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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Jaxten Scott at 32 weeks!

He is too cute!  He is sucking on his big toe here! 

Look at those lips!

I can't wait to kiss him all over his cute little face!

His daddy makes this same face when he hits a bad note on the guitar!

5 Precious little fingers!

Pucker up!

I say he has his mouth wide open, his daddy says he sucking on his bottom lip.  Either way, it's adorable!

Catching up

We'll just start from last Friday and work our way forward!  I have got to get better about doing this on at least a semi-daily basis or something.

Friday Recap:  Everything started off fine and dandy, another day at work.  But after work I had been planning on going to my dad's church for a revival service.  The Rochester's were singing and one of the group members was preaching.  Let me just say they are goooooooooood!!!!!!!!  They are my favorite group and they sing at my dad's church every December.  It was cancelled this year because we got all that crazy icy snow stuff the night they were supposed to sing.  So they rescheduled to January 15th and I couldn't wait.  Well, around 5:00 that evening I was still at work and felt that twinge of pain and knew all too well what it was. 
Dang gall bladder :[
It just kept getting worse and I knew I would have to take my pain medicine which makes me loopy.  Since I would have to drive to the church by myself and drive home later that night by myself (hubby had to drive separate from work too) I knew I shouldn't chance driving while medicated! Dan. ger. ous!  So, I pouted and went home and missed my fave group ever.
Did I mention dang gall bladder?

Saturday Recap:  I NEEDED VERY BADLY (ok, exaggeration) wanted very badly to get my hair cut in a different style so I scheduled an appointment for 9:00 Sat morning.  What was I thinking?  That's my one day to sleep in and I had to get up early and drive 25 minutes for a haircut.  Anyway, I love it (maybe I'll actually post a picture one day)!  Then I had to go straight home and pick up the hubby and Caden and take him to our church for a King's Kid's activity.  They were going to use pizza kits to assemble their own pizzas and bake cookies.  Caden said he had fun but kept telling me he didn't eat any pizza.  Whatever.  I'm not sure exactly what happened but he sure had pizza sauce all over his shirt and cheeks! 
While he was there, Scottie and I went to eat lunch at Golden Corral.  It was good.  Not anything exciting to tell.  Then we went to Babies R Us and he let me sit in all the glider rockers and chairs!  I knew what I wanted going in and it was confirmed while we were in there.  It is soooooo comfy!  I'll try to get a picture on here soon.  (knowing me, yeah right.  But it sounds good!)  The only bad thing about it is the price tag.  It's a little quite expensive.  But I'm getting everything else used and we are reusing Caden's crib bedding and baby furniture.  So the chair will be my one and only splurge and to me it is a very important piece that really needs to be comfortable.  Especially when I think of all the time spent in the glider I had in Caden's room that was not exactly high on the comfort meter!
When we got back to the church to pick up Caden, my dad and uncle were there to get set up and practice some music.  I love to sing, but I must say it is getting harder to do it.  I can't catch my breath sometimes and I certainly can't breathe in very deep.  But I keep trying anyway! 

Sunday Recap:  Went to church, then I went out to lunch with a friend from church and her husband and kids.  Then we did some secret shopping....More on that to come later!  Went back to church.  Not a very eventful day.

And that's that!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Little of this, little of that

I'm feeling very scattered today, so I'm sure this post will reflect exactly that same feeling.  Here's just a few random things on my mind.

The same week we found out I had gall stones, we also learned that Scottie's mom's husband has colon cancer.  He's been through extensive testing since then and finally got a plan of treatment today.  The doctors say it's at least at a Stage 3.  They want to do some kind of chemo or radiation for about 6 weeks, then let it rest for another 6-10 weeks, then attempt surgery to remove it.  The surgery is going to be very long and difficult and he will have to wear a colostomy bag for about 6 months after.  On top of this, he went to see his heart doctor (he's had several open heart surgeries, had a pig valve put in...etc) and they said the aneurysm in his heart which they've known about and been monitoring has doubled in size.  But of course it is secondary right now.  It is definately going to be a long hard road, so I ask for everyone's prayers please.

I called and scheduled an appointment for me to have my hair highlighted this week, and then I called to schedule Caden a haircut and guess when the only open time they had was?!?  The same exact time my appointment was for at different places in completely different towns!  I contemplated rescheduling mine, but we both needed it very badly.  So I swallowed my pride, and asked his dad to take him.......ALONE.......WITHOUT ME.......TO GET A HAIRCUT........HIS DAD GENERALLY SHAVES HIS OWN HEAD.........Do you see where I'm going here???  Well, I was a nervous wreck the whole time.  I had my phone in my pocket in case Scottie needed to call or text, but then realized that I had no cell service out in the boonies where I was.  As soon as I entered good service area on the way home, I called to see how things went.  Scottie said Caden did a really good job and sat still.  I kept asking how short his hair was.  Scottie's response....."It'll grow back".   AAAHHHHHH.  He'd better hope he's picking, even though it's not even a funny joke.  Well, he was.  Caden's hair looked great, and all is well.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Not by feelings

Ok, since I obviously can't come up with something from my life to blog about every day, I'm going to do another one of my "preaching" posts.  I think I've mentioned before that I love our preacher!  Our pastor has had some medical issues recently so we have another preacher from our church filling in alot now.  No one can take the place of my pastor, but this preacher is great in his own way too.  He teaches during his message instead of just a bunch of inspirational stuff that some people do.  He uses references that the average person can relate to and uses visual aids to help get his point across.  Last Sunday was no exception.  It was a great message as usual and I want to share a little bit of it with you!

His text was
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the OLD PATHs, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Jeremiah 6:16

He was talking about walking in the old paths, or studying the old ways.  We believe in using the King James Bible only, because it is the Holy Ghost inspired, completely error-free word of God himself.  You know that old saying "don't fix it if it ain't broke"?  Well, that's kind of what we are getting at.  If the KJV bible was enough for men 2000 years ago, then it should be enough for you and me today.  If we just read and study and pray for discernment, God will allow you to understand everything you need to know exactly when you need to know it.  He doesn't expect everyone to be able to pick up the Bible and pick a verse and know everything there is to know about it at that exact moment.  He wants us to read and pray and yearn for the wisdom to understand, because that ultimately brings us closer to him.  And everything we need to know about God and being a christian is in the bible. 

The thing is, times have changed SO MUCH and people think the bible needs to change too.  People are getting so concerned with being politically correct or not hurting anyones feelings.  It seems like everything today is based on how you feel.  As long as it feels good or right, it's ok.  If it makes you uncomfortable, then it can't be right.  People are using this excuse to do anything they want to do.  The bible is very clear on right and wrong, but due to the way some people choose to interpret it, they can make it seem like wrong is not that bad.  But that's just it.  It's a person's own interpretation that gets them in trouble.  If you pray and ask God, he will show you what something means and he will convict your spirit of what's right and wrong. 

One example that I see alot of
*drinking alcohol 
The bible says in Numbers 6:3 He shall separate himself from wine and STRONG DRINK, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of STRONG DRINK, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried. 
Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, STRONG DRINK is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Too me, it's pretty clear that this means it is not biblically right to drink alcohol.  Period.  In today's society one might say "well, I don't think I'm going to hell if I have a drink once in a while.  It's ok in moderation." 

The bible says it's wrong to have sex outside of marriage.  Today's society says "well, we're engaged.  We'll be married soon, so it's ok.  We'll just do it now, and ask forgiveness later." 

The bible says everyone should tithe their 10% to the church.  I mean 10/90 where you get the 90 is not a bad deal.  Today's society says "I know what to do with my hard earned money.  And the church might do something with it I don't agree with.  With the economy like it is, I think God understands that I just can't afford it right now."

The bible says the only way to get to heaven is by believing with your heart that Jesus died and arose, and asking him forgive you of all your sins. Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt CONFESS with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  Today's society says "Just believe whatever feels right to you, and trust in a higher power and be a good person and surely you will make it to heaven."

The bible says there is a hell, and if you are not saved you will go there when you die.  Today's society says "hell is too ugly to be real.  It's just a way to scare people.  God couldn't be mean enough to send anyone to hell.  Only murderers and really bad people could ever go to hell."

The bible says homosexuality is an abomination.  It is not right, period.  Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.  Today's society says "God loves everyone.  Being gay is something you are born with.  You can't help it.  It's old-fashioned to believe that way."

I could go on and on about how the world has changed their view of things to suit how they feel rather than going by what the tried and true tested word of God says.  No one wants to feel like they are ever wrong or doing anything bad.  No one wants to get their toes stepped on at church. 

Well, let me just say that it doesn't feel too good in that moment when God convicts your heart and you realize that you are a sinner on your way to a real place called hell with real fire that burns.  But I will also say that it feels amazing when you learn that Jesus took your place and died so that you could be saved from an eternity in hell, and that God loves you enough to take care of you and teach you the right way to live and that you will one day go to a glorious place called heaven to live for all eternity. 

The point is that not everything about being a christian is happy and easy and comfortable.  Sometimes you have to make sacrifices and give up things that you like or do things that you may not like so much.  But Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us, so is it really that unfair to have to give up that glass of wine with dinner, or quit listening to certain music, or give 10% of the money that God helped you make by providing you with a job?  God never said he would make the road completely straight with no bumps, but he did promise to direct your path, which means he'll go before you and help you along the way.  That sounds like a pretty good deal to me!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Songs of Praise!!!

***These are songs that my group, CrossView, sings or just songs that mean a lot to me. We only sing songs that lift up the name of Jesus Christ our Savior. I hope you can let the words minister to your heart even though there is no music.***

Every Need Supplied

Daniel found him faithful in a lion's den
He sent fire down from heaven when Elijah called on him
And though Joseph was forsaken he was rewarded with the throne
And when David felt his heart break he could sing this song

Every need supplied
Every moment satified
Every time I call his name
I know I'll find him just the same
And if you've gone out on a limb
Or your way it may seem dim
Don't give up and don't give in
Casting all your care upon him

He said we could move mountains
With faith of a mustard seed
So I know my God is able
To meet our every need
Then one day with all the blood washed saints
We'll gather 'round the throne
And in anthem sweet, crowns at his feet
We'll sing it on and on

Every need supplied

Every moment satified
Every time I call his name
I know I'll find him just the same
And if you've gone out on a limb
Or your way it may seem dim
Don't give up and don't give in
Casting all your care upon him

Casting all your care upon him 
Upon him

Monday, January 4, 2010

Good News!!!!

Remember the part about having my blood drawn every Monday and going to see the surgeon every Tuesday?  Well, I got to thinking about that and I wasn't too crazy about having a co-pay every week to have someone tell me one little number.  So, I went for my bloodwork this morning and I called the dr's office later to ask if I really need to come in, or if they could just tell me over the phone.  After she consulted with the dr, she called me back and said I didn't have to come in...........AND the results of my bloodwork were already there. 
My thought:"Please don't be higher than 3.0 (eyes closed and fingers crossed)
Her response:"It looks great, your biliruben has come down to 0.5.  So you can wait 2 weeks to have the bloodwork completed again and just call us later that day"

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is great news on so many levels!  I hate needles so one less poke is wonderful.  I don't have to go visit the office and pay co-pays.  Normal bloodwork means no surgery right now (they will still do it after the baby is born).  I'm not jaundiced.  God is still great, and he still hears and answers prayers!  I'm so happy!!!!

They said they think I probably passed a stone right before I had the first bloodwork done which irritated some stuff in there and elevated the liver enzymes.  So the plan is to still eat a very bland diet, ugh, and try to prevent the attacks which could cause me to pass more stones (PAINFUL).  If my numbers stay good, then we will have no problem just waiting until after Jaxten is born and proceed with the laparoscopic surgery. 

(Big sigh of relief)

Now might be a good time to get started on the nursery though.

(Big deep breath......Gulp)