Therefore We Do Not Lose Heart

Eli and Tricia

I love being a stay-at-home Mom.  I’ve always felt that it is what I was created to do.  After fourteen years of this most amazing adventure, I wouldn’t change a thing. However, I must admit that, after all this time, I thought I would be working myself out of a job.  Instead, it has become [...]

A Shower of Blessings & a Peek Into Eli’s Journal

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

  So much has happened since our last update, I don’t know where to begin!  Since Eli had surgery on both of his feet, he has maintained a positive attitude and a sense of determination.  Recovery is hard work, and not as speedy as we would like, but God has blessed us with the love [...]

Recovery Begins

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  Saturday’s surgery went exactly as we had hoped.  Dr. Joe said that Eli was so good at being still that it was very easy to place the stent in each of Eli’s feet. He was given pain meds before the surgery and a local anesthetic at the incision areas just below his ankles.  I [...]

Ballgame, Birthday, and Bowling!

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Since Eli is having surgery next weekend and his birthday is on September 10th, we had his party a little early this year.  Birthday parties are always a highlight of his year and he has been planning this one for some time.  In his mind, April is not too soon to start planning a September [...]

Eli’s Having Surgery & You Can Help

Eli and Matthew Newell, director of The Family Hope Center

It is becoming more and more difficult for Eli to stand for long periods of time.  He doesn’t complain, but I can tell when he starts to get uncomfortable on his feet. We were happy to be attending our home church on Sunday.  It’s always nice to be home!  PCC’s Sunday service kicks off with [...]

Father’s Day at Ironbridge Baptist Church

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  We were invited by good friends, Pastor Dennis and Brenda Green, to speak at Ironbridge on Father’s Day.  It was special: “We have learned that our purpose is not to pursue the healing. Our purpose is to pursue the Healer and to help others to know Him.” Eli asks, “So, what is God calling [...]

Missed Opportunities

Giving in to my own fears is so normal for me, that I often don’t even realize I’ve done it.  Recently, I was lamenting one such time in my early teens.  Yes, it took me almost 20 years to realize I missed an opportunity because of my own fear!  It all started in First Grade [...]

Spreading Hope in the Midwest

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I have done very little traveling in my life, but as I get older, my desire to see the United States deepens.  Yet another blessing of doing what we do is that I’m getting to travel.  Several days ago, we embarked on our first extended road trip to the Midwest.  We packed our bags, said [...]

Infinite Wisdom

February 19, 2003: Eli at Children's Hospital

John and I are in the process of writing a book to share what God has done in our lives.  I was looking back over the website updates that we had posted in 2003 during the first days and months following Eli’s accident.  On Day 14 we posted the following message that was sent to [...]

Laura K Interviews Eli

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Laura K is a singer and songwriter who has mentored Eli in many ways, including co-writing the songs on his CD.   You can read her blog at SimplyLauraK.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter. Laura thought it would be cool to interview Eli.  She was right…               [...]