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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Beginnings, endings...and the times in between


I am sure you have heard the story of 'The Dash'. It is the time between your birth date and your death date, the little dash that is put in between the numbers. It represents all of your life on earth. Everything.

The question of course, is if you can fill your dash and live your life to the fullest? Do those not so exciting, routine days blend with the over the top, outstanding days and milestones that happen in life?

This past month has been a combination of very routine days, with some outstanding, memorable days! The focus was on our high school marching band. They did something that the band has not done in eight years! They achieved a First Division rating and progressed to the Area competition. Area is much harder in competition, but our band still did an awesome job! It was a joy to be with them as they progressed through competitions. Their confidence grew, and they improved through each step.


I was fortunate to be able to accompany them on the buses to and from the destinations. The students are so well behaved! Their work ethic and discipline really did carry over into their time off of the field. I tell everyone that I am so impressed with these teenagers--they make me very proud! Good things are in store for this awesome group of kids...it is going to be such a blessing to watch it unfold!



It was a month of physical challenge for me though. Being 'folded up on a school bus' and sitting on hard bleachers really took its toll on this ragged body! Plus, we attended every Friday night game, and the Pep Rallies for each home game. Friday was the last game of the season. As much as I enjoyed it, I was very happy that it was the end. Our football team had a terrific year with a 6-4 record.

I also saw a podiatrist for the first time. I have a bunion, and a condition where my big toe does not flex when I walk. The Dr. said, "I hate to tell you this on your first visit, but the only thing that will cure this is surgery." My doctor referred me to him because he is NOT a surgery happy type of doctor! I skipped the follow up, and spent my money on some Dr. Scholl's inserts (the ones from the machine that measures how and where you carry pressure in your feet.) I also bought some quality shoes, and that has helped a lot. I will go as long as I can without surgery...I do NOT need any more surgery!

Another milestone in October was when Keegan got his driver's permit. Wow, a teenage driver in our household! He does very well, but bless his heart, he has to fold himself up to drive in my Camry. He fits much better in Ricky's big truck.



He can hardly wait to drive his own pick up truck when he gets his license in the Spring! Not my style, but he loves it!


Ahhh, we even changed from Daylight Savings time in October! An extra hour of sleep--we took all 60 minutes of it!
As the month came to a close, I realized that it had been two years since my breast cancer diagnosis! Already? Time is just flying by so quickly. Wow. Praise the Lord, I am here, and although exhausted, I am living life and enjoying my days! You might say, I am filling in my 'Dash.'


10 comments:

  1. You're doing an amazing job filling up that Dash!
    Thanks for the update!
    Hope this beautiful Gospel passage gives you comfort! Praying!
    Titus 3:4-6 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
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  2. Continuing to pray in Seattle!
    Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
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  3. This passage is going to be in Ed's sermon on Sunday. Wanted to share it with you. Praying so very hard at this end!
    Philippians 4:19-20: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
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  4. Know that I'm here praying!
    Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
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  5. Am here praying!
    Psalms 27:1, 4-5 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?...One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
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  6. Lifting up prayers!
    Psalms 27:7-9 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. Hide not thy face far from me...thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
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  7. Know that I'm here praying hard!
    John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
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  8. Know that you're always in my thoughts and prayers!
    Psalm 4:8: I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
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  9. Praying!
    II Corinthians 1:3-4: Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
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  10. Always here praying!
    Psalm 50:15: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
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