one more debt to repay

Friends. I don’t even know what to do with all of you. So much love and rejoicing and virtual hugging and honest-to-goodness tears on our behalf. We’re totally and completely overwhelmed.


Today I deposited two big checks and got out enough cash ($414) to pay our children the money we’ve borrowed from them (and bought them each a pint of raspberries and two pairs of Old Navy flip-flops in lieu of interest, except for Livi whose feet are too big for the biggest size of women’s flip-flops at Old Navy. Sigh.).

I paid more hospital bills, and Gabe called three collection agencies trying to negotiate (one yes, one no, one maybe).

Then I freaked out for a hot second about us not having health insurance and WHATIFTHISALLHAPPENSAGAIN??? And God whispered, “Child, tell me you’re joking.”

And I said, “Ha, ha, yep. Totally trusting!” (and I am)

We visited our sweet baby neighbor Judah in the hospital (his last evening of chemo for this third of seven rounds). He’s so awesome. We love him like nuts.

And my heart hurt for the many, many people we saw in the lobby, friends and family of an 8-year-old boy who got shot in the head while riding in a car last night here in Columbus, waiting to hear if he’ll make it or not. Their tears have me worried. Please pray for that little guy and all those who love him.

And now I have another debt to repay: to YOU.

(And yes, this will take me over 300 words again today. You can stop reading in 60 if you want.)

As a THANK YOU to everyone who has loved us and prayed us through the past two years, I want to give you a gift. TWO gifts. (and I’m making this available to anyone–you don’t really have to love us and/or have prayed for us)

FIRST GIFT: (this one is unlimited)

FREE e-book of your choice:
1.) Once Upon the Internet
2.) The Husband’s Guide to Getting Lucky
3.) The Wife Life
4.) We Dream of Cambodia
5.) Yet-to-be-titled (oh, and yet-to-be-written) e-book about Un-schooling (in other words, you won’t be getting this prize for awhile)

SECOND GIFT: (to first 50 commenters)

Your choice of the following:
1.) a copy of Is That All He Thinks About? (paperback)
2.) a Sinner/Saint t-shirt (size L, XL, 2X, 3X–while supplies last)
3.) a Cambodian worship CD (while supplies last)
4.) a copy of Expecting sent to the pregnancy center of your choice (in your honor)

Just leave a comment telling me 1.) which SECOND GIFT you want (if you’re one of the first 50 to comment). AND shoot me an e-mail telling me which FREE E-BOOK you want (and your mailing address if you’re one of the first 50 and want #1, 2, or 3, and the pregnancy center address if you want #4.)

Is this too confusing?? You can do it!

Thanks again so, so much, friends! Hugs and smooches to all of you!

46 thoughts on “one more debt to repay

  1. Laura Eckstein

    How AWESOME is God!!!! Congrats!

    The Wife Life for the ebook

    Is That All He Thinks About….have a wedding for a special friend coming out…I gave out all of the others that I had!

  2. Jennifer Martinez

    Love how God is working through you guys!

    I would love a copy of the yet to be written unschooling book, because we are traveling that same path right now!

    For the second gift I’m not sure how many there are of each so my first choice would be the Cambodian worship CD because I think Avery would adore hearing it! Second choice would be a sinner/saint XL shirt to be used as door prize for the teen parenting ministry I volunteer for!

    Thank you for being you!

  3. Bethany Hagerman

    Hey Marla,
    I’m so happy to hear of all the blessing coming your family’s way! I would love the yet-unwritten Unschooling book šŸ™‚ also, for my hubby a xl sinner/saint shirt. Thanks so much!

  4. Mindy May

    Congrats Marla!!! That is wonderful news! I would love to receive your yet to be titled and written ebook about unschooling and your Is That All he Thinks About paperback book. Thank you!!!

  5. Michelle Ayala

    I read your post the other day. That is so wonderful! God is good. šŸ™‚ I’d love to have a copy of the Cambodian worship CD if possible. I am emailing you. Thank you and God bless you and your family.<3

  6. Tara

    “Iā€™d love to have a copy of Expecting sent to Choices of the Heart 108 Greentree Rd. Washington Township, NJ 08012. ” I second this comment from Cyndee.

  7. Nicole

    If I am one of the 50- could you send a pregnancy book to a center… I don’t know of any pregnancy centers, so any one will work for me. As for the other option- when you write your book on Unschooling, I would live to read it!
    Glad to hear that The Lord is blessing you and your family so greatly!

  8. Steve Prether

    I didn’t count are you at 50 yet? If not and you have a sinner shirt left I would like one 2x or 3x and my wife would like the wife life e-book. We have a pile of medical bills to contact tomorrow too. We do have insurance but still have tons of bills from my wife’s CICU visit earlier this year. Keeping you all in prayers.

  9. Carrie

    I love hearing about all you guys do as a family for so many people. It is inspiring. Please send a copy of your pregnancy book to where ever your heart tells you to. Thanks for sharing your life the way you do.

  10. Andrea

    I always love reading your blog and have your family in my prayers. I would love a copy of “We dream of Cambodia” and if I am one of the first 50 could I would love a sinner/saint T-shirt size large.

  11. Rachelle

    I would love your new unschooling book! I will be home schooling my 2 girls! I would love the sinner/saint T-shirt in a 2x. Thank you so much for your heart! Your family is in my prayers!

  12. Sara Harriger

    I have had that moment of “debt free” relief and fear and “what if..”

    I would love a shirt in 3x & the Once Upon The Internet Ebook. I will email you my address! šŸ™‚

  13. cyndee

    I’d love to have a copy of Expecting sent to Choices of the Heart 108 Greentree Rd. Washington Township, NJ 08012. Thanks so much! šŸ™‚

  14. Brenda Bouldin

    I’ll email you because I want We Dream of Cambodia. I’m intrigued as a local friend’s sister frequently does missions there. But I’d also like is that all he thinks about because after I read it I have someone in mind to bless with it (if that’s ok)

  15. Sharon

    Honestly don’t think I could be more excited about all this debt being paid off if it was happening in my own life! Hooray God!

    And, how do I not already have baby Judah on my prayer list????? Just remedied that. Glad you mentioned him again.

    I’ll email you, but would love “We Dream of Cambodia.” Oh, and can you and your girls hop on over to Colorado and watch my kiddos so I can have some time to actually read it??? šŸ˜‰

    I’d love Expecting sent here: (Galley Road location is probably best address to use).

    Thank you!

  16. Gaylene Carpenter

    I am so excited for you all, for all God has done, is doing, and will continue to do. This whole “thing” has really uplifted my day!!!!!
    I’d love a e-book- “We Dream of Cambodia”.

    Praising Him and continuing prayers for all of you.

  17. steph jenkins

    My book choice would be the Expecting book and I would like you to send it to whatever pregnancy center you feel God leading you to send it too. Prayers for you all!

  18. Dara

    I am so excited about your news. . .encouraged and challenged by your amazing testimony! I would love to read “We Dream of Cambodia” and I would love to see a book sent to a pregnancy center. . .will message you an address later. We will buy the Cambodia worship CD on our own=:) Thanks, Marla!! Hope to see you soon!

  19. Kim L.

    Your walk of faith has been an incredible example and testimony. May God continue to bless you as you honor Him so openly and honestly to those of us you touch both on the internet and in your daily life. Thank you.
    Oh, The Wife Life and the T-shirt if I’m lucky today. šŸ™‚

  20. Jeanne Garman

    Thank you so much for your generosity, Maria…..may it be returned to you a hundredfold!!!
    My choice for #2: Is That All He Thinks About?

  21. Krysten T

    1) I would like The Wife Life.
    2) I don’t have a specific pregnancy center but I would like to donate a copy of Expecting.

  22. Rebecca Young

    I have loved reading your story through the blog. Thank you for sharing your life! I would love a copy of expecting to go to our local center. Will email you the address. Blessing!

  23. Jennifer

    Such an awesome feeling to be able to pay off debt!! Loved getting our tax return and husband’s bonus around the same time to pay some bills and be able to bless some people, too. You know I can’t wait to read this unschooling book when it is finished!! I would also love one of the Cambodian worship CDs. I would still also like to order some of the Scripture cards from the girls, so let me make sure to do that, too! šŸ™‚

  24. gypsyamykate

    Hallelujah! Your journey continues to be an inspiration!
    A 2XL Sinner/Saint shirt would be lovely for my Sweet Man’s birthday.

  25. Tina Evans

    Marla, I’m asking that you give a copy of Expecting to whatever center comes to your mind. I’m just so happy prayers have been answered here. Love you and your family. Continuing to pray.

  26. Carrie Stevens

    U are truly an inspiration!
    I also dont have insurance and just trust that God will take care of me (and my husband)
    I found myself telling the dentist that just last month: she said “do u have insurance? “When and I said “I have God”
    (I would love a sinner/saint t-shirt, size XXL…13644 School Lane Rd. Centerburg, OH 43011

  27. Ruth

    I would love a Cambodian CD! It has been so great to watch God move in your lives & I can’t wait to see what else he is going to do in and through your family! Thanks!

  28. Madison

    Marla! I am rejoicing with your family! God is so good. I love following your blog – your book Is That All He Thinks About? has helped me so much in my so-new marriage of 10 months. Whether or not I am in the first 50, could I get some copies of Is That All He Thinks About?, maybe 4 or 5? I have 4 friends getting married this summer and I would love to give them to them shortly before each of their weddings.

  29. Rachelle

    2nd gift) Cambodia CD!!
    We’re not done praying for you, this is only the beginning! This is just a splash from the high surf!! So excited about the journey God HAS you on.

  30. Denise Dilley

    I’m excited for you and your family! Being in debt is sooooo incredibly overwhelming. It’s really cool to see God’s faithfulness to you guys. And it gives me hope for my own financial future. (School loan debt is not so fun, especially when I’m all out of deferments and have no $ to give. And I’m still avoiding all the phone calls. *sigh*)

    Continued prayers coming your way, especially where Cambodia is concerned. I have a feeling God’s going to get you all there sooner than you can imagine. šŸ™‚

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