Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Successful Failure

Apollo 13 was called "The Successful Failure" because the three astronauts returned to earth alive and safe although they never walked on the moon.

Gene Krantz, Flight Director of several Apollo flights always wore a vest made by his wife, each one specific for each flight.

While at the Johnson Space center, I, too, wore a vest for a brief time. The vest I am wearing is NOT one of Gene Kranz's vests, but he did wear it. Thanks goes out to the volunteer who put the vest on me for a picture!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day
We bow our heads to You and pray.
We give You thanks for all You've done
Especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son.
For beauty in nature, Your glory we see
For joy and health, friends and family;
For daily provision, Your mercy and care
These are the blessings You graciously share.
So today we offer this response of praise
With a promise to follow You all of our days.
~ Mary Fairchild

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Gratitude...takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God.
~Thomas Merton

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Basking in God's Grace

I went home today to check my mail and messages. The good news is my stress test was normal. I am basking in God's Grace.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Preparation or Battle?

The question I pose today is this: "Is God preparing me for Ghana or am I in a spiritual battle?"

When I had my EKG for my previous surgery, no one made any comment that something may be wrong. But, when my surgeon for my knee replacement had whom so ever look at the EKG he saw something irregular. It seems like I have had a heart attack in the past. Now, I am waiting for a stress test to be scheduled. This is providing stress in my life.

So which one is it...preparation or battle?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Random Thoughts on Surgery

Last week I had surgery. Nothing major, but it was surgery none the less. As I waited to be taken to the OR, a few random thoughts crossed my mind:

~ There were no chickens running around.
~ Everything was very modern and very sterile.
~ I don't like not being able to take care of myself.
~ It's hard to ask for help.
~ I want my mommy!
~ I wish I had my favorite blanket with me.
~ God is still in control.

One surgery done, one to go. I have to admit, I'm not looking forward to being the patient again. This time it will be for a knee replacement. The hospital stay will be longer. The recovery time will be longer. The two good things about it are: 1. My knee will quit hurting and I'll be able to walk a lot easier and 2. God is still in control.