Friday, December 21, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I have a praise! Yesterday my Grandpa woke up!! It's been almost a month and we were beginning to lose hope. But last night it was like God flipped a switch and decided it was time for him to wake up. Because he did! He's awake, alert, and coherent! He can't talk to us yet because of the tube in his throat, but they are hoping to change that soon. He is confused as to what happened and how long he's been in the hospital, and he's mentioned several times that he's ready to go home. His lungs are still a problem, because they still are not functioning like the should be, but this definitely a step - no a leap! - in the right direction! Thank you all for your prayers!
On a little bit of a sadder note, we lost our family dog of 12 years last night. Barkley, who was technically my brother's dog, died sometime during the night. We had taken him to the vet last week, discovering he had a kidney and bladder infection. He was supposed to go back today to be checked again. I contribute most of this to old age though. I feel bad for my brother who is taking this the hardest. He's always been attached to animals, but Barkley was his companion for 12 years. So I ask prayer for him as losing a pet is harder then alot of people realize.
Now a lighter note - I'm done with finals!! One more semester and I'm done!!!!!!
Have a great weekend!
Friday, December 7, 2007
The surgery went well, and the surgeon said it went better then expected - he didn't hit the nerve in my jaw that he thought he might, so I still have feeling in my bottom lip!! Yay! :)
So far the pain isn't unbearable, but pain meds are helping with that. Currently mashed potatoes, ice, and pain meds are my best friend!
I hope everyone has a great weekend. I would love to hear from you.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I get my wisdom teeth out tomorrow. I'm nervous for this. Possibly more nervous then I should be, but I've never had a cavity or anything, so this is a big deal to me. I have to have all four of the cut out. Luckily, I have chose to be put completely asleep. My consultation was last week and the oral surgeon said that he did see a problem. The nerve that runs through my jaw is higher than most. It runs straight through my wisdom teeth. If he hits this nerve, I will lose feeling in my lower lip. He said that I had to decide whether or not he should take the bottom teeth out, but I'll have to have them out eventually. So I decided I might as well get it over with. There's a big chance that I'll lose feeling, but I guess I'll get used to it.
My grandpa is improving VERY slowly. He's a little more alert, he's starting to follow us around the room with his eyes a little more and responding to things we say by nodding his head. He isn't always this responsive though, this continues to be a roller coaster ride for us. With Kenya coming up so quickly, I just pray for signs of major improvement.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
My life lately has been anything but boring. This last week has proved to not let me down either. On Sunday afternoon last week my Mast family gathered at my aunt and uncle's house in New Paris for Thanksgiving/Christmas (We do this early so my grandparents and head to warmer weather down south). Before we sat down to eat my grandpa complained of chest pain. After asking him several questions and him collapsing in a chair in pain, we called the ambulance and he was rushed to the hospital. To make a very long story short, he's been at the hospital since then. He found out that all arteries were 95% blocked, so he went in Tuesday night for emergency open heart surgery. He had a five time bypass surgery. Everything seemed fine after the surgery so we went home at about 3:30 Wednesday morning. Around 8:00am (after getting a couple hours sleep) we were called back to the hospital by the doctor because a blood vessel in my grandpa's heart tore- and he was losing a lot of blood. From what we've heard now- he should not have lived through that. But the fighter that he is - he did. Currently he's still not breathing on his own, he has had 30 units of blood (thank goodness for A positive blood donors!), and he is not awake. Tomorrow they are going to try for the second time to take the breathing tube out. He is also developing pnemonia. Pray for him and my family as we are trying to get him through this! The doctor has told us that if we can just get him through this little rough patch - he will be fine. We would appreciate your prayers.
On a brighter note- I love that the holidays are coming up! Mike and I went to the mall tonight and the stores are decorated for Christmas. We have been in the holiday movie mood lately too. Tomorrow I got the day off work so Mike and I are having a Christmas movie marathon! I can't wait to relax all day and enjoy his company! Things are going so well! I can't help but smile.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I feel like all anyone is talking about is the tornado - Which is understandable. But besides that, everything is going well. Two jobs plus school is keeping me busier than I would like to be, but Amish Acres is only open for another couple of months, then I'll get a break. Kenya is a mere two months away and I feel like I haven't been able to focus on the preparations very much!! But I'm sure as time gets closer, that will be all I can think about! Mike's sister gets married in ten weeks, and the countdown is on in the Marshall household!! Mike can't wait for her to move out, and his mom is feeling the stress of planning a wedding. Pray for them as they prepare for this joyous event!
Well, the dishwasher repairmen are here and need to know where the fuse box is, so I guess I should go see if they need anything else.
Have a great week!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I've been searching a lot lately. Inside myself mostly. My life is great, I couldn't ask for anything more, I'm extremely blessed. I know that I shouldn't complain about being back in my parents house- because some people's parents wouldn't allow them to come and mooch off of them for another year. I know I shouldn't complain about being in school..still. Because some people would die to go to college but can't afford it. So I am blessed to have these two things. However, in the same breath- I'm exhausted!! I'm frustrated with school, feeling like I'm getting no where. I have this inkling of a feeling inside of me that I'm not going to use my degree at all. I still have this push inside me to move out. Now just let me make it clear that my parents are two of the most wonderful people. They have done nothing wrong. I'm so grateful for their openness to let me come back and live with them while I'm trying to save money. It's just different when I've been on my own for four years to have to come back to some sort of control. So..anyone need a roommate in the Nappanee area? ha. Financially, home is the best place for me. But for my spirit...well... I need out I think.
Ok I'm done complaining.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
On a happier note- I'm looking forward to a few things! Let's begin some countdowns:
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
I feel like God really moved throughout that hill. It was a great scene to watch the sun set on our stage and a crowd of young adults praising Him. It's something that I won't soon forget. After all of the meetings and work involved, it felt so good to stand at the top of the hill and just watch the scene unfold. As frustrated as I may have gotten at times with different circumstances, this moment of quietness with God made it all worth it.
Bring on Syndeo 2008!!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I started a GriefShare class tonight at church. I was a little apprehensive about doing this class, because I wasn't sure if I wanted to bring up emotions that I've buried for the past four years. But I went tonight for the first session. I think it will be a great class to not only help me with some unresolved grief that I still deal with because of the passing of Nick, but also for my future career. Thursday will be 4 years since Nick's accident. Remember to lift up his family in prayer this week.
On a brighter note - Fall is here!! Or so it felt today! It was colder today, and as I was driving I saw a few leaves fall. I love this changing season!
Monday, September 10, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
My situations aren't worthy of mentioning. But evidently they are worthy of losing sleep over. They make me feel as if I could drown at any moment. In one particular situation, I find myself really wanting to give up. To just throw in the towel and say "I'm over it!" But my heart beats the truth...I'm attached. I'm far from over it. But my head is constantly competing with my heart and tries to be my voice of reason. Anyone who knows me though knows that a voice of reason sounds very small and faint against my emotions.
So what am I looking for? Rest, solitude, peace. Peace within myself. Peace in a relationship. I want an apology. I want someone to see what I see. I want to run away. I want understanding. Yes, ultimately I just want this person to understand. To listen. To care.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
My Dad and I will travel to Kenya, Africa this coming December! We will leave the day after Christmas and return January 4th. We will be traveling with just six other people from NMC, and our primary job will be working at the Abandoned Baby Center. Which is exactly what I wanted to do. It feels like this trip was made just for us - We were looking at going in March, but I knew that I would have to raise alot of money for that trip, plus miss school. Well when we received the call about this December trip - it will be cheaper because we are cutting out the two day safari and I won't have to miss any school at all! God knew just what I needed. Please be in prayer for my dad and I as we ask God to begin preparing our hearts for this trip. We are both so excited, and it will be a great bonding experience for both of us. I just can't wait to hold those beautiful babies! Thank you in advance for your prayer support. It means alot.
Monday, July 9, 2007
I know God doesn't always give us clear answers, but on days like this - it would be nice to have some.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Summer is definitely under way, and I am loving my time spent with friends and family. The nights of bike rides, softball games, and late movies are just beginning and I'm so excited to see where this summer may take me.
Also here's a picture of the last group of NMC people who went to Kenya! My dad and I have been excitedly talking about our trip, getting our passports, etc. They will be announcing the dates soon! Also we're taking a Global Impact class this Saturday to prepare ourselves. I just love this picture, and I can't wait to hold those babies myself!!
On a not-so-celebratory note, my heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to the Nine and Flickinger Families. Kim Nine and Deenene Flickinger were killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday night in Nappanee. My deepest sympathies go out to Connie, Ashlie, and Kimmie Nine as they have lost their ex-husband and father; and also to Carl Sr., Carl Jr., and April Flickinger as they deal with the loss of their ex-wife and mother respectively. Let's keep them in our prayers as the coming days bring anger, sorrow, and grief.
Friday, June 1, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I do find comfort knowing that he was there - wrapping his arms around all of the families, victims, and students at VT. He was there in the hotel room when another SB police officer was shot. He weeped for Andrew and his family, and Emily and hers when Emily was killed. He held Andrew as he found out. Just as I know he was in that car with me on that dark Kansas night in September when I found out that Nick was killed. And I know that after four years, he's been with me every step of the way. I do find comfort in all of these things. But it's hard at the end of the day to NOT question why all of these events, and countless others, have happened. I have found peace in the fact that maybe this is God saying -
Monday, April 16, 2007
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Virginia Tech. campus today. The news of the shooting is horrific, and I can't even begin to imagine how those students and families are feeling tonight. They have all been cheated out of normal college experiences, and my heart goes out to them.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Well speaking of all that schooling that I'm tired of...it's on to the homework.