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February 8, 2005

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY to all our sweethearts! We’ve been enjoying the mild days of this winter, and Jim was thrilled to get a snowstorm for his birthday on January 21 st.

With my hibernation this winter has come time to do some writing. For Christmas, I gave family members a short book I compiled entitled: The Week Mom Died. It’s my memories of the week following my mother’s death ten years ago. In it I included many things from Mom’s life that I remember, so I meant the book to be a tribute to Mom. Seems the family is grateful to have it.

My latest writing project is something I currently call, Prayers for Body and Soul: Talking to God during Illness. So far I’ve written about 100 of these short, one-page prayers, and Jim has found related scripture passages. The topics include things that everyone seems to deal with during illness such as, aches and pains, weakness, doctors, tests, naps, medications, asking for help, exercising, fear, diet, etc. I’m hoping there might be a publisher out there willing to put it in print, but we’ll see. I’ve decided to let the Spirit take it from here. And, yes, I would appreciate your prayers to find a publisher!

Overall, things are going quite well. I stay at home a great deal to avoid crowds and germs, and so far both Jim and I have been flu free and cold free. The homecare twice each week gives Jim some free time, which he needs and appreciates. We continue to be grateful that I am still here, that we have this wonderful house to live in, and that we can still enjoy most of our lifestyle. God is blessing us every day.

Our love and gratitude goes out to all Dear Valentines out there. Thank you for your prayers and expressions of love. Enjoy all the moments of every day. God bless!

Love, Joanne – and Jim, too

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Earlier months' news:
January 8, 2005
2004 Christmas letter
November 15, 2004
October 14, 2004
September 10. 2004
July 12, 2004
May 28, 2004
April 2004
March 2004
January 2004
December 8, 2003
October 10, 2003
September 15, 2003
August 18, 2003
July 7, 2003
June 2, 2003
May 1, 2003
April 16, 2003
April 4, 2003
March 6, 2003
February 17, 2003
January 21, 2003
January 14, 2003
January 1, 2003
December 2002
November 2002