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Friday, February 20, 2009

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

If you:



  • have been taking things for granted lately

  • wonder how someone deals with tragedy

  • want to see how God works through heartache

  • want to see pictures of a darling baby with an infectious smile

  • feel it's a good time to test different brands of tissue.....
click here

Go to the bottom of each page on their blog and click on "older posts" in order to scroll through the pages and see more pictures.

If you are afraid to look (Krista) or don't have time, I'll give you a little run down. This adorable young couple has an 11-month-old baby named Cora who, on January 25th of this year, is taken to the pediatrician after several bouts with an ear infection. The parents also mention to the doctor that her stomach seems kind of "tight," she hasn't been eating much and she wants to be held all the time. The doctor does a blood test and an x-ray, and through tears tells them the baby has liver cancer. He sends them directly to the hospital. Fourteen days later their baby is dead. Their blog started out like any other couple with a new baby who might start a blog. But then they find out the baby has cancer, so now their blog includes pictures of Cora in the hospital hooked up to all kinds of tubes, as well as daily updates on her condition. It's heartbreaking but heartwarming as the mom, who is a Christian, posts specific prayer requests each day - until February 8th when her post says "Cora is with Jesus." I just clicked on their blog again and they just posted again today. Neat, neat couple with amazing strength and courage.

I love what someone posted about this story: God is too wise to make a mistake and too loving to be unkind. And with that, this verse from Isaiah 55:8-11

"But my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater. So, it is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."

In other words, we may not believe it or understand it, but He's got everything under control. :)

By the way, Kleenex brand is superior.

Okay, on a lighter note...

For some reason I can't make our goal charts work right, but I've changed it so that Eric's chart comes up and not mine. I know nobody really cares whether or not I took the dogs for a walk (except them!) Eric is good about updating his chart, too. Right now he is into playing basketball and hasn't done any weightlifting, but I'm sure that will change. It is what it is.

Here is the workout he follows that he got online.

And a video of us yesterday, while he was taking a break in order to warm up. I'm tellin' you, if anyone ever says I am not a devoted mother (smile), you show them this video of me bundled up...in 32 degree weather... after shagging basketballs for two hours. Actually he comes and gets me only for the free throws, but it is COLD! I honestly don't know how he stays out there in that weather. His hands are red and numb.


On the way to school today the car said it was 28 degrees outside. Eric said, "I wonder if I should shoot today or take a break." Uh, I don't know about you, but I'm taking a break. This mom does not walk dogs, work out, or shag basketballs in 28 degree weather...nothin' but running to the car and from the car. That's it. You are own your own, bud. Sorry.

Here is a list of library books I'm reading right now:


  • 10 Conversations You Need to Have With Your Children
    This is great (from this book): "The job of the parent is not to impose his or her will on the child but to get the child to listen to his or her own inner voice. Inspiration, not just prescription."

  • How Much is Enough?

  • Getting it Right With Teens

  • 7 Things Your Teenager Won't Tell You

  • 100 Smartest Marketing Ideas Ever

  • Who Let the Blogs Out

  • You Can Save the Animals

I know...weird combination of books. Guess I only went down two aisles and this is what I came out with. I could stay in there for hours. I think I have more fun browsing to see what they have than I do actually reading the books. There you go - The fun is in the WANTING.

More video of E playing basketball that he filmed himself. I found it when I was uploading other video.

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