Saturday, August 01, 2009
What a blessing!! It was SUCH a joy to take the hour and a half ride down to the bayou and visit with a dear friend I'd not seen in a while, a former coworker of my husband's, and to meet DBLDELITES! She is just precious and I love her! (THANK you for coming to join us, Cheryl!!) The one pitfall was the crab and corn bisque. Oh, brother, I had no idea how to track that, but it was SO worth it! I wish with all my heart I could travel to each of your towns and share a meal with you and hug you tight.
I'm gonna put some online albums up tomorrow on my personal site, www.nolady.net
For those of you who have never experienced the unique beauty of a Louisiana bayou, I'll give you a sneak preview of it now.
A lazy Louisiana bayou
Retired shrimp boat
Stormy reflections on the bayou
I hope you enjoyed the mini bayou tour. Photos can't do it justice. If you ever have the opportunity to experience this beautiful region filled with some of the earth's most dear people, don't miss it!
Friday, July 31, 2009
Five months later, I get to tell the surgeon goodbye! I have so looked forward to this day. There were times when it felt like it would never happen. I think lots of difficult seasons in our lives feel that way. My mother's old adage, "This, too, shall pass," is true. Thank you so much for rejoicing with me, my friends! I love that you share my highs and lows with me. You bring SO much to my world.
We four and our two houseguests went to the movies today to see G-Force. What an adorable movie! I really enjoyed it. We have not had a lot of outings since we formed this blended family. It's taken all our resources to raise these four kids with no support from our exes. Being housebound other than for wound care and doctors for the better part of five months made the outing all the more special. Now for the embarrassing but spectacular part for me. I know some of you will not have a clue what this felt like for me and that's okay. We all have different things we can relate to (or not). I know, though, that some of my SparkFriends will truly understand how much this meant to me. After the onset of insulin resistance, my already overweight body packed on another hundred plus pounds. This made being able ti sit in chairs with arms difficult if not impossible in many places. A booth in a restaurant or café? Forget it. Not possible. I have been grateful that I didn't have the need to fly anywhere because I know airline seats would be out of the question for me. Theater seats were among those that were possible, but by the hardest and with discomfort. Today when we arrived at the show I was staring that seat down, hoping my weight loss has been enough to make a difference this time. I eased myself into that seat. And WIGGLED. LOL I could actually wiggle my hiney in the seat!! It felt like someone had given me the winning lottery numbers. Oh, how I rejoice over the changes happening in me!!!
We arrived home to discover a couple inches of water all over the laundry room, kitchen, dining area, with substantial seepage into the carpeted living room. Our houseguest put one towel into the washer before we left (without my knowledge of course) and the washer marched itself across the laundry room, displacing hoses. Oh, boy, was I grateful Bill was home AND that we own a ShopVac! You remember those ShamWow commercials? Those lil critters WORK. Order has been restored and everyone kept our good moods despite the mishap.
Tomorrow we will go down to the bayou in the farther southeast regions of Louisiana to meet a friend for lunch, and to my GREAT delight, DBLDELITES will be able to meet us, too. She'll be the first (of many, I hope!!) SparkFriend I get to meet in person. We'll be sure to take photos to share with you. I wish every single one of you were here to share fellowship with us tomorrow! You mean SO much to me.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Instead of making me wait until Monday, Charter had two of their techs (not subcontractors) out here today. They found a wire that was tattered and torn up in the attic. When they replaced it, my Internet connection zoomed from negative ten to sixty-five points instantly. The tech was blown away. The only problem now is I can't send emails out. *groan* They offered no support for this. I Googled the error message and others have had it with Charter. It resolved itself in 18 hours according to one report. I'm hoping mine will, too.
Today is homecoming day for my husband. He loves the ship he's on now. It's one of the newest crew boats in the fleet. Hm. I wonder if I can figure out how to add a picture. Lemme try!
I hope that worked!
We played hookie from church tonight. Our kids were at a pool party with the youth group and we took advantage of the kidless state. We had a lovely dinner out. I ate more than I ever do and that's not great, but it was a delicious steak and salad, and Bill and I shared a baked potato. It's a rare, rare thing for me to go over my allowances, so I'm not going to stress about the dinner out on my husband's first night home. It isn't often that we have quiet time with just us. I've been pretty much homebound since February other than wound care. We have two kids still at home, two houseguests, and a revolving door on our house. I wouldn't have it any other way. I LOVE it. But it was really nice to be out (except for the irritation of wearing my shoe *ICK*) and to enjoy each other's presence. He was pretty blown away by my weight loss and how much better I look. That felt awfully nice.
The presence I want to mention, though, this night is the nearness of our Beloved. Some of you on my Teams have seen this because I posted it in a couple comments. I so wish I could find a video of FFH doing the song since it's on their CD, but I can't find one. If any of you do know of one, please let me know. Turn on your speakers and close your eyes. Enjoy the precious presence of our Beloved as we look toward the homecoming of all homecomings. The Spirit and the bride say COME, Lord Jesus.
I praise God for making His presence available to me at all times. This is an amature rendition but the girl has such a lovely voice that it's just beautiful. I hope it blesses you as it does me.
In this quiet place again
I can hear You on the wind
Whispering to me
In this quiet place again
I have found a friend
Who understands me
Where You are is where I want to be
In Your arms You will comfort me
Far away from everything I used to be
You know I have come so far
To be where You are
In this quiet place again
You're speaking to my heart
And I can know Your will
In this quiet place again
You tell me from the start
Follow and I will
Monday, July 27, 2009
I feel like I've lost so much ground. My foot is draining again, swollen, warm to the touch, inflamed, angry, angry, angry. I called my wound care specialist and she said as long as the drainage is not colored, to wait it out. I see the orthopedic surgeon Thursday, and I've been so excited with hope that he'll discharge me. I hope this does not delay my release from his care.
I've learned that it's going to take a lot of prayerful balance to know when to wear my shoe or not. Right now to even walk to the bathroom on the foot feels like it's going to split open. I had to take a pain pill, which I have done only once in the last couple months. It astounds me that people PAY to feel this way. Pain meds make me feel duh, like I'm not connected to the universe properly. I really dislike this feeling. A LOT. A WHOLE lot. You get the idea.
The good news is that this WILL pass. It's a temporary season, no matter HOW much it feels like an interminable season. Isn't it like that with lots of things that distress us? They just seem like the end will never come. I guess that's why the Lord has promised us that joy comes in the morning. He WILL restore us to that place of blessing, and with us we will carry the spoils of war, learned and earned in our season of suffering.
Thank you so much for your words of compassion and encouragement. Your genuine concern for me, your sincere interest in my well being is such a healing balm to my heart. You are precious to me.
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