Location: MICHIGAN, United States

Thank you for stopping by. It's my hope you find glimpses of my Savior interwoven thru my writings. I am the wife to one husband for over 25 years, a blessed mama to a dozen children, yes each born from me ~ two of which see Jesus face to face & ten at home, all of us yearning to see Jesus someday. We have been home educating for over 18 years with . . . well, another 15 years to go (the youngest is 3, the oldest 23!) I have walked through rejection, to continually learning I am CALLED, LOVED and forever KEPT by God - never, ever to be rejected by Jesus! (Jude 1:1) I've walked through deep sorrow to find that joy does come again, though the night may be long; I've witnessed God orchestrating miracles with my children still beyond my comprehension, & I am seeing new love forming as we begin a new road of older children finding life mates. My life has and is a journey, from the deepest, almost rock bottom pit, to stumbling through my faith and looking towards the ultimate climax of everlasting life in heaven. Will you be joining me here and there? ~ Loni

Friday, January 07, 2005


Just thought we would share a few pictures as we are putting our scrapbook together. We did also put some more up on Matthew's Memorial Page.

This is just from this past summer. Matthew adored Bethany.

Here Stephen was probably 8 and Matthew about 7. I think we were on a trip. Even back then the boys did not like getting their picture taken, and I think Matthew is making sure Stephen is - only to get a cute picture of them both!

Last night after our pastor was here, it seemed like all our spirts were lifted and had some good conversation. Maybe we were not all dwelling on Matthew's death so much. Norm & I talked about this before we went to bed, noticing that there had not been any tears. About an hour after we were in bed our Heather (13) came knocking on our door, and just so broken up. She cuddled in bed with us for awhile as she sobbed. The pain continues.

We hope to have a family night with friends, but when we say "family" it just does not seem complete. Pray for us that we can have a peaceful time.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our family would just like to know what we can DO across the miles. We are praying on daily basis. What physical needs do you have? You mentioned about remodeling and changing things around. How are you doing this? Is there things that we could donate? How are you on food? Do you have utility bills that need to be paid? Please let the Body of Christ help you in other ways.

1/08/2005 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear VanderStel family, Just wanted to let you know I continue to pray for all of you. Thank you for letting us know what to pray. I can't begin to even imagine what you all are feeling and going through. As a sister in the Lord, my heart is heavy and I weep too as I hear about your suffering. Yet I know God is faithful and close to the brokenhearted, and what peace there is in knowing where Matthew is, rejoicing forever in the presence of the Lord. May He support and uphold you all,

Kim in Wi

1/10/2005 1:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work » »

3/01/2007 4:30 PM  

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