Sunday, January 21, 2007

Our Prank on Ol' Daddio!

Well, this afternoon at Grandma's house, Antonio decided
to pull a little prank on Dad by writing on him while he was sleeping
in the living room. So we used a orange and blue highlighter to make
a really cute heart on his head. It was hard not to laugh, but we managed
to do it without waking him up. So this picture is of him after he looked in the
mirror and noticed it.

The boys decided to draw on him more. And Dad is so patient that he let them.

Do you think I take after my dad?

Here he is before he even knew he had it on his head.
He just woke up from his nap.

Aunt Mary's Birthday!

Today we celebrated Aunt Mary's Birthday! And
if you know anything about Mary, you know that
even on her birthday she works and works and
doesn't know how to rest.
And here's my family eating one of my grandma's
famous meals.
I made the jello! Hey, I'm just a beginner.

Mary opens her presents.

I thank the Lord for my wonderful aunt. She
has been like a second mom to me and my brothers
and sisters. She always went on vacations with us
to help my mom out and to have fun with us. I have so
many memories just playing with my Auntie Mary.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Amazing Technology

These pictures were taken on our laptop camera. It's cool cuz you can make sure you're all lined up correctly when you take self-pictures. So me and Scott were playing around with it the other night when he had to work security. But I think it's amazing the technological stuff we have these days. In fact, we've been able to chat with people with our camera where we can see them and hear them. You just need a camera and you need to sign up with Skype. I don't know how it works, but I know Janelle and Katie have to get this. It would be so fun. Cari was able to talk to Samantha in Guam and see her kids on the camera. It was so cool. The kids would enjoy it too. Technology these days can be really nice when you live far from your family.

Urgent Need for Prayer

Updated 1/17/07 by Diane Doolittle:
From Doug: Doug is unable to use the computer (details below) and he is dictating this to me. “I thank the Lord that His mercies are new to us each day. I probably don’t have much time left on this earth before God calls me Home. But I know Who holds the future and I trust His good hand.”
Doug was having a lot of pain. An RN friend from church told us that he should not have to have pain like that. We needed to call hospice and have their help. They came quickly and have been a big help. I never knew that it would be so difficult to find the right combinations of pain medications for him. That has been a big struggle for him. The pain is now under control. Then he began to have problems with nausea and vomiting. Yesterday was the first time in several days that he has been able to keep food down. After the switch in pain medications, we started noticing that his legs were wobbly and he had trouble grasping things and having control of his hand. I called the nurse to let her know and asked if we could switch pain medications again because of the side effects he was having. She told me that the medication wouldn’t be causing affects like that. Then I thought, what else could it be? Brain tumor. Doug had told me that he had the most trouble with his right side. There will be no scans or testing. They have him on steroids to try to shrink the swelling in the brain and release some of the pressure which is most likely causing the vomiting. He is no longer able to use the computer. He has also had problems with blurred vision and double vision and he has a hard time focusing his eyes. This change has been sudden for us. One day he could go up and down the 17 steps to join us for meals downstairs. The next day his legs were weak and wobbly and there was no way that he could do the stairs. He has told me that he doesn’t have much time left. His family is coming in today and tomorrow to have another visit. He is still coherent and enjoys visitors but tires easily.
Doug and I first met on February 1, 1997 and had our first date on February 2, 1997 -- 10 years this year.
I continue to see God’s Hand at work and rest in the fact that our God continues to be good…all the time. HIS way is perfect and I must trust, even when I don’t understand.

How to pray:

1) continued relief from pain

2) witnessing opportunities with Hospice workers

3) Doug will be able to enjoy the visit with his family

4) continued grace and peace for the kids and I

5) for Lauranne—she is struggling but doing well—I’m so thankful she already knows the Saviour . What a difference that is making in her being able to deal with all of this. The boys are oblivious to what is going on.

6) for rest—I’m having trouble sleeping again

7) for the MANY details and plans I must see to—that God would give me wisdom and a clear mind. I jotted down things to do during the night last night when things would come to mind. I have a notebook page full

Updated 1/18/07: Doug had a very rough night last. The pain was so bad throughout the night, that they called hospice around 2 am. After taking the medicine hospice recommended, Doug vomited, so the medicine wasn't effective. Please pray for Doug and Diane.

Newest Update: Doug's pain is under control. He was having hallucinations in the night and was very restless. He told me this morning that he sure did "chit chat" last night. He said he had lots of dreams. I called Hospice in the night to see if there was anything else I could do to help him. He is resting comfortably this morning.

He vomited after spraying medicine in his mouth which is used just to moisten his mouth.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Great and Marvelous!

I just want to praise the Lord for how He has been providing for our China trip this summer. We need a total of $3, 800, and God has already provided almost a third of it. It has been such a blessing to see Him bring the money in. He is so faithful, even when I fail to be faithful. What a wonderful, merciful Savior!

"Great and Marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.
Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed."
-Revelation 15:3-4

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Miscellaneous Pictures

Our new laptop has a camera on it. we've been having too much fun with it.

Little Antonio

Jodi and Lynae

Jodi! She's cute no matter what.


still me


what a cute couple!


Lynae and Shaye

Back to a more normal picture.

Me and Lynae at Golden Coral

Jack peed on Shaye's pants. We all got a good laugh at this.

Fun and Games

Food and Games

Me, Jodi, and Melissa. We all look like we could be blood sisters.

This picture is another story. These feet are Shayes. He was hiding behind the pantry door in order to eat the chocolate from the drawer. Needless to say we all got a good laugh out of it even though he was being naughty.

Lynae and Jodi

Mom and Dad Mohler

It was chaos at present time.

Jodi is the favorite auntie.

Kaylynn had fun with the pom poms i bought her for Christmas.

Luke and Preston pretending to play ps2

Preston is such a cutie.

Paul, Preston, Kaylynn and Luke pretending to go to bed.

Luke and me. What wild hair he has!

This is my new haircut. I was so sick of my long hair.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Pray for Jessica!

I'd like to ask anyone who reads this to pray for my good friend Jessica Rabe. She has recently been diagnosed with Leukemia. Thankfully it is in the early stages. She had a bone marrow test recently and started on a pill called gleevec that's supposed to put it in remission. She is such a sweet friend and would be encouraged to hear of more people praying for her. Even if she wouldn't know you, let her know you are praying for her by emailing her at

Below are some of her favorite quotes. To me they reflect the attitude that she has had even through her past health struggles.

"Don't let the bad things in life make you lose your smile - let the good things in life make you smile more."
- Unknown

"Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength."
- Charles Spurgeon

"If God sees that my spiritual life will be furthered by giving me the things for which I ask, then He will give them, but that is not the end of prayer. The end of prayer is that I come to know God himself."
- O. Chambers

"We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties."
- O. Chambers

"We need to learn to know Him so well that we feel safe when we have left our difficulties with Him. Our payer life will become restful when it really dawns upon us that we have done all we are supposed to do when we have spoken to Him about it. From that moment we have left it with Him."
- O. Hallesby
"Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you."
-I Peter 5:7

Pray for Jessica!