"It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him." -Daniel 2:22
"Do not fear, for I am with you..." -Isaiah 43:5
"...we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion." -Daniel 9:18
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Pounding

This has been an awesome week, so far. Last Friday I got the call to interview with Ellis County on Wednesday (tomorrow).
Then on Saturday I was priviledged to help with Campfire Creek Therapeutic Riding Center's first "Ride of Champions". It was so great to see the excitement and smiles of all those kids who have been riding this past session. They have all made such an improvement in some way. Some it is posture, some balance, some speech, while others the improvements are not as noticable to you and I, but their parents see it. Al got to come out for a little while, but didn't want to push it with the heat. We feel so blessed to have come to know Bobby and Emily and help in small ways to further their mission.

Al did not feel well, at all, for the 5 days after his chemo. But Saturday morning he woke up not feeling bad, so he took it pretty easy over the weekend. That nausea can hit all of a sudden, so you don't want to get too far from home. We are hopeful that he will feel good for 3 weeks out of each month during this chemo treatments, which are indefinite. Today (Tuesday) he woke up feeling really good. Not as tired as he has been over the past year or more. He is able to mow and putter around the house, as long as he doesn't lift anything too heavy and overdo.
He is having a new issue with his right forearm. They took x-rays and it is sore, but they didn't see any fractures. They are going to do some radiation treatments on it tomorrow. We did learn, however, from the radiologist, that his left hip has a fracture. Obviously it was there even before they put the rod in that leg, but no one told us. He had been having some pain there, but figured it was from the operation and the new hardware. He is balking at more surgery right now. That is a prayer request - that he not be stubborn just for the sake of not wanting to do it. He may have several more surgeries in his future, but we will have to determine when it is enough. The risk of infections and complications is a concern with each surgery.
We are thankful for today and that he feels good today. We have family and friends coming over on Saturday to eat hot dogs, shoot some skeet and pop some fireworks. I know he will enjoy watching the gkids play and run and laugh and have fun.
We got several nice surprises this past weekend and we want to thank all who participated. Especially Marilyn and all her volunteers who blessed us with the proceeds of her garage sale. It is very much appreciated and I will be making a trip out to her place to tell her so.
Also, a church in Corsicana, where we have never been, but our friends Steve and Ina attend, gave us a pounding. For those of you who don't know - it is a tradition from centuries ago where neighbors welcomed new settlers by bringing them a pound of whatever they had in their lauder (pantry). Pioneers usually had very little by the time they got to the end of their journey and began to set up housekeeping. There was so much food! A truckload. It is very humbling. A very personal way to show love to those in need - even when you don't know them. We are blessed.
We plan to pass some of it on, as it is much more than we can use, to a food pantry or other family in need.
We woul like to visit some of those churches where we have never been, but know of folks who have had us on their prayer lists for some time. We ask God's grace to allow us this priviledge. We need to make trips to Irving, Cleburne, Evant and Corsicana. New Mexico and Colorado and even a few others here in Waxahachie!
Another praise: We finally got Al's social security disability paperwork turned in with the help of Karen. Pray for swift and favorable results.
We would appreciate your prayers for the job interview. We realize it is all in God's hands and want what He wants for us according to His plan. If it is not this job, then we know he will provide for us, as he has already been doing.
If you have been a part of the blessings bestowed upon us, I hope that you have received the joy and peace that comes with serving the Lord, by serving others. We hope to, some day, be in the position to "pay it forward" and bless others, as well.

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