||[Apr. 15th, 2006|11:55 am]
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Howdy! It's been less than a year. Good start for me. Actually, its strange usually Saturday mornings are pretty busy with the bookstudy starting at nine. Which requires some preparation, vacuuming and setting up the folding chairs. The Amber, Mom and I get dressed and Dad does dog detail and opens the gate for our morning Bible study group. Neil Pitchford conducts. Mike Shack or Ron Gough reads. Neil's wife, Marlyn, is a regular pioneer. Mike's wife, Rhonda, is an inergetic grandmother of four. Their daughter, Katherine, Kat for short, and her husband Jerad Wheaton attend the study group with their baby daughter, Natalie and Kat's daughter Alana. Ron's grandson, Kyle also attends bi-weekly when not at his father's in Pacific MO.
Along with the four of us that is pretty much the regulars at the study. The Lipperd's, a young couple and Darla Ellis, an UMR student are also assigned but have not yet attended. I really like the fact we have a variety in age and experience. This morning is not the norm. Amber went on the van to the circuit assembly in St. Louis early, about 6:45 am. Dad has been mowning the grass and burning garbage. There isn't much wind and I am here to stay with Mom. So it's an opportune time. He has been in a bad mood anyway. I've been changing sheets on the beds and straightening up, dusting, domestic stuff. The laundry is about done which is why I'm writing this journal. Mom goes in for her surgery tomorrow afternoon. I'm going to stay with her through the week and next. Its colon surgery and the doctor is removing her gallbadder as well.
She had a colonoscopy about month ago. They where going to do it then but she was too weak. So they prescribed an Iron regemimn and weekly EPO shots to build her blood count and Monday is the day.
Our family has had a lot of support from the congregation, work and ect.
I am so grateful for the job at UMR that has allowed for the accumultation of family sick leave to take some time off. Well its noon, the dryer is quiet and there is lunch to get. So I try to keep writing atleast while on leave.