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Update from a long lost member!
Posted on Jun 4, 2022 12:40 PM

Sorry I have been gone for so long. After Yvonne's enormous back surgery I became her primary care giver. I did not realize what all that would entail, but has meant I am with her pretty much 24 hours a day. Over the past four months she has gotten progressively stronger and now walks with a walker instead of riding in a wheelchair. She was in a rehab center for one month, then came home and had two months of in home health care (nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy). That ended the last of May. She has now transitioned to outpatient physical therapy. She is getting stronger, but her stamina is still very limited. It's been an emotional rollercoaster for us too. Needless to say, my gardening has been minimal this year. My daughter bought me a Eastern Viburnum Snowball Bush, and I had to exchange an Azalea that died over the winter and replant it. Haven't really even cleaned up the leaves from two overbearing oak trees in my yard. Fortunately, the Clematis this year were in full glory and produced tons of huge blooms! My Knockout Roses were also on full display in the front. Then the Jackmanii Clematis in the front picked up after the blackspot defoliated my Golden Showers Roses. Now the Easter Lilies I planted have come up and are beautiful! So, for those of you who are praying people I sure would appreciate your prayers for us. This has been a long hard journey and it is far from over. I hold on to two passages of Scripture, actually three: Jeremiah 30:17 "I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord." Hebrews 10:23 "So let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful." Hebrews 13:5 "God has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you'; so we say with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid." So never fear, I am still here, only right now everything gets prioritized. Thank you for your prayers and for being friends we've never met.
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Yvonne's Birthday spent in Rehab!
Posted on Feb 1, 2022 10:57 AM

January 18th Yvonne had her back surgery. Decompression and fusion of levels T10 - S1. After a week in the hospital she is now in a rehab center to regain her mobility and strength. Lots of kinks and twists in the road to recovery. If you pray, we'd appreciate your holding both of us up in prayer during this journey. Surgeon said it would probably be a 6 month recovery period. We are trusting God is going to restore her to health and heal her wounds (Jeremiah 30:17). I so hate to see my beloved wife hurting like this!

Today is her birthday. Just thought I would share a couple of pictures that I took after I got to Yvonne's room and got all of the stuff up that I brought. Her nurse this morning volunteered to help me carry the stuff into her room and then started singing happy birthday to her. I do believe it made her feel good! The metallic balloons were my original idea. She had asked me to buy her a new toothbrush and I was going to get her a box of Kleenex. So, I put them in a gift bag with some colorful tissue paper and gave them to her as a "gag gift" present. While I was getting the gift bag at the store, I also saw some really pretty flowers and put together a bouquet for her. I really wanted to make her day special!

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New Roof!
Posted on Jan 4, 2022 9:55 AM

Finally got out to take a picture of our new roof after a week of fog, drizzle, and cloudy days. The brown roof is the old one and the green roof is the new one! Wife and I both love the new color. Next is the trim and new gutters - will also be green. Then new windows. It's amazing what really getting into gardening will do to make you want to fix up your house! Ha! Ha! Ha!
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January in Virginia...our one month of winter
Posted on Jan 3, 2022 5:54 PM

It's been rainy, foggy, and really windy for days now. Today actually got cold! Then some white rain came down and made the roads wet. It was so cold and windy all of my little feathered friends used our entryway for shelter. When my wife opened the front door she scared them away. But my feeders were loaded with birds in spite of the fact that the feeders were swaying all over the place in the wind. Beginning of February I start looking for spring. I hope we'll get one good snowfall this year. Doesn't happen very often!

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Winter in Virginia!
Posted on Dec 23, 2021 1:01 PM

Well, here it is the 23rd of December and I still have roses blooming! Cut off a beautiful fully formed and open Mr. Lincoln bloom and brought it into the house for my wife. Didn't even have to get close to the rose with the nose. It was really fragrant! My Golden Showers climbing rose is getting ready to open another bloom. Nights are getting down to the mid 30s but the daytime highs are still in the 50s and 60s. So much for the coldest winter on record theory so many were prophesying.

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