Friday, December 10, 2010

Grades came in.....

I got an A for the course!! Now, I can focus on Christmas!!

This was my favorite course that I have taken thus far. I truly enjoyed it. I had thought that I was going to enjoy New Testament more than Old Testament... but I was wrong.

Next semester, I am taking Systematic Theology II, and Introduction to Apologetics.

I got some Christmas baking completed this week with Paul's help. And right now, Christmas music is playing... rather loudly. :)

Blessings to all and Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

I have finished all my work for this class!!!

This is a huge load off of me. Now, I am waiting on my last two assignments to be graded but so far, I have an pretty high A for the class. :)

My eyes are doing somewhat better this week. Mark bought some cool-mist humidifiers and that is helping me!! I am so blessed by that dear man.

Paul and I took the dogs to the groomer yesterday and then Paul picked them up later on in the day. Here's a funny about Paul. I had asked him about taking the dogs (remember, these are little doggies) and he said, "Sure." Later on, he found me and asked, "Do I have to take them in MY car?" LOL!!! His car is usually a mess and his interior is black. My car is usually clean and my interior is cream. But, we used my car. He had cleaned his car on Friday because he had to drive in the Christmas parade.

I am planning on trying to begin some Christmas baking this week. I will take it slow... for me. I love the smells of Christmas - normally. So, I need to bake early in the week before I take those Friday pills which make everything smell and taste horrid... sort of like metal. So, I'll bake early and eat my oatmeal on Friday and Saturday.

I have most of my Christmas wrapping DONE!! This is early for me. I need to find a couple of weird shaped boxes for two items and then, finish up wrapping some of the girls' presents. Well, I have to pick up a couple of little things and I want to try and make a few things.... but we shall see.

Today, I am going to bake and listen to Christmas music... and work on the never-ending laundry. And, I hope to get in a little reading if my eyes let me!!

I love this season. We are now in the second week of Advent - which is Preparation. I pray that all of our hearts are ready to accept the glorious gift of Christ coming into this world. We are so blessed by a marvelous Savior. The first week was Hope. We have tremendous Hope that is found only in Christ. Of course, our Hope was made manifest in Christ.

Today, my prayer for you is that you see the the gentle ways that God's works in this world. Often, we look for a big burning bush or a show of lights. But, God frequently works in the small and in the quiet. He worked out His most amazing blessing through the birth of one small baby. Look around you and see the ways that God is working in your life.... and rejoice.

Be Blessed!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Alright... already.....

Honestly, just how much sleep does a person with Sjogren's need? If I sit down, I seem to fall asleep if I am not actively engaged in something. When I wake up from my unplanned nap, I am really irritated with myself for falling asleep but I could probably go back to sleep. This happened to me twice this morning. I have never been one to take naps during the day. It's amazing how one's life and schedule can change even when you are trying to keep it normal.

I did get three hours of lectures watched and took lots of notes today. Honestly, I am enjoying this class. I had to stop during the second lecture because my left eye was so filled with mucus filaments and causing much pain. After a couple of hours of hot rags and two doses of Systane drops and then that compound drop my eye doctor order from the pharmacist which dissolves the filaments... I could finally open my eyes without wanting to cry... which I can't do... because it only makes the situation worse.

So, needless to say, I didn't go to church tonight - again. I miss choir. I miss the people but there was no way that I could deal with my eyes at church. I tried to go one Sunday morning, foolishly thinking that I would be able to handle it. That didn't work out. I had people coming up and asking me if I had allergies. I wish this was just an allergy and that my eyesight wasn't in jeopardy.

Okay... I guess I'll stop complaining.

Paul made dinner tonight for us. He made reuben sandwiches. He toasted the rye bread with butter in a skillet while he let the swiss cheese melt into the bread, warmed the sauerkraut, piled the corn beef high and put together wonderful sandwiches. His dad and I greatly enjoyed them. :)

Oh, Mark brought me home Danish cookies. I love those type of cookies. He's a sweet husband.

Toby was sweet today. He stayed in the office with me while I was doing school. That little dog is such a joy.

TOBY, our sweet little chizer!