Thursday, June 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Levi Malachi....

Oh my you are two today!!!!  What a treasure you were to us in those short 22 months!  My heart hurts that we cant spend your birthday with you!

We played ball today - but you weren't here.  I can still see you running to get that silly ball and daring me to chase you with it in your mouth until you made it safely to your cave (the end table)...Oh how we miss you!

We had double cheeseburgers for your birthday dinner - you know that is a rule in the Burns household - all bullies get a double cheeseburger for their birthday - only you weren't here to go with us to get it.

Cant forget ice cream - you always slurped yours up so fast that I knew you would be a brain freeze but you were always begging for more!  Lil Ben and Annabelle enjoyed theirs - but you weren't here to tease us with that precious starving look at me look....

Lots of hugs and kisses in our house tonight sending them to you - Lil Ball Boy.  I bet that you have become really good friends with your brother Arthur - he has to be a great big brother - he was mighty special to us.  Annabelle will probably be joining you guys soon so be on the lookout for her in the next few weeks or months....she still is a feisty little lady and she will be ready to boss you both around.

Happy Birthday Levi  - I don't know if we will ever get over losing you but I do know that we love you and we miss you terribly!  Thank you for the unconditional love you gave til the end......

Run and play ball now sweet one - don't worry - it wont be much longer till we get there!!!



Friday, June 22, 2012


I don't know where to begin to describe what I am feeling at this point in my life except to say that I feel alone...alone - definitely not a place that I find myself too often.  But in this chapter of my life, in the midst of my family and friends, my coworkers and others - I feel alone.

I want to scream in anger and push buttons for someone to fight with me.  I want to cry myself to sleep and drown in the tears. I want to go to sleep and wake up when this nightmare is over - when things are good again - when that Coach Burns smile is back and it radiates across the room - when the house is filled with laughter - when the memories of better times are enjoyable again and not haunting - when the life was not just something that we must do but something that we loved doing.

Sorry this is so depressing - I am not really depressed just sad.  Sad that I cant seem to help; sad that the house is so quiets that it is erie, sad that we are so young and yet we seem so old, sad for the future that might have been..

Where can I turn for some relief?  There is only one place - the real thing!  The One who will never leave and who might let me bend but not break...Lord - if we ever needed you - it is now.

So I go to your word for help:

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7-8)

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. (Psalm 34:17)

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8)

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. (Deuteronomy 33:27)

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. (Psalm 9:9-10)

I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8)

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. (Psalm 27: 1, 3)

I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4)

Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. (Psalm 34:10b)

Trust in the Lord and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him. (Psalm 37:3-5, 7a)

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God. By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his son is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. (Psalm 42: 5,8)

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3)

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. (Psalm 61:1-4)

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress; my God in whom I trust." (Psalm 91:1-2)

Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation. (Psalm 91:14-16)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Oh no...the "m" has begun.....seriously now????

For the last year or so, stress has been a weight that I cant seem to loose....from Coach Burns illnesses to job situation, to Levi kidney failure and passing, work, work, and did I mention more work - crazy life that I live (and love) has been plagued by minor ailments that are distracting and discouraging and just plain in the way - I have chalked them up to stress....

But know I am convinced that there is more going on than stress - as I am barely six months away from the big 5-0 - I have come to realize that there is something else going on....the beginnings of menopause - Oh did I just say that out loud?????  The change of life - the dreaded hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, weight gain, forgetfulness, interrupted sleep - every night, the panic attacks.....the list goes on and on....

What a wonderful way to bring in 50!!!!  And what so many things in my life are failing apart at this time - how wonderful that my body begins to think it is also!!!

Laughing and crying and laughing.....WOW - and this could last for years.....Really????  Whatever happened to growing old gracefully?  This just stinks.....Give me drugs or look out world the alter egos will appear....Debbie Downer and Psycho Phyllis and Hypochondriac Helen  are just itching to take over for a while.....

Praise the Lord - THIS TOO SHALL PASS!!!!  Now would be good!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


As the song lyrics remind me...."There are things about tomorrow  (and today) that I do not understand but I know who holds tomorrow (and today) and I know who holds my hand!" 

Last night at bible study, I was reminded once again that God will deliver me(us) and I must keep the faith - even when I am torn, hurt, weary, broken, angry and just plain sad.... I must keep the faith....I must keep the faith.  My heart knows this - my head is the problem - Satan tries so hard to convince my head that my heart is wrong....

But the Lord will prevail.... to quote a section of the bible study from last night that truly inspired me and really helped - perhaps it will help you also!

"My inability to change my circumstances matters not one little whit.  I don't care how long it will be before deliverance comes.  It doesn't matter the length of the road I must walk.  I don't care how hard the journey.  I know my God will come for me!  Shall I cave in to discouragement?  Will I quit?  NO!  For I am convinced that in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  Neither death nor life, no angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  I will not lose heart.  My light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for me a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.  Yes, the Lord will bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise His name! (adapted from Romans 8:38-39; 2 Cor 4:6-18 - Spiritual Warfare bible study)

Faith is the attitude that "I TRUST GOD NO MATTER WHAT, NO MATTER HOW LONG!"

Enough said - Amen!