Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Simple Things

When we go through bad times, it really makes you stop and think about the simple, little things.
Funny how things change as you get older.
Too bad we can't be wiser when we are young.

One day I told one of my daughters to go look at a plant that
had the most beautiful blooms.
She didn't act interested.
I said, "That don't do anything for you, does it?"
She said, "no!"
Then I thought to myself......she will
appreciate its beauty one day.
You look at things different as you get older.

My "Sweet Hunter" had to go on a business trip
so I had a couple of days at home.
I only left once for 30 minutes.
As I worked in my house I took my time
and enjoyed every minute.

The whole time I couldn't help but think
how blessed we are.
Not many people can go out in your back yard and
get fresh eggs.

It took me years to realize how content
I am. It's the simple things. It doesn't take much
to be content in this life. So many people are searching for
happiness when it's right in front of them.
I watch very little news because this world has gone crazy.
The hate that is out there is so sad.
I think I will just stay in my little home, bake my cookies,
pick my garden, bake bread, cook meals, wash clothes, etc.
With our granddaughter sick, our family is taking one day at a time. If I have learned anything in this storm we are in, it is to be thankful and appreciate the little things.
Philippians 4:11
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Rough Year

I couldn't believe it when I logged in
to my blog and saw that my last post
was in March.
I am sorry.
It has been a hard year.
To make a long story short,
our granddaughter is still very sick.
She is totally dependent on a feeding tube.
She is not eating or drinking.
As long as she gets her nutrition she is able to function
pretty normal but she's always in pain.
Gastroparesis is a hard thing.
It is basically a paralyzed stomach.
It is also called an "invisible illness."
You look fine but you are sick.

This is her senior year and after missing
most of last year she was
determined to go to school this year.
The weekend before school started her feeding tube broke.
She was admitted in to Cincinnati Childrens Hospital again.
After 2 attempts trying to place the feeding tube in,
the third time they had to
put her to sleep to accomplish this.
It is so traumatic.
I will be honest. This has been the hardest thing ever watching your granddaughter
suffer and you can't do anything about it except be there for her and the whole family.
We had a pretty good summer considering that Alyssa doesn't eat or drink.
She is attending school as much as she can.
The school has been wonderful and
they are working with her so
she has all the freedom she needs to come and go.
They said their main goal is for her to walk across the stage to
graduate at the end of the year.
The farm is growing by leaps and bounds.
In fact, I am selling some of my chickens.
Have you heard of  "Chicken Math?"
It happens before you know it.
You start with 12 and they turn in to 60!!!
Do any of you remember Triston?
I used to call her "Sweet Teen" on this blog.
Well, she is 22 years old.
She just graduated with her Masters and
she is teaching Fifth Grade Math!
We are so proud of her!
And Then there is Brett.
I called him "Brother" on my blog.
Last Sunday he got baptized.
What a happy day!
He's 14 and a freshman this year!
Here is our other grands!
They are growing so fast.
Davis is in the 2nd grade and
Asher just started kindergarten!
This is our youngest!
He is almost 3 years old!
He's a miracle baby.
Remember praying for him?
He keeps us hopping!
We are so blessed.
Well, that's a recap. We need prayers.
We are waiting on our miracle!
Trusting and believing!