The Followers of Eru #9! Come for Cheesecake!

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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:24 pm

Hi, Keve! :hug:

We're awful slow around here these days, but you're always welcome. :) What have you been up to?
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Postby KateEvenstar » Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:05 am

Nothing's really new here. Still single, still living at home and working in a bookshop - still a total geek! :bookworm: Feels a bit like life's on pause, but aside from that, things are OK.

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Did I read somewhere that you're married now? If so - congratulations! :drink: :happydance:
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:16 am

Yes! I was married on Oct. 15. :) It still seems like a dream sometimes. A good one. :)

I know how sometimes life can feel like that. Maybe it's an opportunity for you to do something different, take a class, go somewhere or whatever. :)

while I'm here: Please pray for a woman from my church. She's elderly and yesterday was in a serious car accident yesterday...a tractor trailer rolled over onto the front of her car. She's in the hospital and in guarded condition. She has several broken bones and had one surgery already.
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Postby Nimhiril » Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:28 am

Popping in because I miss this place...and I felt myself feeling particularly Hobbit-like today. :) I see that it has been about a month since the last post, but would be curious to see how everyone is doing!

Iris, is there an update on the lady from your church? I know it's been a while, but am curious how that situation turned out.

Missed you all! And hope you have a lovely Hobbit Day (and eat some cheesecake to celebrate!)

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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:33 am

We stopped to see her yesterday. She's in a nursing home with good rehabilitation and they are telling her that, yes, she will be able to go home but, no, it won't be until Christmas, which has her bummed. She wants to be home yesterday! But she says the rehab is really good there.

I can tell you all a little more about what happened: She was coming home from a neighboring town and coming around a curve, and this truck (tractor-trailer kind) was coming the other way. I don't know if he was going to fast or if his load shifted or what, but as he came around the turn, the truck tipped over and landed on her car. She saw the whole thing happening and never lost consciousness or anything. She was taken by helicopter to a trauma center with a shattered leg, broken arm, broken ribs and broken sternum...and she's 85! And the whole time she's telling people she doesn't want to be a bother and asks about the other driver and is relatively cheerful, etc. :)

The interesting thing is, that trauma center got another friend of ours in May...he was riding his motorcycle and a woman (who was texting) ran a stop sign and then ran over him...pushing him and the bike about 50 feet down the road. He was taken to that same trauma center and when word spread, all these bikers from the Christian Motorcycle Association descended on the hospital the next day. They couldn't get in to see him, so they were visiting the other rooms on the floor and praying with the other people they didn't know. I guess the nurses are still talking about it. :)
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Postby Nimhiril » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:33 am

Wow, it's amazing that she is doing so well! I'm sure it's hard to be in a nursing home when she's used to being independent--am glad she's get the rehab she needs! She sounds lovely. :) It's amazing how God gives strength and the grace to ask about the others involved in such an accident. :)

That is such a cool (for lack of a better word...perhaps inspiring is better?) story about the bikers! I love that they went into the other rooms of the trauma center! And what about your biker friend? Is he doing well, recovering? :hug:
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:32 am

He's coming along, but he may never walk unassisted again. Right now he uses a walker occasionally, but is mostly in a wheelchair. Had he been a smaller man (almost 300 pounds) and had it been a smaller bike (touring Harley-Davidson weighing close to 1,000 pounds) and had God not been there, he'd be dead for certain. The rehab is going well, I guess, and he hopes to at least be able to walk with a cane someday.

She's getting a slap on the wrist. :(
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Postby Lithtaur16 » Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:42 pm

Hi y'all! I don't know how many of you know or remember me but would you pray for my family through this next crazy season? My parents are struggling with the bank over the house. They need to keep up with payments, get a modification and stay up until they can sell it. If they can do that and get the right price, they can pay off the rest of their debts too and hopefully have a lot more peace than they do now. It's putting a really heavy momentary strain on their marriage but I know the grace that carried them through raising and recently saying goodbye to my 27 year old sister can carry them through this. I have to hope they remember it too.
In praise I'll mention that my younger sister is expecting. :) This is His work as they've have a lot of trials too.
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Postby JudyA » Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:13 am

Hey Lithtaur, will certainly pray. Sounds like a combination of trials and blessings - but when is life not like that? A good reminder where to place our trust :)

Am not sure how many of the old (or new) crew will see this but I'd appreciate prayer for Poppet 1. She's had a hell of a year or two - never been 100pc well at any stage, and been dealing with a whole range of things. Her health packed up in the latter stages of of last year and she missed two months of school, spent a lot of the time just on the couch. Tonsils and glands up the whole time, and the doctor said it was post-viral fatigue (kind of like chronic fatigue). Anyway, her tonsils came out about three weeks ago and today, the first day of the new school year, she went back to school. We've arranged for her to only go part time for the moment but she even found that hard to handle :( ... she's been through so much and has very little energy and finds concentrating very difficult. We lift her before the Lord daily, as do many loving friends and family, but the more prayers the merrier, I reckon.

Been off the boards for a long time and this was one of the main reasons why. Hopefully I'll see you all around a bit more now :D
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Postby Old_Begonia » Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:38 am

Lithtaur16 and JudyA, praying.
"And it is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance else that is in this Earth; and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen."

There is something profound about standing AT sea level.
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:47 am

Hugs to you and yours, Judy :hug: And it's good to see you back. :D

How old is Poppet now? I've lost track.

Certainly, Lith, and congrats to your sister. :)

Hi, OB! :hug:
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Postby JudyA » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:53 pm

Poppet is 14 (can you believe?!?). She's really been under par health-wise for two years now. It all started with a cough that just didn't let up for six months, and by the time it finally departed her immune system was shot. And it's been that way ever since. She's struggling in many areas, and it's very hard to watch.

It's difficult to balance your understanding that God is in control with your daughter's suffering. Knowing that he could take it away, and yet...! It's something she's finding hard to grapple with as well. I just want to be godly and consistent and loving, while at the same time encouraging her forward. She was so tired after even a half day of school yesterday, and I really don't know how long it's going to be before she says she can't cope and wants to stay home. I hope that day doesn't come, but I'm not confident!!
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:22 am

Is it just one illness after another? I'm asking because I'm thinking about my pastor's daughter. She took a trip to Africa in 2008 and came back with a bug that pretty much destroyed her digestive system and, as a result, her immunity to some extent. She had to follow a very strict diet for about two years, gluten free, lactose free and regular candida yeast cleanses (which involved an even more strict diet). Of course, different situations, but it came to mind. :)

And at 14 you want to be out doing things! I know what you mean about trusting God and knowing "he can heal that, why doesn't he?" When my grandma went blind, her family prayed God would heal her...but he chose not to. When my mom was diagnosed with Rhumatoid Arthritis, same deal. Instead, he gave her ways to cope...and allowed her to be a means for others to find help with new drugs. I've come to the hard-won conclusion that nothing that happens to us is ever beneath God's notice (he sees the sparrow, after all) and he will use it somehow.

Big hugs to her! :hug: Please keep us updated.
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Postby JudyA » Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:46 pm

Well, on the third day of school she refused to get out of bed. I tried to be reasonable - and then got cranky I'm afraid(!) - but fortunately Mr JudyA was home and he spoke to her about the need to push through at this stage, and that we were like her coaches there to encourage, support and help her manage and gradually improve. She did end up going to school, and made it through the week which was quite an achievement. And she went again this morning.

Part of the issue is that she needs to start taking responsibility again for self-care, ie. if you're over at your friend's place and you're knackered, don't just sit there and get even more exhausted - ring us to come and pick you up. She did text me yesterday from her friend's house to come and get her but for some reason I didn't get the text for nearly 90 minutes. And the silly thing is, she didn't think to ring me, or Mr JudyA, or call home. She just sat there feeling tired :hair:

But it'll get better. There's a lot for her to remember and relearn so we just need to be patient. Also, the ENT specialist who took her tonsils out told me last Thursday that he hasn't seen tonsils that bad for years. They were filled with pus, and some of it had been there so long it had solidified :shock: .... poor kid!!! Just imagine having all that toxic ick coursing through your system! I am so grateful they are no longer there! And knowing how bad it was helps us to be more confident that her body will now have a fighting chance without them.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers :)
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:51 am

Ick! :hug:

My husband's kids think texting is the only form of communication. Well, they are learning that out where we live cell phones aren't always reliable and to use the land line, but still... Looking back, I wish I had made a dating rule that his kids couldn't text him during our date unless it was life or death, and he couldn't answer unless it was life or death.

Some day you'll all look back on this and say, "Remember when..." and wonder either how you did it, or how you thought it was as bad as it was! :hug:
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Postby Melwa » Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:31 pm

Someone said cheesecake! Is there still some left? I brought a few dozen gallons of milk with me to share . . . my introductory ticket. :-)

I don't text. Phone calls are so much quicker, and keyboards for e-mailing with are easier.
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Postby JudyA » Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:29 pm

Poppet update:
Tonsil wound all better, but still struggling through less than a full day of school each day. She just doesn't want to be there, i think, so it's hard to have any energy and motivation. Please pray for both, for a gradual return of her energy and for calm in the evening and SLEEP. She is sleeping really badly and that is probably the main thing holding her back at the moment. :(

Sleep, precious...
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Postby Melwa » Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:42 pm

Poor girl. I'll pray. I've just been doing research for a paper on sleep! Is it just from the pain, or are there other issues?
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:36 am

Echoing what Melwa asked. Do you have a white noise machine? I used to have a air cleaner that I ran and then I invested in an actual sound machine. Amazing how well it helps!

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Postby GwenElf » Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:20 pm

Hugs and prayers for Poppet, Judy! :hug:

:hihi: Melwa, and welcome to the thread! I try my best not to text, either. I have a pay-as-you-go cell phone plan, so each text costs me. Between that any my very old phone which still uses the T9 system, I just don't bother. Texts are good for quick questions or confirmations, but I would never hold a conversation over text message. Blech.


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Postby JudyA » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:11 pm

Melwa wrote:Poor girl. I'll pray. I've just been doing research for a paper on sleep! Is it just from the pain, or are there other issues?



There are other issues as well, I'm afraid. We're dealing with them too, but it's a slow process. If the tonsils and the post-viral fatigue were all we had to deal with that would be great..! *sighs*
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:41 pm

Nice! :thumbsup: :hug:

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Postby JudyA » Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:08 am

*pops in*

Wondering if any of my Christian brother and sister TORCers are around...

*pops out*
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:47 am

JUDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :hug: I've been thinking about you. No, seriously...every time I look at a certain pizza stone. :)

How are you and the family?
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Postby JudyA » Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:08 am

Family is a bit of a rollercoaster. Poppet is still struggling health-wise, and dealing with depression as well. It's a long, hard road... and continuing to be. She's the only person who doesn't think she is beautiful and valuable, so it's hard :(

The Little Fairy is almost as tall as me now (!) and in her last year of primary school. About to tackle a scholarship test this weekend for a private high school, and she's got a reasonable chance and is keen as mustard, bless her heart. :)

Mr JudyA is still busy in his chaplaincy work and me in mine, although it's hard to concentrate on work when you're juggling the whole sickness thing as well. Thankfully I have the kindest, wisest Christian boss in the world, so feel very blessed on that score.

Good to hear the pizza stone is in a happy home, btw :D
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:54 am

Poor kid...it's bad enough being chronically sick when you're an adult, but when you should be more active and out doing stuff and having the time of your life, I can imagine the depression would sink in. :( :hug: We have a young man...well, he's my age, but I still tend to think we're all 18!...who was born with a degenerative disease leaving him crippled and wheelchair bound. One night he sat alone while his brother went out with friends and was crying to himself and said, "God, why can't I have any friends?" and heard God tell him, "Brian, I will be your friend." It totally changed his life...he is now a lay minister for a local church and has other speaking engagements and he writes daily devotionals on his Facebook page...and when I knew him in high school, that would NEVER have been the case.

And I'm saying all that to say this...sometimes one has to reach the darkest moment in order to hear God. I hope and pray some day your daughter will look back on these days and see them as a learning time for her. :hug: :hug:

And wow for Little Fairy! She can't possibly be old enough, though I've no doubt she's smart enough. ;)

We've been chasing health issues for Rob...he's always had some problems but in the past year, year and a half, it seems to have just spiraled out of control. He's been diagnosed with arthritis and fibromyalgia and peripheral neropathy but there are still things not covered by any of that. He's been to two neurologists, the second one told him he really should see an infectious disease doctor, and he started there today. Discouragement seems to be the word for him as well. :( I've been having some work issues...I wish I could say I have a Christian boss who has been wonderful. Instead, I have an agnostic boss (she says pagan, but she isn't really) who can be difficult at times (though she has been really good about giving me time off when needed for various and sundry stuff). Still, my friend and coworker who is also a Christian and I have been feeling some hostility in that corner and are trying to decide how to deal.
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Postby JudyA » Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:02 pm

Oh darl, that's tough... and I'm so sorry to hear about Rob - a :hug: for you, and one for him as well. I hope it's not feeling too scary for you both :heart:

I'm working through some Bible notes about being close to God through the storms of life, and I know how true it is that he can grow and change us in these times. But it's hard for Poppet. She's still working out her faith, and she's engaging with it, but she's so overwhelmed. Our GP recommended that she be admitted to hospital, and the adolescent unit there that she's linked with agrees. She could be in as early as today, so that's pretty weird. :shock: But we've put everything in the hands of God, so we're hoping this will really help her start to rebuild.
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:02 am

If your email is the same...Chuck Swindoll had an excellent devotional on just that thing yesterday. I'll send it to you! :)
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Postby JudyA » Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:35 pm

Received - thanks :hug:

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