Saturday, September 26, 2009

Just a Note

I just wanted to post an update on my Mom. She is home
from the hospital now, and doing pretty good. Early
indicators look very good that there is no cancer in the
lymph nodes, but we will not know for sure until the
pathology reports come back, in a couple of weeks. She
did have to have a mastectomy. She did very well
after the surgery, with the exception of having some
sickness due to the anesthesia. Her pain was manageable
with the medicine. Now come the diffucult days...making
adjustments. I sure would appreciate your continued
prayers. It was a blessing to me, and to my entire family,
to know that we had people praying. I don't know how
people make it, who do not have the Lord to give them
strength to face difficult times. Or how they make it
without having dear christian friends who care about
them and will bring their needs before the throne of
grace. So, this is where we are now. I will post more
as we know more. In the meantime, dear sweet friends,
THANK YOU for your prayers.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Quilt Class

Emily and I went back to our Quilting class
today and finished the piecing. Today, we
did the inner and outer borders. The
next part we have to do is the actual
quilting itself. I'm alittle nervous about
this part, but kind of excited too! Then,
after the quilting, we go back to
finish the binding. It's turned out
to be quite pretty, I think. It has been
alot of fun. Emily has learned alot. She
is wanting to try another "very simple"
sewing project. We may try it next.

Also, please remember to pray for my mom
whose surgery is scheduled for tomorrow.
She is nervous, as one might expect, but
she is in good spirits. I am planning to
stay with her for a couple of days, then
one of my sisters will be there with them.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


I want to express my thanks to all those
who have left comments and have been
praying for my mother and for our families.
She is scheduled to have a mastectomy next
Thursday. They were hopeful that she
could have a lumpectomy, but after they
did an MRI, they found another questionable
spot and decided that it was too risky. They
did say that if none of the cancer was in the
lymph nodes that she would not even
have to take radiation or chemo. This
is what we are hoping for at this time.
Mom is doing okay right now. She is in
pretty good spirits, all things considered.
I would ask that you still keep her in your
On a somewhat lighter note, Emily have
been back at our homeschooling since
August 17th. Things have been alittle
crazy around here ( so what else is new??)
We have had several things going on at
church that have required my presence.
We are also in the process of building
a fellowship hall, so my husband is
in and out, running here and running
there, so it seems that none of our days
have just been "typical" days. I admit...I
function better without disruptions...but
alas, it does NOT seem that we are
going to be without them for a while,
atleast not in the foreseeable future.
We are managing to keep on schedule,
we're just not always working at the
same place. One thing that we
decided to do this year, is take a
beginner's quilting class. I found
a store in a neighboring town where
they give "free" classes. You only
have to supply your own materials
(which of course you purchase from
the store) Anyway, I talked it
over with my husband and we felt
that this would be a great class for
Emily, a kind of early home ec class,
if you will. She is getting some
experience using a sewing machine,
and so far she is really enjoying it.
The class is one day each week during
the month of September for two or
three hours, depending on what
we are working on. We are making
up for book work by adding extra
pages in throughout the week.
It's been fun so far, and we look
forward to many more projects in the
future. This one is a combined effort,
she and I have both done alot of the work.
Here is a picture of what we have gotten
accomplished so far. Just the piece work
really. Next week, we will do the borders.
We will have to learn the actual quilting
at another time. Emily picked all the material.
She LOVES vibrant colors, she is not in
any way subdued. Can you tell??

Here is a picture of Emily's first day of school.
She has a desk in the kitchen, which works
best for us. She has her very own space,
with which to spread out and work.
As she gets older, she may be able to
work in her room, but at this time, it is
best for her to work in here. Doesn't she look
happy to be back to school?? (The truth is...this
was about the fourth or fifth picture I took before
I got one with her smiling....she was actually NOT
very happy to be back to work already)
I know how she feels...where does the summer

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Prayer Request

No pictures today, just a prayer request.
We learned last week that my mother has
been diagnosed with breast cancer. She is
very scared, confused, and emotional right
now. It is really too early to know much, she
has talked to two surgeons, and will need to
make some very difficult decisions in the
next few days. Please just pray that the Lord
will give her HIS peace, the peace that passeth
all understanding, and help her to be calm
enough to make the decisions that she has
to make.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

2009 FBC Water Wars

I have been shamefully negligent of my
blog lately. My only excuse that we have
been sooooo busy. What with finishing
up with the garden produce, getting
back to homeschooling, and keeping
up my church duties, I just haven't had
time to sit down at the computer and
post. Anyway, this post is for my
two or three loyal readers who have
been checking patiently each day to see
if we are still alive in Wartburg. ;)
We had our Water Wars again at
our church a couple of weeks ago. As
usual, this is a very fun day. Kind
of a last minute church activity before
everyone gets so busy with school
activities and such. Here are a few
pictures of our day.

Our Faithie, ain't she sweet?

Kristin (wasn't looking at me...), Lys, and Kelly

These pics were taken before we got
started...everyone was just kinda hangin' out

Emily and some of little girls

We're always glad when Sis Peggy's
grandchildren can join us. Here are
Ryder and Brayden really getting into
the singing...

My honey leading the group in the JOY.
This song is LOTS of fun!!!!!

Girls being a "Y" in JOY

Bro Jonathan gave a tremendous devotion
about our vast and wonderful God
and HIS creation of the stars and heavens.

This was a game where the teams were
asked a bible question... if they answered
correctly, they got to burst a water ballon
on the heads of either Bro Jonathan or
Pastor Pallotta

Courtney looks as if she is really enjoying this

Sis Robin organizes these events...she is such a
blessing to our church

Sis Peggy was in charge of the little ones...she
looks as wet as them, doesn't she???

Kelly and Faith

My sweet honey...he is a great sport...and
loves to do things like this with our
youth group

Bro Jonathan getting ready for a soaking

Our little "redneck" water slide...didn't work
great...needed a hill

The kids had fun anyway

The little kids "Slip and Slide" worked much better

Sis Kristin, Sis Peggy's daughter....we just
love her family and are always happy
when they can visit with us

Mrs Robin...I love this picture of her

Here was my team...about to bomb the
other team running through the obstacle course

Our little Faithie's so hard
to believe that she is a senior this year. She
just got a really cute little car...I need a picture
of it, too, don't I?

A lovely, flattering, picture of myself as I run
through the obstacle course...NOT!!!

Mrs Wanda and her granddaughter, Sydney

Cory and Carrie

Faith, Kelly, Courtney, Alyssa, and Taylor

This was a fun game...forgot what it was called

Digging for marble with our toes, in
freezing water...not as easy as it sounds,
I promise!

My honey