Friday, April 24, 2009

encouragement

A friend emailed me this today....


But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.

When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and through the rivers,
they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire
you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.

For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Cush and Seba in exchange for you.

Because you are precious in my eyes,
and honored, and I love you,

I give men in return for you,
peoples in exchange for your life.

I, I am the Lord,
and besides me there is no savior.

I declared and saved and proclaimed,
when there was no strange god among you;
and you are my witnesses,"
declares the Lord, "and I am God.
Also, henceforth I am he;
there is none who can deliver from my hand;
I work, and who can turn it back?"

-bits and pieces from Isaiah 43

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

it's been a week

"O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love i better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
My soul clings to you;
Your right hand upholds me."
Psalm 63:1-8


Today I was able to escape for a bit to Caribou and have some good God time. At first I was just crying out to God, telling him I can't do this. It's too hard. But then I went to Psalm 63. "Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me." I realized I have no idea how I could get through this right now without fully believing these truths. God is my help, He is the one who upholds me. Because of him, because of Christ, and because of the Holy Spirit that lives within me, I can do this. And most of all, through this trial I fully believe God will receive glory.

I've gotten a couple of emails from friends saying they are impressed with my faith and perseverance through this. But that fact is I have to trust God or I would break down. I have to have faith and cling to God and his promises or my whole world will fall apart. I have to believe that in all things God works for the good of those who love him and have been called according to his purpose or what would be the point of this all. I have to have faith in God because everything in this world I know will fail me. I have to have faith because God is my everything.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

30 reasons why I love my dad

I decided since Kelsey shared with the world 30 reasons she loved our mom I should tell the world how amazing my dad is too.

1. He loves to garden.
2. He loves giving away the food from his garden even more than gardening itself.
3. He taught me how to can peaches, deer meat, and cake.
4. He knows everyone and genuinely cares about them.
5. If he doesn't know someone, he will act like he does and soon become great buddies with them.

6. Him knowing people has gotten my sister out of a couple of tickets.
7. Once I went to a wedding three hours away with him. He never drove over 55mph and my car got 40mpg.
8. He secretly bragged about me to his friends in high school. I remember several of them telling me how proud my dad was of me.
9. He came to all of my softball games when I was little and hung on the fence by the outfield even though I am far from being athletic.
10. Little kids have mistaken him as Santa Claus.

11. He loves his in-laws.
12. He taught me how to play pitch.
13. Every time I am home on Saturday morning, he takes me to McDonald's and buys me pancakes.
14. Every time I am home on a Sunday morning, he makes me eggs, toast, and bacon.
15. Whenever you ask him where he is going, he says 'gonna go see a man about a white mule.'

16. Every time I come home, he look over my car without me asking, checking my fluids and such.
17. He bought each of my siblings first cars for us.
18. He made me late once for volleyball practice because there was a car who needed help on the side of the road. I had to run a whole lot of laps for this. But he taught me you should always help people even if it inconveniences you.
19. He has no desire to learn how to use the computer, but will often call me and ask me to google something extremely random and I love that he asks me to do this for him.
20. He always makes sure I have enough money for things. Even when I don't need it, he generously gives to me.

21. He loves each of his daughters and son and recognizes us as unique individuals with our own great qualities.
22. Never once as a child did I question if I was beautiful because he has always affirmed my sisters and I's beauty.
23. He wrote me a note once that said 'make me proud. love, Dad.' and mailed it to me. This note has hung on my wall for four years.
24. He quit smoking a long time ago.
25. He does all of the laundry at home and doesn't complain about it.

26. When I was in high school and my mom was in the hospital, he made it a priority to make us dinner every night and eat together nightly as a family.
27. In high school, he once told me if I went to a certain concert that I couldn't do something else that week. I went to the concert and thought I could talk him into letting me do something else that week too. I couldn't. I was so mad at him at the time. But now I love that he was consistent and stood his ground.
28. He eats my food and compliments it.
29. He always is ready to tell a joke. He probably at any given time has a picture in his pocket or some other prop that will lead to a joke. (He likes to carry around a piece of wood that he says came from Pinocchio's butt.)
30. He loves my mom a whole lot.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

why Kelsey loves my mom...

Kelsey is so sweet!

Friday, April 17, 2009

day three at the hospital....

Today has been pretty uneventful....

I went to Ames for a quick two hours to shower, pack some new clothes, stop by the salt staff mtg for a quick thirty minutes. It was refreshing to experience the sunshine and beautiful weather!

I was reminded while in Ames how God has blessed me with so many wonderful people in my life. I know lots of people say this, but I really have been. I have so many people in my life who have offered to drop anything and help me out, who will sit and ramble about nothing for a good hour, so I can not think about things, who will make my mom's day and send her a balloon, who will send me encouraging emails and texts, who ask how my mom is but also ask how I am and really care about the answers....So yeah I'm blessed. Thank you God for such amazing people.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Musings from a hospital room

My mom has been in the hospital for the past couple of days and I have had the pleasure of hanging out with her most of the time. (I love working for Salt Company and love how much my co-workers really care for me and my mom!)

Being in a hospital room has led to me trying to find new ways to entertain myself while my mom sleeps but also I have to be ready to drop my entertainment at a moment to help her. Thus I joined twitter. Anytime the three other sloss sisters (I really like how many 's'es are in sloss sisters) do something, the fourth one easily gets sucked in. So I was sucked.

Random other thoughts....I really like having lunch with my dad in the cafeteria. He's a great guy!

I love cable and being able to watch it reminds me how much of my life I would waste if I had it at home all the time.

My mom has an amazing suite for a room equipped with a couple of recliners, kitchen table, fridge, microwave, and couch. I feel incredibly spoiled since I've taken over half the room.

My mom cracks me up. :) I say that in the most loving way ever. She makes me smile. She's describing her hallucination's she is having now/what she is seeing when her eyes are closed. She says it is like going to a good movie. There was some mumbling about a werewolf who turned into a bunny rabbit and then flew away.

This is cool. It is a pic about where your taxes go.

Monday, April 13, 2009

moms

maybe i'm oddly emotional today (oh wait, i'm always oddly emotional), but this made me a bit teary eyed...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Kassie's baby shower :)

Saturday Kassie had a baby shower in Minneapolis. Rene and I drove up to partake in the festivities. The whole day was an absolute blast...

Kassie and Rene :)


super cute twins jersey little graham got :)


I played shark with 5 little cuties for a good hour or so. They had just eaten dinner, so I made each of them promise not to throw up on me before I would let them climb on me. I guess I should have made them promise not to let go of any bodily functions because the littlest girl decided to fart on me when she was sitting on my shoulder inches from my face.

John's family...so cute :)

We rocked out to some Rock Band....

and then played dress up....These little kids had the largest collection of dress up clothes I have ever seen. It was pretty much amazing...

more dress up fun :)


Also I wish I would have taken a picture of it, but I have several witnesses for my proof. I beat John at Disney Trivia on the wii...

Easter

This is my seventh Easter as a Christian...God continues to blow me away at the beauty of the resurrection--Christ has really conquered the grave. This song has become the cry of my heart lately.

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.

Here's a link to the song sung by a sweet girl who was losing her battle with cancer....absolutely beautiful!