Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
In all of this, The Lord definitely deserves much praise right now. God sent a new eye doctor into their lives who noticed some irregularities in Adam's checkup and urged him to get further testing. These suggestions initiated some additional research which eventually led to the discovery of the tumor. However, the neurosurgeon says that the symptoms that prompted the investigation didn't necessarily have anything to do with the tumor at all. God was just using the circumstances to uncover the cyst sooner than may have been otherwise. Furthermore, the appointment to have it removed was scheduled within a week of the prognosis. The entire progression from first symptom to surgery has all taken place within one month! As bad as the situation is, the circumstances are truly piecing together in a way that only God could orchestrate. Praise Him!
Surgery is tomorrow morning, and they are nervous. Their families are nervous. Our whole church family is nervous. We all have total faith and trust in the Lord, but cannot deny our anxious feelings. Please keep this family in your prayers while they go through this process and recovery, and especially during surgery tomorrow, Oct 31st. Pray that Adam will be healed and that Gena may remain strong for Davis, Abby, and their unborn child. God will bless this family through this seemingly terrifying situation. I pray that we may also be blessed by witnessing their faith through this time of distress. Thank you for joining me in lifting Adam and his family up in prayer.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
We arrived late in the afternoon with plenty of time to enjoy a pig race, pet the farm animals, "milk" a wooden cow, wind through a small haystack maze, and lasso a few bullheads. After each couple picked out a perfect pumpkin to carve and a few of the (free) baby pumpkins, we grabbed some hot dogs and nachos and waited for the sun to go down, and the temperature to drop.
Once it got dark, Brad read us the legend of Scream Creek before we rode the hayride to the haunted trail through the woods. Yes, it was scary. The other girls needed quite the coercion before they would even consider it. We did all survive the many jumps, screams, chainsaws, chases, and masks, but Rachel vowed to never do anything like that again. To calm down, we decided to do the 5-acre corn maze shaped like Johnny Cash - in the dark. What were we thinking?? We got far enough into the maze, to realize that we couldn't find our way out, even with the smuggled digital picture we took of the map. Out of desperation for a heat source, we decided to manage our way back to where we started. We eventually found our way out of the dying corn. It just happened to be by the sign that said "Entrance" rather than "Exit." Oh well.
Sad to leave Honeysuckle Hill Farm, but happy to be warm again, we headed home with every intention of carving our new purchases and enjoying some home-made caramel apples. Well, we only had enough energy to perform one of the exciting activities, so we tackled the apples. They turned out super delicious. The Granny Smith sourness was perfectly complimented by the sweet taste of caramel. Mmmm. They were so big, none of us could even finish ours. Well, except for Aaron, who ate all of his as well as the rest of Erin's.
Oh, Brad did manage to carve a special little pumpkin. He couldn't wait until we have the official Pumpkin Carving Ceremony with our friends Monday night (while watching Titans vs. Colts). He's very proud of his mini ode to the Cubs. As he should be. I can't wait to show you all of the rest of our perfectly sculted Jack-O-Lanterns. So stay tuned!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Our friends lost their house
This scares us. This bailout with billions.
We’re listening. And we’re admitting: You were right.
You told us this would happen.
We were wrong to spend what we didn’t have,
We’re listening. And we’re praying.
Of course you can. You always have.
God will always give what is right to his people who cry to him night and day, and he will not be slow to answer them. (Luke 18:7 NCV)
Friday, October 17, 2008
*Photo of Chara Watson, taken by Starla Steward Photography
Thursday, October 16, 2008
You know how there are some books that are so revolutionary to you that even once you close the cover, it still resonates within your mind long after. For me, this was one of those books. It genuinely changed my perspective on life, eternity, spirituality, self, influence, religion, faith, and God Himself.
The book follows a Christian man named Mack. Early in the book, he experiences a terrible tragedy within his family and directs all of his anger towards God. He blames God for the pain and suffering and can't understand why He would allow such a horrible thing to happen. He definitely can't fathom still loving a god who obviously does not love him in return. The majority of the book is a narrative of Mack's weekend experience with his encounter with God-the Trinity, in the very shack where all of his pain originates.
In order to reach Mack, God chooses to reveal Himself in human form; three forms, actually. The conversations that Mack has with each, God-the Father, God-the Son, and God-the Spirit, are so incredibly eye-opening that they made me re-evaluate my entire approach to nearly every aspect of my life.
I don't want to say much about the contents of the discussions, because I really want for you to read the book yourself. However, it is very "out of the box" thinking, and definitely can't be considered true theology. I can see where some people may take offense to some of the nontraditional concepts and the idea of God revealing Himself in human form to reach one struggling soul. But if you can get past the "absurdity" of that, then you may truly be enlightened by this story.
If you're not sure whether or not you would like it, check out the website and see what you think. You can even read the forward and first chapter to get a "feel" for it. If you believe that it may touch your heart, I pray that you give it a chance.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Brad and I got to Crawfordsville at about midnight, but Richard and Dad weren't going to be home from work for another hour. Well, what do we do to pass the time? Toilet Paper Richard's house, of course! We got to my parents' house, dropped Chester off, grabbed all the TP we could find, woke Mom up, grabbed Trevor and ran. Well, Brad and I had never seen Richard's new house, so we didn't know where it was located. As we pull up, Brad says, "And right on the highway, too! I hope we don't get arrested!" We park the car across the street, grab the toilet paper and hop out. At that exact moment, a cop drives by, pulls a U-ey, and throws on the lights. Our first response was to run the heck out of there, but he knew what we were doing and he'd just chase us. So, Brad explained that we're visiting from TN and were just trying to pull one over on our brother before he gets home. The officer looked at his watch and said, "How long do you have?" When we told him that he'd be home at 1:00, he said, "Well you don't have much time, do you?" and he let us go! Richard still doesn't know it was us, so don't tell him. :)
Last year, my parents began some bathroom renovations. Well, the efforts have been rather stagnant for a while. So, Dad, TJ, and Brad spent all of Saturday and most of Sunday working on replacing the walls, installing a ceiling, and wiring and installing new light/ventilation fixtures. There's still a lot left to do, but they got a whole lot done.
The rest of us embraced the fall season and made some Caramel Apples! At first, I thought we'd just get those "caramel wraps" that you drape over the apple. Mom said, "no way," and we did the whole melting pieces of caramel from scratch thing. Mmmmm.... None of us had ever made them before. Can you believe that! Jennie, Trevor and I made quite a nice batch, don't ya think? Too bad Brad and I had to run out of town in a hurry (we were running late, of course) and I forgot to grab the specially arranged trio for the go! I guess that means we'll just have to make our own again!
We spent as much time playing with Rachel as was possible. I love her sooooo much. I didn't know I was going to love her so much! Every time I see her, I love her even more than I did the time before. She's walking around with her big personality and talking the whole time. I can't believe how happy she is. I mean, sure, she gets crabby when she's sleepy, but so do I! She loves to jump-jump on the trampoline with her grandma, swing high with her arms up in the air, chase all of the pets, and even play on the computer. Oh goodness, you've got to see all of the pictures of her. You'll melt right along with me! I sure hope we can love the next one (due in February) as much...
Overall, we had a great time spent with the family. After weekends like these, I realize how much I miss all of them. Luckily, we have the kind of parents that will always welcome us home, even if their schedule is already full. I am truly blessed.