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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Back from summer camp

Went to the hill country near Kerrville for Boy Scout Summer camp. Was hot and humid but it was great to be with the kids. Had a great group of boys and adults. It has taken me over a week to recope from camp. Had about six hours or less of sleep each night. Typical summer camp. Good news is I did not lose any weight.

I am asking for prayers for Jim Stewart (Lucille's dad). He is having some heart problems. Walker (grandson) is going to Mayo Clinic Aug 9 for evaluation. Hopefully, they can find out problems he is having and get them fixed!

Only a few more weeks of summer and then school starts up! Days go faster and faster it seems. It seems to get harder and harder to get everything done each day. So here I am writing this blog!! LOL

About finished with major home repair and that is rework of master bath. Hopefully this weekend I will get finished except for a little trim work. And then its off to another project. Home ownership is great!!

I hope everyone is having a good summer. Hope everyone is able to slow down a little and smell those roses!

Friday, July 2, 2010

One year ago....

It was axactly one year ago I was in a car on the way home after my last radiation treatment and hydration treatment. Little did I know that I would be sick for another two months. But on this day in the early morning, I had finished my radiation treatment. The guys gave me a silver cross (they give everyone this) and my mask when I finished. I thought I would be able to click my heels and really get after it. Did not happen!
But what a difference a year makes. Today, I weight 135 pounds, have pretty good energy, am reasonably healthy. I eat because I have to. Food taste comes and goes. My immune system is still not where it should be so even a summer cold takes weeks to get over now.
My feet still tingle, I still have ringing in my ears. But I am here to do what God wills me. I live each day to the fullest and try to slow down to smell the roses. My energy level also dicates as to when I have to slow down!
Late next week I will be going to summer camp with my Troop. Going to the hill country. It will be a trying week, I'm sure, but will enjoy it.
Have been remodeling bathroom and working on my home repair list. Making some inroads. Owning a home means constant maintenance, but at least one can see the results.
I thank God for my health. I have family and friends who are sick. So I count my blessings each day and pray that God will heal these people.

2009 was a year I most certainly will not forget. It is funny how one forgets about the bad times. Today I have thought about all the times I was sick and in the hospital. I think about all the people who have sat with me, or done work for me, or filled in during my absence. When you are sick, then you find out who your friends are! I found out that prayer is indeed powerful. For I do not think I would be here today, if it were not for all the prayers I have received from ya'll.
Life is all about what we do for others, not for ourselves. It is about making a small positive difference in another person's life. It is about friends from long ago coming to the aid of others in time of need. Life is about helping each other. In today's world of me, me, me, it is rare for people to stop or slow down to help others. But in my case, I had people all over the world who stopped for a moment each to pray for me. So I have be truly blessed this past year. I have not begun to or will ever be able to repay the indebtedness to each of you, but I prayer that each of you are blessed by God each day.

2010 has been a year of recovery for me, for my family. Life goes on and does not stop when one is sick. So as my health recovers, so does my business, so does my family life. When I get short I think about 2009 and what others have given up for me and I just chill and relax and give what I need to help.

Hope you have smelled the roses this year. God Bless each and everyone of you. Steve