Sunday, May 31, 2009

First a Little Fun, then a Little Update

A bunch o' chicks have arrived at Trinity's home.

Here is Kris, teaching Trinity to "pet very gently."


And Daddy, who has transformed an old chicken coop into what we are calling "The Chicken Hilton."

A little "Rhode Island Red." These are -- or will be-- the laying hens who will hopefully produce lots and lots of eggs for the family to sell.

And the pretty little yellow ones will be...ulp...dinner some day. But not for a long while. Aren't they just the cutest little things?



Now the update. Ken is slowly continuing to improve. His appointment with the infection specialist was delayed, but he is off the IV antibiotics (though the IV line, called a PICC is still in place) and taking two different oral ones. It has been over a month since we first visited the Emergency Room. He is hoping to go back to work part time soon.

First, however, comes a visit to the Veterans Administration Hospital for a whole day of evaluation for disability payments. We leave tomorrow, spend the night, and he will spend all day Tuesday getting poked, prodded, questioned, viewed and reviewed. He has received a small check from the USMC for years now, but there is a good possibility that this will be greatly increased because of long-term diabetes-related issues and consequences of a knee injury incurred while working for Uncle Sam. You know, bad news and good news. This is "good," because...

I am still unemployed. Still looking daily. Still praying "fervently"about minsitry opportunities and trying to trust God and do what I can in that arena...but mostly, right now, just needing to work somewhere. The situation is getting drastic. Wal Mart? Maybe. Nuff' said.

It seems that Ken's brother Kevin, who I wrote about here, will be coming to live with us in about a month. We thought this was going to happen just about a year ago, but he had a heart attack and was unable to travel, and other things changed. This time it looks pretty certain. He is an amputee, and there are lots of other issues. We look forward to it, but it will be challenging for all of us, especially considering our finances. Kevin gets disability, but...

Well, see you when we get back from the VA.

12 comments:

Gilly said...

My prayers are with you.

Sophia said...

Incredibly cute chicks and kid!

Prayers for all the challenges you are facing.

Sally said...

Those photos are adorable.

Many prayers for all of you at this difficult time... sending love across the ocean (((Singing owl))))

Ruth said...

Enjoy the VA. Hope things work out on the disability payments and that the right job for right now shows up soon.

PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

I'll be praying for you both. I'm in SW Wis with the grand-boys. Nice to hear my daughter preach yesterday, Pentecost, on the Holy Spirit. Son's wedding is Sat.

Presbyterian Gal said...

Some steps forward, some steps back. I think it's going around. Prayers still going up.

Meanwhile you're surrounded by good lookin' chicks!

Anonymous said...

I'm praying that this is one of those incredible situations where God has been/is working behind the scenes to orchestrate the BEST of all possible outcomes given the situations. He. Can. Do. It. He. Does. Have. A. Plan. You. Both. Are. In. His. Hands. (praise God!) love, Maureen

Mary Beth said...

Praying for you. love.

Kris said...

Those chicks are only a week old and already have wing feathers. I'll take more photos as they grow.

the Dragon's Right Wing said...

Wal-Mart? They hold services? I had heard that Sam Walton was a believer, but I didn't know they had gone that far!!!

Just kidding, of course...

We still haven't seen or conceived what God has in store ...

Lotsa love from the Left Coast ...

much2ponder said...

Love the pics, saw them on facebook. You are so blessed with having them nearby. The other things you share are matters that will undoubtedly bring changes and transition in a different direction. I am praying for you. Especially for your ability to remember, and experience his presence in all that is happening around you. I love you!

much2ponder said...

Love the pics, saw them on facebook. You are so blessed with having them nearby. The other things you share are matters that will undoubtedly bring changes and transition in a different direction. I am praying for you. Especially for your ability to remember, and experience his presence in all that is happening around you. I love you!