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Julene McGregor

Love that we get to hear what's going on in your head. I would agree that it may be a challenge to get used to talking instead of typing out a post but don't worry about it. Just hearing from you is great and we can certainly look past anything that looks out of place. The best part is you having a bit of independence back and ability to blog on your own. Hopefully it works well for you.

I think of you often and so enjoy posts from you and Toben.

 Marena S

Perfect! We can "hear" your voice.

Ellie LARoy

Oh so good to know you are progressing and we can look forward to more from you. YOU GO GIRL:!! You can do anything you set your mind too. Love to you, Ellie

Jennifer "InfertilityMom" Saake



This works for me! I've enjoyed your last two posts, although I'm sorry that things are so difficult. You definitely have something to offer to us on this blog, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Ps--My husband dictates occasionally at work. I think he would say that there is a bit of a learning curve in how dictation varies from the written word, but I'm confident that you can manage it.

You got this, Joanne!!! What an exciting day!!! Praying that every day gets better and better! You are such a blessing!

Marla Taviano

Fabuloso!!! So excited!!


Dear Joa gonne. I love this. And I love you.



Hooray! I am so excited.


Yay! So good to hear from you. I had a super duper cheap-o dictation program years ago. I can't even recall the name of it. But, it got my words so mixed up, I started laughing, and the laughter led to it typing even funnier things! Looking forward to hearing more from you.

imberly in SUNNY Florida

Yay, so happy for you. I miss reading your blog and look forward to seeing it again in action.

Dawn W

Welcome back! Can hardly wait for more blog posts from you - you've been missed!!! Blessings from central Texas!


Yay, love it! It would be hard for me to "speak off the cuff" too, but you'll get used to it! That's what pausing will be for - collecting your thoughts and words!




Love, love, love!!!! Nothing would make me happier than to 'hear' your blog daily... Prepping for the next book!!! ;)


This is awesome! I am so happy that you can blog all by yourself and I am looking forward to getting to read more of your words.


What an amazing piece of software! Since I came to your blog because of your stroke, I am looking forward to hearing your voice, insight and other things going on in your lives.

Welcome back!

Lori H

so good to see you back!

child of God

Yea for Dragon!!! I'm sure once you get the hang of this you will love the freedom it brings! :)

My husband just got Dragon for use in his office. He will be switching from paper files to computer and he is not very good a typing so this will be a great help to him.

Praying for you hon. :)

Wendy Selvig

Yea! You are back! It's nice to get updates from Toben but not the same as directly from you!


You did great!



heidi carrico

Horray for Joanne! Keep it up. Im so impressed with your willingness to give it a try and deal with what is so different. May this be something that gives you motivation in living this life God has called you to live. I only found you because of the prayer requests throughout the world on your behalf when you had your stroke. I remember too well the concern, fear, tears, and heartache your dear Toben spoke of when you laid motionless fighting for your life. Your husband loves you so much...Ill never forget the many pictures your sister posted either, they spoke volumes. I cried many tears for you and your family. Im deaf, so in a way, I understand what it is like living a different world than what you are used to. However, there is still alot you can do. For some reason, I know God will use you to rock the world with your blogs. I think of you often and have to peek in to see if you have posted anything. People like you, I learn alot from. You inspire me to keep pressing on. So keep it up...I love you, Joanne!!

Heidi C.

heidi carrico

I have a question, do you think this program would be something I could look into for picking up a sermon so that I could read it on hard print or something? Would Toben know?:)
Oh, Im the one that just posted a bit ago, so yea, Im the deaf one. I have heard there is somethign out there that can pick up a voice and type out the words. Oh technology!!:)

heidi C.


Joanne, I am so tickled to read your words again! Looking forward to more! God gave you such wonderful gifts of your writing and I really believe this is going to be a fantastic year of finding a way to share your voice.

Becky LaCoste

How beautiful to hear from you again! You remain in my prayers, Joanne. To hear your requests for prayer & the revelations in your words is a beautiful work of God in you & through you. He is making you new. He makes beautiful things... Praying so many things for you, your requests and so much more. May your cup overflow and joy percolate in your soul!.

Jen Renquin

What an amazing gift, Joanne. Being able to express yourself in a similar way to what you are used to must feel amazing. You may feel like you don't have anything to "give" those you love, but this software will really open that door again for you. Your heart and your voice can reach anyone anywhere with little to no "help" from Toben or anyone else! I'm truly so happy for you!


She's a good Dragon...I think she should have a name. Just sayin'...hahaha. AND...I always felt that we had a fabulous look into your crazy's why we all love you so much! We know we are not alone. LOL! Praying...delighted to see and hear what God is doing in your heart and life.


we will take anything from you even if it's gibberish! Thanks for moving forward with new things, I'm sure it'll grow on you :)

Laura Lane

May God bless you! I shall pray for you again.


So glad you are back! You have so much to offer.

Jayne Hartman

I read your book, Living Simply a few years ago & grabbed it off the shelf this morning to review all the wisdom in it. I thought I'd jump over to your blog to see how things are going & I was so excited to read your post!!! You are such an encouragement to me!
Love you lady!!!
Jayne Hartman

Michal Ann

I keep a charm bracelet in my kitchen which reminds me to pray for you. It's wonderful to hear your "voice!" Thank you for pressing on.

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