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Praise Report

I just had to write about my baby.  We got great news just the other day, and I am thrilled.  He was supposed to see a cardiologist at 6 mos for the three VSDs he was born with.  VSDs are small holes in his heart, and it is common for babies with Down Syndrome to have some sort of heart defect.  Some are worse than others.  His holes were quite small, but needed to be checked.

Many people have been praying for him, and I can praise my Lord and Saviour that 2 of the three holes are now gone.  The one that is left is the most common defect in a heart, and is minor, negligible, and most likely will never change, except to get a little smaller.

I know God can do better than that.  We are praying for it to go away entirely!

After the doctor gave me the news, I was elated.  It wasn’t like I had been worried about it, but, it was always hanging over us.  Holes in your baby’s heart.  Not a good thing.

The doctor left the room, I was getting my little sweetie dressed, and I just began to weep.  I know what God can do, but he did it for me.  He did it for my baby.  He did it for His glory.  I was awed.

Thank you, Lord.

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Consider the Ant

Where have I been? What have I been doing. Been far. Been doing much.

When I say I’ve been far, I don’t mean physically (we rarely travel). But God has taken me through some things, and is showing me some things. My title for this post is not a direct quote, but from the verses in Proverbs Chapter 6, verses 6-8:

“Go to the ant, thou sluggar; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.”

I have been able to observe the ant over the past week. I also managed to observe another (of what I consider to be a) pest last year. These pests are our teachers, if we would consider them.

Diligence is what I speak of. Have I been diligent? Why, yes, quite often I am. But, is it possible to be diligent in areas that have absolutely nothing to do with glorifying God? But, of course (this must be said with a french accent, because I am thinking of Lumiere from “Beauty and the Beast–the Disney version)!

Anyway, I have indeed been diligent at times in all sorts of things that do nothing to benefit my Lord. Why, then, do I bother?  I don’t mean to, really, I don’t.  It seems like the right thing to do at the time.  It goes to show how I need to draw nearer to my Lord daily.  It is such a struggle, sometimes, this walk.

Where am I going with this?  My baby girl just turned 4 today.  It was a glorious, wonderful, fun day to watch her enjoy the gifts she got, the balloons, look forward (patiently) to her cake, see her eyes light up with anticipation at everything.  We don’t do big birthday parties anymore.  A few years back, we had a very rough year, and approaching Christmas, when my second son has his birthday, we were without money to buy anything for him–I mean we could buy nothing at all.  It was very rough on us.  We couldn’t eat out, we couldn’t go out, we couldn’t spend a penny.  I struggled with that more than I realized I would.  We rummaged through the closet and found little McDonald’s toys that had not been opened from Happy Meals, and a few other things that were supposed to be stocking stuffers that we had not given the year before, and wrapped them up.  We had a simple dinner, a little cakes, then he opened the gifts.  When he opened them all, he said, “Is that it?”

Smiling, I said, “yes.”

He started playing with what he got.  What a blessing that was.

We have had one other “big” party for him since, but the rest of our birthdays are simple family affairs.  I guess I’m being a bit nostalgic, with the walk down memory lane, but, I’m thinking of the areas in our lives where we are diligent.

I have diligently planned and prepared for big birthdays (past).  I have diligently and meticulously scrutinized the school books we use (not necessarily a bad thing–just a time issue).  I have diligently pursued time on the computer (now and again).

Have I diligently attended to my husband and children?  Not always.  Has God been gracious in spite of that? Yes, I am human, you know.  Will he always turn a blind eye to this mistake?

Well, since I have been looking at pests who are so diligent, that in response, I must be excessively diligent to overcome their invasion–I am going to have to guess no.

With that said, I cannot say how much I will be blogging in future.  I have enjoyed it, but I need to be diligent in some other things right now.  When I can, I’ll be by to post.  Check in when you can.  My readership is pretty sparse anyhow–so I don’t think that will be an issue.

Good night.  Must get busy (ants, you know!).

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It’s funny that I’m still trying to learn about myself. I’ve gone through a lot in this process of being a believer in Jesus Christ. I am continuing to learn more about my Lord, and more about myself. I think we all come to different realizations at different points in time. What I am coming to see is that so much of what I’ve done has been in search of being what I ought to be. Our third son’s birth has given me much pause for reflection.

We knew shortly after he was born that he probably had Down syndrome. Aside from learning a whole lot about Down syndrome (which he does have), I have also learned that my expectations of my other children have been unusually high. I am very matter-of-fact most of the time, and I haven’t always made allowances for their individual differences, or for their strengths. Praise God for giving me this insight.

I am now trying to reassess so many things in my life, as it is forever changed by my baby’s birth–and in a good way too. I am trying to see how my strengths should be used to glorify my father, help my husband more, and encourage the positive in my children instead of pointing out their continual flaws, which we all have–I mean, after all, we are all still residing in the flesh, right?

Anyway, This new blog is an experiment. A place for me to try to explore some more things about me. Hoping to be more open where it counts, and more creative. I have been enjoying reading about art journaling and exploring some fun sites about that. One book I got recently was “Wreck This Journal” by Keri Smith. My kids are enjoying looking at what I am doing and soon I will be getting a copy for each of them. It’s not really an introduction to journaling, but more of “No Holds Barred” method of journaling. It’s probably not the best method for me, but it is certainly very exploratory.

I’m already learning more about blogging, and enjoying the ease of use of WordPress. So, the journey continues. . .

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