Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Just alot going on

Sorry I've not posted recently. Things with us are fine, but there is a lot of things going on with my family back in the States and my heart has just been so heavy.

My dad is doing well. He got his permanent cast on yesterday. They only had to put one on up to his knee, thankfully. But . . . it was very painful for him. He will have to have the cast changed after so long being as how it was such a bad break and he will have to have a different kind fitted. He has been trying to go far to long without his pain medication, but the doctor said it was one of the most painful breaks that you can have so he definitely needed to keep up on his meds. He was amazed that Dad had made it for 8 hours without anything this early in the healing. Although, in saying that Dad told me last night that the next time he has to go get a new cast he is taking 2 pain pills and hopefully he won't feel what they are doing to him. LOL LOL LOL

My Mom had to have surgery on Monday. She has a lot of fluid in her kidneys for some reason. Her bladder is working fine, but her kidneys are not processing correctly or something. They put stints in from her kidneys to her bladder and checking for stones. I don't know what the end result is going to be, but I'm just praying that it won't be anything serious.

I can't really go into detail, but my brother and my sister are both having marriage difficulties, but for completely different reasons. Just pray is all I can ask.

It is very hard being so far away at times, but God knows my heart. He knows that it is heavy and burdened. I'm just thankful that God has told us to "cast [our] care upon him" and that He knows and cares. I truly do not know how people go about dealing with life all alone. I praise the Lord that "I am His and He is mine" and that He has promised to "never leave [me] nor forsake [me]."

I will try to post again soon!

Listen for the Trumpet,
Sis. Tammy

Monday, 19 January 2009

Update on my Dad

My Dad had his surgery yesterday. I told him I really appreciated the Birthday present (it was my birthday yesterday). He didn't think it was funny. I got to speak to him today. I asked him whether he was Doppy, Sleepy or Grumpy? He said was a bit of all three. LOL

They had to place a rod and screws in the top part of his ankle where the bone twisted. He has a 3/4 cast on right now with bandages up to his mid-thigh. They need to wait for about 8-10 days before they put the thigh high cast on to make sure that he is healing properly since he is diabetic (although it is controlled with his diet). They want to put the higher cast on so that his knee can't twist, hence the bone is completely stabilized.

He is hurting, but doesn't want to take much pain killer. Stubborn is what I call it, I don't know about you. Things are going to be very difficult for him mobility wise the next few months. And since his job is very physical he will have to be completely better before they will sign him off to be able to work again. That means he is only going to be getting workman's comp. Pray that the Lord would help them to be very wise stewards in the coming months.

Well, I really appreciate all those who have prayed for my Daddy. It really means alot. Thank You!

Sis. Tammy


I forgot to post my progress last week. I had put on a pound. Not to bad considering I hadn't been since the Monday before Christmas. I was glad it wasn't more, shocked also.

This week I managed to loose that pound. PTL!!!! At least it was in the right direction. I'm struggling a bit getting back into the swing of it. We were really doing good before Christmas, so I reckon we had better get our heads back together and do this properly, huh?

Well, it's the start of a new week so that's a blessings. Clean slate if you know what I mean.

I better go, I need to post on how my dad is doing.

Little by little,
Sis. Tammy

"I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me."
Phil. 4:13

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Prayer Request

I just wanted to leave a prayer request with you all. When I got home from taking Caleb to karate my husband told me that I needed to call my mom. I got ahold of her and found out that my dad is in the hospital.

He had fallen at work on some ice and broken his leg, in 3 places. He may have to have surgery. It happened about 9 this morning (est) and he didn't get to the hospital until almost 11, my mom beat him there by about 45 minutes. He works in a lyme plant and had evidently left his radio in the truck (PTL he had his cell phone on him), but unforunately the plant phone was on the blink on and off. He had to call my mom and have her call his partner and get an amublance down there. Momma was still in the emercency room with him when I got ahold of her. They were waiting for a bed to become available (now it sounds like they're in England). I talked to him for a few minutes and the pain killers were working pretty good so he didn't feel too bad. Thank the Lord!

Please pray for him, he isn't going to like this. He hates needles for one and he isn't used to sitting still for long. Pray for me, too; when things happen it is hard not to be able to be there.

Many blessings,
Sis. Tammy

"Not My Wagon"

"And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him."
Luke 5:11
In the old country many years ago, a Methodist minister named McIntrye was musing about moving to the new country - America. They had a family council and weighed the cost: friends and family, their eldest daughter - a young beau. However, the youngest were all gung-ho to go. It was decided and the date was set for an auction. Furniture and household goods went without too much regret, and then the auctioneer picked up the youngest boy's red wagon. The bidding began for the beloved toy and the lad bellowed as he grabbed the wagon tongue and began to pull it form the man's grasp. "No! Father, I didn't know you meant my red wagon, too, had to be left behind." The father gently led the boy and wagon around behind the house and said, "Son, you can keep your wagon, but you have to say here with it alone when our mother and I leave for the new land."
What are we holding on to that is keeping us from the blessing and presence of God in our life? What is riveting us "here" when God wants to release us to "there"? Why would we want a red wagon when God has a brighter conveyance of joy for the journey? Why abide in the old country and miss the abundance of the new country? Why stay on this side when He wants us to cross over? Children of God, we need to lose our grip on the past to experience the blessing of the present on the road to the future.
Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Double-Chocolate Cream Roll

I know that we have just finished with Christmas, but that doesn't mean that we don't entertain for the rest of the year. So for all those calorie counters and W.W.'s out there, here is a low fat recipe for you all to try.

Double-Chocolate Cream Roll
Guests will never guess that this pretty refrigerated cake roll—with its creamy filling and drizzles of caramel and fudge—is low in fat! An update of an old recipe, this version replaces the original whipped cream filling with pudding and nondairy topping.

5 eggs, separated

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup plus
2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar, divided
3 tablespoons baking cocoa
1/8 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups cold fat-free milk
2 packages (3.3 ounces each) instant white chocolate pudding mix or 2 packages (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
3 tablespoons fat-free caramel ice cream topping, divided
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, divided
1 tablespoon fat-free hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed

Coat a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; line with parchment paper, coated with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks on high speed until thick and lemon-colored. Beat in vanilla. Combine 1 cup confectioners' sugar, cocoa and salt; gradually add to egg yolks. In a small mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into egg yolk mixture. Spread into prepared pan.

Bake at 350° for 14-16 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert the cake onto a kitchen towel dusted with remaining confectioners' sugar. Gently but quickly peel off parchment paper. Roll up cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.

In a small mixing bowl, beat milk and pudding mix on low speed for 2 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Set aside 1 cup. Unroll cake; spread remaining filling evenly over cake to within 1/2 in of edges. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of caramel topping; sprinkle with 6 tablespoons of walnuts. Roll up again. Spread reserved filling over cake roll. Drizzle with hot fudge sauce and remaining caramel topping. Sprinkle with remaining walnuts. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.

One slice equals:
227 calories

8 g fat (3 g saturated fat)
89 mg cholesterol
301 mg sodium
33 g carbohydrate
1 g fiber
5 g protein

Diabetic Exchanges:
2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

Look intimidating? Making a cake roll is much easier than you think. Check out this
step-by-step video.


Sis. Tammy

Monday, 5 January 2009


Just thought I'd drop a line real quick. I've not been well for the last 6 days or so. I had a real bad cold and it was trying to go into my chest, which thankfully has not happened thus far but I sure am sore from coughing. I guess that is one way to use your stomach muscles! LOL LOL

I've not seen anyone since last Wednesday when we had our post Christmas party. I didn't even get to go to church yesterday, which is very unusual. I've tried to do a few loads of laundry today, but every time I go outside (my washer and dryer are in the garage) I can feel it going straight into my chest. I literally dash out, throw the clothes wherever they need to be and dash back in so I'm not out there for very long.

What a mess! The last few day before school starts and I'm trapped in the house. HOW FUN! NOT!!!! This sounds awful, but for those of you who have been poorly you'll understand; I haven't even been dressed. I mean really whats the point? I'm not going anywhere or seeing anyone so what's the difference? I don't feel good so why take the time and effort to get dressed, right? RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, that was a quick update for now. I'll try to write more once I've gotten myself back together and feeling human. HA! HA!

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy