Anniversary 25

Today is our 25th anniversary (married 3/30/1995). It was a cold, cloudy Thursday. We got married at the Ford County Court House in Dodge City, Kansas . . . . . . and the ceremony was performed by Judge Daniel Love. (Heh-heh. I always thought that was kinda cool.) The judge’s two secretaries were our witnesses. We actually wanted to get married on April 1st, but it fell on a Saturday that year, so we opted for the first previous round number day. This is our favorite photo of us, taken in October 2006 when I’d asked the kids to do family portraits . . . We look quite a bit older and more life-worn now, haha. The necklace I’m wearing in the photo was a gift from my sons that they’d bought at their elementary school’s annual book and gift fair in 1988, then gave to me for Christmas that year. The necklace was buried with my son Jeff in his grave in 2013. We’ve spent at least half of our anniversaries in the hospital due to one or another of Jerry’s medical issues. Jerry and I are doing the usual, just spending the day at home in the peace

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Loss

First, just want to let you know, after asking numerous people, and searching online over and over and over (and finding everything either “out of stock” or “not currently being sold to non-medical personnel”) . . . that a friend of mine (who is also a leader in our AHG troop) and her friend, went searching our town for several hours and finally found the supplies I needed for Jerry’s continued care. The items should last for a couple weeks, at least. They wouldn’t even let me reimburse them. Praise the Lord for the blessing of special friends! 🙏 ❤️ Only God knows the reasons some things happen. Sometimes all we can do is wonder why . . . but try not to dwell on it. Give it to God. Today was one of those days. John called me this morning, asking if I could come over to watch the kids . . . he said Elissa was spotting and cramping real bad. They had called the two clinics here but both said absolutely no one was being let in without a previously scheduled appointment, and they were not making any new appointments at this time. Next, they called the one

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Fear not

Let me be clear about something . . . I’m not scared. I’m not worried. Because I have Jesus. I am, however, annoyed . . . and that’s a totally different ballgame. People have been going around scared to pieces, thinking they’re going to be forced to stay in their homes and not allowed to leave for any reason. And that has caused them to completely lose their minds and grab every item off store shelves as if they’re prepping for doomsday. Things that I use on a normal day-to-day basis in the care of Jerry — 91% alcohol, disposable vinyl gloves, paper towels, bleach — cannot be found anywhere. For twenty-eight years, we’ve been dealing with an on-going dermatological condition on Jerry’s lower left leg that will be with him forever. Forever. It will never go away. It will never get any better. Once the bacteria has attacked the body, it begins its little dance with a person’s life. The area it enters and kills can be debrided, but it leaves a permanent dermatological condition for the rest of a person’s life. At any given time, there is is always a 50/50 chance it will move to another area

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Time

Just a few days ago I was wondering where I was going to find any extra time. It would seem that the problem of finding time has been solved . .  in a round-about way, that is. “. . . due to coronavirus concerns.” Churches are canceling their services and moving worship online (if they have that capability). Schools are closed this week, which makes an extra week of Spring break, because that’s what the last week of March would be anyway. Restaurants are closing their in-house eating areas and only providing drive-thru service. Most public spaces like theatres, museums, sports complexes, auditoriums, and the like have just plain closed. The NJCAA basketball tournaments will not be held this year in our town (yes, it’s here that they do that). City and county offices and the court house are off limts to all but the most essential personnel. It’s the same for medical clinics, the hospital, senior centers, nursing facilities, and funeral homes. Boy, it’s sure quiet around here. *crickets* And now I have nothing but time. Because Jerry and I are in the very high risk group, our doctor advised us last week to completely avoid groups of people

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