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Heather Gerard

Praying for you daily...God is moving! I know this, because I have never met you and God has placed you all (especially Joanne) on my heart so deeply. Thank you for your heart felt posts.


Toben, I hate to be so personal but I've been reading your posts for a couple of years, (not sure how I found you,) and it strikes me that you're so busy and worried for your family members that you haven't had time to work through your own difficulties, which have to be deep. I hope you have someone to really talk to (counselor?) and help you to work through the tremendous changes and responsibilities you now have. I'm very glad you have help in logistics, etc., but I hope you won't ignore yourself as you seem to put your wife and daughters in the forefront always. Have you considered joining a caregivers' support group?


Sorry I can't help with the cats...we took our son and dil's cats in when they had a serious house fire. They were with us for 10 months!

I love the way you can express and identify what each of you are going through. That takes a very sensitive soul! God's blessings on each of you as you find your new path in life! Jesus is with you!!! He never leaves or forsakes. I pray that the girls become very strong through all these experiences!~ ♥♥♥

Child of God

Such a change to maneuver through. Continuing to pray and pray for all of you.



Tell me about the cats. How old are they? Are they indoor only cats or do they go out? Are they declawed? Is it likely they might scratch on furniture/curtains? I might consider taking them in for a bit.....depending. I've had cats but don't currently have any pets, however my mom's old lab is here for a couple months visiting. She's quite mellow. I'm in Rockrimmon so that might be convenient.


If you got the condo rented now, the cats could live there prior to your official move.


I think Erin is onto something with her comment about you taking care of yourself a bit. I know you are really busy & doing something for yourself like joining a support group or seeing a counselor might sound like just another thing to do on a long list of obligations, but I think it's something to consider. You are a great Dad & husband.

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