Continuing Fresh

There is a giddy emotion about the new year. New beginnings are fresh and fun and promising. Important.

I’m so curious what others are thinking about the year ahead. I’ve got a few things up my sleeve myself. God reminded me this morning that we’ll have to walk each day out.

As the sun is making that fast settle into the cold western horizon, I’m certain about this thing. As new as the calendar year is, the process is as old as time. My fresh hopes are built on steps journeyed in the past. I’m continuing a life today, always today. I’ve been set apart, carefully protected, because I’m a child of the King.

So my words for 2013 are -

Sustain
Coincide
Abundance
Gather
Streamline
Lead
Disburse
Create
Restore

Follow me, will you? Lets do this together because we never really accomplish anything alone.

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Healing Can Be Exhausting

I’ve lost track what day this is in the lengthening process. We are still pushing hard to grow new bone cells. A millimeter a day. That’s the mission statement for anyone doing this distraction method of lengthening. A millimeter a day.

I reflect on the prior surgery and remember how intense this time is. I’m starting to feel the fatigue. His body is starting show signs of how taxing this is. Everything we do is to support the body’s function of duplicating cells. I’m not a nurse but I wear the hat.

All journeys of healing can be exhausting. The way we do life gets changed…at least a little. We tend to think more of what is at hand and less of the bigger picture. Hope and despair dance across our moment by moments.

More than ever I am grateful for the people that pop into our world to say hey. A text from out of the blue reminds me there is life out there! Friends from work check in and offer advice or a listening ear. Family cheer us on and offer prayers for the right nowstuff. Last night, my recently graduated daughter caught up with me just to give me a hug. Several actually. From her 4 inches taller than me stance she bent down and hugged me and hugged me, then kissed my cheek. “Mom, I just thought you needed that!” Ahhh.

I am reminded we never are alone. So millimeter by millimeter we grow our way to health. life Emerging.

Later gators,

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Help? How?

So you want help but you can’t find help. You tried to help but they don’t want your help.

What’s our deal, anyway? I’m on this adventure of being a Jesus follower, learning about Kingdom living, my eyes ever adjusting to seeing God in the present. Community living, being one with the Father, is still pretty new for me.

I know in the growing that Life Emerges and I start to mature. Lately, I am contemplating what help looks like. The giving and the receiving. It takes vulnerability to ask for help. And help doesn’t always come in the way we expect – or want. So is that help? And when we are “helping” others are we really helping?

Every situation is different for sure. But as the Body of Christ I think we have some things to learn.  I don’t have answers but lets talk about it.  Share some ideas & experience. We both can learn more, right?  I’d let you go first but…well…anyway. Here is my random thoughts this week:

  • Be specific when you offer help to someone. “Let me know if you need anything” doesn’t mean beans.
  • Listen! Find out what the need is. Be a friend. Don’t be a fixer.
  • If someone is vulnerable enough to ask you for a favor be dead honest with them. No, I don’t want to help in that way. Or I can’t do that right now.
  • Let them know WHAT you CAN do…even it is nothing at that time.
  • Be realistic when you ask for help. One person isn’t your end all solution.
  • Learn to see what God might bring you in the way of help. Open your eyes. Then give thanks.
  • Remember God is in the undone and the messy not just the organized & tidy.
  • Know one anthers strengths and remind them.  Sometimes we are a bridge to finding the help for one anther.
  • Remember the little things. Life Emerges in the little grains of this garden of living. Remember the small stuff.

I want to encourage somebody with their garden & with raising their livestock. That’s where my heart is this week. And I would love it if someone to come haul some tables & chairs back to the church for me.  And of course, I imagine I would be giddy if someone asked if they could stop at the store today for me.

How can we help one anther?

Be blessed my friends!

A Wrench and the Blowdryer

We are 18 days into the leg lengthening process.  So far so good I am happy to report.

Image by Leo Reynolds via Flicker

He is getting more mobile and as comfortable as can be expected.  Pin sites continue to flare up and cause concern but that is part of living with an ex-fix. We appreciate prayers for continued healing and protection from mega bacteria.  There are 10 holes with pins or wires to deal with. I never take happy pin sites for granted.

The skin is thin over the shin bone and we are starting to see some tearing.  Yes, that is painful! The wires are smaller in diameter which seems like they would be more comfortable to “wear”.  The down side to wires protruding from the skin is they want to heal (seal) together, trapping germs beneath the skin and in the tract, only to break open in the form of a sore.

Are you still with me? I know these details aren’t for everyone.

The soft tissues are feeling the effects of the bone growing so rapidly. They have less ability to “stretch” or duplicate compared to how quickly bone cells fill in.  In the beginning, the soft tissues have built-in elasticity by nature so they keep up well.  The further we go the more difficult it is for muscles, tendons, and as we see…skin.

One of the struts is so tight that I can’t move it with my fingertips now. I have to use a wrench to turn the nut that lengthens that side.  I’m no stranger to using tools but mammas shouldn’t have to use it on their babies! Luckily, it isn’t too painful for the Bionic Boy. You want to know what his concern was?  “Don’t scratch my paint, Mom.” Really? The finish on the ex-fix was the least of my concerns.  Boys.

He also was noticing that the black finish on the fixator was starting to show water spots from the shower.  I told him he could use my blow dryer on cool after he got out of the shower to dry it. He was all over that tonight.

I guess when you have a piercing like this one you want to keep it shiny.

Everyday we have a good day we know God is near. Everyday there are challenges we know God is near. He is in the good & bad days. Life is Emerging as we recognize the fullness of life in the here and now.

I hope you see more of Him in your days…the good and the bad ones. He is near & He cares about every detail.

What are your tools turned into blessings?

Stacation + Weekend Menu

Kickin off summer!  Woot woot!

Finials have been taken. Grades are recorded. Graduations are over. Last day’s of school are completed around here. We are free for the summer! This weekend marks the beginning of summer for most people.  I’m so glad we don’t like to camp on Memorial Day Weekend. It’s staycation around here.

The weather is a little cool & overcast. Perfect for catching up on some overdue rest.  I downloaded Whole Living magazine on my iPad for the weekend. We are planning some good wholesome food.  I am hoping to feed that boy mega protein, calcium, and antioxidants, but no doubt we’ll have our fair share of sugar.  A trip to the local Owyhee Ice Cream shop and a good round of Phase 10 is on the agenda.

One thing I am learning about the abundant life is it takes abundant rest. Great ideas don’t come from hurried thoughts. Deep healing doesn’t take place in short breaths. Joy requires fuel and that is nothing short of constant rejuvenation.

Want to join me in trying a new recipe that might make your weekend life emerge, too?

Lemonade Chicken Kebabs

1 pound chicken breast cut in 1″ cubes

1 can frozen lemonade, thawed

3 T soy sauce

3 T olive oil

1 Ripe but firm Mango cut in 1 1/2″ chunks

Honeydew melon cut in 1 1/2″ chunks

Combine lemonade, soy sauce, and olive oil. Reserve 1/4 cup. Marinate chicken for 2 hrs in refrigerator. Place mango & melon in reserved sauce.

Preheat grill to medium high.  Thread drained chicken cubes onto skewers. On separate skewers thread fruit chunks, alternating fruits.  Grill meat for 10-12 minutes or until center is 165*F.  Add fruit kebabs to grill after turning turkey kebabs.

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Grilled Potato Planks

11/2 lb unpeeled potatoes cut into 1/2″ thick slices

3 T Olive oil

2 teaspoons Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped

1 Garlic clove, minced

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/4 teaspoon Pepper

Preheat grill to medium high. Combine oil & seasonings in a dish. Ad potato slices, turning until well coated.

Grill for 8 or so minutes. Turn and continue grilling 10 more minutes until cooked.

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Lemonade Milk Shake

2 cups milk

1pint vanilla yogurt

Frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

1 pint lemon sorbet, softened

In a blend combine first 3 ingredients.  Process until smooth. Pour into tall glasses & top with a large scoop of sorbet.

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Luke 12:34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Remember your treasure my friends,