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Joanne Ardolf Decker

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Greetings and Christmas blessings to you!

Another year has come and gone, and I am still here! Jim and I are grateful for every day God gives us, and we still enjoy life together in spite of ALS.

We spend a great deal of time at home these days to avoid the flu bugs that are everywhere. However, being at home is comfortable to us. The deer, birds, squirrels, summer flowers and weather keep us entertained.

Nearly every day we play a game of cards using Jim’s hands and some of my brain. We have also been reviewing our travel journals, revisiting memories and appreciating our trips. I’m glad I took notes that bring smiles to our faces now.

Because of Jim and his kindness, as well as my caregivers (Joey’s Angels) who have become good friends, I feel well cared for and loved. Fortunately, I can still speak (give orders) and participate in visits from family and friends, meetings with my book club and faith sharing group. We are blessed with good people in our lives.

Jim is still a wood cutter, giving away his harvest with a smile. With the hands of my care providers I continue to write letters, cook and bake, plant and tend the flowers, decorate crosses, angels and the house.

Within My Limits I Pray: Talking to God about Illness, Disability and Life Changes is my new book published by PublishAmerica. I appreciate hearing that others are finding it beneficial. I enjoyed writing it with the help of my care provider, Nicki.

We look forward to the New Year with hope for good health, joy, love and laughter.
We wish you the same.

Many thanks for the countless ways you show your love.
Have a blessed Christmas and the best New Year ever!

Love, Joanne and Jim

He is our shining star!

Joanne and Jim

Earlier months' news:
September 4, 2009
June 18, 2009
April 28, 2009
March 18, 2009
February 7, 2009
January 8, 2009
Christmas 2008
September 2008
July 25, 2008
April 27, 2008
March 24, 2008
February 5, 2008
Christmas Letter 2007
October 22, 2007
July 25, 2007
June 12, 2007
April 27, 2007
March 17, 2007
January 22, 2007
November 26, 2006
August 30, 2006
July 2006
June 25, 2006
April 30, 2006
March 2006
January 10, 2006
December 5, 2005
October 27, 2005
September 14, 2005
August 2005
July 8, 2005
June 6, 2005
May 15, 2005
April 7 , 2005
March 14, 2005
February 8, 2005
January 8, 2005
2004 Christmas letter