Friday, November 21, 2008

Excited and What I am THANKFUL for!!!

Well to say I'm excited is an understatement. I have finally made it it November 21st...Our movie is finally coming out!!! Whoo hoo!!! And on top of that, Jason's boss is letting him come home for the week of Thanksgiving! It is a little gesture, but it means a lot to me, to him, his family, and his friends!

What am I THANKFUL for?

I am thankful for many things! I am thankful for a family that encourages me to do my best at all times. I am thankful for Jason... my "manfriend", who is in one word AMAZING!!! He is sweet, loving, silly, handsome, encouraging, compassionate, and a wonderful man! I am thankful for my friends for whom I am better because of! I am thankful for my church, who are friends, but for whom I want to speak to separately. My church prays, and I know when they pray, because God listens. I am thankful for the fellowship that I have with them and for the love that they share with me when I am away from home. Most of all, I am thankful for God. He loves me through my faults and is compassionate to me when I am undeserving.

There is a lot more, and I could go on and on, but I think that it means so much more when you do it face to face. So thanks for the idea Michelle, I hope to get to tell all of you very soon how much you mean to me!


Monday, November 10, 2008

The Things I Can't Fix

I have spent a lot of time at the hospital over the last couple of days. I look at my dad and think about who he is and the character that he possesses. Even when he feels the worst, he still manages to crack a joke and flirt with the nurses.

I have talked a lot about my dad over the last couple of months in passing, but I feel like today is as good as any day to talk more. My dad is wonderful. Now don't get me wrong, my mom is great too, but today is about dad.

I can think of so many occasions of just dad and I. When he took me to my first Disney movie, when he taught me how to shoot a basketball, when he taught me how to grill things. So many memories flood my mind, but the best memory is remembering his love of God and how he placed that above all other things.

As many of you know, for my dad's age, COGOP members would probably say he is still a babe in Christ. My dad became a christian about 14 years ago, after sitting on the bench with my mom for around 17 years. That is a long time to sit and not give into God's power! But my dad said he knew when he was 12 that God had a plan for him. My dad will sit and tell you of several occasions when he should have passed away, but that he knew that God had his hand of protection over him, and he survived. My dad has always been a great role model and a great dad. My dad taught me how to work and how to love and how to try and love work. My memories of him make me smile and make me look forwardto the times we will have to come.

Today he is still in the hospital. He is in pain, but he is making it. He is strong! I am so thankful to all the prayers that have been sent up and for the prayers that are continually floating there. Please when you pray, pray not only for my dad and my family, but also pray for the surgeon and his team who will be doing the transplant. God is in control, and we will wait patiently until he see fit to give dad his organ.

Much Love