This week's section here is a little different. Just wanted
to give you a heads up on "my life" so you know
what is then going on with Rest Ministries as well.
busy planning Invisible
Illness Awareness Week. As you likely know Rest
Ministries began this in 2002 as our annual outreach. We
have over 12,000 listeners to last year's shows of our 5-day
virtual conference. So head on over to my other web site
to read daily blogs, guest blog posts, announcements and
more. The week is September 14-20 and preparing for it is
where a lot of my Rest Ministries time is being spent. Right
now I have over 300 emails in my inbox. I am trying to keep
up! We have our list of speakers
about ready (a few will get back to me on their
time) and we will soon start announcing prizes!
son starts 1st grade August 20th so we are heading up to
Los Angeles this weekend for four days, 3 days at Disneyland.
I've discovered a wheelchair can be a very good thing...so
am going to pace myself and accept help.
I have a rheumatologist appointment tomorrow (well, it's
1:30 a.m., so it's actually in 8 hours). After that I schedule
appointments with the eye doctor (one eye has worse vision,
I can tell); the foot doctor (1/2 my left foot has been
numb for about a month- that can't be good!); the dentist
(chipped a molar about 2 months ago and haven't made it
yet); and... the hand surgeon. (My left hand now has my
far right two fingers dislocating themselves from the joint
bones - not good).
So I know I am blessed to go to Disneyland with my family,
yet I am coming back to a whole lot of maintenance
I suspect due to financial times Rest Ministries is not
many orders at all. To anyone who has purchased something
THANK YOU! It's how we make it financially. If you are able
to browse our store, chronicillnessbooks.com
and make a purchase every little bit counts. We
have some cool Invisible
Illness Week goodies like tote bags as well as silicone
bracelets, bumper stickers and cards to share with friends.
been on Nutrisytem for about 18 weeks and have lost 18 lbs.
I'm pleased, especially since I can barely walk so exercise
has not been happening and I am still on 19 mg of prednisone
a day. Yesterday Josh and I spent the morning making mini
quiches (no crust) and I'm getting to be a good little "packer"
of food when I go to run errands. Thanks to anyone who has
been an encouragement. 18 down, 68 to go! I'm not promoting
NS... It's not inexpensive, but if you are thinking about
it and I refer you we both get $30 off so keep me in mind.
I went to a pretty amazing Wednesday night church service
a couple weeks ago during the solar eclipse and the church
was packed out with a special speaker who talks about how
eclipses are signs in the Bible that God has given us to
watch for His return. Pretty exciting stuff! I encourage
you to listen. The video archive you can watch is here under
- Ray Interviews Mark Biltz.
Other than that, I am just trying to keep up with my 6-year-old.
He just graduated to the next karate belt, so has started
a new class and is learning (well-padded) weapons. We're
hitting kid movies to get some air-conditioning and fun.
We went to his first karate tournament (see
video collage of photos if interested). He had Vacation
Bible School last week, swimmng today, and... well, he was
a happy, perfect little boy until about 6 p.m.
post was "You know it's been a long day when you
are Googling "cat" and "permanent marker."
A boy... a cat... a blue pen... (sigh)."
Okay, so on to the actual "content" of this