Okay, time to finish updating:
Nate's scoliosis curve has worsened considerably. We're doing a sedated MRI on 11/8 to see how his spinal cord looks. The doc wants to try to hold off until he's 4 years old to do the surgery if at all possible. It involves something with pins and rods to stabilize that area, but I haven't quite figured it out yet. I really need to talk to a parent that has gone through this kinds of surgery with their child. The sucky part? He'll be in a body cast for two months while that area of his spine stabilizes. All of this bugs me. God, I know this little guy is a good and perfect gift, and God, only you can straighten out his spine and give him the missing vertebrae back. There's not even a guarantee that the surgery will do much to help him.
What else? I've added a few more contractors to my self-employment, so that helps.
The hubs loves his new job. :) He's doing very well at it! We'll actually have insurance for ourselves come the end of next month for the first time in 3 years. That will be a huge help.
Today we spent some time talking to one of the associate pastors from church about where God is leading us, and that is to get involved with helping with LTS. That 8 days is still changing my life in ways I can't even wrap my mind around at times. I know that I have a Daddy that loves me so very much that he wants the best for me. I don't ever have to wonder if my prayers are being heard, or if he's with me. I know He is, and that's the best part. It really burdens me to realize how many people that even I know who are walking in darkness -- even those I know who already know Christ! If you only realized just how much Jesus really does love you, and how much He cares, and how much He wants freedom for you...
But if you do want to know, I will be more than happy to share...
We just faced the scariest week of our lives. When my purse got stolen back on 10/2, I lost almost $400 in the process that wasn't recoverable (not cash, but a long story as to why). Thus, our rent was late, and our landlord actually took us to eviction court on 11/3. However, one of my contractors whom I pray with weekly told me I needed to be apologetic and humble myself a mile, so I did. It's been a hard learned lesson for my flesh to love my enemies and pray for those who persecute you. I got a text message on 11/2 and praise God! we didn't have to go to court at all b/c he dismissed the case. I spent a couple of nights there not sleeping well and not eating much. I need to work my flesh out of this high/low emotional string, because this isn't how God intended for me to be. So God, you're reading this as I write, and you know how much I want to be like you... keep working, Daddy.
Other than that, we're just praying over our finances for the month... I don't know how all of it's going to happen, but God will provide. Now, it's time for some more sleep. My body is still trying to catch up on what I missed!
Oh, thank you God!!! Just as I hit 'submit' on my last post, we got the email that the hubs' school funds were deposited, so we can pay our bills without worrying now. Whew!!! Thank you, Abba. Thank you. I am so humbled that you care so much about us.
I hate the moments where you and God have to meet up for a pruning session. If you didn't guess, I'm going through one of those as God is molding me to be more like Him. It's in the area of loving people who are completely acting/are unlovable. This is a tough one for my flesh, that's for certain.
There's this empty God-shaped hole in my life that I keep trying to fill with work, family, and me. And it's taken a nice fall down the stairs and a very painful, broken tailbone to get my attention. All I know is that I just wanna go home (as in my Heavenly home) b/c dang, just watching this world is getting kinda depressing.
Well, two weeks have gone by, and still, the tailbone is complainin' and making it difficult to do, well, just about everything! I guess it's God's way of slowing me down.
The hubs and I have been reading a book called Sheet Music by Dr. Lehman. Let me tell you, this is a must read if you're married or about to get married. It will change your sex life drastically! And I'm not ashamed to admit, it's changed ours entirely. There's a lot of us that grew up with sex as a taboo topic. The hubs and I are getting an entirely new take on how God really created sex, and He didn't create it to be dirty, either. It was meant for us to have fun with and communicate about.
Tonight the hubs took me out for a romantic evening. We went to the Elephant Bar and Grill and then saw the new Narnia movie in 3D. I love his romantic side; I've seen it more and more often lately, and it's so wonderful to know how much he is showing how much I matter to him.
The ex is full of manipulation and scare tactics tonight, none of which are working, all over something to do with I can't give him a time over when we'll be back from TX Christmas day. Good grief.
Well, the bummer news is that we won't get to go see my MIL for Christmas. She's so depressed over the loss of my FIL this year that she refused to eat or take meds so they had to admit her to a psych hospital, which means no visitors. I was really hoping to see her as I knew it would be a rough Christmas for her.
I'm flooded with work for the next week. I hope I can get a good chunk of it done before this afternoon, since we're celebrating Christmas this afternoon. We also have the Christmas Eve service at church tonight, which I'm so excited about because I'm usually teaching the 3-year-olds during service. The week after next begins our Wednesday evening services, so I'll be teaching then, too.
Nate is taking a few steps here and there, and how I love it when he and Hannah get to playing and listening to him giggle.
It's official. We have a walker. Nate was walking all over at my dad's house yesterday, but mostly when he thought we weren't looking. It was such a fun day, too. The kids each got a present and a stocking stuffer, and I got some great stuff to decorate my walls with in our new house.
Yep, a new house. We're moving at the end of January. Our landlord failed the yearly inspection and they're coming back on January 7th to do a repeat. He hasn't called, showed up, or fixed anything, so we're moving. In a lot of ways, we are grateful to get out of this house.
My 9 y/o ended up setting our microwave on fire. She reheated leftovers for 60 minutes. lol The smell of burnt plastic still invades our house.