Archive for ‘What Matters the MOST?’

September 5, 2007

{ A Time to Love. }

Have you ever had something to say, something so deep and so close to your heart that it felt almost too personal to talk about,
 as if reducing those thoughts and feelings into words would cheapen it somehow.
This post is my attempt to put words to something that I feel goes painfully far beyond actual description. Perhaps  you know what I mean.
" For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal;a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh;a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew;a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace." Ecc 3:1-8
There is no easy way to say this but am going to go ahead and try. After twelve plus years of battling ALS, my father-in-law, who I love so dearly has now reached the final stages of the disease. In the last three weeks we have made four trips to Id. to be with our family. And spent precious time with "Papa Bob" and all the rest of our wonderful family. In the past few weeks we have seen what David loves to refer to as, " the biggest miracle of his life. " As God has healed hearts and hurts. As forgiveness has been asked and given. There has been a time to build up, after years of painful distance between David’s Dad and his older children, after a time of "tearing down," caused by the blindness that affects someone, infected with bitterness. David has 10 siblings so, you can imagine the magnitude of that. In the past few weeks his Dad has been saying the things that he and his brothers and sisters have for years, longed to hear. Endless words of love, affirmation, and praise. It brings tears to my eyes to remember the simple, heartfelt words he whispered into my ear last weekend, "three treasures." Making sure I knew how precious David, Annabelle and i are to him. The transformation has been so beautiful to witness. God has been so glorified. And we are all living in the light of answered prayers. It gives us such real hope, even in the midst of the deep sadness we know losing him will bring. Our loss. His gain. We will miss him so terribly, but are comforted knowing that he is soon to be safe in Jesus arms.
The happiest, best place any of us could ever be.
-Precious Moments-
Annabelle and David with Papa


February 8, 2007


This :

Know you what it is to be a child? It is something very different from the man of today. It is to have spirit yet streaming from the waters of baptism; it is to believe in love; to believe in loveliness; to believe in belief; it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness, and nothing into everything, for each child has a fairy godmother in its soul.”



Has got me pondering this:

 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"  And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them  and said, " Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18 : 1-4


July 18, 2006

An Updated Update

The doctors have re-diagnosed baby boy dear. They are now thinking that he has something called  " hyper insulin-ism. " It is actually the opposite of diabetes and they say, incredibly RARE. Instead of his blood sugar levels dropping below normal, they sky-rocket to a dangerously high number. They are going to give him a 48 trial period on a new medicine. If that doesn’t seem to be helping he will be life-flighted to a hospital in Philadelphia where they specialize this type of thing. If it does turn out to be hyper-insulinism instead of this gland in his brain, it is a much better prognosis and a huge answer to prayer.

Daddy is home, safe and sound. I guess he lost 30 lbs while he was in the Middle East. He said the water there, is too hot to drink. Can you imagine?!  

More good news, they aren’t going to make him go back. He will be re-assigned somewhere close to home!

The Daddy and Mommy asked us all to pray that baby boy’s appetite will come back. They are so encouraged by and thankful for the literally thousands of people that don’t even know them and yet are praying for and concerned about them. That’s you. Thank you

July 17, 2006

As Promised, an update…

Thank you for praying! Your comments have so blessed my heart.
I am constantly blown away by the encouragement and support and frienship
 I have found here, in each of you. Jesus bless you all, deeply.
  1. God is so very good!
  2. And I am not surprised.
  3. Daddy will be holding his little son in his strong arms very soon. He is coming home tonight! That is nothing short of a miracle!
  4. Mommy told us that she is being carried by the Grace of God, says she has been given overwhleming strength and peace in the middle of all this fear and turmoil.
  5. The tests have come back and the doctors think that the intense glucose flucuations may be caused by a gland in baby boy’s brain, that controls both his blood sugar level and growth hormones. They say he will have to be on medication for the rest of his life, unless of course God heals him, which is what we are all hoping and praying for. His life is still in danger. I guess they say he is by no means out of the woods. It still remains to be seen how the wee guy reacts to the medication in the long run. The other possible tragedy in all this would be if his growth hormones aren’t working properly he may never develop. All of this is still undetermined and in the most tender hands of our Heavenly Father, who has only the lovingest things in mind for this precious little family. He sees the big picture and as hard as it is sometimes,  we just have to trust Him with that.
  6. Please keep this dear wee boy and his Mommy and Daddy in your prayers. They will be together once again so soon. I can’t begin to imagine…the relief, the joy, the pain, the comfort of having each other again, the decisions that will have to be made… 


July 14, 2006


Please pray. Pray. Pray. Pray.
David grew up with this guy, who is now serving in the United States Special Forces. He has a beautiful wife and darling little son who is 7 months old. They love Jesus with all their hearts. He had to leave his beloved little family for active duty in the Middle East. The baby was just a month and a half old. He told us it was the most excruciating thing he’s ever done. As I write this, he is in active combat somewhere in the Middle East.
I just heard this morning ( oh it breaks my hreart to say this ) that his little baby boy is very, very sick.  They couldn’t do anything for him at the hospital so had him life-flighted to the nearest children’s hospital. The specialist says he can’t figure it out…the little guys blood sugar level is shooting from a normal number to up past 200 and they don’t know why. For now they have him hooked up to all sorts of IVs and are just trying to stablize him. As you might have  already guessed, this is very much life-threatening.
We heard that the family was just able to make contact with the little boy’s Daddy. The only way he would be able to come home is if he can get leave from his comanding officer AND a helicopter would have to land where they are. From what we hear, that doesn’t happen very often. 
I can’t even imagine the fear & anguish they must be in.  
But God is so much bigger than all of this. Please pray for this Mommy and Daddy and their dear baby boy.  Right now, Jesus touch is his only hope. But then, that is all our only hope.
August 26, 2005

John 3:16

" God (the greatest Lover) so loved (the greatest Degree) the world (the greatest Number) that he gave (the greatest Act) His only begotten Son (the greatest Gift) that whosoever (the greatest Invitation) believeth (the greatest Simplicity) in Him (the greatest Person) should not perish (the greatest Deliverance), but (the greatest Difference) have (the greatest Certainty) everlasting life (the greatest Possesion). "