Rick is now "officially" disabled. He got his first disability check the end of March. The money helps - and we thank God for it. But at the same time, it was a difficult day for both of us. A point in life that we never thought we would see.
We are praying that God will still use us - perhaps even more now.
In praying that God will use us, we have after much thought and prayer decided to start a ministry - America Ministries. I am in the process of setting up a website for it - so that others can know what we are doing and where we are.
God has graciously blessed us with a 1993 Avion 5th wheel, and a 2003 Dodge Ram Truck. The Avion is paid for - Praise the Lord! And the truck is being paid on - Praise the Lord for His provisions to even make the payments!
We have spent a lot of this last month working on the 5th wheel - getting it cleaned and loaded and an order put to it.
We were able (finally) to take it to the lake and try it out. So far, everything works!!! Praise the Lord!!!
(Pictures coming! LOL)
We continued to spend time with Pat and Charlie. Laughing, talking, cooking and eating! We have grilled a LOT this past month - at Mandy's house, at the Lake, at Pat's house. All good!!!
We have enjoyed time with other family as well. Time to have conversation. Time to play Mexican Train dominoes - laughing, teasing, even hollering! LOL
Yes, we have had some bad days and bad nights. Times of great and extreme physical pain. Times of just being so stressed and frustrated with life, yet so safe and secure with one another, that we have argued and snapped at one another. Times of walking the floor, unable to sleep or rest. Crying out to God for help, for relief, for answers. Crying out to God just for mercy and for grace!!!!!
These rough nites make the loneliness even greater and more intense. There are times that Rick is so uncomfortable and in so much distress and pain - times that i can do nothing more than sit, cry and pray for him. Not so much pain due to the dialysis, but due to neuropathy in his feet and legs, and because of the dialysis & kidney failure he is limited on the types of medications he can take now to help ease the pain and discomfort.
We did find out in our week trip to the lake in the RV that he sleeps better in the RV than he does in the house. He can be hooked to the cycler at night in the RV and still roam the full house, even able to go outside if he wants. Where as here in this house, he is limited to our bedroom, possibly a few steps on the front porch, and to step into the dining room. Not much room to roam - house is just too big and too many corners for the tubing.
God is good and faithful - He has blessed us with so many blessings! More than we can count! We are trying to remember each blessing so that we can count them back to Him as praises and with thanksgiving.
Life is LIFE.
And we have decided that whatever life God gives us to LIVE - we want to LIVE and not die. Trusting Him with all our heart, leaning not on our own understanding, in all our ways acknowledging Him ... and He promises to direct our paths and make them straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Pray for us ... please.
How does that happen??? A month since I have written here. I have the intentions of writing daily. And then LIFE happens ... and another month has passed by. Sigh ...
So now to catch up ... Part One ...
We returned the Penske truck on Monday, March 24th. Had to go to Rockwall for the nearest dealer. But got it done. Thank you Lord!
Called my cousin, Milton, and he with his wife, joined us at Cracker Barrel in Greenville for lunch, laughter and hugs. It was good. I miss him when we aren't together. It is so good to see and to hear what God is doing in his life!
Rick's dad came home from the hospital on Tuesday, March 25th. He had had to be admitted the previous Saturday. He was breathing extremely hard, dehydrated yet with fluid build up, congestive heart failure, and a possible light heart attack. The hospital got him stable and changed his medication a little, gave them some instruction on what he should be eating and drinking (and not), as well as what he should be doing. *He is doing very well now in this last month - thank you Lord!*
Wednesday, March 26th - Rick and i went in for eye exams and new glasses. I can SEE!!! Praise the Lord!!!!!
We also bought me a new computer - which i have yet to get all set up and ready to go! (Told you it had been a crazy month! LOL)
Rick had his appointment with Dr Greenwell and the Dialysis Center on March 26th. A good report.
*Total blood count at 10.6 --just a tad lower than what they want, 11
*Potassium at 4.8 --perfect!
*Phosphorus at 7.3 --still too high, but working on taking the binders with his food. That has proven to be the toughest challenge to date - to remember to take those binders at the second bite of food.
*Albumin (protein) at 3.8 --great. They want it to be at 4.0 but no lower than 3.6. Another great challenge for Rick. He gets so tired of eating PROTEIN!!! He is a meat eater, but he LOVES his veggies!!! Hard to get in the habit of eating more meat than veggies.
On Thursday, March 27, we did LAUNDRY ... 18 loads! OUCH!!! Yes, we went to the laundromat. Just easier that way. Most of it was due to bringing all our stuff out of storage after 7 years in! Clothes we didn't even remember having! Blankets and towels that i had used for packing and covering.
We have spent time with Rick's cousin - Pat, and her son (ours, too), Charlie. Charlie and his sister lived with us for a while back years ago when they were kids. He's almost as much mine as he is Pat's! LOL
They are moving from Sanger, TX to Como. Pat's husband, Big Charlie - Charlie's dad - passed away a few weeks ago. And she wanted to be closer to family. So, we have been "helping". If you can call conversation, hugs, laughter, and cooking/eating "helping". LOL.
Charlie and our daughter Mandy have not allowed Rick and i to do much at all in unloading or unpacking. They say they are too worried about Pat or Rick or Me falling and hurting ourselves. We have been fussed at and ordered to just sit down! LOL When did the kids become the parents? LOL
So why "Scattered Feathers" ? ? ?
You can read it here