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12 Weeks

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 August 23, 2013 

I found this beautiful life-size model of a 12 week old infant in the womb, sculpted by Donna Lee (,and ordered one for showing and sharing as the opportunity arises to help someone visualize a baby in the womb. When she arrived today, I held her near my belly to get a sense of proportion and remembering being pregnant (the time I had an abortion and the time I had my son), I marveled at this miracle of God, of one human being inside another. [there is no further text, but to comment click “Read More” below]

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August 17, 2013 [My Life, Abortion] Meet my friend’s grandson, Jack, born 3 months early, weighing a hair over two pounds. It is impossible to fathom that there are still people today who say a child is only a child when he is wanted, and unless he is wanted he is just tissue that can be destroyed. Jack is blessed to be loved, but doesn’t even a person who isn’t loved have a right to live?  I would so appreciate it if you would say a prayer for Jack tonight, and for his parents and grandparents who are praying for him, too. (Click “more” for five month update!) Read More→

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Church-Fire-SohagAugust 13, 2013 [My Life] It was strange yesterday to see in the news the photo of one of the churches that was burned in Egypt. I am pretty certain it was a church I visited and worshipped in when I was there a few years ago. The first photo is an exterior I copied from a news service. Pictures below are pictures from my visit: the inner courtyard after the service, and singing praise songs in the service. My trip there is one of the most memorable trips I have ever had–an amazing country. The woman translating God Empowered Wife into Arabic lives in Egypt, also. Please join me in praying for her, for the safety and courage of your brothers and sisters in Christ there, and for God to pour out His Spirit on all the people of Egypt. To comment, scroll down and click “more”. Read More→


Close Call

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IMG_0471May 4, 2013 [My Life]
Last week, my 8 month old granddaughter whom I’ve been keeping during the day for several months, fell out of the high chair onto her head on the tile floor–on my watch. It was awful.  She got a HUGE golfball-sized lump on her head and she wouldn’t be comforted. My son and his wife took her to the hospital, asking me to stay behind, as it was too hard to try to be polite to me when fear and anger were present. You know I got on my knees and prayed through tears–afraid for the baby’s health, afraid for being unforgiven by her parents, so ashamed and sorrowful for choosing to not strap her in, fearful of being her caretaker in the future, trembling with “what ifs . . ” . . . past, present, and future . . . Read More→

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September 28, 2012 [My Life, My Family, Parenting]   My granddaughter, Aubry, who is one month old today, and I have spent several hours of time alone together each morning for the past four weeks.  Of course I talk to her and tell her how much I love her and sing to her. What has caught me by surprise is that whenever I mention the name of God this little wiggle worm gets perfectly still, listening. And whenever I mention the name of Jesus, a beautiful silent smile starts and  grows across her face. Read More→


Mystery Dates

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July 28, 2012 [My Life] Several of you have asked about the “Mystery Dates” I plan for my husband, so I thought I’d write about them here.  I got started because my husband works so hard and I thought he needed a little break, but if I asked him if he wanted to do something specific he would say he was too tired. One day I happened to ask if I could plan a mystery date and he said, “Sure!” I like to stay home, so it even made it more fun for me. I look for things that aren’t expensive, don’t require a lot of packing, are local to Perth, and especially things we have never done and probably never would do otherwise, and are outside our normal experiences. Just trying to create memories, basically.

Lately, I’ve been inviting friends…but even they don’t get to know what it is (which is a little scary but it’s turned out well so far.) All of these are low cost or had a GroupOn type coupon that made it so. Usually, Jim will be a little grumpy the day before or the day of the mystery date but he goes and is a good sport and afterward says he really enjoyed it and had a great time.

A few people ask me if he plans mystery dates for me. He doesn’t and honestly it never even occurred to me to want him to or wish he would. I have so much fun doing them, I can’t think it would be any more fun for him to plan one and I certainly don’t need him to do that to make me feel loved. Here’s the ones we’ve done in and around Perth, Australia where we’ve lived since Sept 2009. Read More→


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