Saturday, February 28, 2015

SNOW!!!

Most of you know that in my "neck of the woods"  or Oklahoma, we have been in a two year drought.  Well here is what is going on today!
                                My dogs only go out when forced and then right back in.


                         Although this moisture is not near what we need, it is helping.  Much love, Cheri

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Different kind of Winter

This winter has been a trial and a testament for Dennis and I.  We have been through the lowest of lows and came out on top.  God's grace and goodness sustained us through one of the roughest patches we have been through since Dennis's accident 8 years ago.  Now, things are looking up.  Dennis is getting stronger every day and he even got to go to watch our niece Karley play basketball.  He also got to go back to FCA and see the kids.  FCA is the Fellowship of Christian athletics and it is a great organization.  The also have a great, dedicated leader in Linda Zimmerman!

This is the first winter I can remember that we haven't had snow.  We are suppose to get some this weekend, I hope so since we are still in a drought.  We need the moisture desperately, the crops need water and so do our lawns!  But since it has been unusually warm here in Oklahoma we did get to go out for a picnic one Sunday with no coats!  Most of the time the temperature here in February is in the teens and the Sunday we had our picnic it was 75 degrees.


Bailey thinks this is a great place to make smores!



Everyone loves smores, but mostly everyone likes marshmellows!



It was a great day for a picnic and an outing!  Much love,
Cheri

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I have friends in high places!

Well, you all know the journey we have been through since the week of Christmas, but what you all don’t know is how bad it really was.  Saturday night when we finally called the ambulance to come and get Dennis it was bad.  When you have SCI by the time you know it’s bad, it’s beyond bad.  He was full of toxins and went unresponsive in the E.R. at Fairview.  We transported him on to Enid, and honestly if I didn’t have two of the best friends God could send someone, I wouldn’t have made it.  I was still sick so Max rode with Dennis to Enid and Debbie drove me.  We may have got stopped speeding and we might have turned on some tears, but we had a very lovely police officer who took pity on us,  You know you have great friends when they spend their Saturday sitting with you at two E.R.'s and get home about 2:30 in the morning.  After we brought Dennis home he was still touch and go and Max came by almost every day to check on him. I don’t think I have ever lost it like I did this time.  I let fear grip me like never before and I am so glad I have a mother and a pastor who I can talk to and who have the Godly wisdom to counsel and direct me.   I know I have said this a thousand times but we have great friends.  It’s not by accident, it’s a God thing.  He put them in our lives and we are forever grateful.  Here are a couple of photos of some friends doing friend things!
                                             They go to Cleveland Ohio with you!
                                    They find some way to get you to the dock to enjoy the day!
                                                              They take you on boat rides!
                                              They push you up a steep hill!
                                                  They take you shopping and act silly!
                     They take you shopping and make you carry all their stuff cause they buy too much!                                                             
The have great parties


 They also fix are electronics, trim our trees, come take our dishwasher out and so on and so on.  God blessed us with these people.  Much love, Cheri

Saturday, January 10, 2015

New beginnings!


Well, now that the crazy and not so fun holidays are over, we are on the uphill climb.  Dennis is 99 % better and I am human again.  Praise God that His mercies are new every day!  I would not have made it this far if He wasn’t holding my hand every minute of every hour of every day.   I thought I would share some Christmas photos now that I feel like posting.  Remember in these photos I am sick as a dog and Dennis is not much better.  We put up a brave front!
                                                                The Boyer Boys
Reading to the grandkids!
My daughter Whitney and I

                                       
                                                                     Babies!!!!
                                                             Playing Dirty Santa!
My family


                                                         Much love and God's Blessing!  Cheri



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sickness, Christmas and the ICU

Two days before Christmas Eve I got the flu.  Bad.  Somehow I managed to host Christmas Eve and we had a great time.  Christmas Day came and still going getting a little better every day.  Saturday after Christmas my husband Dennis started feeling bad and by that evening we were in the E.R and he was unresponsive.  He had a bowel obstruction and it was bad.  After spending 3 days in the ICU with no sleep he was getting a little crazy.  He looked at me that day and said, "get me home".  He was discharged and we made our way home with a little pneumonia in one lung.  Well, that was enough to keep his oxygen stats down and it has been a struggle.  Last night I think we had break through and we are going to start our climb back up.  So I am leaving 2014 behind and looking for the new start to 2015!
                                Much love and God Bless!!  Cheri


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Pity Parties

This month has been tough.  Dennis has been very sick, on oxygen, infections and stomach pain.  This is not fun for us during what is suppose to be the most wonderful time of the year.  Since he has been sick I haven't got to do much shopping and he hasn't got to go with me at all.  He didn't get to go to my Christmas party and we had to miss some parties.  OK, I am having a pity party.  I never claimed to be a saint and I sure am not acting like one this month.  I love to shop during Christmas season and right now everything has come to a stand still.  I also love church during the holiday and I miss my church family. We had to miss all the festivities downtown in our little town, I miss these things and I am sure Dennis does also.  Most of all I just want Dennis to feel better, it sucks that he has a spinal cord injury and that he has to feel so bad on top of everything.  The one thing when you are going through all this is that you have to dig deep and if you don't have something to dig into you are going to sink.  God is the one constant in our life that anchors us and gives us the strength to get through the day.  Some days Dennis feels so bad I am not sure he wants to go on and in those moments I get out God's Word and just start reading.  It truly gets better.  This Christmastime maybe God is wanting us to reflect on the best gift that He freely gave us.  I need to start meditating on this amazing gift. get in the thankful and praise minded spirit and stop feeling sorry for myself.  The internet has some great shopping deals!!


                    Jesus is the reason for the season!   Much love, Cheri

                                                   


                                                

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014 part 1

I was thinking of what all I was thankful for this year and most of all I am thankful for everyone being healthy and no hospital visits for us this year.  One exception is my mom, who tripped over my dog and now has a bum shoulder.  This time of year always reminds me when we first came home from Houston 8 years ago.  We came home on October 1 and that first Thanksgiving at home was the best.  Being gone 5 months from home can make you very thankful.  The only thing that got us through that time was God and God alone.  This is from my journal when the holidays came around after Dennis’s accident.

“As the holiday celebrations moved closer we tried not to look at what used to be and look at the wonderful things to come.  I was very thankful my family was still together and we were celebrating the most wonderful gift, God sending His only son to die for us that we may live with Him.” 

Eight years later I am still very thankful for those things.  We do not take anything for granted anymore, and the time we spend with friends and family is more precious than ever.  Every day is a gift from God and we need to make the most of it.  Spread the Word, give Him the glory and love one another.  

Some pictures of when we came home 8 years ago! two very precious friends

  The plane I had to travel on from Houston!  Ugh

My family.





                                                              Much love, Cheri