Wednesday 29 July 2009

Free Ride.

My friend Annie and her son went to Dublin for the day and found these... They are free rides sponsored by Rountrees!!!

Friday 24 July 2009


Last Monday week was the fourth anniversary of 'Heart of the Matter.' It is a Christian radio show that our Church hosts every Monday night on Dundalk FM 100. Kevin, Stephen and Niall talk on it. Apart from it being a real blessing to me, more importantly, the Gospel has been going out live and that's something we can celebrate!

Wednesday 22 July 2009


Niall is home! He is tired because of the medication but in good form. He h as to go back to hospital on Friday for a checkup and then every Tuesday for six weeks but it is all manageable.

We had an important meeting in Dublin yesterday that we were all able to make, and the result of the meeting is that Sean is now Niall's legal son:0) It took about six years for it to happen but we finally had our hearing with the Adoption Board and it is all finalized. They were about eight people sitting around a huge table, very pleasant to deal with and very friendly. They even asked us if we wanted a photo taken (this seems to be the norm) so we said yes, why not?! It is a very important day in the life of our small family and so thank you for everybody who texted, emailed and phoned (he even got a call from France!) Sean and the rest of us.

Many thanks to you for praying for Niall/family during this time. I really appreciated it.

Sunday 19 July 2009


Well, we got to visit Niall for an hour today. He looks strange. He has decided to give himself a break from the razor and looks pretty scruffy/sexy! (I am allowed to say that, I'm his wife!)

We are disappointed to find out he is not coming home tomorrow, especially Sean. We have an important meeting to get to in Dublin City on Tuesday and the powers of be said Niall can attend if he has somebody to drive us. Niall is just off the phone to tell me a brother in Christ has offered to take us... Great.

Am a bit worn out and won't say much more.

Thanks for your prayers.

I love this Blogging thing!

Going to bed.

God bless.

Saturday 18 July 2009


We know what is wrong with Niall. He has a condition called Artial Fibrillation, which means that his heart, for no apparent reason (the normal reasons don't apply to Niall) has stopped beating with a regular pattern and is very (VERY!) irregular. Because of this it was beating almost twice as fast as it should have been.

Cure? Well, the cure has an equally long name. It is called Electrical Cardioversion or DC Cardioversion. Niall is on three different types of medicine to thin the blood and another kind to get his heart rate down. If the heart rate comes down by Sunday they will let him out on Monday and he can go back to work. He will have to stay on the warfarin and attend the hospital every Tuesday for 6 weeks. Then he will have the Electrical Cardioversion. They will administer intravenous sedation and while he is out cold they will give his heart an electrical shock.

If this works, his heart pattern should go back to normal, if not, he continues to take warfarin for another 6 weeks and they try it again. There are a couple of possible complications that could happen during all this but there is no point in thinking about them as they probably won't happen. He has to be careful not to get any hard knocks while on the warfarin though.

It's very good to finally know what is wrong with Niall even if we don't know why it happened. The bottom like is that God has allowed it and that all things work together for the good of those that love God and are called according to his purpose. (that's not a direct quote!) A doctor told me yesterday that if Niall didn't get treatment for this problem, he would have had a heart attack, anther reason for us to thank God.

So we would very much appreciate it if you would pray that this particular treatment will work and that life will get back to relative normal, well, normal for our family anyway;-)

We had to tell Sean about his dad seeing that Niall has been/will be in hospital for so long. He was upset initially but we spent most of the day with Niall yesterday playing chess/watching movie on lap top/Bible reading and prayer and we had a great day so we are all in good form.

Although this is a wake up call for Niall and me to take a good look at out eating/exercise habits, I can't help but think that it has something to do with the fact that the Summer Bible Club will be held here is a few weeks. Also, Sean has been hurting a lot over losing the friendship of one who was his best friend since he was very small, and I know a fervent prayer to our father about this would go a long way...?

Oh, and by the way, he got a bed yesterday in a ward on the 6th floor!!!

Thanks for keeping up with us, and thanks to all who have given me lifts to the hospital, who have texted, phone, looked after Sean, visited Niall and kept up with him on his Face Book.

Hope you are all enjoying your Summer.

Take care and may the Lord continue to bless us all indeed.


Thursday 16 July 2009

Day 2

Niall is still on a trolley in A&E. He got to see the heart specialist but he can't do an awful lot until Niall has some more tests so he will be spending another night there. His cloistral is very good, along with his blood pressure but his heart rate and is still not under control and the beating of his heart is still all over the place, very erratic. They are injecting him with medicine to slow his heart and are also injecting him (in the stomach) a couple of times a day with medication to water down his blood.

Having said all that, he is in great form and isn't grumbling one bit:0)

Anybody who knows Niall will understand this.

As for myself, well, it's hard to see Niall having this problem and not allowing my thoughts to race ahead to all sorts of horrible conclusions, especially when I have already lost Sean's dad. But I am being helped and supported by God and keep one particular Scripture in my mind.

One goes along the lines of 'He who's mind is stayed on Him has perfect peace.'

People are being very kind phoning me and helping me by minding Sean and giving me lifts to the hospital. Also Niall has had a few visitors even though he is in A&E!!!

I will no doubt be visiting him again tomorrow and hope to keep you up to date with what is happening.

God continue to bless you and yours.

Wednesday 15 July 2009

Never a dull moment (Ruth)

Well, today I spent most of the day in the A&E with Niall. Last week Niall had a race with Sean and Koke and 'sprinted' up and down a pretty large garden... twice. Niall is 6 foot, 15 stone and turned 50 this year so I think it was inevitable that it would end in tears. After his running he got his breath back but his heart didn't feel just right. Over a week later it still isn't right hence the visit to the hospital. Like Niall is so fone of saying, 'never a dull moment.'

His heart rate is almost twice what it should be, approx 140 and his heart beat is very erratic so I left him lying on a trolley wired up to all sorts of equipment and headed for home/bed.

He wasn't a 'happy camper' when he was told he had to stay overnight (said it breaks the record of never having done that in 50 years:0) but he has settled down and is comfortable.

Will keep blog informed as to how things progress. He expects to see a heart doc tomorrow, have a heart scan etc and hopefully they will be able to tell him whats wrong.

Have to say, I am so very grateful for the hospital and it's staff. I don't care how badly run the Health Board is in this country, it's a heck of a lot more than what is available in some. Thank you Lord...

A 'Must See' blog (Ruth)

Please check out this blog. It belongs to an English writer called Chris Cleave who writes a lot about his young children... Very humorous!

Mad people, fun, but mad! (Ruth)

Last night Niall put a tv and DVD player into Sean's shed along with sleeping bags, popcorn etc and surprised Sean by having a sleep over in it!

Will post photos if I can:0)

It actually looked quite comfortable and cosy. The guys were sitting in the two spare car seats munching goodies when I went in. I, on the other hand, sat up in bed watching a movie and had all the comforts of home! Waiting for them to wake up and tell me how they got on...

Ok. The update is that Niall woke up about 20 times and Sean has a headache; he thinks Niall rolled over on top of him during the night! I told him if that happened he would be dead.

Monday 13 July 2009


These past couple of days Niall and I have been working on re-doing the class room/office. There is quite a lot of work being done and a bit more to do but I think that it is turning out better than |I first expected. Niall has really put his back into it and for this I am grateful.
Sean and I sat in doors in front of a nice fire with Koke knitting/listening to the radio and watching the rain pelting down hard. It's nice to be in doors on an evening like this and I am very grateful for our nest that God has provided for this family.
I am enjoying the Summer so far. I am getting the things I have planned done and don't really care what the weather is like. In between the rain and dull weather I can still get on with things. Last week Niall and I did some gardening in the estate and can see that it is coming along nicely. Will post some new photos soon. I also got the promise of another one hundred euros to spend on the estate so I plan to buy a basket ball hoop amongst other things. The plan is to put it up on the gable end of the community centre for the kids to play with and if there is any problems we will just take it down again. I have already talked with some of the neighbours that live close by to the centre and I got the ok from them, so what I plan to do next is talk to the parents of the boys who normally play football in the area and see if I can persuade the parents to tell their boys to leave the hoop alone and not be swinging out of it.

I got the chance to witness to two girls last week. Later that evening they came to my home with another girl asking to know more about God, so Niall and I went outside in our garden and Niall gave them a clear simple presentation of the Gospel. I encouraged them to come to the Holiday Bible Club next week.

Sean had a couple of his friends for sleep overs and on Friday went to a friends home for one, so he is a happy and contented boy. He worked with me and Niall giving out newspapers last month and earned himself thirty five euros which he spent on roller blades (good practice for his ice skating in the winter) and so he is having a BALL taking Koke out for walks or should I say, Koke taking him out for a spin!

Hope you are all enjoying your Summer wherever you are. I have been visiting your blogs and enjoying seeing and reading about what you are all doing. May the Lord continue to bless you and your families:0)

Friday 10 July 2009

Free Scuba Diving!

There has been free scuba diving in a huge pool outside the Marshes Shopping Centre these last couple of days and some very blessed boys have been having fun. It's been so cold that Sean wore 3 wetsuits today!!!

Friday 3 July 2009


Ahhh, I am enjoying this Summer so far. I am just after cooking a huge pot of veg; potatoes, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, parsnips etc and am in the process of frying up handfuls of them, covered with flower and when I say they will be delicious, THEY WILL BE DELICIOUS! I am sitting at the kitchen table working on my lap top and drinking some of the juice from the veg. It tastes good and I think it must be very good for me. If only there was some way I could camouflage it and get it into Seán? It would put hairs on his chest!

My front door is open and the air is warm. It's a very rare thing for me to leave the door open, normally it's just too cool for that, for me anyway:-) Seán is off sailing for the day and Niall is working in a neighbours home with his nephew tracking a wall and putting TV cables in it.

The sun is back. We had thunder storms lately. I woke up the other morning at six o clock with the fright of my life. There was the biggest clap of thunder I ever heard but I think I may have slept through it only for Niall, he heard it, jumped out of bed (frightening the LIFE out of me) and looking out the window thinking there was an explosion! There have been comments on radio, TV and newspapers about how loud it was. Seemingly Dublin had floods and just this morning I heard that there was three weeks rain in nineteen minutes!

But the sun is back and I don't give a hoot:0)

I went into town yesterday and spent the best part of the day walking to and fro to the various book shops to choose and buy Sean's books for the next two years. I have always had help in choosing them but this year I have the confidence to do it myself. I know exactly what Seán knows and what he doesn't know and so I have had a great day choosing the books. I bought three second hand and saved fifteen euros! So over the next few days I plan to pop into town and try to buy some more. Last time I was in Belfast I went to the apple store and bought two computer CD-ROMs.
They are for math;
Shape, Space, Measurements, Geometry, Data, Statistics, Graphs, Probability, Patterns and Algebra, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplications, Divisions, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Numeration, Counting, Squares, Square Roots, Powers and Directed Numbers.

I plan to check them out on my own soon so will let you know how I got on.

Sean had been using a math PC CD-ROM called I love Math but he has outgrown it. These new ones should last the course until he is fifteen.

I also bought a game that should make learning how to use words a fun exercise. It's a kind of board game and I am looking forwards to using it with Sean, and some of his friends.

I ordered 'Irish History for Dummies' which I should get in a fortnight. I plan to read this, highlight it and teach Sean about Irish history during the next school year, maybe two. We'll see how we get on.

Our Summer Bible Club is planned for 10th to 14th of August. Ever since my conversion I believe God put Niall and me living there so we could serve Him and that He has been working in the background in and around the Muirhevnamore area, and so didn't necessarily expect to see His work in any obvious way.
However, I feel like He may do something this year... The younger children who came to the Bible Clubs on a weekly basis and who came to the Summer Camps are too big now and have started to hand around the estate in the evenings getting up to no good. We can keep this estate as clean as we like and plant as many nice trees and bushes as we like but nothing will change unless God converts these children and boy, would there be a change!

On Sunday morning Niall and I were lying in bed thinking over the possibility of moving. During Sunday School, singing and the main service, God really spoke to me and reminded me of the concept of Him being able to show his might through out weaknesses. God really strengthened my resolve and reminded me that He wants me here and that He will look after our family. That evening we went to meet with the Banbridge Church and talk over plans for them to join us in our work with our Church distributing the Bibles, magazines and working in the Summer Bible Club here in our estate. The meeting went very well and the whole day turned out to be a huge shot in the arm for me spiritually.

Thank you God.

Sooo, if you think of it, would you say a pray to the Lord concerning my family? We are involved in very good, long term work, and were also in the firing line;0)

Wednesday 1 July 2009

Summer things (Ruth)

Yesterday I invited Becky and three of her children over for a BBQ. She took salad and baked potatoes with her and we cooked sausages and burgers. It was just lovely and I am glad we did it not least because it is raining today!
I also went for a long walk with Koke.

I took a photo of these beautiful tiny orange flowers. I remember them from my youth. Do you know what they are called?

Sean is still enjoying his sailing this week and even though it is raining today he still went off this morning in high spirits. It's a lot warmer this time of the year than it was last year and anyway, do does have a full length wet suit:D This year he is particularly enjoying jumping into the water and swimming around. It has been the practice for the kids and instructors to jump from the pier and Sean has never done this before, so I am glad he is stretching himself a bit.

This week there are only two boys at the club. This is not so good for the Club but great for Sean and Mina. They both learn more, faster when they have an instructor all to themselves. Next week should be a different story with School finishing up yesterday.
Niall bought me these... I love the colours.
Sean haaving a bit of fun with his school work last week.