Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Finally, a few pics of Paul's completed Eagle Project!!!

Man, we are ALL happy this project is complete! It has taken lots of man hours and could not have been accomplished without a couple of the other Scout dads! We are so thankful for the help in constructing the swing set and in picking up all the supplies from Lowes. Lowes gave Paul some great prices on the supplies needed for the project. Some of Paul's church members donated for the project. He was still short by several hundred dollars, so he got in his class A's and went to a few businesses. We want to say a special thanks to Webster's, Dr. Barrett our dentist, and to a teller at Montgomery Bank and Trust. Without all of you contributing his project would have lacked funds.

We also want to thank all of the young men who helped work on this project. Hopefully, Grace United Methodist Church will enjoy her play area for years to come.

So, enjoy a few photos of lots of hard work in the HOT Georgia sun!!!

Taking off the slide to replace some of the rotten wood and rusted bolts.

A brand new swing set and two wooden picnic tables!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Savor the moments

There used to be hugs that left marks on my clothes or evidence that someone had a runny nose on my shoulders. I thought that I would never get a full night’s sleep or that I would never be free from diapers. I used to worry about keeping the laundry done or cookies made for them to snack on. I thought that time would last forever - all my babies under my feet – all my babies running through the house or playing in our backyard. But, time moves forward.

She doesn’t move slowly but marches quickly by often leaving you wondering where all the years have flown. Now, the laundry is easy to keep up with. My house is quiet. I don’t receive hugs that leave marks on my clothes. Now, I close my eyes and pray that somewhere in their minds, Bobby and Christi remember the truth of their lives with us. Now, I call Michael at college, just to say hello. Now, I try to catch Paul as he runs from the house to go hang with his friends.

Savor the moments and keep in step with the march of time because she will move quickly out in front of you and you will miss the beauties of life.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

August 1

Last week was a busy week! I traveled up to Calhoun and helped to host a Couple's Shower for my dear friend's son, Aaron and his fiancée, Deborah. Everyone worked together beautifully and the shower was a success.

Aaron and Deborah

The Family

Bride and Groom with the Hosts

While driving home on Tuesday, I received a text message from Joan, Mark’s sister, that their mom had suffered from a heart attack in the wee hours of the morning. Thankfully, Stan, Mark’s older brother, was able to get Charlotte to the hospital and she was in surgery within two hours. God really worked in this situation on her behalf. And, we are so thankful that Mark’s brothers and sisters live so close to his mom. Joan has been great about keeping us informed. Please keep Mark’s mom and his family in prayers.

Paul began his Eagle Project this past week. Unfortunately, he began his project on some of the hottest days of the summer. However, he has to continue and get the work completed due to his upcoming eighteenth birthday next month. He is renovating his church’s playground. One of the younger Scout’s dads has been a tremendous help to this project. Mark is already working doing band camp and has been unable to assist except on Saturday. Another Scout’s dad met Paul at Lowes at pick up all of the supplies. Paul has been blessed by these dads. We are grateful. (I will add photos of project later!)

Lauri’s son is getting married this coming Saturday. We will be attending the wedding and rejoicing with this young godly couple. Aaron is such an amazing young man and we look forward to getting to know his beautiful bride in the coming years.

Two weeks after being told Mark’s clavicle was broken, we were informed that it was not broken. This information was only found out after several unreturned phones calls to the doc’s office. However, Mark is still in much pain and has an appointment to see a specialist. The appointment is scheduled for August 17 which is over one month since his fall off of the ladder. I find this unacceptable and will be trying to schedule him an appointment at a more reasonable date! His blood pressure is high even with his meds and he has a terrible hacking cough. Mark says that he is calling the doctor’s office, again, to try and get some relief from both the pain and the cough. Nothing that they have done or prescribed has worked.

Michael has moved home for a couple of weeks between breaks in his semester from college. He appears to have done pretty good, grade wise, this semester. He is beginning his last year of college. He would have graduated this past May except he changed his major which added a year to his education.

My Sunday school class was full this morning! Praise God!!!

Please keep Mark and his sweet mother in your prayers this week. Also, pray for Mark’s siblings as they are trying to take care of Charlotte and make wise decisions. Oh, Mark’s baby sister is turning 50.... she may need a few prayers, too. Pray for Paul and those helping with his Eagle Project. Pray for a reprieve of this hot weather.

To God be the Glory!