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

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Better Days

Despite getting the autopsy on Monday, which was hard for both Norm & I (& we burned it so none of our children would come across it and read) we have had some better days. Jayson & Benjamin are still sleeping upstairs on the couches, but I think we all have been sleeping better, including me. For me it's been almost a week that I have not laid awake for hours trying to fall asleep. That has really helped in being able to function better throughout the day. We have been doing more school work and reading, which has helped the children be in more of a schedule and have things to do. I like to make the popular fun fur scarves, and have gotten some orders to make them, and am making some for gifts, so that keeps my fidgety hands busy. :) Someone also gave our kids some puzzles which was a great idea and they have had fun putting those together.

Both Stephen & Jayson are feeling MUCH better from the accident. Stephen went back to work this week (at a horse stable), and though he still tires easily, and will take a nap in the afternoon after his automotive class, he is doing much better. His headaches are gone for the most part. He is still having problems with his jaw clicking when he eats, but it seems a little better. Jayson's back is feeling better too, though it does ache some in the mornings (maybe from sleeping on the couch?). He got the staples out of his head and stiches out of his leg last week. The one on his head seems to have healed well, but on his leg, that has been a little infected, but seems to be getting better. We are continually reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. The truck is in our driveway, and is a daily reminder of how much they were protected and how much worse it could have been.
Norm & I have been talking some on what to do with Matthew's gravestone. Norm use to work for his uncle at a place that made them when we were first married, and his uncle still does some business with it, and a cousin designs them. So, we are coming up with ideas. One of Matthew's favorite songs was by MercyMe, I Can Only Imagine. If you never heard this song (or even if you have) click that link for the song. The words are there, along with a real neat picture. Anyway, we may use a couple lines from the song, "Surrounded by God's Glory - Forever Worshipping Him". On Angela's gravestone we also used a line from Jesus Loves Me song, and have "Little Ones to Him Belong". Matthew loved music, and loved this song so much. As one of the children have said though, he does not have to "imagine" anymore - we do though!
We still have a lot to do and even get motivated to do. Norm has not done much recently with the bathroom downstairs. We are still talking about switching bedrooms around and trying to figure that all out. So, we have a long ways to go as far as making the physical new starts.
Thank you for the many notes again, and for your prayers. We know it's what is getting us through these days. The song that was sung at Angela's funeral was "Life is Hard, But God is Good" and seems to still be appropriate for these days.


Blogger Luke's Mom said...

Hello Loni, Norm & Children,

I'm so glad to hear that you are all sleeping better, what an answer to prayer. I continue to pray that God will give you wisdom and peace on what to do with the room situation, strength for Norm to continue on with the remodel and for the complete and total healing of Stephen and Jayson.

Thank you for keeping us up to date on the progress your making in your family, I will not stop praying, for you all, until the Lord lifts the burden from my heart.

Love in Christ,
Sue Searles

2/03/2005 3:53 AM  
Blogger Teena said...

Dear Loni,
I am so thankful to hear about your better days this week. I will continue to pray for you to be able to sleep and for the boys too. I love the picture for the song I can only imagine! It is beautiful... I love that song and my dd signs it. We will still be praying as you make decisions... and for school. Sometimes it is so relaxing to just read to them. I thank you for giving us and update and letting us share in your life.
We are lifting you up to the Father.
In His love,
Teena wife to Billy
mom to Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

2/03/2005 11:27 PM  
Blogger Teena said...

Dear Loni,
Just me again... thinking of you. We are still praying for you and Norm. Also, praying for all the children. May God give you His peace and comfort... I do not have words but want you to know you are on my heart. All of you come to mind so often. At night when I am laying with Wesley (18 months) and it is quite... I pray for you to be able to sleep and rest. For the boys and the situation.

May it help to know you are in my thoughts.

May you have a restful night
Teena wife to Billy
mom to 1/2 dozen

2/07/2005 12:01 AM  

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