What an important time! In the midst of life and ministry, we were chugging full steam ahead to finish up AbiNoelle’s 2nd Grade school year. (The beautiful weather was calling us outside!)I was busy and she came running in saying, “Quick, Mommy, I need help finding my special paper…Mrs. Chappell is teaching us cross stitching today.” My head immediately popped up and I turn full view to say, “Cross Stitch? Are you sure? What kind of special paper are you talking about?” My mind was quickly rushing through the days assignments and coming up with NADA for Cross Stitching. “Oh Mommy, you know, in writing, we’re going to take a word and write it down our paper [Light was beginning to dawn on me and a smile was creeping across my face] and then we come up with a word to go with each letter.”Continue reading “Abeka Academy 2nd Grade Cross Stitch Lessons”
Really God’s Blessings are innumerable and generally much more than a financial spreadsheet can show. However, today, we want to stop and take note of the numbers. Surrounding the sparks of this coming 4th of July, we plan to celebrate 15 – WOW 15 – years of serving the Lord together in ministry as a married couple.
Just about all of that time has been spent in mission work, where God has opened various tentmaker doors to meet our needs. Over the years, some of those jobs have included a benefits package, while others were simply an hourly wage. Without bogging the blog with details, our healthcare provisions have run the gamut of traditional insurance to the ministry-based sharing network of Christian Healthcare Ministries. We have been subject to the “approved network” and now judiciously choose our care based on what is best for our family members.
In 2011, we were sent a surprise blessing – AbiNoelle. Under typical 80/20 insurance, our deductible was high, doctor’s bills were upfront and a huge chunk of change to us, and the final balance seemed incredibly daunting in the midst of keeping up with the regular monthly insurance premiums. Of course welfare style options were encouraged by the hospital finance department, but we trusted the Lord to help us pay what we owed. Amazingly, after some time of consistent payments, the hospital offered to reduce our $10,000 dollar balance to mere pennies allowing us to completely pay the account in full. We praised the Lord!
After seven years, typical doctor bills, but extravagant premiums to companies that continuously increased support to anti-biblical sources, we researched and submitted our application to Christian Healthcare Ministries. Under this sharing system, a network of believers join together in prayer and financial support to meet healthcare needs. Shortly after joining, the unexpected came as we entered the OBGYN and heard that AbiNoelle’s prayer for a baby sister would be answered! We were so excited….and then reality struck with all the “self-pay,” upfront, hundreds of dollars owed. Then, time revealed another c-section would be planned. We called to receive a projected cost from the hospital and were given incredible figures well over $20,000. How would this ever work? Following the guidelines of CHM, we asked for self-pay prices and discounts if we paid in full at the time of service and we began paying and submitting receipts to the CHM office. What an absolute relief! – Through the CHM network our final cost of nearly $30,000 was completely paid. Now as we wade through a current health challenge, we have been able to confidently assure the doctors that each bill will be paid in full in a timely manner without the offered government aid. The Lord truly is faithful to those who seek after Him.
Take note that the more you delve into healthcare, it is an eye-opening learning curve. Do your research, seek counsel, make the wisest, most biblically centered choice and rest in His care for you and your family. God will provide!
For More Information on CHM visit: https://www.chministries.org/
To easily apply (Using this link will help our family): https://join.chministries.org/application.aspx?mem=287822
No, I can’t believe it. No, I refuse to believe it! But AbiNoelle said that I must believe, or, rather, “Whether you believe it or not, Mommy, it’s true!” (That kind of reminds me of the kid’s song that I used to sing all the time, “God said, and I believe it, and that settles it for me.” Of course, the preacher reminds us that whether WE believe it or not… God said it and THAT settles it!) Well, here I am in that very predicament. Whether I believe it or not, AbiNoelle’sContinue reading “Do we Google?”
Yes, you are correct. A view of the Bar? Bar means BAR! – as in beer, drunk, Asheville, NC. Our beautiful Asheville, NC, set in the Great Smoky Mountains has been quite overtaken by the liberal left and become the prime spot for Craft Beer and Breweries. “Oh be careful little eyes what you see?” song ditty has turned into “Oh be careful better close your eyes for sure” every time we venture downtown for a mail run. On this day in point, we rounded the corner from the Post Office and stopped at a traffic light. Right outside AbiNoelle’s window was a old mechanic shop turned beer joint and with a quick gasp she looked and said, Continue reading “A View of the Bar”
Is there such a thing as Holy Imagination?
The imagination of a child is unique and many times, unmatched. In this day, with mesmerizing stimulation forefront in daily activities, a child’s imagination can look like a withered, yellowed plant burdened and depressed by bugs, environment, predators and the like. AbiNoelle’s mind, rarely so encumbered, is always spinning and whirling with ideas, thoughts, stories and questions all spurred by an audio story, family activities and conversations, and, now the chapter books she is easily devouring. This thinking recently related Scriptural truths to, you guessed it, a truck, boogers, and a window! Continue reading “A Truck, Boogers, and a Window”
[My College Graduation – all four Grandparents traveled to Florida to celebrate with me!]
They’re gone! They’re gone! THEY ARE ALL GONE! – my heart cried when I found this picture today.
LIFE. It isn’t easy. Why? Because we LOVE. Continue reading “The mound, an angel, & Goodbye for now”
Ever had Bird in a Pie? Well, AbiNoelle sure didn’t want any! We were sitting at the kitchen table and Mommy was enjoying a piece of pie.
“Mommy? What kind of pie is that?” asked AbiNoelle.
“Pecan.” Mommy said.
“Ewww! I wouldn’t want that!” AbiNoelle declared.
“Why? It’s so good!” “What are you talking about?” Mommy questioned. “This pie is sooo tasty!”
“Mommy- [said in a very exasperated manner] Continue reading “Bird in pie, “ket-chup,” and LIFE.”
Our review of Heirloom Audio Productions Captain Bayley’s Heir was filled with adventure from England to the Mississippi River and the California Gold Rush. The main plot keeps you in suspense over the fate of Frank who is desperate to clear his name from false accusation, while several other sub-plots add intrigue to the entire audio adventure. The professional cast, strong soundtrack and effects combined with G.A. Henty’s authorship and Bill Heid’s production team at Heirloom Audio Productions created a riveting story, making our family time unique and fun-filled. Continue reading “We love audio dramas!”
Early this morning, Mommy was preparing for the day, Daddy had already kissed us goodbye, and AbiNoelle was stirring from bed. Before Mommy knew it, an urgent knock came to her bedroom door. It was followed by an emphatic, “Mommy, Mommy!” and soon she was singing “JOY to the World” all over the house.