This past week was another busy week with sports and events. The day off on Monday was relaxing though and it gave the teachers time to finish up the report cards numbers! Hadassah and Jess wanted to go to Saphora and then to Beiler's Donut Shop (where Hadassah works) and of course, eat donuts and ice cream. The outing was fun and Austin knows what donuts are by now! He always picks the ones with M&M's! It's so cute how he says donut and calls most sweets cookies.
Mike and I went to our church membership meeting on Monday night. Honey Brook Community Church is going back to membership options and the teachings are always to be learned from! We are loving this church of believers and are excited to see Honey brook being transformed into a community of Christ followers!
We had a wonderful, Spirit-filled church service on Sunday morning! The Holy Spirit was there and people were getting anointed and prayed for! It started with a baby dedication for Kailena! This is our friends John and Suz's fifth baby but their first girl!!! She is so cute! After praying over her, our church anointed Damien and had encouraging words spoken to him. Damien was diagnosed with a brain tumor two years ago and had brain surgery done to remove the tumor. He went through a bunch of treatments. Every three months he goes for an MRI in Hershey just to make sure cancer doesn't return!!! Well, Friday was their regular MRI appointment. With so many MRI's showing "good", it was a shock when the doctors said that there is something again in his brain that looks suspicious. We prayed for Damien on Sunday and hoped that God would take away the spot! Monday, they went back to Hershey to have another CAT scan done. It still showed that something was there. So Tuesday, Damien went into surgery to remove, with laser, another small cancer tumor. The doctors hoped that they would just find scar tissue but it was another tumor. It's so hard to see our friends receive this news AGAIN!!! John and Suz have been through so much already and now with the unknown in front of them again, it's so hard!!! Damien was able to come home from the hospital on Wednesday and had a good evening with his family. Waiting for the doctors reports as to what now to do must be so hard. Thursday, Damien was rushed into the hospital again because he was having a seizure. By the night time, he wasn't responding. I have no idea how hard this must be on the parents and family!!! We just kept praying and praying!!! John barely slept that night. Him and Suz are so tired. We went for a quick visit Friday afternoon with JR & Loreen. Watching friends hurt and be so emotionally and physically stretched is difficult!!! But, I keep praying that they will never loose sight of Jesus through all of this!!! Jesus knows what they are going through. He is right there in the midst of such uncertainty!!! By now, Damien was moved into ICU. The doctors have him on meds to help him relax so they weren't expecting him to open his eyes or respond too much that day. It was so refreshing to see their Caring Bridge post this morning saying that Damien is opening his eyes again. Saying a few words. Focusing. It's seems like a long journey ahead for them but with one day at a time, God will strength them!!! Please join our family in praying for Damien and his family!!! They will have many decisions to make in the next few weeks!!!
The new Bible I am reading had this verse drawn on one of the pages. It was a great reminder for me!!!
Tuesday night, Matthew's basketball team played against Hinkletown. Mike went to Seattle for a short business trip so it was up to me to keep little man, Austin occupied! :)))
Matthew did a school project on Russia and this is how his set up looked. Good job!!!
Ashlyn worked on some Valentine cards because these weeks go by so fast that we decided to get a head start on this!!! :)))
Hadassah had her basketball game on Wednesday afternoon. The girls worked so hard but still lost. The game was close and fun to watch though!!! She had basketball practice first thing Thursday morning. Mike usually takes her to these early practises but because he came home at 1 AM, I took her. I was back home just in time to get Matthew up for school!
Matthew had after school basketball practice today. If this sports schedule sounds at all confusing to you, it does to me at times too!!! Mike went to pick him up at 5 PM. He pulled into school driveway and called me. "Where is Matthew today???" "At Faith High School Gym." Thankfully that's not far from school and he was there in no time. But right after Mike called me, so did coach Mr. Hardbold. "Just making sure you guys remembered to come pick Matthew up." :)) I said that Mike's was at school but on his way there! When Mike pulled up to Faith, he called again. "Hun, there's no one here. The lights are all turned off. Where is Matthew?" I told him to look around because I had just talked to his coach!!! Ridiculous as this sounds, I called Mr. Hardbold back and asked where they were!?! He said that he sent an email out saying that Faith was not available today so the practice was moved to Houston Run!!! He said to call Mike and tell him to meet back at school because he was needing to go there to drop things off anyway! I called Mike back and we laughed!!! How ridiculous to not be able to keep up with all the emails and practises and games but on the bright side, we have not forgot a player yet! YET!!! :)))) Mike and Matthew were finally home and eating supper together, in our home, at the dinning room table, felt great!!! You can only have so many hot dogs and snack stand foods before feeling like a sports game jumper!!! :)
We had one more event! Hadassah played volleyball that night at school. Winter league has begun and we went to cheer!!! I love this sport and inside I kinda wish I would be the one playing!!! :)))
It's Friday night. Inauguration Day! With making a quick trip to Hershey to visit John's, my day went fast. I was ready to snuggle on the couch and watch some news. I'm not what you call a history buff by no means but when history is in the making and I can watch, I do!!! President Trump made is appearances at the three balls! It was fun to watch and now we as Christians have a duty to keep praying for our new leader!!! God please be with this land we call America!!! Lead us. Guide us. Help the darkness to be flee and our lights to shine brighter for you!!!
We were so impressed at all the prayers that were spoken at the Inauguration! Then seeing the Piano Guys and Amazing Grace being song at the Balls was encouraging!!!
Mike is always looking for a treat to go with his morning coffee. Sometimes there are options and sometimes not. This morning I decided to make Shoofly Muffins. Austin, our little muffin eater, was all into this!!!
Then I filled mini muffins papers with granola and peach yogurt. Then I froze them. I hope the kids will like these quick snacks!!!
Warm bread just got pulled out of the oven!!!
We look forward to having a weekend around home!
Please remember to pray for Damien and his family!!!