Trying To Trust

It’s been quite sometime since I’ve blogged with any consistency. The truth is, my heart hasn’t been in it. In fact, my heart hasn’t been in much of anything for the past month. You see, when something – and by something, I mean something that takes the wind out of your sails – hits your family, the last thing you want to do is sit behind a computer screen and pretend that everything is happy and peaceful and wonderful.

If this were only about me, y’all know me well enough to know that I would report every single detail right here and ask for your prayers and support. But since this isn’t only about me, all I can do is ask that you trust me when I tell you that my family desperately needs your prayers and support right now.

Instead of being depressed and sad all the time, I am trying – desperately trying – to see the positives in this situation.

Months ago, I started in on McDaddy about going on a cruise before his deployment. Within a few months, we had booked a Caribbean cruise to Cozumel and Grand Cayman Islands with friends of ours from church. The cruise sets sail tomorrow.

We made the decision to cancel the cruise two weeks ago, and honestly, it was an easy decision because of what we were facing. What we had no way of knowing that last Sunday night – while at the hospital with my sweet momma – that I would be hit with a kidney stone. Once I figured out what was going on, I hurried home so that McDaddy could take me to the ER. (I was scared to go by myself!) As horrible as the pain was, I was thankful to be seen very quickly once we arrived at the hospital. I was even happier that my pain quickly subsided once I received two hits of pain medication. Based on a previous kidney stone experience, I had hoped I would pass the stupid thing the next day. With the help of a paper funnel, I was able to know that I had indeed successfully passed the thing, but I still had some nausea and minor pain the next day. And as if that wasn’t enough, shortly after that piece-of-sand looking thing exited my body, I came down with what I thought was a sinus infection. I called my Doctor and made an appointment for later that day.

This sinus infection crap?

Ended up being, um, the flu.

FLU B to be exact.

And I’m not sure how much experience you have with the FLU B, but you should believe me when I say the FLU. DOES. NOT. PLAY.

Please understand that I in no way mean to suggest that the flu is worse than this other thing we have going on. I’m really just trying to say that had we not cancelled the cruise two weeks earlier because of this other thing, my three sweet fellas would have been cooped up in a car for the better part of 14 hours headed south listening to me whine, cry, hack and choke.

In that order.

Doesn’t sound one bit appealing to me, and I’m betting if you asked McDaddy he’d say the same thing.

SO….

Instead of boarding a cruise ship tomorrow, I will pray for more than a three-hour stretch of sleep without waking up from a dead sleep scared that I’m choking on my own phlegm. And I will be thanking the Good Lord that I’m in my own bed and not out in the middle of the ocean on a ship dealing with who-knows-what-else?

I won’t even bother asking “Can things get worse?” because you better believe that answer is YES.

Even though I have spent weeks focusing on the negative, I am trying my best to remember that God can see the big picture and his desire is for me to trust Him. I would be lying if I said that is easy for me. The truth is, it is tough. VERY tough when you consider how bad things can seem when we can’t see past the hour, much less the day.

I am trying my best to trust.

Please remember us in your prayers.

What I Learned This Week

Here’s what I learned this week.

1. After 11 years, I had forgotten how painful a kidney stone can be.

2. After 11 years, I had forgotten that really dark pee probably means you have a kidney stone.

3. A kidney stone can cause you to puke your guts out.

4. Once you experience the first twinge of pain in the kidney, you have approximately 45 minutes before the pain gets unbearable.

5. Once a shot of pain medication is given in the hospital, the pain will subside in less than five minutes.

6. A kidney stone can cause fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, and sweating.

7. If pain medicine helps the pain of a kidney stone, there’s a good chance you will pass it. If pain medication does not help the pain, it could be lodged somewhere and you might need a CT Scan.

8. It is never a good idea to eat two tacos after a trip to the emergency room for a kidney stone.

9. The pain medication they sent me home with made me itch all night long.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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Time Is A Trainer

As I sit here tonight, one eye and ear on Dancing With The Stars and one eye and ear on my laptop, I am overwhelmed with emotion.

For weeks, my family and I have been going through a valley. While I am usually pretty open with my personal business here on the blog, I always try to respect the privacy of those who are close to me because not everyone appreciates having their business broadcast on the world-wide web.

With that said, I want to take this opportunity to thank each one of you who has called, texted, e-mailed, or sent a Facebook message offering words of encouragement, support, scripture and prayers. You can’t know what it means to us to know that we are covered in prayer and love during this time. It is comforting to know that there are people standing in the gap (and even providing dinner!) for us.

I received these words from my dear friend Cindy earlier in the week. Perhaps they will be of comfort to those of you going through a valley right now…

I am able to do far beyond all that you ask or imagine. Come to Me with positive expectations, knowing that there is no limit to what I can accomplish. Ask My Spirit to control your mind, so that you can think great thoughts of Me. Do not be discouraged by the fact that many of your prayers are yet unanswered. Time is a trainer, teaching you to wait upon Me, to trust Me in the dark. The more extreme your circumstances, the more likely you are to see My power and glory at work in the situation. Instead of letting difficulties draw you into worrying, try to view them as setting the scene for My glorious intervention. Keep your eyes and your mind wide open to all that I am doing in your life.

Time is a trainer….

That’s for sure.

What I Learned This Week

Here’s what I learned this week:

1. Rest in a hospital is impossible.

2. Sitting at a hospital all day is exhausting.

3. If the gas pump keeps clicking off while pumping gas pull the nozzle out just a little bit and it will pump just fine.

4. When at the hospital dozing, it is best to lock your iPhone or else you might end up deleting an APP you didn’t mean to delete.

5. It could take days (or weeks) to figure out which APP you accidentally deleted when dozing at the hospital.

6. There are more important things than a cluttered house.

7. Duck Dynasty is a fine way to end a stressful day.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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Three Little Words

Hard finding words
Emotional and tough
Snow doesn’t help
Sleep is stubborn
Mind is racing
Fear of unknown
Heart is hurting
I feel helpless
Sleep is beckoned
It’s no use
Thankful for McDaddy
And praying friends
Longing for ordinary
Prayers still needed
And much appreciated

What I Learned This Week

Is it really Tuesday already?

This week has left me in a fog. It’s been a stressful week and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this:

If everything in your life is going well and everyone in your family is healthy, you should BRACE YOURSELF SISTER.

There’s a pretty good chance that sorrow or stress or sadness is just around the corner.

Then I learned that when it rains, it pours.

Please pray for my family. We are going through a valley right now and all we can do is trust in the Lord to see us through.

I apologize for my lack of posting here at FITP, Inc. My mind just isn’t on blogging right now. I appreciate all of you who stop by here for a daily dose of crazy. Rest assured that the crazy ABOUNDS right now. I’m just not in a place to share it.

Oh, and I also learned that if you are in need of some entertainment you should tune in to Duck Dynasty. Si Robertson can brighten the darkest of days.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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The Little House That Stood (A Giveaway)

One of the perks of having a blog (besides getting corporate attention for complaints) is that occasionally I receive offers to review some great products.

Today, I am reviewing the new VeggieTales DVD The Little House That Stood.

In this newly released DVD, Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber join forces to help children learn about making good choices, and I appreciate that this is a life lesson that will benefit children (and adults!) of all ages. The Little House That Stood is a parable (an Earthly story with a Heavenly meaning) of the wise and foolish builders.

The first part of the movie is a “remake” of the children’s classic – The Three Little Pigs.

When The Three Pigs roll into Cabbageville (I love it!) looking to build some new houses, they meet one builder with a plan and two without a clue!  Larry builds with hay, Mr. Lunt builds with bricks, but only Bob builds his houses on a firm foundation – following the wise plans from the “Master Builder’s Handbook!” Will the Little Piggies make the right choices when it comes to building their houses – and their lives – on solid ground? Find out in this parable that shows kids that when they follow God’s blueprints, they can stand strong when the storms come.
I love that the main theme of this segment reminds us that it’s always better to make a good choice rather than a fast, easy one.
Have you ever wondered what happened before Humpty cracked? The bonus story The Good Egg of Gooseville reveals what happened before Humpty cracked?
In this cute bonus story, “Humpty (Bob the Tomato) is the mayor of Gooseville, a quiet little town filled with a bunch of lively characters!  From Jack & Jill’s missing crayons, to the Three Bears’ lawn problems, all the way to Little Bo Peep’s lost sheep, Mayor Humpty is literally driven up the wall with this pickled pack of problems! Now far away from the gripes and complaints of his neighbors, Humpty declares “with all these neighbors in need, I’m better helping just me!” Will all the town’s heroines and all the town’s men help bring Humpty to his senses again?
The Little House That Stood puts a new spin on some classic fairy tales we’ve all heard from a very early age. This 49-minute DVD is great for children of all ages as our favorite Veggie Tales characters make us laugh while reinforcing moral values. But are you ready for the best part?
The best part is that I have a copy of The Little House That Stood to give away!
To win: Simply leave a comment telling me your favorite vegetable.
Random.org will choose a winner on Monday, March 11th. I will notify the winner by e-mail, so make sure to type it in carefully.
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In the interest of full disclosure: Grace Hill Media provided a copy of The Little House That Stood to facilitate this review. As always, the opinions expressed within are my own. Additionally, Grace Hill Media is also providing a copy to one lucky reader.
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What’s Up Doc?

I have a lot on my mind this evening, and because of that, I’m having a tough time focusing.

And yes, this whole “tough time focusing” thing seems to be a trend.

Still, I feel an obligation to offer up an almost-daily dose of crazy, so here I sit, wrapped up in a red Christmas blanket, laptop on my lap, Young and the Restless playing in the background, ready to write (type) something profound.

Which makes me giggle, because me and the word profound rarely ever cross paths.

I’m more of a crazy, witty “I can’t believe you said that” kind of girl.

Which is exactly what my mom said when I called her “medical team” The Quack Pack.

Without going into a lot of detail, I’ve spent the last week hanging out with her and my daddy, mostly WAITING (which I suck at by the way) for things to get better. The hospitalist – who thankfully spoke CLEAR, CONCISE ENGLISH – was a nice guy who seemed to know what he was talking about. He was never in a hurry, and it didn’t bother him one bit to admit that he had no real idea how to fix my mom’s problem, and I was impressed with that. He showed up each day with five or six residents following close behind, just as a group of ducklings “imprint” – or follow – their mother.

I’ve been a faithful follower of Grey’s Anatomy through the years, so each day I kept my eyes peeled for a McDreamy, or a McSteamy. Sadly though, neither of them ever showed up. Instead, the Quack Pack seemed to stay three steps behind the good Doctor, and they were constantly scribbling on notebook paper.

As they made their rounds everyday, I couldn’t help but wonder which one was the Meredith Grey of the group, which one was the Christina Yang, which one did whatever it took to scrub in on a surgery, and also what type of real-life drama they were livin’.

As you might imagine there was a lot racing through this head every single time The Quack Pack came around, and that’s on top of trying to make sense out of what the Doctor was saying. (In all reality, I do hope they are all taking notes from him because he has a wonderful bedside manner!) After a full week of that mess, I am ready for a medical break.

But alas, it is not to be.

Tomorrow I’ll be accompanying my granny to her [non American oncologist] oncology appointment.

And then a few hours after that, Alex has an allergy appointment.

Folks, needless to say by this time tomorrow, I will be doctored out.

And I’ll also be praying that The Quack Pack got my mom’s medical thing right this time.

And I’d appreciate your prayers, too.

Have a great Thursday, y’all!

What I Learned This Week

First of all, let me start by apologizing for posting this so late on Tuesday evening. I would have loved nothing more than to post this at my normal Monday evening blog-posting hour, but unfortunately, I’ve been busy being where I need to be.

I am hopeful that things will get back to normal VERY soon.

Here’s what I learned this week.

1. Sitting all day is sometimes more tiring than running all day.

2. It is much harder to paint a cereal box than what you might think.

3. If your phone battery seems to be going dead faster than normal, there’s a good chance your seven-year old started the stopwatch fourteen hours earlier.

4. There is not one can of purple spray paint within a 20-mile radius of our house.

5. Markers, yarn and stickers can keep 1st grade boys busy for days.

6. It IS possible to have a box of THIN MINTS on the kitchen counter for days and NOT TOUCH THEM. (It isn’t easy, but it IS possible!)

7. Not every nurse should be one.

8. You are more likely to be killed by a Champaign cork than a poisonous spider.

9. Duck Dynasty is a wonderful addition to any DVR docket.

10. I might be the only girl in the free world who hasn’t watched Downtown Abbey.

11. A Big-Mac tastes much better when you haven’t had one for seven weeks.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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Passing The Test

I am sitting on my big, blue, bloggy couch staring at my computer screen. I am at a total loss regarding what I should write about today. My weekend was chock-full of excitement, but unfortunately I’m in one of those moods where I can’t seem to pull my thoughts together.

Though I could talk about the fact that our fancy front-loading washer is LEAKING AGAIN after two freakin’ service calls from Sears, I won’t even go there.

I’m watching American Idol (from last week) but honestly, I don’t dare get started on that because I can’t get past Nicki Minaj and her fake eyelashes yammering on about ladybugs.

Have I mentioned I’m in a miserable mood?

Friday marked the last day of the biggest loser – Mission SLIMpossible challenge. The group will convene for the last time on Saturday for the finale. And before you spend your week wondering, I can tell you, without a doubt that it wasn’t me. Several of us losers met for dinner on Saturday night and one of the guys there proudly announced that he had lost 40 pounds over the course of the competition. Shortly after that I learned that he happens to be married to the personal trainer who was giving the losers advice when we weighed in on the first day of the competition.

Oh, and by the way, thinking about that just made my miserable mood worse.

I’ll be revealing my results later in the week when I can dedicate an entire post to my successes.

The highest point of my weekend came this morning when I received a text from McDaddy.

For months – and by months I mean pretty darn near a year – McDaddy has spent MOST nights studying his pea-pickin’ heart out for a series of SEVEN tests which he must pass to make Lieutenant Colonel. This morning, at 9 AM EST, he was scheduled to take HIS very last test in this seven test series. I listened in on several of the videos he had to watch, but if I told you what was contained in them I’d have to kill you.

His text, in part, said, “Passed the test”

To which me and the boys whooped and hollered like crazy people in the laundry room.

Just an hour earlier the three of us gathered on the couch to pray that God would help McDaddy think clearly and remember everything he had spent months reading. This has been a long, stressful, tedious road for him and I am so glad that it is finally over for him.

And if that’s not a good note to end on, I don’t know what is.