Monday, July 26, 2021
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Friday, July 23, 2021
Dr. Scott Jensen brings up some good points about CoVid vaccine requirements for children and asks for balance in the reporting of the news of CoVid vaccine injuries.
There is an elderly lady I know that I would like to get a box of food to without her knowing who sent it. She has had some medical issues and is having to choose between food and medicine. This is causing her diet to be lacking which will only trigger more health issues. I would like to place an order with Food Lion or Walmart Grocery in Suffolk and have someone pick it up and drop it off to her. I want to remain completely anonymous. If you can help, please send me an email. (see header for address)
I forgot to mention, she is on Wilkins Drive. We had someone offer to help, but they were on the other end of the city and can't squeeze it in between jobs and childcare.
I need to blow out the debris, but as you can see, there are thousands and thousands of seeds here. I collected these at the end of spring after the plants dried out. I will be sowing many of them at the beginning of August for my fall garden.
Thursday, July 22, 2021
I am in groups where vaccine reactions are being shared. The stories are first-person or of affected family members. The stories are eye-opening and very hard on the heart.
I encourage you to look into what is happening to some of our population and make sure they are not ignored. Vaccine injuries happen with every vaccine. This needs to be acknowledged, and resources need to be made available.
This website was started by Green Bay Packers' Ruettger after his wife suffered a side effect. She continues to decline.
I encourage you to take a few minutes to read the personal stories and share the website so the medical community will acknowledge and help these people. https://www.c19vaxreactions.com/
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
July 21: Kevin thanks you for the prayers! After weeks of looking, he told Clint that he has signed a contract on a home and things look good for the contract to be ratified. His home also has a contract on it. Katherine is doing very well. It has been such a blessing to see this young girl go from the depths of despair and self-destruction to having hope and looking forward to a bright future. She still has some tough things to work through, but she is much improved. Please keep praying for Katherine's mother. She has her own mental health struggles and reasons for blocking Katherine's treatments. Blocking the medical treatment for Katherine is what started the divorce and battle in court. Katherine was cutting herself to the extent the doctors and her father thought she'd die. The details of how she harmed herself that were shared with us were very, very disturbing. It is heart-rending to think of anyone in that much pain. Katherine is getting the help she needs, and it is working well for her. Also, Katherine's strength is really becoming apparent as she leaves behind that state of brokenness and continues to reach for more healing. May the Lord continue to work in the lives of this family.
July 7: Last week, the final custody hearing happened. Kevin has custody after he sells his home. Some of Katherine's trauma is centered around that house, so he is required to purchase or rent a new home. He already has a contract on his house and is searching for one to buy. Please join us in praying he is able to buy a home quickly and rejoicing that he has custody. Katherine seems to be doing well. She has not cut herself anymore and seems very happy with the court rulings. Please keep praying for her wellness of mind, body, and soul.
For the 4th, we were able to spend some time with our favorite veteran. Mr. Reese still has not had his surgery to free his locked knee joints. His knee cap on one leg is about two inches over where the knee cap goes. The knee cap on the other leg is on the inside of the joint. Doctors can not explain how this happened to him. His next appointment is in August. He was told he will get a surgery date then, but he's been told that before. He enjoyed the food and the company we gave him over two days. Please join us in prayer that Mr. Reese will surrender his life to Christ.
Dear Reader, Thank you for your prayers for our friends. May the Lord bless you greatly for ministering to them through prayer. Please let us know how we can pray for you and yours.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Clint and I just returned from another four-day romantic weekend. We had so much fun! We did not get to do any boating, kayaking, or fishing this time. (I really want to get in some time on the water and do some fishing!) We did go walking, swimming, and antiquing together. We saw an abundance of wildlife on our long drives. We also enjoyed several delicious meals out and a few good movies "at home" (house we stayed in). It was a fun and relaxing time! We are looking forward to celebrating our 33rd anniversary next month. Then shortly after that, we should complete another huge goal and will take time to celebrate that too. Then there is a family camping trip planned in October if everything works out.
I forgot to add earlier that we also sat and watched a big thunderstorm. A cell formed right over us, so it was quite something to experience!
Monday, July 19, 2021
July 20: From Sarah: "We are going home, there are no signs of long-term effects, they are going to continue to follow him outpatient and try to manage his reflux medication."
July 19: Walter's grandmother (also a very good friend of ours) contacted me to ask you, Dear Reader, to pray for Walter. He went in Friday for a scan to see how his esophagus was doing. If there was a sign of it narrowing, they were going to do a dilation procedure and then send him home. Everything looked good, so they did not do the dilation procedure.
Sunday afternoon, Walter was nursing when he suddenly stopped breathing and turned purple. His father performed CPR while they awaited an ambulance.
Walter has been admitted to CHKD. X-rays were clear. They suspect his esophagus. The last I heard, they were waiting on tests from the ENT team. I will post more when I learn it. Thank you all for praying for this sweet newborn.
9PM Sarah told me you can now hear stridor when Walter is breathing. Please pray they are able to find the source and correct it quickly.
"Stridor is a noisy or high-pitched sound with breathing. It is usually caused by a blockage or narrowing in your child's upper airway. Some common causes of stridor in children are infections and defects in the child's nose, throat, larynx, or trachea that the child was born with." -source
June: 3 Walter is back home. My sweet "niece" reports that Walter will have another dilation surgery this coming Friday. This time it will be as an outpatient. Sarah and Joe ask for prayers that everything goes well. Specifically, prayers are needed that Baby Walter's esophagus will stay at the diameter needed.
May 27: Almost two months old Walter was showing signs of his esophagus closing up last night, so they took him back to the hospital. Please pray that the dilation surgeries go well and that he is able to be free of doctors and hospitals soon.
May 14: Walter went home!!
May 10th: Walter had another dilation surgery. He did very well and was expected to go home shortly after. However, just as he was very close to leaving, he started having bradycardia episodes. So, now he will have to stay another week.
Sunday April 18: Sarah wrote me last night and told me Walter pulled his NG tube out. The radiologist could not get it back in, so they called the surgeon. The plan was for the surgeon to put Walter under, dilate his esophagus, and put the NG tube back. The surgeon decided to try to put it in without putting him under, so he took Walter to radiology. He was able to get it back in, but not Walter can not get his O2 levels normal. Walter is now back on supplemental O2. Please pray his O2 levels rise. Please pray for Walter's weary young parents.
Thursday April 15: Sarah was allowed to start breastfeeding Walter yesterday. He is clearly moving in the right direction.
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, July 18, 2021
This is one of our most visited pages. First shared November 23, 2012:
Scripture tells us that we have to be humble to be useful to the Lord. The problem today is that most Christians lack humility. Pride is a rebellion against God. When we have that "I don't care!" attitude, we need to slow down and ask ourselves what it reveals about us and what we need to do to get it our will lined up with God's.
Are we really saying:
"I don't care... what the Bible says. I will do what I want to do."
"I don't care... how this affects my testimony."
"I don't care... who I hurt."
"I don't care... what anyone thinks about it. I am going to do as I please."
"I don't care... about the consequences of this action."
"I don't care... because I have stopped believing in God's promises."
"I don't care... what the law says. No one will get hurt. I know better than the lawmakers."
"I don't care... if I make an exception to obedience in this one area. I am good enough/will make up for it in other areas."
We can ask ourselves the same type of questions with other sayings. That's why we call them "expressions." They express the motives of our heart. We like to drop the parts that we aren't comfortable with so we can do what we want to do. We make excuses and pat ourselves on the back in other areas to give ourselves permission to sin. Even when we get Christian counsel, we have to be wary. Sometimes counsel will give a pass on our sin so we will give a pass to theirs later.
The Bible lists some serious consequences of stubborn pride. The consequences of the choices we make will not only affect us, but those around us. Even when my attitude is so far into the tank I don't care about what happens to me, I still care about what happens to my husband and children. They are a strong motivator to continue to do what is right and pleasing to the Lord.
Diving deep into our hearts to do the nitty gritty work of self examination and making a course correction isn't easy. Honesty can be painful. Making course corrections in front of the people who saw us charge ahead into sin is humiliating. God knows "weeding" is a painful process. Yielding to His way of thinking and behaving means sometimes we give up our own. It can be quite a struggle. That is why He blesses us with incredible spiritual growth for doing it.
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Guo Xinzhen's father, Guo Gangtang, never stopped looking, either. After his son went missing, he embarked on a search across China, riding a motorbike through nearly all of the vast country's provinces, covering 500,000 kilometers (310,685 miles), according to state-run news agency Xinhua.
He carried little with him except a bag full of fliers, and a flag emblazoned with a picture of his son. He used up all his savings and racked up staggering debts, burning through 10 motorcycles on his long journey, Xinhua reported. -source
Dear Reader, This is a touching story of a good father going through extreme effort to find his lost child. I can only think of one other story that surpasses it. It's the story of a Father Who gave His only Son to die in our place for the wrongs we have committed. I hope you know Him. I hope you have made Him your Lord and Savior. I hope He truly reigns in your life. Love to all!
Friday, July 16, 2021
Please join our family in rejoicing with friends of ours over their son's progress! Ben is the son of friends, and he has dwarfism with some other complications. He was unable to walk in a straight line and do things that are very easy for other children. Today, he showed off wonderful gross motor skills by taking instructions from his sister and learning to row a kayak. GOD IS GOOD!
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
I use these in my dehydrators.
This is a very good deal (about 50% off the prices I normally see), so I am sharing here so others can take advantage of it also.
Tip: If you are using an older dehydrator, make sure you turn it off after 12-15 hours and let it cool for a couple of hours before running it again. My older models have been losing their heating element. I noted as I compared an array of newer models that the modern ones all have timers and instructions to allow a cooling period. I hope this helps someone else.
The two square Nesco dehydrators I own do not have the timer. After C-Dawg repairs them, I will give them cool down periods every 12-15 hours. The newer Excaliber knock-off model I just purchased does have a timer.
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
I warned you they were not being forthright. If I, a simple home/small business money manager, can get an idea of what's coming, then they, with all their tools and inside knowledge, KNOW. For whatever intent or purpose, they are not being straightforward.
“This is not what the market expected,” said James McCann, deputy chief economist at Aberdeen Standard Investments. “The Fed is now signaling that rates will need to rise sooner and faster, with their forecast suggesting two hikes in 2023. This change in stance jars a little with the Fed’s recent claims that the recent spike in inflation is temporary.” https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/16/fed-holds-rates-steady-but-raises-inflation-expectations-sharply-and-makes-no-mention-of-taper.html
CoVid slowed down so much, but now things are starting to pick up again. Amanda received word that she is now in the training program for her next step up. This training can take 2-5 years but it will be well worth it as a career move. Very few people get to be in this training program. It is an opportunity given to employees that stand out. We are very, very proud of her!
Monday, July 12, 2021
Caleb's cut split open at work today. I am hoping I can get home in time to look at it before he has to go to bed. I have glue to reclose it. I also keep sutures on hand for livestock. I offered to stitch him up. "I need the practice, ya know!" :-D That "No, thank you!" text came back very fast! LOL!
7/10: Thank you for your concern for Caleb. As many of you know, he was taken to the ER from work yesterday. Those who heard about it mistakenly thought it was something to do with his lungs. He was removing a cabinet in an RV when his hand hit jagged metal. He has a 2" cut in his palm. It was not very deep. They were able to close it with glue. He returns to work on Monday.
Btw, his lungs are fantastic! The surgery to adhere his lungs to the lung cavity worked. He has not had any more partial collapses.
Friday, July 09, 2021
A dear friend from our hometown is undergoing a risky surgery this morning. Please pray for her and her family. Clint and I are very concerned for her well-being.
8 p.m. She is OK. The surgery revealed she has a second slow leak in a valve, but it is not worth the risk of surgery. This explains some worrisome test results she received recently. Thank you to all who prayed for her.
I apologize for not updating sooner. Clint planned a last-minute romantic weekend getaway for us. I had to finish what work I could, put away my gardening gear, pick nine five-gallon buckets of pears, shower, pack, and literally jump in the suburban. Tuesday and Wednesday, I will be peeling and preserving pears.
Thursday, July 08, 2021
Wednesday, July 07, 2021
Grocers are setting aside larger amounts of frozen meat, sugar, and other items to protect profits ahead of anticipated price increases
Tuesday, July 06, 2021
Brandon has found a big two-story home with a two-bay gas station/repair shop next door. The gas pumps have been removed long ago, but he is very interested in purchasing the property. He may rent out his existing home. Clint and I view the home with him today. He wants to check a few things, have Clint do his home inspection, and learn about the special conditions clause. We will see where God leads! It's an exciting time in the Asbell household!
Our family has another big milestone on the near horizon. Light at the end of the tunnel! We are pretty excited! I think we will have this project completed by the end of fall at the latest unless something happens. GOD continues to bless and provide for our family!
Sunday, July 04, 2021
HAPPY 4th of July!
Our family will be celebrating the 4th surrounded by the beauty of the East River.
We will be celebrating with grateful hearts!
Thank You Father for making us American citizens and giving us the freedom, privileges, and responsibility you have blessed upon us!
May we conduct ourselves as worthy servants and bring YOU glory!
Saturday, July 03, 2021
Thursday, July 01, 2021
In the past, I have had to cut neglected fields that were overgrown with this plant. It was taller than I was! You've probably seen this plant along fence lines and roadways. I am not one of the people who likes the way it smells.
Its name is dog fennel. It is not the same fennel used in kitchens. The two plants are not even in the same family. The kitchen herb is in the carrot family. The dog fennel is related to daisies and sunflowers. I would not take dog fennel internally because it has alkaloids that can damage the liver. Livestock won't eat it.
A Native American tribe in North Carolina did take internal preparations of dog fennel, but I am not comfortable sharing that information. Some people do eat small quantities of it in dishes and claim it has not affected their health. Seeing as to how there are plenty of other plants we can safely consume, so why risk it?
Dog fennel has antifungal properties. The fresh leaves can be crushed and used externally on wounds and insect stings. You could make a tea to use as an antifungal wash.
Dog fennel is also useful to us as an insect repellent.* Native Americans burned fresh stalks on their fires to ward off mosquitoes. It can be cut and laid in bundles inside dog houses and dog runs to repel ticks and mosquitoes. Some pick the green stalks, crush the leaves, and rub them on their skin to repel mosquitoes and biting flies.
I've been told that the best way to use it as an insect repellent is to make a spray from the extracted oils. You should research it to learn more about extracting, but here are some very brief instructions to illustrate how simple the process can be. You can extract the oils by stuffing a pot with fresh, bruised plants, covering them with water, applying gentle heat for several hours. Then you strain off the plant matter and bottle with 10-20% carrier oil. The carrier oil helps stabilize the plant extracts making hold potency last longer. It seems to give 1.5-4 hours of protection depending on strong the extracted liquid is and how hot it is. Growing conditions, when you pick it, how tightly you pack your pot, etc all will affect the strength.
After the plant has dried naturally in the field, the leaves and stalks make good fire tinder. I use the dried stalks to mark planted rows in my garden. I read that Native Americans used the stalks as shafts for arrows. If true, those arrows must have been used for lightweight purposes as the dried shafts are hollow and brittle. They will split and break into fairly easily. I can push them into loose soil, but they snap when I try to push them into harder packed soil. Maybe they hardened them with heat at a certain time.
*The dog-fennel oil was more potent than the conventional insecticide malathion. In conclusion, these combined results showed Eupatorium capillifolium oil is a promising novel source of a biological insecticide with multiple modes of action. source
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Hey Clint, how do you keep your hogs and goats in a fence? Can they share a pasture?
FYI: Cattle panels are taller than hog panels. Hog panels have an extra row of wire to keep piglets from escaping. Both are 16 feet long. (There is also something called a combo panel you can find in some feed stores.)
We used cattle panels to fence in some of our woods and fields. We like having both forest and field fenced because it allows the animals the freedom to graze/browse and shelter where they want.
For fencing, we used a T-post in the middle and one on each end of a cattle panel.
Our electric bill is high enough so, we ran a length of barbed wire at the bottom about 6 inches up. This keeps the hogs from pushing on the fence. None of our animals have ever been injured by the barbed wire, and it has completely eliminated escapes by the hogs.
When the hogs are about to farrow, we move them to a pen with hog panels to keep the babies inside. The goats have been able to climb over the hog panels, so we have few acres of cattle panels and a few acres of hog panels. They get along well with each other for us, but we give them plenty of space and shelters.
The Secret to Life
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
I Timothy 4:1-5
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall
- depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
- Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
- Forbidding to marry, and
- commanding to abstain from meats,
which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Monday, June 28, 2021
Sunday, June 27, 2021
A long-time friend's father, who was a well-loved pastor in our hometown, passed away. Please pray for his family and loved ones. He made quite an impact on our city while he pastored Suffolk Pentecostal Holiness Church which was right down the road from our school. He was an incredible servant of the Lord. Mr. Starling's reward in Heaven will be great! (Obit)
Friday, June 25, 2021
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
I like observing animal behavior. I just watched a strange cat (a stray) enter an area where one of my chickens was standing. The hen immediately realized this is not one of our cats. She held her body very erect. She did not retreat. She started clucking loudly and constantly. One by one three other hens came to join her, also clucking in the same manner. The geese came to the area to see what was happening. The cat became intimidated by the noisy hens and left. The hens quieted and went back to normal.
Sadly, the cat has a huge injury to its back. My guess is someone did not want to pay a vet bill, so they dropped it here. If I can catch it, I will treat it.