Wednesday, May 31, 2006

One day at a time

Thank you to all who were praying for my grandpa. He's been home for over a week now, and he's healing up quite nicely. He's still in quite a bit of pain though. On Monday he went back to Toronto for a couple of tests, and he has to go back again to get a biopsy done on a section of his bladder. There's a thickness on his bladder, and they aren't sure what it is...they say it could possibly be cancer. We won't know for a week or so what it is.

So I've been home from school for almost a month now, and I'm still not working. I thought I had a job lined up, but this guy I was supposed to work for basically stood me up. So I've been out and about handing out a million resumes! I guess looking for a job takes time, but it's super frustrating because I had all these plans for when I started working, but now I can't do most of them because they require money and I am broke. I've been trying to keep myself busy at home. I've been helping my mom do some landscaping out back. We're building a retaining wall and a patio. It's a lot of heavy work, but I'm enjoying the exercise. I actually made a new fire pit too, and I would say it's probably the sweetest fire pit I've ever seen! It's about 8' x 4'.

From up on the deck by the house, it looks like a glowing eye. :P So yeah...I'm pretty excited about it. You should all come over for a campfire sometime! :D

May has been a busy month. I've been to Belleville a few times, and to Peterborough a couple of times. The three Nic's hung out on the Saturday of the May 2-4 weekend. We had a lot of fun!

After Nicole left on Saturday, Nic and I went to the movies and saw Mission Impossible 3. The next day we met Dave at the movies and saw The DaVinci Code. I think we watched 4 movies within three days. :P Two at the theatre and two at Nic's trailer. It was a great weekend, a little cold though. (Snow in May...that's just ridiculous.)

My weekdays have been mostly boring. It'll be nice to get a job and get on with my life. Right now I'm just taking it one day at a time. I guess that's all I can really do anyhow. God is in control. It's been really hard to leave this job thing in His hands, but I'm trying, and I'm trying not to get very discouraged about it. It would probably be a little easier if I had a life here in Barrie, but I don't really. Luke comes to visit every so often, so that's been fun. Other than that I don't do much socializing. There really aren't many people around Barrie that I'm good friends with anymore.

I hope you are all enjoying your spring/summer so far. This humidity hasn't been fun, but the thunderstorms that follow it are quite enjoyable. It was thundering pretty good this morning when my mom and I were working outside. We also discovered that we have a snake living on our patio. How lovely...

Monday, May 15, 2006


Thank you for all of your prayers! My grandpa isn't out of the woods yet, but he's doing fairly well. The surgery went well, and he was awake and talking for a little while. His colour is good, and the nurses are quite surprised at how relaxed he is. They said he may be moved to his own room tomorrow. The fear right now is of blood clots and hemorrhaging that could cause him to have a heart attack or stroke. It's been hard on my grandma, but she seems to be holding up well. She's saying she wouldn't have felt as much peace today if it hadn't of been for everyone who was praying for her. Considering the severity of this surgery it's amazing that he made it through so well. Once again thank you for praying, and please continue to do so as there could still be complications. :)

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Prayer Request...

I guess I'm probably writing this a little late, but my grandpa is going in for surgery tomorrow (Monday) morning. He was born with Marfan's Syndrome, which makes him more susceptible to other problems, such as aneurysms. A few years ago he had triple by-pass heart surgery. He survived that well, coming out with a defibulator (pacemaker) to keep his heart beating at the proper rate. They kept an eye on him and found a few more aneurysms that need to be dealt with. The most severe one is on his thigh. Apparently this surgery will be more critical than the heart surgery he had previously. He basically has a 50-50 chance of surviving. If they don't do the surgery the aneuryism will basically burst (tear the vein) and he'll die. That could happen at any given time. He's at peace with whatever the outcome will be. He just had his 73rd birthday, so he's not that old and we'd like to have him around a bit longer. :) We would appreciate all your prayers! We know that whatever the outcome is, it is all in God's hands. Thank you!

Friday, May 05, 2006

An Adventurous Weekend

I'm so very happy to be done school now! I really don't miss the stress at all. I've been home for a few days just getting stuff done around the house. I spent a couple of days cutting and stacking wood, I cut the grass, cleaned up the yard, and just kinda did some random stuff around the yard. I've still got a lot more to do, but it'll take time.
I'm actually waiting to hear from my boss to know when I'm supposed to start work. I figured I'd be starting by the beginning of next week, but he hasn't called me yet. I got a landscaping job, mostly doing gardening and such, and the guy is even giving me a truck to drive around in! That's definitely handy seeing as the jobs will be all over southern Ontario. Until I start I guess I'll just have to keep myself busy at home. It shouldn't be too difficult with all the renovations we're doing. I brought so much stuff home from school and I have nowhere to put it right now. My bedroom is full of stuff my mom is temporarily storing, and it'll have to stay there for a few more weeks. Once it gets moved out my bedroom will be expanding and then I can reorganize and move all my stuff in.
I'm beginning to miss some people now. Last weekend, after grad, a bunch of us hung out and it was a lot of fun. We went to the zoo, grabbed a bite to eat, then headed to the Salman's to watch a movie with Chris and Amy. Crystal, Danielle, and Maria all came for grad and spent the whole evening hanging out with us.

Nicola, Matty, Lucas and I decided to hit Timmy's after we left Chris' was getting a little late and we were definitely overtired! I spent the the night with Nic and her parents at a nearby hotel. Sadly she had to head home the next morning. Here are some pictures that we took at Timmy's...we were a little nuts. :P

We had a lot of fun, and I miss them like crazy!

I was lucky to be able to spend a few days in Belleville with Matty and Lucas before I had to head home. We had some fun adventures, including mini-golf (Luke won), a trip to Kingston to pick up Luke's car, exploding bottles of diet coke, and even a visit to the carwash to wash our cars. (duh, what else do you do at a carwash...:P) It was a blast!

It is good to be home now, enjoying some time with my family. I think this is the first time I'll be home for an extended period of time since two years ago. I'm sure this summer will probably be packed full of fun seeing as there are so many people that I want to visit! For now I need to start work so I can afford to do some travelling around. I plan on blogging a lot more now that I'm done school. We'll see if that actually happens. :P For now I'm off to watch some Best of Chris Farley. Buhbye! :)