Elementary Music Program

Ben participated in the elementary school music program last night.

It was a good program.

Matters of the Heart

For the past month or so I've been really meditating on and daily praying this prayer; Teach me to treat all that comes my way with peace of soul and with firm conviction that Your will governs all. In unforeseen events let me not forget that all are sent by You.

Last week, I had a routine electrocardiogram that came back with the results "abnormal ECG; myocardial infarction".
Needless to say, when I read that I was a bit taken aback!
Since then I have had some blood work and a stress/echocardiogram done.
Today I saw a wonderful cardiologist who went over all the results and the bottom line is that I have not had a heart attack! He recommends a repeat echo in 6 months as there is some fluid around my heart that shouldn't be there (or I could be in the less than 5% of women who have more fluid than what is considered 'normal' and it is 'normal for me!)

I am having one more test to rule out a possible infection.
I am thankful for the good news that I did not have a heart attack!
I am thankful to know that I am resting secure in HIS loving arms; that His will governs all.

As Isaiah wrote in chapter 43
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
3For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
...you are precious in my eyes,...

And a favourite hymn of mine says this:

Jesus, I am resting, resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.

Thanking God for His peace in uncertain times and for His unending mercy and love!

Privacy?

I have to tell you, the USA place high,high value on patient privacy rights. But here, not so.
I was in the doctor's office the other day sitting across the room from the receptionist. She says, "Ma'am Beth, how old are you?" I told her my age. Then she asked me my weight. Not wanting to broadcast that to the entire waiting room, I got up and sat in the chair next to her and answered her remaining questions. I'm sure everyone could still hear, but it made me feel better to not be talking across the room at her.
Afterwords, I was thinking to myself, "my,how I've changed." Four years ago I was appalled when this first happened. But now I know it is just part of life here!
(I was also pleased I could answer her height and weight questions in centimeters and kilos! That is the standard of measurement here!)

My Birthday Party

On Monday I will turn 51.
Mikayla planned a birthday party for me today.


James and I ready to go to the party!


Many of my friends holding up the Birthday Girl!


"Aunt Judy" and I. Judy helped Mikayla in planning
this party for me.

It is very special to me that my daughter took it upon herself to plan a party for me. She asked her "Aunt Judy", a wonderful friend here, to help her with the preparations. Mikayla baked lemon bars, brownies, and cookies for the party. Judy made cake and cookies, too. There was a veggie tray and punch.
It was fun to talk with friends and have some good laughs. I thank God for the blessings of friends and family. It has been a special afternoon for me.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild.
Lord of all, to Thee we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise.

Update on Flora Mae

In October I had blogged about Flora Mae and Rico. To read more of their story go to http://reachinternationalhealthcareandtraining.com/content/mae-and-rico
But I wanted to give this update to you on Flora Mae's surgeries!


Mae, our neighbor's foster child, has a walker now! She has had two surgeries to fix her leg that has been broken since she was 5 years old. She's doing extremely well since her surgery last week! She has an external fixator (since the first surgery last Dec), but is finally able to start learning to walk again. Doc's say maybe it can be removed in a couple of months. What a day that will be for this child who has been crippled since she was 5 yrs old!!

It is so cool how God works. That walker Mae is using had been given to her a few weeks ago by the landlord of the house Dr. Sam and Sherri rent! At the time it was given to Mae it didn't look like she'd be able to use it for a long time. But this past surgery found her leg healing up better than the doctors predicted, which has allowed for Mae to start practicing walking now!!!!

"Lord of all to Thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise..."