Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day

The slide show in the side margin has pictures of our military men and women who have in the past or are serving their country.  However, the "Memorial" in Memorial Day is often forgotten by those of us who have benefitted from those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Even I have been guilty of not observing the day as it was intended.  It is a day where we actively remember those who have given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy in America, and we enjoy MANY freedoms in America that other countries do not have.  Below are some ways you can be proactive to honor those veterans and their families: 
*  Visit cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
*  Visit memorials.
*  Attend a parade.
*  Fly the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.
*  Fly the 'POW/MIA Flag' as well (Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act).  
*  Renew a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our falled dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.

Take time tomorrow to honor someone who gave their lives for your freedom.  Also, stop your partying, picnicking, driving, sleeping,... long enough to:
*  Participate in a "National Moment of Remembrance": at 3 p.m to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps to be played.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Some of Our Former Members

The last couple days I have received a lot of correspondence from some of our families that have transferred to other parts of the world.  I wanted to share some of my memories and some of their recent pictures.

The Hill Family transferred to England 2 years ago.  They were here in Okinawa for 5 years and were some of the people who voted us in when we came here.  Eli just lost some teeth!

The Banks family left us in February for Georgia.  We surely do miss them.  Gracie and Lily are so adorable!!

Beautiful soul and wonderful heart
You’ve been a blessing from the start
Lovely singer and faithful wife
You’ve glorified God with your life
Wonderful mother and awesome teacher
Married to a crazy ole Baptist preacher
Stacy Brooks

This is Matt and Stacy Brooks.  They are our newest family to transfer to California.  Soon after my surgery in December, Stacy wrote me this poem.  We miss this sweet couple and I know some church in California is going to be blessed by having them in their congregation.

Thanks for letting me share!  We miss and love all of our families and member that have gone on from here.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Happy 31st Birthday, Eddie

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Today marks a special day in our house.  It is your birthday, Eddie.  Although we don't get to celebrate this special day with you anymore, it is still a very special day.  I did not give birth to you, but the Lord knew that one day I would be your mother.  We love you and miss you and will always remember your winning grin and beautiful eyes!  Happy Birthday, Eddie!  I know you are enjoying your time with the Lord.  No more suffering,  no more pain!  We'll see you again one day.
Love, Mom


Monday, May 17, 2010


Psalms 66:20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

A little over a week ago my sister, Gwen, had a mammogram.  The clinic called her and told her they found a mass and she went in last Friday for another mammogram, an ultrasound, and a biopsy.  Needless to say, it has been a difficult time of waiting for us.  Today she received the news that it was BENIGN!!  That means no cancer!!!  I am so thankful to the Lord for not allowing something like this into her life right now.  One of us in the middle of this battle is enough and I know the Lord heard my pleas! 

Thank you, Lord!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

6th round DONE!

Only Two More to GO!

Last Wednesday I had my 6th round of chemo.  It was the 2nd round of my new type.  It went very well.  I had a couple good days on Thursday and Friday.  I did have a flush reaction to the meds, but benedryl seem to take care of it.

Friday night our church family threw a surprise 50th BD party for my wonderful husband!  It was an Hawaiian theme as Hawaii was 50 last August.  We were supposed to be having dinner with one of our families in the church and as my hubby headed for the elevated, the whole group jumped out from the Community Room and yelled, "Surprise!"  I stayed for a bit and then went and laid down upstairs in the McGuire's apartment.  It was an even extra special blessing as Dr. and Mrs. Mike Cox, our pastor and his wife, were here for the surprise!  Christa did a lot of work and also made the cake!

This month we are having a missions emphasis month and yesterday after the morning service we had an international dinner.  I was not able to get out for the last two days, but they did bring me some food back! 

Well, I need to go and get something to eat.  Time for my steroids.  I will leave you all with some photos!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy 50th Birthday to the Best Husband in the World!!!

I can honestly say that my husband grows better with age!!!  Thank you, Randy, for all you do and for loving me just the way I am.  Through this battle with cancer you have loved me and honored me unconditionally.  You are truly a wonderful representative of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Lovely Lilacs and Hugs From Far Away!

I LOVE lilacs!  I mean I really LOVE lilacs!!!  I even smuggled a lilac cutting into the Azores.  I got it through customs, but it would never grow!  This week my Madrasta sent me the sweetest email with this photo she had taken in her front yard with her blackberry.  She knows how much I LOVE lilacs and thought it would be a special gift to send me this picture.  They live in Minnesota and this seems rather early for lilacs to be blooming there, but I know the Lord knew I needed a reminder of His love in the springtime. 

So many times people who love those going through difficult times just aren't sure what to do to encourage their friend or loved one, so they don't do anything.  When I opened this email and saw the picture, it was just as much of a blessing as if I had been given a tangible present.  More often it is the seemingly little things like a call, an email, a text, a picture, a hug, a hand on the shoulder, a smile, a listening ear, a hand written note...; that make the day seem brighter and easier to deal with.  Over the last few weeks I have received many encouraging emails and letters.  Thank you to all of you for helping to encourage me on in my battle with this disease.  I may not respond to all of you, but I promise you that I am blessed by all of you.

Lastly, I am doing well.  The muscle pain and weakness seem to have subsided for now and I am much more mobile.  The fatigue is beyond words, but I am not pushing myself.  The herceptin has caused my heart rate to increase, which makes it very difficult to sleep.  I feel like my ears are pounding all the time.  I am praying I get used to this.  Randy has had this since his cancer as they keep his thyroid medication quite high to keep the cancer from growing.  Christa is still doing great and continues to tackle the school singlehandedly. 

I received an email from someone recently that I  know in name only.  She wanted to let me know that she has been praying for me.  There may be some people that have never met me, yet read my updates and pray for me.  Time is one of those seemingly small things that means so much.  I want you to know that I am honored anyone would use their precious time to pray for me.