30 April 2004
Work has been crazy busy. I could have stayed there all night last night. Fortunately I had a tanning appointment that I had to leave for. I was tempted to go back to the office afterwards but decided to go home instead and see my honey. While he was grilling dinner, he sat and had a cigar. I finally got to bring plants outside, yah! Ryan was such a good sport and watered plants as I carried them out. We had a good time. He left for bible study and I cleaned the sitting room and downstairs bath. Still lots to clean before company comes.
26 April 2004
Let me introduce you to my precious little friend, Audra Koelewyn. She's the 2nd daughter of Kevin (my high school ag teacher) and Cathy Koelewyn. She's three, maybe four by now and as cute as a button.
Audra was diagnosed with a Pilocytic Astrocytoma brain tumor in the earlier part of 2003. It has been quite the experience for them this last year. In the midst of this trial, they have grown in their relationship with God. Not only that, but the family has a contagious faith which is so encouraging. Well, our dear Audra had surgery last year and has been going through the chemo process since. Praise the Lord, the tumor is shrinking and dying. Although she has a tumor in her brain stem, she functions "normally" which amazes the doctors. This is solely the grace of the Lord and the prayers of his children. God tells us to make our request known to Him. Well, my request is that Audra can continue to be a testimony of faith. And when she gets done with this chapter in her life that she continues to walk with the Lord in an intimate relationship. In Luke (I looked it up, here's the link), there is a story of 10 lepers who get healed. All go on their way except one who comes back to thank God. May Audra be that one. May her life be full of praise as she comes to the feet of the One who healed her.
A week from today (May 3rd), Audra will be having another MRI. Please be in prayer and petition for Audra as she goes through another test. Pray for the family as they entrust their little girl into the Hands of The Ultimate Healer.
Click here for a photo of Audra
23 April 2004
So, consider a few things today...
~ be transparent and vulnerable to others. Be HONEST.
~ Put down the hammer, quit crucifying others.
20 April 2004
16 April 2004
That's really been the extent of it at home. Ryan will be gone this weekend for Men's Retreat. They'll have fun playing with guns and being guys together. I'll be at a wedding and baby shower. Other than that, I'm gonna hang out with mom and do some shopping.
Work has been busy, I can't keep up. Plus I took on some extra duties as the Regional Rep. for a national organization. I spent 3 hours on that this AM. Lots to do initially. Apparently my predecessor didn't do jack! So, it's been fun.
Oh, and I've really missed the valley lately. I miss my friends and the spring blossoms and all the other cool stuff. Such is life though.