Monday, July 03, 2006

I've got a secret

I'm working on a little house project that I'm really excited about. I'm going to keep it a secret until I can do the photo reveal (and now I'm a bit ticked at myself for not taking before pictures). True to form I had no intentions of doing this so soon, but I just got an itch on Sunday and got started and now I'm so excited to see the finished result.

As with every major project I take on, everything else in the house suffers. Oh, the kids are fed, but they spent the entire day in their pajamas. The laundry is not being done, the dishes are barely being kept up with, the house is in disaray, but it only lasts a few days and then I feel like I have a whole new house so I'm excited to pick up where I left off before I left off.

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Ryann's fever has gone down (I'm assuming - I haven't taken her temperature, but she doesn't feel hot anymore). The fever lasted quite a long time (Friday - Sunday, 103 degrees) - she was so hot for so long, I felt miserable for her. I checked her throat this afternoon and her tonsils have also gone down and I didn't see white spots on them any more. So she seems to be getting better in that regard, however, she is so incredibly, unbearably crabby and always out of sorts that I can't hardly stand to be with her. She has a meltdown over the silliest, tiniest little thing - like she didn't get a blue bowl for lunch. I'm talking serious meltdown - screaming, crying uncontrollably, has to go up to her bed to calm herself down. Its been a pleasant time;) I don't know if this has to do with her being sick... the strep seems to be getting better, but she is terribly congested and stuffy and still is not eating a whole lot (she has barely eaten since Friday - cereal for breakfast, some fish crackers for a snack, yogurt for lunch - maybe - and usually nothing for dinner). Neither Dave, nor I have ever had strep so I don't know what it feels like or what to expect. I really hope the crabbiness is from the illness and not just her being 2 because I cannot handle a year of this.

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Yesterday at church the pastor talked about the first part of Psalm 23 and how we should be comforted by it in terms of God providing for us...

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
I lack nothing - I am in want of nothing - The Lord provides for my needs
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
What do sheep eat - grass. green grass. If a sheep is hungry where is the best place to go? A green pasture. However, these sheep (us) are lying down in the green pastures... therefore I am not hungry - The Lord provides for my needs.
He leads me beside still waters.
When a sheep is thirsty where is the best place to go? A raging stream or river? Or a still, calm body of water? The still water is easy and appealing to drink. However, these sheep (us) are walking beside the water. I'm not thirsty - The Lord provides for my needs.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his names sake.

Wow did these verses and the pastor's discussion of them speak to me. We are so financially in a place of pain right now. I'm not going to get into the details as my intention is not to complain about that, but instead to recognize that God is providing for our needs. We are struggling and want so badly to get through this quickly, but know that it is a process and that God will bring us through. We want so badly to just be able to pay our bills and to take care of our children - these are the things I pray for. However, God provided a way for us to be able to do that until Dave is making enough money to be able to do those things. He HAS provided. He IS providing. And He WILL provide. We serve an incredible God. One who lavishes us with blessings beyond what we recognize or thank Him for; One who cares for us when we don't know He is doing so. I am humbled by this reminder.

So I'm going to use this as my memory verse for the week: Psalm 23. I have memorized this so many times throughout my christian education However, in the last year or so I realized that I no longer remember it correctly, so I am going to memorize it again this week. Sometimes I find it hard to even read some of these passages that I memorized so many times as a kid because I have such a cadence attached to them and I can't get beyond that... Psalm 23, Luke 2:2-10, I Cor 13 (right? the love passage), etc. Even if that is the case for you, I challenge you to memorize Psalm 23 with me this week.

10 comments:

Amanda 3:54 PM  

Bummer about Ryann having strep. I had it over Thanksgiving, and it was NOT fun. I was incredibly achy, tired, head hurt, sore throat. NOTHING made me happy, either, so here's hoping her 'touchiness' is short-lived!
Thanks for sharing about your pastor's message. I needed to be reminded of that, especially after a scare we had yesterday with the baby (see my blog). How comforting it is to know HE WILL supply everything we need. :)

Carol 8:53 AM  

I will take the Psalm 23 challenge! I am memorizing the NIV version, even though I probably know the King James version the best. But, as your pastor said, I am leaving the "YEA" in the beginning of verse 4 because every once in awhile, we need a good YEA! I loved that comment!

Mommy Brain 8:54 AM  

I had to laugh at your description of what the happens to daily life when taking on a big project. I do the same thing...dinner??? oh...here's a pop tart now stop bothering me!

The thing about life is it seems to go by so quickly and yet so painfully slow at the same time. Sick children and tight budgets have a way of slowing down time to almost a stand still. Hang in there girlfriend! It can't stay cloudy forever!

Carol 8:54 AM  

Also, good luck with your secret project, Ty. I hope it turns out well. Can't wait to see the pics.

JD 9:21 AM  

Carol - did you go to Parkview this weekend? Just wondering how you know about the Yea comment...

biermadoc 9:30 AM  

Do you go to Parkview? The Decker's and my famly went ther this weekend to check it out. I loved it. See Christines blog for more info.

biermadoc 9:32 AM  

Oh yea, I've been seeing a lot of kids coming in with summer fever viruses, the main features are fever and crabbiness and about 40% also have a sore throat. It's possible Ryann either had strep and the virus or a false positive strep test. Either way the virus is typically a three day misery fest.

JD 9:48 AM  

I LOVE having a doctor read my blog:) You're awesome Dr. B!

Yes, we go to PV - just wrote a REALLY long comment on Christine's blog. Which service did you go to?

One more medical question if you don't mind... Georgia is 8 months old and WILL NOT drink more than 20 oz of formula a day - usually around 16-18. Is that a problem? Her weight is good, development good, eats baby food and some table food, etc. I'm not worried, other than that I was told she should be eating 22-24oz each day.

Where is your practice - Do you know Dr. Kim and Dr. Calvert in Palos Heights?

JD 9:49 AM  

I LOVE having a doctor read my blog:) You're awesome Dr. B!

Yes, we go to PV - just wrote a REALLY long comment on Christine's blog. Which service did you go to?

One more medical question if you don't mind... Georgia is 8 months old and WILL NOT drink more than 20 oz of formula a day - usually around 16-18. Is that a problem? Her weight is good, development good, eats baby food and some table food, etc. I'm not worried, other than that I was told she should be eating 22-24oz each day.

Where is your practice - Do you know Dr. Kim and Dr. Calvert in Palos Heights?

Carol 10:00 PM  

Are you done with the project yet?
Carol - 07/06/06

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