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

Saturday, February 12, 2005

9 weeks - Finally Seeing Changes with Remodeling

I did not even realize until 6 pm that it's "Saturday - 9 weeks since Matthew's death" and did not watch the clock today. That was good! We have been real busy the last couple of days with finally making some headway with the remodeling. We are changing bedrooms all around. The twins are in a real small bedroom, and are going to take our bedroom, and keep Bethany (21 mo) with them who still sleeps with us. The two younger boys are going to take the twins bedroom. Our older son is going to make a bedroom in our downstairs family room, and we are going to take the boys' large bedroom. So, Norm is working on the downstairs bathroom which will actually become ours and Stephen's. We moved the twins temporarily into the toddler bedroom. It's quite cramped with five in there, but it makes it possible to work on the twin's bedroom to make it the boy's bedroom (lost yet?!?!?!). There was a private doorway between the two girl's rooms, and a friend is over from church, and has taken that out and drywalled it up. I and Jayson and Heather have been painting the "new" boy's bedroom. They want a sports car theme, and have painted gray over the pink that was in there, and later will put up the sports car border. Jayson & Benjamin are REAL EXCITED about it, which is a joy to see. I think in a few days they should be able to move in there and won't be sleeping on the couches anymore! We are making progress.

We gave had some beautiful Michigan days - almost forty degrees and sunshine. We are very thankful for that - makes things seem brighter in many ways.

Continue praying regarding Norm's job situation. He is really hoping he will get called back to the same place. He's sent resumes out to several other places, but so many tool & die places are laying off and we just heard of one going through bankruptcy. It's helped to move forward on our projects, but there's just so much that can be done too when the normal bills continue! :)

Thanks for your prayers and caring for us. Today was an "up" day!



Blogger Julie in NC said...

Loni, My name is Julie and I saw you on Little Luke's blog. I was posting and saw Matthew's picture and had to click and see him. I must say that he was a very nice looking young man! Your family looks so wonderful. I went back and read all your blog. You are doing so well! My heart hurt as I have read all that you, your husband and children have been though. You are a very strong lady! I am in awe of the gentle way you seem to handle things as they come your way. Thank you for being so honest with your sons life. I have never heard of this. I have 3 young sons ....I will remember to talk to them. As the Lord brings your family to my mind and heart I will keep you in my prayers. Peace and Blessings to you and your family, Julie

2/13/2005 11:07 PM  
Blogger Teena said...

Dear Loni, I am so thrilled to see that Saturday was an up day! I am also glad for all the work you all are doing. I am praying for Norm for the job stuff....

Julie is from Luke's blog and it is amazing to me that the Lord brought her here and Sue, Julie & I are all together praying for you and we all pray for Luke.

Please know...even last night when I couldn't sleep I prayed for you... I think of you often.
In His love,
Teena wife to Billy 24 yrs
mom to 1/2 dozen

2/14/2005 1:45 PM  
Blogger Luke's Mom said...

Hi Loni,

Happy Valentine's Day,I hope it is a good day for your family.

Well Praise the Lord, it's good to hear that things are going better. I'm so glad to hear that you are working out the room situation, it sounds like a good solution.
I will continue to pray for Norm to be asked back to work at the place where he was working.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. Psalm 34:17
Thank you for your encouraging note on Luke's blog, it means so much to me to know people are praying for his complete healing.
Love in Christ,

2/14/2005 8:25 PM  
Blogger Boys in Heaven said...

I heard about your sight through an aquaintance in MI, my husband grew up in the Yoop. I have thought about you so often & am sooo thankful God is your strength. We who share sorrow know a little about where you are. We also have lost 2 children to death our oldest son died from SIDS at 2 months & our 7th child was hit & killed by a car at 4 1/2 years so we are very familiar with the valley of the shadow. My heart aches for your living children I know how hard it is to put your own grief as a mom aside to focus on the little ones & all their needs as well as trying to keep your self together. It is so worth it for all of you to keep talking & touching each other so the long road is not so lonely. We have 8 living children & 2 in heaven. In Isaiah 61:3 the bible promises; beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness so The Lord might be glorified. This verse has been my stronghold when I feel like I am losing sight. How awesome is our God? He also truly knows sorrow. We can take all of our heart & thoughts to Him. You are in my prayers. A sister in Christ,
Eve in NC

2/15/2005 11:37 PM  
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