Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Here are the highlights of the past two days: vacuum dead, report cards done, Big Bear gone to the ministry = me trying to remember how to cook for myself (he has spoiled me, I know), slept with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the bed last night (not restful if you wondered), not 100% this morning myself, parked under a tree at work (BIG mistake as my car looks a team of birds sat above it and just bombed it all day!! ha!), came home to a crate full of diarrhea from poor Stella being sick and sitting in it all day (G.R.O.S.S.), cleaned up smelly mess and bathed one pitiful puppy. I mean, by all accounts I should be in a foul mood. But, I just sat by my pond and enjoyed my first ever tulips that I planted. I am back to loving my pond area. I fixed it back up over spring break and there will be serious trouble if the pups even think about messing with it again. The only eye sore is the fido-shock wire around it, but it is a necessary evil! :-)
Sunday, March 28, 2010
House cleaned? check!
Garden tilled? check!
Fence around garden to keep dogs out? check!
Flowerbeds cleaned out? check!
New plants planted? check!
Fresh mulch in beds? (all but one!)
Pond back to normal? check!
Fun trip with husband? check!
Saw BFF twice!! Awesomeness!
Back to the real world tomorrow and start it off with an after school meeting!! Summer is just around the corner though....
Friday, March 26, 2010
After a phone call for help to Alan, our cousin and hero, we were pulled free from the mud in our own front yard. Now, men can be fussy about pictures of these events, so I snuck a picture through the front window! ha! Now, THAT's a truck! Thanks Alan!!After all the drama, I got busy on some yard work and puppy playing (Rex had a playdate today). Tomorrow is mulch for the flowerbeds and super soil for the garden. Maybe we will be adventure free...heehee!
PS. I love this picture of Rex I snapped today:
After hours of play, all the furkids hit the sack pretty hard....and I am about to do the same!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
My prayer request, actually requests, is ~
*Kevin be able to find an urologist for his testing without us having to file bankruptcy to do it (remember, he has no insurance....so leave all negative health care comments to yourself! ha! We happen to like Obama!)
*I not cry through my consultation appointment.
*For God to guide us and show us His will and plan throughout this journey.
*IF there is a fertility issue with one of us, let it be me and not Kevin. I can carry that burden and don't want him to have to.
I will keep you posted as we know things. We do have one more chance to get it right on our own before the appointment. Ha! That would keep us from having to charge a baby! :-)
I do love the emails and comments from those of you that have been through this journey yourself. It helps to hear from those that truly get it. I don't readily just bust out and talk about this topic because I do have a great support group and some days are better than others. I can tell you this though - two worst things you can do when someone is trying to get pregnant - 1. ask them when you see them if they are pregnant (trust me, we will tell you!!) 2. buy or give them baby things (umm...not good...put it up until later, then it will be so much more special!) **The asking if someone is pregnant and turns out they just put on a little weight goes without saying...ha!
Ok...I got off track and am rambling...we are grateful for your prayers and are trusting God to take care of us.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
You know I love a good bonfire...perfect end to today! I think tomorrow I will be rained in and forced to clean this pit of a house. Boo!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
I remember being fascinated by alcohol at an early age. I grew up in a Christian home and alcohol was never around. At business functions, or parties, it always seemed like the drinkers were the ones having all the fun, and I wondered why my parents didn’t want to be a part of it. I suppose I thought of it as the forbidden fruit.
I had my first drink in the 6th grade, and began drinking most weekends by the 9th. Throughout High School I was drinking pretty regularly, but you would have never known it. I was the “all-American” boy. I played sports, was an honor student and attended church every time the doors were open. I was a kid that parents wanted their daughters to date. From the outside, no one could have ever suspected the turmoil my life was headed into.
During college, I became a 7 day-a-week drinker. It helped me relax in certain social settings, and I felt I needed it to talk to girls. My life revolved around fraternity, bars, sporting events, and booze. For a while after college I was able to keep good jobs, but eventually my work started slipping, and I lost a couple jobs to what I would later realize were addictive behaviors. But I was smart. I just needed to do something I loved for a living. So I opened a bar and grill. 2 years later, I was broke, divorced, and entering my 2nd alcohol rehabilitation center.
That’s when Lori came into the picture. She and I grew up in a small church together in Newport. We even dated in High School. She was my first love. We stayed close friends in college and kept in contact up until the last few years while I had been in my addiction. We fell in love and talked of marriage and kids, but I was still drinking. She began to learn all my tricks. I started getting caught and my drinking was tearing us apart. Finally, in September 2008, I got my second DWI while driving company vehicle. I lost my job & Lori that night. Once again, I was broke, drunk, and nowhere to go.
That next day we found John 3:16, and I visited that next Sunday. That first Sunday I was a wreck. I don’t remember much about the service, just that the Holy Spirit was calling back. I gave my will and my life that day to Jesus Christ. During my 6 months at John 3:16, I took to heart all the things I had learned as a boy, but never applied. I have made life-long Christian friends. I learned what it meant to have a savior and Lord of my Life. Most importantly, I learned how to live victoriously through Christ, and I owe it to Him to help this ministry in any way possible.
Jesus used John 3:16 to heal my body, mind, and my soul, but I am not the only person who received healing from John 3:16. Lori saw a change in me that she knew was real. She began growing in her faith and just like me has renewed her salvation in Jesus. Friends and neighbors have drawn faith in Jesus as a result of the changes He’s made in my life. Even my parents have drawn closer to the Lord as a result of my time at the ministry. That’s what John 3:16 Ministries does. They take the sick & hurting family and give them a Father, Husband, and Son full of peace and hope in Jesus. John 3:16 Ministries is called “A Spiritual Boot camp for Men with Addictions,” but it’s also a place of hope and healing for families in need.
I graduated from John 3:16 March 15, 2009. Lori and I were married 4 days later under the crosses. We have such a wonderful relationship. One I could have never imagined between a man and a woman before I allowed God to work in my life. We have started a catering business and hope to start a family soon. We are blessed every single day. We also make mistakes every day, but we’ve learned to repent and move forward in our walk with Christ.
My story is pretty typical. It’s only unique because it is mine. Every time a man comes to John 3:16 and submits to the perfect will of God, another success story is written. I was tired and hurting. I was beaten down with nowhere to turn. John 3:16 Ministries showed me the cure.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Today was a fairly lazy day after church. Kevin was "as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs" before church because the preacher called him on Thursday or Friday and asked him to come up to the front after his sermon to say a little about his addictions and how God has made a difference. I was super proud of him because there are about 400 people in our service each Sunday. We are SO grateful to John 3:16 Ministries. It was a year ago tomorrow that Kevin came home. What a difference God has made in our lives!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Not sure if there are more rounds coming or not, but I promise to pay attention to the tv now. Thanks to everyone who checked on us!! We love you too!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Here's the whole crew (minus a man and woman with two big lab mixes that weren't there tonight). LuLu, the Saint Bernard was definitely most improved. And that huge German Shepherd is the same age as Rex!! Only 10 months old!The really good news that I am super pumped about is that the next class we are taking is a canine good citizen class for the dogs to become therapy dogs!!! This is a dream of mine for a long time. I even wrote my research paper on it for my Masters. It may be a few weeks before we start as they are just now getting it together. But a few of their furfriends from this class will be joining us! Now, that's going to be a little tougher, but I hope they pass so we can go to nursing homes and hospitals with them.
Monday, March 8, 2010
So, during Sunday school, Kevin added us to the prayer list for our trying to have a baby. And, this guy in our class says, "drink robitussin". Everyone laughs. And, he comes up to us after class and tells us he was serious and that they had gotten that from a specialist and his wife got pregnant using robitussin. Seriously? Check out what I found on the internet:
Believe it or not, but Robitussin could not only treat your cold but it could also help you conceive! The way it works is that it helps thin and loosen cervical mucus in women to create a better environment for sperm. You don’t have to use the brand Robitussin, either, but any expectorant that has guaifenesin as the active ingredient may be used. Make sure there are no other active ingredients, however, because they could make conceiving more difficult.
If you are interested in trying Robitussin to help you conceive then the recommended dosage is 200 mg or two teaspoons. This should be taken three times per day orally and is just enough to improve your cervical mucus. If you feel your mucus does not appear to be loosening up or thinning out then you may want to take the maximum dosage as recommended on the bottle. It is recommended that you drink a lot of water, too, to increase the amount of mucus produced. You should also take a glass of water with each dose of Robitussin.
Interesting right? Never would have thought it! Now, did I stop on the way home and get some robitussin? What do you think? heehee!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
And, we made it home with Kevin's new toys all in one piece...tomorrow we clean and organize the garage! There it is ... in print... now we have to do it! Big thanks to Mom and Dad for the FREE refrigerator and freezer!! Yep, free! Score! As a bonus, the freezer is the perfect size to go in the concessions trailer (the one we are getting soon...as soon as we find it! ha!)
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Enjoy a minute and a half of....music?
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
What am I grateful for today?
~I have a job I love!
~My Masters is finished and I am pondering if it is time to put it to use...
~We are getting a REFUND on our taxes!
~We can start looking at trailers and a new ride for Kevin!!
~Loving my Praying Life Bible Study!!
~Grateful for a husband that goes to Bible Study with me!
~Our bills are paid.
~The kitchen is finally CLEAN! Now if someone would do the floors and bathrooms....
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Stella will always hold a special place in my heart because she helped me to heal from the loss of Jax. These two are totally different dogs in so many ways. Stella is a people pleaser and a lover. Rex is stubborn and could care less and can snore like a freight train! ha!
And, BOTH did a good job in obedience school tonight! woot! We were able to put them in "wait" position and walk across the training floor and call them to us! Both of us! Yay! Rex even did his stay position this week! There was a new instructor there tonight (Mom, you might want to sign up now...he's a cowboy from Austin, Texas! ha!). Anyway, he was really impressed with Stella (of course!). We asked about taking them through the class a second time but switching dogs and the instructor thinks there is going to be a better class for us. So, we may be graduating and moving to the next level next week! Yay!
For all the locals ~ next classes start March 16th at Splash and Dash ~ only $55 a dog!! It's fun, you should do it! :)
To wrap it up, I am grateful for our puppies and the joy they bring us, for us all having fun with the obedience classes once a week, and of course for BoxAR Rescue that rescued Rex!
Monday, March 1, 2010
I am grateful for Big Bear (aka Kevin, aka the hubs)
*He cooks for me and likes doing it!
*He puts left-overs in little containers for me for my lunch the next day.
*He spends time with me instead of going out and doing other things.
*He loves to go camping!
*He makes me laugh.
*He's my best friend.
*He loves the dogs as much as I do.
*He tolerates Nala for me!
*He is the spiritual leader of our household.
*He encourages me.
*He makes me feel pretty and wanted.
*He loves my family.
*He gets me and loves me anyway!
You are just going to have to deal with a whole week of my grateful self! heehee!