Friday, November 30, 2012

Poor sleep

Sad to say Margie had another poor night.  Sleep did not come until after 1 in the morning.  I wish I could give her my ability to sleep. I have had it all my life. Today is Bible class and we look forward to it.  We are always thrilled with the good attendance and thank the Lord for those who desire to study the Bible. Thank you for praying for us.  Please keep it up.  We appreciate it. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Physical Therapy

The therapist said Margie is doing very well in her therapy. I believe her because at home Margie daily does the routines faithfully.  She had surgery May 8 and we knew it would take a long series of therapy treatments for her to regain the use of her right arm.  They were right, but she is doing very well now.  She said it was the most painful experience witnessed thus far in her life. She will be initiating the C-PAP process soon also.  Thanks again for your part in praying for us. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sleep aid

Margie has been through the entire process of the sleep clinic and yesterday received the machine, mask and instructions for the C-PAP. She will start using it sometime this week, possibly tonight.  We pray it will give her more quality sleep.  Today we go for more therapy for her right shoulder.  She is doing wonderfully well thus far and I know it's because she has been faithful in doing her home physical therapy routines.  Thank you for praying. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


We are relieved with the result of our tracking the special lab work Margie did yesterday morning.  We followed the process on Fed Ex tracking Online and this morning it was delivered to St Charles, Ill at 7:30.  What great service.  It is all quite amazing how efficient these things can operate. Margie had a very good night. I think the reason was because the preparation for this lab work was difficult to say the least.  Now it's history.  Please pray with us that the test will help the allergist know how to prescribe the medication that will help Margie.  Thanks so much. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Special lab test

Margie did not have a good night and the ones before have not been so good either.  We are hoping that after the special lab work this morning she can rest better.  It has been on her mind a lot .  Yesterday was a mixed up morning.  Our son and family were not able to attend the church where I was preaching because because Gina got sick.  Rawlie went home immediately.  They requested I preach during the Sunday School hour instead of 11:15 and so any coming at 11:15 to hear me preach, missed that.  Oh well, it all worked out and I also was asked to have the Sunday School.  Thank you friend, for praying.  We appreciate it. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Lord's Day

Every day is the Lord's day but today we go to church to study, worship and fellowship.  I will be preaching and am happy to be able to serve- especially at my age.  We are hoping the rest of Rawlie's family will be here also to join us at church.  Margie wants to get this special lab work done tomorrow morning and see if things will get back to somewhat normal.  Thanks so much for praying for us.  

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A gift

Sleep[ is a wonderful gift.  Margie's last several nights were not very good.  Last night, however, she had a peaceful sleep. We are thankful. Our son is here and tomorrow the rest of the family arrives and they will go to the church where I will be preaching.  We look forward to this.  We plan to have a meal together before they return to Stanwood.  Thanks so much for praying.  It means so much to us. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Great day

We had a very enjoyable day at our son's yesterday.  Grandson Nathan and his mother prepared the meal.  Guests brought desserts and we truly had a great time.  Thankfully Margie was able to make the trip and we stayed until 4:30 and left for home.  Unfortunately Margie had much trouble getting to sleep and it was way after midnight before she was able to rest. She asked me to awaken her at 8 this morning.  She has a hair appointment to which I will take her later.  Thank you for praying. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012


WE TRUST EACH OF YOU WILL HAVE A DELIGHTFUL DAY WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto your name, O most High! -- Ps. 92:1 Margie had a good night after our busy day yesterday of cooking, washing, ironing and other things.  Thank you for the prayer support.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Preparation for Thanksgiving

Yesterday Margie had her dental appointment and all went well.  Today she will be preparing some things for Thanksgiving.  If she is up to it we will be together with family for the main meal that day. We spent time getting a fax to Margie's allergist for him to sign the lab order.  We expect that today.  I had to learn all over again how to "stitch" legal size pages together on the scanner in order to send them. It is a cool windy, rainy day in Ferndale.  We trust you all have a good day as you prepare for Thanksgiving. Thanks for praying for us. Margie is still asleep. I trust she had a good night.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A tough lesson

Yesterday we had an unforgettable lesson we will never forget. I left Margie off for the eye doctor. It was raining very hard. I returned to find a disabled parking spot and then joined her in the waiting room.  I remembered I had not displayed the disabled tag on the mirror and rushed back to put it on.  But in 6 minutes the authorities found me and I was ticketed. We spent the rest of the morning in driving rain going to two different places to resolve this foolish mistake which we hope we will never make again. We were relieved when Margie called her allergist yesterday and discovered there was a lab in this area that can handle the special lab test Margie needs. Lord willing that will take place Monday morning in Bellingham, Washington. Thanks for your daily prayer support. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Eye specialist

This morning we go to the eye specialist for Margie.  Yesterday turned out to be a big one.  We are grateful Margie was able to make it okay through the day.  We did attend Sunday School and morning worship hour.  A pastor friend of ours, Curt Bidwell was guest speaker and it was nice to see him and the family again.  We did have the service at the Louisa House and there were a few who attended plus some from our church which was encouraging.  Thannk you so much for lyour prayer support. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

More waiting

Fed -Ex delivered to our house yesterday a special test order at the lab for Margie.  Her allergist is trying to find the reason why her last medication did not help her.  Because it is such a highly demanding blood test, she is going to ask the doctor where such a lab is, so we can get it done.  Margie did not sleep well last night and left me a note to let her sleep.  She wants to go to church but I doubt if she will make it to Sunday School.  We do have a Thanksgiving service at the Louisa House this afternoon at 2. Please pray we can get this blood test resolved satisfactorily.  Thank you so much.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Another good night

We are thankful for another good night for Margie.  Our son arrived last night and will be with us for the weekend.  Our Bible class yesterday occupied all the chairs in the room.  This is a great problem.  We can move to the dining room at the Center if it grows more.  Margie is still waiting for further tests from the allergist to help her.  Please pray it will be completed as soon as possible.  And thank you so much for praying.  It means so much to us. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Good sleep

Margie and I are grateful she had a good sleep last night.  We are in the countdown now for attending this morning's Bible class at the Ferndale Senior Activity Center. We look forward to this each week.  I am so glad Margie can go with me. Sickness keeps some from regular attendance but we usually occupy most of the chairs at the tables.  We have a busy weekend about which we will tell you later.  Thanks so much for your prayers.

Thursday, November 15, 2012


We are so thankful Margie had a better night.  We have a busy day outlined and she has already started the ironing. Today we have an afternoon prayer meeting. I am taking Margie to the hairdresser this morning and then go get some medication for her at Walgreens.  As usual, there is never a dull moment.  Thanks so much for praying.  

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Slow start

Margie had a hard time getting to sleep.  I will awaken her later than usual so she can sleep longer before leaving for physical therapy.  We had a good day yesterday where she got a good report from here rheumatologist.  I did some shopping while in town.  Margie certainly wants to feel well enough to enjoy Thanksgiving  with our family.  We appreciate your prayers about this. Thank you.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

More tests

Margie had a phone consultation with her allergist yesterday and he was very surprised that the new medication prescribed made her worse.  He has ordered more tests and will reexamine everything and determine what to do. We both continued  research and writing for our Brazil book. Margie had a good night for which we are thankful.  Today she sees her  rheumatology doctor for a regular appointment concerning her medication. We sincerely thank you for your prayers on our behalf. 

Monday, November 12, 2012


Yesterday we attended the services at our church.  Our pastor and his wife are away on a missions trip ministering in a foreign country.  Doug and Sandee Gorsuch came and he preached.  It was good to see them again. Doug and his siblings and parents were in this church years ago and we know them well.It was a blessing visiting with them.  We are so thankful Margie had a good night.  Today she will be in contact with her allergist to determine a medication change.  Thanks for praying.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Thankfully Margie is feeling better today.  She had a pretty good night.  Yesterday we took it easy.  She continued research for our book and I edited several stories already written.  I also did some advance study for the Bible class next Friday.  Margie will be in touch with her allergy specialist Monday, Lord willing, to see if he has some answer for her present condition/  Thank you so much for praying.  

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A set back

Margie had been doing very well and we were pleased.  One of her medications caused  some concern so she suspended it. She will be in contact with the doctor on Monday trying to determine what to do next.  In the meantime, she is not doing well  and we ask you to pray fervently she will be able to conquer this health issue soon.  Thank you.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Schedule change

The prayer meeting time was changed to Thursday afternoon. Margie and a friend went to Mt. Vernon to see another friend at the Baptist church where a group of ladies meet to work on quilts. Margie's friend had some beautiful quilts she wanted the ladies to see. Margie does not make quilts but appreciates their beauty and the work involved to produce them.  She returned to the prayer meeting and then home.  She was pretty tired and went to bed much earlier than usual because of it. She has not been sleeping well and we are concerned. Thanks for praying about this with us.  

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Yesterday was our routine schedule of washing clothes, making beds drying folding and ironing clothes.  Margie did most of it except the beds. I still make up those because it is easier for me. Margie was very tired and I suppose it's because of not getting as much sleep as she is used to.  Last night was the same thing.   Yesterday Margie continued her work of reading past letters written to our folks when we served in Brazil.  I had to transform them into a more readable form by using an OCR software, then she could read them right from her laptop.  If the OCR can get a good reading, the finished product is ok.  But we wrote many of our letters using carbon paper (what's that!!) so the finished product gets muddled.  But this is the way of getting more information for our Brazil book we are writing  Thanks so much for praying.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Lord is in control

We are comforted knowing the Lord is in charge of all that is going on these days.  Margie had trouble sleeping because of this plus some back pains. As the saying goes, If it's not one thing, it's another. Yesterday Margie had another eye appointment with the doctor.  It rained cats and dogs throughout the day around here.  I purchased some special blocks to make another step into our garage from the family room.  Now Margie can climb those much better.  Her inoperable knees make the steps very difficult.  Thanks for praying.  It is a beautiful sunshine day right now in Ferndale.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Not so good

Margie did not have such a good night.  But she finally got to sleep and this morning we have to take her to the eye doctor.  I will shop while in town.  This week promises to be quite busy, but which week is not busy? That's the way it goes.  Thanks for praying. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Could have been better

Last night could have been better but I guess when one ages and has so much on the schedule, sometimes a restless night is the result. That's what happened last night. Hopefully we will get everything done we are supposed to and things will get back to normal.  We certainly hope so.  Our grandson left last night around 5:30 or so.  He will probably be back sooner to work on the rental home in town. Today promises to be a beautiful one with the sun already shining brightly.  We never stop thanking you for your prayer support. It means much to us. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012


What a surprise we got yesterday morning when our grandson told us that his dad, our son,left early in the morning for home.  He got really sick during the night and not wanting to expose us to whatever he had, left for home.  We were so sorry for him. Later he called to say he was some better, thankfully.  We made stuffed bell peppers for lunch and Margie added all the other goodies and Nathan joined us for the feast.  We continued doing research for material for our Brazil book.  Margie has a major part in this as she reviews our journals, etc., for information.  We plan on attending church this morning.  I wonder how many set their clocks back.  Thanks for praying. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012


We were delighted with the good turn out to the Bible class yesterday.  Again all chairs were taken. We had three new members. Our son and grandson also arrived yesterday so we have a nice time when they are here.  Of course they are busy making necessary repairs and improvements on their rental home here so keep plenty busy with that.   Thanks for your prayers. LATER. OUR SON, WE JUST LEARNED, FROM OUIR GRANDSON, LEFT HERE EARLY THIS MORNING FOR HIS HOME. HE GOT SICK DURING THE NIGHT AND DIDN'T WANT TO EXPOSE US TO WHATEVER HE MAY HAVE. WE ARE SORRY AND KNOW YOU WILL PRAY ALSO FOR HIM. THANKS.

Friday, November 2, 2012


. I spent some more time preparing for the Bible class at the Senior Activity Center in Ferndale.  Another person requested a study sheet and she plans on being there today.  Another called in ill, so will only make it next week.  We are grateful for those who attend. Margie had her hair done yesterday.  I installed another printer to assist my printing jobs in the Bible class.  It works on WI-FI so no cords strung across the desk to the computer.  I like it. We appreciate your prayer support.  

Thursday, November 1, 2012


What special memories we enjoyed yesterday with missionaries Dick & Mavis Buck (Brazil).  Margie also had her physical therapy session in Lynden.  It was a busy day and finished by her going to the sleep clinic in Bellingham last night to be fitted with a C-PAP device. I picked her up at 6:30 this morning.  So the days come and go.  Yesterday was also our daughter Joy's birthday. She would have been 53.  What a glorious release was hers when she left us July 27.  Today we will keep busy also, and it surely is better than the other alternative. Thanks so much for praying.