Monday, April 23, 2018

A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Hey friends!!

I know the last couple of years have been full of updates on my mother and not much else here at Down On The Farm.


And since I know you're wondering, I can say that my mom is about the same.  Eating is a struggle for her as she continues to have no appetite at all.  She has lost some weight and told the hospice nurse last week that she no longer wanted to be weighed each week.  We still believe that God is on the throne and we still believe that He is the Healer.  I still pray every day for a miracle.  And I still trust God, no matter what.  He is faithful and He is in control.

I thank you to all who have stuck around and still read Down On The Farm, cause there hasn't been much joy in my posts, and I'm so sorry.

  But that is about to change.

I am so excited to announce that
I'M GONNA BE A GRANDMA!!!

Our son and daughter-in-law will welcome our first grandchild this fall and we could not be happier!!  We are in love already.

I really do hope to post more often, and to share more pictures of farming, and maybe even some home improvement projects.  Heaven knows my home needs LOTS of improvement!!

So there you have it!!  Finally a
GOOD NEWS POST FROM ME!!

We can't wait for our little blessing to arrive!
THANK YOU JESUS!!!!!



 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Thankful For A Savior

So many people are posting Easter messages.  Instagram, Facebook, blog posts, I've seen absolutely wonderful Scripture and pictures and stories posted and they are a precious reminder of that day, over 2,000 years ago.

I am thankful for my Savior.

I am thankful that the grave could not hold Him.

I am thankful that at this very moment He
sits at the right hand of God interceding for Me.

I am thankful that He forgives my sins.

I am thankful that one day He will 
make all things new. 

Above all I am thankful that I will spend eternity
in heaven with Him.  Not because of anything
I've done, but because of what He did.

I AM THANKFUL THAT THE 
TOMB IS EMPTY!!


 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Where Oh Where Is Spring??

It's raining here in Central Missouri.  AGAIN!!!  We have had a very cold and wet last few weeks.  I know getting rain this time of year is a good thing but man I'm tired of the cold damp days.  We had one really nice day last week.  It was sunny and 70 degrees.  I loved it!!!  But sadly, we're back to cold and wet.  I know spring is coming . . . but it's sure taking its own sweet time!!

I'm asking for prayers for my sweet mama.  She is struggling to eat again.  Just no appetite.  Struggles to get down just a few bites.  She's lost weight the last couple of weeks.  Just a few ounces each week, but they add up.  And mom can't afford to lose any weight at all.  We know that God is in control, and we are trying hard to trust Him.  Your prayers for my mom would be much appreciated.  She needs a touch from the Healer.

We are still having lots of new baby calves here on the farm.  They are so darned cute!!

And just in case you're curious . . . Weight Watchers is working!  I'm down 11 pounds!!!  Nineteen more to go!!!!

Thank you all for praying for my mother.  I believe that God is still on the throne and I know He hears our prayers!!

GOD IS GOOD.  ALL THE TIME.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marching Into MARCH

We've had some rainy, rainy weather here in Central Missouri!!  And we're expecting more rain today.  The temperatures have been pretty mild for this time of year.  The grass is just starting to have a hint of green.  In Missouri we still have some winter left.  We won't be mowing the yard for several more weeks, and the trees won't have leaves for another couple of months.  But we are seeing lots of baby calves in the fields and there is definitely the "feel" of spring in the air . . . or at least in my heart!!



I hate to admit it, but over the last year or so I've gotten away from exercise and healthy eating, and I've put on weight.  I decided to do something about it so I joined Weight Watchers and I've gotten back to walking 3 miles each day!  So far I'm down 5 pounds (25 more to go!) and on Monday I started setting my alarm for 5 a.m. and going to the gym to walk.  I had been trying to walk in the evenings, but it seems like there was always some reason I couldn't make it.  I am DETERMINED to make my health a priority, so I'm setting that alarm and going to the gym each morning!!!  This isn't easy for me as I am NOT a morning person!!!  But I know if I want to lose the weight I have to make some changes.  I just have to start going to bed a little earlier.

Thanks to everyone who continues to pray for my mom.  She is doing well.  She continues to gain a little bit of weight each week and she does feel better.  We continue to call upon the Lord and trust Him for her complete healing.  We are praying for her strength to be renewed and health to be restored, and I will pray that prayer until Jesus heals her or calls her home. 
 He never changes and He never fails.

This morning on my way to the gym I heard a new song -- at least it was new to me.  Turn up your speakers and take a listen -  WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS!!!!!


Friday, February 2, 2018

February Has Arrived

If you are you like me, you're very disappointed that Tom Brady and the Patriots are in yet ANOTHER Super Bowl??  I am a huge football fan, but not a Brady/Patriots fan.  Is Tom Brady probably the greatest quarterback to ever play the game?  Yes.  He is extremely talented.  But Brady is, in my opinion, not a very nice guy.  So GO EAGLES!!!!!

I'm happy to say that my mom has had a fairly good week of being home.  She is eating better than we would have anticipated.  At least the scale isn't going backward which is a very good thing.  She's had some back pain, but after spending a few hours in the ER Wednesday evening the x-ray showed no new compression fractures (thank you Lord) so they sent her home with some pain meds and told her to take it easy.

I thank you for your continued prayers for her.  She so desperately wants to get better.  She wants to have her energy back and her strength back.  She wants to be able to clean her house and work out in the yard once spring comes. She wants to be able to cook her own meals and go to the grocery store.  We continue to trust the Lord for her healing.  He is our Hope.




Thursday, January 25, 2018

January Is Nearly Over

I just realized it has been over a month since I've updated Down On The Farm.  I hate to admit this, but part of the problem was figuring out how to sign in to this Google account (I have two and used to be able to switch back and forth easily but lately???).  This surely makes me sound old, but technology is both a blessing and a curse.  I have a love/hate relationship with it.  It is wonderful, and yet frustrating all at the same time.  Surely I'm not the only one who feels this way !!!  Come on admit it, you sometimes long for the days when a cordless phone in your house was cool and only huge corporations had computers!!!

Missouri has had some harsh weather already this year and spring is still a long time off.  Sub-zero temperatures and sub-zero wind chills and long stretches of days and days where it never got above freezing.  Man that type of weather is hard on animals and equipment and those of you who live this farm life North of the Mason-Dixon Line know what I mean.  My husband has been busy feeding hay, and warming up baby calves born in the "teeth" of the storm as the old timers would say.  Today, well today it's supposed to be 62 degrees and sunny.  Now that's my kind of January day.  If you've been here awhile you know I'm a spring and fall kind of girl.  You can keep your hot and muggy summertime days and your brutally cold snowy winter days.  Just give me 70 degrees and sunshine I'll take that all day every day!!!  But alas it's still winter and there is more snow in the forecast for next week. 

Now to the elephant in the room . . . my mom.  She continues to struggle.  We took mom to the doctor for fluids 2 days after Christmas, and had another compression fracture fixed 3 days after Christmas.  Frankly the doctor was not encouraging.  Mom's inability to nourish herself has become critical.  She continues to lose weight that she does not have to lose.  And it's not her fault.  She is not intentionally starving herself.  It is her mind and her body working against her.  Mom has spent the last 4 weeks at my sister's house where she can get 24/7 care since my sister works from home.  And the first week or so that she was there mom did rally.  She actually put on a couple of pounds.  She can get herself in and out of her chair by herself, and in and out of bed by herself.  Prior to that she couldn't even do that.  But her eating has plateaued.  She hasn't gained an ounce in the last 2 weeks and the home health nurse comes back today so I'm waiting to hear her weight later this afternoon.  Am I hopeful that mom has gained a little bit of weight?  Yes, of course I am.  Am I expecting it?  Frankly, no.  I spent 2 days at my sister's last week taking care of mom and giving my sister and brother-in-law a little bit of a break, and mom eats very little.  She thinks she eats constantly.  But there are more calories in one meal my husband would eat at McDonalds than my mom gets in an entire day.  We are bringing mom back home this weekend.  She is very homesick as my mom is a real "home body."  She just wants to be in her own home.

I really don't know what will happen over the next few weeks.  Mom isn't able to cook for herself, and my dad, well, as you can imagine he can microwave a little but he is no short order cook.  And mom is very picky.  She looks for any excuse NOT to eat something (too hot, too cold, too spicy, too tough, too thick, too thin, etc.) so it's HARD to have something she will eat.  I work full time.  So I can cook ahead and have things in small containers that my dad can heat up for her, but I can't quit my job and stay home and care for her.  And I carry a lot of guilt making that statement.  I'm not sure how long mom can stay at her own home.  But she doesn't want to stay at my house or my other sister's house.  She's tired and just wants to be at her own home and I get that.  But mom needs more care than my dad can give her.

So we struggle.  Do we give mom what she wants, or what she needs?  Left to her own decisions, mom is a couple weeks away from another hospital stay, and there isn't much they can do for her, as we all agree a feeding tube isn't the answer for her.  We've considered hiring someone to stay with her, but mom doesn't do well around someone she doesn't know.  We are a family at the end of our rope.  I am thankful that Jesus is our Hope.




Thursday, December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas Everyone

It's been a tough year for everyone who has stuck with my blog in 2017.  It seems about the only thing I post about is my mom.  Mainly because my life pretty much revolves around her right now.  

She spent a couple of days in the hospital earlier this week.  

She is struggling to eat and drink.  Just a few bites here and there are about all we can get in her.

Her blood work is good.  Her vitals are good.  

Her nutrition needs some MAJOR IMPROVEMENT.

If you've stuck with me this far, then you must be a prayer warrior, cause there hasn't been much entertainment on my blog for a long time.  Today, my mother needs your prayers.  We are praying for strength.  We are praying for appetite.  We are praying for encouragement. 

We are speaking life and health into her body in the name of Jesus.

She's tired and we're tired, but thank God HE NEVER SLEEPS!!

He is our Hope.

He is our Peace.

He is our Source.

Thank you for praying.

Merry Christmas to you all.

I'm so thankful for Jesus.  He is my Savior.