Monday, January 18, 2010

Ethel and a Trip to the ER

I feel like I should begin every post by saying, "It's been awhile since my last post." Time just gets away from me, life is so busy, and I don't write as often as I would like. Maybe I should start writing once a week and listing the highlights of the week. I'm not sure if I would even be able to keep up with that but it's a thought.

We added another miniature schnauzer to our family on Tuesday. Her name is Ethel. As in, Lucy and Ethel. Cute, right? We happened upon Ethel by chance, and the offer was too good to pass up. It's taken her a while to settle in and get used to things, but she seems to be doing better. Hopefully, she will work out just fine and be a great friend to Lucy. Right now Lucy and Ethel are getting along well. Let's hope that continues.

On a different note, Bradley and I spent 5.5 hours in the ER on Saturday. He woke up around 3am with a pretty severe pain in his upper stomach. The pain kept increasing and quickly became unbearable, so to the ER we went. After lab work and an ultrasound (which took forever), it was determined that his gallbladder was the source of the pain. No gallstones were visible on the ultrasound, which was a good thing. The lack of gallstones buys us a little more time as far as surgery goes. He was given pain medicine and was referred to a specialist. The specialist will do two more tests (an endoscopy to make sure an ulcer is not causing some of the pain and a function test on his gallbladder) and then advise us about if/when to schedule surgery. It was not how we wanted to spend our Saturday, and now we have something else to deal with, but it could have been much, much worse.

Because of Saturday, the weekend wasn't very restful or relaxing. Having the day off today helped. I met a friend for lunch and then spent some time going through boxes that were never unpacked when we moved. Really, I should just throw the boxes out. If we haven't used it in a year, we don't need it. But we all know I'm not going to do that.

Today I'm thankful that Bradley is beginning to feel better, and that surgery wasn't needed immediately. I'm also thankful that the next two days are workdays at school. I'm looking forward to lots of planning and organizing.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Favorite Verses

I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
--Psalm 27:13-14

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.
--1 Peter 5:10
Today I'm thankful for these verses of Scripture. They have become favorites of mine recently, and I repeat them constantly. I take comfort in them. I am also so very thankful that my God is loving and patient. I have asked, "Why?" so often. I have doubted. I have been angry. I have declared my disappointment and feelings of desertion to Him many times. And yet...He still loves me. He still calls me His own. He still hears my prayers and He still has a plan. What a beautiful thing.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Hello, 2010

2010. A new year, a new beginning. How can you not be hopeful on the first day of a brand new year? It's like the first day of school in August. Everything is new, fresh, and clean, and there are so many possibilities. In the spirit of possibilities, many people make New Years resolutions. I've never been much of a fan of those, but this year I have a few that are pretty important to me this year. They are not the types of resolutions that will be fulfilled overnight, but gradually. Hopefully, those goals will give me purpose in 2010 and allow me to focus on the things in my life that I can change.

Bradley and I have had a wonderful day together. We planted our angel's tree. I hated to put the ornaments away, but being able to plant the tree was so special. This evening we watched movies and cooked a delicious dinner together. If today was any indication of how the rest of the year is going to be, 2010 looks promising already.

Today I'm thankful for a new year. I hope 2010 has wonderful things in store for us.