29 August 2007
23 August 2007
I also kept an eye out for the green iguana that lives by her house too. I caught him on camera a couple times...once running away as you can see!
For those of you who have been asking or wondering about Mark's family regarding Hurricane Dean, they are doing well.
Thankfully there was only some coastal damage done to some parts of the island. His family was safe throughout and their property sustained little to no damage. Praise God for answering our prayers to turn the hurricane south of the island!
My health continues about the same as it has been. I was grateful to have about 5 good days in a row. I was so blessed to been seen on Monday by a Respitory Therapist who attends my parents' church. He tested my lungs and how they were functioning. At the time of the test I was within normal limits. He also gave me a Peak Flow Meter which has allowed me to test my breathing at home. This has been very helpful so I can see that when my throat feels tight it is indeed tight! It's nice to know sometimes that things aren't all in your head :)
Tuesday night of this week I suffered another pretty strong reaction, but I am doing better again. I have not been able to get an earlier appointment with the allergy/asthma doctor, so I will be going this coming Tuesday the 28th at 3:00. Please keep us in your prayers as we seek this doctor's advice regarding my condition. I will try to update this Tuesday or Wednesday of next week if I am able and let you know how that turns out.
17 August 2007
This week has brought more highs and lows and certainly a change in our plans. Before we left
Shortly after writing last week’s post I began having reactions again to various things I had smelled either cooking or just in the air (i.e. perfume). And this time there seemed to be little relief. By Friday or Saturday Mark and I knew that we needed to change our plans and leave Cayman much earlier than first planned. By Sunday night I had a confirmed ticket for a flight to
So, we have spent most of this week north of
The emotions of the past two weeks have been up and down, but I also have had much comfort from our Lord. I appreciate each one of your prayers for me. While God has not chosen to take the reactions away, He has provided the grace to go through them. And He has given me a most wonderful husband who has served me faithfully in the face of pain, exhaustion, and uncertainty. We are unsure if we will be able to leave for
I leave you with a song that has touched my heart since really listening to the words yesterday while driving. I hope you can actually hear the song some day--it's beautiful! What an encouragement to me. The chorus is my prayer during this time in my life, and I hope always.
In the Valley
Taken from: Sovereign Grace Ministries
Words and music by Bob Kauflin
As recorded on Valley of Vision
When You lead me to the valley of vision
I can see You in the heights
And though my humbling wouldn’t be my decision
It’s here Your glory shines so bright
So let me learn that the cross precedes the crown
To be low is to be high
That the valley’s where You make me more like Christ
Let me find Your grace in the valley
Let me find Your life in my death
Let me find Your joy in my sorrow
Your wealth in my need
That You’re near with every breath
In the valley
In the daytime there are stars in the heavens
But they only shine at night
And the deeper that I go into darkness
The more I see their radiant light
So let me learn that my losses are my gain
To be broken is to heal
That the valley’s where Your power is revealed
© 2006 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI).
09 August 2007
03 August 2007
Since leaving Raleigh on the 15th of July, we've spent 8 days in Missouri with my immediate and extended family (fishing at a state park, rafting down a river, and lots of hanging out at a couple of my aunt's houses), 6 days north of Charlotte at my parents house (unpacking, sorting, repacking and generally making my parents house look like a tornado struck--they graciously put up with it!), and 3 days now in Grand Cayman with Mark's mom. It's been a very busy 2+ weeks and since arriving here we have done a lot of laying around trying to recuperate! It's a good thing island life is slow-paced!
We can't believe that in less than 5 weeks we will be in Scotland! As we spend this remaining time resting, preparing, and packing please pray that we will glorify Christ. Pray also that God will provide an apartment/flat for us to rent either before arriving in Scotland or shortly thereafter. Thanks for going on this journey with us!
"God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us--That Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Let the nations be glad
and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth. Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us. God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him." Psalm 67:1-4