Friday, July 26, 2013
It has been over a month since posting my last blog.... It has been a busy month!
The Bible College let out for a one month break, so things finally quieted down, just a little. I taught on Praise and Worship. We had a blow out day the last day of class. Students brought hand made instruments and we had 4 groups lead some really awesome times of praise. They pulled me up to dance with them.
The fitness classes at TGT continue. It was extra fun a when a group of energetic Danish ladies visited.
Don and I were invited to minister at a local Masai church!
The team is on the road right now. They will be back on Tuesday. It is in a remote place, so we don't have any photos yet. There were some hurdles to overcome. Don drove 2 days and the next day built the ministry platform. The next morning, they were told by officials that they had to move to another location, so they spend the next 24 hours dismantling, moving and building the platform.
The meeting starting on Wednesday with over 7,000 people attending. The top official apologized for making us move the meetings. There have been lots of good reports coming in. I can't wait to see the photos and video.
We have a visitor from the USA with us. Randy Pease brought a few things for my little lambs. Lillian and Vicky were the first to show up, so they got really blessed. The skirts and blouses fit perfectly.
Randy also brought a brand new back pack for school. Lilian told me that she really needed a new one, so I gave her the bag! She was beaming!
I purchased eyeglasses about 3 years ago. They broke last year. I had a jeweler fix them, but they didn't stay fixed, so I had no choice but to get a new pair of glasses. I am very happy to report my new eyeglasses came yesterday!
Thanks for praying
Monday, June 03, 2013
I think we all have weeks or months when maintaining our weight loss is actually a success. Life happens! We set ourselves up for failure if we do not allow room for less than perfect days. We can do everything right and still struggle to lose. I guess I am writing this for those who are like me. I have lost a considerable amount of weight this last year, but seem to be at a plateau.
So what am I going to do?
1. Firstly...I am not going to freak out and quit.
2. Recognize all the positive things I have accomplished that the scale can't measure. For instance, I am a whole lot stronger than I was even one month ago.
My cardio endurance is stellar. 1can push myself to do things I thought I would never be able to again. The step box is no longer just a booster for changing bulbs. I have found out how I can push my cardio up in limited space.
I can't believe I turn 50 this year. I had 20 year olds in the fitness class that I lead. It was a reminder that not all skinny girls are fit. Hearing them grunt and groan attempting to keep up made my day....sorry, shouldn't feel like that, but they are laying in bikinis sun bathing today....
Taking inventory of my kitchen is also a major difference. It is a healthy kitchen full of fast foods that will keep me on track nutritionally- apples, oranges, mango, cucumbers, carrots, yogurt, broccoli....absent from the kitchen- candy and processed foods....
This blog is dedicated to all of us determined to stay the course no matter what. We can do it!
Friday, May 24, 2013
My dear friend Robbie died last night. Amy and two children are left behind. It was some hard news to take, but he has had major illnesses for about 8 years. Kidney failure had him on dialysis 2 times a week and they initially refused to put him on the transplant list because of his weight. He had gastric bypass and lost well over 100 pounds getting him n the weight range, but then he had side effects from gastric bypass cause other problems.
Long story short....he never recovered fully and ended up having multi organ failure and went into a coma yesterday. He died during the night.
This scripture has consoled me today:
But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I'll probably never fully understand. We're not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it's over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we'll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true: Death swallowed by triumphant Life! Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who's afraid of you now? It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God! (1 Corinthians 15:51-57 MSG)
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Thank you for praying for my mom. She is much better. She had a very rough transitional season of her life. I was so burdened for her. My brother had good intentions to move her to live with him in New York, but there were some issues he did not count on:
1. My mom is NOT a City Slicker. She has been a small town girl her whole life, so moving her next to city park was not really her dream.
2. Mom is MOM...she grew up during the Great Depression and had to evacuate during Katrina. So, she is used to routine and feels most secure when she has her things around her. My brother expected her to be happy leaving everything....bringing only one suitcase of her things. This was the recipe for my mother to enter into heavy stress and depression.
3. Mom likes privacy....She has had to go through many difficult transitions in life. Going from a 2 story home to a 2 bedroom apt to a one bedroom senior unit. Taking her to have only a room and sharing a bathroom, was just too much for her to handle.
4. My mom is used to communicating daily with her family (ME) everyday by internet or phone. Moving her to a place where she didn't have internet or a phone she could use created a very isolated environment for my mom that was hard on all of us. It was the longest period of time I had no communication with her since I first moved to Africa.
All that said, my brother had good intentions, but it was too much for her to bear. She became increasingly moody and depressed. She felt like a hostage and snapped at who she felt was her captor...It did not end well....
My brother basically cut mom off...flew her back to the place she lived prior, with only a few days for her family to find furniture and other basic amenities that she was forced to give up only a few months ago. The timing couldn't have been worse...MOTHER'S DAY weekend....She was left at the airport to be cared for by her very amazing nephew and other family.
I was so upset by the whole ordeal. She felt so abandoned, but relieved to be back with people who understand her. She will need a few weeks to recover from this stress-filled event. I feel very upset at my siblings lack of compassion and understanding. My sister hung up on her because she was venting....I am sorry, but if it had been me...I would have let her vent. It was a really hard 2 months for her. She needs to vent. My brother said he is done...
I called mom and talked to her on Mothers day for about 20 minutes. She was exhausted, but happy to hear my voice again. She is finding out that friends who love her very much are furnishing her apartment. That so many people love her. That family is not always determined by DNA, but can be the ones who show up during the darkest trials of life.
Please continue to pray for my mom and for the reconciliation of all family. I want to see my brother and sister come to their senses before it is too late. My mom celebrates her 81st birthday in a few days. I love her so much....
My mom pregnant with me...50 years ago....
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