Monday, June 24, 2013
We met a man not to long ago and his 4 year old son is in the hospital here with leukemia, they also have a 2 year old little girl who spends most of her time sitting at the hospital waiting. We had talked to the family today and they told us their son, Erik was going back for new treatment tomorrow. Kylee heard us talking to them and decided she wanted to give him a gift. So shortly after she came down stairs with a basket full of toys. I thought most of these toys would be things she didn't want or what have you, but I was very wrong. My daughter came to us with a basket of her most prized possession, a batman costume that she puts on daily, her favorite Christmas present a remote control helicopter from her uncle Justin and aunt Jecka (Jessica), a rapunzel baby doll (for the sister who is bored at the hospital), and much much more. I was in awe to see her wanting to give this stuff away, and thinking that she might not realize that if she gave it to him she wouldn't get it back I explained to her what she was talking about doing, but still she insisted. My dad begin to say "it's ok Kylee we can get him something you don't have to give your stuff we know its your favorite", and in the sweetest voice you could imagine she begin to explain to us "guys he has to sit in a hospital bed all day and can't get up so he can fly the helicopter, and batman is so tough I bet he loves super heroes, and his sister is very bored sitting there all day so she will need toys". By now we were all in tears, how could someone so young be so giving? I can tell you right now I have never in my life been so proud! God most certainly blessed us with a little girl who has a servants heart!
Well I got to talk to my Dr today and as of right now I'm in a sling for most of the day. I am no longer going to be taking the ibuprofen because its not working so I'm not interested in taking it for no reason. My dr says that most likely it is re-torn so for right now the only thing I can do is make it comfortable. Please keep me in your prayers as we figure out what's the best thing to do!
Sunday, June 23, 2013
I've had a few people ask about what's going on with my shoulder so I thought I would update everyone. Over 3 years ago I had surgery to repair my torn rotator cuff it took me months to recover from the surgery but I haven't had any real pain since. I occasionally have some aches in it but nothing that a couple ibuprofen can't handle. Well almost a week ago I started having intense piercing pain in my shoulder which took me by surprise. I started ibuprofen and icing it and it didn't seem to help, so I called my physical therapist to see if they had the name of the surgical group who did my surgery (cut me some slack it's been over 3 years and have slept a few times since then). Well they had switched to a new filing system so they didn't have a clue, but I talked to the PT there who said it didn't seem normal, but could be a flare up and to try ice and ibuprofen (been there done that). He told me to do some PT exercises and give it a few days and if it wasn't better I was going to have to call the Dr and get advice, which would be great if I knew who the Dr was. The PT also told me that while the Dr here in Mexico might be fine they will almost certainly try to get me to have surgery wether needed or not, sad but VERY true fact. You see surgeries bring more money, and if a "clean up" surgery won't hurt me why not get me to do it (even if it won't help).
Anyways, it's been almost a week and I haven't seen any improvement, thankfully today I found a file box with the MRI results of my surgery which had the name of my Dr on it.....Score! So tomorrow morning I am calling to see what they say....of course it will take me 15 min to explain that I am in Mexico and I can't just swing by to talk and that's why my phone reception isn't great. Hopefully they can give me some advice on what to do next, cause this ain't no fun, and ain't nobody got time for that!
I'll let y'all know what I find out but keep me in your prayers!
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Have you ever been different from who you really are because you aren't brave enough to be yourself? Have you ever done less than your full potential or worse- less than God's potential because you weren't brave enough to just go for it?
I have been thinking a lot about this, about how many times I back away from something because of fear. How many times I don't just jump at the opportunity to share the Gospel, to speak up.
Why do I do that?
Unfortunately our world is driven by fear. We are afraid to be ourselves, afraid of what others think, afraid of how everything will turn out, and the list goes on and on. This is simply ridiculous, who wants to live a life of fear? And what's worse is we fear nonsense things! I don't know about you but I'M DONE WITH IT!! I am made by the perfect creator, how can I fear being imperfect? I was created to share what I know about God, how can I keep it in? It's ok if I'm a little (or a lot) crazy, I am loved by my Heavenly Father.
I love the song "Brave" by Sara Bareilles! In the video everyone is dancing enjoying life with no fear of how they look. I especially love the line "show me how big your brave is". What if we all did that, what if we showed the world how big our brave is! What if we were brave enough to be confident, happy, and most importantly brave enough to tell everyone we met about our Savior.
We are called to be courageous, bold, BRAVE!
So here's to dancing like there's no one watching, signing at the top of our lungs, being a little silly, and proclaiming the name of Jesus from top of every mountain!
I wanna see you be brave!
Here is a link to the video :)