Anna Marie’s Surgery Update

Anna Marie’s surgery went well, and this morning, she has an update. –Sarah

Hello everyone,

Thank you for praying! The flights and surgery all went smoothly. I have slept well, and the pain is not too intense (manageable with ibuprofen). We enjoyed driving the scenic loop at Red Rock Canyon yesterday around my postop appointment. I have never been to this part of the country before; the scenery is beautiful (the cold and wind surprised me)! We are also enjoying cooking and spending time together at our VRBO. We’re flying home this afternoon and looking forward to seeing my sweet family again!

Anna Marie

“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst
formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting
to everlasting, thou art God.” Psalm 90:2

Anna Marie Update, Surgery but not Cancer

Today, Anna Marie shares an update as she heads for surgery out of state. Please be in prayer for her! — Love, Sarah

Hello everyone,

I love spring—a celebration of new life as brown turns to green; leaves, flowers, and new plants emerge; and my favorite of all, we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus! Because He lives, we can face tomorrow!

There are a few notable things happening right now. Perhaps the most interesting (and urgent as far as prayer requests go) is that I’m flying to Nevada today for surgery. I’ve had an inguinal hernia for a number of years but it’s become more of a problem in the last few weeks. We had recently talked with my doctors and established a plan of when and where to get surgery done (May seemed like the perfect time for a number of reasons), praying that the Lord would make it clear if it should be done sooner. Well, a week ago Friday night it became clear that it’s pretty urgent to get it repaired when I nearly ended up in the ER due to the hernia.

My naturopathic oncologist was concerned about the use of mesh in the repair; so we are grateful to have found a surgeon in Nevada who specializes in mesh-free hernia repair, and was able to fit me into his schedule this week for surgery.

With another long-distance, intense recovery medical issue for me, we are again so grateful for family support and help! On the home front, Christopher will be home with the children and Grandma Maxwell will be helping with school. My family in Washington has graciously rearranged their schedule on short notice, and my mom will fly to Nevada so she can meet me at the airport, drive me to and from all my appointments, and stay with me at our VRBO. I’ll have my pre-op appointment this afternoon, surgery Wednesday, and then post-op on Thursday. My mom is flying home with me to Kansas on Friday and staying with us through Tuesday when my sister will come. Since I’m not to pick up anything for a couple of weeks and not over 20 pounds for a month, it’ll be a blessing to have help around our houseful of little people. And of course, we are really looking forward to spending time together again.

We appreciate prayers for safety and health in travel, and that surgery and recovery will go as smoothly as possible.

I am coming up on the one-year mark from when I began the chemo and current HER2 blocker/targeted therapy (Phesgo, which is a subcutaneous injection of Herceptin and Perjeta). I finished the chemo in July but have continued the targeted therapy which is a one-year therapy. When that is done next month, I will switch to a different type of HER2 targeted therapy which is a daily oral pill called Nerlynx. We were grateful for the unanimous recommendation amongst my doctors to go on Nerlynx, because I really had no desire to—but, obviously, I’d also rather not be dealing with cancer and the whole purpose of Nerlynx is targeted toward my type of cancer, so even though I’d rather not be taking cancer pills, it does seem like the right decision. I will be on that for another year; so I guess we are basically at one year down, one to go!

The most exciting news is that I had an MRI a couple of weeks ago that was cancer clear! That’s a huge praise since one of our oncologists mentioned that MRI scans often give false positives, so to not even have a questionable element was a blessing.

Thank you all for praying!
~Anna Marie

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Beauty for Ashes

When a busy mommy discovers lice in one or more of her children’s hair, I expect her heart sinks as she considers the amount of work in front of her to get rid of them. When Anna Marie posted about her experience with lice in her children’s hair (see this link), a surprising result came from some of the comments. 

God gives beauty for ashes even in the midst of a negative situation, like dealing with lice, when our hearts are open to looking for the positive. As we allow God to work in us through hard times, He does beautiful things.

Back to the lice post, several commenters said that they have sweet memories from when they had lice, and yes, for one that meant spending hours combing nits from their hair. 


“As unpleasant as it was, I remember my dad sitting with me in our kitchen in good sunlight and carefully going over my hair for nits. In a way it was a sweet memory of being lovingly cared for. Life is about perspective!”


“This reminds me of my first year of marriage before we had children. I worked in an elementary school and caught lice from the students. My husband was so afraid I would have to cut my long hair that he volunteered to spend hours fine-combing it in the evenings! It’s a fond memory we cherish and laugh about to this day. The bright side of lice, if there is one, is quality time spent with a loved one!”


“My sisters and I had lice multiple times as children. I have fond memories of my mom combing lice nits out of my very long hair on our front porch (where the light was best).”

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty
for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise
for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called
trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified” (Isaiah 61:3).

The Secret to Doable Mobile Hospitality

Do you ever have a time you would like to take a meal to someone, perhaps learning of the need at the last moment, but had to let the idea go because you didn’t have the time or maybe the ingredients available to make it happen? I have been in that situation, and I didn’t like it. There is a wonderful solution. It is meals I keep in the freezer not for our family to eat, but to take to others.

My top favorite is homemade soup. That is because often those last-minute meal needs have to do with illness, and for some reason, homemade soup is a favorite for sick ones to eat. We save large jars to have on hand so we can fill them with hot soup for delivery.

I also have one 9 by 13 foil pan in the freezer with a casserole or pot pie in it. I can take that frozen or baked and hot.

For these kinds of meals, I don’t try to add side dishes and dessert like I would if I knew several days or weeks in advance that I was taking a meal in . It is simple – just the main dish.

When those freezer meals are exhausted, I set aside time to prepare new ones.

Trusting in Jesus,

“And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed
and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things
which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” (James 2:16)

A Moody Family Series Book Makes a Surprising Difference

It is such a joy to receive emails and letters about how the Moody Family Series and Hill Top Adventures are impacting lives. We want to share part of one such email about a Moody book. Read what Julie says:

“I just want to tell you the difference your books (and we’ve only read the first one so far) have made to my daughter and now our homeschool. My daughter has autism so she has a short concentration span and gets overwhelmed easily. I really do enjoy preparing her school work but her struggles and lack of enjoyment were discouraging me greatly. 

“Last week after I’d discovered your book I started to read it to her and the more I read the more she was clearly enjoying it. She is a good reader but reluctant to read aloud. You can imagine my delight and amazement when out of the blue one day she asked me, ‘Can I read some now?’ She read aloud fluently and when she got tired handed it back to me. In a couple of minutes, she was ready for reading again.

“She has been baking and asking for chores to do as Mollie Moody is influencing her in many positive ways! Yesterday I decided to spend some time incorporating the story and characters into her school work and prepared worksheets on each of her subjects using the book. For example, for math I gave her problem questions based on Mollie’s baking business working out how many cookies Mollie needed for her orders, etc. 

“Honestly, her concentration stunned me and her enjoyment as she worked through these worksheets. Afterward, she told me it was so much fun it didn’t feel like schoolwork. 

“God is good and I’ve been praising Him so much for this wonderful breakthrough. I feel so encouraged and like a burden has been lifted to finally have found a book she loves and that’s motivating her own learning. I’m so looking forward to reading Book 2 with her as their homeschool will hopefully help influence us in so many positive ways.” — Julie

Julie shared some pictures of her daughter below, and you’ll notice they now have Book 2. These kinds of testimonies bless us so much!


“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an
example of the believers, in word, in conversation,
in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity”
(1 Timothy 4:12).

Warmer Weather and Projects

Happy First Day of March.

After our arctic blast, our temperatures skyrocketed 60 degrees warmer! The vehicles were dirty from all the salt and slush, so Anna and Mary took time to wash them on one of our first nice days.

Dad and a friend from a church split wood on Saturday, and Joshua stayed nearby, working on cutting up small branches. It’s wonderful to do projects!

Then, Christopher and crew took down my outdoor Christmas lights to bless me.

May praise and thankfulness be the words we utter this Monday! Psalm 103 is one of my favorites. Verse 1: “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”


“Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2).

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