Blog followers have asked how I can remember all the things I share about on the Blog entries. My secret is that we have on file 51 years of annual Christmas newsletters highlighting our newsworthy activities of the year. So you can see a sample, this year I’m sending you our Christmas greeting via the Blog.
In the July of last year, I was in the hospital with a heart attack and two heart arteries completely blocked. My cardiologist told me that I am his “miracle patient” for 2016, “We did not think you would make it.” The Echocardiogram last week showed my heart functioning at 50% output – normal is 50% to 70%. Last year in the hospital, my heart was at 15% – so I guess I am a documented “miracle”!
I came home under Hospice care, and this past March 20th, I was discharged from Hospice care. I was improving, and no longer qualified for Medicare support.
Last year I reported that Ashley was half way done with the illustrations for my next book, Danny the Dragon. Illustrations done, I chose to go with Christian Faith Publishing, a hybrid publisher. Danny has passed their editor’s desk, and is now in Page Design for formatting/typesetting, as they work the book through their system.
Ashley did a cover, so after the publisher makes a trailer and a website landing page for ordering, Danny the Dragon can be ordered via Barnes and Noble online, or on Amazon. Danny will be available in paperback, hardcover, or e-book. WHEN, we do not know, but February is a guess. I’ll send out a letter as soon as we know.
On my Blog entries which you have been getting, I’ve started a new series, a flashback to my youth growing up on the farm north of Ionia Michigan. I’ll continue sharing episodes from my unpublished book, Once I Was A Kid, With the Wild Things On Grandpa’s Farm, and perhaps throw in some other memories.
Ionia friends from high school days may have visited the place back then. Spark some memories, and stay with me as I reminisce about days of my youth on the farm. My nephew Kim is still there, maintaining the place.
Thanksgiving week, we had a young couple for lunch who are missionaries in Zambia, Africa – here in the US for furlough and to raise support. “Home” for them is a tent in a base camp on the edge of civilization three hours by jeep from Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. From the base camp they go out to villages with a translator to teach locals how to farm “God’s Way,” and to witness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They train locals to be pastors, then they can move on. The pastors they train also learn how to raise vegetables to sell, so they can be self-sufficient without a job interfering with their work.
They shared a video of catching a cobra that had gotten in their shower. I now appreciate the security of our house all the more, although we did have some toads get in.
Most of all this year, I thank God that I am alive! I thank you and all the people who prayed for me, and all those who came to help me from Hospice, and The Crossroads Church, and neighbors.
I can look forward to wishing you a Happy New Year, and share again with you next year! Be blessed, and celebrate the birth of Christ, and have a happy year ahead.
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Bob & Betty