Friday, May 4, 2012

And the weeks roll on......

Ah, it's Friday which means we get to clean out the corners of our minds and dump the left overs here.  I'm linking up with Mrs. 4444 for Friday Fragments.

This has been a much better week than last week much to my relief!  So I have some stuff to unload today.

We are part of a mission group called Mercy Uganda which ministers to the women and children of Uganda.  I think one of the main thing I love about this group is that Mercy Uganda goes in and forms relationships with the people, teaching them how to care for themselves.  When a building is built, the volunteers who go teach the men carpentry skills.....the women are taught to sew on peddle sewing machines sent over by loving people and they are able to start businesses to support their families......pigs and chickens are provided for that same reason..... a medical team often goes along and conducts clinics.....all the while, the Gospel is being shared.  Our friends in Uganda see that the Gospel is not just words, but actions.

At our Ladies Night Out this week at church we tied the fringe on blankets to take to the children and below are a few pictures.

This sweet lady bought all the incredibly soft fabric and cut the blankets and fringe.  You can tell by the brace on her wrist that it was a lot of cutting!

You can see the fringe in this picture....we tied knots in each piece of fringe so that it doesn't unravel.

In August the blankets will go to Uganda with Laura.


A group of about six girls rang our doorbell the other night.  They were all dressed in costumes and I had to look at the calendar to make sure it wasn't Halloween.  I was hesitant to open the door because I've watched a few too many episodes of CSI.  Turns out they were on a scavenger hunt!  For an eighteenth birthday party.  One of the items on the list was dryer lint and since I just happened to have our blanket in the dryer they were in luck!  They were the sweetest girls and I was so refreshingly happy to see a group of girls that age doing something so wholesome!  


The weight loss is going great.  Because I'm so impatient, it seemed very slow at first.  But finally, my clothes are feeling better and my muffin top is going down!  Whew!  It's not easy, but I've cut out all sweets.

This week I had an appointment with a doctor in a neighboring city due to some blood work that was abnormal....stop laughing, we all know I'm abnormal in general!  You know the drill at a doctor's office, the first thing they make you do is get on the scale.  I groaned but was pleasantly surprised to find that their scales were five pounds lighter than mine!  I asked the doctor to please not tell me that my symptoms are caused by stress, a word I've come to despise!  We went over lots of stuff and what it may or may not be and more tests were ordered.  At the very end, he calmly told me that some of my symptoms may be caused by that word I didn't want him to use.  That's how HE said it!  I had to laugh.

This week we marked the sixteenth year since our daddy died.  All of us miss him and are so thankful to know we will see him again!

Now, dear friends, it's off to the weekend because as usual I'm all fragged out!


Needled Mom said...

Your blankets are going to be appreciated greatly. They are so soft and cuddly too.

Glad that the weight loss is going so well. It does feel good when the clothes fit better, but no sweets???? Oh dear. Way to go.

Glad that the symptoms are not a result of something more serious. ;)

Enjoy the weekend now that you are all fragged.

Heather Smith said...

What a great project! Hope that the doc can figure out what is causing your bloodwork issues beyond the S word... glad he listened to you though ;)

Ann in the UP said...

What a worthwhile and well thought out mission work! Good for you folks!

I congratulate you on your weight loss too. I am down 30 pound but have just been holding my own for many weeks now. I need to food journal real faithfully. If I don't I "forget" and stall out.

Wayne W Smith said...

Thanks for support Uganda. People do not realize the horrors going on there at the moment. I am glad people are paying attention.

Keetha Broyles said...

Love the Uganda fringed blankies and the ministry that teaches while giving.

Walk Down Memory Lane said...

Know those blankets will be a blessing to the people, but also the missionaries who will be able to witness because they have them to give away! Hope you get better soon! And yes! It is a joy to know that we can see our loved ones who have gone on before! Bless you, Nancy!

oceangirl said...

A lot of wonderful things happened in your week. I hope your weekend is great. Nice to meet you too Nancy.

Tami said...

Your mission project is such a great idea. I am sure they will be appreciated very much!
Very cute scavenger hunt! Dryer Lint?? I wonder who came up with the list??

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I have made those blankets for gifts and they are the best! What a wonderful project. Sounds like a fun party those kids were having. Scavenger hunts are so much fun!
Way to go on the weight loss.
Stress should be a four letter word! Hope everything works out for you. ((HUGS)) Have a wonderful weekend.

Smellyann said...

Great job on the weight loss! Sorry that your stress is causing problems. :( Good job on the Uganda project; that's awesome! Love the dryer lint hunt!! What fun!

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Sounds like a wonderful mission!

How bad is it that the teacher in me freaked a little at the idea of 18 year old girls running around ringing strangers doorbells? My mind went "danger danger!"

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Hi Nancy!
I love your heart for Uganda. We have family members in Kenya right now, but they have been to Uganda before and just love the people there. Looks like you are working with some sweet friends. Hope you get good results from your tests!

Donna said...

I Need to get started loosing some weight before it gets to be too much...
My friend also sews blankets for the! Hard work!!

Stephanie said...

Your church group sounds truly amazing! What an incredible way to teach and to give back! Loved reading all your fragments and am now your newest follower:)

Anonymous said...

On Nancy this was so fun to read! I'm so happy about your weight loss too. Way to go lady! Keep it up!

LBDDiaries said...

This was funny. So your doc says your symptoms are caused by... lack of chocolate? Right? I mean, cutting out sweets???

BTW I have my gram's treadle (paddle) sewing machine - which I could send it.