Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Cancer is a terrifying word. Chemotherapy
is an equally cringing one. Everyone knows that it is a period
of horrible suffering, and seems more painful than helpful to the one it's being used on.
This post isn't about me! So calm down. We friends and have heard so
many stories where chemo was excruciating and
unbearable. I am not in any way saying that chemotherapy
shouldn't be used at all! What I'm saying is that so many people
suffer with these two words, so those of you who have to go through
it, you are not alone. There is someone in heaven who knows exactly
what you're going through! His name is Jesus! He knows what it's like
to go through excruciating, indescribable physical pain because
He bore it before the cross! Like a cancer patient about to undergo
treatment, He knew what was coming, and in Gethsemane, He was
filled with dread and anxiety. He even begged His Father to forgo
the suffering if there was any other way for Him to satisfy God's
wrath, but there wasn't!
"...and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said
to them, 'My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here
and watch with Me.' He went a little farther and fell on His face, and
prayed, saying, 'O My Father, If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me;
nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.'" Matthew 26:37-39

"And He said to them, 'My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death.
Stay here and watch.' He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and
prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.
And He said, 'Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take
 this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You
will'". Mark 14:34-36

"...and He knelt down and prayed, saying, 'Father, if it is Your will,
take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not My will, but Yours
be done.' Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening
Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat
became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground."
Luke 22:41-44

So, to those of you who have to endure such pain, please remember
that Jesus is real, and that He knows exactly what you're going

"Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for
my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled; but You,
O Lord-how long?
I am weary with my groaning; all night I make my bed swim; I
drench my couch with my tears. My eye wastes away because of
my grief; it grows old because of all my enemies." Psalm 6:2-4, 6,7

"I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint; My
heart is like wax; it has melted within Me. My strength is dried up
like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; You have
brought me to the dust of death." Psalm 22:14-16

"For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with
our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet
without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
Hebrews 4:15, 16

Friday, July 10, 2015


Okay. Here I am again. Sorry it's been a while. At the moment, I can't remember everything that happened in May. But I had a good birthday. It was lower key than usual
but it was a bit more peaceful that way. Our time at Turkey Hill was good.
My team didn't make it to the final round in the
volleyball tournament, but we did get to play 4 games before we were eliminated!
That was fun. I'm glad we were able to play so much.

It's late, I'm tired, and I think I made a mistake in uploading my pictures for this post.
I'll try to fix that so they'll be on.


Thursday, June 11, 2015


By the way, if you would like to view some more of my
Sherlock Holmes drawings, go to
click on the Gallery icon, Artists' Depictions page 3, and
scroll down.

I'm Back!

Hello, everyone! I haven't forgotten about blogging,
but I recently uploaded some pictures I had to catch
up on. Plus using my phone to take pictures because
the cameras have been out of whack. But good
news: my family gave me a new camera for my birthday!
New interests, new goals, being a foster family, plus my
mind has been so occupied with my writing hobby.
But I have not forgotten this blog. Hopefully, now with
 a new camera, I'll be back.

I don't want to mention some of my goals for this year,
I don't want to share them with you, because I might
end up procrastinating and not fulfill them. So,
Lord willing, IF I accomplish them, then you might
get to hear about them. But if you could please pray
that I will follow through and achieve them for once,
that would be nice.

Being a foster family takes commitment, and it can take
up a lot of space in your life. Required medical appointments,
resource appointments, parental visits, home visits from the
social workers, home evaluations, answering the same
questions over and over from curious people, it becomes
a very busy time!
Anyway, you'd ask if we could share about some of our
experiences, so that was my first note on it.

Snow in January

Chloe gets a bath.

Can we go for a walk?
Ahem? I'm waiting!
So pretty.
You know me! I found this adorable, yummy mit at Cracker
Barrel and just couldn't resist it. It has a PB cookie recipe and mix inside.
I'm blessed. Life is GOOD, because of God.
I have more to come later, including pics of my birthday last month!
By the way, how is everyone?

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Okay. Hello, everyone!!!! I'm very sorry it's been soooooo long.
We're still here, thankfully. I've been trying to think of what to post.
We're still doing foster care and that keeps us busy! It's been
quite a new experience, but a very good one!

Last week, we had some bad storms. Mom, Annah, and I were
on our way home when my phone my  beeped with an
urgent alert saying there was a tornado warning in the area!
I called Dad to find out what was going on, and he did say
that we were getting hail at home. We were about 20 minutes
away from home, but the sky looked threatening. We stopped
at a grocery store we regularly go to, but the young guy was
closing it up (boss told him to, and there were lots of windows).
We tried decide what to do. One of our church elders was
texting me back and forth to make sure we had shelter. We
ended up waiting it out at the city hall/police department
which had less windows, two vaults, and a basement.
We only got a heavy down pour, but Aunt Jean and everyone
in her neighborhood received house damage. Thankfully,
no one was hurt though and the sun was out by the time
we got home! Thank God for protecting us.

I wanted to share pictures from our Christmas celebration.
Wow, did getting new phones of our own come in handy
around that time! I could be sitting across Mom from the
room, talking to her and at the same time texting Dad
about her present!
My stash

One of my new ornaments

A beautiful gift bag
I saw the title of this CD and bought it. My thoughts exactly!
Christmas morning
Chloe's all ready. Her stocking is worn and torn, but she still hordes it.
Annah's loot
Don't let the paper fool you. Mom's large gift isn't Toy Story themed,
it's just that that was the only roll of paper we had to cover the whole thing.
Some of Dad's gifts
Annah likes her flip flops
A sweet sweater for the future. I like snowflakes.
I didn't ask for this book, Intentional Walk about some of the
St. Louis Cardinals players, but I secretly wanted it and Annah
gave it to me!
I don't have a picture but one of the best gifts I received
was Dr. Lesslie's new book, Miracles in the ER! It's
the top best one in the whole series, to me anyway.
This was my big, special gift for Annah...
...And I could not believe the hassle it took to find it!



We went nostalgia this Christmas!

Your eyes are not fooling you. Yes, Annah went to great lengths
to bring Woody to me for Christmas!
These below pictures are not in December, but January. I entered an
art show for the first time in my life at the FVL. There were several
different categories. God has used my entries
to bless people, and it was definitely He who gave me the gift. In
case you readers don't know, I like drawing. The results are below.
That was in the adult 18 and cover category. BTW, you can find this drawing
on another website.


Isn't this a really good painting?