Tuesday, March 24, 2009

My Actual Birthday

Wow. The last time I made an entry was on my spiritual birthday on March 11. Funny that my next entry would be on my real birthday. I'm 33 years old. I'm a third of the way to 100!

A lot has happened in the past two weeks.

First, my sister, Beth, and her husband, Perry, had their first child. Little Everett was born on Monday, March 16. I'm so proud of all my precious nieces and nephews. Here's a cool photo:

I had a great time in Phoenix last week with my two brothers and my dad. My brother is the Associate Pastor at Palm Vista Baptist Church in Surprise, AZ. He decided to do an old-fashioned tent revival and asked my dad to preach and me to lead the music. It was fun and highly nostalgic. For the first time in eight years, the Celoria Brothers Trio sang for a live audience. A good time was had by all, but we've decided to retire again. Along with the tent revival, Palm Vista had a worship event. Basically, they just did Hillsong's CD "Blessed." I've done it before, so I sang with them. It was a memorable night.

While in Phoenix, we made sure to catch a few Spring Training games. We all love baseball. It was cool seeing my friend, John Hudgins, who hopes to make his MLB debut in 2009.

The whole time I was in AZ, Tangie and the girls were in Mississippi with her family. Last Friday, I was driving from Plano to Shreveport to pick them up. My father-in-law was driving them to Shreveport where we would take the rental car to return to Jackson. I was in Tyler, TX when Tangie called me in a panic. Isabelle (our 14-month-old) was having uncontrollable seizures and they were taking her to the hospital in Rayville which is just east of Monroe. So I turned on my hazards and did my best to get there. I've never prayed so hard in my life.

Praise God, little Isabelle is okay. From what we've discovered, it's quite common for children to experience seizures when their temperature suddenly spikes. And that's what had happened. Her temp had risen to 104.4 in a matters of 2 hours. I'm grateful to God she's okay.

Lastly, Tangie had a HIDA Scan yesterday to check on her gall bladder. She's had extremely low B12 levels and has experienced pain in her abdomen. We're hoping this test will shed light on what is wrong. Please pray for us as we wait to hear the results.

Other than all that, my life is extremely normal.