Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"In all states of dilemma or of difficulty...

...prayer is an available source. The ship of prayer may sail through all temptations, doubts and fears, straight up to the throne of God; and though she may be outward bound with only griefs, and groans and sighs, she shall return freighted with a wealth of blessings!"

~ Charles Spurgeon

This past week has been a trying and exhausting one. The Lord has been so good to us though and I praise Him in the trials! Here's what's been happening. This past Saturday, my cousin got married. Devon had fun using her polaroid camera to take mini-pictures of couples! Here is the one she took of Chris and me...

Sunday was church...then that evening ~ I get a phone call that my mom had been out riding (by herself) and was thrown from her horse. She had a concussion and didn't know exactly where she was. This was at dusk and the idea of trying to find her seemed overwhelming as she could be one of a bazillion places when out riding!

God, in His beautiful goodness, graciously fixed this for us! As I am driving to her place (trying VERY hard not to speed) I get another call from Chris and my Brother in Law (who were ahead of me and communicating with my dad) letting me know that the horse had gotten back to the barn and that an acquaintance (while out filling up water at a spring in a field) had found mom on the ground. He thought (from a distance) that she was a turkey...but then realized that was *no* turkey. My dad, Chris and my BIL got there with me close behind. She was nauseated and in a lot of pain. We didn't want to move her for fear of hurting her more. We called 911 and the ambulance & medics arrived and transferred her to a local hospital (in the next town over). My sister who had arrived by then, my aunt and I followed the ambulance to the hospital. To make a long story short ~ she was transferred to a bigger hospital a few  hours away and we found that she had broken two ribs and punctured a lung (which was partially collapsed). She has been being monitored and cared for at that hospital and we are hoping she will get to come home soon (although she will still be down a while...needing to rest and heal).

To make her more comfortable when she gets home, my sister and her girls met us at our parents' home to clean and tidy it. We want it to be nice for her to just walk in and be able to rest with no stress. Church family, friends and loved ones have offered to make meals so we have the next week full of meals for supper set up! Such a blessing! It is a beautiful thing to watch people be the hands and feet of Christ!

While at my mom's, I organized her pantry (isn't that old door fantastic?). I didn't have my camera to take a before picture so I brought it the next day I went to her house so I could at least take an *after* picture! :) I just love looking at it (is that strange?)....

As I said before, my sister and her girls came down to help too. Audra found a little new testament to *read*...

Madelyn found this school picture of me from 11th grade. She kept going on about how adorable I was...and that I look the same! Ha! I'll take that! This was 18 years ago!

So, life has been a bit crazy in these here parts. So much to juggle and lots of running around. Speaking of the midst of all this, I went out for a run yesterday and halfway through ~ wouldn't you know, I got stung just above my sock line. It hurt terribly and I limped home. I have put lavender essential oil on it as well as ice...but now my foot is swollen and terribly uncomfortable. It's not a huge deal but it sure did happen at the worst time! Ay yi yi! ;)

In other quick news....I have been homeschool planning (as we hope to start our school year this Monday coming up) and I have found a new way to organize our books. Each year I try something to see if it works...but I haven't ever been 100% thrilled with any of the previous methods. This year, I am trying this...

Each child has a vertical row...and each subject has a slot. Everything can be gotten (and put away neatly) with each use! Plus, I will have all books readily available to me each week as I am planning out our days! :)

I used my trusty labeler to label the subjects...

And since the organizer has taken the place of our printer, I had to find it a new home! It is now housed in our old television hutch in the old living room (which is now the school room/library)...

So, as you can see ~ we have been really busy lately. If you have made it to the bottom of this post, thanks for sticking with me! I gotta run's late and I haven't eaten supper yet (my stomach is growling!).

Thank you for coming by and for your lovely comments and emails! They truly encourage me so!


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  1. Being an avid horse rider myself, I hate to hear of accidents like this. I am thankful that your mom is alive and not hurt worse than she is. My prayers are with her tonight. Sounds as though you truly are busy, but it sounds like you are fairly organized as well. I love the school book idea.

  2. Blessings and healing to your dear mother, and to you too!
    I love the old door, and that's a very nice pantry!

  3. Life is hard sometimes .... but it is still oh so good. Blessings to you and your precious family, Katy. You are such an inspiration to so many. Thank you for that.

  4. I hope your mom heals quickly. I will add her to my prayer list. My sister had a concussion and it was a long recovery and period of rest for her brain. She is blessed to have you and your sister to come make her home ready for her. Bless you.

  5. I am sorry to hear about your mom. I will pray for her. She is lucky to have such a caring family. You don't look like you have changed at all in the pic. Are you going to be doing a post of your homeschool plans for this year?

  6. Oh my! Praying for your mom (and you, too)! My niece fell off her horse last week and walked away with a headache. Of course, her mom was right there and we started praying immediately

  7. The comment box keeps freezing on me, so I'm leaving another one because I wanted to say that we use a similar system for organizing our homeschool, except they're drawers on wheels. Each kid gets one. It works wonderfully. :)

  8. Oh goodness! I hope your mom is feeling better. How scary for you all. I had a similar phone call about my dad a couple weeks ago; the caller said "your dad has hurt himself, we need you to come over here quick." That's all I knew and I couldn't get there fast enough. (8 miles) He had a gash in his head, but thankfully, no concussion or anything more serious. I pray your mom recovers completely and quickly.

  9. I'll be praying for you mom and her recovery! What a fantastic idea to tidy up her home so she doesn't have to worry about that when she gets discharged!

  10. I love that quote by Spurgeon! So good!

    I am sorry to hear about your mom! God bless and keep her! I hope she is comfortable and heals very soon.

    Your organization of the children's school books looks wonderful!

  11. Oh, sorry to learn that your Mama had an accident! How sweet you all are to rally around her and make her home coming as smooth as possible. I am the same as you when I organize a cupboard...I like to just look at it. :) I trust your Mama will recover well and be good as new soon. How good it is to rest in the Lord's care over us. What a precious thing it is to belong to His Family! Big Hugs, Camille

  12. I promise to pray for you mom. So very thankful it was not worse; please update us on her condition. And a wonderful inspiration with all the organizational skills! I have to keep re-reading so that I can get myself moving too!!

  13. Praying for your MOM,Schooldays,You and your family. I always dislike stings, they really are bothersome. Hope all gets better, and I agree with you.. I LOVE THE DOOR.. :)

  14. Hello Katy,

    I'm taking a break from my blogging break just to catch up on your blog. I will keep your mom in prayer as she recovers. Our Mr.B was thrown nearly 20 years ago and he broke his collar bone, two ribs w/ a punctured lung and 4 bones in one of his feet. Our Songbird was thrown only last summer and suffered a concussion. Thus, I know your mom is in need of prayer. I will also pray for your family and church community. I pray all will heed the leading of our Lord and continue to pitch in and help out so your mother gets plenty of rest. I think rest will be at the top of the list for a quick recovery.
    Madelyn is correct - you do look the same as in high school. You haven't aged a day - What a blessing!
    I am liking this year's school book organization system. Since we have trouble keeping our school books organized, I may give something like this a try. Thanks for sharing your creative organizational skills with us.

    Blessings to you and yours,

  15. My dear Katy, please know that your dear mother will be in my prayers as she recovers.

    Have a most blessed and joyous week. Hugs!

  16. Thanks for all you've been doing for mom and dad! (Like the slots... I may use that idea one day!)


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