Thursday, September 29, 2011
I am posting today to celebrate my darling Sister Clytie's release from the hospital! Saturday, September 24, my sweet little sis Clytie was rushed to emergency. She was in tremendous pain. This was the second time she'd gone into emergency over the past few weeks. Turns out what the doctors from local urgent care thought might be acid reflux disease--was in reality a blockage in her heart.
God protected her! The tests they did for heart related problems had came back as normal, or just a tiny bit high.
So many of you were Praying for Clytie. I am so glad--because I'm sure as a result of your prayers, the emergency room doctor got a bee in his bonnet--he was convinced there was a blockage -- he would not give up looking for one.
This wonderful doctor even asked for two-year old data from another hospital, in order to compare the tests. Thank GOD! Because of this doctor's dogged persistence Sissy is going to be just fine.
Clytie had an angiogram, during which the actual blockage was discovered. They cleared the vein and installed a stent.
I know there was an angel hanging over that doctor's shoulder, urging him to look further, even though the tests came back as normal.
You can visit Clytie at Random Hearts. She tells me she can hardly wait to go walking!!!
Sissy has had two brushes with the great beyond. First the stroke from which she was healed and then a near heart attack. I know she has something important to do.
Friday, September 9, 2011
I am to be the featured speaker at a Ladies Retreat next week. What an honor to encourage these inspiring women! The sponsors of the retreat and I have been preparing for this time of refreshment for these dear ones, for months.
It was getting close and I was thinking about what to wear (isn't that silly). Everything I had on hand had been worn to a frazzle. I so yearned to have a new jean dress for the occasion.
So I put a bunch of artwork up on Etsy to see if I could sell enough to buy some material to make a dress. I did not tell a soul--not even my husband--what I was up to.
I did sell a few things, but not enough to buy the material. I resigned myself to use what I had on hand. Monday (Labor Day), I was contemplating how to make my meager wardrobe a little more presentable.
Just then there was a knock on the door. My Friend Laura stood there with a grin. I wasn't expecting visitors, so her shining face was a welcome respite from my thoughts.
Said she, as she thrust a big brown paper bag into my arms, "I had a feeling you might need this today."
Inside I found a brand new pair of "Mary Jane" style tennis shoes which fit perfectly. My own shoes had a hole in the side of 'em--so I was elated. There was a box of Vanilla Chai Tea and a bag of reduced sugar muffins for my husband.
AND then . . .
To my amazement I pulled out six yards of jean material--and not just any jean material--it was the exact weight and thickness, color I had imagined in my mind.
Laura laughed at the astonishment on my face.
But then her own expression changed to wonder, as I told her of the miraculous timing of her gift. Even as I write this, tears gather in my eyes. Only God knew I needed a new dress and shoes. No one else knew. Laura's unexpected miracle gift, was like a hug from God.
God is Good. How wonderful that He cares about even the smallest of things--like a new dress for a speaking engagement!
Have a lovely week everyone!