Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
About joy and sorrow . . .
To experience sorrow does not eliminate joy. In fact, I've come to think that sorrow actually deepens our capacity for joy—that as our lows are lower, so are our highs higher. Deep sorrow expands our ability to feel deeply. We feel sadder than we ever knew we could, sadder than we think we can survive. But our sorrow prepares us to experience a more satisfying and solid joy than we've ever known before. When joy surfaces, it allows us to see that deep beneath the chaos and catastrophe is the strong current of confidence that we can be content in the sovereign hands of God.
About the purpose of pain . . .
God uses the physical pain that does not subside, the relational pain that puts us on edge, the emotional pain that brings us to tears, to get our attention and to turn our attention toward him. When pain invades the busyness of our routine existence, it insists that we reexamine our assumptions and reevaluate our appetites and affections, doesn't it? Pain often affords us—or imposes on us—time for reflection. If we will accept it, pain can give us the gift of reconnection with God, a fresh intimacy with him, a passionate nearness to him. Pain brings us to our knees. We begin with prayers for our pain to be removed. And as he works in us, our prayers change so that we begin to ask that the pain will be redeemed.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Life continues on and the focus has been to be of help to Jolene & Hank when they need it.
Hank has his own business and has been back to work a few hours a day.
Jo told me that she had done 4 loads of laundry and the dishes yesterday!
I told her that is what I am at home for, but she wants to do something. Most Moms are so busy with a newborn that they cannot think of doing anything else but she has to much quiet time on her hands.
Please continue to pray for both Hank and Jolene.
What an amazing prayer group we have surrounding them! So many people/Bible Study groups have told them or us that they are praying!
Please pray for me as well, I have a husband and another child at home that have been an amazing help to me and they need me just as much.
I need to learn how to share my focus on Vikk and Dave as well.
Thank you so very much.
When you need us to pray for you all...let us know!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
The funeral is today, please pray for physical strength for Jolene, she hurt her leg during delivery and has a difficult time with walking.
Pray for Hank, I cannot even imagine what his emotions must be like having to watch Jolene labour and give birth and then not be able to take Noah home.
Pray for sensitivity of family and friends...we do mess up and say the wrong things sometimes. Help us to know when silence is the best option.
Pray for family driving out in the bad weather.
For Pastor Rob.
Friday, December 12, 2008
the birth of our first Grandson, Noah Gabriel
He was born Friday, December 12th at 3:35 am
He took his first breath in Heaven
Our little guy was a whopping 7 lbs 14.5 oz 19 in long!
Mommy & Daddy are resting.
Considering that they had to give him back to Jesus a few minutes before he was delivered,
we think they are doing okay.
Thank you to all of you for your prayers. Please do not stop.
Memorial service TBA
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Enjoying family, friends and Rumoli!
Nana & Papa Friesen spending quality
time with Noah while we can!
The guys version of tree decorating...
untill they start to see empty spots!
Dave & Verna
Hank & Jolene and Noah
Victoria & Christopher
Jolene at 40 weeks pregnant, wow, you look amazing!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I want to thank all of you who made it to the shower
Some of our guests... my pics are all blurry:(
Monday, October 27, 2008
You are invited to
With poem, verse and song
Or a gift just for Mom.
Do not be afraid
If in your eye there will be a tear,
To all is very dear
All Jolene’s dearest friends
Will be gathered on this night
To show her that even in life’s darkest hours
With God and friends there is light
This blessing will take place on
Saturday, November 15th
7:00pm@ 1490 Roblin Blvd West, Winkler
For those of you that are interested,
a gift box for Jolene
Spa Package from Charity Faye Spa
(We kindly ask that you do not bring gifts for Noah at this time)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
It turns out that Noah has Meckel-Gruber Syndrome, not Anencephaly.
This was not very good news for Hank and Jolene. Noah's life expectancy remains the same but Hank and Jo's chance to have another baby with MGS is 1 in 4.
Please continue to pray for them that the Lord will bring about comfort and peace.
Jo is now on maternity leave, she is an esthetitian and was doing mainly pedicures and it was becoming to much to be bent over all the time.
Still hoping to post some US pics. Our little guy has 6 toes on each foot!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
She found an online support group of women that have had anencephaly babies and carried to term or Moms currently carry and anen baby. I have also joined. Jo says it is so good to be able to communicate with others who have or are going through this.
This morning in church our pastor said that God uses, allows, even causes - change, turmoil, disappointment to mold us into the person that we otherwise would never be.
Spiritual growth occurs within the context of frustration, suffering or challenge.
When things are bad in our life, 3 things are true
-God is still alive and well
-God knows what He is doing
-God is still with us.
My prayer is that we will all grow in our faith through little Noah's life.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Definition of Congeniality
The state or quality of being congenial; natural affinity; adaptation; suitableness.
If congeniality of tastes could have made a marriage happy, that union should have been thrice blessed.
Compatibility between persons.
The personality trait of being friendly to a conspicuous degree.
The personality trait of being likable or pleasant.
A little too slow for the field day race
Momma's waiting at the finish line
And wipes the teardrops from her eyes
She says, "You did just fine honey, that's okay "
Sometimes life's just that way "
You're gonna lose the race from time to time "
But you're always gonna find "
You can't lose me "Bet your life "
I am here and I will always be
"Just a wish away "Wherever you go "
No matter how far
"My love is where you are
"You won't be lost if you believe
"You can't lose me"
Momma use to say "Girl it won't be long
'"Til it's time to go out on your own "
Chase your dreams find your place in life
"I know you'll do just fine"
When that day finally came
There were things she needed to but could not say
So I whispered softly as I wiped
The tears from Momma's eyes
"You can't lose me "Bet your life
"I am here and I will always be "
Just a wish away
"Wherever I go "No matter how far "
My love is where you are "
You won't be lost if you believe "
You can't lose me"
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
This week is the Harvest Festival and Vikk is in the Queen Pageant.
It will be a busy fun filled weekend and we wish you all the best, Vikk.
In our hearts you have always been our Princess.
Who knows, maybe you will be the Queen of Winkler for 1 year!!!
Enjoy the weekend, don't stress to much and make many great memories.
We love you.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Blessed be your name
Every blessing you pour out,
Blessed be your name
Blessed be your name
Every blessing you pour out,
You give and take away
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Joy in Sorrow!
His name is Noah Gabriel Wall.
Noah means peaceful, comfort - Hebrew
Gabriel means God is my might/strength - Hebrew
meanings vary a bit from site to site
the news did not change except that the Specialist does believe she will carry to term.
*for them to feel the peace that passes all understanding
*for the LORD to take away the fear of the unknown
*that their faith will grow stronger
*for them to find the joy even in the sorrow during this pregnancy
*strength to rejoin the world and go back to work
*sensitivity and comfort from the people they meet
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Their baby will not live. I found an artical that will give you and idea of what they will be facing.
18 July 2000 - 19 July 2000 On the 18th July 2000, our fourth child, Anouk, was born. Thirteen hours later she died. Today, I will try to write down what we lived through with her. Everything was normal until the 20th week of the pregnancy, but by the time of the main scan, the gynecologist noticed a fibroma on my uterus, which could be dangerous during the delivery. Because he was not sure, he sent me to a specialist at the CHUV hospital. Other than the fibroma, all was well. Everything but the head was able to be examined by the gynecologist, but I knew they could do that at the CHUV, so I was not worried. Two weeks later I met the ultrasonic specialist Dr. Vial. Although he did not mention a fibroma, the examination was longer than usual. "I am seriously worried about the head," he said. "Your child suffers from a very serious malformation called anencephaly. This means that the cranial bone and the skin are missing...
Please Pray for streangth.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
When my babies were born this was one of the dreams I had for them and now both daughters have graduated! (I will post some of Jolene later) I am not great with words so I will post pictures and write a bit about them!
The church pics just never turn out for me!
The Grad in her Dress!
The proud Father
Family & Friends