I wish that I could say what is in my heart this morning in a way that wouldn’t detract at all from what God has done for our family this past week.  There have been so many miracles, and I am so grateful.

But nothing could have prepared me for the pictures over on Joni’s site.  I’m sure that Nel looks really good for what he’s been through, but I almost cannot bear to see my healthy, energetic, “can’t be stopped” brother looking like that.  I know that God’s grace is sufficient.  I know that the prognosis is alot better than we deserve, but I hate it so much.

Would you dear friends continue to pray for him and his family — and also for me that I can somehow stop these helpless tears and get on with the business of life and faith and doing the things that are best to do right now?  I’m not much help to him right now except to pray and be optimistic and encouraging, and there are so many things that need my attention otherwise — a new grandbaby, a baby shower, Youngest Daughter’s graduation and grad party, and then Middle Daughter and Youngest Daughter’s departure for Europe — all within the next three weeks.

Thanks to all of you who have cared and prayed and been incredible support to us.  Please don’t stop now.



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  1. Whatever you do, don’t create false guilt over your tender emotions.  I’ve been reading along in your blog.  I have three brothers and if anything happened to them like this I would be shook up, too.  I know you enough to know that you have an extremely sensitive and tender heart, I’m sure you have a hard time seeing anyone suffer, let alone your precious brother!
    My heart was hurting last night, too, hurting because of all the pain and loss and sadness in this world….and I hate it.  I hate the fact that there are mothers out there who have lost a child to death, I hate the fact that bad accidents happen, or that little animals suffer, etc.  I think the reason why we hate it so much is because IT WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THIS WAY….we live in a fallen world, and “all creation groans” as we wait for that blessed hope, the return of our Dear Saviour, Who will make an end of all our pain.  Try to focus the majority of your thoughts on Him today.  How much He loves you, cares for you, and supplies your every need!  And, amazingly enough, he turns the “bad” in our lives to GOOD.  Amazing.
    (((LOVE))) Shanda

  2. Hugs and prayers……………………………and joy in the things at hand.

  3. thinking of you and praying

  4. you have our prayers and thoughts, see you later this week….and thank you for your love, support and friendship thru the years, even though I pushed you and others around me away

  5. Hugs and a hankie for you!!

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