Monthly Archives: November 2013

This roller coaster ride we call LIFE…yet another ride…

Friday, November 8 started off as a great day. It was my mother’s birthday.  We were so thankful to be celebrating her life…after all she has been through this summer…we were elated to rejoice with her progress and God’s provisions in her life.  I started her day by writing a blog just for her! It was a wonderful way to reflect on God’s goodness and to honor her.

Then at 8:03 a.m. things changed…we  had just stepped on yet another roller coaster ride for the year 2013.  I called Mike from work because I realized I had lost an earring. I wanted him to check the floor at home to see if he could find it.  Mike didn’t give me a chance to tell him.  He was in so much pain he interrupted me to tell me just that.  All I heard was limb, shoulder and nose.  Immediately I said, “I am coming home!” Praying to our Lord and Savior I took off to find out what was going on…

Where this roller coaster began…The tree and the limb!
Mike’s dad cut it and cleaned it up for us!

 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14.1

As I was driving home my mother-in-law called and said they were headed to our primary care physician’s office.  We have a great physician.  He takes his time and truly cares about his patients.  As soon as he laid eyes on Mike you could see the concern on his face. He asked Mike what happened and this is when I learned the details of his accident.  Mike was about 15 ft. up on a ladder.  He was trimming a tree limb with a chainsaw.  As the limb came down it knocked the ladder out from under Mike and he fell to the ground.  As he was falling he had the wherewithal to throw the chainsaw away from his body.  His injuries indicate he hit the ground with his shoulder and nose because they took the brunt of the fall.  After listening and examining Mike, Dr. Black asked me if I knew where we were going…as I looked confused he said , ” the ER!”  He called ahead to the ER and off we went.


Psalm 34.17-20a

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
he protects all his bones…

Mike was in pain! He was hurting! It was written all over his face.  His demeanor was unlike I had ever seen him.  As he crouched in the car he was speechless…he was aching all over.  We made it to the ER. We prayed on the way…thanking the Lord for his hedge of protection and for the care He would provide.  We prayed for the caregivers…and we prayed peace and calm.  We knew we were very blessed.  We knew this could have been so much worse.  Earlier in the week we had just discussed a guy in Indiana who had fallen from a tree stand and was paralyzed from the neck down.

We spent the day in the ER.  Mike had a CT scan and x-rays.  They determined his nose was  a simple fracture…which Mike set back on his own before ever going to the doctor…crazy! He did have a cut on his nose. They considered this an open fracture.   But due to this fact they would not do surgery immediately.  He had to wait until Wednesday of this week to have it repaired.

He was one tough cookie…I knew he was tough…but now I have NO doubt.  Tuesday, November 12 Mike had a doctor appointment with the surgeon.  The look on the nurse’s and the surgeon’s faces when they looked at the x-ray told us all we needed to know. It was bad…So bad that the surgeon said he would work Mike in the next day.  He didn’t want him to wait.  He said this type of break is as bad as they get – a 3 part proximal humerus fracture. So on Wednesday, November 13 he finally had surgery. He was last one to go under the doctor’s knife on Wednesday.  We were told to be there at 1:30pm for a 3:30pm surgery.  He was finally rolled back at 6:45pm.  Needless to say it, was a long day!  We were clinging to the Lord’s promise that He would provide. And he did.

1 John 5.14-15
this is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
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Before Surgery…                                   After surgery…Mike’s NEW hardware!

Mike now has a shoulder full of new hardware.  The doctor said it was a hard fix but he was very pleased with how it all pieced back together.  We were so very thankful and praising God for being the Great Physician and guiding Mike’s doctors hands every step of the way.  We are now home and he is recovering.

This blog was started yesterday with intent to finish it last night.  Pain…Mike’s pain…reared its ugly head and I did not get a chance to finish.  The pain has been yet another roller coaster ride.  We were told not to let it get ahead of us because it would be hard to catch him up…boy were they right.   We have followed all the directions to a tee but we found out later we could have done things a little differently to make sure he stayed ahead of it…now we know.  The pain roller coaster  is on an even stretch as I type and I pray it stays that way.  The ups and downs of the ride have been difficult for Mike but our prayers for relief have been heard!

Let me say…I don’t like roller coasters.  I don’t like the way they jerk you around. I don’t like the way your stomach leaves you for a while.  I don’t like the speed in which you fly and then the sudden stop at the end.  The ups and downs paired with the fear of what’s next is unnerving.  But, when I step on them…even though I don’t like them…I trust that when I am buckled in that the ride will not last forever.  It will have thrills along with chills.  I also trust the designer and builder with my life…without knowing them.  My trust is in the park that they are maintaining the ride and it is safe.  I don’t know them either.

With all of this being said…if I trust those I don’t know…then why should I worry and be fearful while Mike and I are on this roller coaster? I shouldn’t!  Today, God provided the perfect scripture once again for this season of our life:

1 Peter 5.6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.Matthew 6.31-34
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

We are trusting God during this time.  Our job is not to try to understand why it happened but to trust during the ride.  Mike wants others to learn from his mistake…knowing he could have done so many things to prevent this…Safety first…always! We thank and praise God it wasn’t any worse…we know are truly blessed.  We will praise Him in this storm once again!

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.


November 16, 2013 · 12:24 pm

Happy Birthday, Mom!

IMG_6281Today is a very special day…it is my mom’s birthday!  I am overcome with emotion just thinking about the last 5 months leading up to this special day.  There were many days we did not know if mom would celebrate the young 74 she is! But, by the grace of our wonderful Lord and Savior…she is! So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MoM!!

Mom upside down is WoW…and this word definitely describes how we as a family have felt throughout mom’s journey.  We have been wowed by God’s grace. We have been wowed by the outpouring of love from so many.  We have been wowed by mom and her spirit to live and still live well!

In college I went to school with a very talented group of girls(to say the least)…Point of Grace.  They sing songs that have ministered to me in the past but this one below now has totally new meaning:  How You LIVE!


HOW YOU LIVE…Point of Grace

Wake up to the sunlight with your windows open
Don’t hold in your anger or leave things unspoken
Wear your red dress, use your good dishes
Make a big mess and make lots of wishes

And have what you want, but want what you have
And don’t spend your life looking back

Turn up the music
Turn it up loud
Take a few chances and let it all out
‘Cause you won’t regret it
Looking back from where you have been
‘Cause it’s not who you knew
And it’s not what you did
It’s how you live

So go to the ballgames and go to the ballet
And go see your folks more than just on the holidays
Kiss all your children, dance with your wife
Tell your husband you love him every night

Don’t run from the truth ’cause you can’t get away, no
Face it and you’ll be okay

Turn up the music
Turn it up loud
Take a few chances and let it all out
‘Cause you won’t regret it
Looking back from where you have been
‘Cause it’s not who you knew
And it’s not what you did
It’s how you live

Oh, wherever you are and wherever you’ve been
Now is the time to begin
So give to the needy, and pray for the grieving
Even when you don’t think that you can
‘Cause all that you do is bound to come back to you
So think of your fellow man
And make peace with God, and make peace with yourself
‘Cause in the end, there’s nobody else

There is a time for everything. We are celebrating this time with mom! She is celebrating daily.  She was released from her surgeon last week.  Next week she will reenter the world of the independent after she passes her driving test with flying colors…she is now to fly in that cute little black VW Beetle at times! 🙂  Mom is enjoying playing golf with dad and her golfing buddies as well as walking once again with her Walkie Talkies!


Ecclesiastes 3.1-14

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

As a family we are turning up the music the Lord has provided…Music of praise for Him and His hand on mom’s life the last five months.  We are celebrating her life and her touch on other’s lives today! Won’t you celebrate life today as well and don’t forget to TURN UP the music!

Happy, Happy Birthday to the most special mom in the world! I love you!

(I will post audio of song in another post…it is not cooperating this morning!)



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