Saturday, July 31, 2010

Catching Up

I have tried unsuccessfully for the past two days to burn a DVD to send back to Earl's family in Louisiana. Since I haven't been updating much on here of late, I thought I would go ahead and try and post it here instead.

This was a very simple project that Emily and I literally threw together. No fancy touches. But it shows a little of what the Miles family has been up to this year so far.


Monday, July 12, 2010

Before & After - Edited!

Ok . . . couldn't live with those other photos up here. HAD to take some different ones . . . but still . . . grrr . . .now there is a greenish/yellowish tint that I thought I had fixed but is still showing up when I post these. Sigh. Perfection is a curse . . .

This is what Molly looked like last May (2009) before her first surgery on July 10.
(I LOVE the lighting of this photo . . . the ones to follow don't even compare. Sorry!)

This is what she looks like now after 3 surgeries. You can hardly see the scar!

Oh, wait! That's the wrong side. So sorry.
Here is the right side. But still . . . barely noticeable.

(There is some slight puckering when viewed from certain angles . . . )

I actually had to have her tilt her head to the side so you could see the scar better.

We are so grateful for all of the words of encouragement and prayers along the way.
Molly is doing very well.
She will have one more surgery in October due to the fact that the margins were not yet clear after the last surgery.
Again, thank you.

We are so grateful!!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Holding it all with . . .

open hands.
It's the lesson of my life.

It is now summer time and we are in full-force of enjoying it! The school assessments have been finished and the school books put away.

But as expected . . . I am realizing that my "to do" list and my "want to do" list are way beyond the days and hours available.

I must trust that what He has planned for my days is good and sufficient. I must trust Him when He tells me that no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. I must bow to His will and rejoice in it . . .knowing that it is good and perfect.

No, gentle reader . . . FREEDOM!!

The last two weeks have been spent battling strep throat and extreme fatigue.
Not my plans.
In fact . . . my plans were greatly hindered as I just couldn't concentrate on writing up those assessments when I finally had a moment to sit down.
But now they are done.
And two weeks of swim lessons are behind us.
And four weeks of summer are still ahead (with a week away as a family squished in there!)

I'm trusting that what needs to get done will get done.
I'm looking around my house at all the clutter and projects,
and desperately wanting it ALL to be in order by the time school starts again,
and yet trusting Him to give me the grace to love my family (in actions and tones), when it isn't getting done.
I'm praying for grace to take the time to play Chutes and Ladders with a sweet 5 year old while looking at a table full of stuff to be tossed or stowed.
I'm praying for grace to fix the bikes and take some bike rides to the park (or even the beach!) when I could be home planning or painting.
I'm praying for grace, because it doesn't come to me naturally.

And that's the freedom.
When I submit my will to His, He abundantly gives me the grace (that which I need but don't have) to enjoy His will,
and see the good in His will,
and trust Him with my own desires . . . knowing that He delights to bless me!

And so,
I'm holding my summer,
and my plans,
my dreams,
and desires,

with . . .

Open Hands.

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