Friday, December 3, 2010

Something I Don't Understand

I am not a good driver. Many people in my life have been very candid in sharing with me my lack of driving skills. I suppose it is the fact that I am too aggressive. I like to drive fast. I don't mind passing on the right or the left (and once, when I was pregnant and really had to pee, in the middle turning lane). I have been known to tailgate. And if I have to spend more than 30 minutes in traffic, I need a stiff drink to calm down when I get to my destination.

Since becoming a mother I have worked very hard to improve my driving skills. When my children are in the car, I (usually) leave two car lengths between me and the car in front of me. I don't run through a light when it's "orange." And I don't speed (much). But when I'm alone in my car, I can't help but indulge in my need for speed.

I have to drive down a four lane highway on my way to and from work. Most mornings I am content to drive along with the rest of the people using that particular stretch of road. But every now and then, two cars will go exactly the same speed in the left and right lanes (which is usually about 5 miles below the speed limit). AND THEY WILL NOT MOVE. A long line of cars forms behind both, people clearly trying to get somewhere within a certain time-frame, but these two cars just keep poking along at a glacial speed, single-handedly raising the blood pressure of dozens of drivers.

Why do people do this? They have to know that the rest of us want to get around them. It is not hard to move over and let others go by. And if you need to pass, then pass and MOVE BACK OVER. I mean, dang. It's enough to make me completely nuts.

Can I get a witness? Or should I just put on my big girl panties and get over it?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Mustard Seed that Moved a Mountain

What a fantastic day! We saw two answered prayers in less than 12 hours; I don't think my heart can take the overwhelming joy / relief / gratitude....

First, we got the results of Joshua's cystic fibrosis screening. He does not have CF (which was a very real and scary possibility). That in itself is an answer to prayer, but it gets better. Joshua is not a carrier for either of the gene mutations that Caleb has. That means that he will not have to worry about passing a CF gene on to any of his children. That peace of mind is a gift that just keeps on giving!

Second, we had Joshua's follow-up ENT appointment today. If you remember, he showed a significant improvement at his last visit and we have been anxious to see if the improvement was stable. His hearing test today was the same as three months ago; the improvement remains. He still has a moderate to moderate-severe hearing loss in his left ear, but that is far better than the profound (total) hearing loss he was showing in earlier tests (at high pitches). The doctor said that Joshua's improvement "confuses" him because they do not usually see this kind improvement that remains stable. The audiologist said she doesn't have an explanation for the improvement. I think it is safe to accurately classify this situation as miraculous. And I am happy to give credit where credit is due.

We are on our knees daily praying for God's healing hand on our children. He is the Great Physician, the Creator, the Almighty, the Alpha and the Omega. He is Holy God and yet he promises to provide for our needs. We are his beloved creation. So why should I be surprised that Joshua's hearing has improved? I have asked God over and over for his hand of healing on my child, and he has answered my prayers.

Days like this remind me that, with God, anything is possible. I am so excited to see what he has in store for us in the future. Where does our help come from? It come from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121: 1&2) What an awesome promise!

Thankful

Dear Senator Collins (and McCain), My seven year old son Caleb has cystic fibrosis and I want to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for...