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Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Highs and Lows of Two Weeks

Whew! I am truly thankful that this two weeks is done and gone. My computer was down and I have had no way of visiting my bloggy land friends which I truly missed. I will be catching up so if you see a comment from me that is past due...know I could not go any more without reading your news and views. I can't believe I missed the big inauguration and I had some great pictures and a wonderful story line. I guess it was just not mean to be.

When the talking heads promised that 2009 was going to be the year of change...I didn't think much of it...I really did not think it would affect our household very much but the winds of change have already begun to blow through the Kyzer compound.

Pvt. Jacob L. Kyzer, 787th MP - Delta Company "Mad Dawgs" graduation. 15 Jan 09...Thanks to all of you who have prayed him through this transition.

Jake graduated MP school and we spent a couple of days in Missouri for the ceremony and pomp. He came home with us for a little over a week during which time our home was invaded from between 5 and 10 young men between the ages of 17 to 24! We took him back on the 29th as it is also his first duty station. However, the snow and ice kept us there a little longer than we intended. He is settled in temporary housing at the moment but should get permanent housing soon.

My ex-husband was at work doing whatever it was that he did, quit breathing, and was never revived again. I am very thankful that not long ago he went to the altar at Beebe Church of the Nazarene and gave his life to Christ. No matter how tumultuous our relationship was...I forgave that man a long time ago and I would never want him to die destined for a sinner's hell. It is true...our God is an on time God!

One of Jake's friends moved in with us to finish school and wait for his basic training...

Our newest addition...Tyler...he will be with us less than a year. Please remember him in your prayers as he embarks on the last vestiges of boyhood and prepares to step across the threshold into manhood.

And there is a possibility that I will return to the workforce sometime soon...

Yes, life has been busy the past couple of weeks with the highs and lows of life that we all experience from time to time.

  • The joy and celebration of a milestone marking the beginning of a young mans life as an adult.

  • The sadness that accompanies the death of someone with whom a life was shared...if only for a moment in time.
  • The uncertainty as we once again extend our hands and pull a young man up by the bootstraps and point him in the right direction...

While things happen that we do not understand... how a mother can turn her back on her child because he irritates the husband she has now...how closely a death follows salvation...how quickly a little boy turns into a man we truly know that God is in control. Always has been...always will be and in that fact we take comfort.

God bless you all and I will be visiting you soon!
In HIS grip,


  1. Glad to have you back. It looks like there is a lot going on, God bless and protect all of you in your endeavors.

  2. I wondered what happened to you!!! Thanks for the update. Did you get damage from the ice storm? That is what I was afraid happened.

  3. It's SO nice to have you back! I was checking for updates on your blog every day, hoping all was well with the Kyzer clan. This is a wonderful update - beautifully written as always. Congratulations to Jake! MP! Very impressive. Blessings on you and your family!

  4. Thanks for the update. Thanks too for your kind comments, prayers and friendship. God bless you and yours.

  5. Wow, you have been busy. We have missed you in bloggy land. When I'm computer or internet-less (not real words I know) I use the pute's at Public Library's for free. I'm sorry to hear about your ex-husband dieing so sudden like that! Tragic.
    Welcome back! ♥ ∞

  6. I am so glad you are back in place. I missed you. I pray everthing will calm down. Praise the Lord your ex got saved. Please take care. Love ya, Trish

  7. Hey sis,
    Wow you have had a lot going on, There are the rejoicing ,sadness, and a time of hopes and dreams to be discovered. I have missed you so and I was so happy to see you when you came to visit. I'm so glad you're back and thanks for updating us.

    Hugz Lorie

  8. So glad your ex was saved...what a couple of weeks you have had.

  9. Welcome to 2009! Apparently "Change" is your watch word for 2009. Only 11 months to go! Will be praying for you. Have a good SS Lesson to teach this next Sunday !! Had 55 adults in class last week! I love Corinthians!

  10. Excellent post, wonderful attitude...one who trust's the Master. Blessings my friend.

  11. Great post. Love what you say about your ex. Bittersweet isn't it?

    I just learned of a woman who ran up to Alaska, leaving her fam behind to start a new life with her husband the day after they married. No honeymoon eve and then she gave birth to a vegetable and her husband left the delivery room and left her and the child completely on her own. 17 years later she is still alone and bacailly sacrificed her life for her son still cut off adn alone in ALaaske.She can't even get time to meet freinds. It is so sad adn she trusted God and lifted it all up in praer before hand. Noone who prayed before hand had any inclination that she should not go or should not marry. They all expected good things all around adn no inclinations that this man could do that to her. Horrid, horrid. Again, so much for "discernment!" in prayer. So sorry for all these sad stories. It breaks my heart every day. And praying often only sets one up for false expectations. I used to pray every day for hours each day but i gave that up when I realised, looking back, d it had little effect one way or the other. I now find that even if I simply wish, it's jsut as likely to come about or not. there is no method to all this madness, sorry to say, just lots of wishful thingking and wanting to connect the dots where there may be none.

    I hope your son is OK. I will toss up a prayer for him regardless, anyway, because I so admire people of his ilk.


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