Today, I got my gallbladder removed. I’ve never had surgery before. I learned, or more accurately re-learned, that God is so gracious and good.

Did you know he cares deeply about all the details of your life? I could’ve been scared, but I wasn’t.

Afterwards, the doctor informed me that my gallbladder was “ugly”. It was chronically inflamed, and there were so many stones that he couldn’t count them all. What? Thank you Jesus from protecting me from an emergency!

As I lay in this not-so-glamorous state, drinking salt-less broth, I am once again finding myself blessed, protected, and thankful. He gave me peace, He guided the surgeon’s hand, He surrounded me with people who care for me.

Is it because I deserve it? No, just because He can.

I pray this for you. No matter what you’re going through now, I pray you see the blessings.

This next week I will be healing. I will be reading, knitting, and praying I never forget the feeling of His presence in my life.

plans change


We were planning on going to church this morning.  We were also planning on have water running through our pipes.  Weatherman said it would be 11 degrees last night.

It was 7 degrees at eight o’clock AM.

Kids got sick.

Waterline at the pump house froze. That one tiny one that hid, and didn’t get wrapped, of coarse!

Once I knew we weren’t going to church I had grand plans of catching up on the mountain of laundry accumulated by stripping beds down.

Kind of hard to wash with no water.

Time to count blessings.  Wood stove warming us up.  Gallon of water hidden in the pantry.  Hot water heated before the water went out.  Coffee made before water went out.  Dishes got done last night.

Biggest blessing…the kids recreating church at home.  Complete with music, teaching, and craft.


Plans change.  I am learning I shouldn’t be a nut about it.  Be flexible.  Flexibility is a learned virtue.  I’m positive that, in the future, I’ll have plenty more opportunities the bend and not break.  By His grace, I pray I will.

For now, I will decidedly enjoy the moments that are created by unforeseen obstacles.

before the mishap…photos

Here are some happy moments before I ended up in the hospital.  By the way, I am feeling just about normal now and Desmond is happily nursing again.

God has been so quick and gracious to heal my body.  What I thought would take a week, He has done in just a few short days.  Praise be to God for all gifts and blessings He bestows upon us.