Monday, April 25, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside My Window...
gray day, hazy sunshine, singing birds

I am thinking...
I think too much ;-)

I am thankful for...
the patient way the Lord deals with me and that my son Brandon is no longer on medication and is going to our counselor to work on his issues.

From the kitchen...
Leftovers from Easter dinner
Homemade coleslaw, carrot raisin salad, mashed potatoes & ham

I am wearing...
jeans, light blue long sleeve v-neck t-shirt with my diamond cross pendant

I am creating...
clean laundry

I am going...
to be leaving for the women's retreat in the Rocky Mountains on Friday

I am reading...
The Explosive Child

On my mind...
packing for the retreat

Around the house...
lazy sleepy cats

One of my favorite things...
phone calls from friends

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
view a couple of houses

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Moving Forward

Last week was hard with our son, but the Lord was with us.  This week is going better so far.  My son decided that he does not like the medication.  So we have an appointment with his psychiatrist today.  Thank you all so much for your kind comments, support and prayers.  I am so thankful for each of you!

Now there is another thing to pray about.  A few weeks back my counselor said something to me about getting surgery for my tummy and taking care of myself physically.  To be honest I have been running away from taking care of myself.  I have always had excuses not to obey.  I want to find a house, my son needs me, etc.  One day after being fed up with all the pain, I called to set up a phone appointment with my doctor in California.  I was determined to let him know I want to have surgery.  Well, when the day came I was having second thoughts.

The morning before my phone appointment I was with a girlfriend.  We were busy doing crafts for the women's retreat.  Well, I brought up the subject of having surgery and my second thoughts.  The words that came out of her mouth were straight from the Lord.  Because of what she said I nervously told my doctor that I want to move forward and have surgery. So the wheels are now set in motion.

The next day I visited with my friend.  I told her that I am going to have surgery.  She said that she had to pray about what she said to me.  She said that she does not usually say things of that nature to friends.  I assured her it was the Lord because it was exactly what I needed to hear.  This morning I spoke to my counselor who knows my friend and she even said that she does not usually say such things.  It is so amazing how the Lord can use people in our lives to help us go the right direction.

Friday, April 15, 2011

In a slump...

I've been in a blogging slump friends.  There is plenty going on, but I am unable to blog about it much of it.  Brandon has been prescribed medication which he is taking.  I do not like this route, but it is the route my son wants to take.  So I will walk down this path with him in hopes that it will make a difference.  Ultimately, it is Jesus that can truly make a difference, but my son is not open to that right now.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Please Pray Today

Things have been rough this past week.  I won't go into detail only to say that my heart is heavy with pain.  The situation with our son has not improved.  He is spending more and more time away and continues to have a bad attitude toward us.  One day I was so full of anguish that I found myself crying, it was all I could do.  The Lord in His tender mercy had two girlfriends call me.  Through them He ministered to me and lifted my spirit.  Please pray that our appointment with the psychiatrist will go well.  Thank you.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


To my surprise, Brandon called me late Monday morning and told me that he wanted to come home.  I drove out to where he was staying and picked him up.  Things were touchy at first, but the Lord was with us.  All of us are emotionally drained.  I am so thankful to have my son home.  Thank you all so much for your prayers.  (((Hug)))  Please keep praying as next Tuesday is our visit with the psychiatrist.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Family Meeting

This morning I woke to a light dusting of snow and sunshine.  It looks beautiful, but my heart is heavy with grief.  The situation with our family is not good.  Brandon showed up to the meeting with our pastor (who is also chaplain for the police department) and our counselor.  Our next step is to schedule a mental evaluation for Brandon, which he has agreed to.  Brandon will be coming home this week.  I am sure we will all feel tense.  Today I am picking him up from where he is staying to take him to his dental appointment.  Please continue to pray for us.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Prayers Needed Please

We had a wonderful trip to California.  It was spring there.  The air was moist, everything was green and the flowers were blooming.  My body relaxed when I slipped into bed.  In the morning I heard the birds chirping and then the soft sound of rain falling.  Peace flooded my parched soul.  It felt so good to be back.

One evening Mark and I drove down to the beach.  The sight, smell and sound of  my beloved Pacific ocean was heaven.  We sat on a bench overlooking the sand and watched the sun slowly sink down out of sight in a blaze of glory.  Then we drove to my favorite Italian restaurant where I was to receive a free entree for my birthday.  We had a delicious time.  We visited with family and friends.  It was wonderful to touch base with everyone and see God's work in their lives.

Our last day in California we made a point of spending time as a family, just the four of us.  We drove down to the beach.  It was a gorgeous clear day.  We had lunch and walked on the pier.  Everything was happy, but it wasn't for my son Brandon.  He had a gloomy attitude.

Upon our arrival home, problems arose.  Brandon called up his best friend and then left the house.  He came back the next day and was in and out all day.  In the evening we were having dinner together when things went sour.  My son has left home.  He won't speak to us.  Our counselor and pastor are helping us.  Friends are praying.  There will be a family meeting tomorrow with our counselor and pastor.  I ask for your prayers and humbly thank you.