30 June 2011

My baby...and my grandbaby!

I love this picture of my son Josh and grandson Nathan. They're cooling off in the backyard pool of Josh's in-laws. I'm thankful that Josh and his wife, Jess, and little Nathan are staying with Jess's parents while they finish college. With a new baby on the way they have a lot on their plates and it's good to know they have family support. It's a long way from here to Joshua, TX where they live, so I don't get to hug them often. I was glad to see their smiling faces!

In answer to your comment, Pom-Pom, we did get down to see them in May, but it may be a long time before we can go again. We're having to learn to let go! :( It is easier knowing that they're in the palm of God's hand. We lean on Him a lot!

27 June 2011

Fear in the driver's seat...

Every once in a while I allow fear to drive my decisions. Okay, more than every once in a while.

Yesterday, I had a little meltdown and spent an hour in tears talking to my son Jordan, who was kind enough to listen and respond with appropriately sympathetic sounds. I had decided that I was finished with college. Didn't really want to be a nurse and didn't see how I could survive the fall semester with more credits than I had ever taken before. I didn't want to spend 8 hours a day hidden away studying when my new granddaughter will arrive right before school starts. I also didn't want to keep wracking up debt if I might find out I don't even LIKE nursing when I'm finished. I was a wreck!

The Lord finally got a word in edgewise as I lay in bed trying to sleep. I realized that Satan was doing a number on me! FEAR. That was the basis of all of this! Fear of the unknown; fear that God can't provide; a shapeless, nameless fear of stepping outside of the box of everyday life.

Anyway, I'm glad I didn't shoot my mouth off to anybody about the way I felt (except my son, who will keep my secret) because today is a whole new ball game. I CAN survive fall semester. I may have to allow myself to get something less than A's, but I can do a decent job in school. I can also make time to spend with my daughter and granddaughter, and school will not last forever. Satan has worked so hard to discourage me in this journey, I'm getting suspicious. Maybe he's afraid God will be able to use me more as a nurse and he's trying to derail me before I can even get started. With the Lord's help I can do anything, and I'm going to try to remember that!

16 June 2011

What I'm reading...

I just started reading "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle. It reminds me a little of C.S. Lewis's space trilogy, only for a younger audience. I believe this book was written for children about 14 years old, since the protagonist is about that age, but, as C.S. Lewis has said (paraphrased), a really good children's book should still be good reading for an adult. He also said, "Someday you will be old enough to read fairy tales again." :)

11 June 2011

A new blog!

I just created a new blog called Pen and Ink and Maybe Some Paint. I think I have as much fun creating new blogs as I do creating anything! This blog is meant to inspire me to get out the pens and practice drawing. We'll see if it works! Come on over and look. Hopefully, this blog won't go the way of my Exercise Blog and Practice Time Blog. It's just for fun, after all!

01 June 2011


Here are three photos, one outside and two inside of my house. You can't see much, but you can get an idea that it's rather rustic. I like to think of it as "bohemian", lol!

Son Jordan and great-granddaughter Hailey.
Son Jordan, son-in-law Adam, dds Missy and Micah.
Our front porch. I love my wild roses and my hubby used tree trunks for the corner posts. Still no roof, but...someday! :)