Just sayin’…

I vaguely remember starting a blog, once upon a time. It was solely for the purpose of letting friends and family members see pics of my kids. I never intended to make a statement, have followers, and had I don’t think pinning existed in 2007.
I stopped blogging because life got busy, but then eventually I became unable to type. It seemed that all of my creative outlets were disappearing with the loss of mobility in my right hand. I can’t forget the pain that went with typing and writing.
Fast forward to 2015, and now I’m somewhat of a blog reader. I’m finding myself wanting to put a few of my thoughts online. I’m pretty sure no one is reading this anymore, so I think I can safely type a few therapeutic posts without criticism.
I found out in December of 2014 that I have Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. Thus the pain and difficulty using my right hand. When the doctor said those words, my life changed. I find myself saying, “now that I have Parkinson’s…,” but the truth is that I have had it for years. It sure seems like things feel worse now. Does that mean that now I’m more aware of it, I notice every little symptom? Every time I read about Parkinson’s I find at least on thing that describes me. How did I live for 6 years, seeing countless doctors and therapists of different sorts, and miss this diagnosis? Or, did my symptoms recently ramp up? Does PD just do that? Did something in my life trigger the PD going to another level? So many questions about this disease….
I’m not exactly sure what I’m hoping to gain by typing here. I admit that I am just following a little urge on this holiday off of work.
While PD isn’t the only thing I want to talk about, it sure is a big thing. I know in my heard that there is not a cure for this disease. But, I want to believe that I can walk though it well. Can I do some other things for my body, like diet and exercise, and help me operate at the best level possible? I want to believe I can. I’d love to find anyone else who wants to walk that journey in wisdom. I can’t make health my god, but I sure find myself dwelling on it a lot.
I must save some musing for a later date. Hopefully, not for 8 years from now. We’ll see.




In light of the tragedy in Minnesapolis, I highly reccommend this video from John Piper. Also, on his blog, he documents his discussion with his 11 yr. old daughter just hours after it happened, and how he describes God to her. Beautiful.


I think I have lost a few readers while I took a vacation from Waco and from blogging. We took our first trip as a family of 6, and we went to San Antonio to visit Sea World. Randy’s sister’s family went with us, and now I highly recommend going on a trip with cousins who are helpful! We all enjoyed our time together, although I think my little boys were still a little young, especially when trying to hang with the big kids. I could post a ton of pics that would bore you to death, but I found one that sums it up pretty well.


The Luau

I FINALLY found the cable to the camera so I can show off a few pics of Grace’s birthday luau. Julie Z. opened up her backyard to us and we enjoyed every square foot of it! Her daughter, Lauren was such a hugh help that I don’t know what I would have done without
her! Julie also made the ADORABLE cake! She is an amazing friend.
I slaved over the flip-flop cookies for way to long, as they were devoured within minutes. Mom and cousin Landon made a special appearance from Ft. Worth, too!
btw, Grace turned 7.
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from Piper

A wonderful friend of mine recently went to a conference at John Piper’s church, and was so gracious to share some of his teachings with me. This has weighed on me the most:

We must teach our children (and ourselves) to love God as all supreme and as most satisfying, not as the rescuer from hell, the healer of disease, or even creator of the universe.

If we only teach our children that he meets our needs, then they don’t need God once the need is met. I am afraid I am guilty on that point. As I am learning to love God as all supreme myself, I am challenged in how to teach my children. I think showing them the scriptures will be the best way to teach them the character of God, not just examples of what He does for us. Those are very important, too, but they must not be the only way my children learn of our God.

Any thoughts to share?

It has been such a long time since I have done this! I couldn’t even find the computer for a week, much less sit down to blog. I missed it, but there is a little freedom that comes from not being glued to the laptop. We are finally feeling a little more setteled in our new house. Mom came this week and got a lot done! She has a great eye for getting things on the wall and on shelves. Grace’s room went from disaster to done in one evening!

I am realizing that not everyone heard our moving story! I like to tell our stories (thus my blog), so here it goes!

We closed on our house on Thursday, May 31. Our new house was not yet ready, so some very generous people let us stay in their house while they were out of town. Our buyers were being very generous about not hurrying us out, so we had agreed that we would be out by Sunday, June 3. Just when you think you have a plan, everything changes! After closing, while still at the title company, the buyer’s water broke and she went into labor early! She was due July 2. However, he was born that very evening! We felt they should get into their new house as soon as ppossible, and move in over the weekend since all of their family was in town. So, we kicked it into gear and moved out on Friday. We were at the interim house for a week, and we have been in our new house since June 8. I still don’t have a washer and dryer (due to arrive on Friday of this week) but my friends have been wonderful! I have run a few loads of laundry all over town. My friends have also kept my kids, cooked us dinner, helped us move, and blessed us beyond belief! We feel surrounded by a great community of people who show God’s love in a tangible, practical way. They were willing to be inconvenienced for the Kingdom. Grant is taking swimming lessons, and we are still feeling a little busy. We are all tired and off any kind of schedule. Where are the “lazy days of summer?”

I hope to have pics soon!