Thursday, July 23, 2009


Sorry that I haven't been on here lately with any new postings, but LIFE has been absolutely crazy! A couple of weeks ago I found out that my dad had not been feeling very good. I hadn't really noticed any changes with him until recently. In the more recent months I don't guess that he had been as "outgoing" as he once was, but I didn't really think too much about it. I mean, come on, just a few months ago he found out that he was going to be a Grandpa. (That can be a lot on a person!) ha. But Seriously, I really didn't give much thought to dad not being himself.

Well, it all kind of came out, like I said, a couple of weeks ago. We were having VBS at our church and my mom and I realized that things just weren't quite right with dad. Later on that evening I called him to check on him to see what was going on and he begin to tell me that he hadn't been feeling that good. My dad had coronary bypass surgery about 13 years ago. He told me that he was beginning to feel like he did before he had bypass surgery. (Since I work for three cardio-thoracic surgeons, this set off a BIG red-flag in my brain). He went on to say that he had been having some chest pain/pressure, fatigue, etc. (This is not a good thing for a 6 month pregnant lady to hear). I told him that coming Monday I would call his cardiologist and get him scheduled for a heart cath. He agreed. Along with the not feeling so good and the "chest" issues, he told me that his nerves were "just shot." You see, my dad does A LOT! He pastors a church full-time, works on rental houses for his friend Bob, helps people at church with things around their house, him and my mom have a house trailer at the lake and he works around there. Like I said, he does a lot. Not only does my dad have a history of heart disease, but he has also been a diabetic for 30+ years. He keeps his diabetes under excellent control, but anyone who works in the medical field knows that when you have diabetes it affects your entire body. I told him that Saturday night that I thought it would be a good time for him to set down for a little bit and let our associate pastors take over some of the load. Unknown to me, the next day, Sunday, he called a staff/board meeting and had my mom and I in there also and said just that... that he needed to get to feeling better and that our associate pastors would start preaching more. Not to say that he's not going to be there, because he is, but some of the load will be taken away. After that early morning meeting during the morning service dad preached one of the best messages that I've ever heard him preach! Talking about how "things" attach themselves to us and how we as Christians, have to shake those things off. The altars were full. It was a great service. That night our associate pastor Austin preached and then on Wednesday night my husband (our other associate) preached. So far, this has worked out great! Dad is still preaching, but I can tell he's already beginning to feel better. Oh and with his heart cath, everything checked out just fine! You may say that there was nothing there, but I am a FIRM believer in the power of prayer and our church and several other church families interceded on my dad's behalf and I believe that there were some blockages, but through prayer his heart is fine!

Below is the most recent pic of my mom and dad. (I have to say, it's not the greatest pic of my dad because he looks goofy, but it will work. ha.) This is for our new church website. Check it out It's still in the early stages, but I think it's going to look really good once it's finished.

Other than my dad and his health, Little Ms. Olivia has been moving around like CRAZY!! I absolutely love it! Tomorrow I will be 6 1/2 months!! My clothing options are wearing thin. (I need to go shopping!!) Hopefully next week I'll get some pics posted of my now Bulging Belly. But I just can't believe how the time is just flying by. I can't wait until she gets here and we get to see her. She's already taken over and she's not even here yet! :-) This weekend is a busy one. It's my Nanny's birthday, my Nanny & Pap Paw's Anniversary & Ben's birthday. I'll try to post some pics from our family BBQ this coming weekend. (Maybe a better pic of my dad). ha! Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers! They are and have been greatly needed and appreciated.

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