Saturday, May 31, 2008

Crazy week

Hey there...it's been a crazy week for me. Last Thursday I had taken my momma to the hospital for her kidney stone. She had surgery and got out that same day. Thursday night my brother and his family came to visit. I took Friday off, and then Saturday and Sunday were my normal days off. Saturday I did clean the church and then went to the movies with my niece, nephew, brother and brother-in-law. It was a fun time, but horrible movie.

Sunday was a good day just because it was church and stuff. Sunday night I went to church at my parents' church. My brother played the piano for my sister Becky to sing and then he played for me to sing a Casting Crowns song. Then my nephew played a song he wrote on guitar. I sang two more songs "Life Is Hard" and "One Touch"...after church we had Giovanni's Pizza for the third time that weekend.

Monday was the Memorial Day Parade. When I got home from the parade, momma wasn't feeling well, so I took her to the hospital. Tonda - my sister-in-law - came by to stay with my dad. I stayed at the hospital until 8pm...they had just moved my mom to her room. I went home to help daddy with his nightly routine.

Tuesday morning, I went to work and had packed for my trip to Lexington for Secretaries Conference. It's an annual conference for secretaries with my company to get together and take classes, and just have fun being out of the office for a few days. My brother-in-law Mike T came by to stay with my daddy that night. He was going to take my dad to the doctor on Wednesday, but my dad canceled that appointment. My mom got out of the hospital on Wednesday night. I came home on Thursday afternoon. It was a good conference. I enjoyed myself ... even though I wanted to be at home with mom and dad.

Thursday night I spent in my own bed...that was nice, however, the bed at the hotel was really good.

Today I went to work again...it was weird trying to get back to normal again. After work was over, I met up with Ginger and Kat for dinner. After dinner, I had to run back home to get my hair color for Mary to do tonight. We watched "Becoming Jane" a very sad movie. Then we watched the first Indiana Jones movie.

Today I went to Wal-mart and bought Tobymac's new cd/dvd. It came out on my birthday, but I wasn't able to get it then. I also got Chris Sligh's new CD...he's really good. I bought a present for my friend Ginger's birthday tomorrow. My friends and I are celebrating her birthday on Saturday and my birthday on Sunday.

I'm ready to close the chapter of the birthday celebration. I'm still enjoying the days because every day that God gives me I want to enjoy it...but it's time to stop dragging out the celebration part of it.

Well...I'm going to close for now...it's getting late/early on Saturday. I'm going to have to clean the church tomorrow morning...then stop by and to check in with my parents and then I'm going out to eat with the girls...

Until next time...

Thursday, May 29, 2008

C.A.T.S. update...

I wrote a few months back about a step I was taking out of my comfort zone. It was to submit an audition packet to C.A.T.S. I received a letter this week stating the network would be discontinuing the show. It is disappointing, but I traveled on this unknown path with the statement "it's in God's hands now..." just trusting that God was in control of this matter. I'm thankful for the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and finally submit something for review.

Below is the statement released on the website.


After much prayer and soul-searching, a decision has been made to discontinue C.A.T.S.

This has been difficult for all of us involved in this project. C.A.T.S. was born more than six years ago out of a conviction that many outstanding Christian artists deserved more widespread recognition. Throughout these years, we have heard and seen performances by hundreds of artists. It has been a joy to witness their testimonies and share their talents with a nationwide television audience.

We wish that this project could go on indefinitely. But we also live in a world of change. As you know from watching television, programs are cancelled every week; new programs are introduced. No program lasts forever. We are blessed with an abundance of programming ideas, and it was felt that we simply had to move on. While we are excited about the new projects coming our way, we truly are sad about closing the book on C.A.T.S.

We understand completely if this disappoints you; we share in that disappointment. We have been in prayer that God would help you understand this decision, and bless your desire to use your talent to honor Him. We also would ask you to pray for us.

Thanks for your prayers in this matter, and for the encouraging words and support that has been expressed.

I'll still be singing on a smaller scale. I'm thankful to have opportunities to use the talent God has given me in my local church...and that my church family supports me in my areas of ministry.

Monday, May 26, 2008

My momma...

Hey there...just wanted to let you all know I took my mom to the hospital again this afternoon. She was having pain similar to the pain she had last Thursday when she had a kidney stone. The ER doctor confirmed she had another stone tonight. They have admitted her and will be having the doctor who performed the procedure to get the stone to review her chart tomorrow. Please be praying for her.

When she got to her room, I came home to relieve my sister-in-law. She was here with my dad while I was with my mom.

I'm supposed to leave for a trip with work tomorrow night. As of right now the trip is still on, but things may change depending on how it goes tomorrow. I'm preparing to go on the trip, but I'll let you all know what I end up doing (however, it may be until I get back, as the internet access at the hotel doesn't allow any myspace posting.)

Thanks for your prayers in advance.

Until next time...

Memorial Day...

Today was the 140th annual Ironton Memorial Day Parade. This is a major event for the town of Ironton, OH. The parade route runs right in front of the church...which allows our church to reach out into the community. Each year, our restrooms have been opened to the public and several years we have served food for the church people. Last year, we have began to serve hot dogs, chips, and drink for free with any donations going to Two Hearts Pregnancy Center. Both years we have ran out of food. I believe more will need to be made next year.

The parade itself is 12 divisions. It last about 2 to 3 hours. One of the things I really enjoy is watching those veterans in the crowd stand and salute those in the parade...and those in the parade saluting back, and even taking time to walk over and shake a hand of a veteran for his service. Misty eyed I continue to watch this amazing celebration of patriotism.

Last year, my dad was able to sit on our church float. Again, I was amazed at the response of those who said "thank you" to my dad for the service he did in the military.

I enjoy being in a community that celebrates our soldiers and veterans for what they do for our freedom.

I'd like to end with a thank you as well.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Fun, fun, fun...

I so much enjoy when I get to spend time with my brothers and sisters...as most of them live pretty far away. This weekend my brother David, his wife Susan and their kids Micah and Karis have come to visit. Yesterday, we spent the morning just hanging out at the house. My brother David mowed the grass, while I used the weed eater...I think David is great at mowing the grass, because I didn't have to weed eat much. In the late afternoon, Susan wanted to let mom and dad rest, so she headed to South Point with me and the kids. I had to get some stuff for the church. We got finished and ordered Giovanni's Pizza for the evening...my favorite food. After we ate, Micah and Karis went with me to church to take the stuff I bought there and then we headed over to the mall...which I didn't realize closed at 9 and not 10...crazy!!! After that we went to get gas in my dad's car...That morning I saw it as high as $4.19 (at the station near my house), but I ended up getting it in Ashland for $3.85 at Kroger's in Ashland...I love how Kroger's will add extra cents off if you shop there and spend so much money...I got 10 cents off...YEAH!!!

Karis and I watched a little bit of One Tree Hill, before I fell asleep. Today I'll be cleaning the church for tomorrow...and then we will probably go to the movies with my brother-in-law Mike T.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Crazy Day!!!

It's interesting how quickly good news can take a bad seat to bad news. Last night I was so excited that David Cook won. Life was good for the moment. Oh it is still good, just a bit crazy.

This morning, my dad came into my room to tell me that he thought mom should go to the hospital. She was complaining of pain and had been up most of the night. When it finally hit me what he said, I got out of bed and went to check on her. She was in the bathroom just sitting (sorta doubled over). I asked her if she wanted me to take her to the hospital and she said, "I don't know what to do." I told her I would go ahead and get ready. So by the time I got ready (that meant...put on a pair of jeans, a shirt and grab my purse (no combing of the hair...I don't think I even looked in the mirror...I'm sorta afraid to see what I look like...LOL!) she had decided to go to the hospital.

We got there and I got her out of the car, and told them I would park my car. When I walked back to the ER, they were telling her to come back. We got into a room and the nurse introduced himself. (Great nurse...by the way...really helped my mom to be comfortable). The doctor came in just a few minutes later, and asked about her pain. He touched a few spots to check for sensitivity, and said he thought it may be a stone, but wanted to get a cat scan and blood work to make sure.

It didn't seem too long and they came back to tell us it was a stone 5.5mm and they would be admitting her. Since I knew they were going to keep her. I decided to call my brother Tim to see if he could help me out. I had to go back to check on dad to be sure he got his eye drops and eat with his medication. By the time I got home, he was wanting to check on his latest medication for the Bells Palsy. It's been 10 days since he was diagnosed and the medication had run out. So we called the VA Hospital and was put on hold. Dad made a comment about waiting so long, so I asked him if he wanted me to take him to the hospital to actually see the doctor. He agreed, and off we went.

By 11 this morning I had taken both of my parents to the two different hospitals. Not a normal day for us at the Jayne house, but it was hopping. Anyway...we got the VA and saw the doctor. She was great. I mentioned in an email to family and friends that not only should we be thanking our veterans, but also those medical personnel who care for them. I love that two of them said they remembered my dad, so that makes it a little more personal. The doctor was looking at the charts and double checking the medications that he already takes. She called to have another doctor consult with her about trying steriods (to help with the Bells Palsy). Since my dad suffers from Myasthenia Gravis (MG) he has to be careful with the medications he takes as to not aggrevate the affects of MG. She asked if I was able to watch for the symptoms too, and I told her yes, so she told me if they were mild to just reduce quicker, but if the symptoms got too worse, to totally quit with it. She thinks the steriod will help quicker than just the other medication he was on alone. He also got a refill on the previous medication to help with the Bells Palsy. The doctor also perscribed an antibotic for some fluid she saw in his ear. She thinks this one will help him get better quicker than what we have seen.

We left the appointment and headed for the pharmacy, where more waiting would occur. We got the medication and headed for Stewarts Hot Dogs...yummy, and then over to the other hospital where my momma was.

While I was with my dad, Tim was keeping me informed on mom's condition. She had been taken by the doctor to get the stone out. She doesn't know how they got it, but they sent it off for analysis. Tim told us she would be released today.

Tim was great with keeping the other brothers and sisters updated and I would pass along what I knew to my sister Leah as she was at work. My family is great in a crisis...they were on top of things with lifting us in prayer...as well as my wonderful support system of friends.

It's been a long day and we are now awaiting for mom's release and my brother David and his family's visit.

This morning, my mom was worried because she hadn't been able to get the bed for them ready. I had told her on the way to the hospital I had already made up my mind to stay home and I would do all that for her. She didn't have to worry about it. So when dad and I got home, I got the dishes cleaned, and the room ready for my brother and family.

In the news of this craziness, I also heard on Klove about loss in Steven Curtis Chapman's family. My prayers go up for them during this time of tradegy. Please keep them in your prayers.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Opening show for season finale

I finally found this...the Gavin DeGraw song "I Don't Want To Be" is the song that usually opens One Tree Hill, but this year in Season 5 they hadn't been playing it. On the season 5 finale, they had this as the opening...thought it was very cute! I just love this kid, Jackson Brundage who plays "James Lucas Scott" on the show. He's adorable. Just wanted to share it.

YEAH!!!!

WOW!!! I'm amazed that David Cook has been named American Idol Winner for Season 7. I was a little concerned after last night's performances, not because I thought DC didn't do as well as he could have, but just because of the talk Simon had done. Thankfully Simon is able to admit when he's wrong...and apologized for what was said last night. Hallelujah!!!

I LOVE DAVID COOK!! I know you all know this, but it needs to be on record...LOL!!!

Happy birthday to me...I guess I'm starting early with my celebration. It usually last for more than just a day anyone...I mean if God gives us another day of life...it should be celebrated, right?

Well...that's all for now...until next time...

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Spiritual War

The past three Sunday evenings Pastor has been preaching sermons on Satan. The message titles were as follows: Satan: The Deceiver, Satan: The Devourer, Satan: His Desire. These messages have been really good to remind me of the spiritual battle we are fighting. But there is still that war we wrestle with...Ephesians 6:12 says "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." This verse has been going through my mind since the first message Pastor preached (about three weeks ago). There is a war! One we can not fight alone. If we are Christians we have the power within us.

Well...on Saturday night, I was yet again on youtube (you know that addiction of mine), and I was looking for videos by CeCe Winans. Mainly because I wanted to see different hairstyles of hers, but I clicked on one video called "Waging War" from her new CD "Thy Kingdom Come." This song "Waging War" is the first single off the CD...as I listened to it, the messages that Pastor spoke came back to my mind, the verse from Ephesians also came back. I love how God works through Christian music.

I am posting the song (by way of youtube.com) here for you to hear. The lyrics are below the video...and since the video is just random pictures of CeCe...it will allow you to follow along with the lyrics. There's more blog for you to read below the lyrics.



Waging War

(Verse 1)
Anoint my head, anoint my feet
Send your angels reigning down
Here on the battle ground
For your glory
Were taking territory
Fighting unseen enemies
Like never before
Were Waging War
-Repeat-[background]

(Bridge 1)
I’m tired of principalities
Messing with me
(Waging war)
I’m tired of the devil
Stealing from me
(Waging war)
I promise that he won’t get
One more thing
(Waging war)
I’m taking it back
I'm taking territory
(Waging war)
I’m ready for the battle
I’m ready to win
(Waging war)
My weapon of power
He lives within
(Waging war)
I can't be defeated
The enemy has gotta flee
(waging war)
I’m taking it back
I'm taking territory

Going into battle
Going into battle
Going into battle

(Verse 2)
Be my sword
Be my shield
As we claim the victory
Over the enemy
In your name
You'll rule and reign
Never being defeated
Anymore
We're waging war
-Repeat-[background]

(Bridge 1)

Send your fire
Send your fire
oooh ooh oh

(Bridge 2)
Fire by night
Cloud by day
A strong tower
Send the latter rain
Lion of Judah
Lord, God,
Mighty In battle
Since you did
It back then
We know you’ll do
It again
-Repeat-

We're going into battle
We're going into battle
We're going into battle

(Bridge 2)

(Bridge 1)

Waging war

My favorite line of this song is "My weapon of power...He lives within." We have the power...how many times do we live our life as if we are defeated people.

This past Sunday I sang "Convinced" by Nicole C. Mullen. This song was written from the verses in Romans 8:38 & 39. It talks about the fact that nothing (and there is a LONG list included with the "nothing") will separate us from the love of God. Since God's love is with us, and nothing will separate me from Him, I am on the winning side. My favorite verse is the second one...it says:

The wind will blow on everybody
And rain will fall on us all
And if the, weather of my life
Is not like I want it, still
I’ll survive thru the storm

There are times that we will face trials, but we need to remember that God is on our side...we will overcome...the trials, storms, Satan's attacks on our life, etc...we are on the winning side. I love how these two songs are reminders to me that God is on my side...I will survive, I am on the winning side. Hallelujah!!

Some finales this week...

Hey there...I'm really excited..."I LOVE DAVID COOK!" There are a lot of finales this week. Tonight is the season finale of my VERY favorite show One Tree Hill. Tomorrow night is the final performances for American Idol...and then Wednesday the 7th Season winner will be announced...I'm really pushing for David Cook. I just want to state this..."I LOVE DAVID COOK!"

House MD's finale is tonight as well...but since it's on the same time as my FAVORITE show...I'll not be watching. I LOVE DAVID COOK! I've also heard that some people are looking forward to the finale of Grey's Anatomy (a show I personally don't watch...I think it was because it first took the time slot of another favorite show, and I was boycotting it...but now that show is finished, and I just don't feel like getting into Grey's now).

I think that's all for now with finales...Just for the record "I LOVE DAVID COOK!"

ROCK THE VOTE in American Idol!!!...you MUST vote...or attempt to vote. David Cook will not win if everyone who wants him to win doesn't vote. Things happen sometimes and depending on other people to do it will not get him voted as the winner.

A few years ago Daughtry was a possible winner of that season, but people didn't vote and caused him to be in the bottom that week...and actually going home. The interesting thing is it did work out for him in the long run. I mean his career is probably better than if he was the actual winner...but if you are in the finale...and you are as good as DAVID COOK...then you deserve to win...VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! And if I didn't mention it before...I LOVE DAVID COOK...and I'll be voting for him in the finale. Just one more day until then. Good thing I can pass the time tonight with One Tree Hill. Lucas has a mohawk...YEAH!!!

Until next time...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Craziness...

My mom called me today while I was at work...this is unusual for her as she does not like bugging me while at work (unless she's returning a call)...but since I hadn't called her, I was a little concerned. Come to find out she was just getting home from taking my dad to the ER. They have diagnosed him with Bell's Palsy. Me being the curious one...went online to see what this is exactly. It is "a condition that causes the facial muscles to weaken or become paralyzed. It's caused by trauma to the 7th cranial nerve, and is not permanent." I continued reading as I was not too concerned with what it was, but came across something interesting from the article. This article gave a warning sign of Bell's Palsy "may be neck pain, or pain in or behind the ear prior to palsy, but it is not usually recognized in first-time cases." The interesting thing is my dad has had this before...and for the last few weeks he has complained of neck pain and behind the ear. At first they thought it was an ear infection, and last week they said it was something else (that I can't spell...but basically means inflammation of the nerve endings in the neck).

This morning after he shaved they noticed the side of his face was droopy, so mom headed him to the ER to be checked out.

I'm thankful to finally know what is wrong and am thankful that God has watched over him these last several weeks.

Tonight I made an appearance at my nephew's kindergarten graduation. He was adorable. I'm amazed he's growing up so quickly. I have a nephew who will be 5 next week. It just seems like time flies by so quickly. I was glad I was able to work my schedule to be able to attend since my parents were unable to. They wish they could have been there, but it's understandable with this new development.

Looking forward to hump day tomorrow...it would be nice if Friday were already here, because it would be even closer to my birthday...weird that I'm excited about that day...usually the older you get the more you are willing to let them slip by without acknowledgement, but I'm really thankful that God allows me to live each day.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

May...a great month...

but something is feeling off. I don't know what it is...it may be all the craziness that has shown itself in my life and the lives of those around me. Circumstances that have presented themselves which cause questions and sides to be chosen. I know a lot of you may not understand about this...hey, I'm living it and I don't know that I do. But one thing I'm reminded of during this crazy, hectic time...is God is in control. I love that statement. It is a good reminder that I don't need to worry about life. He's in control. I may not understand what's happening...or why, but He's in control. One of the lessons a college instructor tried to teach us was "to not let the circumstances in life distract you." In other words...don't let things get in the way of the big picture. Recently I have been reflecting what on other lessons this instructor taught me...and the more I think the more I remember that his lifestyle showed this lesson. He never let those circustances in life distract him from the purpose that God had given him. He was always there with an open door to his office to hear our crazy circumstances, overwhelming problems, and even the good things that God was teaching us in our life.

It's so important that we continue to pass what we have learned to others. Something I hope I am currently doing. I want others to see in my lifestyle that even if the craziness of this world seems to blow up in my pathway...I will not let it distract me from the purpose that God has for me in this life.

My title is May is a great month...there are reasons every year that I think May is a great month...there's a particular celebration at the end of the month (well...on the 27th of the month) that is very special to me. But this month there is also a special month, because I have two of my family members visiting around that time. YEAH!!! My sister Mary and her family and my brother David and his family. I'm so excited about their visit. I love it when family can visit...I wish we all lived closer to each other.

I'll be 38 this year. One of the choir members told me when I got older I was supposed to not be counting the days until that day...but I replied back that ... "as long as God gives me the days to count...I want to be excited about them." I love the song "God is God" by Steven Curtis Chapman. The line "Can I even take a breath without God giving it to me" is one of my favorites...because it's so true. God is in control (just like I was writing about earlier).

Anyway...I need to close for now...I haven't been feeling well today...so I'm gonna go and lay down again.

Until next time...

I'm an addict

...Yes, you did read it right...I'm an addict...to youtube.com...I know it's crazy, but there are some really cool things that are on this. I posted the little girl singing "The Lord's Prayer". It was just so cute, and yesterday while listening to K-Love at work, I heard Josh Wilson, being interviewed. One of the things that John was talking about Josh was that he's got a lot of youtube videos. So last night I went online to check him out. This is one of them that I found. Check it out...

Thursday, May 08, 2008

So cute!!!

I was reading a blog on Natalie Grant's website and saw this youtube video she posted. It's so adorable...that I wanted to include it here for you all to see. This little girl is really good.