Friday, October 26, 2012

1 Chronicles 16:23 - Let All Things Now Living

He's alive. Yes, Larry is alive!

In the very basic nature of this statement, I am truly glad. But, I'm also glad in ways I never knew I'd be glad.

Let's go back a little over a year.

Larry and I were sitting in a car dealership. We waited at the saleswoman's desk as the finance department ran some numbers for us.

We waited and waited. Much longer than we had ever waited before. I began to wonder if there was a problem. We had paid down all of our debt. Perhaps, no debt made our credit score scary to lenders. I knew that could happen. We hadn't moved or changed jobs recently. We waited...I worried. Larry never worries, so he sat reading a gearhead magazine.

The saleswoman, who is a friend of my parents, approached with an odd look upon her face.

"Larry, did you know that you are dead?"
The sound of Larry and I blinking...
Larry's big sigh..."Well, that makes this conversation awkward." (This is typical Larry.)
You see, Larry is the executor of his father's estate. Evidently, when he called to cancel one of his dad's credit cards, the creditor reported Larry Daigle III dead instead of Larry Daigle Jr. We aren't really certain how that happened, since my Larry didn't have an account with them. However, he was dead. Just according to one credit card company and the one credit bureau to which they report.
It's amazing that with just a few swift errant keystrokes one Sally Sue DataEntry girl could cause a problem. What's more amazing is that they will immediately take your word that someone is dead...but, they cannot under any circumstance take your word that you are alive.
Fast forward through a year's worth of long, frustrating phone calls to credit bureaus, the credit card company and an attorney. Larry is finally alive.
It wasn't the end of the world. We drove home in the vehicle Larry had chosen. Our life continued as normal. But, today, Larry is in the system and alive.
Let All Things Now Living
words by Katherine K Davis
Let all things now living
a song of thanksgiving
to God the Creator
triumphantly raise,
Who fashioned and made us,
protected and stayed us,
Who guideth us on
to the end of our days.
His banners are o'er us,
His light goes before us,
A pillar of fire shining forth in the night,
'til shadows have vanished
and darkness is banished,
as forward we travel from light into light.
His law He enforces,
the stars in their courses,
the sun in His orbit,
obediently shine.
The hills and the mountains,
the rivers and fountains,
the deeps of the ocean
proclaim Him Divine.
We too, should be voicing
our love and rejoicing,
with glad adoration a song let us raise,
'til all things now living
unite in thanksgiving
to God in the highest, hosanna and praise!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Kings & Queens - Matt. 25:40&45/Matt 18:5

I have been sporadically sharing what I've gleaned by going through the hymns during my quiet time.

Today, we'll take a modern spin on the same idea.

I saw the video (brand-spanking new, by the way) by Audio Adrenaline for Kings & Queens and my heart was devastated by the lyrics. It must have broken 255 times while I watched and listened. That's a heartbreaking rate of 1 break per second.

I've been checking iTunes to see if the single is available yet. Nope. Dern. But, I will let you know when it is available. In the meantime, watch the video, read the lyrics, crack your Bible to Matthew 25, visit the Hands And Feet Project, and love the least of these.

Kings & Queens
Audio Adrenaline for Hands & Feet Project
Little hands
Shoeless feet
Lonely eyes looking back at me
Will we leave behind the innocent to grieve?
On their own
On the run
When their lives have only begun
These could be our daughters and our sons
And just like a drum
I can hear their hearts beating
I know my God won’t let them be defeated
Every child has a dream to belong and to be loved
Boys become kings
Girls will be queens
Wrapped in Your majesty
When we love
When we love the least of these
Then they will be
Brave and free
Shout Your name in victory
When we love
When we love the least of these
Break our hearts
Once again
Help us to remember when
We were only children hoping for a friend
Won’t you look around
These are the lives that the world has forgotten
Waiting for doors of our hearts and our homes to open
Boys become kings
Girls will be queens
Wrapped in Your majesty
When we love
When we love the least of these
Then they will be
Brave and free
Shout Your name in victory
When we love
When we love the least of these
When we love the least of these
If not us
Who will be
Like Jesus
To the least of these
If not us
Tell me who will be like Jesus
Like Jesus to the least of these
Boys become kings
Girls will be queens
Wrapped in Your majesty
When we love
When we love the least of these
Then they will be
Brave and free
Shout Your name in victory
We will love
We will love the least of these (6x)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pictures of the Firsts

***Update: Jeremiah's visits to the orthopaedic specialist and the ENT went very well. The doctor that did the temporary cast in the ER was doing a rotation there from Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. The ortho said that she had done the temporary cast so well that he didn't see a need for a new one. If it becomes too worn or gets wet, we will go in for a full cast. However, we are going to try to make it the full time with the one we have. The ENT feels like the damage to the right side of Jeremiah's nose is minimal and that there will not be any problems with its healing. We already had another CT scan and round of allergy tests scheduled for next week. So, the ENT will be able to compare the CT scans from the week before the accident, the night of the accident and then the new ones to make sure that everything is on the right track.***

Here's my brave little man.

He wanted to get on his bike the very next day.

The morning after, with his temporary cast. He's going in to the ENT tomorrow and the orthopaedist today. We will update you later with the color of cast he selected!

We may also swing by Academy and get a few pairs of wind pants. Buttons and zippers are a little tricky.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

A weekend of firsts

Ever planned something?

I know the famous line is "the best laid plans of mice and men..." However, it really, Really, REALLY should be "The best laid plans of moms..." You're giggling because you know it's true.

See, I started a rough draft of today's post on Friday morning. The rough draft is still a rough draft. I will have to work on it a bit more. It's more thoughtful and reflective than this one.

See, I was planning on marking the 7th as a big day. We were to celebrate our 1 Month DTE (Dossier To Ethiopia) Day. There was a plan to make a batch of cookies each month to celebrate. And, each month would be a different type of cookie. ***Our DTE Day on September 7th had Snickerdoodle Pinwheels, out of a cookbook my mom-in-law gave me for Christmas one year. They were great.***

My plan was to hit the grocery store early Saturday, stock up for the meals for the coming week and grab the last ingredient that I needed for today's cookies. But, that was my best laid plan.

We were going to celebrate our 1st month of being on the waiting list for our adoption.

But, we had an unplanned first on Friday. Just a standard Friday, but with a couple of surprises. For one, Larry's twin sister, Jennifer, popped in for a surprise visit on her way back into town. That was an awesome surprise and we were all hanging around in the kitchen chatting away when our second surprise occurred.

Jeremiah crashed on his bike...big time. I mean Big Time! Poor little dude. He broke his thumb, broke his nose and knocked out his two front baby teeth.

Obviously, there was never another thought of my plans for the weekend. Immediately, we flew into scramble-mode. After we got Jeremiah (and Gideon) calmed down, we were able to assess the damage and determined the best course of action was visiting the ER.

Now, you might think that a mom with four sons has had to take one of them in for a broken bone before, but remember...this is a post about firsts.

Larry loaded Jeremiah up and went to the hospital. I did the frantic scramble of arranging for a friend to come and stay with the other guys (Thank you, Regan!), ordering pizza, making sure I had the new insurance cards, then hopping in the other vehicle. Of course, it was almost out of gas necessitating an additional stop before getting to the hospital.

It all caught up to me at the gas pump. Of course, I'm so grateful that it was only a broken thumb, broken nose and double-duty for the Tooth Fairy. But, you still hate to see your little guy hurting and upset.

Just rambling at this point. So tired. Ready for new day, when His mercies are new!

I'll post pictures of our tough guy tomorrow...and make cookies!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Praise Him! Praise Him! - Psalm 48:1

Just a little thing, but I'm so glad.

The civil case that I received a jury summons for was dropped at 9:30am!

Praise Him! Praise Him!
Tell of His excellent greatness!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Ever in joyful song!
(Words by Fanny Crosby)