Thursday, March 29, 2018

Happy Spring, what's been going on

Such a honor to meet Nick Vujicic!! If you don't know who he is look up his videos, he has to be the most inspiring human on the planet. I have been following him for years but never thought I would meet him. We started Going to Woodland Church a few months ago. Its been a long journey finding a church home but we are finally there. We wanted to stay closer to our side of town thinking the kids would see friends from school etc but it just never worked out. Many churches are either younger families, or older people. Teenagers are a bit tougher to find their niche, my boys are spiritually mature but they also struggle with what every other teen struggles with. I also made some big changes in my life and decided that I had not been making God my number one ( happens so easy): Not that I had changed or didn't have faith I just fell into a pattern of not needing church. After a few things that happened I realized I had put my faith in people and not Him. Rob and I had a serious talk bout what we wanted for our family and started going to Woodlands Church. It is a huge church the pastor is Kerry Shook, he is on national TV every week. The kids immediately loved it and it was a perfect fit. I also have been praying about a few other things and one day while walking to get Lauren from school I meet a really nice friend who happened to go to The Woodlands Church. What are the chances. Since we have been going the kids are flourishing. Drew also has become friends with my new friends son. The church is fantastic, people are real and we are loving it.
Church is so beautiful
The next week Lee Strobel preached our message he is a pastor at the church too. He is unreal, if you have never heard of him he was a atheist who became a christian. He was a journalist in the 70's and decided to investigate who Jesus was. Through his research he was blown away by all the evidence that he became a christian. His book is called The Case For Christ, it's a great one. He since has written several other books with his newest one the The Case For Miracles. He was super nice too!! Two people I have loved for years, two weeks in a row.
The kids finally saw Black Panther, Lauren really loved it. Here she is my African warrior princess.
Miss Lauren started Volleyball a few weeks ago and so far so good. I sure hope she sticks with it. She is a good athlete, although she looses interest fast. I am hoping this is the sport. We have a awesome facility right down the road that has competitive volleyball, even beach volleyball.
In other news about a month ago my neighbor found two little stray dogs in a rough part of town. I took them in just to help while she tried to find a home since her dogs are aggressive. One of the dogs found a home and the little Cain Terrier mix who I loved was going to go to the shelter. I was so emotional over the little girl, I just could not see that happen. Houston has a huge animal population issue which is such a shame since we have so many low cost clinics. I kept her and called some rescues and I found one that would take her in as long as I fostered her. As much as I wanted to keep her I knew right now was not the right time and she was so tiny that Hudson kept on stepping on her and hurting her. She was the sweetest little thing ever, and no problem. This was a good opportunity for the kids to help a animal. We took her last week to a event to try and get her adopted but there were not to many people there and it just did not feel right. Lily is also heart worm + so she requires a bit more care.

She is so adorable about 10 pounds and the sweetest little girl

The perfect situation came into her life a couple days ago, I received a application and now she has a new home. It truly was a rewarding experience for all of us. We will miss her but I knew this precious animal was meant to help someone. Miss Fran just lost her dog of 14 yrs around the exact same time we found Lily. She lived a few miles from us and Lily looked like her old dog. When I visited her house her paint color was the same color I used in my office, she was a decorator too. What are the chances, I like her right away!! I posted this on my rescue group facebook page, but is exactly how I felt!!

Crosby liked Lily they were friends, here he is sitting on my new purse. 
In other news Drew made the tennis team at his school!! I am so excited for him. I just put up the sign in our yard yesterday and today he has a match.
The kids are doing very well. Jaden is growing!! We found out a while back that he has Chron's disease like Drew, major low but we are okay!!He just was not growing, and was not feeling well. I made his Dr. order all kinds of tests and one test showed a spot. It was tough hearing and obviously in our family it is genetic but we are okay. There is treatment, and with treatment you see how bad he was and how well he is doing now. Last week he had allergic reaction to his infusion so now he is going on Humira like Drew, never a dull moment around here. Drew is excited because they are going to Chron's camp in a couple weeks. Anyway He is getting treatment and doing very well. He has gained 18 pounds and grew 2" in the last 5 months. Kids are doing well in school this year, it's been especially great for Drew who just received his grade card and had all A's the 3rd 9 weeks!! He is so happy, he has been working so hard. More news later...
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Trip to Ohio, sad reason

A few weeks ago we got some really bad news. Rob's mom was in the hospital after what she thought was pneumonia after having the flu. She called me and said she didn't want to worry us but she was out of the hospital but they found some things on her test results that did not look good. They wanted to send her to the Cancer Dr. Those words are the worst words one can hear. I encouraged her as much as I could but was quite nervous. She went to the Dr. and we received yet another call from Rob's step-dad Wayne that it was indeed cancer and it was very bad. They are still not sure what kind of cancer it was originally. They think either Pancreatic or Ovarian but it had already spread. Spring Break was in the next few days so we needed to go see her asap. They gave her a grim diagnosis of 6-8 months to live. We got in the truck and made the journey and since the kids were older now we showed them were we met, our houses were we grew up in etc. I am not originally from this part of Ohio but lived here for 11yrs with my Dad's job. Rob was born and raised here so he has lot of memories. The kids were pretty upset but we also didn't want to come in with doom and gloom so we made the best of it.
Here is Rob and I's  first home. It looked pretty shabby when we lived there we had trees and it looked better but like anything if not kept up. We started from humble roots and although hard I would not change our path. 
Here is the church we got married in back in 1999
There is a place in Lima, Ohio called Kewpee. It's a famous place around there. It is pretty good and old fashioned, they say Wendy's stole it's idea.
When we first saw Jan she was doing very poor. She was on oxygen, and in a ton of pain. It was so sad to see someone you love be in that state. I felt so bad for Wayne as he felt helpless. We had a really good talk with her and got her started on some pain medicine. She never expressed the amount of pain she was in. We saw them back in August when they came for a visit and Jan and I had a really great talk. I will always remember that I felt I needed to encourage her that day. God laid it on my heart to love her so much at that moment. Around that time she was having some trouble with her eyes and was feeling depressed. Talking to her a few weeks ago she expressed that is when she started to feel not as good. I talked to her on the phone a few times after we talked about Harvey and the storm and she was always telling us she was praying for us. I never though in a million years that in March I would be going to see her with a cancer diagnosis. She was so happy to see the kids. We talked with her about fighting and getting another opinion. We prayed with her and the next day we came back to see her and she looked so much better.
She was laughing and smiling a ton and we had a great visit. God was really working in that room. We were able to share stories, talk about the kids, and even talk about heaven. She walked us to the door even though she could barley walk. I knew right then that this would be the last hug I would ever give her. We were all okay until the next day in the car, the tears just flew. I knew how serious this was and that we would never see her again.
She went to the Dr. that Friday and they told her 1-2months and but 6 days later she died in hospice care. Such terrible news! She went on very strong pain meds and never regained normal the day after we left. It truly was a miracle to talk with her and have these pictures.It was one of the best decisions we ever made to see her as soon as we did. She was a very sweet kind woman who we will miss.
2/1/52-3/22/18 (66 yrs old)
We know where you are Jan, Mom, and NanaB. We know heaven rejoiced when you entered. Until we meet again. Rob went back a week later for her service. Here he is with his step brother and step sister and his step-dad. Tons and Tons of people came to her service. She worked for one of the local schools for 37 years. Some of old's coaches came and that meant the world to him. There truly are some wonderful people in this world.
This is Rob's Grandma, it was so nice to see her too!!

On the way home we stopped back at my parents and got Hudson and spent a day with them visiting. The last couple weeks have been very stressful and emotional.

Glad to have my parents close. They provided support to all of us and we thank them for that. The kids are doing well now. They know Jesus and heaven and they know that Nana B is not in pain. We prayed that the Lord would take her soon so she would not be in pain and he did. She died very peaceful. We love you Nana B.

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