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2012 has undoubtedly been the most heartbreaking year of my life.
I lost my Mom in January and my Dad in December.
I lost my dear sweet cousin and many friends.
I attended more funerals during that one year than
in all my 54 years put together.
I'm Praying with all my heart that 2013 will bring joy.
It will bring opportunities for me to bring joy to others
through the Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
After all That's why we are all here to begin with.
To Serve GOD and HELP OTHERS.
May GOD BLESS 2013
Today would have been my Mom's 76th Birthday. It's still hard to believe she is gone.
Our family is entering our first Holiday Season without her. My heart breaks for my Dad. For the first time in 58 years he will not get to celebrate Christmas with the Love Of His Life.
So much has happened since I have written my last blog.
I had all but given up on my dream to move my family back to the coast after the girl decided to renew the lease on the condo we were going to move into.
(with no deposit. The ONLY way we could afford to do so.)
I did what we should ALWAYS do with EVERY aspect of our lives.
I turned it ALL over to God.
Why do we as humans try to handle everything ourselves knowing full well that if we just give it ALL to God He will work it out.
One afternoon I had this feeling that I should run our washer and dryer for sale on Facebook. Within the hour it was sold. The precious lady also bought our Air Hockey table. That gave us our deposit which meant we could once again begin our search for a place to lease at the beach. Every place I called, within our price range, would not allow our cat Chocolate who has been a member of our family for 13 years.
There was a small yellow sticky note with a number written on it which lay on the table next to my chair. I walked by it daily with this feeling that I should call it but I had no memory of what the number was for. It wasn't like me to just write a number down and not put a name with it so I didn't think it was important.
Finally one day right after we sold the washer & dryer, I picked up the number and walked toward the trash can to toss it. The feeling was so strong that I turned around and walked straight to my phone and dialed the number. The voice on the other end said "Myrtle Grand Vacations". Before the lady could say another word I said, " We have a 13 year old Persian Cat who is part of the family. Do you have ANYTHING available for long term lease?"
She paused for a moment and then said they had one property that would allow cats. After checking on it she said they had one unit available. It was in our price range! The same thing we were paying to live in Easley!
Here's the best news! It was 3 bedrooms, 3 bath, on the 12th floor, OCEAN FRONT!
We could have it until April 1st (which would get us down there and give us 5 months to search for something permanent while living in Paradise.
What a Blessing it was to be able to say yes right then and give her the deposit which if I had called before the washer and dryer sold I would not have been able to do.
For as long as I can remember I have had the dream of living On The Beach. I never dreamed it would ever come true.
Now as I sit here gazing out at the ocean listening to the sound of the waves as they crash onto the shore I am reminded of God's Grace and that if we only let go of our need to control and allow HIM to take over EVERY aspect of our lives He will indeed, effortlessly, make our dreams come true.
To HIM Be The Glory And The Honor
And as we know GOD'S PLAN IS ALWAYS BEST.
Our Beach move was canceled because the lady who was to move out had a
change of plans and decided to sign another year's lease.
Yes - I am beyond disappointed BUT I am Trusting In GOD.
The car we bought the week of Christmas 2011 for the Family we have been helping since 2007 has now died. It's not even worth fixing. They have no way to replace it. We were even having to pay their car insurance. They have no money or credit to get any kind of car.
I have NO idea WHAT they are going to do. BUT GOD DOES.
(See Geneva's story at www.Ourbrokenwings.weebly.com)
Please Keep Her In Your Prayers.
The house (Our Home) we had to sell after our nightmare began, which we had to
finance for the lady, was flooded over a month ago and now stands empty. The new owner has no way to repair the damages because State Farm CANCELED her home owners insurance after her son tragically took his life in the home and she had to file a claim for the clean up. (They said it was because she had filed another claim when hail damage caused the roof to need repairs)
COME ON INSURANCE COMPANIES isn't that the REASON we have insurance to begin with!?!
Please Keep Her In Your Prayers.
I don't know what she's going to do. BUT GOD DOES.
Every Worry We Have can be lifted from our shoulders by doing one simple thing,
HANDING IT OVER TO GOD.
IN ALL THINGS HE HAS A PLAN AND HIS PLAN IS ALWAYS BEST.
For those who truly know me know my passion for the coast and as I always say "Give Me SAND, CONCRETE & PALM TREES and I'm happy".
SO when the offer came to us this week to move back down to Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach and live in one of the most beautiful (furnished) condos I have ever seen for the same price we are living here for my heart began to race!
Of course we handed it all over to God and we believe this is where we are supposed to go.
The family who owns the condo is so sweet and are happy that we are able to make the move.
We have many friends down there and we have Doctors who know us not to mention baby sitters for David.
I just pulled my Beach Bike out of storage. I feel like a kid at Christmas!!
Every time I walk in to check on David (every 10 to 15 minutes) I ask are you excited about moving to the beach? His eyes light up and he shakes his head yes! It's new for him each time I ask.
I know we have moved a lot during these 6 years and each time it was a "have to" or me doing what others told me t do BUT this time I'm doing it 1. Because I feel that God has opened this door and is Blessing us with this opportunity. 2. Because when I am not on the coast I am longing to be there.
Please Pray for us as we make this move in the coming months.
If you look at our bank account you may think that we are poor but take a closer look at this family and you will see how rich we really are.
We have things in our home that so many wealthy people only dream of. We have the sound of laughter all day long. We have the sound of kindness in our voices when we speak to each other. We have the sound of music. Although our son may not think it's that great of a sound. LOL
I sing ALL THE TIME. (I sing because I'm happy - I'm happy because I sing)
We have the sound of God's Word being read every day at least once a day. We have the sound of Prayer many times during the day.
Yes, we have many things that the richest in this world have never had.
But there are also things we don't have that they do. We don't have the sound of yelling or anger in our home. We don't have worry, even when we are down to our last dollar. (We know God will provide.)
God is teaching us so much as He leads us along this journey we have been on for the last 5 & 1/2 years. We are learning what it feels like to have to depend on Our Lord for everything and how we should all live our lives in that way.
We are learning how it feels to walk in the shoes of the poor and that has given us a passion to want to help as many people in need as possible.
I've always had a passion for helping those in need for as long as I can remember but this experience has taken it to a whole new level.
God has given us a heart for Ministry. We have started 12-N-12 which is a movement to encourage others to set a goal to help at least one person in need each month every month.
We have just started OUR BROKEN WINGS which began when God allowed us to save a family of six from being homeless. God brought Geneva's family and our family together in 2007 and He has been working miracles in both of our families' lives ever since.
She and I feel that God is leading us to speak publicly about the Awesome things HE is doing in our lives. To bring Hope to those who feel they have no Hope. To bring awareness to caregivers and families in need. To speak out for those who have no voice.
Please see our new website, which we are still working on, at
God is Soooooooo Good!!!!!!!
I took my Dad to St. Francis Hospital for a shot in his back last Tuesday to see if it would relieve
his pain and enable him to stand up straight and walk without a cane. Praise God he is now doing so for the first time in over 8 months!!!!
He picked me up Sunday Morning for Church and he looked like a new man! Please Pray that when they put the permanent pain block implant in that it will work this well or better. He says this shot has relieved about 75 to 80% of the pain.
It was soooo GREAT seeing him standing up tall and straight again! Next thing we know he'll be back on that motorcycle! :-)
Please Pray for Trammell and me as we are to be at the"Channel 7" TV Studio Thursday morning at 9:30.
Please Pray that the nurse will be here on time to care for David. Last week she was almost an hour late which made Trammell and me almost an hour late for his doctor's appointment. Thank Goodness the doctor we were seeing is a long time friend of my brother and my Dad. They were happy to work with us. Most places would have not only canceled our appointment but would have also charged us for the appointment.
Please Pray for me as I appear on the Your Carolina Show which comes on at 10:00am, (right after The Dr. Phil Show), to tell our story and to try and bring awareness for Caregivers everywhere. For all those families living through the same nightmare we have been living through for 5 & 1/2 years. For All those who are "Living Under House Arrest". We must ALL find ways to help them.
We have now been Blessed with 30 hours of nursing care from Alzheimer's Association to be used over the next 4 months. The bad thing is we have to use them 4 hours at a time. That means Trammell and I will have 7 days over the next 4 months that we can leave our home (for 4 hours)
Trammell's 19th Birthday will be July 19th. I Pray with all my heart that I can somehow make it special. I have tried every year since all this has happened but I always end up telling him next year will be better. He is sooooo sweet he always says "I know you tried Mom".
Last year really broke my heart. Bless his heart, Trammell was the one cheering me up. I sent out emails asking people to Please join us for lunch to help Celebrate with us but no one did. As a matter of fact on his 18th birthday I paid a nurse to stay with David for one hour so Trammell and I could run to eat lunch at a place 1/2 mile from the house. It was all I could afford. As we sat there and ate, watching the time, I had to keep swallowing the lump in my throat to keep from crying. I told him that this was not what I had always dreamed of for his 18th Birthday and that things would be better next year. I am still Praying that they will.
I told him a few weeks ago as we talked about how he was missing getting to go to a Prom and the fact that for him there is no Graduation, no cap and gown (his High School Diploma was sent in the mail) No beach trip with friends. None of the fun things I remember about my Senior Year. I told him I was so sorry that all his teen years ended up being such a nightmare.
Again he comforts me by saying the sweetest thing. He said, "Mom, Please don't worry about all that stuff. Going through all this has made me the man I am today."
Ever since he was a small boy he would come to me when he knew I was having a bad day and say
"It's OK Mom. I just Prayed for you." What more could a Mother ask for.
I PRAISE GOD THAT HE HAS GIVEN ME THE MOST AWESOME CHILD I COULD HAVE EVER DREAM OF RAISING! HOW TRULY BLESSED I AM!!!!!
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Thanks to our friends, Jean and Tom, in Conway, SC we have enough diapers to last for 2 to 3 months! They took up donations of diapers for David a few weeks ago. We got them this week!
WHAT A BLESSING!!!!
God Is Sooooo Good!!! We were down to two packs of diapers with no extra funds to buy
more until the 3rd of June.
That's one thing God is teaching us during this trying time in our life. To worry about nothing!
No matter what it is God will take care of the problem before it ever really becomes a problem.
"Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow." James 1:2-3.
I still believe with all my heart that God has an Awesome Plan for All this.
"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." Romans 8:28.
I Pray every day for HIM To Control Every Aspect of Every Minute of Every Day of Our Lives. That We Keep Our Hearts and Minds Focused on what HE has placed us here to do.
To Serve HIM And Help Others.
HE has laid an awesome idea on my heart called "12-n-12".
We should all strive to help at least 12 people in 12 months.
"And don't forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God." Hebrews 13:16.
There are sooooo many in need and 12 people a year does not sound like a lot but if everyone makes
a point of helping one person or one family each month just think of all the lives that could be
changed for the better. And remember the most important thing we can do for anyone is to Pray for them.
"I tell you, you can Pray for anything, and if you believe that you've received it, it will be yours."
Let them know that Jesus Loves them and HE Will carry them through what ever they are going through.
"Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people."
After 4 weeks and 1 day in the shop and a $1,677.00 bill we got our 2001 minivan back!!!!
YEAH! She's not much but she gets us where we need to go and we missed her.
We want to Thank Kathy and Sharon for their gives of $50.00 and $100.00 to help on
our repair bill and Wilton for the loan of $1,200.00. Without you guys allowing God to work through you as you helped us we would not have our van. The Garage would not release it until we
paid the bill in full.
Last night was night number 1,958 out of which I have had 25 nights of sleep. David went through
6 diapers last night. I don't know how much longer my body and mind can keep this up. I am so
far beyond tired I can't begin to describe how I feel.
I am rushing through this because I have David sitting on the potty right now waiting for me to shave him, cut his hair and get him in the shower. Of course he has no memory of me telling him I will be back in there in five minutes to do all that and by the time I get in there he may be saying he does not want a shower which happens almost every day. It is just like when Trammell was little. What is it about kids! They hate to bath. LOL
Never A Dull Moment Around Here. I Pray for a dull moment or two. LOL
This picture was taken of me BEFORE our world was turned upside down. Believe me, I look a lot more RESTED here than I do now. LOL
I believe we are on this earth for two reasons. To SERVE GOD and to HELP OTHERS.