Thursday, April 30, 2009

Update on Bob- Praise and Prayer

another photo of Bob with his beloved Romanian kids

Hi Friends!

Thank you all so so much for your prayers for Bob. They mean the world to me and his family. I received the following update fron his wife Jan. He is doing better, but still needs lots of prayer as this is a long road to recovery. I am truly humbled by all who have said they are praying. Thank you again, and I'll be back soon with more housewifery. :)

April 2nd Bob donated a kidney in Ottawa to his nephew
Two weeks of great recovery for them both and then Bob began to feel a bit unwell.
Things turned serious last Thursday when Bob and Jan went to emergency to see about what was going on. What followed was an emergency surgery on Saturday morning to remove Bob's colon. Today, Wednesday almost a week later and he is beginning to improve. Today was a good day and it seems possible yet unbelievable that he will be able to come home from the hospital in possibly 3-4 days if he continues to progress. He got to begin to "drink" fluids today and I've never seen someone so excited about apple juice.

Friends, family, neighbours, colleagues...everyone has been amazing. It has been quite a week for our whole extended family and we continue to journey it together.

Please continue to remember us in your thoughts and prayers, and our nephew Bryan as he continues his journey to full recovery as well.

Bob's humor is back....lots of comments that I could insert here due to my sleep depraved mood, but I know I would regret it. I guess this is a good sign, that his humor is back I mean.

I am very thankful and humbled by this situation. Each day brings something new into our lives, this past week has brought unexpected challenges and unexpected encouragements.
Thank you for your friendship and love.

Jan

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Prayer Request

bob with some Romanian orphans

Greetings friends, just a quick but important prayer request. A dear friend and co-worker of mine, Bob Fukumoto, is in hospital due to severe complications from a kidney donation he recently made. Bob is a Canadian missionary to Romania, and makes multiple trips a year to work with the orphans in that nation. he has a huge heart, especially for kids, and he's just one of the funnest, funniest guys you'd ever know.

Bob recently gave a kidney
to his nephew who was in great need of one. His nephew has had an awesome recovery and it appears his body is accepting the kidney just fine. Bob was doing well for a couple of weeks post-surgery but then started to have pain, and it was found that due to the surgery there was a blockage in blood flow to his large intestine. Bob had surgery over the weekend and has his *entire* large intestine removed. He is a great deal of pain and the doctors are still waitng for his intestines to start working properly post-surgery. I would greatly appreciate you prayer warriors out there to take a moment and intercede for my dear brother.

Thank you, ladies and sisters in Christ.

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Armchair Housewife Returns



Hello ladies and dear online friends! I want to say thank you all so much for your kind commetns and emails to me over the past month or more. 2009 really had a rough start for me, it has been a tough season, but God is very good and I have learned a lot and see the Lord move in this time. And I am getting back into the swing of things and getting more exciting about homemaking again.


I was in spring cleaning mode today and did something that I have been both dying to and dreading to do all winter: clean my deck! We live in a second story apartment (upstairs of a house) and have a nice upstairs deck off our kitchen. Because it's of little practical use during the late fall and winter (we do live in Canada), it ends up becoming a bad garage-like "catch all" for stuff I don't want to take care of and have no place to put in our house. Also, as you will see in a moment, becuase I was without a recycling blue box for many months, recycling was collecting outside. Eeegads... it's embarassing.

So my first post back into blogging is a confession and a before/after. Behold the nasty mess:


Angle One


Angle Two

Yikes- Angle Three

It was a gorgeous day to be cleaning, here is a shot mid-way through the shovel-out:


The deck is far from "finished". I have a number of furniture items at the back of the deck that need to be put out on our next large item garbage pick-up day. But it's a heck of a lot better, behold:




Unfortunately the deck is old and there is wood rotting at the endges from water damage, and there's nothing I can really do about that. Last year we couldn't afford deck furniture but I am really hoping this year we can. I did sit out there this evening and enjoy the fruit of my labor while journaling and praying.

More photos to come once I can get that furniture out and new cute deck furniture in.

Thanks again, ladies, and God bless you all for your prayers. Be back soon!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Hard Times for this Housewife

Hi friends,

I wanted to say thank you
all for your sweet comments, stopping by and saying hi and letting me know you're thinking of me. It means a lot, so thank you.

I experienced a miscarriage in March and as such have not been blogging. Caleb and I found out in mid- February that we were going to be expecting our first child, and while that was very exciting news, it wasn't too long after we found out I was pregnant that I started having concerning signs. I experienced what is referred to as a "threatened miscarriage" for two weeks until the miscarriage proper started and lasted for about five days. It was a long, hard, painful, emotionally and physically draining experience. I then had about two weeks of lightheadedness and neausea as the hormones left my body, soI am just now finally starting to feel totally normal physically. Of course emotionally there are still days when I struggle, and I know the heartache won't just disappear overnight.

So, as such I have really been just doing the bare-bones housekeeping, making sure things are cleaned up and clean clothes for our backs, but I've not had the energy, mental or physical, for much beyond that. In addition, and I share all of this as I would ask your prayers, I am having a hard time finding any joy in my homemaking post this experience. I've wanted children for many years now, and have longed to be a stay at home mom and homemaker, and I think losing this child has drained a lot of the joy I was building in my heart about being a keeper at home. I am totally at peace with knowing that my little one is in heaven with the Lord, but as for me, and the life I am still leading here, I sometmes feel a bit lost and confused through all of this.

Thank you, dear online sisters
for always being an encouragement and inspiration for me about being the best homemaker I can be. I know in time I will return to my excitement about this God-ordained role, but for now I covet your prayers, and apologize for my absense on your blogs and my own.

God bless you all and I'll be back sooner rather than later, I do hope. :)