Snow!

February 18, 2010

Daniel and me about a month ago. All that snow is still around - and then some!

My little mountain town has set records for snow fall this year. I do not think I’ve seen the ground since before Christmas! It’s so cold outside! On top of the foot of snow from last week, there is another 10″! The public schools have missed over half of the scheduled school days since Christmas break. I have neighbors asking about tuition costs for the Jobe Academy!

I am from Georgia. Growing up, I did not own a winter coat – only winter weight T-shirts. Once, when living in Atlanta, I remember playing outside with plastic bags fastened with rubber bands around my wrists for makeshift mittens. Even though I now own appropriate play clothes for cold weather, this Georgia girl doesn’t “do” two months of snow too well.

However, I am thankful. The snow is beautiful. I’m reminded every time I look outside of God’s promise that He cleanses me and makes me “whiter than snow.” It hurts my eyes to look out my window because everything is so bright. My sin is so dark and ugly. That the Lord takes such darkness and transforms it into something as beautiful as my snow-covered yard fills me with thanksgiving.

Also, while my children are weary of cancellations, I consider them a blessing. I have been given many days that would have been spent running around town to classes and lessons to stay home and enjoy my precious family. I truly cherish this time with them. We are in a busy season of life. The afternoons are usually full of music and dance lessons. This winter things have moved at a slower pace. Time at home is a gift.

Spring will come. For now, I choose to enjoy the winter!

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Daddy’s Heart

February 15, 2010

Daddy and Esther

This post is a note I copied from Facebook, written to keep all my family and friends updated on my Daddy’s heart and the process of evaluation for transplantation.

THANK YOU for praying for my family, and especially my daddy as he undergoes evaluations for a heart transplant.

My sister and I are with my parents in Charlotte and have been since Sunday. We are so thankful for our husbands who are doing our jobs plus theirs, our children who are doing wonderfully well with extra chores and absent mommies and my in-laws helping out today and tomorrow and all of you who are praying for all of us involved with this incredibly busy and tiring week.

Daddy had an initial consultation with Dr. Frank who is the head of the transplanting evaluation team at Carolina Medical Center on Monday. Dr. Frank had some concerns about the severity of Daddy’s heart condition but felt he should proceed with formal heart transplant evaluations. Because he lives 300 miles from CMC, Dad was admitted on Tuesday for a heart catheterization, the first of many necessary tests.

This test showed that the pumping ability of Daddy’s heart was actually stronger than his symptoms indicated they should be. This is mostly good news. The only concern would be that something else is causing such severe breathlessness and weakness. However, Dr. Frank did tell us that heart failure is very complicated and it is possible that there is nothing else wrong. So, that led us to today – a day of lots and lots of tests and consultations with doctors including a heart (transplant) surgeon, vascular surgeon, pulmonologist, infectious disease doc and dietician. He had chest x-rays, breathing/lung tests, and several blood tests.

We have no results from any of these tests. However, we are very encouraged. All of the doctors today have been so informative and positive about Daddy’s condition. One told us that from a surgical standpoint, his chances of receiving a transplant looked excellent.

Tomorrow Daddy will have an abdominal ultrasound, a study of his lower extremities and glucose tolerance test. We also have a two hour informational meeting on heart transplants. This is very important for all of us who will be helping with his care to attend. If Daddy is put on the list, he will be moving in with our family because we are closer to Charlotte. I am very thankful that I’ll be able to participate and learn first hand what all is involved.

Daddy is in good spirits. He is understandably tired, but he is keeping all his caregivers laughing. One doctor actually called him a “**** comedian” after he replied “red” to the question “What is your blood type?” The thoracic surgeon asked about his previous surgeries. Daddy listed them and then said, “Oh.. and I had my gall bladder out, but that’s no big deal… just kind of like “ice fishing” for a surgeon.” Then Daddy said, “And what do you do?” The surgeon responded, “I’m an ice fisherman. Wanna see my license?” Daddy definitely has kept everyone in stitches.

We have many praises! We are so thankful for such wonderful doctors and nurses. We are thankful that so far nothing has presented that would prevent further evaluations. We praise God for laughter in the midst of a stressful week. We are thankful for insurance approval. We are so, so thankful that in just a few days so much has been accomplished. We’ve been told that sometimes it can take a couple of months just to do these evaluations. In a way we feel being so far away from the hospital has been advantageous because they want to get them all done quickly.

Please keep praying as Daddy completes all the tests necessary for the formal evaluations. We are hoping he’ll be released by Friday. Then we will have to wait a couple of weeks for the evaluation team to discuss his case. Pray for his nutrition. He has not had much of an appetite and he does not need to lose any more weight. Meeting his caloric and protein needs are very important.

Thank you so much!

Love,
Tina

Update: Thursday, January 14th

We had another eventful (but good!) day.

Daddy had more blood test and an ultrasound. The pulmonologist said his lungs looked good. We were also told his kidneys look good. This is terrific news!

We sat in about three hours of meetings to educate us about heart transplants. I am a note taker. I just enjoy writing down facts because it helps me to remember them. Often when I take notes, I don’t go back and review them. Something about active listening and writing just helps me to remember the most important. Such is not the case today. There is just so much information. I have 7 pages front and back of notes and I keep looking back at them because it was just information overload – way too much to process!

Probably the biggest news of the day is that Daddy is released from the hospital. Interestingly enough, although he is released and not technically on the list, he will not be going back to his home in Georgia right now. He needs to stay on a medication that is set up through home health care. With CMC being a hospital in NC and Daddy living in south GA with the nearest home health care (that this group prefers to use) being an hour away in Savannah, it isn’t advisable to set this up only to (most likely) change arrangements to Boone in less than two weeks. We were advised to establish his medicinal needs from the beginning in Boone.

Now Dad just needs to see an opthamologist and a dermatologist and await word from the Transplant Evaluation Team.

Update: February 13th

The update here is that it has been a long month. Mom and Dad have been with us a month. Every Monday we’ve been hopeful to either receive word of the decision or know what to do to get closer. Two weeks ago, Katie, who is the communications “go between” for the committee called to say Dad’s calcium levels are high and Dr. Frank wants to know why before reviewing Dad’s case. We have been waiting since then. This week a thyroid doctor’s office called to set up an appointment for blood work. The appointment is this Thursday. We are hopeful that this will be the last test and are very hopeful that we’ll hear something a week from Monday from the committee.

While I am taking a FB break, I will log on as I have updates about Dad’s condition to update this note. I know a lot of people want to hear what is going on with him.

Balance

February 15, 2010

I broke up with Facebook last night.

Our relationship started out just fine. There was balance. I logged on only every few days, saw what my friends were up to, posted cute pics and then logged off. Status updates made me nervous. “No one is going to care what I’m doing,” I thought. I was wrong.

I have six children and they are all pretty cute. Things are plain funny around here. After posting a few Jobelette quotes, status updates became pretty easy as well as entertaining for all my friends and family. My poor kids began saying, “Mom, please don’t put that on Facebook (whenever saying something I found funny).” Once I began posting updates, I began getting comments. Then I began logging in a little more frequently than I once did.

I enjoy writing. It’s a way I unwind. I began periodically posting notes about family life. Again, I’d post and get comments and then “need” to see who was saying what!

My favorite thing to post was pictures. The same darling children who say cute things take awesome pictures! However, again… the more pics I uploaded, the more I logged on.

Gradually, my relationship with FB became one of imbalance. It took just too much out of me. So, after praying about it, I decided to give it a break.

I enjoy writing and my favorite thing about FB is keeping in contact with my family. My sister and parents and in-laws are not local. They loved keeping up with all the cute pictures, videos, and updates. So, I am going to attempt to keep a blog to fill that need. My hope is that I can chronicle all the fun things and maybe not so fun things better in a blog format. Doing this also keeps me from getting sucked into the newsfeed and mindlessly wasting precious time on the computer. One of the last things I read on Facebook before deactivating was a note written by Spunky Homeschool. It completely affirmed my decision to take a FB sabbatical:

Mom’s on the Computer (sung to the tune Cat’s in the Cradle)

My computer arrived just the other day,
It came on the porch in the usual way
So many blogs to read and games to play
My child learned to walk, while I twittered away
And he was talkin’ for I knew it, as my friends list grew
He’d say I’m gonna be like you mom
You know I’m gonna be like you

And mom’s lost on the computer, lettin’ dinner burn
Little boy wanders, he just wants to learn
When you getting off mom?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then
we’re gonna have a good time then

My son turned ten just the other day
He said “thanks for the wii, mom, come on let’s play”
“Can you teach me how it works?” I said “Not today”
“I got a blog to write” he said “that’s okay”
And he walked away while the computer never dimmed
He said, “I’m gonna be like them, yeah”
You know I’m gonna be like them

And mom’s lost on the computer lettin’ dinner burn
Little boy wanders, he just wants to learn
When you getting off mom?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then
We’re gonna have a good time then

Well my son came home just the other day
iPod in his ears, while he texted away
“Son, I’m proud of you, can you sit for a while?”
He shook his head and he said with a smile
“I’d really like to Mom, but talkins’ not my thing”
“Check my status, for what’s happening”

And mom’s lost on the computer lettin’ dinner burn
Little boy wanders, he just wants to learn
When you getting’ off mom?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
You know we’ll have a good time then

Well my blog’s retired and my Facebook out-of-date
My son texted, “Hey mom, I just can’t relate”
I said, “I’d like to see you if you have some time.”
He said, “I’d love to mom but skype if you don’t mind.
You see my website’s down and my workload just grew
but it’s been nice texting with you, mom
It’s sure been nice texting with you.”

And as I typed “goodbye,” it occurred to me
He’d grown up just like me
My boy was just like me

And mom’s lost on the computer lettin’ dinner burn
Little boy wanders, he just wants to learn
When you getting’ off mom?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then
You know we’ll have a good time then

Voddie Bauchum says, “If you can’t say A-Men, ya gotta say OUCH!” Now, I can say my life hasn’t gotten that out of balance, but I don’t want it to either! My prayer is that I can limit my new blog time to after my children go to bed. I enjoy writing, but I love engaging with my family and giving them my full attention more. Doing this requires discipline – not to waste time on things that ultimately don’t matter.

Welcome

February 14, 2010

Jobe children fall '09

Welcome to the Jobe Journal. This blog is designed for all our loved ones who we wish we could see more often. It’s not a substitute for real life hugs and conversation but when it’s not possible to be there in real life, a journal does help! I (Tina) will do most of the posting here, but all the children will occasionally write as well. Stop by often. We love to hear from you.