If ever there was a time to revive Swirly Saturday, it’s now. Goodness. Ready?
~~The latest on Joanne: the movements she was making today (Friday) were actually seizures. The doctors have put her in a medically-induced coma until they can find out the source of the problem. This is heartbreaking news. Please keep praying for her, friends. And again, THANK YOU for taking the time to check for updates and pray. I do most of my updating on Facebook and Twitter if you want to keep up that way.
~~I had a wonderful time with my mama, grandma, sister Bethany, niece Isabelle, and my three girlies today. We visited Grandma in the nursing home, Mom treated us to lunch, then we played some rousing rounds of Rummikub. Bethy and Izzy had to head home at 4:30, but my girlies and I stayed for some Sequence, Phase 10, pizza, Freaky Friday (the Lindsay Lohan version), and a 5-woman play-with-my-hair-&-scratch-my-back train. I soaked up each minute of being with my loved ones.
~~I broke down on the way home, thinking about my friend and all she’s missing as she lays in that hospital bed. Audrey and Emma have been so heavy on my heart. Their whole family really (Toben, Mom, Dad, Kristen & her fam).
~~We have a WINNER (I originally typed SINNER and thought about leaving it just for fun, but I’ll let God be the judge of that) of the Your Secret Name Week #2 Give-Away (The Chronicles of Narnia boxed set). Congratulations, Kelly Sipan! (e-mail me your address.)
~~We also have a WINNER of Is That All He Thinks About? and The Husband Project. Come on down, Carla Lupkey Gain! What does Carla love most about her husband? “His unconditional love and acceptance of who I am even after 37 years together.” LOVE it, Carla. Congratulations, and e-mail me your address.
~~I swore I’d never make a boa again as long as I live, but my sister convinced me to make some more with the girls and sell them to raise money for Cambodia. So if you’re a crafty/seamstress kind of girl and have some fabric scraps lying around that you’d like to send me, that would be AWESOME. E-mail me. Thank you!
~~Same goes for S-C-R-A-B-B-L-E letters. I can always use more! Especially since there’s only one J and one K in each set (boo!). A big hug and thank you to Keli who just sent me 2 complete sets all the way from CA this week. E-mail me if you have some lying around you’d like to donate to the cause.
~~And because I just want to type “e-mail me” (and insert a link) one more time, go ahead and e-mail me just for the heck of it.
~~Gabe and I are doing the Daniel Fast (from January 11-31) with our pastor and his wife and some other friends at our new church. This is NOT a good week to be without coffee. This IS however a good week to be in constant communion with God.
~~Ava has been sick (headache/fever) most of this week, and now Nina’s not feeling well. Poor sweet little things. I love them so much. And if they’re gonna be sick, this is the absolute best kind.
~~Remember that January is Mail Month? I’ve been mailing things left and right and having a mighty fine time doing it. Sure, I had to take out a small loan (actually, I just used the rest of my Christmas $), but it’s so worth it. And I know one special gal who could use some love, encouragement, verses, or whatever you want to send her: Joanne Heim, c/o Kristen Haufschild, 11004 Grayledge Circle, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130. You don’t have to know her to send her some love. And I’d bet her girlies would be touched if you feel led to send something specifically to them. (Audrey–12, Emma–9)
~~Nina just got up all flushed and feverish, so we’re going to cuddle.
~~I have a lot of love in my heart for all of you tonight. Thank you for being here.