Thursday, June 16, 2011

up, up and away!

It’s been another rough day for Cale. He’s just miserable. OT was this morning and we took another trip to Pike Place Market. After just a couple minutes of us being there, he was done and wanted to leave. I think it wasn’t totally mood as much as it is that his body is feeling the effects of radiation and he’s tired. So, after he was sweet enough to get a picture with me by Rachel the pig at the market, we headed back to the car. He not only let me get the picture by the pig, but also let me stop at one of the bakery’s on the strip that smelled Aaa-maz-ing! I was lured in like a mouse to a trap with cheese. I couldn’t help myself…I bought the best croissant I’ve ever in my life tasted. Pastry land…oh yes I did.



SO….

BIG, EXCITING, SUPER WONDERFUL news…

I’m going to NYC tomorrow! Ahhhh! Yes, you read right! Before we were discharged from the Seattle VA, I had the privilege of getting introduced to some of the staff of the Wounded Warrior Project. Cale and I were able to have a yummy pizza lunch with them as we talked about all that this organization has to offer-it’s crazy awesome! One of the big things they talked with me about is caregiver retreats. Huh? Just the thought of a spa getaway can do wonders for a gal in my shoes! After talking about it all, my excitement grew, and shortly after that lunch, we went home. As you know, the time that we were home, was so great, but also so hard. Daily I was thinking even more about this Spa retreat and how I could really use it, and how much I would love to meet more spouses who have become caregivers (I have so many thoughts about “caregivers”, but those will come for a later day).

Anyways, a few weeks after being home, the lady that is a part of setting up all the retreats gave me a call. Yay! The call went a little differently than I had imagined it would go. She let me know that she could sign me up for a Spa retreat, but wanted to also give me the opportunity to attend a writer’s workshop! She said it’s a onetime thing that the Wounded Warrior Project is teaming up with Writers Guild of America. I don’t know quite what the weekend is going to be like, but I did find out today that I will be given a mentor to help with the process of writing my book!!!!!!! Can you believe this opportunity?! Ahhhhh! When she first told me about it, she cautioned me that the Spa retreat was a very relaxing weekend that I knew I much needed, and that the writer’s workshop was going to be full and busy. The problem was that I had to choose one or the other-I didn’t choose the spa.

I told her that I could do a spa night with friends (yes you! Let’s start planning!) and that the writer’s retreat was something I couldn’t pass up!

Ahhhhh! I am so excited and CAN’T believe it!

There was a bit of a scare though, once we found out we were going to be in Seattle through June. In fact, I cried. I was so disappointed and honestly, I confronted God, wondering why He would open such a wonderful door, only to close it with disappointing news. I was crushed.

Rachel(thank goodness for her)reminded me that there are lots of people that we know, and there was a possibility that we could find someone to help with Cale. She told me not to give up so quickly on getting to go.

This idea didn’t seem too convincing because who in the world can I ask to take on a weekend of taking care of Cale and all that goes with that-like, radiation appointments?! Maybe when we're back in our hometown, it's one thing, but in Seattle? Our moms weren’t able to, and I was getting even more discouraged.

When I was praying one morning, again telling God I just didn’t get it, and trying to think of anyone that could help out, I thought of Sonny. The only reason I thought of him (aside from the Lord putting his name on my heart) was that he was willing to make a drive for someone else, and they ended up not needing him…well, would he be crazy enough to help with Cale?

Yes.

So, Sonny, our worship leader and neighbor is here in Seattle and about to hang out with Cale for a weekend. Lord, be with them!


It’s going to be great. I know it is! Cale is going to love some guy time and I’m going to be soaking up whatever I possibly can from the work shop!

Praise God for the hard days and the good! Blessings beyond blessings have been poured out on us-and I’m so incredibly thankful.

Prayer & Fasting list!

Monday, June 20
8am- Marion& Kim
9am- Sandi& Kim
10am- Bonnie, Krystal, Hannah, Janis, and Kim
11am- Amanda& Kim
12pm- Macy and Mel& Kim
1pm-Nikki, Temarie, Grandma& Kim
2pm- Nikki& Kim
3pm- Nikki , Juan& Kim
4pm- Karen, Vickie, and Kim
5pm- Loriel& Kim
6pm- Kim&Joy
7pm- Deb& Kim
8pm- Kathy& Kim
9pm- Sandra, Megan, and Kim

Tuesday, June 21
8am- Phyllis& Kim
9am- Sandi
10am- Matthew
11am- Matthew
12pm-Casey
1pm- Temarie, Grandma, Janis, Tiffany
2pm
3pm- Juan
4pm- Karen&Vickie
5pm- Loriel
6pm- Joy
7pm- Deb
8pm- Susan&Kathy
9pm- Megan

Wednesday, June 22
8am- Alyssa& Kim
9am- Sandi
10am-Hannah
11am- Reenie& Sarah
12pm-Vickie
1pm- Temarie& Grandma, and Tiffany
2pm- Karen
3pm- Juan
4pm- Deb
5pm- Mama
6pm- Mama
7pm- Mama
8pm- Susan&Kathy
9pm- Sandra &Megan

Thursday, June 23
8am- Jean& Kim
9am- Sandi & Jean
10am- Jean
11am- Jean
12pm- Stacy, Vickie, and Casey
1pm- Temarie, Grandma, Janis
2pm- Sarah
3pm- Juan
4pm-Karen
5pm-Loriel
6pm
7pm- Kay&Deb
8pm-Kathy
9pm- Megan

Friday, June 24
8am- Phyllis& Kim
9am- Sandi
10am-Maegan
11am- Wanda&Maegan
12pm-Maegan&Vickie
1pm- Temarie, Grandma, and Maegan
2pm-Karen&Maegan
3pm- Juan& Maegan
4pm- Janis&Maegan
5pm-Maegan
6pm-Maegan
7pm- Deb
8pm-Kathy
9pm- Megan

6 comments:

  1. Wow Kathleen...We prayed...God heard...God answered. Now go write that book with Him! I am so excited for you and those that God will touch through this book:)Praise God!!! love You

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  2. SO INCREDIBLY excited for you Leena!!!!! God never ceases to amaze and provide!!! Thank you, Jesus!! Love you! :D
    Marilyn

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  3. YAY! YAY! YAY! I am totally stoked for your getting to go to NY. Yes, it will be busy, BUT I truly think it will be energizing in a different way. Sonny and Cale are going to have a wonderful time. Father has great things in store for them too. I love you and am excited to hear about your trip when you get back....I AM EXCITED FOR THE BOOK THAT WILL ONE DAY COME FROM THIS TRIP!!!! I love you, Marion

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  4. YAY! YAY! YAY! I am totally stoked for your getting to go to NY. Yes, it will be busy, BUT I truly think it will be energizing in a different way. Sonny and Cale are going to have a wonderful time. Father has great things in store for them too. I love you and am excited to hear about your trip when you get back....I AM EXCITED FOR THE BOOK THAT WILL ONE DAY COME FROM THIS TRIP!!!! I love you, Marion

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  5. OOOOOPPPPPSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn't mean to do that. HOw did it happen anyway!?!?!! What I don't know would fill TEN books! :( Marion

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  6. So excited for you Kathleen and thank God for a great guy like Sonny. Enjoy your trip. Jean

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