Thursday, April 26, 2012

under construction

colossians 1:10
“that you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

our finn loves bob the builder. we watch this one episode over & over. the point is the three phases of a worksite. FOUNDATION, CONSTRUCTION & COMPLETION

while watching this for the one hundredth time I came to the realization of the metaphor of our lives & the parallel to these three principals. what happens in our life depends on where we lay our foundation. that will determine what type of construction goes on from day to day. then at the hour of completion it will mean everything.

where is our foundation?

during the day after day construction are we joyful in all things? (1 thes.5:16)

when things get set back on our jobsite or there is a unexpected change order how do we handle it?

upon the day of completion will we be ready?

philippians 1:6
“being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

one of my favorite women is ruth graham. her headstone on her grave says it all "end on construction- thank you for your patience"


Monday, April 23, 2012

how to save a life

so we had a blood drive at our church sunday. it was awesome. actually was my first time giving blood. i know, i know. i have always been pregnant or nursing & it just sunday seemed right. i am not scared of needles or blood so it wasn't the fear factor it just had never been a priority or convenient. a friend texted me saturday night & asked if i was giving blood sunday. i was embarrassed to say no & i should have been. so i said sign me up! we did it together, which helped a lot~!

well, it could not have been easier. the only pain was the paperwork & questions. that was the longest part. then you sit back relax & in a few minutes you are finished.

in my mind i have always played these scenarios out-
what if i come upon a car crash & can save someone from the burning car, rescue a person from a house fire, save a drowning swimmer, do the Heimlich maneuver on a fellow diner at a restaurant- it goes round & round. but today there was not doubt in my mind that i saved a life. i possibly saved 3 lives. i will say that again.


someone like libby claire needed my blood & i was too busy or too scared to donate in the past. that is the case no more.

DONATE NOW! go to this site & find a place near you-

i gave blood, got a free tshirt & my kids gave me a mustache~
it couldn't be easier to save a life or 3!



Sunday, April 22, 2012

the good news & the bad

so everything went great on friday. like usual libs was amazingly brave. we decided to go with no sedation & she was a trooper. she was a little teary when we got on the table in the CT scan room. with promises of pink ice cream for breakfast she was sold. the cookies & stickers helped a bit to.

we ate pretend breakfast on the way to levine. libby claire was thrilled to see the water fountains & greeted everyone from the front desk to the elevator. thank you all for praying for us.

after we finished at the hospital we headed to dr. matthews office. after meeting with him & going over her scans there is not enough bone growth for surgery. so....good news & bad news.
but the amazing thing is there is new bone growing! we will have scans again in september & then see dr. matthews. this summer we will pump LC full of vit D, calcium, & all the nutrients needed for bone growth. broccoli here we come!



Thursday, April 19, 2012

trust or bust

isaiah 26:3
"thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee"

welcome back to the blogging world i am saying to myself! yes, i have been away but for good reason, i am the blessed mother of 5 very, very busy kiddos. honestly, feeling i have no time at all. so welcome back-

isaiah is my favorite book in the bible. i do not read the king james version of the bible much i am an ESV or NLT kinda girl, even throwing in a little NIV to mix it up. but this verse, oh this verse. it can not be read in any other than KJV.

tomorrow morning matt & i will take libby claire to levine to get checked in. there i am sure we will be greeted with her wagon & bright faces from the familiar staff at the hospital. and she could not be more thrilled to be there. she is excited to see dr. matthews, the jumping water fountains & all that comes along with being the center of everyone's attention at levine. libs will be put to sleep for her CT scans. her appointment is for 2 hours for scans. we have done them in the past & have not had to put her to sleep but i am thinking this will take longer. once we are finished she will go to recovery, wake up & then we will head to dr. matthews office to discuss our options. surgery options-

i found a picture of our 3 older kids. it was the traditional studio style photo, white on white. we have said how much lc is looking like maggie at that age but her huge forehead jades her resemblance a bit. i wanted to take some pictures to show dr. matthews what i believe libs would look like with her regular forehead not the prosthetic material she has now. btw- follow me on instagram @emcgarity.  when i did i was amazed at the similarities of my girls. they are beautiful & so a like. but so different!

the other day i was rolling our trash can in from the road & i noticed the pop of a green stem coming from beside our garage. i could not believe it...the pumpkin plant was back. read more here. every year without fail since 2009 we have had this random volunteer pumpkin plant grow & grow in abundance. we have even gotten a pumpkin from it. the fall after libby claires hospitalization we all got pumpkins & let our children cut them on the driveway. of course it was a mess & there were seeds everywhere. we just sprayed it off with the hose & even swept some into the bed beside our garage. every year since we have had this pumpkin vine. i have written about it before & it always pops up at such a providential time. this day rolling my trash cans in was the perfect day to see it. i had just hung up the phone from pre-anesthesia from the hospital to answer the load of questions they always have.
in that moment i stopped & reminded myself of God's faithfulness. i reminded myself to put my trust solely in Him! He is ever faithful. i will be kept in perfect peace because i trust in Him & my mind will be on Him today & tomorrow.

so look out for your pumpkin stem today & remind yourself of that perfect peace that you will find only in Him, then pick up the KJV even if it is not the one you usually read.

thank you for praying for us tomorrow & for lifting libby claire up.

<3 elizabeth

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