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Monday, March 09, 2009


First off, I want to thank all of you for your overwhelming amount of support regarding my post on Friday. I am floored and humbled at the amount of comments and private emails as well as facebook messages I received from each of you who wrote to let me know you were praying for me. Many of you wrote to share your similar stories. I cannot begin to express how comforting it is to know that all of you are surrounding me in prayer right now. It means more than you can possibly imagine. Tomorrow will mark one week since I gave up all sodas as well as my beloved chocolate/sweets. Unfortunately, cutting out the dews and/or chocolate haven't helped. I do have my first appointment with the cardiologist tomorrow morning at 8am. I'm eager to hear what she has to say even though my holter monitor results will not be in her hands until later this week. I also meet with my new family doctor come Wednesday morning and I'm hoping to ask more questions and get more answers there as well.

In the meantime, Brent's Mom (Debbie) had a small celebration at her house yesterday for Brennen. It was an early birthday celebration for him beings that his 10th birthday is this coming Friday. Grandma spoils him rotten and yesterday was no different. He walked out of there with an electric guitar as his gift. Yes, a real one - amp and all. He had been asking for a guitar and guitar lessons. Debbie asked if she could purchase that gift for him because she loves music so much. She is a pretty famous piano player around here. At least in the community we moved from anyhow. Her skills at the piano are just intense. The woman is amazing. She is definitely gifted in the arena of music and much much more. Brennen got to share his special celebration with all of his cousins on Brent's side of the family. Of course, 4 of the 5 cousins are girls and lets just say that they all think he hung the moon. Some of them think that they are going to "marry" Brennen someday. Hee hee!

Don't you love how the girls are dressed (above)? They get to Grandma's and play dress up with all of her jewelry and old dresses/clothes. It is hysterical to see what they all come out wearing each time we are there.
Ummm...yummy...cupcakes. They looked soooooo good but Mommy sat that round out. No cupcakes for me at the moment. In fact, the sight of chocolate almost makes me sick to my stomach right now. I think it is God's way of helping me go thru the withdraws easier. I've lost 5lbs. in the past 6 days just from not eating chocolate or drinking the sodas. Hummmm...imagine that! Part of it could be the stress of it all too. I really haven't had much of an appetite. However, that didn't stop me from snapping shots of my adorable nephew Carter while he wolfed down a cupcake right in front of me. Look at these eyes. They are just piercing...
Lil' Carter and Papa Ron are the absolute best of buds. Inseparable actually.

Then, I got to snap some shots of my nieces together. Below...this is sweet Evie and Lilly. These are Brent's brothers (Brad) children with his wife Aubree. They are the ones expecting the new baby boy come the end of July.

Then, below...we have our other set of nieces. These two sweeties belong to Brent's sister, Jill, and her husband. Meet Abby and Allie. Again...the eyes...just like their brother Carter.

I managed to capture this moment (above and below) with Kenidi and her uncles while she was playing on Grandma D's piano. On the left is Uncle Ken and on the right is Uncle Brad. I've always loved how her uncles adore her and show her so much love. She is definitely spoiled by them - no doubt. Uncle Brad likes to cuddle with her and Uncle Ken is the one who gets drug around the yard and helps swing her on the play set, etc. whenever he is around. You can tell they both have two girls in their own houses. Ha ha!

And lastly...The B-Ster just can't stop wrestling with his Daddy and his uncle Brad. Anytime he gets the chance, he is wrestling with Dad especially. It wears me out. Scares me to death. Boys will be boys I guess. Baby Carter even got in on the action before it was all over with. Too funny! you can see...Brennen enjoyed his afternoon. I'll get some pictures of him with his new guitar here soon. I hadn't had the camera in my hands for almost a week until yesterday. Needless to say, I was really going thru withdraws. I took my Mom in for an outpatient procedure this morning that will hopefully pan out to be pretty routine. That alarm clock going off at 4:15am about killed me though. I cranked up the Christian tunes on my 45 minute drive to pick her up this morning and enjoyed my time with God - just praying and literally melting in his word. As the clock draws near to tomorrows appt. with the cardiologist, I can't help but admit that I'm nervous. Please keep sending up those prayers for me. I really appreciate it. I've never experienced anything like this before and cannot manage another sleepless night. I've turned it all over to God and left it in his hands. I have my moments when I start to digress and dwell on the unknown. It's in those moments that I try to scoop myself back up and stay on track while embedding God's promises into my soul one more time. It's been a tough few days and I'm anxiously awaiting feedback from the docs on how to proceed or what they can suggest as far as what direction to turn next. In the meantime, I'm thanking and praising God for all of you and this outlet I have called the AGD blog. I cannot begin to express the gratitude I have for each of you and your emails, stories, posts, etc. The blog world is a very tight knit community and this just reconfirms how tight knit all of you are in my life. Although I've never met most of you in person, I feel a real sense of peace just knowing that all of you are sending up prayers as I await info. As I walked around the hospital waiting on my Mom to come out of her procedure today, I witnessed lots of patients coming and going. My mind took me to those who don't have prayer or who might not believe in a God themselves. I immediately stopped to pray for those un-churched or whom have no relationship with Jesus Christ or who don't have friends or family to help plant the seeds for them. I felt so selfish knowing that I have all of these prayer warriors praying for me and yet some of these people might not have anyone. How dark and alone it must feel to not have God to pray to. I cannot imagine. I really can't. Therefore, help me pray for those without salvation today, will you? It's heavy on my heart for some reason and I hope that while you are praying for a good outcome for me, you can maybe also send up some prayers for those in the hospitals, those at home sick and/or dying without anyone to pray for them or just hold their hand. We have friends ourselves that do not believe in Christ and it saddens me to think about. Breaks my heart actually.

Sorry to have rambled. The past few days have been an overload of emotions for me and this morning was no different. For now, I'm off to finish editing some photos. 2 hours ago my heart was fluttering and racing like a freight train. However, after sitting down to edit the images you see here in this post, I found a peace and a calming while doing so. Amazing how your passions in life can perch you atop the highest of mountains when God sees it fit, eh? Photography does that for me. So does the beach. I'm quietly counting down to myself the amount of days remaining before heading South to Florida for Spring Break. The calendar reads 20 days to be exact. 20 more days until my toes hit that sand again. Boy what I wouldn't give to propel myself there amongst the crashing waves today. In due due time.

In his grip, Angie

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Blogger carissa... brown eyed fox said...

oh... we will certainly hold yall in prayer!
please do keep us all posted!
love you girl!

3/09/2009 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Debbie Kibby said...

Angie, It looks like the birthday party was such fun , tell Brennen " Happy Birthday " from one of your blogger friends in the great state of Georgia !!!!!

Also , just wanted you to know that you are and have been in my thoughts and prayers since Friday !! I pray that tomorrow you will get some answers and that soon you will be feeling back to 100 % !!!

In His Love and Mine ,

Debbie Kibby ( Bailee and Brooklyn's Mee Mee )

3/09/2009 3:58 PM  
Anonymous My3Princesses2008 said...

Hey Angie,

I am happy you blogged today cause I began to get Angie withdrawl but mainly I am glad you are fine...Wishing well wishes to Mom and a speedy recovery and of course a Happy Birthday to Brennen..We should celebrate the b-days together my daughter will be turning 7 on Wednesday.

Most of all we will be continuing to pray for you and for the less fortunate who don't have anyone or unfortunately don't believe...

On that note please take it easy ...I know its not possible but please try ....It's easier said than done..Sometimes the stress gets to be so much I feel like I will have a stroke or heart attack so I know how you feel...But I got to keep going i have 3 little Angels to look out for...And of course you have your little Angels...

P.S. think positive thoughts for tomorrow and so on....

Much Hugs & Prayers your way

3/09/2009 5:00 PM  
Anonymous Nina ~ Seminole, FL said...

Still praying for you girl! and of course your mom to for her procedure she had done today! Know that you are loved and prayed for!!
Happy Birthday to Brennen!! That boy just gets more handsome has the years go on!!
Love you!


3/09/2009 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Angie, Please let us know what the doctor tells you!! I'll be praying, praying, praying!!

deb w

3/09/2009 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...


Jennifer here again, Kristin's best friend. I'm wishing you lots of luck tomorrow. I know how scary it can be. And sitting in that office, uh...(not to make you more nervous) LOL! But like I said, most likely, you're going to be fine. And please, please don't hesitate to email me. I put my email in my comment to your holter monitor post. If you have any questions about what to expect tomorrow, different tests I've done, medications, or ANYTHING at all, please feel free to do so. It does help to talk to someone who knows what it's like and has been there. Best of luck tomorrow. I know you're going to be fine!!!!

Much love and luck,

3/09/2009 7:22 PM  
Blogger brooke said...

the Lord totally had you on my heart on friday c left for two weeks that night and after dropping him off i came across a horrific roll over crash that could have very well been me and my family had we left our house just minutes later than we did...needless to say i cranked the christian tunes the whole way home and bawled about His amazing of my new favorite songs "while i'm waiting" (from the fireproof movie) came on and the tears really started coming and for some reason you burst into my thoughts...more tears and tons of prayers for you!! it is amazing how through this blogging movement you can come to care about strangers as if they are your next door neighbor and friend....thank you for sharing with us your celebrations and your trials so that we can be there for you....and definitely for those who don't know Him....let's get those hearts for Him. prayers for tomorrow!!

3/09/2009 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Melissa M said...

Happy Birthday!!!! The Big 10 !!!

We are still praying for you. Maybe you should post " Cardboard confessions" if you still have the link for those who have doubt. I sat in tears watching that!!! It's sad that some times we have to have something really terrible happen in life to find our faith in God!!!! It's never too late!!!

Hang in there and know that this may just be part of God's plan to slow you down.

3/10/2009 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Julie Ann said...

Happy Birthday Brennen!
Angie and Brent- here's my idea for your basement- soundproofing the walls. There's a special place in heaven for the parents of budding guitarists/drummers.
Angie- the entire bible study from the Zionsville Methodist Church is praying for you this week- I hope it brings you comfort. And your play list is so right, remember to praise and focus on Him as you go through this storm.
Love you,
Julie Ann

3/10/2009 2:02 PM  
Blogger June said...

Hi Angie, I have been reading your blogs for a long time now. I have watched your sweet little Kenidi grow up to be the PRINCESS that she is. I love all of your family .It feels like all of you are related to me. That's what the love of God will do for you. I just want you to know that I have been praying for you since you requested prayer. I lift you up several times a day. I know exactly what you are going through. I have panic attacks and I experience the same thing. It's not a good feeling!!! I thought something was bad wrong when I had my first. I was driving in the middle of town turing at a red light with tons of traffic coming at me. I was so scared!! My sweet Mother that lives with Jesus now also had them. She use to tell me "Hon, You think you are dying but you're not." I think of that so often now,it is so true. I know that you will be fine. Please let us know what you find out from the Dr.
I also have a couple of prayer request for all of you bloggers. My precious sister found out yesterday that she has breast cancer. I know that God has a plan sometimes its hard to accept it. I love her so much and cannot imagine life without her. Also please pray for me, I am in chronic pain all the time with my back. I have had three back surgeries with each surgery no relief. I am going to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in April. I have three peri neural(tarlov) cyst aroung my sacrum. The Dr's around here (Bham,Alabama) do not know anything about them & tell me that the cyst is not the problem. I cry every day, it hurts so bad. (my poor husband.) I am asking all of you to lift me up in prayer. Please pray that the Dr's will know what to do to give me some relief!!
Angie, please take it easy and take some special time just for you. You do so much. I don't know how you do it. Please slow down. I didn't mean to write a book.Ha

In the grip of his love,

3/10/2009 5:15 PM  
Anonymous Grandma Sue said...

Have you ever seen kids so beautiful and handsome and happy! Brennen I know you are a chic magnet, but I think you are hogging all the girls, you may need to invite some of them to your guy party this weekend. xoxoxo "Happy Birthday"!

3/12/2009 3:58 PM  

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