Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Oh my goodness I am so EXCITED....Guess who is coming to visit. My daughter and family from New York. YES THAT IS CORRECT.....I get to see my grand kids Emma and Logan and daughter Jennifer and our son in law Matt......Oh they are coming the end of MAY......That is right around the corner........

I CAN'T WAIT......I am going to have to start the countdown soon.



The Glass is half full....

The taxes are done
I am not numb anymore and only have minor pain
Marvin found the leak in the attic and patched it
We are warm and dry


I am super numb from my root canal. I can't even feel my tongue. The procedure was well what can I say painless after the shots. The hardest part was holding my mouth open for an hour. The Doctor used some kind of high powered telescope that was so bright I had to keep my eyes closed. That did help me relax. I was praying and I was feeling peace as if Jesus was holding my hand. The Dental assistant was really good and kept putting her hand on my shoulder. I just hate those mouth dams. I really had my saliva pump on. I did get scared after the shots when my heartbeat started racing. I told the Doctor and he said there is adrenalin in the shot so that is supposed to happen. I did not like it since I have High Blood Pressure and take a Beta Blocker to slow my heart rate down. Fortunately it only lasted a few minutes.

As far as the Drip goes our leak is not fixed. When Marvin gets home he will be going into the attic and looking around again.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel I just know there is.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Raindrops are falling on my head

Yes that is correct but I am not outside. YIKES the kitchen ceiling is leaking over the kitchen sick. We discovered that little issue last night before I went to bed. Did I say when it rains it pours.......literally that is what is going on here. This afternoon after work Marvin climbed in the attic first and then on the roof and put some black jack roofing sealer on the roof (from Jerrys). And then he patched the hole in the ceiling. Now the problem is we are having heavy rain, hail and I just heard some thunder.

Taxes are not done. I thought I was close but then there were some errors when I checked. I am done however today.

Tomorrow at this time on I will on pain pills after my root canal so I will not be feeling any pain.

Stay tuned I will keep everyone posted on the ongoing saga "If its going to happen it will happen to Marvin and Janet"

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Busy weekend planned

Finally it is Saturday! We have plenty of things to keep us busy. I have started tax prep and now I need some additional information that I need to search for, Holly will be here later today and she is going to frost my hair, of course there is house cleaning and lots of laundry. Holly is also going to help me with some craft projects for Brenda (the child we sponsored in Africa) so Saturday is packed full. It is supposed to be nice here today mid 60's so we will try to get outside and take a walk. PHEW.....oops I forgot about the grocery shopping....don't know when we will squeeze that in. and I need to plan the Easter menu.
My tooth is aching so my root canal on Tuesday will not come to soon. Did I mention that is just one more expense?
I think I better get up and start.

Have a blessed weekend!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

30 years ago today March 24th 1980

I had anticipated this date for 9 months. Our daughter Jennifer was due that day. Back in those days we did not know if she was a she or he. I wanted a little girl so bad. I prayed for a healthy baby girl with brown eyes and dark hair. I am so fair with blond hair and blue eyes and Marvin has brown eyes and dark hair. We waited and waited and waited. Stay tuned to my future post on April 11th the day she arrived. Yes April 11th that is 18 days past due.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Misdiagnosis or Miracle

Early this morning I picked up a flyer that I had got in the mail with a reminder about getting my Mammogram. When making the appointment if you mentioned the flyer you got a free t-shirt when you went in for your appointment. I then recognized that this was not the Clinic that I go to for my Mammogram. I also recognized the Radiologist name and I froze. I got a sick feeling in my stomach. This is the woman that sent my daughter to surgery about 12 years ago.
Rewind 12 years ago. Our oldest daughter Jennifer had been having severe stomach pains for a while. She kept going to the Doctor (still a Pediatrician at the time) The Doctor finally ordered a CT scan. We got the call the day after Thanksgiving. The Nurse asked us to bring in Jennifer that afternoon so we could discuss the results of the CT scan. I immediately went into a panic attack while Marvin remained calm waiting to see what the news was. So we met with the Doctor and she said it appeared from the CT scan and the Radiologist report that there were several tumors on her kidneys, spleen, and liver. The Doctor referred us to an Oncologist (cancer specialist) for another consultation. He was puzzled that there was not an enlarged lymph node to test so he recommended exploratory surgery. The surgery was scheduled. Needless to say I was a nervous wreck while Marvin remained calm because he did not believe that there was anything wrong. In the surgery waiting room we saw all the other people that were waiting getting an update from a person sitting at a desk with a phone. We heard nothing and believe me I kept asking because it was taking a longer time than they predicted. Soon after that the surgeon appeared and ask us to step into a small room. He said I have good news and bad news. “The good news is Jennifer does not have cancer” I think I might I ran up and hugged him then I asked what is the bad news?“ he said "when we could not find anything we had to open her up to make sure that there was nothing, this resulted in about an 8 inch incision across her stomach." You can imagine our joy at that point.
When we got up to Jennifer’s room she was in a lot of pain but they had already told her she did not have cancer which they thought would have been Lymphoma. After all the calls to the family we met with our pastor and he believed this was a miracle.
Later we met with the surgeon again. He told us during the surgery the when they could not find anything they believed that it must have been “shadows” on the scan. I of course had to analyze the whole deal and requested all the Medical records. The CT scans were first read by the Radiologist, and then reviewed by the Pediatrician, Oncologist and the surgeon. It was hard to believe that so many Doctors had missed something.
Back to the beginning of the story when I saw the picture of the Radiologist this morning. I had forgiven her a long time ago if she had indeed made a mistake. As much as I want to believe it was a miracle there were signs that didn’t make sense to the Doctors. As I look back after all the years with a tremendous amount of spiritual growth I do believe it was a miracle. I also believe that Satan was doing his job by making us believe the worst possible scenario. He also was the reason I had that moment of hate for the radiologist this morning. But soon after that thought it was as God had whispered in my ear "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37"

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Our beautiful daughter Jennifer and our son in law Matt

These pictures are from a couple of the Military Balls. Just showing of our beautiful daughter Jennifer and her husband Matt.

Logan-our only grandson

Logan is so cute. We enjoy talking on the phone and skyping with the kids. Logan likes to talk. We even get to hear the kids fighting (which we think is cute). Logan is growing so fast.

Just Emma

Emma is so adorable. She really looks like her mommy and has her Papa's eyes. I couldn't resist showing her off here before performance at her tap competition.

This is what I miss

Our granddaughter Emma and Daddy go to the Ball

My daughter in NY posted pictures that I had steal of my granddaughter and son in law going to the Daddy Daughter Dance "Ball". Mommy and Emma spend a lot of time getting ready.
First it was picking out a dress

then she needed the perfect shoes

such beautiful hair

and then a purse and a necklace to complete the outfit

All that was missing was her daddy date

What a beautiful pair.......

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Kayla and Papa

Since Kayla is doing very well reading Papa made some word puzzles for Kayla today. He had to explain them to her

and then Kayla thought long and hard and had fun figuring out the games Papa had made for her.

Kayla then went in the play room to play "Library", it was adorable. It reminded me of when my daughter Jennifer used to play "High School" when she was Kayla's age

Enjoying a Spring walk with Kayla and Morgan

The weather was in the 60's today and was perfect to take the dog for a walk

We stopped and smelled the beautiful flowers

It was adorable when Kayla stopped to "blow dandelion seeds" and make a wish out loud "to get a horsey when she gets bigger"

During our walk Nana had to help Morgan balance

When we got home Kayla stretched out on Nana so we could rest

Friday, March 19, 2010

Another Rock

UNBELIEVABLE.....Marvin has a rock chip on his new car windshield. He does not know when it happened. When it rain it POURS.......At I least I didn't do this one.

Our Little boy all grown up

Happy Birthday to our son Jeremy. He is 29 today. Wow how fast they 29 years have flown by. He is no longer the little boy that looks like this

He doesn't look like this anymore either

No he is a grown man with a beautiful family and looks like this

What a wonderful son he has been. He has made me and his dad proud numerous times and I don't mind repeating what his sister Holly says "he's a mommas boy" I love that. He is a good dad and husband. We love you Jeremy!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Another favorite author

These books

are written by Mary Ellis. They are fiction Amish novels. She is now one of my favorite authors and I can't wait for the next book in series to come out in July.

I love to read actually anything Amish. Normally during my lunch hour everyday I tell the girls I am going to "Amish land" because they know my love for these books. I eat and read everyday. I have read so many Amish novels and have many favorite authors. I am one that gets the book just as soon as it is released. They can't write them fast enough for me.

So thank you Mary Ellis for writing such good novels.

The Rock

chip that is. On my way home from work today a rock hit my windshield and caused it to crack. I was not following a rock truck. Seems like I happen to break the windshield on every single vehicle we own. The good think is I had my SUV and not Marvin's new car. Marvin has already ran it down to the windshield place that we use and they don't think a patch will hold since we are having cold weather still in the mornings. So for only our $100.00 insurance deductible we can and will get it fixed.

While we are talking about dishing the dough out I have to go to the Endodontist next week to see if I need a re-root canal (my cost only 209.00). Let me see while I am at it my Doctors appointment yesterday (1st one of the year) all went to my deductible. So I will have a bill of only 100.00 and some.

This week so far has been expensive.

On the good side of things I am starting to feel a little better. I am getting excited for the grand daughters to visit this weekend and to celebrate our son's birthday. The day time weather also is supposed to be in the 60's so that is also a good thing.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sinus Infection

I finally gave in today and went to the doctor since I had a lot of cheek pain and have had several nosebleeds. No surprise. Sinus Infection. I did not make it to church on Sunday but I have been able to work. Marvin is almost completely recovered from his cold.
Needless to say I have not got much accomplished this week. My house did not get cleaned nor did my taxes get done. I have not yet written to Brenda. Marvin did however go to the grocery store, did the laundry and he even mowed the lawn. The kids will be here for the weekend so I have a few more days to get some things done. Hopefully the antibiotics will kick in fast.

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Today was supposed to be house cleaning, errand running and tax preparation. Instead I have caught Marvin's cold and I am not feeling so good so I have been resting alot. Tomorrow we are supposed to serve all morning at Church. I hope I feel good enough to make it. I do not want to expose anyone to this cold (hoping it is just allergies)
Yesterday we received our Compassion International kit so I need to work on a letter to Brenda the child we sponsored. I will get that done this weekend so I can mail on Monday.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

We are planning a trip to

GEORGIA....in the fall to see our daughter Jennifer, son in law Matt and grand kids Emma and Logan. We are so excited, BUT Marvin and I are having problems coordinating our vacation schedules. We have never been to Georgia before so even though I hate the hot humid weather I am sure we will have plenty to do and the kids will keep us busy. I will snap lots and pictures too. I AM SO EXCITED....

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wednesday Day 40 Love Dare-Love is covenant

Dare-"Write out a renewal of your vows, and place them in your home. Perhaps, if appropriate, you could make arrangements to formally renew your wedding vows before a minister with family present. Make it a living testament to the value of marriage in God's eyes and the high honor of being one with your mate"

" Where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God" Ruth 1:16

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Getting to know Jesus

I am thrilled that one of my good friends has started to go to worship and is getting to know Jesus. She is telling me what she learned from worship and the bible. This makes me so happy to know that she is walking with the Lord.

Tuesday Day 39 Love Dare-Love endures

Dare-" Spend time in personal prayer, then write a letter of commitment and resolve to your spouse. Include why you are committing to this marriage until death, and that you have purposed to love them no matter what. Leave it in a place that your mate will find it."

" Love never fails" 1 Corinthians 13:8

Monday, March 8, 2010

Colbys cast is off

Thank you all for praying for Colby. His cast came off today. He has sores and a rash to deal with and still wants his parents to hold him. But the cast is off. Praise God!

Monday Day 38 Love Dare-Love fulfills dreams

Dare-"Ask yourself what your mate would want if it was obtainable. Commit this to prayer, and start mapping out a plan for meeting some (if not all) of their desires, to whatever level you possibly can"

"Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

Sunday, March 7, 2010

My grandkids-The biggest joy in my life


Kayla is the oldest grandchild at 6. She is sporting her new haircut and her new horsey necklace


Emma is the second born grandchild and is 5. In this picture she was all dolled up to perform jazz & tap at halftime of a game.


Morgan is the third grandchild and is 3. She is pictured here with her Daddy. Notice she has one of her three "bug shirts" on. This is the only shirt she wants to wear.


Logan is my only grandson (yeah for boys) he is 2 years old and all boy. I love this picture. He looks so grown up.

Need I say more. I have been so blessed.

Sunday Day 37 Love Dare-Love agrees in prayer

Dare- "Ask your spouse if you can begin praying together. Talk about the best time to do this, whether it's in the morning, your lunch hour, or before bedtime. Use this time to commit your concerns, disagreements, and needs before the Lord. Don't forget to thank Him for His provision and blessing. Even if your Spouse refuses to so this, resolve to spend this daily time in prayer yourself."

" If two of you agree about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father." Matthew 18:19

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Saturday Day 36 love dare-Love is God's word

Dare-" Commit to reading the Bible everyday. Find a devotional book or other resource that will give you some guidance. If your spouse is open to it, see if they will commit to daily Bible reading with you. Begin submitting each area of your life to its guidance and start building the rock"

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" Psalm 119:105

Meet Brenda

Meet Brenda. We don't know her well yet but we will. We are her sponsor. She lives in Kenya. I am so excited about this opportunity to help. Marvin and I searched through all children that need sponsors and decided we wanted a girl around 6 years old. This was a heartbreaking search as I wished we could help more than one but when we read Brenda's profile out hearts were breaking and I was trying not to cry.
Brenda's mom is a single mother and there are 8 children at home. Brenda is 6 almost 7 with her birthday next week. She is very small for her age. She is not in school. I am hoping with our sponsorship that she can start school. I love her and I wish I could hug her. This is going to be a family affair and I love that my family can all pray for her and love her even though we are thousands of mile away. I can't wait to write her a letter and get to communicate with her. If you would like to sponsor a child here is the link. I will post updates as they come in.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Baring my soul (me Janet)

I often wonder why I was born into this life here in America. Why wasn’t I born into a third world country struggling with everyday life? I have been praying about this and I think the answer is really simple. God bestowed my blessings on me so he could see what I would do with them. Am I giving enough? Giving not only means my money, time, it means sharing the word of Jesus. I can honestly say no. I do give but it is not enough. I do serve but it is not enough. I have more treasures than I need. This world has totally corrupted everything into to materialism and I am caught up in it. Now relatively speaking I am a simple girl or was a simple girl. In fact Marvin just asked me the question what happened to the simple girl that he married? The simple girl that didn’t have to have much and it didn’t even really bother me. I am still a “plain Jane”
We live in a comfortable house that was good to raise 3 kids in but I want a newer home. Our house is 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It is so much more than a lot of people have. I need to be content like I used to be. My goal in life was to be a wife and mother and I accomplished my goal at the age of 24. We raised 3 good kids that have strong values, God and family. All 3 of my kids were good kids and never got into any trouble. They still are good kids and bring me so many joys.

Wow, I am really pouring out my soul here. I just need to be content with what I have instead of what I don’t have because you see I really do have everything I need.

Have you heard the love of money is the root of all evil? I think it is so true. The more you make the more you spend. Money does not make you happy.

I need to open my eyes all the way now and live my life the way Jesus wanted me to.
So what I am going to do to change this. I am going to pray about it and let God lead me. I need to listen and he will show me the way. It may come to me immediately or it may come to me over time. You see God knows everything about me and you.

Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths

Day 35 Friday Love Dare- Love is accountable

Dare-" Find a marriage mentor-someone who is a strong Christian and who will be honest and loving with you. If you feel that counseling is needed, then take the first step to set up an appointment. During this process, ask God to direct your decisions and discernment."

"Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed." Proverbs 15:22

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Kenya Blogger-I can't get this out of my mind

Wow I am sure glad that God led me to the Bloggers in Kenya. I just got to reading Ryan Detzels BLOG You need to read his BLOG and look at the pictures he took. Sometimes it is easier to turn your head the other way and not look and think about these poor children. Marvin and I will be in discussion tonight about sponsoring a child in Kenya. What about you?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Compassion Bloggers in Kenya

I follow MckMama's Blog and I am excited for you to go take a look at her BLOG while she is in Kenya partnering with bloggers to release children from poverty in Jesus' name. To see other bloggers too go to Compassion Bloggers in Kenya. They start blogging tomorrow.

Thursday Love Dare Day 34 Love celebrates Godliness

Since I had a massive sinus/migraine headache today I am just getting around to reading my next love dare which will be for tomorrow. The migraine part has eased up but these allergies are giving my sinuses a lot of pain.

Dare- "Find a specific, recent example when your spouse demonstrated Christian character in a noticeable way. Verbally commend them for this at some point today."

" Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth." 1 Corinthians 13:6

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Day 33 Love Dare-Love Completes each other

Dare-"Recognize that your spouse is integral to your future success. Let them know today that you desire to include them in your upcoming decisions, and that you need their perspective and counsel. If you have ignored their input in the past; admit your oversight and ask them to forgive you."

"If two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?" Ecclesiastes 4:11

Monday, March 1, 2010

I (Janet) messed up yesterday

I can still feel the shame on my face yesterday as I was not using my patience with Marvin. I know some things factored in to my behavior but their was no excuse and I am really embarrassed. I had been extremely exhausted during the weekend and along with my allergies both my hands ached both Saturday and Sunday. We ran our errands on Saturday and did our normal weekend chores on Saturday. Sunday morning it was time for worship at 8:15, after church we ran home for a bit and then we they ran to get a bite to eat (because I was craving fish) and then I went to a baby shower at 1:30. By the time I got home around 3:45 I was really achy. I tried to open the automatic garage door and it would not work. This is where my patience grew thin. Marvin had just programmed his built in cars remote and now all of a sudden my SUV built in car remote and the 2 other remotes would not work. I was trying to read in the manual when Marvin kept interrupting me and telling me I did not know what I was doing. That is all that it took and I yelled at him to do it himself. I went in the house to lay down. I thought I just needed to rest (more like a timeout) but no I could not even rest because our new neighbors (4 young men) had their music blaring and my house was feeling the beat. So I got up out of bed and asked Marvin if he wanted me to go over and talk to them or was he going to do it? He said he would. What was whirling through my mind at that point was Lynnette's BLOG where she had this experience of a unkind message on her BLOG. She felt like God kept her from being angry. She handled the response was grace and kindness.
Since we were going to be in the backyard grilling out Marvin just talked to the kids over the fence. The shameful part that he said to them that stopped me in my tracks were (you don't want to upset my wife) I hate that I have been known like that. I don't want to be that person. I want to follow Lynnette's example and handle issues through grace and kindness. So no more excuses. I have been working on my patience for a long time. Please pray for me.

Day 32 Monday Love Dare-Love meets sexual needs

Dare-"If at all possible, try to initiate sex with your husband or wife today. Do this in a way that honors what your spouse has told you (or implied to you) about what they need from you sexually. Ask God to make this enjoyable for both of you as well as a path to greater intimacy."

" The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband." 1 Corinthians 7:3