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August 1st 2008

I might have to become an Angel’s Fan…

I received a phone message the other day, and it brought me to tears.  Someone I recently met, Patty, called to tell me that she had emailed the Angels on my behalf telling them about my missing the game.  They emailed her back offering me tickets to a home game of my choice!  How amazing is that?  It makes me want to go out and buy some Angel’s gear to wear to the game.  So on August 13th, I’ll be sporting red at the Angel’s game against the Mariners!  So fun!

Patty, thank you so much for doing something so unexpected and blessing me this way.   I’ll have to add it to the long list of things that people have done to bless me and my family.  God has brought such amazing people along side of me during this time, thank you all!

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December 6th 2007

Monica’s Inner Circle

 A very special thing has been done for me.  Arlie Ankerberg, my pastor’s wife, has graciously given me a precious gift to share with all of you. 

Declaration Ring - Monica's Inner Circle

 They are flat metal rings with the inscription “Monica’s Inner Circle” on them.  They come on black necklaces, but can be put onto keychains or worn around the wrist.  It is a reminder to pray and is also a token of our appreciation for all the prayers you have already said for us.  I have MANY of them and really want you all to have them.  The cost would be great for me to ship them to all of you, so I am asking those of you who want one to send me a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and I will send you as many as you request.  Here is our address for those of you who do not have it already: 


We really do appreciate all your prayers and support.

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October 21st 2007

Good Medicine

It’s really been great to hear Monica and her sisters (and cousin Rachyl) giggling as they play games and make jokes.  I bet they had a lot of fun when they were little.  Having them all here was the good medicine I was hoping for.  Not only have they provided good moral and emotional support, but they’ve had a good time together; that was something we hadn’t done for at least two weeks since we found out.

If you want to add to that good medicine after her sisters leave tomorrow, come on over sometime and bring a board game (we have plenty if you don’t have any of your own).  For those of you who have known Monica for a while, you know that she is an avid game player.  The recent game of choice has been the “Bean Game”, formally known as Bohnanza.  thanks to Raul and Laura for bringing over for us to play for a while.  If you’re looking for a fun family game, you can check it out by clicking on the picture below.

Bohnanza Card Game

The other large source of good medicine has been all your prayers.  We know many of you have been praying for strength, peace, and comfort during our trial.  Monica mentioned it in her last post, but I’ll share a little more detail. 

The first couple weeks as we learned more about her situation and had to make some difficult decisions, we were both emotionally mush.  I think we literally went through four boxes of Puffs tissues in about three days at one point.  A few days ago, however, Monica pointed out to me that I seemed a little different.  She said she felt different too.

My thick head didn’t realize it, but she pointed out that God was answering prayer in this particular area.  She wanted to recognize God’s answer to all the prayers for peace.  Since sometime in the middle of last week we have, indeed, felt that peace that certainly didn’t come from our broken hearts. 

We just wanted to acknowledge this and give God the glory.  We also wanted to thank you all for your faithfulness to praying.  We have a long road ahead, but we know that with all the support behind us, we’re going to get through it.

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