Archive for April, 2007

A tribute…

Monday, April 30th, 2007

to Cliff Cross.

Cliff has been an inspiration to me throughout this semester. On Valentine’s Day of this year, Cliff was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the brain, spine, and lungs. The doctor’s gave him 3 years at best. Alone in his hospital room he thought through what was just dumped in his lap. Ultimately he had two choices: run away to France and die alone or run to Jesus and never be alone again. He chose Jesus, and that is when I meet him. In February he stood before the congregation at Herriatage Bible Church (the church I attend in SC) and shared his testimony. He was a man who lived a life of selfishness and pride. His focus was on wealth and popularity. As a result he made a mess of his marriage and his life. He shared about the destruction that he caused and how aweful he had lived and what turmoil he had created in his marriage. He lived his life running away from God and hiding that from everyone. Yet, by God’s grace he also shared about how the Lord changed his heart that night when he was all alone in the hospital bed. He renewed his vows to his wife and dedicated the remining days of his life, whether many or only a few, to spreading the Gospel and sharing Christ with others. His joy was contagious. During the following few weeks he would face radiation, chemo, many infections and dibilitating pain. Cliff was baptized about three weeks ago and he again shared his heart before the congregation, pleading with us to learn from him and to use every moment we have to serve Christ and to spread His Gospel. Not to waste our time focusing on ourselves. Cliff went home to be with Jesus on April 27th. He served Christ with all his strength for two and a half months.
In an email I got from his wife, Rachel, she wrote: “We thought we had more time. 3 years was the goal. But isn’t that what we all think? Even though we know life is limited, we think we have more time. But in reality, our physical life here is a vapor. On the other hand, eternity is – well – eternity! Here’s what Cliff wanted you to realize: Team Cross was never about the cancer as much as it was about Christ. Does cancer get the victory on this one? Absolutely not! Cliff is by far the winner with a new body that is cancer-free and sin-free! Our prayers were answered, although not in the way we humanly hoped. They were answered in God’s perfect plan and in His perfect timing. Cliff’s life was valuable and eternal because of whom he chose to serve. We grieve, but not as those who have no hope. I will see him again someday.”
Please pray with me for the Cross family as they face life without Cliff.
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Please take time to listen to Cliff’s testimony.

Cliff’s Testimony – Part 1

Cliff’s Testimony – Part 2

Puppy

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

My sister and her husband just got a puppy! She is a “hot dog” dog and her name is Daisy. Isn’t she cute!?!
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Congratulations Tony!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Today in chapel it was announce that Tony won first place in the graphic design portion of the Commencement Contest at BJU. Great job! We are so proud of you! Here is the winning piece.

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Praise the Lord!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Ok, so today when I got my clinical paperwork back, I nearly fell over when I saw the grade. On the paperwork portion of the week I got a 50/50! A first ever, and nearly impossible! And then I read this comment from my teacher: “Wow! You were functioning on a senior level this week. 3.0= 100% clinical grade too.” So in conclusion: I got a 100% in clinical and on paperwork this week! A double impossibility!

Camp

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

This weekend Michelle, Amy, Rae and I went to Anchorage camp in NC. We went there to work in the kitchen… but we had some play time too! It was so much fun cooking and washing dishes and serving visitors! Two lessons, unfortunately learned the hard way: DON’T dump the unused orange juice into the sink and DON’T make biscuits with bread flour! Other than that, our team did a superb job! During our free time we enjoyed kayaking, swimming in the lake, making late night trips to Walmart, pigging out, and pampering ourselves with face masks! It was very hard to leave, knowing we had to come back to school and classes. But fortunately, there are only 4 more days of classes, then finals, and then we are done for the summer! Yahoo!

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NICU

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Yesterday was the last day of my OB clinical rotation. It was a bittersweet day… bitter because I loved it and will miss it, but sweet because I am one step closer to senior year and graduation! Wednesday and yesterday my group was on the high risk unit. At the end of our shift yesterday we got a tour of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). It was so neat. The unit can hold up to about 60 babies. Yesterday I think they had around 40. The littlest baby was born at 29 weeks back in January only weighing about a pound. Now he is up to about 2 pounds. This is a picture of his diaper, which was too big for him!
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Fondue

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

My prayer group had a fondue party on Saturday night. What fun! And very YUMMY!
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Claudia’s shower

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

On Saturday, Beth hosted a bridal shower for Claudia who is getting married on Aug 4th. We had a great time and she got many beautiful items.
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Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Matias!

Monday, April 16th, 2007

On Saturday Amy and I went to Jonathan and Christy’s wedding. The ceremony was beautiful and Christ centered. The reception was a simple desert reception with wonderful little goodies! Christy and Jonathan looked so happy!
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Taylor the Latte Boy

Monday, April 16th, 2007

This song, by Kristin Chenoweth, has been making a big hit amongst the girls dorms… It is very cute!
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