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A Taste of Our Christmas

Monday, December 28, 2009

It feels a bit like a speeding train has derailed and finally has come to rest, doesn't it? Normally, I have most of my Christmas shopping by the day after Thanksgiving, the cards addressed, stamped, and ready to mail, tree up and decorated, house Christmasified, and all I have left to do is wrapping gifts. This year it didn't quite work out that way. Then again, not much was business as usual this year. My 2009 shall evermore be the Nine Toes Year. (See my Treadmill blog if you've managed to not hear about me losing my left little toe early this year, and NEVER GO ON A TREADMILL BAREFOOT!!!) It will also be the year I finally began the process of recapturing my health and vitality. As I share some of the gifts I received this year, and they are so precious, indeed, I want you to know that you, my dear SparkFriends, are gifts given to me by my Father who loves me with an everlasting love. You are treasures that I hope to keep forever, past the boundaries of this lifetime, and I am SO thankful for you. I pray that God equips me and helps me to care for such precious gems diligently and with great care.

The sadness of Bill not being home for Christmas weighed heavily upon us and him, of course. My stepchildren, Big Mel, 20, and Billy, 17, were abandoned by their mother in 2002. Every Christmas Day since, Billy awakens with hopes that she will call to wish him Merry Christmas. It has never happened, not even once. Even after all this time, he still had his couple hours of tears and heartache. It is a great challenge for me to not succumb to temptation. The enemy of our souls very much wants me to be in a position where I cannot pray for this woman in faith, believing that God is able to reach her and reconcile her to Himself and to some sort of relationship with her children who still need her. If I harbor fantasies in my heart of snatching her up by the hair at the back of her head and driving her face into a brick wall once for every tear my babies have cried because of her, how can I have faith? Okay, so maybe I DO think it. *grin* I no longer, however, allow it take root in my heart, and I AM able to pray for her with a sincere heart.

Other than those two dampeners, our day was filled with the sweet nearness of family. Our older two girls are 20 and out on their own, one married with a child and the other a full-time (eternal?) student who holds down two or three jobs. With their full lives, it's hard to get all four of our kids in the same place, at the same time. It's always a joy for this mama's heart when it happens!



And of course this year, we have the great blessing of the newest addition to our family, Heath Garland, who will be two in February. Here he is at Uncle Vernon and Aunt Randie's house for Christmas dinner, with Mommy sneaking in some sugar under the mistletoe.



It's so hard to pick and choose a few photos for you without boring you to tears! lol This one is of Big Melanie (Bigga, as we call her) with her Tinkerbell snowglobe:



Billy and his prized new guitar:



Chelle with her Sunburst necklace:



MelMel trying to make Deuce take a Christmas photo (and he was NOT happy about it lol):



Her real present was an electronic drum set:



Heath and his daddy, Chad:



Randie (my dear sister of the heart who shares my love for water aerobics and goes with me every day), Vernon's wife, loved her eggplant colored laptop case:



Vernon (the dear brother of my heart you've read about in other blogs who saved me the night my treadmill ate my toe and pretty much saves me from lots of other things every day of the year) was delighted with the first season of Taxi on DVD (and his Steelers slippers and gnome!):



My mother-in-law, Janet, and Billy at her assisted living center's Christmas party (now those of you who've joined with me in prayer for her can see who you've been praying for!):



Our good friends, Blake and Cyndi, have moved back here from Arizona after being gone a year or so. Some of you will remember me talking about Katy when she decorated awesome cakes for my kids' birthdays. Cyndi is Katy's mom. What a delight it is to have them back home!! Blake an his new jammies:



Cyndi opening a fruit basket:



After all the presents were opened, our little man tuckered out, asleep under the tree. All you can see are his toesies. lol



Michelle, our second oldest (my firstborn) devotes six weekends of her life every year to the Louisiana Renaissance Festival. This year she was a tavern wench (which is apparently a step up from a pirate because she made tips in addition to an hourly salary... who knew? lol). She had a photo of her at work framed for me and I just love it:



A very special gift I received came from RelocatedCowboy, GirlHalfFull and their precious family. The photo does not do this exquisite handcrafted ornament any justice at all. It is SO beautiful. Thank you again, guys. You are so sweet!



The show stopper of the day was a box that had arrived a few days before Christmas. It took every drop of restraint for me to wait until Christmas morning to open it. We tried to take a video of the unveiling but I don't have the files from Vernon, yet, so I don't know if it came out, yet, and I couldn't wait to share our day with you! I suspect it will be too long to post here, though. If not, I'll share it with you. PepperLeah, my sweet, sweet friend, poured her time and energy and creative abilities into I don't want to consider HOW many hours to make this absolutely gorgeous afghan for our king-sized bed. Words nor photos can express how special a gift it is or the magnitude of its worth to my heart. Thank you, girlfriend. You are amazing. I love your heart and I love you both!





Now that I've taken up so much of your time and forced you to make an optometrist appointment for tired eyes, I thank you for taking the time to be interested in me and my family, for extending such warmth and friendship to me constantly, for sharing your own lives with me in so very many ways. Until next time, much love!

Missy

  
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JOLOVESRUM 1/5/2010 10:27PM

    I feel so much closer to you reading this blog. Thank you for sharing. I loved your photo's. Happy New Year!
hugs Jo

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ANGELCOWBOY1 12/31/2009 10:21PM

    Missy, I'm just catching up on some of the blogs from the past few days. So, sorry this is a bit late. Thank you for sharing about your Christmas. What a beautiful family you have - of course, you are such an awesome God loving woman and had a great influence. God's blessing on you sweet lady! Happy New Year!

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SJG1953 12/30/2009 11:04PM

    Missy, I loved reading about your family and your Christmas. It was great and you have a beautiful family! You are truly blessed. Hugs, Shirley

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FURBALLDTH 12/30/2009 4:55PM

    Chelle looks a lot like you. Do you have the same dispositions or does it stop with physical appearance? It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas even though DH wasn't there. The afghan is beautiful. So much love and work. Happy New Year Missy and God bless! Ginger

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SECRETMUSIC 12/29/2009 12:09PM

    I loved reading about your Christmas! And I'm sure you'll have another celebration for your husband when he gets back!

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WOODSYGIRL 12/29/2009 12:25AM

    What a wonderful celebration you had! I love the photos and all the love that's so evident in each and every one. I hope 2010 brings you more blessings than you can count as you continue on your amazing journey. You WILL do it!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 12/28/2009 11:25PM

    I know it may still break his heart now but there will be a point where Billy will realize that the people who have made him a priority are the ones that truly matter the most. There's still a lot of hope of a child in that heart of his and sadly I suspect that the reality of that call, if it ever came, would never live up to the fantasy. I love seeing other people's pics! It looks like you had a wonderful holiday spent with all of the people who make your heart sing. That's as it should be.

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THEBOOKBINDER 12/28/2009 10:13PM

    Your blog is just beautiful, love all the pics. You are truly blessed and we are blessed to know you.

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BOO-SHAY 12/28/2009 10:09PM

    I've been away from spark people for the last couple of weeks and just got to see your updated picture. You are looking GREAT!. You are doing such a fabulous job with your weight loss. Keep it up.

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3CATSLEP 12/28/2009 8:30PM

    That was such a wonderful blog! I felt like I re-lived Christmas with you and your family! Now I feel like part of your family too! The afghan is lovely! What a nice job. Thank you so much for sharing your family with ours, Laura emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 12/28/2009 7:17PM

    Thanks for sharing your family photos and what seemed to be a very nice Christmas. I love the colors and the design on the afghan she made fr you.

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AHEALTHIERJAN 12/28/2009 5:57PM

    Missy,

Such a lovely view into your life! Thank you. You are both blessed and a blessing.

Jan

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IMAVISION 12/28/2009 2:54PM

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Oh, Missy, how I enjoyed that delightful peek into your family celebration of our Savior's birth. Thank you for taking the time to share so perfectly!

I think the photograph of little Heath asleep under the blanket with just his toes showing is adorable!

Leah's gift to you is absolutely beautiful! I am amazed at the talent such a creation obviously takes. It is a gift that will keep giving in so many ways over the coming years!

Again, thank you for sharing that piece of your world with us!

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LIGHTHEART09 12/28/2009 2:29PM

    How wonderful...loved the one of Heath and his toes sticking out...too cute...You are blessed my dear...Thank you for your Card....got behind in all the to do's to catch up on those...
Much love,
Nan

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GIRLHALFFULL 12/28/2009 1:13PM

    No tired eyes here... love blogs and stories of families and the adventures that surround them. It's wonderful to get to know the family and see the faces we hear about. So always remember it is never boring and sharing the stories, love, hardships and funnies along the way are important.

Loved the photos and looking forward to many more along the way. Thank you for the love and support and as always... Spark on!

Hugs & Love your way.

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2BSALLYB 12/28/2009 12:05PM

    Missy, you have a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing a part of your Christmas with us. And you, my dear, radiate a healthy glow right through the camera. You look great! emoticon

Wishing you and yours a blessed New Year!

Love from here to there...

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PEPPERLEAH 12/28/2009 11:36AM

    I am so glad that you had such a wonderful Christmas! And I am just thrilled that you love the afghan! And let me tell you, that every stitch, every hour invested, was done with a heart full of love and prayers for you and your family!

We love you, too!
HUGS;
Leah


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MARYSUPPORTS 12/28/2009 11:22AM

    Wow, what an amazing family. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/28/2009 10:39AM

    Missy, thanks for sharing your family with me (us)! It makes such a difference when we can see the families of our friends!

Thank you for what you said about my mom. She's only staying a WEEK, Missy, but she doesn't even take a breath between sentences, and there is NO PEACE, just yack, yack, yack, without ceasing! I KNOW I will miss her when she is gone, but listening to the same things OVER and OVER and OVER is close to causing me to lose my MIND!

We simply have to get together sometime! What a great friend you are! Love, Your sister and friend, Lori

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ETHEL_MERMAID 12/28/2009 10:10AM

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful, rich, and memorable Christmas with us, Missy! - Susan emoticon

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LENNY48 12/28/2009 8:45AM

    Ah, I loved all the pics. Thanks for sharing. Looks like you all had a great time with good stuff. I hear ya bout getting ready. I feel like that is all I did up until December 25th! I took half my stuff down yesterday. When I am done, I am done. I am hoping for a much better 2010 and we clean the senate and house. We need to get back to basics in this country, morality back in the schools and our kids hearts and Christ back on the main page. Lots of love, Lenny

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GRAMIAM7 12/28/2009 7:08AM

    I so enjoyed your blog and learning more about you and your family. You are such a loving person and awesome, interesting writer. I do believe that your "big heart" is part of what makes the scales go up when you weigh in. Hee hee. Hugs and blessings.

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GABY1948 12/28/2009 6:19AM

    Missy, I am so thankful you had a wonderful Christmas even though Bill wasn't home and there were a few bumps. I loved reading this and it "rested" my eyes not strained them. Chelle is gorgeous, just like you, but then, she LOOKS just like you. All are beautiful and the afghan is beautiful. You are a much loved woman by all...straight from Proverbs! Thanks for sharing your wonderful time.
Huggs,
Gaye

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DJS-DEBBIE 12/28/2009 5:34AM

    It sounds like overall you had a wonderful Christmas! I love the pictures.

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IUHRYTR 12/28/2009 3:14AM

    Terrific photo-read. Beautiful afghan. What a nice gift. Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us. Handsome little guy. -- Lou

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GOSPELCLOWN 12/28/2009 1:08AM

    I smiled the entire time I was reading this. What a great photo-story! I really love the afghan too!


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SUSIEPH1 12/28/2009 1:06AM

    Hi Missy, so glad you had such a terrific Christmas.Such a lovely family!they all look so happy and content.
It is such a shame, when a mother abandon's her children , perhaps she is too ashamed to contact them?
I suppose you will never know.
But hey, you are such a great mum! how can they not love you! Have a wonderful year in 2010. Love Susie and Bobby emoticon emoticon

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BIGDAD1211 12/28/2009 1:01AM

    What a beautiful Christmas you had! Thank you so much for sharing with us! You can just feel the love in every picture! And you Missy looking so cute!
Family is such a wonderful blessing from God and my friend, you are truly blessed!
And so am I for knowing you. Thank you for being such an awesome friend.
God Bless you and yours
In Jesus Name
Greg
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KEEPGOING87 12/28/2009 12:56AM

    aww what a wonderful blog! looks like a sweet family

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Ponderisms

Wednesday, December 16, 2009



I interrupt your regularly scheduled holiday insanity for this much needed humor break that has NOTHING to do with holidays, feuding in-laws, or finding acceptable gifts for 20 and 12 year old daughters:

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How in the world are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this -- ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Darn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. My 4-year old nephew asked me in the car the other day, "What would happen if you ran over a ninja?" How the heck do I respond to that?

19. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

20. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with alcohol than Kay.

I now return you to the regularly scheduled insanity with all of it's decorating and card writing and stamp buying and cooking and party attending and baking and wrapping and *deep breath* not overeating and fitting in exercise AND sleep and feathers ruffling and cajoling and lecturing and mediating and *another deep breath* praying, praying, praying for the in-laws (and my poor three brothers who have to live with my sisters-in-law in the midst of the madness) and *groan* the shopping for kids that will SURELY smile and roll their eyes no matter WHAT they're given (except my 10 month old grandson who will love the box whatever I give him comes in!) and and and ... It does stop on the 25th, right? lol

Please, don't lose sight of the real reason we're doing all this (and His name is Jesus) and spend some time in fellowship and worship with Him, reminding Him that it is His life we celebrate. (For my cherished Jewish friends, remember the ancient and revered celebrations with joy-filled hearts, knowing you are God's chosen nation, and thank you for sharing your customs and their meanings with those of us who are of other faiths.)

Breathe, my friends, BREATHE!!!

  
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LOVESLILACS1 12/21/2009 10:21AM

    Thanks for sharing this. True, we can become stressed, even if we try to focus on the true reason for the season. But a bit of humor can certainly help!

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UNIQUEGIGGLES 12/20/2009 9:49PM

    this was great!

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LIGHTHEART09 12/19/2009 6:02PM

    Still trying to fold those pesky fitted sheets...yeah right...
Yes Jesus is the reason for the Season...He is the light of the world in these dark December times...
Much love to you during the HoliDAZE!!!
Nan
btw I am officially on vacation!!!! Happy Dance...

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ETHEL_MERMAID 12/18/2009 9:48PM

    emoticon emoticonAwww...these are adorable! I really laughed at the one about MapQuest! Yep, I could probably get to #5 pretty much blindfolded :) Merry Christmas, lovely lady! And here's to a happy and healthy 2010, too! emoticon Susan emoticon

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EWEINHISPASTURE 12/18/2009 5:05PM

    Thanks Missy,sometimes we need to stop a minute just to laugh.
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MSZIP76 12/18/2009 4:46PM

    I always wondered if I was the only person who thought about many of the things you pointed out. That was FABULOUS. Thanks for sharing.

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JOHNTJ1 12/18/2009 7:56AM

    Thank you for helping me start my day with a smile emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/17/2009 9:12PM

    Missy, I NEEEEEDED your blog! How refreshing! I laughed out loud! THANKS! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SJG1953 12/17/2009 7:45PM

    I loved reading your blog Missy. Yes, Jesus IS the reason for Christmas, Praise His Sweet Name Forever!

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IMAVISION 12/17/2009 5:38PM

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emoticon, Missy, for the delight of reading this! We “Visions” enjoyed reading it together. I can identify with #9! emoticon My beloved “Mr.V” is in total agreement with #3 (funny how that tends to pan out in one’s life)! emoticon

I might add that I find it frustrating (to a degree) to have a good hair day & not have plans to be out & about on that day! What a waste! emoticon

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-POOKIE- 12/17/2009 4:03PM

    I laughed over a good few of those! Thanks for sharing.

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JOYSONG50 12/17/2009 2:47PM

    emoticon This made my afternoon. Can't stop crying for laughing so hard. Have to share this with family.

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PEPPERLEAH 12/17/2009 2:01PM

    I love this! So funny, and yet so true! This is one to share with family and friends! Thanks for a wonderful blog!

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LENNY48 12/17/2009 8:56AM

    Thanks for the great laugh! I loved it the blue ray one was the best!

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MARYSUPPORTS 12/17/2009 6:28AM

    Love it!! Gonna pass it on to all my e-mail buddies.

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THENEWME43 12/17/2009 12:34AM

    Missy, this is one of your best! Thanks for sharing it.

Celebrating the true meaning of CHRISTmas,
Annette

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KRITTERKEEPERS 12/16/2009 10:49PM

    Love #8 and #10

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THEADMIRAL 12/16/2009 7:39PM

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#5 I gave this up a long time ago!
#14 AMEN!

And to the Amen, Who was, is, and will be, all praise, honor and glory during the celebration of His birth to redeem those who believe Him.

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GABY1948 12/16/2009 7:08PM

    You are definitely a writer...and I thoroughly reading what you write! But for 19, you need a new refrigerator or freezer...mine have a light in them! But you did save the best for last...JESUS IS the reason for the season...the ONLY reason.

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SECRETMUSIC 12/16/2009 6:37PM

    Missy, are those your words? They are amazing! I loved reading this!

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SUSIEPH1 12/16/2009 5:46PM

    Wonderful! you are a scream!! Made my day !! you have really hit the nail on the head!! emoticon

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GRAMIAM7 12/16/2009 4:56PM

    Fantastic! ! ! I love it! ! ! I just can't stop laughing. emoticon
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FILLANGES 12/16/2009 4:38PM

    Well done. Humor is right up there on the list of God's best gifts ever. Thanks for making this day lighter and helping me to laugh! Take care and God Bless. Rick
p.s. I'm pretty sure the ninja would be able to leap outta the way of your oncoming car. emoticon

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LINDA25427 12/16/2009 3:03PM

    Missy Thank you . Jesus is the reason for the season . I hope you and your family have a great Christmas even through Bill will be away .God Bless . emoticon my sp friend .

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DJS-DEBBIE 12/16/2009 2:56PM

    Thanks so much, Missy! I like the last one the best (and I hate those Kay commercials).
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IUHRYTR 12/16/2009 2:48PM

    Too, too funny MIssy, especially #18. Out of the mouth of babes, right? Thank you for a lot of laughs. They're all my favorites. :) -- Lou

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THEBOOKBINDER 12/16/2009 2:44PM

    Awesome blog that will get me through hump day thank you!

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Invisible Women

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

A friend of mine (thanks, Stacy, if you ever see this!!) sent me a media file titled The Invisible Woman. I realized how invisible I've felt at times in my life... and how much of my life I've spent wishing I WAS invisible because I didn't love what I looked like and was so certain nobody else could love what I looked like, either. In both of those cases, I never, not for one moment, escaped the loving gaze of my Father God. He doesn't look upon me because He has to, either, out of some sense of obligation. He looks upon me in total, complete love because He totally and completely loves me, no matter WHAT I look like or how I feel about how I look. Isn't that something?!

Today my husband joined me in attending my water aerobics class, as he sometimes does when he's home for his two weeks off. The folks there are so awesome. It's really a sweet and fun place to spend time. As I was doing the grand new routines one of the physical therapists helped me devise (and she's not even part of the Wellness Center staff, bless her heart!), my husband wades over to me and tells me: You know, with that ponytail and those cheesy Christmas earrings (Okay, they ARE cheesy, but I like them!! They're little dangly gifts wrapped in red, green and gold.), you're kinda cute! Huh? Me?? CUTE??? Mind blowing. For my husband to just blurt something like that out, something spontaneous from his heart, in a pool full of people, knocked my socks off (you know, if I'd have had socks on in the pool). I am so blessed with a husband who is actively involved in my journey into healthier living. He is such a cheerleader for me and his excitement about the changes in my life, in my body is contagious. I thank God for him. I truly do. He often comments on my hard work, my dedication to this great work happening within me. He tells everyone we know how proud he is of me and I just melt every time he does. But to tell me I'm cute? Wow. Just WOW! That did more for my momentum, for my self-esteem than I can express. I'm not invisible to him. And I don't want to be, either. THAT'S a real miracle!

Ever look at someone and think: They sure do look nice today; I like that sweater he has on; she has a new hairstyle and I like it? If so, TELL them. A kind word of genuine affirmation goes a long, long way.

Here's the link for the Invisible Woman clip. I dedicate it to you, my fellow masterpieces, who are ever under the watchful, tender, eye of our loving Father who gazes upon us and says in all truth: It is good.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YU0aNAHXP0

I love y'all lots and lots.

Missy

  
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JUST4ME927 1/9/2010 9:20AM

    Though I'm reading this one month after you shared it, you have to know that it is a word in due season, and it's timing (for me today) is absolutely and supernaturally perfect. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

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MARCYNA 1/8/2010 5:21AM

    Wow, I saw the video and felt like crying.
I've been feeling INVISIBLE most of times, but God saw me and he's not the One to let me down.
He's never abandoned me.
Thanks for sharing, it was just lovely of you and a GREAT GITFT.
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SHERRYCHERIE 1/3/2010 7:40PM

  Our Father doesn't look at us the same way the world looks at us.
When God looks upon us, He's seeing us as the finished product!!:)

Loved this blog post of yours, Missy.

And it is, such an incredible feeling, isn't it, when we pause for a moment and consider the depth of God's love for us. He knows and understands how and what we are feeling and thinking about ourselves. Nothing is a surprise for Him.
He knows us better than we know ourselves.
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RODEORHI83 12/25/2009 9:02AM

  This is a great post! It is so easy for us to feel invisible. Sometimes it is on us to let our own light shine through to be a beacon for ourselves. Of course, easier said than done, but something important. emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 12/25/2009 1:28AM

    Missy
That was wonderful & by the way YOU are Cute! Thank you for posting this.

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SW33TG33KGIRL 12/23/2009 12:58AM

    Thank you for the link, it was really uplifting ... and I know how it feels. I hope you have a Merry Christmas ;)

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LOVESLILACS1 12/14/2009 12:19PM

    I can relate to wanting to be invisible at times. It's how I grew up--where it was safer to be invisible. But I didn't have an awareness of my Heavenly Father's love for me, no matter how I look. thank you for sharing your joy with us, you cutie!

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BERNADETTEB 12/14/2009 8:21AM

    You are cute! And you are so lucky to have a man at your side that is willing to support you through all you've done and then just pop up and say.. you're cute! You are truly blessed!!

I know what you mean about feeling invisible. I've spent many years wanting to be invisible. Thank you for sharing.

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CAROLYNVIL 12/12/2009 4:36PM

    Thanks for sharing ,it was very well put.

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GIRLHALFFULL 12/12/2009 2:10PM

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Truly wonderful and many thank you's for sharing the link as well.

Hugs & Love!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/11/2009 2:45AM

    Missy, I love your blog, your positive attitude and your husband. You are blessed to have such a wonderful guy. I love the invisible woman video also...I have been there!! I think we all have been. Great blog and thank you for sharing part of your life with us. AWESOME!!!
Blessings and hugs,
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SJG1953 12/10/2009 8:12PM

    Missy, that is just wonderful! It was a blessing to hear about it too. Yes, our Heavenly Father DOES look at us with love. That was something I needed to hear today. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Shirley

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Missy ~

I agree with Bill – you are cute! I see & hear Jesus in you through your smile & through your sharing!

I believe that we married twins! emoticon We, blessed beyond measure gals, who have been honored with such godly men as our spouses have so very much to be thankful for, my sweet Sister!

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JANETELIZABETH1 12/10/2009 12:58PM

    Thanks Missy for sharing your wonderful husband with us!!
I too was invisible in my first marriage...but not so now! Praise the Lord that He gives us the right one!!
The video was a great blessing!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/10/2009 10:27AM

    Ok, I think I am in love with your husband!!!!!! lol Really he is so sweet. I love your positive attitude. I am going through a phase of feeling invisible. This helped alot. Thank you.

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MARYSUPPORTS 12/10/2009 6:27AM

    AAAH. That's so sweet.

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ETHEL_MERMAID 12/9/2009 11:23PM

    emoticonMissy, Bill's a wise and perceptive man, because you are very pretty! I'm sure you looked really cute in your ponytail and little "present" earrings, too. I'm pretty impulsive when it comes to complimenting people on a day-to-day basis. If I see a woman with a beautiful haircut or pretty sweater, I'll tell her how great they look...even if she's a perfect stranger. It's a fun habit, and what's neat is knowing you probably won't even see them again, but they know someone appreciated something lovely about their appearance. We all love that! emoticon Susan

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LIGHTHEART09 12/9/2009 10:58PM

    Wow that was a great you tube...I love Nicole...I have seen her at the Woman of Faith Conference...she is great!
Cute eh...gotta love that Captain Cookie...lol...
You are cute...I thought that the moment I looked into those beautiful eyes back in the summer...but your new photo shows much more confidence, and confidence is very attractive!!!

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SUSAN134 12/9/2009 9:40PM

    Missy, Bill is a sweetheart! You are both blessed to have each other. I know well what you mean about the invisible woman and I love the positive spin you put on this!

Hugs to you kiddo!

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TRAVELNISTA 12/9/2009 9:10PM

    What a great hubby Missy! He is definitely a keeper.

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LINDA25427 12/9/2009 7:46PM

    Very cute that is so sweet that your husband is that way . emoticon

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SECRETMUSIC 12/9/2009 7:12PM

    What a heart-warming story! Give your husband an extra kiss and say it's from me!

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BETHLOVESBIKING 12/9/2009 6:14PM

    Missy--what a great blog! Your husband sounds like such a sweetie!

And you are so right about feeling invisible at times, or wanting to feel invisible. But it's so true that our Heavenly Father who made us, looks on us with love.

What a blessing this blog is!

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LOTUSFLOWER 12/9/2009 5:15PM

    That is great!!!! What a testimony. Also I loved that video, thank you for sharing it!!! Very powerful stuff. emoticon

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GABY1948 12/9/2009 4:44PM

    Missy, THANK YOU for this story! You have a real KEEPER there, but I also have one so I can recognize one easily. I don't believe there are that many left in the world (or at least it seems that way) so we need to really take care of them the way they take care of us. I want you to know he was RIGHT! You ARE kinda CUTE (even more than kinda) and I thank you so much for being who you are and for sharing the Invisible woman...I am passing it on and also saving it. emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 12/9/2009 4:37PM

    Missy your husband is great, and I agree that we should always tell people when they look good.,

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THEBOOKBINDER 12/9/2009 4:30PM

    Point taken, I need to compliment my wife more. Thank you Darling, that was a wonderful blog.

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THEADMIRAL 12/9/2009 4:27PM

    Attaboy, Bill! emoticon

My sweetie does and did the same kind of encouragement: this morning I was struggling to do push ups, he encouraged me to not give up, and said by the way you have a cute butt... HA!

And the video was lovely -- I'm an art historian and she spoke the truth, the builders and artisans working on the cathedrals put in amazing details that only God could see. In all that we do, even our nutrition and exercise, to God be the glory!

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KEEPGOING87 12/9/2009 4:20PM

    awww glad to hear ur hubby so sweet
mine is the same way, he brags to EVERYONE how proud he is of me and how much ive accomplished and is my biggest support

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IUHRYTR 12/9/2009 4:17PM

    Sincere compliments go a long way toward making others feel better. So happy to read that Bill is working out with you. I hope his health continues to hold. Best wishes for you both on this journey. -- Lou

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PEPPERLEAH 12/9/2009 4:10PM

    I couldn't agree more! When you receive such a compliment from your husband, it means EVERYTHING! Yep, we've got keepers!

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DYNAMICDEB53 12/9/2009 3:32PM

    Awwwwww how sweet of him. It is nice to have our personal cheerleaders, our DH it does mean more than they might know, I have one too who is also on the journey, together we have lost a small adult. But when he gives me that look, its a melter.
You are one lucky woman and he is a lucky man to have you. Keep working on your masterpiece, its is very special.
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3CATSLEP 12/9/2009 3:00PM

    You made me think of when Clarice tells Rudolph that she thinks he's cute and he goes jumping off and flying through the air :) You are so blessed! Merry Christmas! emoticon

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SCORPION1352 12/9/2009 2:38PM

    Missy you and I have a couple of keepers for sure. Your so lucky to have man that is on your side all the time. I know the feeling. Sometimes I just look over at him and thank the Lord for the gift of this man in my life.

Have a great day

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AHEALTHIERJAN 12/9/2009 2:36PM

    What a special moment that was!! It's always a pleasure to read you writing about Bill. You two truly have something special.

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MYCUTEGIZMO 12/9/2009 2:33PM

  Well how sweet..it is really hard to actually find an other half in your life..so you got to cherish it!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 12/9/2009 2:26PM

    Awww, how sweet is that!!! There is nothing better than being called cute by your honey! I totally agree. I make a point to tell people I like their shirt or that color is really flattering if I feel it because I know getting compliments are so few and far between for most people. I've even told guys I know "not to get weird but what kind of cologne are you wearing?" if I like something I smell. I remember passing a lady in a store and her perfume reminded me of my great grandma. I wish I would've asked her what it was. Meant to tell you, love the latest pic. The hair color really suits you!

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HIPPIEFREAK66 12/9/2009 2:26PM

  i know the invisible feeling

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REVELATIONGIRL 12/9/2009 2:23PM

    Oh Missy! What a blessing!! First, thank you for reminding us how God truly loves us NO MATTER WHAT! Secondly, wow! what an incredible blessing for you to have a husband who is so extremely kind and supportive. Just reading that made me smile. I can share in your excitement and pleasure. ty tyty I don't get a lot of that here, but your experience made my day! thanks for sharing!

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Christmas. At Bass Pro Shop??

Sunday, December 06, 2009

One of the happiest days of my husband's time here in Louisiana (Allentown boy that he is) was when he heard a Bass Pro Shop was being built here. For MONTHS he awaited the completion of construction and then the grand opening. I didn't get it. What's all the hoopla? It's a big boy toy store and that's all, right? Nope! This place is AMAZING. Not only do they have the coolest hunting and fishing stuff (or so I'm told because I wouldn't recognize cool from uncool in these departments if my life depended upon it), but they have clothes and toys and candy and every kind of jerky you can imagine. (I bought Bill some Elk jerkey just because.) The decor is unbelievably beautiful, with huge bald cypress trees dripping with Louisiana moss, and there's an aquarium that's a full story high. Very impressive stuff!! They had a Santa's Village with all sorts of games and arts and crafts for the wee ones. And they had free photos with Santa! Free? With SANTA??!! We're ON! So we managed (which is nothing shy of miraculous) to gather our two 20 year olds and our grandson as well as our two best friends and off we went to Baton Rouge, an hour away. That free Santa photo only cost me $250. lol Actually, the $250 got me a very nice fillet knife kit and kick butt pocket knife for Bill for Christmas, a sweater and a four foot long rainbow fish pillow for Chelle (and some turkey jerky for my non-red-meat-eating little beauty and jalapeno beef jerky for her beau), a jacket and gloves for Billy, and a sweater for my youngest, Melanie, and a few other little goodies. Bigga (Big Melanie since our blended family has two Melanies) and the baby left before we could pry out of her what she might want.

Now for a personal note that I know my SparkFamily will understand. To most of the people in the world, this will seem SO inconsequential, such a trivial thing. To me it was such an awesome milestone. The last time we'd gone to Bass Pro was months before my treadmill accident on Feb. 28 of this year. Then, of course, I went nowhere for months as I endured wound care after the amputation of my toe. While we were last there, I could barely walk from the parking lot to the entrance. When I trudged through the doors, aching, panting already with the exertion, I looked at the beautiful decor and then to the pathway ahead and panicked. There were turnstiles. I eyed up the distance from the metal legs of that evil machine to the partition dividing the aisles and my heart sank. I knew Bill could feel my heart drooping as horridly as my body was drooping. Dear that he is, he ran interference for me and the lady happily opened a gate off to one side so I could waddle through to the scooter, where I gratefully dropped into the seat to try to catch my breath. I was humiliated and exhausted and wanted to go home and hide.

It's hard to believe I didn't remember those turnstiles when we planned this little jaunt, but I didn't. When we walked in the door, we ooh'ed and aah'ed at the gorgeous Christmas decorations and set about taking photos at the huge Christmas tree and fireplace and hearth decorated for just that purpose. As we finished up with the photos and started heading into the store proper to find Santa, I walked up to AND THROUGH the turnstile without missing a blink. I hear this deep voice of my proud Irishman: You GO, girl! lol Bill was beaming as brightly as I was, and that affirmation means more than I can ever express. Randie had gone through before me and I leaned in to tell her that I could not accomplish this last time we were here and she whooped and hollered so that the lady checking in customers got curious. Well, Randie, accustomed to hanging out with me, says: Give her a SparkPeople card! lol Randie proceeds to tell the lady I've lost 65 pounds and I chirped in about the turnstile victory. The lady leaves her post, runs at me with both arms open and hugs me like she was my long lost aunt or something, smiling so big to me, telling me how proud she is of me. I felt like a second grader who got the only gold star of the day! lol From my photo it's no surprise to any of you that I'm 50 years old, so feeling like a little kid who just got a gold star is nuts. I know that. I realize that. I really do. You all see my weight ticker continuously (since I'm such a bigmouth and my posts are everywhere!) and you know that I still have a long, LONG way to go on this journey, with only a small bite of my goals met. Didn't stop me, though. I still felt like a WINNER!

I want to share some photos with you from last night because it was such a fun evening spent with family and our dearest friends.

This is the huge Christmas Tree in the lobby. What cool ornaments they had on it, including a full sized life preserver!


The lobby ceiling is two or three stories high. This is one of the huge moss-draped bald cypress trees in the lobby. Totally a southeast Louisiana swamp scene.


Chairs made with bull horns.


Chair carved out of a tree trunk.


The star of our show, our grandson, ten month old Heath


Our family



Our kids and grandbaby with the Clauses


The best friends anyone could ever have, Vernon & Randie

  
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GIRLHALFFULL 12/12/2009 2:07PM

    This was absolutely wonderful!!!! I beamed too and said "You Go Girl!" as well. :)

Love the photos... thank you for sharing and keep up the great work and pretty soon you will be climbing to the top of that tree to wish all a Merry Christmas.



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LOTUSFLOWER 12/9/2009 5:16PM

    What wonderful pictures of your family!!!! And what a huge milestone you have crossed!!! You go girl!!! emoticon emoticon

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BERNADETTEB 12/9/2009 11:08AM

    You brought tears to my eyes when I read this. I'm so happy for you!!!
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LIGHTHEART09 12/9/2009 8:10AM

    Wow tears are running down my face Missy, you touched my heart with this story of Victory!!! Yes tell the world and Yeah Captain Cookie for giving you encouragement and running interferance for you! You have really made such a difference not only in your health, but here on Sparks! Wow is all I can say, and that I am so proud of you and so happy I know you!!!
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LOVESLILACS1 12/8/2009 8:56AM

    Isn't God awesome? He gives us these small victories, and the ability to appreciate them as such. You are a winner and all those of us who have had the pleasure of being your spark friends are winners for having met you! Keep up the good work and the beautiful blogs!

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GABY1948 12/8/2009 5:49AM

    Missy, I can relate to your whole blog. In MI we have a Bass Pro Shop also that we frequent often...we also have a Cabela's which is a REAL tourist attraction with a full blown mountain with every kind of wild animal from America you can think of. I love the places too...and can ALWAYS find things to buy.

As for the turnstile, you GO girl. I have been there too. Dreading anything that even looks like it won't fit. You are doing so amazingly.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/7/2009 8:44PM

    Wow, what a great blog. Filled my eyes with tears and my heart with pride for you. You must be so proud of yourself!!!! May I add you have a beautiful family. emoticon

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3CATSLEP 12/7/2009 8:32PM

    I am absolutely beaming after reading this! I am so happy for you!!!! The pictures are great and Heath is such a cutie. YOU LOOK AWESOME! WOW! I will have to go check out one of these stores! Sending you more gold stars! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THEADMIRAL 12/7/2009 6:46PM

    What an awesome story! And what a beautiful family picture! Proud YATMAMA! emoticon

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THEBOOKBINDER 12/7/2009 12:52PM

    Awesome blog!

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SECRETMUSIC 12/7/2009 12:14PM

    You deserve every bit of that feeling of joy! Talk about victories!

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FURBALLDTH 12/7/2009 11:31AM

    ps Heath is a doll.

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FURBALLDTH 12/7/2009 11:30AM

    I cried when I read about the turn style. What a moment that was for you. Thank you for sharing that moment. I felt like I was there. We just got a Bass store here by Patriots' Place.where the Pats play. It's just breath taking , They just had breakfast with Santa yesterday. It is a toy shop to them...lol. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/7/2009 8:56AM

    Missy, You are definitely a WINNER and a great inspiration!!! You have come so very far in your journey and I am proud of you. Thank you for sharing the pictures of your wonderful family and this great blog. You are absolutely beautiful and have a gorgeous family. I love the star of the show too. What fun it must be to take Heath and look at everything through his eyes!!!
When we go to Bass Pro, we always take McKenzie and spend most of the day there. She always sees everything in a new light and makes the outing special.
May God continue to bless you and your family.
Hugs,
Helen
BTW: Bill is looking great.

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MARYSUPPORTS 12/7/2009 6:47AM

    Love the photos! I do love going to Bass Pro, with hubbie. We can just make a day of it.

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TRAVELNISTA 12/7/2009 6:34AM

    emoticon to mastering that turnstile and showing it who is the boss. It must have been the best feeling in the world to breeze on through. emoticon

emoticon a free Christmas photo that cost $250.00. I think everyone had a great time and will continue to do so when they unwrap and enjoy their Christmas presents.

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DJS-DEBBIE 12/7/2009 5:03AM

    Missy, thanks for all the great pictures. You look Marvelous!! What a great day all around.
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WOODSYGIRL 12/7/2009 12:31AM

    Missy, you ARE a WINNER, and I'm so happy you felt that way after your terrific time at the store. I know exactly what you mean about those stinking turnstiles! Ugh...I've avoided specific stores because of them. But you didn't even blink an eye this time and just cruised right through it. YIPPPPPEEEEE!!! And I just loved the story about the woman racing to hug you and being so proud of you. God really does place some of the most amazing people in our paths doesn't He?

What an incredible time you had with all the kids and the beautiful store (what gorgeous pictures!). And you got some serious shopping done, too! Amazing, simply amazing.

You've come a long way baby, and you are doing fabulously!

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SJG1953 12/7/2009 12:25AM

    What a beautiful family you have Missy. Yes, you ARE a WINNER!! You have accomplished a lot. Thanks for the tour through the Bass Pro shop. Those stores are awesome! Hugs, Shirley

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BIGDAD1211 12/6/2009 11:45PM

    I gotta get me the chair with the bull horns!
Glad you had a good time. What a beautiful family!
You guys better make room cause I may be coming down one day! LOL
Have a great week my friend!


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PEPPERLEAH 12/6/2009 11:22PM

    What a fun time! The pictures are beautiful! I am glad you had such a great time! You have worked hard; and your lifestyle changes are paying off! You are AWESOME! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

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AHEALTHIERJAN 12/6/2009 11:22PM

    Missy,

You look beautiful in this picture. You are so obviously happy. I'm very proud of you.

Bass Pro has been negotiating for one of their big stores here for several years. We didn't get it at all until we were in Springfield Missouri a few weeks ago and saw the outside. But this is such a lovely picture of the inside that I truly get it now. Thanks.

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2BSALLYB 12/6/2009 10:31PM

    You are all adorable! And yes Missy, YOU ARE A WINNER!! You are doing so well!! May you have an awesome Christmas!!

P.S. Thanks for the field trip through the Bass Pro!

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SUSIEPH1 12/6/2009 10:29PM

    Hi Darls I just loved your blog ! you clever girl you, I think it is wonderful how you got through this year. hats off to you!. You have a lovely family !! and thank you for sharing all those lovely photo,s with us .. you are a inspiration! I have a blended family too and we have 5 girls and 2 boys .. 14 grandchildren and 3 great grand children.. they are all so much fun! Take care !! Susie and Bobby emoticon emoticon

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IUHRYTR 12/6/2009 10:20PM

    Thank the Lord for small victories, right? Good for you and the turnstyle and considerate of Bass to have a gate. Sounds like a delightful way to spend a day. Cute pictures, too. :) -- Lou

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THINNAT1 12/6/2009 10:14PM

    Wonderful! I'm so proud of you!! You go!!

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Bill's surgery is postponed. THANK you for your kindness!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Coordinating the doctor who inserts the tube into the kidney and the laser machine that busts up the stones (which travels from hospital to hospital) has proven impossible for this week. They could do the procedure NEXT Friday, but Bill returns to his ship on the following Wednesday, and that is just too soon. He works out on his ship in the Gulf of Mexico for four weeks and is then home two weeks. The doctor said due to the excessive size and quantity of the stones, it will likely require two or three procedures of going in through the tube during the hospital stay (a day or two apart) and that one or two additional hospital stays will be required, with multiple procedures in each hospitalization. Oh, boy!

So the plan is now to do the first procedure on the right kidney when Bill gets home after this next hitch, sometime in mid-January. Thankfully, he is not in pain. We are peaceful that God's timing is being revealed in all these delays. My prayer is that God will heal him, of course, and say to those stones be thou removed and cast into the sea! Wouldn't that be something? If He chooses to do so through our competent doctor, we will be grateful just the same.

THANK YOU for the outpouring of compassion and kindness, of encouragement, of faith, of such beautiful prayers, of the awesome advice and suggestions for me in the midst of all the madness. I LOVE you, my SparkFamily. You fill my heart with such love and strength. You make me feel so surrounded by safety and sweetness.

So we'll do it all again in six weeks and hopefully get my husband at least partially fixed up. Now that he won't be recovering from surgery, we can get the Christmas decorations down from the attic!! We must celebrate Christmas for him early because he will be out on the ship for the holidays, working hard for our family.

  
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GIRLHALFFULL 12/12/2009 2:03PM

    You will always have our prayers and love... will continue them. You will be receiving a little package in the mail very soon...

Our Little Tornado helped with it...

Hugs & Love,
Jennifer

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/6/2009 7:59PM

    Missy, Blessings and hugs to you and Bill. I am so glad that he is not in any pain. You already know that all things happen in God's time...God's will be done. May your early Christmas celebration be fun while Bill is home...knowing that you will celebrate the true meaning of Christmas also. Praying for both of you and your family.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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HAPPYWRITER7 12/5/2009 5:18PM

    God always knows best. Even when we don't understand it, he knows what's best. *hugs for you and your family* I hope you can get Christmas started!

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3CATSLEP 12/5/2009 10:38AM

    Hang in there, Missy, we are all praying for you and Bill! emoticon

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FILLANGES 12/4/2009 8:30PM

    Thanks for all the updates. I'm sure this is almost as trying for you as it is for Bill. You and I both know God will take care of everything in His time. For now, rejoice in the fact that Bill is without pain and you two can spend some time together and have your early Christmas at home. I'll continue to pray for you and Bill and I know God's plan for this situation will play out just fine. God Bless. Rick

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LISANANCY 12/4/2009 7:37PM

    Well, isn't that interesting. We got an answer just not the one we thought it would be. I am glad you have time now to have a nice Christmas with Bill. Bless you both with this waiting game. emoticon

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THEADMIRAL 12/4/2009 6:17PM

    Praise the Lord that he's not in pain and that the doctors didn't rush in to just get it over with. God is Sovereign and will provide for Bill on and off ship. I'm praying for you two and looking forward to God's answer to our prayers. emoticon

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SJG1953 12/4/2009 5:17PM

    Missy I too am glad that your Bill is not in pain. God knows what's best, so just trust Him on that! I'm sorry the procedures have to be so complicated but like you said, God could just heal Bill. I pray He does. If not, I know God will be with the both of you and bring you through everything. I'm still praying for you and your family. Have a wonderful Christmas celebration whenever you chose to celebrate. God bless you all, Shirley

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CAMTPAM 12/4/2009 5:12PM

    I feel Our Father wanted Bill to be able to celebrate Christmas with the family, even though it's early.
Yes, it would be great to be healed and the stones throwen in the sea.
Prayers for Bill to stay out of pain and to be healed.
Hugz and Merry Merry Christmas to all the family,
Pam

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GLITTERGIRL69 12/4/2009 4:46PM

    Dear Missy,

Prayers are stuck on you on our team! Look at the team page whenever you get a chance, no rush! emoticon many people posted prayer for you, I kept it as a sticky, will remove it after you leave an update for everyone.

It is a real shame that the military doesn't let him take family leave or something to take care of this. Maybe it has nit come to that, or maybe it would not work for you, I am pretty sure they don't pay you during family leave, even if they did offer it.

Well, as you said, God timing is perfect, and I truly believe that! Enjoy Bill while you can. Have a great early Christmas. We love you too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FURBALLDTH 12/4/2009 1:34PM

    I'm sorry to hear the surgery has been put off until January. My prayers will continue to include your family. Try and have a good weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THEBOOKBINDER 12/4/2009 12:03PM

    Many Prayers to the Both of you, our thoughts are with you!

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TRAVELNISTA 12/4/2009 10:38AM

    I hope that DH is painfree till he can have the surgery. I have had many bouts with kidney stones and they are always quite painful. Heavy duty drugs like percocet are the only forms of relief till they pass. emoticon emoticon

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DYNAMICDEB53 12/4/2009 10:17AM

    I would say this news is good, but getting ready each time for surgery I know for myself takes it toll. You are keep a positive attitude and as you say now you can decorate and havea family Christmas, which should be wonderful for you.
What an excellent thing you have lost 65 lbs and are keeping strong. I know the strength you have gained in the months to loss those pounds will help you through the health problems with your hubby, you will do fine. You have family friends and your faith to hang tight too.
Have a wonderful time with family and your early Christmas!!
Hugs
Deb

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LOTUSFLOWER 12/4/2009 9:40AM

    Missy, you, Bill and the family are in my prayers! Enjoy the early Christmas with your family, thinking of you all! emoticon

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LOVESLILACS1 12/4/2009 8:58AM

    Heavenly father, I praise and thank you that Bill is not experiencing any pain. Please use this time to heal him with your wonderful way, that he may not ever need surgery, in Jesus name, amen.

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DJS-DEBBIE 12/4/2009 8:35AM

    I hope Bill stays healthy and pain-free until the surgery can be done.
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BEAMISH7 12/4/2009 7:23AM

    I, too, am so relieved and thankful that your Bill isn't in pain. For certain, you and Bill and under the guidance of our Heavenly Father. All things in His perfect time according to His plan.

So enjoy this time together for early Christmas knowing that all of those you've touched are lifting you up in prayer.
peggy

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MARYSUPPORTS 12/4/2009 7:09AM

    I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason. It will all come about in God's time. Rest easy knowing that He is with you and Bill.

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ANEWVERSIONOFME 12/4/2009 7:08AM

    Thanks for stopping by my page! I will hope that your husband experiences no pain until he is able to return for the surgery!

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GABY1948 12/4/2009 5:15AM

    Missy, thanks for your loving words on my page, you are always in my prayers, and your family, so trust that that will continue. Sorry you will be apart for Christmas, but I know home is where the heart is and in that respect you will be together!
Hugs and Love,
Gaye

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LINDA25427 12/4/2009 1:51AM

    Missy I am happy for you and Bill and your family .Glad that Bill isn't in pain and is able to go back out on the ship it is sad that he won't be home for Christmas .Doing a early Christmas sounds nice and is probably alot of fun ,do you and the children have a regular Christmas on Christmas Day or do you do everything on the early one with your DH. Pass out gifts--- dinner -whole family get together .
Take care of yourself ,will continue prayers.God bless. emoticon

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WOODSYGIRL 12/4/2009 12:34AM

    Missy, I'm very happy to hear that Bill is not in pain right now. That makes the postponement easier to handle. Wow, he's going to be going through a lot with this procedures, but if they heal him of all the stones, then it will be worth it. God is working through you both and He has to be smiling down on how well you are handling these challenges. You truly inspire me and so many of us on SP with your unwavering faith.

Enjoy putting up those decorations and having a lovely early Christmas celebration before Bill heads out on his ship. There is blessing in all of this, for sure.

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ROZEEROZ1 12/3/2009 11:54PM

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND WORDS ON MY SPARK PAGE. WILL KEEP YOU AND BILL IN PRAYER.
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THE CANDY CANE THIS WAY UP REPRESENTS THE SHEPHARDS STAFF AND TURNED THE OTHER WAY IS 'J' FOR JESUS - GOD'S OWN SON. I PRAY JESUS TO BE WITH YOU AND BILL.

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JOJO58 12/3/2009 11:53PM

    Missy, your strength amazes me. If this is God's will so be it. He has bigger plans for us. I will keep both of you in prayer. I wish for him a pain free holiday season. Hang in there kiddo, I think you are the pillar of strength in that household. Take care....JoJo

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GOSPELCLOWN 12/3/2009 11:33PM

    It's amazing what the doctors can find and "see" before they even get in there. I'm sorry to hear there is such a quantity and the size is also a problem.

I'll be ready in January to pray for the patient, his sweetheart, your kids, the doctor's skill all over again. God knows the reason for this delay.

All the best to each of you,
Karen

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DACIUS 12/3/2009 11:23PM

    Poor guy. I hope he remains pain free on his leave. You guys are in our prayers.

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THENEWME43 12/3/2009 11:09PM

    Missy, thanks for the update; it sure helps us all know how best to be praying for you and your sweet Bill. So thankful he's okay with the waiting, and that you'll be able to celebrate CHRISTmas early, together. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness and His protection.

Blessings my Spark sister,
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NOTABOUTHEFACE 12/3/2009 11:04PM

    That stinks it can't happen when you wanted but it's good he's not in pain. He'll get all fixed up in no time and you'll both be relieved when this is just a blip in your past! Stay strong!

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1GR8FULGAL 12/3/2009 10:43PM

    Hi, Well, I can say I have some idea of your frustration, not totally of course. I've had 30 surgeries in the last 10 years, some bigger, some smaller, and some postponed. Oh my goodness, what a roller coaster. You are so right though in keeping the faith. After all, it is always the one thing that remains constant in all the ups & downs and arounds of our world (wow- THAT didn't just come from ME, so we know Who sent it!!) I'm also a 4time cancer survivor so I do know God gets us through. May He walk beside you both every moment. Take good care, Nancy
Thank you for your nice post on my page.

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AHEALTHIERJAN 12/3/2009 10:20PM

    How frustrating! I'm so glad he's not in pain. Still, I know you would rather have this over with. And I'm sorry that he has to be on the boat for Christmas. My husband and I have had periods of separation, but never at Christmas. So have a wonderful celebration now.

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TERI99 12/3/2009 10:02PM

    What a blessing that he is suffering no pain. God's timing is always perfect, even if we can't figure it out; His ways are higher than ours! I love your positive outlook in the face of all of this. I will continue to pray for healing and comfort!

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SECRETMUSIC 12/3/2009 9:29PM

    So glad Bill is in no pain right now! Enjoy the decorating, my friend!

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2BSALLYB 12/3/2009 9:26PM

    Now you can get that Christmas party started!! LOL...Glad to read Bill is pain free and this can wait til he gets back on land. You two are in my prayers. emoticon

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LIGHTHEART09 12/3/2009 9:23PM

    God has perfect timing...I am praying for a miracle healing so he doesn't need the stress, and pain of surgery, and the expense!
Much love,
Nana

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/3/2009 9:15PM

    Ahhh, Missy, you make me remember the Navy days when Drex would be either out to see for 6-8 months, or he'd have duty and I ran the "ship" at home for a while!

I am so glad Bill is not in pain, and you KNOW, that if it IS God's plan, a MOUNTAIN can be moved! I am also glad that you'll be able to enjoy a Christmas before all this is done! Merry early Christmas!

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BIGDAD1211 12/3/2009 9:05PM

    Well I am thankful that my bro in law emoticon is not in pain. He is a tough guy and God will surely watch over him until he gets back. Continued prayers for you both and a blessed and happy Christmas to you and the rest of my family from NO!
God bless you all
In Jesus Name
Greg
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SWEESIN 12/3/2009 8:53PM

    God is right on time, every time. You are right to put it in His hands.

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PEPPERLEAH 12/3/2009 8:53PM

    I am glad he is not in pain. I know at times like this things can be frustrating. But you are so right; God's timing is perfect. In the meantime, we will continue to pray. I absolutely believe that God will heal him! (whether through faith or surgery) Our God is an awesome God!

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ETHEL_MERMAID 12/3/2009 8:47PM

    I'm so sorry about the delay, Missy, but I hope Bill will enjoy a long, pain-free stretch between now and the surgery. I'm sure his condition has been so difficult for all of you... I know you'll be so glad after the last surgery, too. All the best, Susan emoticon

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IUHRYTR 12/3/2009 8:24PM

    So happy that Bill is not in pain. Prayers and good thoughts will continue. Be strong. -- Lou

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