Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Prayers for Sister Linda

So very blessed.........

Today, I ask for your prayers for my dear sister, Linda. She is having an emergency surgery today. She has not been feeling well for some time, and just yesterday, had a CT scan and found the answer to her pain. The doctors will attempt to remove several large kidney stones and hope to save her kidneys from impending failure. We are so very blessed to have 5 sisters and I love them all so dearly. Please ask that God guides the hand of the surgeon and sends her the best nurses to help her through this time. Give her peace and comfort and Your healing hand, Lord.

Linda, I do love you so dearly. I wish I could be with you right now to hold your hand for a little while, but I place my trust in God and in His amazing gift of medicine and talented surgeons. Feel my love across the miles, and know that your sisters love you so much and pray that you will soon be relieved from all this pain and you will be good as new. We will celebrate with you as you are recovering from this! Hugs and much, much love, Sister Carol

A Sister is...

A sister is your guardian angel if she's older,
and your constant shadow if she's younger.
Your confidant, protector of your heart,
and secret keeper. A sister can also be
your enemy; your best adversary at times
of fighting.

She keeps all of your secrets, even the tough
ones. She's the one to tell you constantly
how pretty you are, partly because you look
similar in some ways. Your sister is the one
to call when that one boy talks to you; especially
when he decides to break your heart.
Also she's the first one vowing to beat him up
if he breaks your heart.

Your sister is your mother at a younger age
and you are hers. Not only is she your savior
shall anything happen to you, she also knows
what to do to make you feel better and wipe
away the tears. A sister is your only friend
when all others have walked out, especially
when you need a friend the most. This is
the person you shared your bedroom, and
at any time when your body changes, the one
whom you share clothes with.

She knows what makes you laugh, cry, and
most times is the one to make you laugh
and cry. She gives you a firm grasp of life
and tells you how hard love is so you dont' go
in blind. She has the qualities of an angel and
will never leave your side. She's the one who
understands every personal event life throws
at you, for she lost the same loved one you did.

To me a sister is all of these qualities rolled into
one. For I am the lucky one to have a big
sister like you.

Linda has had her procedure, and has come though fine. I talked to her husband, and he said she is wincing a bit as she is waking up from surgery. They were able to "zap" or shock her one kidney about 2400 times!!!! The second kidney, a few times less than that, but those big old stones are nothing but SAND!!!! She will not have to have the more invasive surgery at this time, thank the Lord! Sounds like it could be pretty uncomfortable recovery, but worst case scenario was that they would have to cut her open from her belly button around to her back to get to her kidneys. This will be much better! She will be going home tonight, so probably won't have time for any visitors, but I am sure she would love some emails or calls in the next few days! You rest now Linda and take care of yourself. Others can wait for a while!!! Love you forever!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Brittany

Brittany's children made these paintings for their mama's birthday-
Kavian - Braylyn- Calvin say: Happy Birthday Mom!!! 1-17-11

Happy Birthday to our Daughter-In-Law, Brittany. She has been such a blessing to our family and she and Brandon have blessed us with 3 amazing grandbabies! Thank you for those gifts to

Every year on your birthday,
I think how glad I am that you were born,
How thankful I am to have you in my life.
Every year is another year
Filled with the special joys you bring
Just by being yourself.
Every year when you open your gifts,
Realize what a gift YOU are
to everyone who knows you,
especially me!
Happy Birthday!

-Joanna Fuchs

-photos by Christi Childress

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Where's the Line?

My friend Lynda from Texas sent an email to me with a link to the most amazing song: "Where's the Line to see Jesus?" It is sung by Becky Kelley and is a relatively new song but is quickly becoming very popular. Check it out and you will be blessed!http//
The story was prompted by her nephew, who is 4 years old, asking her a question at the mall. If everyone is standing in a line to meet Santa, shouldn't there be a line to meet Jesus??? How amazing is that?
Kelley says, "I am blown away. DJ's are calling me and asking me, Who are you? Do you have anything else? What other records do you have?" I have to tell them, "This is it. I don't have anything else!"
Thanks to Lynda, I was able to go the Becky Kelley's website and order the demo, and the accompanyment track and I am going to sing it in church this Sunday. It may be considered a Christmas song, but I am not willing to wait until a year from now to tell this story through song!
"Where's the line to see Jesus? Is it here at the store? If Christmas time is His birthday, why don't we see him more? Where's the line to see Jesus? He was born for me. Santa Claus brought me presents, but Christ gave His life for me. In the blink of of an eye, at the sound of His trump, we'll all stand in line at His throne. Every knee shall bow down, every tongue shall confess that JESUS CHRIST is LORD!"
This is a Christmas story worthy of being told all year long! AMEN!!!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year

What a difference a year makes. One year ago, Marissa called, completely engulfed in tears....

Thanking God, one year later, for her safety and for His healing.

As we welcome 2011, take this day to attend your church.
Take this day to thank God for His many, many blessings.
Take this day to hug your babies and thank Him for his safety.
Take this day to thank God for sending His Son for us.

Take this day to love.What makes love so amazing? Love is what motivated the Father to send His only Son to die for us. Without love, there would have been no redemption for mankind. Not only would we be without love, there would also be no faith, and no hope. You see, nothing else matters, without love. It is the foundation for every other good thing in our lives. Blessings to all of you as we enter a new year, even more blessed than the year before