Saturday, April 24, 2010

Stuff Upcoming

The last few weeks have just been crazy busy.
I guess that's good, but it sure is hard to get time
to sit down and post. Beginning with Daddy's
surgery the end of March, getting ready for
all the special church services, achievement
testing in the Homeschool Academy, spring
break, and then, of course, Emily having a
birthday this wonder it seems
like we have just been in a whirlwind. I am
so ready for a little more normalcy ( not sure
I remember what that feels like) Anyway...
we do have lots of things upcoming. Our
church is hosting it's first-ever Ladies
Meeting next Saturday. I am soooooooo
excited, I cannot even tell you. The Lord
laid this on my heart some time ago, and we
have just now been able to put it all together.
We have some very special things planned
and a couple of very special guest speakers.
I hope that it will be a GREAT blessing to
all those who attend, as it has already been
to me just in the planning. A couple of weeks
later, we have our Homeschool Graduation.
We have three seniors! This will be an
exciting event for sure! My husband also
has to preach at a graduation at a christian
school in a neighboring town a few days
later. Three days after that, some of our
folks from church are going a mission trip
to Colorado. Our church supports a family
who has gone there to be church planters.
They are preparing for their first services
so we are going out to help them hand out
flyers, gospel tracts, and New Testaments
to advertise the opening of the new Aurora
Baptist Church. We are so excited to get to
go and be a part of this. ( Hopefully get to
do alittle sightseeing too--see some of those
beautiful Rocky mountains ) My husband
went out and helped them move and get
settled and he said the Rockies are awesome
to see. Then....upon returning home....the
next week is VBS. We love VBS...busy, busy,
busy days...did I say I was ready for normalcy?
Whew! Don't think we are quite there yet!!!!
Maybe during the summer months....
I am planning to do some redecorating in
my house this summer too! Not big stuff,
just maintenance-like painting and reorganzing.
BUT, I promise myself, I do not want to
spend the whole summer so busy that I don't
take the time to enjoy Emily and spending
time with her. Gotta have alittle fun too!
She is growing up so's just killing me!
Anyway, that's where we are now, I think!
Lots of goings on around here. But, it's good
to be busy...wanna be doing what we know is
right to do...the Lord is soon coming!! What
a glorious thought!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Emily Turns Eleven!

I find it so hard to believe, but my Emily
has turned eleven! It seems like just yesterday that
we were told that finally, after fourteen years of marriage
we were going to be holding that precious
little one that we had begged God for. It
seems like only yesterday that we brought
home the most beautiful little baby girl that
I had ever seen. Her very life was a miracle
beyond anything that we had ever seen. After
only one year of marriage, we were told that
we would never have any biological children
of our own. So, the fact that she was given
to us thirteen years later truly was a miracle.
And this past Sunday, my baby girl turned
eleven! Where did the time go????? It seems
like she should still be toddling around, the sweet
little chatterbox that she was. She is STILL a
sweet chatterbox, only now, she is a much
taller one. :) In fact, she is only a couple
of inches shorter than me. By her next
birthday, she might even be taller than her
Mom. Oh, how I wish I could slow time down,
Anyway, she has been the most precious
gift ever given to us (outside salvation of course)
She has been such a joy!

Emily Talitha Pallotta
Age 11

The birthday festivites started with a trip
to the Cumberland County Playhouse
to see Annie.

She wanted her "Sissie" to go with us.
And...her Daddy was THRILLED to
get to skip going to another play.
This one was alittle too girly, if you know
what I mean! ;)

Emily and her "adopted" big sister, Becky!
( And just a note inserted here~ Emily
has always wanted a sister. Becky has
been as loving and kind to Emily as
any "real" sister would be. My husband
and I are truly grateful to the Lord for
sending this family--including all the
Snows-- to all our church)

Emily and I sitting in the gazebo area outside the playhouse
before the play began.

Emily and Annie

Emily and couple of orphans

In the afternoon, we went to Frozen Head State Park
for grilled hotdogs and birthday cake.
(Thank you, Bro Jonathan, for burning my
hotdogs PERFECTLY. Seriously, I really
do like my hotdogs VERY, VERY well done.)
They were delish.
Emily invited several of her friends from
church and a few from our former
church. ( where my husband was
youth director before he became pastor
of FBC) We still have some very dear friends
there and so Emily invited some of them as well.

Emily got a really cute shirt from her Sissie

Swinging and having fun

It's hard blowing out so many candles!

And now, on a slightly different note, it HAS been a long
time since I posted. (Actually, I did type a very long
post last week in Word, but when I tried to paste
into blogger, for some crazy reason, it wouldn't post)
It was very long, I had tried to bring everything
up to date since Daddy's surgery. And when it
wouldn't post, I just got discouraged and didn't retype it.
Sorry. Anyway, Daddy is doing pretty good right now.
He gets his cath out today. (My honey is on his
way to Vanderbilt today to take Mom and Dad
for his second follow up appointment) Now, I guess,
comes the hard part, teaching the new bladder
to do what the old bladder knew to do. This will
be long, difficult process, but I am sure that
he will do fine. We did learn that he needs
some further chemo. The path report came
back cancer in the lymph nodes,
no cancer in any of the other places they took out,
BUT the cancer had grown outside the bladder walls,
this in spite of having taken three months of chemo
prior to the surgery. So, the doctor very wisely
suggested that since the cancer was a very
aggressive form, that more chemo would
be a good idea. This was a little hard
to hear, since we were hoping he was done,
but we know that all things work together
for good for them that love Lord. So,
we are choosing to trust Him, believing that
He has a purpose in all things.
In conclusion, I want to say that I am so
thankful to the Lord for His strength and
grace in the last few months. It has just
been amazing to see how He has blessed.
That's all for today.
Whew! This was a pretty long post too! ;)