Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Camp Time

This summer has gone by so quickly for me. It started with baseball and that ended the 4th of July weekend. We had a houseful of company then, the next couple of weeks were Vacation Bible School and this week Caleb is at camp. Caleb went to his first church camp where he was going to stay for the entire week. It has been harder for me than for him, because I can't call and check on him. I had to call and ask my mom how it felt when I first went to church camp for the entire week and I was just a couple of months younger than Caleb. I hope he is sleeping well at night, being a team player, exhibiting a good attitude, all the things that mom's wish for. We are excited for him, he is staying in a cabin with 18 other boys, their counselor is having loads of fun I'm sure.

Next week starts the first day of school, I can't hardly believe it. It also brings a new school, new friends, new schedule and another adjustment to our daily lives. The good news is that Caleb will know alot of the kids that are at his new school, and he has already met his home room teacher and seems to like him alot.

This past weekend we were able to see an eagle. We had taken the boat out on the Ohio River with some friends and were crusin the Ohio, when we spotted the eagle. The kids all enjoyed seeing the eagle sitting up in the tree. The crows were all circling around it above the trees and Mr. Eagle just sat so patiently just watching and waiting. It was very relaxing enjoying the nature that God created along the river banks, the river itself is not so pretty but I'm amazed that as the boat cruises through the river it leaves this pure white path that comes from ugly brown water. It is kinda like God, he takes the all the ugliness that is in our lives and makes it so pure and white when we turn our life over to Him.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This is just a really cute & helpful e-mail I received from a dear friend of mine so I'm sharing it with you. Enjoy!

Weekly Schedule:

Monday WashDay

Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and vanity, so I may serve you with perfect humility through the week ahead.

Tuesday Ironing Day
Dear Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles
of prejudice I have collected through the years so that I may see the beauty in others.

Wednesday Mending Day
O God, help me mend my ways so I will not
set a bad example for others.

Thursday Cleaning Day
Lord Jesus, help me to dust out all the many faults I have been hiding in the secret corners of my heart.

Friday Shopping Day
O God, give me the grace to shop wisely so I may purchase eternal happiness for myself and all others in need of love.

Saturday Cooking Day
Help me, my Savior, to brew a big kettle of brotherly love and serve it with clean, sweet bread of human kindness.

Sunday The Lord's Day
O God, I have prepared my house for you. Please help me so I may spend the day and the rest of my life in your presence.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Patients vs. Patience

Wow! What a week this has been for challenging patients and challenging my patience.

I'm continously amazed at the way people think, live, act, ect.... I've had a 25 year old girl that has led a lifestyle that has wracked her body with disease and she has 2 small children at home, but she is unsure of who is taking care of her children. An 81 year old lady that has several sisters but no one wants to take responsiblity for her, they just want to place her in a nursing home and she doesn't want to go. Doctors that seem to think they speak the words and orders just magically happen in a split second. Then there is the 35 year old male that is so covered with tattoo's and a gauged earring that is so large that his earlobe is almost split. He is as gentle and soft-spoken as a baby but his body is filled with infection and he has no family support. I've had a lady that is 75 that was suffering from chest pain and when the test were ran, found out she had cancer spread throughout her body and now has to make some life altering decisions.

Human nature is a fascinating thing and when I deal with these patients, I have to think about the journey that has brought them to the point where they are today. Some of these patients have made some bad choices throughout their lives, others have just been dealt some really bad cards in life. My problems and situations in life are so small compared to what others have to deal with.