Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Praises and Prayer

    I just posted about how I appreciate the prayers from my friends.  I am huge believer that prayer changes things.  I believe that the Lord gives us His Word and prayer for communication with Him.  Sometimes we pray, and He is silent.  Other times it is like in your face what He wants you to do.  Then there are those "wait a little bit" times that can be more than frustrating.  I have been experiencing many neat things in my Christian walk when it comes to prayer.  This week I experienced a quick answer.
    This week held appointments for us.  Two children had dentist appointments, Sully an MRI, and then of course Friday, is our typical therapy day.  Whenever we had Sully get an MRI, he was intubated.  That is when you have a tube put into your windpipe to help you in the case you stopped breathing or had breathing problems.  We had always thought that was unnecessary, but we would let them anyway.  The experience always meant a night or two at the hospital while the swelling in Sully's throat went down.  It also meant that we had to start over with him and eating!  It would always be a huge frustration!  Sully is at a point now where he is stronger.  He is sturdier than he ever was - than I thought he would be.  
    We had to take him for an MRI yesterday.  I mentioned how glad I was that he wasn't having to be intubated.  That comment made the nurse and an assistant nervous.  Then it made me nervous!  I wasn't prepared for a hospital stay, but more importantly, Sully would have to endure that intubating thing!  I breathed a quick prayer.  Please, Lord, please don't let him have to be intubated.  The attending physician came out and talked to me.  He asked a few questions and mentioned that he had spoken with our neurologist.  He said he felt good about Sully having the regular sedation!!  Now that is a quick answer to prayer!  Sully had a great iv tech who got his vein the first try!!  The medicine worked quickly.  I got to stay in there with him.  He finished up his test, woke up, drank a little apple juice, some pediasure, and then we went home.
    I know that some of you read this, and I am so glad.  It is fun to know that you have taken time out of your day to read some of my thoughts and experiences.  The thing that I have been learning with my path that I am on right now is not only to trust but to also pray.  We can't pray enough!!  The Lord wants to talk with us.  He wants to speak to our hearts - to our situation that we are in this very minute.  I don't know all that you are facing, dear friend, but I know that the Lord hears our prayers.  I also know that He even answers them in the way that we want, and then sometimes He answers in the way that He knows is best!  This week for me was a quick answer to prayer!  It isn't always like that, but I am surely glad it was this time!
    I love this song, "He is Able."  I love to sing it and hear it!  As I typed this entry, it made me think of this song!  It has ministered to my heart in times where I didn't think I could go on!  Take a second to listen and let it minister to you!  

Love and blessings and {{hugs}} to you!
Chandra

Heritage Singers / "He Is Able" (Live From Prague) - YouTube

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Shadow

Today is a sad day for our family.  We lost one of our sweet dogs, Shadow.  He was hit sometime over the last couple of days.  We found him, and his injuries were fatal.  I loved that dog.

I have spent more time outside this summer, so I have spent more time with our two dogs, Scooby and Shadow.  My favorite memories of him will be how he chased sticks and ropes.  He enjoyed chasing sticks, but I couldn't often get him to give them back to me.  It was also fun to watch him chase our rope swing.  He would grab hold of it and every now and then swing in the air.  Oddly enough, the only thing to get him to let go was a stick.

Shadow was two this past February.  He was sweet, and he will be missed.  We were thankful for our time with him.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nutella!

So, on Sunday nights, we like - or I like - to have easy suppers.  You know, leftovers from lunch, cereal, soups, and sandwiches.  Tonight is a sandwich night.  Benson has had a great garden this season, so he brought in some green beans to go with our tomato sandwiches.  Savannah is not a fan of tomato sandwiches or tomatoes.  I say to her, "How about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?"  She opens the cabinet, turns the peanut butter jars around, and replies, "You don't have crunchy.  I only like crunchy or Nutella!  I LOVE Nutella!"  This is the part where I get tickled!  She then says, "Why don't you Nutella me why we don't have crunchy peanut butter!" You gotta love it when your kids say funny things!  That made me laugh!!

Humorous times help us get through some really hard times!  I am thankful for my funny family!!

Blessings and {{hugs}}

Chandra



Monday, July 14, 2014

Biltmore Estates!





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Back in 2001, Benson and I celebrated our third anniversary with a trip to the Biltmore House.  I was beyond excited.  I had waited years to get to see this magnificent place.  It did not disappoint.  Now, I understand that some people think that is a gross use of one's money to build such a place.  But I look now and think of the provision to the Asheville area that it not only was in that time period, but how the Estate contributes to the area today.  I am putting a link on here so that if you want, you can take some time to look at it online and see what an incredible place this is to visit - Biltmore Estate.  And, no, I am not a paid representative for the Biltmore House, although I would LOVE to be :0)

Now, onto our 3rd wedding anniversary.  I asked Benson if I could plan our trip.  Now mind you, this was before I had internet.  I think that is so funny how weird life was without it.  But I think I will write about that another time -- anyway, sorry I rabbit-trail a bit!  I called up to Asheville and checked out some of the area hotels and motels for pricing.  I also looked for hotels that had a spa tub.  A lot of the places were $80 a night, but this Motel 6 was I think around $45 - $50 a night - this should have been my first clue!  We were staying for a couple of nights, so we thought it would be best if we stayed someone less expensive.

Well, let's just say that I now know how handy all these trip planning and star system things are on the internet!  The place was okay.  It had exterior entrances, which I am not crazy about, but I was with Benson, so I didn't think about not being safe!  When we went in, there was a sofa, bed and Yes!  I was heading to the bathroom, which I was thinking, "This is too small for a spa tub."  I was right.  In the regular-sized bathroom was a standard bathtub.  I looked in and to my surprise there were two jets -- however, they were right under the faucet.  I laugh now thinking how disappointed I was.  I complained to Benson about it, and he said we could look for another place to stay.  We did call, but the places were too high, and we really had planned to get to Biltmore and look at antique stores.  So, I happily swallowed my disappointment, and I told Benson that this place would be fine.  I even took a bubble bath in the smaller tub and tried to enjoy the jets.  We got a chuckle out of that tub for some years!

The next day we were out and headed for the Biltmore House.  I was so excited about it.  When you drive up, there is the place you get your tickets.  I was so ready to see this incredible home.  My excitement increased as we continued on our drive around the turns of the long road that takes you to the Big House. When we came upon the house, I was in awe.  How incredible this place was!  The height and width of the mansion were spectacular.  There were stone gargoyles - I lost count.  Pillars, the windows, the door, and the steps to it - just awesome.  And that was just outside.  When we went in on the first floor, our eyes were drawn to the Winter Garden filled with flowers and plants.  Breath-taking.  We traveled on through the house and the first huge room was the Banquet Hall - seven-stories high with a triple fireplace!!  Fantastic! The wood and fabrics and furnishings throughout the home were spectacular. There were tapestries, paintings, sculptures, vases, you named it, it was there!  There was a billiard room, breakfast room, music room, tapestry gallery, the library, and that was just the main floor.  On up on the next floor, there were other rooms and bedrooms to see.  We were having such a great time. One of my favorite things was in the basement!  The history of the home was available there to read.  The BOWLING ALLEY was down there, too.  Also, a mansion tour wouldn't be complete without seeing their indoor pool!!  Yes, and indoor pool in a home built between 1889 - 1895!  The servants quarters, pantry, cellar, linens, laundry area, were all downstairs.  It was just the neatest thing to see! One more thing that I just recently learned about the House on Wikipedia was this place had 178,926 square feet (16,622.8 m2)[2] of floor space (135,280 square feet (12,568 m2) of living area) and featuring 250 rooms!!  Amazing!  I want to go on and on, but I won't!  I REALLY LOVE this place!

Benson and I went out of the home and onto the patio.  The scenery alone was breath-taking.  The Blue Ridge Mountains were amazing.  The gardens were lovely, too.  We were able to see all kinds of plants and flowers.  There are several trellises that had oval cutouts just perfect for taking pictures.  We saw so many roses!  Earlier in the spring, there were tulips, chrysanthemums, and lilies of all types.  They have a festival of flowers in the spring.  Check out their website for the dates.  The have a greenhouse as well.  We loved walking through the gardens and would love to return to see it during the Festival of Flowers.  Anyway, we loved walking through that area, too.  It took most of our day to tour just those two areas.  The pond area was closed that day, so we didn't get to it.  We ended our day after looking at the gardens.  What an amazing time that I will never forget!

This was our first trip to take, other than our honeymoon, by ourselves.  We usually traveled with my parents or Benson's parents or friends.  I loved our third anniversary trip.  It was so much fun!  I really hope that we will go back there during Christmas time!  I hear that it is amazing!  Check out some of these pictures on this site -  http://www.biltmore.com/events/christmas-at-biltmore-daytime-celebration-.  

A few things that I learned about this trip that I hope to apply are as follows - 1)  Pay a little more for a nicer place for anniversary trips.  2)  Have a good attitude even when things on your trip aren't exactly what you thought! (spa tub!)  3)  Take trips with your honey!

I like ending with a song, and I may all the time.  The song is appropriate because the Biltmore House to me is a castle.  I thought about the movie The Princess Bride - you know, castles, princesses, "Wuv!  Troo Wuv!"  This song means a lot to us as a couple.  We saw it on our first date! But that, my friend, is a whole other entry!  I will post pictures of our trip later!  


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ifSUhwmIMU&feature=kp

Hugs and Blessings!
:0)Chandra

Friday, July 11, 2014

Well, this is another day in the Kerr house.  I haven't mentioned anything about who makes up our household, so today I thought I would.  I am going to be brief - those who know me are probably laughing as I am sometimes a Chatty Cathy :0)

Anyway, I am 40 1/2 years old - I am and always have been big on that 1/2 year.  I am a Christian.  I got saved as a young child, but I was 12 when I made a serious commitment to the Lord.  Ever since then, I have been making strides in learning about the Lord, His character, and His plan for me.  I felt the call on my life at the age of 16 to go into teaching.  I graduated from one of the best schools (Wesleyan Christian Academy) with one of the GREATEST group of people that I had a privilege of spending some 9 to 13 years of school with.  Some of them we were even in kindergarten together!  In any case those were some good times!  My parents and I helped get me through college/university.  It was so neat to me that I began at Central Wesleyan College and then graduated from Southern Wesleyan University.  College was an absolutely wonderful experience.  I had the joy and honor of attending with some of my classmates from high school.  What a blast we had!  I will share some fun stories of that later.  On to graduating university and into the real world of teaching!!  I loved working at Oconee Christian Academy for 7 years.  I met my husband because of teaching there - another story :0).  In 2002 I had our first child, Savannah.  I began my journey of homemaking and homeschooling. Currently, I am still at home with 5 children now, 2 dogs, 5 rabbits, 10 chickens and 4 chicks.  Gardening, hiking, camping, fishing, cooking, homeschooling, church, choir, taking pictures, scrapbooking, fb, blogging (now), reading, watching tv, and spending time with family fill up my days.  This is a tiny part about me, Chandra.

Now the rest of my family probably don't want me to talk too much about them personally, so I will be general.  Benson is my sweet husband of 16 years.  He is our Master Gardner here!  He can do amazing things with soil, fertilizer and seed.  He is also able to build, repair vehicles, hunt, fish, camp, hike, climb trees, AMAZING!  He loves the Lord Jesus and was saved at a young age, too.  What a blessing it is to be married to this wonderful man.  He has been my rock when I have been going through some really hard times.  I will just say that when I have needed him to hear me, he listens.  He can make me and the children laugh - oh he can make us laugh.  He has such a neat family history, too.  I would love, and now that I  have this, I want to write about his family and some of their stories.  If nothing else, at least the kids will have it for later.  Benson said to me one day that the Lord laid on his heart that he wanted our family to glorify Christ in all we do.  I am striving with Jesus' and Benson's help to make this happen.  What a blessing this man is to me!!

The five kids are a blessing and a challenge.  Savannah is going to be 12 in August!  She is my right arm, second momma, and at times, a shoulder to cry on.  She has been there with me from the beginning of my - what I like to call - Obstetric Journey!  Her ability to draw and write children's stories is amazing!  I am hoping that I can get her to make our Christmas cards this year.  It is going to be neat and at times REALLY hard these next few years as she goes from child to tween.

Siler is 9 1/2.  He loves to be outside.  His ability to build things is uncanny.  He has gone into the woods, chopped down baby trees, made them into long logs and nailed them to make forts and club houses.  He really loves our church.  He is also really great at scripture memory.  I enjoy spending time with him when we go to the store.  He has such a sweet heart, and I am really thankful he is my oldest boy.

Sarah - aka Sweet, Sweet Sarah, is that.  She is also a bit of a firework!  Her head is full of curly locks, just beautiful!  Her personality is one of helping, laughing, intense emotion, dare I say a little bit of a DQ (Drama Queen).  She has been such a HUGE helper when it comes to the babies, though.  About every day, she will ask me what she can do to help.  What a blessing!  And -- she LOVES school!  I am interested to see what is going to take place in her life over these years.

Sully - aka Sully Wully - Wow!  Where do I begin.  I could blog just about him.  He is an amazing boy.  One of these times, I will write about our journey - it will take several chapters for sure.  I have been blessed indeed by him.  It has been super-amazing to see how the Lord has healed him in ways and brought him through some very trying times.  Sullivan touches my heart every day.  I love to hold him and tickle him.  His smiles brighten up my days for sure.  As he is growing, he is developing his own personality.  One of his teachers and several therapists have let us know (in LOVE) that he has a bit of a stubborn streak.  I am actually glad that he has this because I think it means there is a personality developing.  There is some healing in his brain.  Wow!  What a privilege it is to have him - to think that the Lord thought enough of me, Benson and our family that He would be so good to give us this gift in Sully!  He is AMAZING!

Seth - means "God Appointed."  And our Seth was indeed.  For I have always wanted to have 4.  We did, but the Lord had His plan.  That is also for another entry!  This little fella and I have had a challenge this past year.  He is going to be three in October, so you can imagine, he has been a handful!  However, I will say that I am SO glad that the Lord allowed us to have him.  He has been my BFF (I joke about it, but it seems true!).  Everyday this summer, we have gone outside to swing and dig holes.  It has been in these times that I have been able to go outside, read the Bible, do devotions, read home organization books, look at cookbooks - in a since I have had some really great times when we have been outside!  Although it is a challenge to have a little guy, he is our last child.  Boy, our last one.  I am enjoying him and remembering and experiencing because -- Time is fleeting!

I am ending our family introduction with a link (I hope) to a Point of Grace song - "This Day."  It has been one that I have often had come to mind.  It reminds me to enjoy, experience, and hold onto the day at hand. Soon the days will be gone!  I hope that this touches your heart as it has touched mine --
 This Day by Point of Grace - YouTube

Love & Blessings!
:0)Chandra

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I have always wanted to have a chance to share about my life.  I have been inspired as of lately by some of my good friends who are blogging.  Right now, right this minute, I am eating a hot dog - I am sure that you thought I was going to wax eloquently!  I will later - LOL!!  I am getting myself and 5 other children fed a little bit before church.  I just wanted to get something out there - I always talk about how I don't get anything done.  Well, my friends, I am getting something done right now.  I think my goal, besides talking about the Lord Jesus and what He has done, is doing and will do, is to encourage others.  

I am going to have to go, but I am leaving you with something that is on a perpetual calendar that my dear friend, Gaile Adams (side note, past away in 2004), "Memories, important yesterdays, were once todays.  Treasure and notice today."

Love and hugs to you, whoever you are and wherever you may be.  Be encouraged that you are not EVER alone!

Hugs and Blessings!
:0)Chandra