Monday, August 31, 2009

A Fresh Start

As you all know by now, Doc quit his job as a Family Practice doctor and took a new job. He officially starts his Medical Directorship today.

Originally, we thought that our house would be sold and we would all be moved to the big city by the time this change occurred but the good Lord had other plans! So this day is a little different than I thought it would be. Doc woke me up this morning saying, "The hooligans are already up and downstairs." So I went and brushed my teeth and went down to the kitchen. When I walked in, I was a bit taken aback. Doc was eating breakfast at the kitchen table. Now, to the average American housewife, this does not seem like anything abnormal, eating Raisin Bran. However, we have been married for 10 years and during those 10 years, he has eaten breakfast 6 days out of the week at the hospital. I NEVER see the man eat breakfast during the work week. It just struck me as really a good way.

Anyway, around here, life goes on. SG had a breakfast of Cheetos and leftover pizza and Bub had played an hour of Nintendo DS before Doc and I even made it downstairs. Lou is getting ready to do her school work and Ladybug is still sleeping snug in bed. But something is different. The weight of the world has dissipated off of Doc's shoulders. He is happy. Oh, what a blessing!

I gave him a "Doctor's Bible" and a card as a little gift to send him off this morning.

He told me that he was going to bring his workout clothes and maybe workout when he got back into town and that he would still be home early with no work tonight!!!

He told the boys goodbye and smooched me and headed out the door to his new Honda Civic Hybrid! New car, new job, new lease on life.

The Word says in Lamentations 3:22-24 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

22 [Because of] the LORD's faithful love
we do not perish,
for His mercies never end.

23 They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness!

24 I say: The LORD is my portion,
therefore I will put my hope in Him.

I love the idea of "His mercies never ending and being new every morning!" It means God believes in fresh starts, too! Be blessed today!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A New Do for Lou

Lou Lou, being the big 8 year old that she is now, decided she would maybe like to cut her hair off. She has had long hair forever. I told her about Locks of Love and she decided that she would like to donate her hair to be made into a wig for a child that has lost his or her hair due to cancer treatments or disease. This is the long haired, pre-haircut Lou Lou!

This is the prepped for haircut shot of Lou!

And here's the after! While I was cutting her hair, she kept repeating,"Some little girl is going to be so happy to have my hair!!!" I think she was half happy about it and half trying to stay brave for the big change!

We talked about how sometimes even little kids have an opportunity to help someone out and bless them! I'm very proud of her! And I think she looks really grown up with her new do! Hopefully this hair will make someone really happy!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

For Margaret

Hi. I'm DW. Remember me? I look like this. (At least at the moment.)

I would just like to state for the record that I'm still alive...although, one would think otherwise if one had been waiting for a new blog post in the last month and a half or so. (Margaret, I got your message, Sister. This one is for you. Thanks for missing me!)

There are many reasons for my absence, but mainly, I've just had things on my mind that I frankly felt as though I shouldn't put out on the internet for the whole world to read... but don't fear. I am now on vacation with my wonderful Doc and I have a little bit of time and a clear enough head to blog again. What a pleasant thing...

A little update...Doc starts his new job on Monday. His last day at the clinic was last Thursday. We stayed up multiple nights last week moving his office and clearing out 7 years worth of clutter and stuff. We moved his office furniture into our home office and it looks MUCH better than the ragtag bunch of of furniture that was there before. It was a lot of work.

We invited a young woman to live with us and to get a fresh start in life. We are trying to help her walk through all the red tape and paperwork associated with getting her affairs in order...getting copies of her kids Social Security Cards and stuff like that. I have to say, it has not given me much hope for others out there who are down on their luck. Getting stuff done when the government is involved is hard. Stupid hard. I am happy to report that she has gotten a job and should start working soon! She is thrilled and I am SO PROUD OF HER!!! She's really pulling herself up by her bootstraps.

We also began homeschooling for the year. We began at the beginning of August which is very early in the summer but let me tell you...MY KIDS NEED STRUCTURE. Seriously. Also, I have hopes that we will need to take a couple weeks off of school to get moved to the big city where Doc's job is. First things first, though, we must sell our house. The economy in our little town is so depressed that there just aren't jobs that pay well enough to buy and maintain a house like ours. I think we may be stuck waiting until next summer when the clinic has better hopes of filling his empty position with doctor who is fresh out of residency. It is a lesson in trusting the Lord. This verse has been on my heart lately...For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11 (New International Version)

Bub learned to ride his big boy bike (and thinks he should be able to ride when and where ever he wants). Lou turned 8 and made a big change which I will post about later. Ladybug is now walking. Southern Gentleman has developed a love for whining and throwing him self on the floor while screaming like someone is cutting his leg off. You goes on. Sometimes it is a season where you hold on tight and pray that it all levels out soon. I think it will. I hope it will.

That pretty much brings you up to date... this week I am getting to indulge in a little one on one time with my husband. I am sitting in a cabin on Lake Beaver in Arkansas enjoying the views out the windows, the sounds filtering in through the screen door and the big smile in Doc's eyes and on his face because going fishing in his boat is available to him at his whim for 3 days.

Ahhh, freedom. (Thank you Grammy!) Now if you don't mind...I'll have to post more later. I have some enjoying of life to do!!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Life is Cruel

I'm on a diet. There is the smell of roasted garlic wafting in the air. There is a homemade lasagna in the refrigerator waiting to go into the oven. There is also a Funfetti birthday cake sitting on the table, frosted with way too much vanilla frosting. I will be having a protein shake or something equally appetizing. Life is cruel and my behind is too big.