Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Stitches Story

Last Thursday I was making dinner, pasta and sauce were cooking on the stove, when I decided to open a can of peaches. The top rim of the can was dented so I could only get the can opener halfway around. Then I tried to pry it open with a spoon and when that didn't work I just stuck my hand in the can. As I did it I heard my Mama's voice, "Don't do that, you'll cut your hand." I managed to get it opened enough to get the peaches out and it wasn't until I looked down into the bowl, now full of both peaches and blood, that I realized that I had sliced my hand open.

I thought that maybe it wasn't as bad as it seemed, maybe there was just going to be a lot of blood at first. But after running my hand under the sink, I realized that I was wrong. That's when I started screaming for Mark to come help me. He jumped out of the shower and ran into the kitchen. I said, "Please look at it. See if it's that bad." He took one glance, ran and grabbed a washcloth for me to apply pressure with, and then told me he was going to put more than a towel on because I needed stitches.

Thankfully we live across from Community South and I was able to get in quickly. After seven stitches, learning that I am in fact allergic to lidocain, and Mark's gift of a cookie I returned home to rest.

I am thankful this week for God's amazing Grace. I am blessed because I cut down to all of the tendons but not through any of them. I am blessed because I missed severing an artery, by less than a millimeter, that would have required emergency hand surgery to fix. I am blessed because God has used Mark this week as an example of His unconditional love. Thanks be to God for my many blessings!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Not moving yet...

Mark and I have been looking into moving. We have truly made our apartment home, however, because of Mark's work we know that a move is in order. We began praying about the prospect of moving and while we knew that we are not able to purchase a home at this point, we began looking at Rent to Own.

A week later, a friend of ours called to say that his house is on the market and that he is willing to do Rent to Own. We looked at the house and property on Thursday evening. The yard was beautiful and had a HUGE deck! We could have hosted many cookouts there! We also liked the large kitchen and two living rooms. Mark was most excited about the giant heated garage which would have become his "Main Lair." However, the dinning room, bedrooms, and bathroom were all scrunched together and didn't feel like exactly what we wanted.

So, in the end, we have decided not to continue to pursue that property. We are thankful that Matt was willing to consider Rent to Own for us and that we were able to spend so much time going over the house. We have decided to stay put for the time being as we work to faithfully pay down our debts as God has commanded us. We are trying to live by Romans 13:8 "Owe no man anything but to love one another."

Friday, September 4, 2009

Creation Museum

All summer I have been begging Mark to take a trip to the Creation Museum. So yesterday we packed up and went. It was incredible! We were so thankful that the museum offers free admission to active duty police officers and half price to their dependents. Because of that we were able to visit with the gas to get there, my admission, and have lunch all for less than what would have been two tickets! Thanks be to God!

It was such a special experience to visit a place that tells history EXACTLY the way that I believe it. No ape men. No big bang. No "it just happened." But a museum that began with "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." It was such a great time, surrounded by other Christian families celebrating what is the true history of our world.

We were also excited that the museum featured beautiful gardens (with waterfalls and a lake filled with fish we could feed) as well as a petting zoo where I touched my first camel. I am so thankful for the blessing of a day away with my husband and for the shared knowledge of what is Truth.