Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Carving pumpkins....and yes SNOW!

Hey everyone!!Can you believe,yesterday here in Pa we got a total of 17 inches of snow?Is`nt that crazy?It was so beautiful though.This is a picture of what the main road that leads out of our town looked like yesterday.Thisbwas taken from inside our car.We were on our way to an eye doctors appointment that we could not cancel because we had taken my son ot of school for it.We got there at around 11am and we got a phone call form my father in law letting us know that the kids were getting out of school at 12:30! Thankfully th doctor was able to take my son early so we culd make it home in time for them. Awe aslways have this fear of the kids coming home to an empty house.Plus the door was locked,so they would of been outside in the cold.God is always in controle though,and He took care of things,like He always does!!So the snow/hail/rain finally stopped this afternoon.A nearby town got a grand total of 17 inches of snow!!They said there hasn`t been snow like this in October for over 100 years in this part of the country! Even though it is ot pleasant at all to drive in,God did make it happen for aq reason and it was absolutly beautiful.
When we got home I made homemade rolls and baked potato soup for dinner.I didn`t take any pictures though.
Today we carved pumpkins with the kids.Here are some picturs o them as well.Hope you all are having a blessed day!!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Where have I been?

Hey everyone!! I`ve once again been away from blogland for a while:) We have been very busy this past week. We were able to put in a new kitchen this week! It is such a blessing. My kitchen was very out dated.We also had no cabinet space.My husbands brother works for Lows and ended up getting solid oak cabinets for free.I guess what happens is when you have kitchen cabinets installed they take the old ones away.Well one persons trash is another persons treasures! These cabinets are absolutely gorgeous!!!I am so thankful to God for the blessings He has given to us this week!So,Monday and Tuesday we took everything out of our kitchen and ut it into the living room and dining room.Then we painted the kitchen.Wednesday my husbands brother came over to help install the cabinets and then Thursday they took the old metal sink unit out.When they took it out they found a broken pipe that had been leaking since who knows when.So we fixed all that and got a new sink,faucet and counter top. We also got a range hood for over our stove. Our kitchen was very old and there was no vent at all above it. What a blessing to finally have a filter over the stove now! Then we took down the ceiling fan and put a very nice light fixture up and also ut a matching one over the sink. Then today my husbands brother came back over o finish the rest of the work.Now tomorrow w have to touch up the paint and get some switch plates and put up the wall paper boarder.We still have alot of stuff in the living room and dining room to put away. Weave our microwave and toaster in there which has been a little annoying. Lol!We need to buy a shelf for it because it will now have a new home right above my coffee pot.Then ut toaster will go on the counter top by the stove.We have a portable dishwaster that the microwave and toaster have been sitting on but we our probably going to be getting rid of it.It hasn`t worked for a while and since hubby is home him and I both do the dishes so we really don`t need it anyway:)I`m so excited to be able to share these blessings with all of you!!!I have some pictures of how everything is coming along.I found the nicest store on Ebay and I got some valances super cheap and brand new. Just under $12 a piece which was such a blessing and then I also got the wall border for $14.95 and it is a huge roll.She only charged about $6 s/h which is also an excellent price I think.I`ll have to post the link to her store maybe tomorrow.
Today was our annual Halloween parade here in town.Although I dislike this time of year me and the kids march in the parade every year.I have a picture of them posted as well.My son Anthony was Batman,Emily was a Fairy,and Joey was The Joker which is his all time favorite character.
I am still planning to have my giveaway I mentioned,but I`m still trying to gather things for it.It will be soon though!
Also,please continue to pray for the health issues I have had.The bleeding returned again. I see the doctor on Friday for an ultrasound.
I better go now.It`s getting late and we have another busy day ahead of us tomorrow!!Take care and hope you all had a blessed Lords day!

Note:For some reaso I`m having difficulty uploading pictures tonight.Stay tuned though! I definatly will be posting Them!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Apple and pumpkin picking fun!


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Here are some pictures of our fall outing on Saturday. Above are all the kids standing in front of the fall decorations they had set up by the pumpkins. Next is my 8 year old son in front of the apple trees,then my daughter holding a big pile of apples.Next is one of our whole family right in the middle of the orchard. We all had so much fun together! This was something I`ve wanted to do for a long time and I`m so thankful that we were able to go!!
Then after we loaded the car with just about 50 pounds of apples and lots of pumpkins we went out shopping and then out to dinner at Old Country Buffet.Have any of you ever been to an Old Country Buffet? I definatly recommend it. The kids absolutly love it there and it`s also inexpensive as well. I took pictures there as well.The first one s of my two boys.To the left is Anthony who is 8 and then Joey who will be turning 10 on the 21st.Next is a picture of all three children.Emily who is 5, Anthony,and Joey.Joey`s making a goofy face! They are so cute and such a blessing to me!!Pictures below are some of the gorgiuos fall folliage Of North Eastern Pa. I love living up in the mountains durring Autumn. I look at the leaves changing colors and I`m reminded of what an awesome God we have!! Who could possibly believe that the earth just formed and evolved and there is no intellegent design behind it?God is all around us!!Just look at His creation and all it`s beauty!! Hope you all have a blessed day!!!

PS---I just realized that the order of the pictures is totally backwards from the way it`s supposed to be.Also mid way through there is an html tag that I have no idea how to get rid of without deleting the entire post.Oh well no ones perfect!! Just wanted to appogize if this is kind of hard to follow.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

An Update on our lives

It seems as though it`s been forever since I posted!! For those that are wondering,we are all doing fine!Alot has been going on with me.The endometrial hyperplasia that I have has been acting up again.I good friend took me over to the doctors last week,and he put me on progesterone.Things started to go back to normal within 24 hours which was absolutly amazing.My blood count had dropped down to 9.5 within 10 days. In case some of you are not farmilure with blood count levals a normal count should be between 12 and 15.When the blood count gets below 8 the body cannot produce more blood on it`s own and a transfusion is needed.Last August I was hospitalized because my count fell to 5. This happened gradually over the coarse of a two year period though.Last week my blood count dropped within a 10 day period.God knew that I needed to go to the doctor at exactly the right moment!!How amazing is He:)Plus I started taking iron a few days before because I knew I should.So now I`m an official pill popper.I take b12,iron,and progesterone every night. Part of the reason the blood loss was alot heavier this time is because of my new job. I only work 3 hours but the heavy lifting caused ALOT more blood loss than is normal for the condition I have. The doctor told me it`s because of the pressure on your uterus when lifting.So,now I have to go for an ultrasound at the end of the month and then back to thje doctor for a follow up the first week of November.He said he also needs records from my previous doctor because in order to figure out the best way to treat this condition he needt to know what kind of hyperplasia I have.There`s one that has precancer cells,one that has cancer cells and one that`s normal.I know mine is the normal kind because I already spoke with a doctor last year about this when I went into the hospatil.I`m probably going to be facing surgery to have my uterus out,but I will know more in November. I know everything will work out because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.That is my hope and the very foundation that my life is built on.Praise God for my salvation!!!
Aside from all the health stuff we had a fun day yesterday! We went to an apple orchard and picked apples with the kids!It was so much fun!!They got pumpkins as well. I`ll post some pics tomorrow:)My husband bought a new camera for us on Friday!! It is such a blessing. He has to set some stuff up yet,but when he does I will post pictures.Now I`m sure you`re wondering how many apples we picked right?FIFTY pounds!!I will be learning to can this week:)At .69 a pound who could pass up the oppertunity to stock up.It was weird too because this was an idea we just had a few days ago and when we got there it turned out that this is the only weekend you can pick apples:)God is always in controle.Now I have to pray for wisdome as I learn how to can and physical stamana as I`ve been very tired due to the anemia.
So,now let me tell all of you about my new job. It is going very well. I love working with the elderly. It`s very sad at times when I have to go into the dementia unit to clean. It`s heartbreaking to see all those poor people so lost and confused. One woman paces the floors crying because she thinks she has to pay her bill,and doesn`t know how she will get home. I`ve come to realise that there are things you just have to leave with the Lord.We don`t know why these people are going through what they`re going through and no one can change the situation. All I can do is be sweet,kind and friendly and do the job God gave me.It really makes me angry to see the way these people are treated sometimes though. What can I do though? Love one another as Christ loved us!
Finally,it looks like we are on our way to making some really major improvements in our home!!I`ll be sure to post more as things progress.
I didn`t forget about the giveaway I`ve been promising either!! It will probably be within the next week or so as I`m still collecting goodies:)
I also have some recipes to post too,but that will have to be sometime durring the week. The other day I made homemade flour tortillas,and whole wheat hameburger/sandwich buns to freeze.We`ve been so buisy latly I think having these things on hand will help make meal planning a little easier.
Well,I should go to bed soon.It`s going on 12:30.I can kind of take it easy tomorrow though because the kids are home from school.I do need my rest though and I still have research left to do before heading to bed,so I think I`ll say good night for now:)