Saturday, April 26, 2008

My Family

I am excited to write a blog about what is near and dear to my family!  
I am the proud mother of five great kids.  Actually they are not really kids but grown adults, but Moms have a very unique gift of looking at a 30 year old offspring and seeing both a great adult and a 9 year old boy at the same time.  I don't exactly understand how we do it, but the man or woman of today is still shadowed by the child of the past.  So, to me they are still my 'kids'.  

I have 4 tall, handsome, smart sons.
Adam, Joseph, Daniel and Jacob.  It's not often I can get all 5 of them together for a picture.  But when I do, they will always put themselves into birth order.  I don't ask them to, it doesn't really matter to me...I just want a picture, but they will rearrange themselves in order.  In this picture, they are in order,  it just R to L, Jacob is the youngest in the black coat.  This picture was taken last Thanksgiving at my parent's home.  It was no easy task getting them to pose for the picture. I often have the same trouble with my grandkids, getting them to be still and pose, but they are small children so it's understandable...but my boys are almost as difficult.   The picture above is  good, but see what I had to go through first to get it....

I also have a lovely daughter, Rachel.  She is a great joy to my life!  I have such admiration for her...she is extremely talented and very smart.  I have often thought if I had had such insight and wisdom when I was her age, how different my life may have been.

I took this picture of her on a trip we took last September to Orlando, Florida.  My job had sent me to a conference there and I was allowed to take one guest with me.  We had a great time.  We took a little side trip to St Augustine to see the ocean.  I thought this picture was so pretty with the colors in the sky.
Please check out Rachel's blog at

Adam and Joseph are both married.  I am so blessed to have such wonderful daughter-in-laws!
When my kids were young,  I often wished for another daughter, and Rachel use to complain that she didn't have a sister.  God has fulfilled that desire for both of us by send Shelly and Erin into our lives!  If I could have chosen wives for my sons, I couldn't have pick any better than them!  They are both loving wives to my sons, and devoted mothers to my grandchildren.  They have added much to our family and I love them both!

Adam and Shelly

Joseph and Erin  with baby Jordon

Adam and Shelly have four children, Emily age 7, Julianna age 5, Rider age 3 and Sheldon who just celebrated his first birthday this month





Joseph and Erin have three children, Michael age 4, Ora age 3 and Jordon age 16 months.
(Please go to Erin's blog at to see more pictures of their family.)




My first grandchild was born in 2001, and one has been born every year since.  I think that has been pretty cool!  But I know it can't continue.  In 2006, I didn't think I would have one that year, and then we learned that Jordon was coming in December.  Again this year, I thought the same thing, but we just learned that Erin is expecting her fourth child in I'll have #8 in 2008!!!   I can't help but be curious if there will be a #9  next year...we'll just have to wait and see!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Casting my net

There are so many things I want to write family, my new house, my goals and plans for the year, memories, my thoughts on what is going on in the world, our upcoming presidential election...(actually there is only one word for that--HELP!). There are many things to write and pictures to share, but I am going to post one more blog about this job of mine. Not that it will be of much interest to anyone, but I just need to write about it.

I shared last time about how demanding it is. Well, it has only intensified each week, and I feel more and more consumed by it. The administrator pulled me into her office this past week and asked me how I was feeling about things. I confessed to her that I was very unhappy. I feel that every waking moment of my day is spent thinking, planning, worrying or dreading some aspect of this job. I don't sleep well, I wake up at 3:00 am every morning with my mind 'racing'. I feel I have no energy or emotion for my marriage, my family, or any other aspect of my life. She agreed that it was difficult, and reminded me that to correct the problems of this facility it was going to take about a year of long days and hard work to get there. She then asked me, " Are you willing to stick with me to do this?" I said no.

I hate to think of myself as a quitter. But, after much thought and prayer, I believe the right thing to do is to admit that I am not able to meet the needs and the demands of this position and the fair thing for both me and the facility is to step down and allow another more experienced nurse take the director position. I have to admit my pride is getting kicked a bit. She asked me to stay for a month and I agreed. I hope my ego won't be too badly bruised during the next month.

I have no other job to go to yet.
That's a bit scary, especially since we just bought a new house with a pretty hefty mortgage payment. But I reconize this as an opportunity to walk in faith. I am trusting in God. He knows my needs and I know he will direct me to a position that will fit perfectly with my skills and strengths, and will provide for us financially.

Yesterday I sat at my computer and filled out a long, tedious on-line application with the state for a VA SNF that is just a few minutes from my home. I also updated my resume and posted it on several sites. I also emailed it to some hospitals, hospices and nursing homes. I am also considering a couple of positions within this same company. As I was doing all of this, I thought of the story in the New Testament of Peter who by trade was a fisherman, and had had a very unsuccessful night of fishing. I am sure he was discouraged and probably worried about the impact it would have on his family. Jesus told him to go back out and to cast his nets. Peter reluctantly did this and his catch was so great the boat began to sink. (Luke 5:4-6) God does care about our jobs. I have cast out my 'net' and will trust in God to fill it.