Jun 30, 2015

Plants & Back Strain

Repotted my huge aloe plant and her babies yesterday. I think I have 12 pots to sell if they all live. After I finished I cleaned up and took some Motrin because I knew I would be sore. By 8 last night I was crying in pain. Had a very painful and restless night and was convinced I was having another kidney stone attack.
Went to the Doc today still in terrible pain. She did the usual checks and said what did you do yesterday Anything unusual? I told her about the repotting of the aloe and she said this isn't kidney stones. This is a severe muscle strain.
What a relief. I still hurt but at least it's not kidney stones.

My aloe family.  That's a celery plant hiding in there too.

The rest of the aloe brood.

Hybrid Tea Rose that we moved and cut back.  Lots of new growth.

Jun 28, 2015

Daniels Gradutaion Party

After the graduation ceremony we had several friends over for dinner and to hang out.  We had kids here until close to 11 which isn't really late unless you're me and fighting a migraine and exhaustion!

Daniel at the sound board

David speaking
Me speaking
Presenting the diploma

Daniel ran his own sound

Some of his friends before we went to our house

Video games are always a part of the day

We had kids in every room except ours

Balloons added to the festivities

This is our gardenia bush.  Very fragrant.  Daniel is showing its size

some of the kids jumped rope
We had ages 4 - 54

Sarah hula-hooping while walking on the spool.  Hard to do and hard to photograph.

Daniel taking his turn.


Congratulations!! Daniel 2015 Graduate

Friday, June 19, 2015 our 1st and oldest child graduated from high school.  It has at times been a rocky road, but we ALL persevered and he did it.  He actually finished several days early and at times he felt like it would never happen.

We invited friends and family to join us for a short but meaningful ceremony.   Daniel chose songs that were meaningful to him, Dead Man, and pertinent, Schools Out.  The poem "If" has long been a favorite of Davids and one we as a family have heard and discussed many times.

Beginning of Wisdom Homeschool

Class of 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

3 o'clock p.m.

Daniel Weldon Gibson

Prelude                                                             Dead Man by Wolves at the Gate

Invocation                                                        Evelyn Bickley, Gavel Club Instructor

If by Rudyard Kipling                                    David Gibson

Letter to Daniel                                               Susan Gibson

Letter to Daniel                                               David Gibson

Presentation of Diploma                               David & Susan Gibson

Benediction                                                     David Gibson
Postlude                                                           Schools Out by Alice Cooper

                                                                                  Dead Man

by Wolves at the Gate

I was once a dead man A stranger with no home
I stood opposed to God himself And yet He pardoned me

With all my heart and the fiercest will Desired not but to thieve and kill
I hadn't a thought of peace, but war Surrender was not what I'd endure

I was a murderer filled with lies and deceit Faced with my list of crimes that I would always repeat

Deliver me! Wake me up from this damning sleep

I'm surrendering! Pull me out from this wickedness In this thieving heart of stone

I realized all these sins I could not atone

I was a murderer filled with lies and deceit
Faced with my list of crimes that I would always repeat

I was once a dead man A stranger with no home
I stood opposed to God himself And yet He pardoned me

So just at the right time when we were dead in our sins

You took this heart of mine and gave me life again

You gave me life again This is where I begin

So far apart and a debt to fulfill This purchase bought on redemption's hill
An ailing disease I couldn't cure Oh this grace! How rich and pure!

Abide in me, my God! I am found in You Pardon me, my God! You know my deepest thoughts
Deliver me from sin! I am made anew
I'm surrendering this heart! For which your blood it bought

The mob they yelled and screamed for justice That wrath was ours we are to blame
You made a spectacle of rulers Denying You of a king's fame
Having crushed the written cannon That wrote of all our guilt and shame
Displayed upon the tree it was nailed The saving power of Your name

For I was once a dead man
A stranger with no home
You saw this wretch
And You gave him life
Forever I'll praise You!
I will praise You!

by Rudyard Kipling

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

Jun 17, 2015

Day 19 of Migraine

Today is day 19 of a level 8+ migraine.  I saw my doctor last Thursday and she gave me a shot of Demerol and Phenergan and a prescription of codeine and Phenergan.

 On Friday I called her back and she gave me a prescription for Percocet and a new nausea med.
Nothing is giving much relief.

 It is so hot here, in the high 90's with no relief in sight. 

I'm so tired of the pain.

My son's graduation party is this Friday and this is not something that can be changed. 
Please pray that I will get relief from this migraine

Jun 8, 2015

Brief Update

Right now it feels like everything is very negative and discouraging.

Nothing on a job for David.

Denied Medicaid because it took too long to get them the info so I have to start over.

Constant, level 8+ migraine for the last 11 days.

Daniel and David fighting.

Daniel thinking that since he is 18 he shouldn't have to have any rules.

Stressing over the financial situation.
Getting my pinched nerve in my neck fully healed.

On a more positive note, Sarah and I visited my parents church yesterday and the youth pastor preached a very good sermon about keeping the gospel of Chr1sts crucifixion and resurrection at the forefront of our f@ith.  Mom is going to get me a cd of the sermon. He was preaching to the graduates but it was a message we all needed to hear.

Thank you all for your prayers and support.  It means so much to me,