06.19.19 Rejoice with Joy, by Susan Adams Moffett

As Tim preached yesterday, he brought us to this verse and sat there a moment.

rejoice with joy
inexpressible joy
glory-filled joy

So I left thinking…how do we do that?
How do we express and rejoice and share something so real and still so gloriously inexpressible?
Even when it’s scary.
Even when it’s unknown.
Even when it’s hard.
Even when it’s uphill.
Even when it’s lonely.

Remember as kids, on a swing, we would just lean back and kick high and say “Wheeee!”…

We didn’t analyze, we didn’t do mathematical calculations, we didn’t explain how our hearts felt or work through what our minds were thinking. We didn’t work at finding just the right words to declare and exclaim.

We just kicked back our heads and declared, “Wheeeee!”
It came bubbling out of us.

Rejoice
Joy
Inexpressible
Glorious

So today, you may need to pump your feet a bit harder, fling your head back a bit more and shout it out a bit louder.
Go ahead.
Wheeeee!
Reposted with permission from Susan Adams Moffett

05.28.19 Honey I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up!

You know when everything is just strolling along in your life and suddenly you fall over a large flower planter that your darling wife left in the middle of the walkway that goes from the house to the driveway? Well, that’s Roy’s story from last Monday night and he’s sure sticking to it!

That is what happened and the poor darling laid out in the yard in pain hollering for me.  Since I sleep with two great earplugs and my CPAP machine on I don’t hear anything happening inside my bedroom much less outside the house in the front yard.  He pulled himself inside and took a hot bath.

The next morning he headed for our local Urgent Care center where he had X-rays on his wrist and rib.  Don’t know why but the x-rays didn’t come out really clear. He was told the wrist looks broken and recommended he see our orthopedic doctor.  They put on a wrist brace to keep his wrist stable and prescribed some pain medicine. We called Dr. Blessey that did my knee replacement.  He had an opening for 10:45 the next morning Wednesday at Ochsner in Covington.

Off to Covington we went the next morning.  They did a wrist and ribs x-ray because the pictures on the disk the urgent care gave us of the x-rays done there had nothing on it! Isn’t that special!

They mistakenly took two full body x-rays of Roy dancing!

Wrist x-ray showed a fracture. A ribs x-ray doesn’t show everything because the lungs are in the way but Dr. Blessey said it was broken.  It seems they treat a broken rib just like a bruised rib which is to do nothing.  They don’t even prescribe pain medicine for bone fractures because he says pain medicines slow down bone repair.  Not exactly something we were pleased to hear but there ya’ go!

He’s been taking the pain medicine that urgent care gave him for the first few days.   On Saturday we had our family reunion at our home and he didn’t take pain medicine then, yesterday and today. He is still in a good bit of pain and prayers for that to go away are appreciated.

This little wife of his is very sorry she left the large flower planter where he wouldn’t see it in the dark which hurt him badly. Lots of people prayed for my honey and he seems to be on the mend now.  Old folks mend slowly but please join us in praying that he heals faster than expected!

Like I said above our family reunion was Saturday. I’ll be writing next about all the fun we had then!

I mean no disrespect for the pain Roy’s been in with the two funny graphics.  I just had no photos and that made me a bit crazy so I googled and found some!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

 

05.19.19 It’s Been One of those Weeks, by Susan Adams Moffett

It’s been one of those weeks.

And it’s only Wednesday.

Hard thing after hard thing after hard thing keeps pouring into our text messages and news feeds and phone calls.

So how do we pray? How do we lift each person and request to our Heavenly Father that knows and sees all?

Boldly. Because He says we can.

Simply. Because He is faithful.

Honestly. Because He already knows.

Fully. Because we can’t fix any of it.

But some days, in some moments, the words don’t come. It’s too much. It’s not enough.

Just sit. And allow the Holy Spirit inside of you to speak and commune and intercede and stand and fight and witness and pray on your behalf.

He will. He does.

by Susan Adams Moffett, reposted with her permission

05.08.19 Precious Visits, Dentist, Talent Show, Crawfish Boil, Doctor and Trinity Life Center

Last week started with a great visit from my sister and brother in law. On Wednesday we went to Louisiana Dental Center in Hammond. We saw Dr. Eugene Graff and really liked him. He explained everything thoroughly and we appreciated that.

Then we had a visit from our son Chip on Thursday.  Just getting to sit around an hour or so with him makes this mama so happy! He gives the best bear hugs just like the photo to the left.

After Chip’s visit, a couple who use to go to our church in Hammond many years ago came to visit us.  Betsy and Wiley Traylor are in town visiting their family. They and I have been Facebook friends for a long time.  One memory I have of them when they came to Hammond to live after serving as missionaries in India was very special.  They would cook homemade biscuits every Sunday night for the choir to enjoy after we practiced.  Isn’t that special?  Roy and I enjoyed visiting with them with them down by the pond and showing them our gardens. The picture below was taken with Roy’s drone while he was showing it to Wiley. They got to visit lots of their family on this trip and I’m thankful they made time to come visit us!

Saturday night our son Chip and his wife Misty treated us to seeing Ponchatoula’s Got Talent.  It’s been going on for seven years but this is the first year we attended.  The top 13 contestants sang, danced, and played music.

This young lady that we know, Mia Dixon, was one of the performers. Not only is she cute as a button, she made everyone who knows her proud.  She sang “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran. She is only 10 years and sings like a polished 20-year-old! The judges had the highest of praise for her. It doesn’t hurt that we know she has a heart for the Lord! Roy videoed her singing and I’m so happy he did so we could share it with you. God Bless You Mia for sharing the talent God has obviously gifted you with.

Yes, we did say she’s only 10.  Mia is our pastor’s daughter so we’ve heard her sing in church a few times and are always blessed by her God given talent every time she sings.  This was the first time we heard her outside the church and were so proud of the poise and strong vocals she showed that night.

Sunday afternoon we went to Chip’s church, The Harbor, where a massive crawfish boil was enjoyed!  Delicious crawfish, corn, potatoes, and mushrooms!  Hot dogs for the noncrawfish eaters and children. Fruit popsicles for all of us young and old children! Thank you Pastor Poole for having such a welcoming group of church members and allowing us to join ya’ll!

A few tents were set up for those who needed to sit down while eating crawfish.

That’s Chip in the center with the black hat and shirt that says Welcome to Church! This tent was way bigger than you see here and it was full of people!

Roy and Ryan filled this box top up twice with the heads and tail shells!

Stephanie and TravisThe kids had a great time sliding down the water slide!

Tuesday we went to Benson Dermatology in Amite to have some skin problems checked out and treated.  We met Susan Smith, a Nurse Practitioner who treated us very well.  We are happy to find some of the doctor’s practices we used to see in Hammond have opened offices in Amite.  After a fun grocery visit to Walmart where I hid some rocks and we bought meats and some fun things we came home and plan to stay here until Friday evening when we attend Kallie, our oldest granddaughter’s Ponchatoula High School graduation! We are expecting several days of rain so

I don’t remember which day this occurred last week but the construction on our church’s Trinity Life Center has begun!  Here’s a link to the photos of the beginning of construction!  There are several photos so be sure to look at them all!  https://www.facebook.com/241862645845904/photos/pcb.2372349732797174/2372345926130888/?type=3&theater

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

 

05.05.19 A Quiet Thought, by Bro. Bob Adams

Our culture screams with fear.

We are constantly told that sure disaster is ahead, attended by pictures of disasters in faraway places.

We are warned to buy or not buy certain products and take certain actions or our future is probably doomed.

All this makes fear a dominant factor in this present day.

Unless we guard against it the fear that runs our culture will run our lives.

Even though we sing about trusting Jesus we may panic like those who have no great, living Savior.

The fear of the Lord is the only appropriate fear in a believer’s life. This is not a fear that terrorizes us, makes us cringe in the corner, or slump in despair.

Fear of the Lord is a deep trembling in the soul, often beyond words, that comes from seeing some measure of the Lord’s infinite power, holiness, and love.

It is being overwhelmed with His glory.

It is the Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos falling down like a dead man when seeing Jesus in all His glory.

Let us fear the Lord and live boldly! Grace to you.

Written by Bro. Bob Adams

04.27.19 Easter, Senior Adult Luncheon, and Baseball!!!

We enjoyed a great Easter at our home with some family members of our daughter in law Misty.  The weather was magnificent and we enjoyed visiting with Misty’s family and their neighbor Ellen who brought me a beautiful daisy plant!  It wasn’t until after they left that I realized I had planned to hide Easter eggs and play some games. I can only shake my head about that one…

Misty, Chip, Madisyn and Kallie
Gary, Connor and Haylee

 

Thursday we enjoyed a wonderful Senior Adult Luncheon at our church, Trinity Baptist. The food was delicious and we were treated to hearing Rev. Bobby Holder speak to us.  I got to sit next to an older couple from our church that I did not know. It was nice getting to know Sheila and Sammy!  Also, I got to sit across from my friend Cindy and her husband Bobby.  I always say that when I grow up I want to be like Cindy!  She is such an inspiration and I enjoyed getting to catch up on life with her.  I did not take one photo.  I was talking too much!

Saturday we went to see two of our grandchildren play baseball. They are so precious!  They played on two different fields right next to each other.  We sat between the two fields and our necks turned in whatever direction the action was happening!  Wow!  Our grandson, the older of the two grandchildren, played last year and plays really well this year.  He got some good hits, scored, played excellently in the field and their team won.  He’s the tallest on the team! The younger ball player is a granddaughter whose first year playing is this year.  Her focus and attention to the game was impressive for a first year player. She got a couple of good hits, she scored, made some good catches and was just flat out adorable!  Her age team doesn’t keep score but she was a winner in our eyes! We got a big smile and hug from our precious grandchildren and loved it! Sorry, no pictures, per their parents!

I’ve asked Roy to write about his eye surgery done on the 18th of April and I hope to get to post that next!

Ya’ll have a Blessed weekend!

 

04.28.19 My Two Mothers, by Joann Snow Duncanson; and a personal note

Your Mom with dementia may still be here or she may have passed on. She will always be with you, as close as your heart. Bless us all in this journey 💗

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Two Mothers Remembered, by Joann Snow Duncanson

I had two Mothers – two Mothers I claim
Two different people, yet with the same name.

Two separate women, diverse by design,
But I loved them both because they were mine.

The first was the Mother who carried me here,
Gave birth and nurtured and launched my career.

She was the one whose features I bear,
Complete with the facial expressions I wear.

She gave me her love, which follows me yet,
Along with the examples in life that she set.

As I got older, she somehow younger grew,
And we’d laugh as just Mothers and daughters should do.

But then came the time that her mind clouded so,
And I sensed that the Mother I knew would soon go.

So quickly she changed and turned into the other,
A stranger dressed in the clothes of my Mother.

Oh, she looked the same, at least at arm’s length,
But now she was the child and I was her strength.

We’d come full circle, we women three,
My Mother the first, the second and me.

And if my own children should come to a day,
When a new Mother comes and the old goes away,

I’d ask of them nothing that I didn’t do.
Love both of your Mothers as both have loved you.

For support for this journey of dementia, join Memory People on Facebook. All the members, both dementia patients, and dementia caregivers, walk this with you, each step of the way. You are not alone. 💜

This is the link – Memory People on Facebook It is a closed group so you will need to join to see anything. I don’t necessarily feel that this is the “Best” Facebook group about Dementia but it is a very active group and you get to learn from others there.

On a personal note, the dementia I have has been on a roller coaster ride recently. I am still on the strongest dose of the medicine Galantamine. About two weeks after passing out due to my blood pressure being low I started taking my blood pressure medicine again. My blood pressure stopped being so low and is back to normal to a bit above normal. I am now taking my blood pressure every morning to see how it is that day and if I need the medicine or should skip it that day. This is so totally out of the norm for me and is just another weird thing my shrinking and holely brain is doing.

I’ve had difficulties recently putting my thoughts together or even having thoughts to allow me to write a blog post. Even things that other people wrote that I repost just don’t bring any thoughts to help me post it and share with ya’ll why I am posting it. It is a terrible feeling to start to do something I’ve done almost a thousand times now and nothing happens in my brain. I think nothing and that’s something that has been going on

from the beginning, just not all the time. I use to describe my dementia as not being able to think and that is a really accurate way to describe how it is sometimes. It’s not always that I can’t remember something, a lot of times it is that my brain won’t begin the thinking process to get to what I need to know.

I get great anxiety when I go to social events and want to talk to someone but then my brain stops thinking, I panic and can’t say anything. I just want to go in a corner and cry. I have never in my life had a problem talking. Anyone who knows me knows that talking a lot is probably something I was mostly known for. In addition, I can listen to others talk but when they get complicated with their talking my brain stops and I get anxious about what I will reply because I don’t know what they said. If this happens I don’t say anything to the person talking, just nod or smile every now and then and hope my brain starts working again.

I ask that when talking to me please tell me the basic substance of what you want to say not all the details leading up to it or surrounding it. Oddly enough I have always been a person who did exactly what I am asking people not to do. Please don’t avoid talking to me, just please try to understand how I handle conversations best. The frequency that all of these things are happening let me know that this small and holely brain thing is progressing. I am thankful that God has seen fit for this to be a slow moving brain thing and not a quick downward disease. I was first diagnosed in 2011 which is 8 years ago. Vascular dementia has a time span of between 8 to 12 years and I’m hoping I’ll be a special case and hang on longer than that!

I want others to learn about dementia from my experience but don’t want to sound like I am bitter. I do hate having this and would prefer to be able to think clearly and not have to avoid some social settings. But I know it’s all part of God’s plan for my life and He will be with me every step of the way. I did not intend to write so much today but when it comes into my brain I want to share! Hope each of you has a very Blessed Week!

04.17.19 Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die – ever. Do you believe this? John 11:26

Susan Adams Moffett shared this piece below on Facebook recently.  Her sister Lisa died from cancer just a few years ago.  She wrote about that in her book “My Sister,Her Cancer, and the Cross.” She says “This is the story of walking the journey of my sister’s cancer…but it’s more than that. This is the story of God’s grace because my faith is weak and imperfect, but He is so good.”   I found what she wrote in the article below to be very meaningful. I hope you do as well.

When Lisa died…
I asked Tim, “What is this ‘Oh, death where is your sting’ stuff? Lisa died, and I feel that sting.”
I asked Dad, “What is this ‘Oh, death where is your sting’ stuff? Lisa died, and I feel that sting.”
I asked Mom, “What is this ‘Oh, death where is your sting’ stuff? Lisa died, and I feel that sting.”
I asked friends, “What is this ‘O death, where is your sting’ stuff? Lisa died, and I feel that sting.”

But I knew that scriptures couldn’t be wrong.
I felt like something was missing in my understanding.
Maybe I was grieving wrong.
Maybe I had to work harder to get over it.
Maybe I didn’t believe enough.
Maybe I wanted to hold on to the sting because it’s all I had.

Then I read the story of Lazarus for the 378th time.
But it was like for the very first time.

Jesus said, “Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die – ever.”
Ever. Never. Ever. Die.

In that moment, I heard and understood. Death had no hold on Lisa.
She did not die!

She isn’t here.
That brings sorrow and loss and grief so deep.
But death has no hold on her.
Death has no sting to it. It is powerless!

Lisa isn’t here. Most of my grandparents aren’t here.
Several dear friends aren’t here.
But they didn’t die.
They are all fully alive! More alive than they ever were here.

Maybe today you have a sting.
Or a grief.
Or a maybe.

Let’s walk this week towards the cross, watching, looking, listening to the work of Jesus.
We have to walk this week, so we can deeply celebrate Resurrection Sunday.
(Spoiler…Death is about to be defeated. Keep watching.)

Ya’ll have a Blessed Holy Week!

04.16.19 Passing Out, Soggy Brain, Easter picnic preparation, Painted Cross Rocks, Easter church music, Roy’s eye surgery on Thursday

Oh my, could the title above be any longer!  I started off writing about passing out and then lots of other things started pouring out in my writing so here it is!

Saturday before last I ate a good breakfast, three homemade blueberry muffins, water, and coffee.  I went outside to plant more of my precious little sprouting vegetables in the main garden.  I was sitting on a small stool so there would be no bending over and mostly so I wouldn’t resort to sitting my but in the dirt while planting.  I began feeling lightheaded but since I was just sitting I figured it wouldn’t get worse. It did.  I went to get my phone out of my pocket to call for Roy and had difficulty doing that.  I got it out and called Roy.  He didn’t answer.

I called again and heard him come out of the house saying he was on the phone with someone about $2000 being charged to our credit card fraudulently. I dropped the phone and things are foggy after that.  I heard through the fog that he told the phone caller we had a medical emergency and he’d have to call them back. I don’t remember how but I know he got me to a nearby chair and he put a cold towel over my head.

Roy later told me that while sitting sprawled out in the chair I passed out with my eyes rolling back in my head and that lasted a while. The eye rolling back thing happened when I had to be rushed to the hospital two years ago because of a bleeding ulcer. Both times this scared Roy a lot. I don’t remember getting inside but I know that I stayed in bed for a long time that day.  Roy took my blood pressure and it was low for me at 90/50.

I take blood pressure medicine, Avapro 300 mg once a day.  I’ve taken it for 20 to 25 years and it always keeps my blood pressure at 120/80 which I have always been very happy about.   This was the first time ever that I can remember that it has been low.  Because every time I go to any doctor or hospital my blood pressure is always perfect I never attribute feeling bad to low blood pressure so it’s never been taken at that time, before Saturday.

Sunday I still felt bad but not nearly like Saturday.  My blood pressure was more normal each time Roy took it.  I never thought to stop taking my blood pressure medicine, duh………….

I love, love, love this song!

Roy “allowed” me to go outside in the garden for no more than 30 minutes at a time and then had to stay in bed or on the sofa for a while after that.  He helped me more than usual with the gardening and it allowed me to get more done with less effort.  He’s kinda good like that!  He knows I usually prefer to handle it all myself but he pitched in when needed.  All of the remaining vegetables were planted and today they are all so happy and growing beautifully.

Last Monday when I contacted my doctor he said for me to stop taking the blood pressure medicine for two days, drink 6-8 glasses of water and take my blood sugar and blood pressure often.  Being the brilliant lady with dementia that I am, I took my blood pressure medicine Monday and Tuesday because I forgot I wasn’t supposed to.

Anyway, I made a sign on fluorescent pink paper that said to not take my blood pressure medicine so on Wednesday and Thursday I didn’t take it.  My blood pressure has been fairly normal both days.

This medical event sent my dementia into a tailspin.  Last Wednesday I was, however, able to have a nice visit with our pastor, Bro. Avery, down by the pond and I was thankful for that. Later I realized I bounced all around in our conversation and told him things he may not have wanted to know (!) but he didn’t run off which I appreciated!

The last few days I’ve worked in the yard pulling weeds and moving some vines from one location where they are plentiful to another location that needs them, planted carrot seeds, pulled weeds and lots of other things outside. As long as I keep it under an hour I seem to be okay and don’t see any signs of possible passing out!

On one of the dementia facebook groups I am a member of I asked if others with dementia had issues with passing out from low blood pressure when they’d never had that before.  All those that responded said yes and that it was caused by a change in their brain that made the blood pressure medicine not work in the correct manner any longer.  Time will tell if this is a new brain thing for me or if it is something different.  It’s been normal every day so for now being off my blood pressure medicine seems to be the thing to do!

We are having our daughter in law Misty’s family over for a picnic on Easter next Sunday and we are really looking forward to getting to visit with them.  I’ve stuffed candies into plastic eggs for an Easter egg hunt and just finished wrapping the utensils in Easter napkins with homemade decorated paper napkin holders. I love having family visit and also love these events because I do special cleaning so they don’t think we live like slobs!!

I gave to several of the kiddos at church one of my painted rocks that have 1 Cross + 3 Nails = 4 Given painted on a cross.  I asked them to hide them to help share with others about Jesus.

On Sunday our adult choir at church sang a beautiful Easter Cantata titled Jesus, Only King Forever.  I always love hearing them sing and especially Easter and Christmas music.

Roy’s eye surgery to remove the spidery floater is back on and will be this Thursday, the 18th in Baton Rouge at 9 am. Please pray for him and his doctor, Dr. Robert Mason.

We’ve had some magnificently beautiful cool sunny days here in Louisiana recently.  So thankful for a God that provides us with days like this!

Ya’ll have a blessed Holy Week!

 

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