Saturday, January 17, 2009


Well, today Buddy came and brought a load of siding for our house. He and his crew will be here next week. Wow! I can't believe it, we are really close to being finished with it. I will try to get some photo's posted so you can see all the awesome things that people have done for us. I will be working on the bath this next week , doing tile sealing....
We are using Hardy Plank on the house and now I will have to come up with a color !YIKES more decisions.
All of the kiddo's are doing good and we are looking forward to warmer weather.
Drink plenty of hot cocoa where ever you are...until next time....

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year (the real one)

I just wanted to post a more serious post about our hopes for our new year. We have had a year that has not been with out challenges in 2008.We have a child that has and is struggling with cancer. I think that when you are faced with that in your life your outlook changes,at least mine has. We have experienced other parents heartaches through their words, hugs,silence and tears while we were getting Tessa's treatment at St Judes. It really made us so aware how fragile life on earth is and in the process has made our faith so much stronger.The words "live each day to it's fullest" have never meant more to us than it does now. We know that you can never be sure how long your children,your spouse or yourself has in this world but is sure hits home if you are sitting in a hospital surrounded by children , some of whom will not live to see the spring.It hits you like a "a fist in the stomach" at times. These families all become intertwined with your lives during treatment. You have dinner with them, you fellowship with them. You sit in surgery waiting rooms with them. All of you hoping for the "Good News". All the while when the news in good for you and your child the guilt creeps in because the news wasn't good for the next family or their family. I have come to understand , mostly through my own experience that it people's strong faith helps them get through these first days, weeks, then months and finally years with their child. Without faith it would be impossible. God has given us a promise that there will be everlasting life. Hallelujah! One family especially comes to mind as I write this post. I had seen and talked with this family for months. They are Amish and would "trade off" who would come with the child for her treatments. The mother had other children at home and couldn't stay all the time with her child, so the child's Aunt would come. This child looked like I imagine a "child angel" would look, she was precious. I was there the day that they were told that there just wasent'anything else to do for her. They would take her home and love her until the end. The Aunt as she told me about this, she said to me," soon she will be happy with her Lord and there will be no more pain, won't that be wonderful? We will be the ones suffering in the world not her". There were no tears in her eyes because she knew that was the absolute truth.Of course she wanted her niece to live but she knew that she was going to a wonderful place with no suffering. I know that I have prayed for faith like that daily and that is my goal for the new year. To have more faith in God our father, to believe , really believe that all things are possible through him. To be more of the person that God wants me to be .That is my hope for all of you that read my blog; That you become more of the person that God wants you to be and to have faith that all things are possible through Him.

Happy New Year from the Newman's!

Well, if it is hard for you to make out this picture then let me explain it for you. It is enough medicine for probably a whole town in rural Arkansas! Our children all have the "Infuenza" FLU and I don't mean a stomach virus...oh and I forgot to mention the STREP but at least unlike last year we are free from RSV!YEAH....
We went to Texas to visit Jason and his family and our grandson had the flu!! This is the second year that we have gotten the flu and Tessa was immunized twice this year to cover the flu..Well, I know that you guys who are against immunizations will have a field day with that one...LOL...actually, this will be the LAST year that we do this.(get flu shots)
The Newman's