Saturday, April 30, 2011

{Spring Storm} April 2011

For the last four weeks, we've seen storms every week here in the Mid-South and they always happen to be on a Monday.  Our part of town saw quite a bit of damage on Monday, April 4th as straight line winds uprooted many trees in the area.  My husband and I were home when the tornado sirens started going off.  We were both in our master bedroom getting ready to head downstairs when Bryant said, "We need to go NOW."  He later told me that he was hearing branches hit our roof (and there are no trees on that side of the house).

I had just finished putting my shoes on (something I remembered is important if a tornado is headed your way) and as I was walking out of our closet into the bathroom I heard a very loud noise.  My first thought was that the tornado must be right by our house and the damage has started!  Bryant, a.k.a "Mr. Landscaper", knew exactly what it was - that the neighbor's Sweet gum tree had just fallen on our house.  If you know Bryant, you know this nickname fits him well.  Not only could he tell you where every tree is located at our house and at the neighbors' house, he probably could tell you the layout of each yard in our entire cove ;)

As soon as we heard the loud BOOM, we immediately ran downstairs to take cover and I started praying and texting my friends who I knew were out in the storm not to head back home and to take cover where they were.  One of my friends in our neighborhood had her fence blown down on both sides of her backyard.  It was such a strange sight to see; it was clear that the path of the storm went straight through her backyard and nothing in its way was left standing.

Overall, we were very fortunate.  If a 60 foot tree had to fall on our house, it fell on the perfect spot.  It fell on the corner of our house where the two walls meet which acted like a reinforcement against the weight of the tree.  We were told if it had fallen on the side of the house instead of the corner, it most likely would have gone through the roof.  We also believe the tree fell very slowly since Bryant heard the branches beating against the roof before the fall.  The tree's slower momentum on the way down was another blessing in that it didn't have enough force to fall through our roof and into our house.
We had to wait until the next day to have the tree removed since all the cranes were tied up in the city.  There were trees down all of over the city in streets, on cars and in houses.  We were very blessed that our damage wasn't greater than it was.  On the outside of our house, the roof and gutter needed to be repaired and the walls in our master bedroom needed some work.  When the tree hit, the corner of our master bedroom wall cracked all the way down to the floor as did the wall by the window frame on the front of the house.  None of the damage on the inside of the house was structural so with some dry-wall repairs and fresh paint we are back to normal over here.  We will need to have our front lawn smoothed out and possibly resodded after the tree service truck and crane drove on our lawn to get access to the tree.

We are very thankful for the Lord's protection through these storms!   We received several remarks from neighbors and friends that drove by stating they couldn't believe the tree didn't fall through our roof.  It was a pretty spectacular sight to see this huge tree just leaning on the corner of our house.  Spring Storm 2011, you are just another opportunity to praise our GREAT God for His mighty care!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wednesday's Answer

Last Tuesday, I asked for prayer for my dear friend who was faced with the possibility of her breast cancer returning.  The next day she received some heartbreaking news that her cancer had indeed returned and had spread to her liver, lymph nodes and bones.  Over the next 48 hours the shock of the news began to settle and the sobering reality of what may come produced an ache in my heart and a longing in my soul.

On Friday, April received the full report from her PET scan and overall, the report was seen as encouraging.  Instead of stage 4 cancer, April's diagnose remains at stage 3b.  April does not have liver cancer but breast cancer that has traveled to her liver.  And the cancer is not in her bone marrow, but the calcium part of her bones - mainly in her chest wall and sternum. 

April is trying to get an appointment with MD Anderson as early as next week to determine which treatment she will receive and where she will receive it.  They are looking to begin her treatment as soon as possible since the cancer is considered a fast-growing cancer and because April is already experiencing pain due to the inflammation in her chest wall.

Please continue to pray for healing for April and for wisdom and direction for the upcoming decisions that will have to be made concerning her treatment.

I will never forget Easter Sunday 2011, as I sat with April's family - all 18 of them filling two rows in the Bellevue sanctuary- watching them praise and worship the Lord.

I received the following text on Tuesday of this week.  In the course of one week a prayer that was offered has been answered-- although not as we wanted it to be answered-- and from the answer a response has been offered --that of ourselves would never have been offered. 

The Christian's Weapon is Praise. Praise is the opposite response we have to problems, but since this world is going the wrong way, would that not make the opposite response correct? Praise is what Jesus taught us to pray, "Hallowed be thy name". Praise is the Conclusion to the troubles of Job. Like Job, we respond with questions and defenses, concerned about our life and reputation. Praise puts us in a position where we are concerned about the Lord's life and reputation. Praise is the supernatural response that our natural mind would never discern.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday's Prayer

Please pray for my dear friend, April.  She is a breast cancer survivor who just went to her six month checkup only to find out that she has a spot on her liver.  Her blood work looks very positive which is very encouraging.  She goes in tomorrow, Wednesday morning, for a PET scan.  Pray that the results will come back showing she is cancer-free.  I am so thankful that we have a place and a Person to take our requests to.

O LORD, heal my friend for there is healing in no other.  One WORD... one touch... is all we need.

Monday, April 18, 2011

{Spring Weekend} Chattanooga

Choo Choo!  That's what we heard all weekend, three weekends ago when we met our nephews in Chattanooga for the weekend.  They are about some trains, especially the coal trains that make electricity.  At least that's what they tell me ;)

Since Bryant wasn't feeling well, it was just me, my sister and dad that met my older sister and her family for the weekend.  We had a great time and rode lots of trains! 

Friday we went to the TN Aquarium in downtown Chattanooga.  It was fabulous!  The boys said their favorite part was petting the stingrays.

 As were walking downtown after dinner that night we came across this brick bench on the sidewalk.  I got a picture of them before the train picked them up ;)

We stayed at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, an historic hotel that once used to be a train station.   You can imagine their delight with all the trains on the property!

Saturday we rode on the Tennessee Valley Railroad's restored vintage train.  The boys found this red caboose at one of the stops.

And the best part of the trip for me was that the boys decided to forego staying in one of the train car hotel rooms for an adjoining "regular" room with Aunt Mandy, Aunt Missy and Papa Adams.  How sweet!  If you knew how much they loved trains, you would realize that was a BIG deal.  I loved hearing a little knock on the adjoining door first thing in the morning... followed by a big smile on the other side.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring Happy

I wasn't having the best day yesterday so my sister texted me at 3:53 p.m.

A: I have a surprise for u
Me: What
A: Something cute, something sweet, something informative
Me: When do I get it
A: Tonight.  I can be at your house at 5:30 p.m.

When I came home this is what she had waiting for me...

And the "something sweet" was a Muddy's cupcake.  How sweet is my little sis!  Every time I wear my bracelet I'll think of her act of kindness and her love that she showed me on a day when I really needed it.  And as her card said I will know I am loved by our GREAT GOD.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

{Spring Break} Destin

For Spring Break, Bryant and I spent the week in Destin with some friends.  This was Bryant's second time to go to Destin.  He's definitely a fan and even more so since we discovered 30-A.  Technically we already knew about this popular vacation spot, but on this trip we spent half of a day driving along this scenic route and checking out all the famous beach communities.  We are in LoVe with Seaside and are trying to plan when we can go back.

Not far from Seaside in Grayton Beach, we found a local favorite for dinner.  If you haven't been to The Red Bar, it's a must!  Next time you're at the beach, stop in for some great food and a fun atmosphere.  Instead of passing out menus they bring a large chalkboard to your table with their famous six entrees.  And they had reasonable prices considering the portions were very large.  And don't forget dessert...

We got the Key Lime Pie, but next time I would get their Chocolate Pecan Brownie Pie... at least I think that is what it was called.  Or maybe we'll go in the morning and get their Belgian Waffle...

The point is, we'll definitely be back!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

cRaZy SpRiNg

Now that my blog is back in session, you may wonder where I've been since spring has arrived?  A little here, there and everywhere.  Here are the highlights of our crazy spring thus far...

Spring Shower

Spring Cleaning

Spring Sickness

Spring Repairs

Is it summer yet?

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