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Hi Joanne, in case you are reading this, I wanted to comment on this post. At the start of 2011 you wanted to evaluate how you were loving people. But with your stroke, you have shown us all not only how to love you, but how to love and appreciate our own families.
Fear not that you are stuck. You minister to us each and every day.
God Bless you, and get well soon!!!


I'm struck AGAIN by your word for 2011: L-O-V-E

I think you meant it to be about love for those around you, but God had something different up His sleeve, didn't He? I think HE meant for you and your family to be on the receiving end of an enormous outpouring of LOVE!!!

Lee Ann Lee

I love how God puts on our hearts what we are to focus on. This year is definately going to be a year about love for your family! Thank you for sharing your life with ours. My family is better for having "known" you through your blog!

Amy Schmid

I heard your interview on the Family Talk with Dr. Dobson yesterday and then again today just hearing about Joanne's stroke. I have spent the last two hours reading about the journey.

What an encouragment!! The power of prayer and the steadfast love of a husband. I am moved beyond words.

Thank you Tobin for being an example of a Godly husband who loves his wife unconditionally!

And for the witness of Christ that you and your family have been to the people who touch your lives as the recovery journey is still ongoing.

I am praying for you.

Kathy Rivera

So timely and so much to reflect upon. How God accomplishes His will in and through us is the mystery. The 'will' is our to yeild and the 'how' is up to Him.
We will, one day, rejoice together around the throne and say with grateful hearts, "Father you did all things well".
Praying today for more of His continual grace flowing into the Heim family. Grace upon grace. (STILL snowing in Idaho!)


How incredible, Joanne, that you said you were going to spend this year focusing on love and you are. Despite what has happened, your year has become about love -- in such a tremendous way and far differently that you could have imagined -- but still, it is about love.

Rachael Barr

I am new to The Simple Wife since Joanne's stroke (my SIL goes to church with her folks and she wrote me to pray and check here - I've been a daily visitor since) and have been blessed with the response from the Body of Christ. I pray for Joanne, Toben, the girls and all touched by this. I have also really enjoyed exploring her blog and posts. She is a sister in Christ whom I have come to really appreciate. In exploring I found the blog in her "crafting" section on "blocking" (12-01-10). I think that would be a timely one to repost. God is "blocking" her, twisting and straightening her so that the real shape and pattern of this dear sister are re-revealed in the midst of what might seem chaos. I have faith that the One Who knit her together in the womb, and is reworking her now, has such a plan and purpose for her, a future and a hope that will be so beautifully revealed as she heals through this, bringing healing even to others. She already has... with love and prayers from Kansas, Rachael

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