Monday, August 13, 2018

CPAP Issues and Insurance Woes

Beth hasn't been wearing her CPAP machine very much and she says it's because the air blows into her eyes. Chuck and I have tried adjusting the mask but nothing has worked.

The doctor who prescribed it was here in Edmonds.

We had to go to Everett (25 minutes away) to get the small machine to do the home sleep study. And then return it to Everett the next morning.

We went to Mill Creek (15 minutes) to get the CPAP machine. 

Well now that the machine isn't working for her, I called the doctor to make an appointment and was told he doesn't accept our insurance. 

(Beth had to change insurances a few months back when her Primary Care Physician stopped accepting the insurance she's had for decades. But she's had Dr. T for even longer so we switched insurances. And that was after she had the sleep study done.)

So I called the place where we got the machine and now we have an appointment for later this week. I'm not sure what will happen if they don't take her new insurance!

Have you had any insurance issues lately? 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Time Is Just Flying By

I've been telling myself for days, "I've got to write a post!" But time is just flying by and well...

Let me look through the pictures on my phone and see what we've been up to this week. 

Oh yeah. That's why I haven't posted! 😊

Mondays and Tuesdays are 13 hour days for me but when I got off work Monday night I ended up going down to the beach to watch the sunset. It was so peaceful and just what I needed. The days are getting shorter and I won't be able to do that too much longer.

Chuck and I are watching Allie on Wednesdays this month so after my Kids Ministry Meeting we took her down to the beach. The temps have been in the 80's and 90's, perfect beach weather! Allie and I put our feet in the water but oooh, it was SO cold! I was surprised to see other kids (young teens) in the water up to their waists! Oh my word, no thank you!

We all went to Panera for dinner then came back and used our new fire ring for the first time. I would have taken more pictures but my hands were sticky from the s'mores. 😀

After work on Thursday Chuck and I went down to Centurylink Field and got to watch the Seahawks in their pre-season home opener! The atmosphere in the stadium was electric, it was so much fun! The girls bought the tickets for Chuck for Father's Day this year, the perfect gift!! Thank you girls! Knowing we'd be doing a lot of walking he wore his knee braces and brought his walking stick and when we got there they sat us in regular chairs on the center landing area and they were prime seats! We were right on the 50 yard line! We had such a great time!

 Well, the kitchen floor is dry now and I need to switch the laundry. 'Til next time!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Keeping Busy

We went to a giant yard sale at our church last week. It's a fundraiser for a men's home for those coming out of addictions. Beth looked and looked and finally came away with a folder to keep her papers in. Oh, there was SO much stuff to choose from!

We went to see Christopher Robin and it was so good! It immediately brought up childhood memories, of reading the books and having my imagination come alive with those beloved animals.

I came home and got out the book I read as a child. You can tell it's well loved. 

We went shoe shopping. I bought a nice pair of gray, comfortable shoes. And she bought...

Neon pink and purple shoes. I wish I had her boldness and carefree attitude about things! She doesn't care about surface things: how people look, or their stuff. She does care about how you treat people, if you're honest and kind. She loves these shoes so she's buyin' em! I have so much to learn from her.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Thank You

I want to thank you all for your comments and encouragement. Blogger has changed some things and I no longer get your messages in my inbox. I've gone on to come forums and everyone is dealing with this same issue. Maybe it's time to update my blog and make a few changes...

I haven't forgotten about you! I appreciate each one of you! 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

An Update On Her Job Hunt

Beth's job coach has spent hours looking for a job for her:

"I've been trying to follow up with McDonalds but the general manager isn't returning any of my calls. When I go in, he is always unavailable."

"I've tried to get her into the school district but they won't carve out a position for her."

"I went to Papa Johns twice but the manager wasn't in."

"I've tried various doctors offices but no luck."

"I've tried at the City of Edmonds but they don't have any positions available."

Please continue to pray with us that Beth gets a job soon.  

Sunday, July 29, 2018

A Different Way Of Looking At Things

I think I might have told you that our Facility Manager is moving to Texas. He and his wife have three daughters and the youngest just graduated from high school. And wouldn't you know it, she's going to go to the same college that both her sisters go to... in Texas. 

We attend a large church, about 1200 on a Sunday and we have a Facility Manager, a maintenance guy and I'm the admin for the facilities department. When the FM gave his notice, the Board decided not to hire anyone to replace him. 

Instead, they asked the maintenance guy if he'd want to head up that department and they asked... me if I'd head up the custodial department.

At first I said I wanted to pray about it but inside I felt I was supposed to take it. A couple days later the Lord give me confirmation about it and so I said yes! And man has it been a whirlwind of activity since then!

I've been meeting with our Operations Pastor, talking about my increase in pay, hours, responsibilities. Yesterday the FM said he was going to bring up a few files and he came into my office area... PUSHING A CART!

We sorted through files, he got rid of some, we split some with maintenance and the rest ended up on my desk.

Oh my poor desk.

I spent a couple hours today going through them. Of course, I had to purge old files that were already in my desk to make room for all of these. A lot of my old files are going to the Hospitality Department but we haven't had a chance to get together yet. I trained the admin who runs the database on a few things earlier this week but there's still a lot to do. 

We've attended our church going on 30 years and I've always approached it with an attitude of helping. "Let me put the tablecloths on the tables while you go to your office and make phone calls." "I can sit here and take the money while you address everyone's questions and put out fires." I've always looked for ways to volunteer, to just help. 

But now. Now I have to make sure my crew has the tools and equipment they need to set up for the event; I have to keep in touch with them to assist them where needed; I have to be available to 'put out fires' where the building is concerned: Do we have enough chairs for this event? Is the platform cleaned and ready for Sunday's service? Are there tables in the foyer that shouldn't be there, maybe left over from a previous event? Did anyone on my crew call in sick and will I need to set up this event or that one in their place?

And the cleaning! Oh, the amount of work it takes to clean a building this size! And I'm now in charge of it all.

It's a completely different mindset. And, I'm the head of a department. Looking back, I can see where the Lord has been preparing me for this. Little by little increasing my circle of influence and putting me in places of authority over more and more people. When I think about everything that's involved in this I get a little nervous, but deep down I'm so excited about how the Lord is going to use me in this position. You can bet I'll be praying for direction and guidance every step of the way!

Thursday, July 26, 2018


Diana sent me a text today, "It's been 13 days." That was it! I was at work and I'm thinking, 'Thirteen days? What's been 13 days?'

"Your last blog post."

Oh! Hahaha! Yeah it's been a while, sorry!

Our church had it's VBA a couple weeks ago and I took Allie every day. Sharaya would drop her off at our house early in the morning and we'd head to church. I also volunteered to help with registration so we were there early to help. They raised money to buy a bus for an orphanage we sponsor in India and the girls brought in the most money so the girl leaders got to pour red powder (like you'd see at a 'color run' marathon) on the guy leaders. It was a very successful and fun week!



Everyone was covered!!! 
(Thanks Ryan for taking this picture!)

Early in the morning this last Friday (oh my gosh, it was a week ago!) I flew to San Diego to see my dad and sister. My dad is 93, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's and is really slowing down. 
At this point, every visit could be my last.  
My sister is his sole caregiver and I tried to give her some time away. She went out for a couple hours on Friday and I got up with my dad during the night on Saturday. I was so sleep deprived by the time I left, I don't know how she does it. My sister is a saint.


While I was gone, Sharaya took Beth to a play of Shrek The Musical at a local theater. A year or so ago, Beth watched it on TV every day for months and she was SO excited about seeing it live! Both her and Sharaya said they loved it!

There's more that's been happening but I'll write about that another day. I hope you all are doing well.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Showing Signs Of Depression

Beth writes a lot of prayer requests each week at church. Usually she writes things like, "Help keep my arm straight at bowling", or "help me not text my boyfriend when he at work." They're simple and consistent. She writes the same things week after week.

But last weekend she wrote something that made me stop for a minute. 

"What are you doing in my life Jesus and I don't know what wrong with me and heal my heart right now Jesus." 

I brought it home and showed it to Chuck, we had no idea what she might be talking about. 

Then the other day I was going to Target and I asked her if she wanted to come and she said, "No." I was shocked. "Why Beth?" She just shrugged her shoulders, "I don't know." Target is one of her all-time favorite stores and she doesn't want to go? Then I began to put the pieces together and realized she may be depressed.

She's been unemployed for 9 months now.
Her boyfriend recently got a job.
He doesn't go to All Aboard on Wednesdays anymore.
She sits at home 5 days a week.

No wonder she's feeling depressed.

So yesterday I told her we were going out. We went to Revelations Yogurt and sat outside. The weather was gorgeous! Then I asked her if she wanted to go to the beach. "Okay." We went and sat on a bench for almost an hour and when I asked her if she was ready to go or should we sit for a few more minutes, she said, "A few more minutes." 

I was more than happy to sit there with her. We watched the Washington State Ferry come and go, we watched the people play in the water and we watched the tide come in.

I know taking her out for yogurt isn't going to magically make the depression go away but I'm hoping I can start getting her out more and adding some new things to her life. I talked to her job coach and she's still trying to get Beth an interview at McDonalds. 

Her prayer request proves she's aware of the changes happening in her. I haven't talked to her about it yet but I plan to in the next few days. Not quite sure what to say actually.

I am hoping though that it's just in the beginning stages and with prayer and a new job and some changes in her life, it won't take hold and become worse.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Job Possibility

Beth's job coach called the other day with a possible job for Beth! Woohoo!

She was at McDonalds right around the corner from our house and the manager told C that they are looking for a Dining Room Attendant. Someone who would sweep floors, wipe tables, assist guests, "Excuse me, could I get more napkins?" 

It would be right up Beth's alley and it's just minutes from our house! That's the best part! No more 2 1/2 hour bus rides to and from work. And it would be 10 hours a week to start. Even more than she was working at Little Caesars.

Please pray with us that Beth finds favor with the District Manager and that she gets this job!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Empty Nesters

I checked the birds nest again the other day and they were all piled inside! Mama Bird was sitting on a wire waiting for me to get into my car and drive away.

Then yesterday we headed out to the parade and I peeked into the nest...

Gone! I'm so sad! But hopefully Mama Bird will be back next year.

Sharaya and Allie spent the 4th with friends on Treasure Island just north east of Tacoma yesterday. Diana is, of course, in Pennsylvania so it was just Chuck, Beth and I at the parade. Edmonds is a city of about 42,000 people but downtown, in the heart of the city they put on a small-town parade and we love it! 

We went down the night before and set out our chairs and each year it fills up earlier and earlier. But we found a good spot and staked our claim!

Beth and I happened to be at the porta potties when it started but we were able to cross the street and get back to our seats in just a few minutes. Whew!

There were the cutest little cheerleaders!

Of course, when it's a small town parade, you tend to know a lot of people in it. We have friends who are very involved in theater and they drove the truck and their kids handed out candy.

Our church has a men's residential aftercare program and they march every year.

The lady walking toward us is Cheryl, Beth's BFF.

When it got too warm, Beth would pull out her fan!

The Seahawks fan bus played some awesome music that everyone was singing along to. Even Beth!

 See her hand?
Yeah baby, she was jammin'! :)
Actually she really did begin to swing her shoulders and bob her head, she really got into it!


But I think her favorite part was the Star Wars characters! 

One of them even came over to talk to her but was too close for me to get a picture. She was pretty excited!

Then we came home, fixed burgers and had our usual jello and whipped cream for dessert. Red, white and blue of course!

I hope you had a great day celebrating our nations birthday!