Permit Me One More

It seems like this is a season of a lot of prayer needs for those with whom I am acquainted. I want to keep these kinds of requests to a minimum here on my blog; I feel like if there is too much posting about this sort of thing, people (including myself) can get calloused. So, Joel is still hanging on. Toby is doing better than yesterday. Go to their websites for any future news. And I’ve also got a little girl named Jaylynn on my mind. She was born with a deformed femur, and has just had surgery to stretch the bone to meet the other femur. She will be in Baltimore with her mom for the next four months. What follows is an email I was sent that details what is going on. Please pray for her. Luke might be able to get a website up and running for her, to make it easy to keep updated.

On Tuesday, January 16, Jaylynn Freeman had surgery at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The name of Jaylynn’s surgery was an osteoplasty of the left femur with application of multiplanas external fixator, pseudoarthrosis of left femoral neck. This means they are starting the process to begin lengthening Jaylynn’s left femur bone. This external fixator is made of metal and has 8 pins penetrating through her leg into her bone. The bone was cut in half and will begin to make new bone forming towards each other, as each day 4 times a day the external fixator will be turned by Maggie [her mom] to get approximately 8 cm in about 4 months. Everyday Jaylynn will have therapy to strengthen the muscles, tendons, and bone. The external fixator will be on for eight months. The first four months are the bone lengthening. The last 4 months are the bone healing stage. Jaylynn will come back home [to Ohio] after the four months of lengthening for the bone healing stage. Jaylynn’s recovery has been great. She has had an epidural in for two days due to pain making her comfortable. The day after surgery, by wheel chair, she was able to go to the playroom and make a bead necklace and paint. Therapy will start on Monday. Prayer requests are for good health, no pin infections, good lengthening results, good therapy results, travel safety, and home sickness. God is good. We praise Him for taking care of all our needs.

Thurs., Jan 18 Jaylynn had the epidural removed. This made for a different day since she was no longer numb and could feel sensation and pain. She had therapy two times today in her bed. There were many tears but you could see that she wasn’t as tense the second session. Her therapist, Moshi, had her standing with a walker. He even had her hop forward as best she could with help. Later in the day the nurses removed the padding that is wrapped around the pins that stick out the side of her leg and attach to the fixator. This was extremely difficult for Jaylynn. Many tears again. She had one episode today where she was very uncomfortable with pain in her femur bone for about an hour before medication took its effect. That was hard on everyone. In spite of all the interruptions, prodding, and pain Jaylynn still wants to go to the play room. She made two bead necklaces and did a brush painting. Ken, Lacie and Deven [Grandpa, aunt, and brother] should arrive Friday evening. That will give us all something to look forward to. Please keep us in your prayers. It is a comfort to know people are praying. You can feel God’s power giving each of us the strength we need. It is a long journey but we serve the Guide who will take us every step of the way.

Happy Birthday, Cousin C!

On January 19, 2001, we joined your Mom and Dad, and N, in welcoming you to the fabulous production that is our family. You are a joy, a light, but most of all, a beautiful song.

Urgent Prayer Request!!!

Toby, the baby born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, isn’t doing very well today, and could really use your prayers. I’ll reprint here the latest entry to his journal:

Toby needs God’s intervention! Bruce just called and said things have declined in the last 24 hours! They tried to do the MRI (without sedation), but Toby was moving his head too much. The plan is to do it tomorrow under general anesthesia.

He has become very lethargic. Not moving his arms or legs and hardly keeping his eyes open. They are having trouble regulating his temperature (it has been so low the thermometer doesn’t even read it). His blood pressure has been incredibly high. Last night it read 140/80. I think the nurse told us that most babies this age have a blood pressure of around 70/40. All I know is that Toby’s is VERY high. Carrie and Bruce were going to consult with the neurologists again and they were also talking to a respiratory therapist when Bruce called.

We really need to lift this little guy up in prayer! I remember when Toby was born how many people were praying and things went so smoothly. When you read this update, please pray!

Homeschool Fun

I wanted to share some pictures of what Big A is doing in Science these days. First we have our little meteorologists out measuring wind speed and direction, sponsored by USPS.

Below are the bugs and spiders our little entomologists made out of egg cartons. Did you know a spider has to have 8 legs to be a spider?

Insects have 6, and are sometimes winged. Now you can be specific when calling in hubby to kill what is crawling up your wall.

Dream Jobs

This is the sight that greets me every time I walk into my kitchen. I know Luke feels blessed to now be able to work from home. In addition to working for a digital academy, he is trying to build his freelance web design business in his spare time. So this really is what I see every time I walk into the kitchen, day or night. Anyway, his website is up and running, and looks really good. Check it out here. Need a website built for you? Drop him a line. The beauty of the Internet is, as a web designer, you don’t have to be geographically close to your clients to do the work for them. Luke did this website for a ministry in Tennessee! May the Lord bless this new business venture. {sound of his oversized coffee mug clinking with my glass of lime water}

What Doesn’t Work For Me- Anecdotal Evidence

I have almost purchased some supplements that promise more energy. I have almost purchased Airborne, that promises an easier cold experience. I have almost passed up an immunization for my child, that some testified could endanger them. Why? Well, because my husband wouldn’t let me, for one thing. But the main reason is that, if Luke has told me once, he has told me a hundred times, do not base decisions on anecdotal evidence. Just because so and so liked or disliked something they did/used, doesn’t mean I need to do/use it, too. Base important decisions, especially health and diet ones, on more than testimonials. And, never put anecdotal evidence before the Word of God. Just wanted to share a life principle with you this morning that is on my mind today. Use it with success.
See, honey, I am listening.
More tips at Shannon’s.

In Memoriam

O Thou in whose presence my soul takes delight,
On whom in affliction I call;
My comfort by day and my song in the night,
My hope, my salvation, my all.
Where dost Thou, dear Shepherd, resort with Thy sheep
To feed them in pastures of love?
Say, why in the valley of death should I weep,
Or alone in this wilderness rove?
He looks, and ten thousand of angels rejoice,
And myriads now wait for His word;
He speaks, and eternity, filled with His voice,
Re-echoes the praise of the Lord.
Dear Shepherd, I hear, and will follow Thy call,
I know the sweet sound of Thy voice;
Protect and defend me, for Thou art my all,
And in Thee I will ever rejoice.
~Joseph Swain

Osa Palmer
wife mother sister aunt friend

January 16, 2006, Melanoma

Picture courtesy of

Here are my votes for the Apron Power! Photo Contest. You can view the pictures I am talking about here.
#1-Grandmother of the Internet Apron Movement
#2-Connie, who made that apron, and might make me one if I don’t win this contest and have to order one from her!
#4-Laura, my favorite of all the apron photos-so typical of my household, too
#6-A Mongolian ger on hers, very one-of-a-kind
#8-just a sweet picture!
#9-funniest picture
#10-Victorian doll appliqued aprons, loved the story behind them
#14-Me, gotta vote for myself
#29-Love the apron tied above the belly
#39-Meredith, from Like Merchant Ships; I just like her!
Now, those of you who haven’t voted (for me) yet, you can copy and paste the numbers I have chosen (leave off my comments) to an email, and send it to megamommy12[at]aol[dot]com. Voting continues until Friday. Then I promise to remove the banner.

Vote For Val (#14)!

Over the last couple of weeks, I have accumulated some new readers. Welcome! In order for you to continue reading my blog free of charge, there is just one teensy thing I’d like you to do for me. First, go to this web album, where you will see photo entries in Barbara Curtis’ Mommy Life Apron Power Contest. See me there, in my blueberry apron? Good. Now browse through and pick nine others that you like the best. She will only count emails with 10 choices, so please don’t skimp. When you have the numbers written down (psst- I’m number 14, put that first so you don’t forget), email them to Barbara by Friday at megamommy12[at]aol[dot]com. Just that simple. Tomorrow I’ll be posting my votes for best apron, so if you are feeling lazy, you can wait until then and cut and paste my post to your email. Of course, you’ll switch what I put down as my first pick with your first pick of #14. 🙂

What Was Pa Thinking, Anyway?

“I want to see a papoose.”
“Mercy on us,” Ma said. “Whatever makes you want to see Indians? We will see enough of them. More than we want to, I wouldn’t wonder.” -Little House on the Prairie, pg. 46
I’ve written before how I have recently read the Little House books for the first time. I enjoyed them very much, but have to admit that my mothering mind had a lot of trouble with Pa’s (and, later, Almanzo’s) foolhardiness. But, if they hadn’t done what they’d done, the way they’d done it, we wouldn’t have such an exciting piece of American history to read.
Take a look at this post; the author puts herself in Caroline’s shoes and shares how she would take Charles’ news of a move, then another move, then another one. Very funny.