Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Monday, April 12, 2021
There has been a huge development for Katherine in the custody battle and eating disorder/self-harm issue.
Katherine has been seeing a new doctor even though her mother tried to block it and her records from the father. If you remember, he agreed with the doctors that she needed a different treatment. The mother, who has mental health issues herself, fought hard against it because of her experiences at the facility.
Katherine is doing very, very well. The new treatments are working out to her benefit. Her father can see and hear the difference in her. She is healthier than she has been in a long time.
However, the mother, angry that he won regarding the treatments, played some bad games. She was allowed to play these games for a while which was frustrating for the father, but it worked in Katherine's favor. The father did not get to see her for a while despite the court order. He also did not get to talk with her on the phone daily as ordered. Katherine wrote a letter saying she did not want to see or speak to him, but it was so contrary to the way she has acted around him the lawyer and judge saw through it.
Last Thursday, the judge told the mother she was guilty of attempting "parental alienation." He knew she had been coaching Katherine on what to say in court. He said he also knows the mother forced Katherine to write and sign a letter saying she did not want to see or speak her dad or do the treatments. The judge told the mother that what she was trying was not going to work and to continue if she wanted to lose custody of Katherine.
This has been an arduous thing for the father. He has had to practice patience, humility, and trust in the Lord. Clint has talked him through some very rough moments. The prayers have truly helped in this situation.
Thank you who have been praying Katherine and her father through this.
Monday April 12: My "niece" told me Baby Walter has had another test this morning. He passed it with flying colors. As a result, they almost doubled his feeds. And, yes, "Aunt Wendy" has sent several gifts to her sweetie pie!
I had to ask a few times: Sarah is very tired still. She is trying to rest when she is not with Walter. Having heart issues means the birth took more of a toll on her than it does with normal births. Please pray for Sarah's body to recover fully so she will have plenty of energy to care for Walter.
Saturday, April 10: Sarah went home Wednesday. Walter is expected to be able to go home this coming week. He is doing very well. He is to have a contract test today to see how his insides are healing. They may be able to take the tube out which will let his parents hold him.
I apologize for not updating sooner. We've been very, very busy. Our neighbor (disabled) had a hot water heater burst and cause some damage and needed assistance with that.
Monday April 5th: Sarah is not feeling well still. The transfusion did not get finished until 10PM. She is concerned the doctors will send her home and something will happen there. She has fainted and fallen down the stairs before. She lives about an hour from the heart hospital. Walter is still in the children's hospital. Thank you to those who are praying.
Easter Sunday: Walter Eli Wade Blair, 6 lbs 6 ounces, born March 31. He is still sedated while his body heals, but he is doing very well. I have inquired about her hemoglobin levels.
Sarah says her hemoglobin levels are still low. She is feeling the effects of that. She is receiving a transfusion tonight to help her. She says thank you for the prayers.
Friday 11 a.m. The baby is still in surgery which can take up to 4 hours. Mama is having issues keeping her hemoglobin levels up, so she is staying in the hospital at least through Monday. She is being allowed to go see the baby. The heart hospital and children's hospital are nearby and are part of the same network. I will update once I know the baby is out of surgery. Thank you to those who are praying along.
6 p.m. The baby did OK through surgery and is sedated due to the NG tube.
Thursday: I received an update a few hours ago.
I've been asked the birth details, but I am waiting on the parents to announce it to the rest of their family and friends. Prayer needs: The mother is a bit anemic but OK. The plan is for her to be released Saturday or Sunday. The baby is at CHKD. Surgery is planned for late tomorrow morning. There is a hole in the esophagus and the esophagus is not connected to the stomach (esophageal atresia and a tracheoesophageal fistula). These issues will be easily repaired during surgery. This condition goes along with polyhydramnios (too much amnio fluid). The baby is doing very well and is very active. They are giving "sugar water" via IV. Please keep praying for the baby and new parents. (I'm going $hopping (again) for this special baby!! <3 <3 I am overwhelmed with joy for this sweet Christian young woman.)
Wednesday 3/31 evening: The baby was born at 2:48 p.m. I am not going to post the birth details until later since some of the family do not know yet. She, the mother, is fine. The forceps were not needed! She was able to have the birth the way she wanted! The baby needs prayer and is on the way to CHKD for surgery. I did not get the sense that it is a huge issue.
Wednesday afternoon: She is 6 cm and 80% effaced. Her water broke on its own yesterday morning about an hour before they planned to do it manually. Once the 3L of fluid was off, the baby started having heart rate issues. She asks for prayer that the baby's heart rate will stay up. I have known this young lady since she was born. She has had such a hard road to travel medically. It is my prayer that she can have the baby vaginally as she wishes because so much in her life has been out of her control. Thank you to those who are lifting her and the baby in prayer.
Wednesday morning: When I checked on her at 4 a.m., She was still at 4 cm but the contractions were getting closer together. She is in a delivery room with her husband. The doctor plans to use forceps to help deliver the baby to keep her heart from working too hard.
Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. She has kept in close contact via text. Please pray that I can give her words to encourage her and build her confidence. She has choices she has to make soon. Please continue to pray for this brave young lady's safety as she delivers her baby. She is stronger in the Lord and braver than most. She is very special to me.
7:17 a.m. My sweet "niece" has been in contact since she was admitted, but I have not been able to update on my computer. I copied and pasted the important parts of the conversation for those interested. A quick summary is highlighted below.
Please note: The doctors started the induction process early and she will be in L&D early. This is a high-risk delivery for mother and baby. Please keep them covered in prayer.
So when we got here yesterday morning we were under the impression we would be here 6-7days, and induction would start Wednesday. However, as the day went by that quickly changed and we are already in the induction process as of last night and will be moved down to Labor and Delivery this morning to start the medications to finish out the process. We won’t know how long afterward we will have to stay until... well afterward. But please keep us in your prayers as this isn’t exactly the plans we had in mind; we are still leaning and trusting on God 100% and the plans he has for our delivery. We know he will carry us through.
Please pray for mother and baby.
3/24: Our young friend with the heart issues is being induced weeks earlier than planned due to pressure on her heart. She will begin the process with a heparin drip on Monday and the plan is to have the baby born on Wednesday. Please keep them covered in prayer. I will update once the baby is born.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Is your church teaching you concepts like this? Are you learning how to battle for the kingdom of God in your spirit?
"Unless a Christian plainly knows his work is finished and he no longer is required by the Lord to remain, he should, by all means, resist death. If the symptoms of death have been seen already in his body before his work is done, he positively should resist it and its symptoms.
To concede-by sizing up of our environment, physical condition, and feeling-that our time has come is an error on our part; we instead need to possess definite indications from the Lord. As we live for him, so must we die for Him. Any call for departure which does not come from the Lord ought to be opposed.
To overcome death believers must alter their attitude from one of submission to one of resistance towards it. Unless we cast off our passive approach we will not be able to overthrow death but will be mocked by it instead and finally come to an untimely end. Numerous saints today misapprehend passivity for faith. They reason they have committed everything to God, so if they ought not to die, He verily shall save them from it: if they ought to die, then He doubtless shall allow them to die: let the will of God be done Such a saying sounds right, but is this faith? Not at all. It is simply lazy passivity.
When we do not know GOd's will it is fitting for us to pray: 'not my will, but thine, be done" (Luke 22:42). This does not mean we need not pray specifically, letting our requests be made known to God. We should not submit passively to death, for God instructs us to work together actively with His will. Except we definitely know God wants us to die, we must not passively permit death to oppress us. Rather we must actively cooperate with God's will to resist it. Why should we adopt such an attitude as this. The Bible treats death as our enemy." (I Cor 15:26)" -The Spiritual Man by Watchman Nee
I Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
April is a different kind of month for me. I have lost a child and a couple of good friends in April. Birthing my deceased child was very graphic, traumatic, and life-changing. PTSD. Nightmares. Years later, I had another stillbirth in early May. There are things about these births I have not even discussed with Clint. I have not been able to look at my babies' belongings brought home from the hospital since I packed them away, but I will soon.
This year, I was working on the grapevine when I thought of telling a friend what I learned about the vile invasive weed threatening my grapes. I had forgotten she is not here anymore. She died several months ago. My heart broke all over again. Hannah was working beside me, so I "sucked it up." Later I saw the plant I purchased to grow on our farm in my friend's honor. I had protected it as best I could, but I wasn't sure it was enough. Yet here it is sprouting up from the soil with that beautiful new green! I was so very happy to see it had made it through the rough winter!
I thought about how I have made it through many "rough winters." I can only imagine how it pleases the Father when He sees us survive and show our strength.
I love celebrating Easter and the victory that is ours through Jesus. I so enjoy the newness of spring and the beginning of the gardening season. Hope! Anticipation! My trees and plants wake up, and I rejoice over the sign of life. Rememberances of how Clint and I started as a couple one April long ago are so very sweet. My barn swallows also return in April. As soon as I glimpse sight of them, I will shout a happy "Hello!" Then I will look for them every day until they leave in August. Opening the windows, watching twitter-pated birds, and sitting in the sunshine bring me simple joys.
April. Up and down. Showers and flowers. Sadness and joy. Grief and grace.
When the dark moments come, I find balance by disciplining my thoughts, counting my blessings, and remembering God's promises. I WILL hold my nine precious little ones again. I WILL see my dear friends again. That's my reality because I have know the One Who conquered death. Dear Reader, I hope His redemption is your reality too.
My love to all!
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
Friday, April 09, 2021
Thursday, April 08, 2021
Perfect and beautiful.
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
Thank you, Tina, for the insulated dog house, dog house solar fan, and dog house heater you blessed us with! The $450 value of this gift is not lost upon us. We are very grateful for your contribution and will put it to good use!
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Monday, April 05, 2021
A very solid Christian friend of mine is having to make an extremely hard decision for her six-year-old son. I am asking you to pray the Lord's presence can be tangibly felt as S. seeks His wisdom and direction for her son's very life.
Because I love you and the children in your life/future: I now know three sets of parents whose young children have had a severe brain injury from a swing hung on a tree branch. While it has an idyllic appearance, it can be life-altering/life-ending if the branch breaks. No matter what the tree looks like on the outside, you can not see the inside. My family grows and harvests trees from our own land. I can tell you firsthand that a substantial amount of rot can be hidden from the eye inside of what appears to be a healthy tree. Not only that, but you can not tell how much a tree branch has been stressed (cracks). Swinging subjects the branch to a lot of unusual force. All of the children I know that were injured by tree swings are 6 years old and under (lightweight). PLEASE do not use tree branches for swings. It's not worth the risk.
Our friend Richard did not receive a good report from his doctor on this last visit. He was ahead of the healing game on the visit before. However, on this most recent visit, the doctor said Shammy is not as far along as he should be at this point. Please pray Shammy heals better. Our Guyanese American friend is very special to us. Thank you to those who pray on his behalf.
This is what the LORD says:
"Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. Jeremiah 17:5-6
Dear Reader: What are the ways we put our trust in man? What people do we put our trust in? What organizations? What should our response to this verse be?
Sunday, April 04, 2021
Saturday, April 03, 2021
Timmy has been battling kidney stones for two years. For at least a year now, he has passed blood-tinged urine. He texted me a few days ago to let me know that the doctors are saying he will lose his kidney if the surgery is not done soon. Right after that, he received a call saying his April 7th surgery was being moved back to May 13th. Will you please pray for Timmy? My love to all!
Friday, April 02, 2021
Thursday, April 01, 2021
Today, in the middle of prepping vegetables for pressure canning 42 quarts of turmeric chicken soup, I had to figure out how to pull a transmission (Caleb's) from the edge of the road where the delivery guy left it. Our driveway is 1/8 of a mile long, and there are no across-the-street or next-door neighbors.
I understand people slowing down to see what was sitting next to the road. BUT, the man in the pickup truck who stopped made me concerned for my son's property. I told Caleb if I couldn't move it, I'd sit beside it and protect it.
I don't play the helpless female, and I do love a challenge. "Gotta problem? Yo, I'll solve it!" I'm with Yoda in that there is no TRY. Do or do not. The transmission was going to be secured, hopefully in a way that allowed me to get back to my work. (I leave in two hours to a home I'm occupying for the owners' until Saturday night. The family will be there with me Friday and Saturday.)
Emily, Bethany, and I moved the transmission about a third of the way up the driveway until Joshua can get home and help get it the rest of the way to the house. A pallet, a lawnmower, a rope, a carabiner, and a good dose of female determination did the trick.
Monday, March 29, 2021
Saturday, March 27, 2021
from Mr. Monroe, a teacher from our high school.
who touched so many hearts and lives,
it is Jesus.
Friday, March 26, 2021
March 19: It breaks my heart and angers me to share this. Around a year ago, I asked you to pray for a friend's cousin who was attacked outside her church by her ex-husband. She had left him for domestic abuse and had a restraining order against him. He ignored the order and was waiting for her near her car at church. He sliced her throat. She was in the hospital most of the last year.
Sadly, she died of complications from those injuries last week. Her ex has now been charged with murder and is in jail awaiting trial. No matter how long he serves, it will not be enough for the terror, suffering, or death of this woman.
Please pray for my friend and the rest of the grieving family.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
A few weeks ago, I developed a horrible case of seasonal allergies. It was the worst case I've ever had. I was miserable!
I tried to break up the congestion with a vegetarian diet, fasting, Thai spices, diphenhydramine, various herbs, Neil Med Nasal Wash, sprays, pseudoephedrine HCI, etc. Some provided a little temporary relief, but nothing let me rest at night. I was desperate but could not catch a break from the congestion. A good friend of mine suggested I get a steroid shot to give me some relief. I really did not want to go that route.
After about two weeks, I gave up and stayed in bed all day hoping to get some much needed rest. I decided to redeem the time by watching a documentary called Food Matters. While watching that, I remembered my studies which taught me Vitamin C at high doses works as an antihistamine. After doing a refresher course in my health and nutrition textbooks and on the internet, I decided to try mega-doses of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid to be specific) and see what happened with the congestion.
I tried 3,000 mg 4 times a day and had no side effects, but my horrible congestion is gone! After the first night, I felt well enough to get back on the treadmill again! I am a little too dry at this rate, so I going to lower it to 2,000 mg 3xs a day now that I can finally rest. Thank You, Lord for leading me to a simple and quick solution!
If you do your own research, you will see Vitamin C is very safe with very few side effects at high doses. It even has a sort of built-in safety guide. Loose bowels mean you need to back off on the dose a bit. I plan to study deeper about the IV Vitamin C and cancers and other diseases mentioned in the documentary.
*I share this information not intending to replace medical advice. I am simply sharing what worked for me. By all means, seek help from a medical professional if you feel it is necessary. If you choose to implement the same things as I, then you alone are solely responsible for the results. In all things, do your own research and use knowledge with wisdom.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Please pray for Richard, Clint's brother, who is in the hospital with breathing issues due to CoVid. Hopefully, he will heal quickly and be back to normal very soon. Please ask God to ease concerned hearts and to cover them financially. Thank you to all who pray.
Update: Richard has been released from the hospital. Please pray for complete healing and that he does not have any of the long-term effects of CoVid.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Depression is a problem for some people at this time of year. Look after yourself and those you around you too.
Here are some DIY things to try. Being consistent in self-disciplining my thoughts and taking supplements has always helped bring me out of a depressed state. Sometimes it took days and other times a few weeks. If self-help does not make an improvement, please see a doctor. There is no shame in taking care of your health!
There are more self-help tips on the internet, but these should give you a place to start.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
I am in a beautiful home in a scenic area along the East River. It was snowing big, fat snowflakes this morning for about two hours. I had to rub the sleep out of my eyes to make sure I was seeing what I thought I was seeing. The daffodils are drooping with shock.
After discussing the crazy issues with the local public schools and attendance due to the pandemic, Clint informed me we have been officially homeschooling for 26 years. We talked about how homeschooling was one of the best decisions we ever made for our children and family.
I was recently talking with Joshua and told him that giving our seven "each other" was the best gift, besides Jesus, that Clint and I have given them. They have so much fun together and will enjoy their relationships for eternity.
Joshua said homeschooling them was the third-best gift Clint and I have given them.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Brandon has a severe case of poison ivy. His legs and arms are very swollen. The rash is weeping so much he has to wear heavy bandages on his limbs. He is working from home until it clears up. Please ask the Lord to heal him quickly. Thank you to all who pray for my son.
The truth is that we have been given dominion and stewardship over the earth and the creatures on it. We need to take the job as seriously as we do the other jobs He has given us like parenting, ministry, marriage, career, etc.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
February 11: Please pray for our dear friend Richard S. aka Shammy. Clint's co-worker and family friend had back surgery recently and is A LOT of pain still. The doctors say this is normal, but it sure isn't easy.
Update: Shammy's last visit to the doctor was very good. He is healing a bit better than they expected and may not be out of work the full six months. Thank you to those who have been praying for our friend and Clint's co-worker.
This order was for 26 chicks.
Monday, March 15, 2021
Sunday, March 14, 2021
Friday, March 12, 2021
- required by law in some circumstances
- not everyone has an enclosed aviary
- to protect domestic birds from flying off and starving or being devoured by predators
- to protect native bird populations from interbreeding and overconsumption of their natural resources
- to keep the birds from causing a public nuisance
- legal liability
- to protect birds from head trauma/death from flying into aviary roof
- to keep domestic birds from attempting to migrate (they don't survive)
- to reduce the stress and risk of injury for the birds by preventing the need for temporary pinioning (cutting the flight feathers 2xs a year)
- to keep them out of neighbor's gardens, pools, and fishing ponds
- to keep muscovies from roosting on and fouling cars, carports, houses, etc