Rough Monday
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

 Rough day all around.  This is the brief version. Caleb left this morning.  He’s been my right-hand man, my primary helper and support since this accident.  We’ve spent morning, noon and night together for nearly two weeks.  Tough to see him go. I came into a meeting wit... .. read more..

It is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Again!
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

September 15, 2021 - We are again doing the Virtual Christmas Gift Box Program! Here is a video that explains what we do and how it works. You can also go to virtualChristmasgiftbox.com - to get more information! We need... .. read more..

I'm not alright
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

  “We could have never written this song 10 years ago.” These words were spoken by Dustin Lolli, lead singer of Sanctus Real at the relaunch event of Ichthus here in Wilmore, KY.   I was a volunteer at Ichthus at the prayer tent this year and only slightly listening to Sanctus Real when... .. read more..

Update#7: Friday 10Sep 11:00am
Friday, September 10, 2021

Jennifer greeted us this morning with a smile. Every day this week has been a small but significant improvement and today is no different. Yesterday we were mostly lip- reading the few words she mouthed, today she is whispering short sentences. Yesterday she took her first breaths on her own, tod... .. read more..

A Retreat, a Reception, and a Relief Effort
Sunday, September 12, 2021

We drew near--to God and one another in our retreat, to the national church in Executive Presbytery meetings, and to hurricane-affected communities. .. read more..

Update #16 - 18Sep 2240
Sunday, September 19, 2021

 Slightly disappointing day.  WVU Football Game Day.  Today, VaTech a big rival, came to town and everything shuts down—apparently including rehab centers.  Jennifer got one hour of Occupational Therapy, but that’s all. Julia did go up and visit from noon-6pm.  Tomorrow s... .. read more..

Update #4: 8Sep 9:20pm EDT
Thursday, September 9, 2021

UPDATE #4: WEDNESDAY 8 SEP 7:00pm Not much to report since the midday update.   Jennifer continues to respond to the nurses as they perform hourly “neuro checks” - “Open your eyes; thumbs up; squeeze my hands; wiggle your toes; push your toes against my hands; pull your toes against my ... .. read more..

Jim’s Recent Tweets…
Saturday, September 11, 2021

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La rentrée scolaire
Thursday, September 2, 2021

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The Field, Honor, CV, Vitoria, Madalena, Manuel…
Sunday, September 12, 2021

With every death in our hospital, at least several weekly, I have the opportunity to reassess my attitude and effort on the behalf of those seeking my help and putting their trust in my care. There is a saying tossed around in sports that I think is applicable to life with Jesus. You will hear [&... .. read more..

Reunion and dispersal
Monday, September 20, 2021

 Two weeks tomorrow since Jennifer’s accident.  She’s made remarkable progress. But not a lot has happened therapy-wise this weekend.  And it’s debatable whether her being there is actually detrimental to her recovery.  Case-in-point.  Last evening they woke her up at 9pm... .. read more..

What a Fledgling Sparrow Taught Me About My Fears, Or, Why a Mama Bird Has No...
Friday, September 10, 2021

It started with a shout from my youngest. She was certain she had seen a strange new bird right in front of our house and was doing her best to call all of our attentions to it. As I leaned over the edge for a look, I saw a poor fledging sparrow frantically trying to land on the roof above our en... .. read more..

HMA #16 – “The Trip”
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

One of our major decisions for this year’s home ministry assignment (HMA) has been whether or not we should make a trip out to the western half of the USA. We don’t have a lot of ministry partners out West, … Continue reading → .. read more..

A Tribute to Marilyn Laszlo (copied with permission from a Facebook post)
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

“My Aunt Marilyn Laszlo passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021. The work she accomplished in her life was amazing and she inspired so many people. I would encourage you to read her story.Marilyn Joyce Laszlo went to be with … Continue reading → .. read more..

Update #8: 10Sep 0945pm EDT
Saturday, September 11, 2021

Friday evening. Jennifer moved from bed to chair and back twice today.    To see her sitting in a chair feels like miraculous progress.    This afternoon we came in to her room after we grabbed a bite to eat in the hospital cafeteria and found her sitting with a styrofoam cup ... .. read more..

Update 9: 11 Sep 9:45pm EDt
Sunday, September 12, 2021

     Today’s schedule:   Breakfast - 3 bites of scrambled eggs, 3 spoons of yogurt Sleep Eval by Speech and Swallowing Therapist because of choking episode yesterday.    Result: supposed to thicken all liquids to be more viscous to prevent aspiration Sleep Lunch - 3 ... .. read more..

Weariness
Thursday, September 9, 2021

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Pearl
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Today is our 30th wedding anniversary which traditionally is Pearl. Now I can't afford to give Paula a pearl necklace and she wouldn't want one anyway, but what I can do is share a pearl of wisdom... Paula has already written the most beautiful post over on Facebook, so there's not a huge amount ... .. read more..

Pray for Afghanistan
Friday, September 10, 2021

Afghanistan has been in the news lately. This country has 70 unreached people groups and at least several hundreds of followers of Jesus. Lately one of our Converge leaders posted prayer points for Afghanistan. PRAY for the fellowship of underground believers PRAY for the continued success of dig... .. read more..

Update #10: 12Sep 8pm
Monday, September 13, 2021

  Another day of progress. We arrived to find her more alert and more articulate than yesterday.    The words flowed freely and smoothly throughout the morning. Quotes of the day. We came in after she requested the nurse to come in and help her toilet in the bedside commode. “I tol... .. read more..

Cooking. Kind of.
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

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It's a man's life in France
Monday, September 20, 2021

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Update #3: Wednesday 8Sep 12:05pm
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

  UPDATE #3: WEDNESDAY 8 SEP 12:05pm The night shift reported no significant change to her mental status, still sleeping most of the time, but passing neuro checks when stimulated. When we arrived, we felt a bit discouraged because she did not really respond to our voices or rubbing of her h... .. read more..

Tidbits from recent weeks
Thursday, September 2, 2021

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Update #11: 13Sep 8pm
Monday, September 13, 2021

  So, a good but hard day.     It seems like Jennifer plateaued a bit mental status wise.     Speech still fluid, but with some regular bouts of confusion. Hospital-wise, today was a busy Monday. First, Occupational Therapy came.    They did some exercises—sitti... .. read more..

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