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I pray daily for your family renewed hope and new mercies every morning...endurance......strengthen...physical,spiritual and emotional and ultimately complete healing. I hope it encourages your family that God would lay you all on a strangers heart to pray daily for someone she has never met...and I am sure I am not the only one.
This is kind of sweet...this morning your girls were on my heart...I hope this shows of God's faithfulness to you all.
Blessings...upon blessings~
Thanks for the update.


Our girls are the same ages and grades. :) Chloe and Audrey actually share a b'day...SOO....I am praying for your girls each morning as I pray for mine. (Especially our new teens!)


Amelia in NC

Continued prayers for you and your family! May God bless and keep you as you take these next steps. Praying that the girls have a fantastic school year! Praying that dear Pumpkin comes out from under the porch.


Dear Joanne,
I'm praying for you, and will continue to pray for your recovery. I pray God just removes your physical barriers and lifts your spirits. You are such a strong and beautiful woman. Remember our trials are our crown of glory!
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and peition with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your heart and your minds in Jesus Christ." Phillipians 4:6-7.

Know that God will restore and you have a mighty purpose! Lots of love to you and your family!

Michal Ann

What a blessing Joannes' precious dad has continued to be.

I'm still following your marathon so I appreciate all the specific details of your update.

Praying now, Michal Ann


Love you all.

Marena Sheffield

Stroke recovery is hard work! I think in some ways the hardest work is emotionally. I am especially praying for Joanne that she comes to a peace with where God has her now. Toben, thanks for truly standing with her.

Kim Feth

Covering the prayer requests.
Kim Feth
Apex, NC

Lee Ann Lee

Praying for your family! You have become precious to me. When you share, I smile with you, cry with you, pray with you and hope with you!

Brandi Luiz

I have been "watching" Joanne since the first day of her stroke. I don't exactly recall how I got directed to her blog that day, but I had. So I have been praying for this amazing woman for several months now. I have watched her go from a woman knocking on Heaven's door to a woman, living back home with her husband and lovely girls. I have been inspired by her, cried with her, laughed with her and at Toben through all of this. Please let Joanne know that she is an incredible example of the Miracle that God has given her and I am privileged to "witness" it all via the blog. Thank you and know that this gal from little ol' Roseburg, Oregon is thinking and praying for you!

Lisa Brooks

Hey Toben and family. Thanks for updating the blog. We like to keep up with what is going on with you guys and appreciate that you take the time to let everyone know.

We continue to pray for you all. I'm glad Joanne is "taking some things back" that she needs to feel like herself again. I'm excited for her progress and I know you'll all persevere.

Hugs all around,

Lisa Brooks

Janet Cline

What a guy Joanne's dad is! Praise the Lord for wonderful fathers!
Will continue to pray for the whole family and especially Joanne!


Glad there are so many good things about the start of school--and Joanne, I am praying that every day will get a teeny bit easier and a whole lot brighter. : )

Whatever pace you set is right--you are amazing.


lisa c.

Patty McCabe

Lord I ask that you be with this family and that you allow Pumpkin to realize that she needs to come back into the house before the cold long winter. I ask that you be with Joanne and allow her to give herself time to relearn what was so easy for her a few months ago...that is a hard one to learn Toben..I have been there. Time will heal her and she will learn to adjust. And last but not least God be with the girl's as they go to school and learn. Aubrey needs your guidance the most with this new teen thing going on. Help her to still ask for Joanne and Toben's guidance and not just get it from some friend who wants to sway her. In all this I pray in Jesus Name. Amen.


My 2 oldest kids are the exact ages of your girls, except my 5th grader is a boy! I completely understand about having an 8th grader, it's scary!!!
I think of y'all often, always praying! Love y'all dearly.

Child of God

You are such a trooper! All you are going through and you are still pushing it harder and harder! I am sure you know the saying, when the going gets tough the tough gets going. Well you are tough and you are going! :)

Always praying for you and I hope Pumpkin comes in the house soon.



Praying daily for the entire family as they walk this "new" path. Joanne, I will tell you what I tell my daughter who was stricken the same as you at the age of 29 (5 years ago), don't be sad, get MAD. Become indignant and get it done! The energy that comes from anger can be used in a POSITIVE way to work harder in your therapy, your daily life. You will regain it if you claim it. You are so blessed, all of you and all of us who you have so generously shared your walk with. Know that you are all so loved! Praise Him!


Praying for all of you this afternoon....for a peaceful night with sweet laughing and sweet memories.


Karen Booker Schelhaas

I pray for Joanne's recovery almost every day. Think of your family so often. I know these days have to feel long, as recovery seems to move at a snail's pace. Praying, friends.

Denise @ The Single Saver

Poor Pumpkin! Buy or borrow a 'have a heart' trap and you will have her back in no time!

Karen Warren

I am amazed by how far you have recovered and just know that there is so much more that you will do. Still praying for you from Nebo, N.C.


Praying for all these requests...



This is the second time we have been paired together through BlogHer. I don't believe in coincidences.
Sometimes patience makes those things we want so much sweeter. Want to smack me? It is ok. Sometimes I want to smack people that say that to me. I am not struggling to DO... but in our house - we struggle to wait. I believe that doctors are fallible. I believe in the power of prayer. I believe you will return to writing this blog. I believe Alexander will someday say Mommy. I believe. And... for today, I can believe for the 3 of us - and maybe someday you can believe for the 3 of us when I need it. Because - sometimes I need it.

Love - from my family to yours,
Kristen @

Kathy @ In Quiet Places

In reading through these comments, it amazes me how God has burdened others to pray for Joanne and your family. I hope that the blessing of constant prayer surrounding you is comforting, strengthening, and encouraging now - and in the days ahead, where I am sure continued progress and improvement will come!

Karen Towns

Joanne may enjoy reading this blog from a woman with a similar problem. Katherine had an AVM rupture.
Love your blog...

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