Update on Grandad: Doctors Are Preparing to Take Off the Respirator

Please continue to pray for Grandad. During the surgery, Grandad was put on a respirator, and he is slowly being “weaned” off of it, so they’re keeping him sedated. Plus, there’s the complication that he has pneumonia from all the “stuff” in his lungs, so they’re working on clearing that out before they “unsedate” him.

I saw Grandad briefly yesterday, and it was sobering seeing him so still, with a tube in his mouth, and monitors all around. But, it is encouraging to know that soon he will be awake and aware of what is going on. I guess he and Melanie will be able to sympathize on the aftermath of stomach surgery :-), although Grandad definitely gets the “prize” for the worst surgery of the two. 

Yesterday I heard that Grandad quoted, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalms 118:24), and Revelation 3:20 before being taken into surgery. Truly, he and Grandma have been leaning on the Lord, and will continue to be as they journey through this. Thank you for your prayers. They are an encouragement to our family, and to my Grandma, who checks the blog :-).

Resting in Jesus,
PS – Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there! I know this year will be an extremely happy one for my brother who is a new dad :-). Dad and John arrived home today, so we’re very grateful to have them back safe and sound (they’ll post an update on that later).


Standing in Awe of Our Great Physician

We received word that Grandad came through surgery just fine. There was a high grade obstruction of the small intestine which was a band looped around it. Part of the intestine was taken out, but he will be fine. Grandad will be in the hospital for a bit of time while he recovers and gets back to normal.

We know the Lord Jesus doesn’t always choose to heal in the way we would wish. Yet, in this situation, He is giving our Grandad more time here on this earth. Truly, our Great Physician is amazing. All praise to Him!

Rejoicing in Jesus,
Sarah for the rest


One of his favorite verses:
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).”

Grandad: Going into Surgery This Afternoon

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil” (Hebrews 6:19).

We read the above verse last night in our family Bible time, and it’s been on my mind as we go through this trial with Grandad. Truly, our hope is in Jesus.

The x-ray showed that things have become worse since the CT-scan, so the doctor decided he needs to do exploratory surgery this afternoon.

We are grateful for your prayers.

Only for Jesus,

Abigail Hope 1.10 – Update

Abigail Hope celebrated her three week birthday on Sunday. Two weeks from today is her due date. Time is passing already.

Melanie and I are enjoying being parents. We recently received a note from someone who said, “Enjoy this time, the days are long and the years short.” Melanie can relate to the long days part. We’re not quite into the smooth sailing when it comes to feedings, sleep, and “mom’s” energy level. Melanie is also dealing with some post-partum issues, both physical and emotional, that have proven to be challenging. However, we’re working through things. It’s been a learning process for me as I seek to support and encourage her, and our families have continued to be a great blessing. I should probably add, this is not designed to be a “negative” paragraph, but rather honest. Neither Melanie nor I want our posts to be the “glamor shots” kind, but rather real and from the heart. This is just where we’re at.

All things considered, we feel very blessed to have Abigail at home. God lead us through quite a few years of waiting. We thought we’d be in this parenting phase with Susannah, but God had other plans. I frequently look at Abigail in wonder at God’s blessing. She’s such a sweet, precious little bundle. Even when she cries she’s cute, fragile, and innocent. It’s a privilege to walk up to her when she’s fussing, pick her up, and feel her relax and quiet down – wow! To those waiting and longing to experience the same thing, I know how that feels. I can’t tell you to “Just hang on, I know God will bless…” But I can tell you that what you wait for you treasure that much more.





Requesting prayer for Grandad Rex

Grandad and Grandma, who live next door, are Mom’s parents. Grandad went into the hospital with severe stomach pain Tuesday. Since then, his condition has deteriorated, and he is now in ICU. Please lift him up in prayer. Mom is up with Grandma at the hospital.

In addition to Grandad being our dear, wonderful grandfather, he has been a wonderful asset to our ministry. He has helped when we’re away traveling, is always a great supporter of the ministry, even helping in small things such as when we compile Chore books.

Resting in our Savior,
Sarah for all the rest

Grandad helping with Chore books
Grandad helping with Chore books.

Uriah, House Projects, and Pictures

We are down to seven at home this week. Why? Dad and John left after church on Sunday and drove Uriah to Wisconsin. A homeschool father there felt the Lord’s leading to offer the use of his shop, tools, and mechanical expertise to help us. One project Dad has felt needed to be done was a complete overhaul on each axle to get them in new condition. It would cost a fair amount to pay someone else to do it, so this was such a blessing! They are also tackling many other repair projects on Uriah. We are extremely grateful to this sweet family who are “housing” Dad and John, taking care of them, and spending much time helping on Uriah.

(The sendoff Sunday!)

Because of Nathan’s cold, he asked Mom to spend the nights at their house to help Melanie with middle-of-the-night Abigail feedings. Mom was home in the daytime – but not coming home quite as early as she is usually up and around – and spending nights with Melanie and Abigail. As of Wednesday, Mom is now back home.

(A picture from when Abigail was in the hospital.)

In the meantime, the house work continues. Heat and humidity have settled into Kansas (and many other places!), but the boys are such great workers. We had a storm last night which cooled off everything, and we’re enjoying a break from the heat. We’re making steady progress. The tiling preparation has been done, and the first tile laid.

(Joseph cutting tile.)

(Jesse and Joseph taking the forms off the driveway.)

May Jesus fill each of you with joy in Him!

Only for Jesus,

Joseph holding Abigail :-).

Anna holding Abigail.

Abigail and I :-). Abigail is so precious–truly, an incredible gift from our Lord. Thank You, Jesus!

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