Monday, October 27, 2008

40 Days for Life

Wow!  This is the last week of the 40 Days for Life campaign.  Can't believe it ends on Nov 2nd.  God has been at work and lives are being saved.  386 so far!!!  Clinics are closing due to slow business and clinic workers are looking for work elsewhere!  Some of them come out and join the prayer team!!  One lady came out and told the prayer team she knew she was going to lose her job by even talking to them.  The team prayed with her and talked to her about finding a new job elsewhere.  Pro-lifers heard about it, through updates we get, and people started sending money in to help this single mom out until she could find employment!  Praise the Lord!

   Here are the remainder of the requests:

   Day 34: Pray for the educators  (27th)
   Day 35: Pray for the media professionals   (28th)
   Day 36: Pray in thanksgiving for the babies saved from abortion  (29th)
   Day 37: Pray in thanksgiving for the mothers saved and healed from abortion   (30th)
   Day 38: "                                             " former abortionists and all others who were involved in                           abortion and have become prolife (31st)
   Day 39: In thanksgiving for all those who take a stand against abortion  (Nov 1st)
   Day 40: In thanksgiving for the call to part of the pro-life movement (Nov 2nd)

  Tomorrow night, some friends and I are going down to the LaTrobe clinic to pray.  If any of you would like to join us, let me know.  We would love to have you!  We plan to get down there about 7:15, we are leaving  my house at 6:45.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Pumpkin Time #2

Patterson Farms continued....

Pipey on the horsey swing 
The playground
This was a far as Piper got in the corn box.  She didn't like it in her toes:)
Gracie and Lucas however, had a ball!

Piper is our animal lover.  She kept asking me if she could ride the horse.
Lucas, Jackson, Gracie, and Ellie
The whole gang minus the ones who wouldn't cooperate:)
Pipes loves Connor:)

And that concludes Patterson Farms 2008!

Pumpkin Time

I LOVE fall.  Definitely my favorite season....Cooler weather, jeans, beautiful colors, leaves falling, playing outside with the girls and not dying of heat exhaustion, hot chocolate, apple cider, curling up in a blanket on the couch, the list goes on and on.

You must go to the pumpkin patch in the fall!  So that's where we went yesterday. To Patterson Farms.  This was my sixth year.  Yep, even went before I was pregnant with Gracie.

The pictures loaded backwards and there will be more cause blogger is acting up:)

Gracie's pick
Connor's chubby bubby little hands.  Oh my they are so cute!
Pipe's pick
The beautiful Patterson Farms, from the hayride
Gracie, Ellie, Lucas, Jackson, Cindy, and Rachel
Ellie Belly and Grace- they are two peas in a pod
Look at 'em go!  This was after the girls fed them, as you will see below.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thank you!

Thank you ladies who shared your thoughts with me about the election:)  I appreciate it.
SO I guess it's my turn:)

This link below sums up my position and how I am going to vote.  But I don't want you to read it for that reason.  Please read it because it is awesome and extremely important for you to read.  It's a little long, but I promise you won't regret it.  Please read it:)

And read the few posts after this one if you want to.  He is doing a great job on posting about the candidates.  The stuff us Christians care about, or should!

One of the biggest concerns of this election is that there are at least 3 supreme court justices that will retire during this presidency.  So guess who gets to appoint new ones??? Yep, the president.  We REALLY need to think long and hard about this.  Who do we want in those seats?  This will radically change our country and our rights as believers.

I'd love to hear your thoughts as well.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I must chronicle my day yesterday with sweet innocent little princess Piper.  So that when she is older and her kids do this stuff, she can look back and know that it's merely payback:)

Well she was quite adventurous yesterday.... Around lunch time when I was laboring over the dishes and laundry, she enjoyed a whole tube of lotion.  The good kind. So she ended up with a bath and so did my carpet, nightstand, and bed skirt.

I the afternoon, Jeremy and I were meeting with someone in the front yard and I hear this faint little voice at the door.  So I came to let her out, thinking she just wanted to come outside.  Oh no, nope, she was soaked.  "Mommy, I all wet."  "Piper, why are you all wet?"  Then I HEAR why.  I hear the water dripping in the bathroom.  Then I peer around the corner into the bathroom. What do my wandering eyes see???  Water ALLLLLLLL over the place.  She had stopped up the sink and over flowed it.  Now I mean there was water all over the floor, the carpet, in the drawers, under the cabinet....Everything in the drawers and cabinets were wet.  And this is my bathroom since we are STILL remodeling our master one.  So there was a lot of stuff in there!

I did get it all cleaned up and aired out.  Piper slept till 10 this morning.  Hmmm, must have been tired from all her adventures yesterday...

Monday, October 20, 2008

40 Days for Life

Here are the next few days' prayers:

  10/20  For courage and perseverance in the pro-life work
  10/21   For those who suffer ridicule and rejection for their stand for life
  10/22  For those imprisoned for defending life
  10/23  For those who have been injured and mistreated defending life

  The total number of babies saved as of today is 306!!!!  Praise the Lord!  And there are reports all over the country of clinics only doing 50% of their normal business volume.  Glory to God!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

GO Panthers!!!!

We took the Girls to their first Panther's Game Today!

A little tailgating:)
Gracie girl...She wouldn't get in the picture with us

Go Panthers Go!
They made it till halftime:)  That was okay with us.  It was a fun family day!

Berthelots, were you there???

Friday, October 17, 2008

Election and Questions

Please vote! Our children's future depends on it!

Okay, I am crazy blogger this week!  There is so much going on.

Anyway, This email below came to me from the American Family Association.  It gives a great explanation about why I have felt it is important to blog about the election and increase awareness.

October 15, 2008

Dear Lindsay,

In my 70 years, I have never seen an election where coverage was so one-sided and biased or where censorship by the liberal media was so widely practiced and where media coverage was so slanted as I have seen in this election process. Their plan is working. The only chance conservatives have is to make sure they care enough to vote.

If the liberals win the upcoming election, America as we have known it will no longer exist.This country that we love, founded on Judeo-Christian values, will cease to exist and will be replaced by a secular state hostile to Christianity. This “city set on a hill” which our forefathers founded, will go dark. The damage will be deep and long lasting. It cannot be turned around in the next election, or the one after that, or by any election in the future. The damage will be permanent. That is why it is so important for you to vote and to encourage friends and family to vote. This is one election where your vote really counts. 

But again, I know and trust that we are in God's hands. He never promises that this life is easy and this seems to be one of those times where we will be tested. We don't know the outcome yet, of course, but we are being tested even now in the waiting.

SO I have a question for all of you?  Help me out here.  You have probably heard this too....Many people think we should vote for a third party versus voting for the "lesser of the two evils" as they call it.  They feel that we will stand before God to give account (and I agree) and they don't think voting for Obama or McCain is for God's glory.  What do you think about that?  And what about the fact that it's highly unlikely that a 3rd party will win, so you could be giving votes away?

I would love for you to weigh in on this.  We're all friends here:)  So send in your thoughts.


Good morning!!  I just read this email and had to pass it on.  I wanted you to be encouraged at the work God is doing around here.  He is using people just like you and me to save babies!

Dear Charlotte Participants,

There were lots of reports for Oct 16th.  Note the several saves!

First of all, thank you to Bishop Jugis for coming to pray at the vigil today, along with people from the Pastoral Center, including Catholic Social Services; and also St. Michael's parish in Gastonia.  Thank you to all of the other individuals and families that showed up today!

Katherine Hearn reported the following:

I think I mentioned to you that on Wed. evening Kristen Giesler, Tim Brennan  and I were out at Latrobe about 6:00 pm. A car drove up and parked in the "new" lot. They sat there for several minutes. We all headed down toward that direction. As they pulled out of the lot, they talked with us. Kristen had made some of the baby fetal models up with resource information. She gave her one. We all talked to the young Mom, Yemaleth, and her mother, Silvia. Yemaleth thought she was 4 months pregnant.
She just called tonight at 8:30 pm and said that this morning she went back to Latrobe and found out that she was actually 30 weeks pregnant. She is keeping her baby and can't believe that she thought about abortion or listened to stories about something being wrong with the baby. She said they told her today that her baby was just fine. I told her that people had been praying all last night and through the day for her!! She is looking forward to her baby's birth and we are all so thankful!!
Kathy Humann, a first timer, sent the following report:

Praise God!  We were able to witness two, possibly three(?) saves in the 2 1/2 hours that we were there today!  First, one car drove by twice, then waved to us and drove away without pulling into the parking lot.  Secondly, another man and woman went in and quickly came back out.  The young girl looked over at us and shouted, "I'm leaving!"  Lastly, a couple that went in, were in there for a while, then came back out right before the abortionist arrived (at approx. 11 a.m.) -- not sure if that was actually a "save", because they did not stop to let us give them information, they just left rather abruptly.  It was a rather busy day at the clinic.

We arrived shortly after 10:00 a.m. to find Chris and an older couple praying the Rosary, so there were six of us until 12:00 noon.  Chris and the older couple left, so we stayed until reinforcements came, as we felt guilty leaving no one there.  Then three ladies from St. Michael's in Gastonia arrived around 12:30-ish.  One woman had her two children with her -- a baby and a toddler.  My friend, Angela, had brought her beautiful seven-month-old with her, too.  What a visual to those arriving to murder their babies!

As it was my first time, it was rather draining emotionally. . .  We would like to go back again next week, however, as we see what an important mission this is.  I hope and pray that more Catholics will come out and support this very worthy cause. 

Kathy, thank you for wanting to return.  God is surely working in your heart!

Another report came in also:
This morning about 8:45 two sidewalk counselors were out at Latrobe when a car pulled up and let off a Mom and young looking daughter. The car let them out and left. The young daughter was 13 years old and 15 weeks pregnant. She had been raped and her father insisted upon her having the abortion, or she could not come back home to live. Neither the young Mom nor her Mother wanted the abortion. The Mother of this young 13 year old did not drive and spoke very little English. Yet, they were willing to go with the sidewalk counselor and ended up at the Pregnancy Resource Center in Charlotte. There they were counseled and had a confirmed pregnancy test as well.
Housing for the young Mom was found at a local maternity home, located close to her school. The amazing ways the Lord brought all of this together was something to behold and too long for an email. Tonight the young 13 year old Mom is in a maternity home surrounded by loving caregivers and her Mom is at peace with her daughter's situation.
Why do we go and pray at abortion clinics? This is one of the reasons. Please pray for this family. The young Mother's name is Maria. We are praying that her Father will not intervene and force her to have the abortion. We are praying for the family to be reunited, too. 

Lastly, please pray extra prayers for this particular abortionist and let us unite all of our prayers for his conversion.

This was truly an amazing day!  We give it to you God, for Your Glory!

May God Bless You,
Andrea Hines
on behalf of the Charlotte Leadership Team

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Election Stuff

  You need to listen to this!  It's really quick but shocking!  Oh so sad in so many ways.
 And go to my comments on the last election post I did and check out the link Michelle tells you about.

  I just feel we must realize what is going on and help those who aren't as aware.  If you hear people talking about this stuff this will help you be up on the facts.

My dear friend Kim just sent me an email encouraging me about God's sovereignty over this election.  I am so grateful for her and I totally agree!
I want to make it clear that I trust in God's sovereignty.  And if Obama wins then that is part of God's plan.  He knows what is best for us and it would definitely give us opportunities to minister to others and share where our hope lies. I pray that we all use the opportunities that God gives us to talk about the election to remind them of this-That Christ is our hope and the ruler of our hearts.
So the reason I post anything about the election is so we can be aware of what's out there about the candidates. Most of it you will never hear cause the media doesn't report it.  Especially about Obama, because he sues people who oppose him or attempt to uncover things about him.  Seriously.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Next 3 days...

Here are the prayers for the next 3 days of 40 Days...

10-16: For all the pregnancy centers, their employees and volunteers
10-17: For the pro-life movement
10-18: For national and local pro-life groups

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

40 Days for Life

I just finished listening to a live telecast on the 40 Days for life site and I am fired up!  Today is the midpoint in the campaign- 19 days to go!  So far there have been 200+ babies saved!!!  Isn't that great!!! And they attribute it to the people who are praying, both at the abortion mills and at home.  So thank you if you have taken part.  God hears us and he is answering our prayers. 

 One of the exciting things for me is that abortion employees are coming out and quitting their jobs.  Some even join in the vigils!  That is sooooooo cool God!

So, please keep praying.  And consider going out to the clinic and praying.  You don't have to talk to people, you just pray silently.  I am going to talk to Cindy and see if we can come up with a date and invite you all to come with us.

The prayer for today is: For the clergy, that they may speak for life

Tomorrows is: For those who help provide alternatives to abortion


Happy Birthday Reilly

 Gracie has been asking me regularly when Reilly's birthday is.  Well to her delight, it was last Thursday, October 9th! She was so eager to celebrate Reilly's big 8!

Of course they had to get her gifts:)  Gracie picked out a tire toy, which has become her favorite, and some chewie bones.  They are quite expensive but they were on sale...and it is her birthday.  Pipes picked a bone with a squeaker in it.  Reilly loved it but she tore the squeaker out in two days.  The most adorable part of the whole thing....Gracie insisted on getting Reilly a card.  And not just any card.  It had to be a singing one.  She picked it out and the song is "You've got a friend in me"  How appropriate for her four legged friend!
Reilly got serenaded and then as you can see she was ready to attack her presents.
The card:)
She didn't let the tire out of her sight:)

Happy Birthday Reilly, our loyal companion!


Tracie and I took our annual beach trip with the kiddos last week.  The weather was beautiful!  A little chilly and the water was freezing, but yeah you guessed it-the kids didn't care! 

Pipey playing in the sand.  She doesn't care too much for the water, especially when it's 30 degrees!  Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little.
Gracie was in the water non-stop.  My little water bug.

There was a stray kitten that spent the night at the house.  Why would it do that???  Weeellll, there were four little playmates for it:)  They even named the thing.  Skamp, Sammy's idea.
He was an adorable little kitten.  Thankfully his owner came and got him the morning we were leaving.  The kids had us, I mean me (I am the sucker and Tracie reads this so I better fess up) buying food for it and finding it an owner:)  
These two were in the water almost the whole time.  Christopher and Gracie- they are two peas in a pod.
Little Pipey was sick the whole week.  Diarrhea and a fever.  Up to 102.7 at one point!  So it made for some long nights but seriously, she was a trooper.  
Sammy was the worker bee.  Digging and building, the Sam we all know and love.  I hope Tracie posts pics of his little "nest" he built.  It was really cute.  I didn't get a pic of it.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Our Economic Crisis

Go and watch this video.  I think it is well worth your time.  We need to be educated on the issues at hand in this election.  I wouldn't post this here if I didn't think it was worth your time.


Here is the update:)

Jordan and Jessie met with the neurologist this morning for 2 hours! I forgot to get the Dr’s names so I am going to use “N” for neurologist.  I will get them soon so we can pray for them specifically.

Anyway, Jordan has a precancerous glioma.  It is not malignant!!  It will become malignant if not treated. It is in the motor center of his brain from what I understand.  So complications like his left leg going numb are possibilities.  But hopefully they will be minimized with treatment.  There is also a “root” (part of the tumor) close to his left eye.  This could make him go blind in that eye if not treated.

The tumor is spread throughout his brain, a little more than they first thought.  And it is growing, but slowly.

He will have some test results Wednesday. There is a new test that they can do to see how well you will respond to radiation (praise the Lord).  If you DO NOT have the 1st and 19th chromosomes, then you are more likely to respond to the radiation.  If you DO  have the choromosomes, then aren’t as likely to respond well, but they will still try it.  They would probably add chemo to it as well if he has the chromosomes.

There are lots of Dr appointments coming up and lots of consults with numerous Doctors so that Jordan can get the best care.  The “N” is going to share Jordan’s case with a board of doctors so he can get input.  There are doctors all over the country that can be helpful here.  What a blessing!! To top it off, the “N” said there are several excellent doctors right here at Carolina’s Medical Center.  Praise the Lord again!

If you are wondering about surgery, the “N” said that surgery would not get all of the tumor so he doesn’t recommend it.  Not worth the risk.

Tomorrow Jordan has an oncology visit.  I will update when we hear more about that. 

The “N” said Jordan could work out again.  You guys know how important this is to them:)

So, how can you pray?

That Jordan does not have the chormosomes.

Wisdom for all the doctors who are going to care for Jordan

For Jordan and Jessie’s marriage.  That God would strengthen them as they help each other through this.

For the oncology visit tomorrow.

For all the family who are traveling to see Jordan and Jessie. And for their time with each and every family member to be fruitful and encouraging.

That the side effects for treatment will be minimal

That the tumor is cured due to the treatment

That God gives Jordan strength and grace to handle all that is going on

For Jessie especially- that God gives her peace and grace, and help as she cares for Jordan 

 For Pam and Sue and Bill and Dave as they watch their children go through this.  That they can place them in God’s hands and trust their Savior to care for them.

For wisdom as Jordan and Jessie do research on the different options for care.

Most of all- that God is glorified!!!!


Our family can’t thank you all enough for the way you love and care for us.  Wow just being on your knees before the Lord has given us so much hope. Look at how God has provided already.  There are so many praises even today.  We are so very appreciative for you!



40 Days for Life

I am sooooo sorry for not posting this sooner.  I trust that you have been praying anyway.

Here are the prayers for the past two weeks.  They are Intercessory Prayers:

10-4 For our pre-born brothers and sisters killed by abortion
10-5 For our brothers and sisters who have survived abortion
10-6 For mothers who have had abortions
10-7 For mothers who have refused to have abortions
10-8 For fathers of aborted babies; or who wanted their babies aborted
10-9 For fathers who have refused to have abortions
10-10 For families of aborted babies
10-11 For doctors and nurses, that they may nurture life
10-12 For government leaders, that they may defend life
10-13 For the womb to be restored as a safe place to live

Today is Day 20 of the 40 days.  Half way there! God has been moving and there are many babies and moms being saved.  Glory to God!  But the work does not end after the 40 days!  It doesn't end until abortion ends.

I was talking with a friend the other day about why people are so reluctant to get involved in the pro-life movement.  We came up with a few reasons.  Maybe you are concerned too?  I would like to hear what your concerns and reservations are. Leave a comment if you are willing.

29 and holding...

On October 3rd I turned 29:)  Kind of seems like a big birthday to me.  One year from 30, my last year to be 20 something.

   Well, My husband outdid himself once again.  He went out of his way to bless me and make my birthday special.  Thank you Buddy.

On Thursday night he was going to surprise me with dinner at the Outback, my fav, with my family.  What a treat for me!  But I was in bed with a migraine so we didn't get to go.

On Friday I got to spend the day with my girls and Tracie and the boys as we went apple picking.

Then on Saturday, Jeremy had a surprise party for me at our home with many of my friends!  It was really fun hanging out with them:)
Here are the girls from the party. Amanda (we have been friends since the 8th grade.  Very special to me that she was here:)), Jessica, Tracie, moi, Kim, Cindy, Martina, Michelle, Dawn, La La, and Lisa.  The hubbies were here too:)
Cake time.
And opening gifts:)  As you can see, I love Ann Taylor Loft.  My friend Mandy gave me a gift card:)

I  think I say this every year but I just can't help myself!  Thank you to all of you who love and care for me.  Thank you for making my birthdays special.  I am so very thankful for each and every one of you.  God has given me so much, by giving me your friendships.  I am humbled that you are my friends.  And thank you to those of you who weren't able to make it to the party too.  For your hugs and well wishes:)  Love you all!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Whew!  I feel quite behind on blogging.  On the 3rd, we went apple picking with our co-op.

We got to go on a tour of the farm and see how they sort apples, wash them, they learned about how important bees are, and we went on a tractor ride through the orchards. We also learned how to pick an apple properly and here they are having a taste test:)

Everyone got their own bag of apples...
This is the contraption they wear to pick apples
Oops, posted that pic twice
Here we are learning about bees.  It was quite humorous.  She asked the kids who ran the hive.  Answer-the queen.  Can the male bees feed themselves?  No, the girls have to get their food for them.  Who does the work in the hive?  The girls.  Hmmm, sounds like humans too:))

This is the apple sorter.  They sort by size.  The deer get the smaller ones.  The med to small ones get used for cider.  And the medium to large ones go to the grocery stores.

Yummy.  Apples we picked:)

And of course Piper had to eat is as soon as she got it off the tree.

Gracie girl really enjoyed picking..

Cutie Patooties:)  All in one wagon!  We walked a little ways to get different kinds of apples.
We take one of these pictures every year...

     This place was beautiful!  The day was wonderful too:)  It was a fun way to spend my birthday.