Happy Homemaker Monday Febuary 19,2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

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It seems like it has been so long since I have joined in on this link up https://familycorner.blogspot.com/2018/02/happy-homemaker-monday-02192018.html#more  Happy Homemaker is one of my favorite blog link ups!
My health has been a roller coaster ride since Thanksgiving! Now we have been hit hard with the viral stuff that has been going around! My youngest has had a fever for 14 days now and been quarantined to her room. In hopes we can keep it from spreading.
Then this morning I woke up with all the signs of a Auto Immune flare again so today will be a rest all day long. Pray it doesn't last long kinda day.
I took the month of January off from everything extra to try to give myself some time to play catch up. I must say I am excited to be blogging again, and look forward to reading everyone's post! So lets get started!

The Weather ~
Gloomy and rainy at the moment .... The weather here is unsure if it want to be winter or spring... I look forward to spring but at the same time I would love to see one more snow before it arrives...
Monday 59 low of 53 rainy
Tuesday 73 low of 54 rainy
Wednesday 76 low of 61 rainy 
Thursday 75 low of 63 light rain 
Friday 66 low 61 rain
Saturday 75 low of 57 rain

AS I look Outside ~
Its so gloomy it actually matches my mood lol.. 
We actually need the rain .... But the sunshine makes me feel better!

Right Now I am ~ 
I am working on this blog post and trying to catch up on some ministry phone calls that need to be made.

Thinking and Pondering ~
Of all I need to get done... I have several doctors appointments this week and my house is gonna need to be disinfected as well... We hope to have homeschool co-op this week. so we want to make sure no one else gets sick! I am excitedly planning for a upcoming trip to spend time with chosen family!

On My Bedside ~ 
My I Pad , it has my favorite Bible app on it, the remote to our bed, a bottle of water, my pulse ox, inhaler, and television remote. 

On My TV ~
Right now nothing... I have some series I need to catch up on... I just haven't been watching a lot of tv lately....

On The Menu This Week ~
Monday homemade bbq sliders
Tuesday Cajun chicken pasta
Wednesday grilled chicken , broccoli , and side salad
Thursday Spaghetti
Friday Grilled Chicken , herb rice, and mixed sautéed veggies

On My To Do List ~
Make some ministry calls
Disinfect our house
I have several doctors appointments this week 
Finish up some sewing projects  

What I am sewing this week ~
I have been trying to push myself to do more to work through the fatigue. I have been working on some 18 inch doll clothes. The weight for them are easy to handle with no heavy pulling like when I used to quilt...

Lessons Learned From The past Week ~
My best yes sometimes is no! Its okay not to push when you have pushed as hard as you can... others opinions don't shape who I am... Your size doesn't determine your beauty! (Steroids Suck)

Looking Around the House ~
It looks good and its clean ... However with all the sickness its gonna have to be disinfected ....

From the Camera ~
  One of my sweet lil guys at church painted this for me, I put it on my prayer desk to remind me of why I push to stay involved in childrens ministry! Even on the days its hard to stand Its all worth it!
                                                   Funfetti Popcorn for the kids at church!

Prayer Request ~
I really need my sweet girl to feel better...  I get some really important test results back this week! I hope to also to be able to come off the steroid, and stay off of it as well! For our country and the families in Florida! My heart breaks for them!

Bible Verse Devotional~
This speaks to my heart on so many levels!

Snow Day Adventure : The Mission of Hope Girls Stories

Friday, February 9, 2018

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 It's not often that the deep south gets to enjoy a snow storm… So when the girls in the A Life of Faith decided to pray and ask for snow they knew. They must be specific, in what they were about to ask Jesus for.
    The three  girls had just finished a lesson on treasuring God Word…. Led by Mrs.S… the A Life of Faith Group leader on their girls home…
  Mrs.S had started the missions house around ten years ago… took in young girls who families could no longer care for them….
    Mrs.S was a kind lady with soft eyes, that could also dance with childlike mischief. She knew all too well her own self what it meant to come from a broken home… Her goal was to never let these girls feel left out or alone… she wanted nothing more to make sure these girls grow up knowing their heavenly Daddy… Knowing they could go to Him for anything at all. No matter what! This Thursday afternoon was no different. The girls had been chattering for weeks about how they longed for a snow! One deep enough to build a snowman, one that fell and laid pretty, but didn't melt away to fast either!  
    However the small town of Albemarle, North Carolina rarely received snow above 3 inches. When a snow came it was normally gone as fast as it came. After the three girls at Mrs.S home heard the lesson about treasuring God’s Word… They knew they could also ask God for the desires of their heart and He was always listening…
   Mrs. S, Natalie asked “ Do you think if we ask God for a big snow, He might send it?”
“ I mean I know you just told us He hears our every prayer!”
Natalie had been with Mrs.S the longest of all the girls. This past December would mark her 7th year with Mrs.S. she was two when she arrived! She had never known any other parent besides Mrs.S. She liked it that way. She couldn't miss something she didn't remember. Her dark wavy shoulder length hair, dark brown eyes, and freckled face was always waiting for the next adventure to come. Natalie thought that no adventure sounded more fun than a snowy one!
   “Yeah” Ellie replied. A short blond hair blue eyed girl! Her eyes danced with excitement! “Do you think we could tell God how many inches we want?
Caroline also chimed in saying “ and how many days we want to last?”
Caroline a 8 year old with long blonde ringlets and soft blue eyes had been with Mrs S. for several years… Had just recently given her heart to Jesus! Was still learning to trust God could do anything!
Samantha the newest girl of the home… She would soon be celebrating her one year anniversary being with Mrs.S! Her long dark hair, with bangs who framed her sweet round face, soft melancholy eyes that we finally starting to shine with happiness. Was just beginning to open up and feel apart of her new family…
     Samantha chimed in saying” it would be quite the adventure if we have enough snow to sled! I have never been sledding!” Aunt Wealthy is always telling Millie Keith Life is an Adventure not a Tea Party!”
“  I think we should write it down and pray about it Mrs.S! “
   All the girls chimed in with agreement and excitement ! Mrs.S Helped the girls to pen down exactly how they wanted snow for the winter. They decided for the month of December it would be nice to have a snow that fell fat and pretty but did not stick! That way it did not interfere with the Christmas celebrations! They went on to Jesus that they wanted enough snow to build a snowman, they did not want the snow to melt fast so they could enjoy it for a couple of days, they wanted it to fall in the middle of the week, no less than 7 inches, and they prayed for wet snow so they would have a sledding adventure!
  After the girls wrote it down in their prayer journal and ended saying God's word says to write it down! The girls gathered hands and prayed with Mrs.S specifically knowing God was listening to the desires of their hearts!
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   A few weeks passed when Ellie squealed with excitement when a winter weather advisory had been issued for their county ! Snow was expected and guess what she said with excitement! It's not supposed to stick !
   “Isn't that great” Mrs.S ? “The snow won't keep us from going ice skating and Christmas caroling tonight!”
    “ God has answered our prayers !” Caroline said looking up from her favorite book!  
  “ he sure has!” Mrs.S replied. I told you,” what was near and dear to your heart, Is near and dear to yours!”
 “ He loves to make us smile?” Doesn’t He? All the girls said at once! “ ‘He sure does,” squealed Mrs.S!
    The girls loved how the fluffy snow drifted from the night sky as the enjoyed the evening ice skating on the cold December night ! The moon glowed warmly as the stars seemed to rejoice of the beauty being spoke from their creator.
  Later when they went door to door in their community singing their favorite carols …. They again rejoiced knowing God had heard their prayers!
    The Christmas season had came and went…. The girls loved every celebration and tradition that celebrated the Birthday of the king.

     January and a New Year had quickly came…. Homeschooling has returned to its normal schedule! The cold January evening had lead to many nights playing with their favorite dolls and reading aloud their favorite A life of Faith story.
   The girls had not given up their hope for a a snow that would be like none they had ever expected!
     It was was on a Monday night after bedtime stories and prayers , When Mrs.S told the girls she had a very exciting announcement!
    All the girls sat straight up in their beds ! Sparkling eyes , hoping the news would be just what they had prayed for ! “ Is it snow Mrs.S?”
  “ Well I don’t know “ Mrs.S replied trying hard not to giggle!
  “ It may be…. How about you listen to this and you tell me!”
The girls sat up and listened excitedly to the weather forecast. Ellie squealed with delight as she asked, “ Did the weatherman just 8-12 inches of snow ?”
 “He sure did Ellie!” Mrs. S replied. “God has heard your prayers and is sending enough snow to build a snowman.” If I heard the forecast correctly the temperatures will remain below freezing for several days!” Mrs.S said. Before she could reply Natalie was jumping up out of the bed squealing. “ God has heard our prayers once again!” Caroline chimed in behind her “We are gonna get to build a snowman and go sledding!” Her blue eyes dances with excitement.
All the girls were so excited they had almost forgotten it was a school night and it was almost lights out for them. The giggled and made plans to set their alarm early because they did not want to miss a moment playing or watching the snowfall if the could help it!
    Fifteen minutes or so had passed and Mrs.S told the girls it was time for lights out and bedtime prayers,
   She reminded the girls that it was important for them to be sure to tell Jesus thank you for their answered prayer!
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The girls all gathered hands taking turns saying their nightly prayers, Each one telling Jesus thank you for the gift of snow!
   The next morning the girls alarm went off at 7 am sharp. There was no hitting the snooze that morning. For the three girls and Mrs.S were anxious to look out the window to see God's masterpiece He had began painting in the wee hours of the morning!
  Samantha was the first to get to the living room picture window to pull back the heavy sage colored drapes. She gasped at the beauty that greeted her eyes. It was like the whole world had been painted white and kissed by fairies. The snow glistened like glitter in the light. The flakes that were still falling were fluffy like cotton balls that gathered on the things it rested on. “ I would guess there is about 7 inches already fallen’. Mrs.S said. I think God may send you more than you asked for girls. The weatherman said it will continue to snow through tomorrow morning!’ The girls squealed in excitement
  In honor of the answered prayer and the snow school was officially canceled and declared a snow day.
   The girls hurried through their breakfast to find their warmest clothes. They would each need their heavy coats, scarves, and mittens. They made a list of supplies they would need for their snowman. Caroline suggested that they set a bowl out for snow cream . It would make a very nice sweet treat after dinner this evening!
Then it hit Natalie, They had wanted to go sledding. Yet the girls had no sled! Her heart felt like it had landed in her stomach. She wanted nothing more than for this snow day to be the best ever. Before moving to Albemarle. Mrs.S had lived in the Nc Mountains.Ellie and Caroline had come to live with them just before the move. The three girls had know what fun snow could be. Samantha has never experienced the magic of a snow day. Natalie wanted her first to be magical. She sent up a quick prayer that Samantha wouldn't be disappointed. That they would not have a sled. Just as she said amen and opened her eyes Mrs.S returned from the garage. The girls hadn’t even noticed she had slipped out. When Natalie opened her eyes she heard Ellie let out a little squeal! “Mrs.S what an awesome sled!” Mrs.S its amazing, its an answered to prayer!” I want so much for Samantha’s first time playing in the snow to be magical and unforgettable”!
   Mrs.S smiled and held out the sled to the girls. “Well I hope it brings you girls as many happy memories as it did me when I was a little girl and would stay with my Mommaw. “When she passed away my Aunt had it sent to me. The  wooden sled was some of the very few happy memories from Mrs.S childhood.
          The girls swarmed around Mrs.S hugging her tight and almost  singing, “thank you for loving us.” “It’s my pleasure , I can not imagine my life any other way!’

   The afternoon was filled with adventure, the girls each built a snowman, took turns riding on the sled with one another, enjoyed warming up with cocoa, and a sweet treat of snow cream for dessert.
   As evening approached Natalie and Samantha looked out the kitchen window at the snow that was still falling.

Both girls thanked God for answered prayers and the best snow day ever. Neither could think of anything that would make their day any better. God had went far and beyond their prayer request and each girl felt more joy than ever before.The girls spent the rest of the evening playing dolls and planning how they would spend their next snow day!
  When bedtime came the girls had no complaints of lights out because today’s activities had worn each out. Each girl gathered hands and each gave thanks for the amazing day spent in the snow and for sending them Mrs.S to be their Mom.
   Just as prayers were ending Mrs.S’s phone rang a special ringtone, set for the agency to contact her when someone needed a home.

  Each girls eyes widened know that this may be the last night it may be just the three of them.

At Last We Are Seeing The Light

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

I really can not even begin to tell you how much I have missed blogging! However there has been several reasons why I have not been.
Most of you who have been following me know my health has been a nightmare roller coaster ride for some time now.
Right before Thanksgiving I began to have issues with my heart, and again a pericardial effusion was found. That makes me extremely tired and uncomfortable. On top of that I have been seeing a rheumatologist  trying to connect the dots of all the other symptoms.
Finally a really nasty flare after Christmas allowed my blood work to start showing some slight positive answers and led to finally getting some medicine and we added a couple more specialist to the list.
I have been diagnosed with connective tissue disease. The inflammation from my body attacking itself is the cause of the reoccurring pericardial effusions on my heart.
We are praying the new meds will stop the growth of the fluid and my body will no longer attack my heart.
With all the bad days and sleepless nights in December I made myself take a step back from many things. Including my blog.
As I was praying last week about the things to pick back up... This was something the Lord laid heavy on my heart to continue.... So I am excited to return to something I love so much! My goal is to try to blog at least twice a week. Also start writing my short stories again, sharing them here.
I truly do adore sharing my heart here... 
Thank you for continuing to follow me and keeping up! 
So while your here let me tell you  a few things that's been happening in our family...
Christmas itself was totally amazing! Even though I felt bad I enjoyed each and every tradition we kept! 
We even changed somethings up this year and went to see the greatest showman on Christmas day and it was so amazing ! My sweet hubby got me a Ninja Coffee Bar for Christmas and I have thoroughly enjoyed making my own latte recipe's. My girls have enjoyed having a new treat each morning.
My oldest has met the sweetest guy! My heart is so happy for her! this is something we have prayed for her for sometime! I love how he makes her smile! Its truly amazes me, when you see Gods plans unfold before your eyes. All the sudden the ones she was so upset because they didn't work out makes so much sense now...

My youngest is halfway through her senior year! I cant believe in a little less than a month and a half she will be 18years old.
Where has the time gone?
She has such a huge heart for ministry. Please pray for her as she is trying to decide where God would have her serve.
I stumped my toe about a week before Christmas and didn't realize I had broken it in the center of the nail and it was barley being held on by my nail polish lol. until I went to remove the polish. I learned really quick it was really infected and ended up having to have it removed. I will take my bubble now! 
We have enjoyed some beautiful snow here! Even enough for the girls to go out and play in it! It fell so beautifully and laid for several days! one of my favorite things about when we lived in the mountains was the snow! I made me a little homesick for it... However I know this is where God would have us.
My best friend here asked me to join her and her daughter to a trip to American Girl at the beginning of the year. We had talked and decided to wait till closer to spring. However when they released the cute little astronaut Luciana. I could not wait to add her to my collection. Who didn't dream of being a astronaut when they were a little girl watching Punky Brewster?
We made reservations and ate at the Bistro! I must say it was the cutest experience ever! My youngest enjoyed our visit! My friends little one made the visit even more fun!

I have had the best time with this collection creating for her.
My creating days are few and far... I am thankful for each one I have.
Today I had a endoscopy to see what is causing extreme upper gastric pain. This is the beginning of a month full of medical test and appointments. Today we found out I have esophagitis, gastritis, and the start of an ulcer. They also discovered some polyps in my stomach so they took several biopsies. We will know in a few days what the course of action will be. Again all these things go back to the inflammation in my body.
Next week I will repeat my echo and get the results the following week.
So please add me to your prayer list...
We are beginning to get answers now we need to find the right meds to help me feel better.
The new one I am on can take 3 months before I start to feel it work.
I have said form the beginning that I know God has got this... its just apart of my story ... I want Him to use it for His glory...
Praying each of you have a blessed week! I will be back soon... Prayers ~Shellie
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Sometime the Answer is Wait A Little Longer

Friday, November 24, 2017

One of the hardest things I struggle with is waiting for something! Anticipation gets me every single time lol.
Waiting for health answers is no exception to this struggle.
For those of you who have followed my story knows for 2 years now I have been on a wild roller coaster ride! 
As much as I wish I could say that we are nearing the end of the ride. I think it has kicked up a notch is on its own tail spin! 
We have sought out a new rheumatologist. She is great, I really like her and she is determined to figure out whats going on.
One piece of the puzzle she feels certain about is she believes I rheumatoid arthritis.
We also have had a very slight positive to lupus.
We are still waiting on the last batch of blood work. 
We did finally convince the the cardiologist to allow her to give a very low dose of a steroid to get the flare under control so I can enjoy the holidays.
Its way to early to see if that's gonna happen.
I pray it does !
A couple weeks back I was treated for bronchitis .
As I was beginning to finish the antibiotic.
I noticed something was very wrong when I laid down at night. The pain in my chest was very intense and I had began to have a very difficult time breathing. I shook it off at first.However when I noticed a change in my weight a drastic change ! I realized I was holding a lot of fluid. 
So I followed protocol and used a  dose of lasix . That's where the tricky part came into play. As long as I was using lasix I felt better. Then on night I gained 7 lbs and the chest pain woke me from my sleep.
So I called my cardiologist, and the ordered a echo of my heart Tuesday. Wednesday evening when I seen their number on my phone I knew what I already didn't want to be. I have a small pericardial effusion again.
The problem is my body is so inflamed that if we don't soon figure out what the cause is it could grow into a large effusion that would result into another major heart surgery.
The last time this was talked about the cardiologist said we would probably just need to remove the pericardil sac from around the heart if another effusion prompted surgery. 
So I need your help! The cardiologist wants to give it three months.
To see if it grows or stays the same. Also he is hoping during this time that the the rheumo. can put the pieces of the puzzle together and get my body in the healing direction!
Please help us pray that is the case.
I know Gods timing is perfect .
Its just a chapter of my story, I have learned to lean completely on Him.
I know He will show up! 
So over the next few months if you think about please lift me up in prayers! My family as well! I really hate to see them worried...
Thank you ahead of time for the prayers and stopping by! 
Blessings, Shellie   

From the Parsonage: Its The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

This honestly my most favorite time of the year! I anticipate it from the beginning of the year till the last day of October when I put my tree up.
Its not even about all the decorations, its about the time together with the ones we love the most.
Its a time that brings the the things we are most thankful to the forefront. It spotlights the things God has blessed us with through the years to our minds and puts us in a state of gratitude.
Over the years holidays has taken several different forms of traditions.
When we lived in the mountains, holidays was just our family of four. Making new traditions for us to enjoy as a family. Laughing, cooking, sharing what we are thankful for! 
Time spent around the table and Christmas days spent in pajamas!
Then when we moved back to our home town family wanted us to accommodate the way they had done things when we were gone for seven years. It was hard for our family to help others understand we would keep some of the traditions we had created just for us .
It was important to our kids we kept some of those favorite things! So we have made it clear that some days just don't work. We call those black out days. these are days set side to bake to enjoy holiday traditions we want to continue for years to come.
This year we celebrated Thanksgiving at our house, 5 generations was present to celebrate the time of thankfulness!
This is the first time in almost 6 years all of us have been able to come together for the holidays. All though we have lost some very special family members. It was such an amazing feeling to be surrounded by all of those we hold so dear to our hearts.
The room was filled with laughter the aroma of amazing food. Kids running around wild! Several walking talking miracles setting basking in the blessing of being here and with family.
It truly made my heart soar with gratitude for all the many blessings God has given us!
It was also a reminder of how quickly things can change. For we never know Gods plans for our families.
Especially if your a Ministry family. My girls are older now and they can voice the thing that are important to them to keep just for them.
So If your a ministry family I encourage you to the same as well!
Start traditions that are away from all the family and church hustle and bustle . Have days you set aside just for you as your family unit. 
After all they are the most important ones to please! 
Make the transition of being in new places feel special by choosing something you only do with each other!
One of our favorites is Christmas day! We have a no visitor policy.
We spend our days in our pjs! Wake up watch the Christmas parade! Our Christmas meal is Steak, baked potatoes, salad, and what ever dessert they choose! We watch movies and play games, my most favorite however is the Birthday Party we have for Jesus.
This is our day just for us! 
That was the hardest thing for me. When we first started ministry. I thought we had to give all our time away.
I learned though .... Jesus understood that we needed time to be just a family! Those are some of our families favorite Holiday memories are the ones that was just us.
I love to be with every one sharing the things we are most thankful for.
However one of those things are the us . My family unit God blessed me with.
So make sure this year you grow the ones you love best! Start a new tradition! Trust me they grow up and life will take you in lots of directions but the holidays will be a time when they all come home to be with you!  
So this most wonderful time of the year, make a point to start a new tradition with the ones God gave to you! 
Remember the reason its the most wonderful time of the year we are in celebration of the Birth Of A King!
He is the reason its the most wonderful time of the year!

I pray your family is blessed this season! As we celebrate Jesus with family, ministry, and friends! Don tlet the stress of pleasing take away from the true meaning of this time of the year! 
Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Shellie