Trials are not enemies of faith but are opportunities to prove
God's faithfulness. -- Author Unknown

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one
to say 'thank you?' -- William A. Ward

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

Today is My Day!!!!

This morning I found out that the judge approved our case. I should be leaving for India in a month. This afternoon I open my email just because and I HAVE NEW PICTURES!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


On a horse

Going to School

Hamming it up!!

Book Review: Three Cups of Tea

I'm not quite sure how I ended up with this book. I think it caught my attention at Target. It has been sitting on my bookshelf for quite a while. I finally decided to dive in and could not put it down.
This is the story of Greg Mortenson and the schools that he has built in Pakistan. It is an amazing story the impact 1 person can have on so many people.
He has spoken in front of Congress, been to the Pentagon, met Donald Rumsfeld. He was in a unique place on September 11, 2001. He was in northern Pakistan. He heard of the tragedy when one of his Pakistani friends woke him up to tell him. He was virtually in Taliban territory. After that day, he pushed harder to help build more schools to educate more rural children. Eventually his efforts moved into Afghanistan. At one point in the story, he is held hostage in Pakistan for several days. During his captivity, his wife is getting ready to welcome their first child into the world.
I must say that what this man has done is amazing. He started with nothing. He was trying to finance building a school by working as a nurse. It is wonderful to hear how he met people throughout his life that became so intense about his cause.
55 schools (which were mainly aimed at educating girls), many women's vocation centers, bridges, and drinking water projects.
Greg Mortenson has made an impact on the world. David Oliver Relin has done a wonderful job of telling the story.
I'm going to have to read this book anytime I'm discouraged. When I feel like the entire world is only out for itself and not willing to help the less willing.
(I'll probably edit this later, but we have to run to a therapy appointment.)

I'm Doing OK

I just had my follow up with my ENT. He is pleased with how I'm healing. All the swelling was gone when I left the hospital Saturday. I'm still on antibiotic, but I am feeling so much better. I would have posted sooner but I've been very down about the judge not hearing Prasun's case. We have a new date of September 22. I'm really hoping that he hears the case so we can move on with all this.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

My Crappy Day

I'm writing this post from a hospital bed.
I'm ok. I'm just getting some antibiotics. Mostly I'm just sitting in the room by myself watching TV. All I can say is that it has been a really long week.
Friday night I got a sore throat. Saturday I woke up just feeling sick. You know the feeling. I went to work anyways. As the night went on, it only got worse. By 3:00 am, I felt like I had been hit by a truck and it was snowing (not really, but I was freezing). I left work early to go home and try to sleep it off. I felt REALLY bad all day Sunday. My throat hurt, I couldn't swallow, I didn't want to eat anything. Just a horrible day.
Monday, I still had a sore throat, but everything else was mostly ok. I wasn't going to run any races but I'd live another day, except I had a bump on my lip that was really red and swollen. By afternoon I knew it was going to stop so I called the doctor and made an appointment.
Tuesday morning my lip was swollen. (See 1st picture). I went to the doctor. I was thinking there was a chance he would send me to the hospital for IV antibiotics. Well he gave me a prescription for some pills.
Wenesday morning I woke up at 4 am and my lip was bigger and it hurt. Alot. Patrick had to work all day so I figured if I went to the ER I could be back before he had to go to work so off I went. Well the ER doctor refused to lance the abcess on my upper lip. He was worried about leaving a scar. Even though there was a pretty good sized scab there anyways. He refered me to another doctor to do it in the office. So I had to wait for the world to wake up so that I could find someone to watch the kids and get me home from the doctor if I needed it. That was not fun. I got sick because I didn't eat before taking my medicine. That wasn't fun. By the time I got through to the doctor office, I had an hour to find someone to take me to the doctor and watch the kids. Not to mention actually getting to the office. Well we made it.
Anyways, he got me all fixed up in the officce. Changed my antibiotics. Told me how to take care of it.
This morning I woke up, my eyes were swollen. (See 2nd picture). I knew what was coming. I rested until the doctor office opened and let them know. The doctor wanted to see me. I stopped to get coffee on the way to the office. I tasted the coffee after I left, it was burnt. I got to the office and my phone rang. Jynger calling. I knew before she even spoke what she had to say. The judge didn't hear Prasun's case. The rest got even better. If the judge doesn't sign the case next week, we have to wait until NOVEMBER because the courts close next Saturday for a month. I really had to fight tears.
The doctor looked at me. I said "can I just go to the hospital now?" He said "Yeah". So here I sit in a hospital bed. Not sure how long I'll have to stay. A day or 2. I'm getting IV antibiotics. I'm hoping to be out of here soon.
Here are the pictures:

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Racing News

Just a little update.
I finished my 2nd 5K last Saturday. I managed to cut 4 minutes off my time. I finished in 35:35. I was very happy with that. I've been having some leg pain and didn't run Sunday. I'm going to try to get back at it tomorrow morning. I've got like 9 weeks left before my 10K. I'm so excited. I never would have thought I should be excited to run 6 miles.
I've been glancing through our homeschool things as I'm not as organized as I need to be right now. I'm having a hard time getting started because I had set my heart on starting school while I was on leave. We are going to detour and do some early 1900's study for the next couple weeks. Then we are going to do a month long unit on Washington and government. That should go well with all the political news. After our trip to Washington, we'll back-track to where we were supposed to start and discuss Greek history and Jewish tradition. I know that is a strange combination but it will go with what we have scheduled to do.
I'll try to find some pictures to post this week.