Monthly Archives: March 2013

He’s Home!

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Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who lifted Papa up in prayer last week! His procedure went off without a hitch and I am very pleased to report that he is now resting at HOME! Praise God!

After three weeks in the hospital, he was extremely eager to go home last night. Although very weak (he lost a good amount of weight and strength in the hospital due to not eating or moving around much), I think being at home will help him get better faster.

We could still use your prayers for his recovery – kidney failure, heart failure and advanced lung disease don’t disappear with a simple stint procedure (unfortunately!) and we still have a long road ahead of us. Specifically, if you could pray for God to give him strength, to remove his nausea and to help him eat consistently, it would be hugely appreciated!

The Papa I know and love – and the one I know is still inside that tiny, 100-pound body of his – enjoys nothing more than traveling, building things and playing with his great grandchildren. I pray that he will have many, many more years of this – especially since we will be homeowners soon and will undoubtedly need him to fix something at some point! And of course, God willing, we will be parents one day – and I know he’ll want to cuddle with our little one :)

We Need Your Prayers!

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As you all know, Papa is the original man in my life. I lived with him or next door to him for half of my life, and being near him now that he’s getting older and more sick is one of the many benefits of living back in Houston.

The original man in my life :)

The original man in my life :)

For almost two weeks now, Papa has been in the hospital for complications related to his kidney failure and advanced lung disease – which is how we learned that he also has severe heart disease. In fact, his heart is currently operating at a mere 15% of its capacity – which is clearly not good, particularly when combined with the other issues he’s dealing with.

There have been a lot of ups and downs in the past two weeks – an emotional roller coaster, to put it lightly. However, we’ve been praying with all of our might for God to work a miracle – to heal his sickness, to restore his spirit and to give the doctors and nurses wisdom. And we know we serve an awesome God!

Tomorrow, Papa will undergo a surgical procedure wherein a stint will be inserted into his left aortic valve, which is intended to help clear up the blockage and help the blood flow through his heart. This is normally a very routine procedure, with about a 99.9% survival rate; however, because of his advanced illnesses and other complicating conditions, his odds are much less. However, God doesn’t care about all of that – He is capable of doing exceedingly and abundantly more than we can imagine! I am claiming that Scripture (Ephesians 3:20), and I hope you will join me!

We’re asking for your prayers. We know that when two or more gather together, God is with them (Matthew 18:20) – and we need God with us every day, but especially tomorrow! Here are a few verses I’ll be meditating and praying over – and please feel free to leave more in the comments (or text them to me!)

Psalm 103:2- Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities; Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit; Who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

James 5:14-15 – Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.

John 14:1 – Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.”

Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.

Exodus 23:25You shall serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.

Isaiah 19:22“They will turn to the Lord, and He will respond to their pleas and heal them.

Isaiah 26:3“You, Lord, give perfect peace even in turmoil to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you.”

We Roll VIP Style!

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This weekend, Chad and I went to Austin for the Circuit of the American Grand Am race. We had no idea what that meant before we left, but now we have a wealth of knowledge, thanks to our VIP experience!

One of my vendors invited us to go, along with another coworker and her boyfriend.  We picked up our VIP passes and headed over to the track…which was HUGE! Neither of us had ever been to any kind of race, so we really didn’t know what to expect. We were treated like royalty all day, from the VIP suite to golf carts driving us wherever we wanted. We got free access to the 25 story infield tower, where we got a great view of the entire track. It even had a glass floor, like the Williams Tower in Chicago – scary, but awesome! We hung out with the driver my vendor sponsored, got to go in the pit area and see all the cars, got autographs from all the drivers and generally got to experience things we never thought we’d do.

But one of the best parts was getting to meet Reba McEntire! She was in the same VIP suite as us, and is really nice and down to earth. Not very chatty, but really nice when approached for a picture :) (Her son was racing in the race before our guy was.) After all we could eat and drink, it was time for our race to start. Luckily, we were hosted by our driver’s (Dion von Moltke) parents! They were INCREDIBLY nice and were so patient when we asked about a million racing questions. We went in knowing nothing, but now we know a lot! Well, relatively speaking :) We didn’t think we’d stay long, but we ended up staying for the entire race!

I took a million photos (well, 63) and posted them on Facebook. I also took a video of when they said “Gentlemen, start…your…engines!” which was incredibly loud and is also on Facebook…and below :)

After the race, we went back to Lindsay and Luke’s house (they graciously hosted us for the weekend!) and then headed to dinner. We went to Gusto in Austin and it was DELISH! Seriously – you should go. Get the Bolognese or the chicken with mashed potatoes and spinach. We didn’t have anything we didn’t like! And then this morning we went to North by Northwest for brunch and mimosas – never a bad decision! Then it was time to hit the road back to Houston, so that the Teacherman could grade papers and I could do adult things like grocery shop and get my car washed :) But it was a FAB weekend with some FAB  people!!