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They Need Us

This morning our dear friends, Pastor Danny and Calley Reed (and their nine children) lost their home and belongings to a horrific fire. Their home was built in the 1800s and they had been diligently working restoring it, little by little.  What a tragic loss. Dw, the kids and I were there 2.5 years ago…

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WAY MAKER

Two weeks ago Dw drove to another city with two of our sons on a very important mission. It’s a long story and as they left that city they thought the mission had been accomplished. Imagine our surprise when five days later we received a letter that the mission had been rejected and it was…

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Little Miss Evelyn’s Words

Each summer we head to New York on our annual journey to the old home place where Dw and his three brothers grew up. The early 1900s-something white farmhouse (with its delightful front and back porches) will forever hold countless memories for all of us.  We are incredibly grateful his brother Dan bought it when…

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“Way More-Worser”

Happy New Year precious friends!! Don’t know about you, but we were thankful to see 2019 end.  Personally speaking it was a hard one for our family. Of course there were many highlights of joy but for real – there were some real doozies too.  I was telling one of our friends the other day…

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What Would It Look Like?

What would it look like? Seriously friends….what would it look like if The Gem didn’t exist? Well for starters seventy little ones with special needs would not know the beauty of unconditional love, the feeling of safety, the pleasure of healthy nutritious meals, the little-known comfort of a comfortable bed, sweet-endless joy, lessons from the…

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Johnny’s Surgery

Johnny-boy’s “shortened ” surgery yesterday was supposed to take four hours but instead took six hours. This surgery was performed in an attempt to have his feet stay in a secure position so he can “walk” more smoothly (with assistance). The surgeon broke both his feet in multiple places to put cadaver bone in all…