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Daily Encourgement, Life in General, Motherhood

Answered Prayers

Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours. ∼ Mark 11:24

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Many of you know that we found out our oldest daughter has a hole in her heart. We began the process of getting her to Mayo for a procedure to repair it as that procedure cannot be done in the state we reside in. We have been worrying, praying, and waiting since August when we found out about her diagnosis: Atrial Septal Defect.

But….

Today, I received the best news in all the world. She finally got approved for the procedure and it is scheduled for the end of January. I just want to send out our appreciation for all the prayers on her behalf. It means a great deal to us and I cannot express how grateful we are. Much love to everyone for any and all prayers, past, present, and/or future.

Daily Encourgement, Life in General, Motherhood

Love is…….

Every day, hour, even every minute, there is something in our lives that we should be thankful for. Love is the best thing we can do for anyone.

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Anything Goes, Life in General, Motherhood

GoFundMe Account for My Daughter

I am providing a link for a GoFundMe account I have set up for my daughter to help with the cost of going to Mayo Clinic to repair her heart.

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She’s a spunky 7 y/o with such enthusiasm for life who likes to dance, enjoys playing with her friend Addie, loves her family, practices rollerskating as much as she can, loves school and learning, definitely acts like the ‘big’ sister that she is while also acting like the ‘little’ sister that she also is.

There’s more to her story here, but the short version is: she was recently diagnosed with having atrial septal defect aka a hole in her heart. Upon her diagnosis, her doctor referred her to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where the repair procedure can be done. The cost just to get in the door to see the doctor is $5000. We also have to worry about other medical expenses that are not included in that amount as well as travel expense.

I ask you to please take a moment to read about her and her medical condition in more detail. I pray you also consider making a donation, which goes toward the expenses mentioned above.

The link is below:

https://www.gofundme.com/lily-lulus-heart

As always, God bless you (the reader) and thank you for taking the time to read about Lily and her story. Thank you as well for contributing to her medical/travel fund. It’s mean so much to her father and I as well as our children and the rest of her family ♥

Life in General

Generous: The Goodness from Within

Generous: freely giving or sharing money and other valuable things; providing more than the amount that is needed or normal : abundant or ample; showing kindness and concern for others (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

So often in this life,  generosity seems to get lost in the jumble. Families. Jobs. Responsibilities. Unforeseen expenses. Loss of loved ones. Changes in living. And the list goes on.

Life. It just happens.

Before we know it, our worlds can be turned upside down and inside out without ever asking us what we think.

So….

How do remain humble? How do we remain positive? Loving? Supportive? How do we continue to spread the goodness of the Lord?

Through generosity. Through simple acts of kindness.

As has been posted a few different times, my oldest daughter was recently diagnosed with a medical condition that can be repaired through surgery. I ask that you take a moment to read through her story in the following posts and then consider making a donation to the GoFundMe account that is set up for her to aid in costs of medical care and travel expense. The following links provide the details of her ‘condition’ plus her story. My husband and I are grateful for all the prayers that have been offered and will appreciate any donation that is made. You will remain in our prayers for a lifetime. You can find her story hereherehere and here.

If you are willing to make a donation, you can do that with the following link:

https://www.gofundme.com/2t4c5ec

My husband and I normally don’t do this sort of thing. We are the kind of people who find our way and don’t ask for much from others. My husband is a hardworking, reliable, giving person. He keeps his word. He fulfills his promises. He is always willing to help others no matter what. I am a stay home mother who focuses on family and God. We love the Lord and we want to see our children grow into good, God-focused, giving adults. In our efforts to help our daughter, we are reaching out to friends, family, and strangers who are willing to help.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and to my followers I thank you for your continued support and encouragement in building my blog.

May you all have a blessed day ♥

Life in General, Motherhood

Appointment Got Rescheduled!

As most of you know, my daughter  (her story) was diagnosed ( the actual diagnosis) with a heart  (hearing the murmur) defect a little over a month ago. We kicked it into high gear to get her to Mayo in Rochester as soon as possible. From what I’ve been told, it’s nothing serious as of yet (a little later in life the complications would be more detrimental), but as a mother, the thought of one of my children being unhealthy in a way that requires hospitalization and/or surgery just does not sit well with me. I’m sure this is true of most mothers.

Anyway, the appointment scheduled for tomorrow, but upon hearing from Mayo today with some concerns, the appointment got rescheduled for next month.

I. Was. Not. Okay!

What now?

Waiting.

Another whole month of waiting.

And waiting is not my forte!

I am not a patient person especially when it comes to something such as this.

Ah well.

I will be okay. She will be okay.

Over the last month I have been fraught with worry. Between her medical concern, my youngest daughter’s latest injury that resulted in 5 stitches on top of her foot, and the daily goings-on around my house, my mind has been completely engaged 24/7.

Rest?

No. Such. Thing.

As I said though, she will be okay. I will be okay.

The worry that has been a constant since I found out about her condition, was finally laid to rest last night. During my nightly Bible reading (I am presently reading the Book of Luke), some verses really hit close to home:

Luke 8: 49-50….“While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogues house saying to him, ‘your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.’ But when Jesus heard it, He answered him saying, “do not be afraid, only believe and she will be made well.”

I read that passage a couple of times. The words sank deep into my heart and I felt such a peace come over me. I usually read propped up in bed in the evening which was exactly where I was when I read that passage. As I said, I felt such a peace settle into my heart and I jumped up from my bed, a big smile and tears streaming down my cheeks as I hurried into the dining room where my husband was. I stood there, crying and smiling at the same time as I told him: “She’s going to be okay. Honey, she’s going to be okay.” He looked at me like I was temporarily insane, then he nodded and said, “yes, I know.”

Okay, you first have to understand that we had been in a disagreement earlier in the day and some of the animosity still lingered so the exchange was somewhat awkward, but the peace I felt in my heart remained. I went back to our room to continue my reading and he finished what he was doing on the computer.

Although the appointment got rescheduled, my heart is still at peace. When she does go to her appointment….She Will Be Okay.

In the mean-time, I know that God is with us. With her. Always.

 

 

Life in General

Healthy

Being healthy involves more than just being sick/disease free. It includes our mental health, emotional health, and physical health. It includes our soul as well.

I can honestly say that my family has been graced with good physical, mental, and emotional health since birth. None of us have ever had worse than your run-of-the-mill sicknesses. The only one to have chicken pox in our family of 12 was my husband as a child. We’ve dealt with scrapes and bruises, a couple of broken bones, stitches, concussions, and one c-section.

Other than giving birth, we’ve only had one overnight stay in the hospital. My youngest fell off a tractor and broke her collar bones. They kept her overnight to monitor her.

However, a health that many people often forego or avoid is the health of our souls. My family and I work on the health of our souls daily. We believe that God is in control all around us and we are learning what we need to do in order to maintain a close walk with Him, to trust in Him, to live a life that He deems worthy. As I said, it’a daily walk that requires daily nourishment such as scripture reading, daily prayer, and self-reflection.

As young children, we don’t often think of health unless something detrimental is happening in our lives such as oneself getting a major sickness or someone we care about getting a major sickness. Therefore, much of the time, health gets taken for granted. As adults, we hear about the sicknesses of others: cancer seems to be the most popular, but also heart disease and diabetes to name a few. These types of health problems can’t happen to us, seems to be the most common thought process among many thousands of people around the world.

However, what if it would happen to you? What would you do? How would you handle such devastating news? How would you tell your family? What kind of plan would you put into place after receiving the news? Would you create living will? An after life will? Have you or will you sign a DNR or do not resuscitate form? Does your family have any kind of plan in case of a major health concern arises?

For instance, before I met my husband, he was involved in a work place injury accident. Yes, all his medical bills were paid for by Worker’s Comp. However, the physical wounds may have been covered, but the mental and emotional anguish he suffered after the accident left him at a loss. He was feeling all sorts of emotions from depression to anger afterwards. It’s not my goal to rehash what happened to him because that was before I met him. Through stories from him and just others in general that have had to deal with a life-changing event such as that, I have learned that these emotions are real. The emotions are raw and sometimes one doesn’t know what to do with them. He has since healed in body, mind, and spirit, but it took a long time. He still struggles with the after-affects.

My point is: something drastic happened to him and he had to find a way to deal with it. He wasn’t prepared for it, for the cost in every part of his life, not just his finances. When something like this affects the health of our body, our mind, our soul, we have to find a way to deal with it, to make a conscious choice to either let it define who we are or use it as a chance to improve ourselves in some way. After the accident, he has accomplished so much in regard to emotional growth and belief in himself.

Health is an important facet of life that we often take for granted. We don’t eat properly, we don’t exercise enough, we don’t get enough sleep or we get too much. But, most of all, I believe people try to control so much themselves and take our Savior out of the picture that life is much worse than it would be if we trusted God more than we trusted ourselves.