched my two oldest children begin to read the Bible on their own and develop their own relationships with God.

9.  Finally gotten into a great rhythm with the dog!  For the first year we had her, she continued to go to the bathroom in her crate if we left her for any length of time.  Finally, I got rid of the crate.  And she stopped pooping in the house.  Huge blessing!

10.  Turned 40.  That’s older than I ever imagined being.

I can’t even begin to predict what 2009 might hold.  But I know that God is walking with me every step I take on this strange journey.  My prayer is that I would trust Him more this year regardless of the circumstances.  I probably won’t blog again for another few months.  But I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.  And I’ll check back here next New Year’s, to see what God has done.

Published in: on January 2, 2009 at 1:25 am  Comments (2)  

Weekly Menu

Monday:  Pizza

Tuesday:  grilled peach adobo chicken, garlic green beans.  Bread.

Wednesday: Ham Steak, broccoli, hot crash potatoes

Thursday: Date night dinner for adults, bourbon chicken for kids with applesauce, broccoli

Friday:  Fettucini Alfredo.  Salad.  Garlic bread.

Saturday:  nachos!

Sunday:  Thai chicken in coconut sauce with asparagus over rice

I am seriously challenged in the vegetable department.  I need some help preparing fun, creative (simple to make) veggies.  any ideas?  Suggestions?

On the crochet front, I made my first mitten.  I’m also making a fun red elephant.  And the Abominable Baby Slippers as a Christmas gift for my nephew.  And a few other projects.  I’ll post pics soon.

Published in: on September 23, 2008 at 11:44 am  Leave a Comment  

Giveaway Winner and other random things

Congratulations to Jenna and Savannah!  I will be sending you the yarn once I have your addresses.  Please let me know where to send it.

I have been absent from blogging this week because I’ve been quite busy.  Actually, I’m trying to decide if I want to continue to blog.  I’m working part time, caring for my family and house, seeking to minister to and encourage all of the wonderful people God has put in my life…and all of my “spare” time is spent crocheting.  This week I made so many new projects…several scarves, a few hats, even a tank top for my daughter (which came out too small because I didn’t measure correctly, but will make a lovely baby dress for my neice!).  But I haven’t had time to take pics and post them.  Which makes me wonder if I really should continue this blog.

I’m not ready to give it up yet.  Maybe I’ll even post pics of my work tomorrow.  But I’m really trying to decide if working on this blog is the best use of my time.

Well, we’ll see how this week goes!

Published in: on July 28, 2008 at 12:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Amnesia (or, what happened to Ben)

I mentioned a few times that I’m planning on writing the story of my husband’s amnesia. I’m still trying to keep it SHORT and interesting. But here’s a teaser…

My husband starting having seizures in his sleep two weeks before our wedding. Over the years, he continued having occasional seizures in his sleep.

Four years ago, when I was seven months pregnant with our third child, Ben suffered a series of seizures (9 grand mal seizures, to be exact), what is called status epilepticus.

I am eager to share with you about the many ways that God was evident in my life during this time. I have never before called anyone (other than an ambulance) when Ben had a seizure before. But that night, after Ben’s first seizure, I called a dear friend whose husband I knew was away on business. We had no idea that this was more than a single seizure. But at 2 in the morning, my friend called my neighbors, our pastor, and the members of our Care Group.

I was surrounded by friends when the ER doctor told me that Ben’s heart had stopped for 4 1/2 minutes, and that they were going to keep him unconscious on a respirator for a few days to try to heal his aspirated lung.

When Ben woke up, he was groggy and confused (but alive!!).  His confusion was obvious right away, particularly because he couldn’t remember how many children we had until I showed him their photos.  And he refused to believe that I was pregnant (although I was 7 months pregnant and big as a house!).  Each time I told him I was pregnant, he responded differently.  One time he teared up and said, “Congratulations!”  Another time he adamantly insisted that I wasn’t pregnant.  “What’s THIS?” I asked, pointing to my belly.  “Fat!” he replied!  Over time, we realized that he had lost about 4 years of his working memory.  What a surprise when he came home and discovered that our 5 year old daughter was reading!

Praise God that Ben’s brain has been healing over the past 4 years.  He continues to struggle with short-term memory.  But his sense of humor and wonderful trust in God help us daily to face life with joy and with faith.

I will post more on this another day.  Just wanted to give you a brief history so you can understand when I mention what it’s like to live with an amnesiac!

Published in: on July 9, 2008 at 1:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Party Favors

I gave these out as party favors for the birthday party for my 4-year old.  The kids really loved them.

They were a really fun, quick project.  I made three of them in the waiting room of the ER when my son hurt his arm.  Thankfully, there was nothing wrong.  And believe it or not, it was the first time I had to take one of my kids to the Emergency Room.  Imagine that…3 kids, and I went almost 9 years without a trip to the ER!  Of course, I’ve been there many times with my husband.  But that’s another story for another post (coming shortly).

Published in: on June 24, 2008 at 2:07 am  Comments (1)  

Scruff

Just realized I hadn’t posted any pics of my dog for a while.  She’s a great one!

2 WIPs:

purse for mil, android doll for son

I need to have these finished by the first week of July, so I’ll post pics soon!

Published in: on June 21, 2008 at 12:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Poem

Streams in the Desert

reading for April 1
Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him. (Job 13:-15)

Because I know whom I have believed. (2 Timothy 1:12)

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
Come drifting home with broken masts and sails;
I will believe the Hand that never fails,
From seeming evil works to good for me.
And though I weep because those sails are tattered,
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered:
“I trust in Thee.”

I will not doubt, though all my prayers return
Unanswered from the still, white realm above;
I will believe it is an all-wise love
That has refused these things for which I yearn;
And though at times I cannot keep from grieving,
Yet the pure passion of my fixed believing
Undimmed will burn.

I will not doubt, though sorrows fall like rain,
And troubles swarm like bees about a hive.
I will believe the heights for which I strive
Are only reached by anguish and by pain;
And though I groan and writhe beneath my crosses,
Yet I will see through my severest losses
The greater gain.

I will not doubt.  Well anchored is this faith,
Like some staunch ship, my soul braves every gale;
So strong its courage that it will not fail
To face the mighty unknown sea of death.
Oh, may I cry, though body leaves the spirit,
“I do not doubt,” so listening worlds may hear it,
With my last breath.

Published in: on April 26, 2008 at 1:50 am  Leave a Comment  

New Blog!

I have decided to start this blog after being so inspired by the many crochet blogs I’ve been visiting.  I hope to post my work, learn new things, and just have fun online talking and learning about crochet.

Published in: on March 26, 2008 at 7:24 pm  Comments (1)