Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Challenges We Face


I haven’t written much lately because the past three weeks have been emotionally rough for me. My ALS doctor prescribed something to help me with my depression and anxiety so hopefully it will help.

Every day we are all challenged to adapt, accept or reject changes in our lives but some of the changes are difficult. Losing my voice has been really hard on me and now my legs are almost useless. ALS has taken over my body leaving me helpless. Over the past twelve months I have lost twenty-three pounds which puts me at 107. My respiratory system has declined significantly as well, which qualifies me for hospice. We decided to hold off on hospice for a while not because we are in denial but just because we can. When the time comes we will welcome hospice and the great ministry they offer into our home and our lives.

I’m feeling great today. The sky is blue and the birds are singing something beautiful outside my window. I hope you find beauty in your life today. And may God bless you, too.

A Surprise from China


Melissa and Allison, our beautiful nieces, pulled off a wonderful surprise recently. Melissa, who has lived in China for the past three years, flew into Grand Rapids for four days to surprised her mom Deb and her niece Abbie for their birthdays. The surprise was a huge success and they even squeezed in a trip to Muskegon to visit us.

Three years ago Melissa’s husband Chad, who works for General Motors, said yes to an exciting career opportunity to live and work in Shanghai. Within months of the offer they sold their house and two cars, packed up everything and off they went with their two young children, Connor and Brooke, to start a new life in China. They went with a great attitude and open minds in the hopes of making this a great family experience and it certainly has been. Now their three years are over and it is time for them to move back to the United States and we will be happy to have them home.