Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.

I try to watch the words I speak and keep them soft and sweet,
For I don't know from day to day which one's I have to eat.

People of character do the right thing, not because they think it will change the world,
but because they refuse to be changed by the world.

Friday, April 15, 2011


Last month when I was blacking out Constance Sue was getting really upset and scared. Steve was trying to make her feel better and not cry, he told her I was just having a panic attack and I would be ok when it was over. Then he sent her out for a ride with Jenny while he was waiting on Ron to get there. Very smart thing for him to do with the shape I was in at the time. 

Well in true Constance style she didn't really catch what he was saying, lol, since panic attack has no meaning to her. She has told everyone that I had a pantie attack, :D I can't help but crack up every time she tells me, "mom don't you be having another pantie attack cos it scared me". She is just so precious and always make me laugh.

Monday, March 14, 2011

My Mayo Trip - The Cliff Notes

The last couple weeks feel like a very long time, I had 27 appts in six days. We were so tired everyday, it was cool that alot of the waiting rooms had computer stations in them. Made the waiting periods easier to deal with. Believe it or not but every dr that we saw was in the room with us for at least an hour. We really felt like we were being care for and not just having dr drive byes.

We were told years ago that my Chronic Kidney Disease was Stage 1, so I thought everything was great. Turns out the parameters used to calculate were faulty and I am really at Stage 3 kidney failure. Also there is an narrowing of the tube going into the kidney, when/if it gets any worse I will have surgery on it. So that was not good news, BUT at least we know now what we are dealing with.

For years I have said some doctor has to know what is wrong with me and knew all these different things I have been going through were all connected. So finally knowing the truth about my kidney and some other issues gives us the power to do what is needed to keep me in Stage 3, or the middle of the road as the dr called it.

I have changed some meds around, will be having a surgery soon to remove some cysts and going back to Mayo in the summer and then for regular check ups or if any issues come up.

One night while we were up there, "Ron said, "I wish we could figure out how to get you up here once an year, so we know your really ok". The next day my kidney dr, who turned out to be the director of that department said, " Do you think you all could come up here once a year? I would really like to help you and take care of you." Ron and I just looked at each other and told him yes we were hoping for that. All I could think was THANK YOU GOD!!!

Constance was very concerned about me being gone to see Doctors. She ask me yesterday about my trip and what they did to me. I simply told her I saw special doctors that checked me out good and were gonna help me feel better.

Can't say I am not concerned but I have a peace about it. Also with finally having a grandbaby on the way I have even more of a reason to do everything that I can to stay as healthy as I can.

Thank you so much for all the prayers you have sent up and all those I know you have yet to say.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Only Forgotten Son

One October afternoon years ago Constance was telling me one of her favorite Bible verses. She said, "God so loved the world that He gave His only forgotten Son." I was just about to correct her when suddenly I was overwhelmed with the thought that Jesus is truly God's forgotten Son.

We live in a world where the truth of the gospel is twisted, turned, added to, taken away from, and picked apart, so that men and women can justify how they live their lives. As a nation we have forgotten Jesus, we have turned away from the Bible, it's law's and the guidelines our founding fathers set up for us to live by.

The old saying, "out of the mouth of babes" really does apply. The Bible clearly states that Jesus is the ONLY way to the Father. It saddens me to think so many people have forgotten Him. I can't imagine how anyone can live from day to day without Jesus.

We should all make a point of daily telling someone about Jesus. While we are planting seeds of faith and hope, we will be reaping a harvest of revival. Benjamin Franklin once said, "He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will revolutionize the world."

I hope one day to hear God say to me, "You changed your world by leading people to Jesus." How terrible it would be to have God ask, "Why did you let them forget My Son?"

With the current death statistics; 2 people every second, 102 each minute, 6098 an hour and 146,357 a day how can sit idly by and let Jesus be forgotten.  

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Jesus in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.     Colossians 1:27&28

Therefore said He unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth labourers into His harvest.  Luke 10:2

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.  John 4:35

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ.  2 Corinthians 5:20a

Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  
Mark 16:15b

And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.  1 John 4:14

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Stephen

Today my baby boy turns 29 :) he is such a joy and always has been. He wanted to take care of his mom and sister, felt it was his job as men of the house. When God brought Ron into our lives it was so nice to see he was able to step back and realize that he could live his own life. Once he was secure in the fact that Ron really would take care of us he announced that he would be joining the Army. WOW, didn't see that coming!! His sister missed him so much she would cry for him to come home. Then getting married came next, that one we did see coming. Can't say he has always done everything in life the way I would have hoped but it's his journey, not mine. But never the less I could not be prouder of him!!! He has always been my #1 son and I love him dearly. Can't wait to see what the next chapter of his life has in store for us all.