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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Amish Country

Shayne must be exhausted from his late night travels home from Toledo, where he's been with his mom at the hospital after work. Today, she was to be transported to an assisted living facility where she needs to be for a week or so before her second surgery; however, they couldn't find any beds open. Hopefully, tomorrow they will find one for Grandma Nee Nee!

Today, Shayla and I visited the cemetery. Regardless of what I hear and read about "time helping" it hurts and is very hard. Shayla also started her six weeks of physical therapy for her heel/foot. She had been complain for some time about it hurting, but we kept brushing it off. Finally, this morning I took her to the doctor where she was "diagnosed" with "Sever's Disease". (It's not really a disease at all and I am making light of the matter because in the United States 34 children were diagnosed with cancer today and THAT is a disease.) Shayla's minor inconvenience is because her bones are growing faster than her muscles and tendons. That is what has caused her heel to swell. We'll do ice/heat and exercises a couple times a day and she will be fine. Friday we will get the Xray and ultrasound results. We are so blessed! My prayers are with the 34 families who weren't so fortunate today!

Yesterday, was an incredible one! Paw Paw and Nonee gave us the most amazing tour of the Amish Country. Shayla and I had been reading about the Amish so that we would be prepared for our visit. I think we were. We were able to tour two Amish homes and a barn - complete with many animals. We went on a buggy ride with a delightful Amish man and toured a cheese factory. We ate entirely too much and bought a few things at a bulk food store. Each year mom and Joe visit so I believe they knew the very best places to take us. I can't even describe the joy we experienced; it was delightful! I praise God for the wonderful Paw Paw and Nonee richly blessing us with their love.

"The Little Girls' Room" (This is the only photo in which an "orb" appeared.)
Paw Paw and Shayla. (Shayla loved these little "hay houses".)

After our tour at Heini's Cheese Chalet, we were able to sample over 50 different types of cheeses. (We couldn't even try them all we were so full, but of course we made room for the chocolate, peanutbutter and sherbert cheese samples!)
Making our trip absolutely incredible to me was the tour of an Amish school (one big room), along with a visit by a real Amish teacher (complete with her 8th grade education).


At 25/7/07 7:49 PM, Blogger HeatherB said...

Glad you had such a delightful time in Amish Country! Since it sooo close (30 minutes to most places) from my parents home we've spent many joyful times there!

Heni's is my favorite cheese place! Soo good! Hope you brought home some cheese! :)

Lots of love and tons of prayers- my prayers will be with those families as well. Very sad and heartbreaking.

Love you guys soo much!

Lots of love,

At 25/7/07 9:26 PM, Anonymous Leah said...

those pictures of the amish country ae cool, I always wanted to see what it looked like!! i'm glad you guys had fun! my brother had a similar heel disease like Shayla and went to physical therapy for it and is 100 % better now.. i will pray for those 34 kids who's lives have changed!!

At 25/7/07 11:24 PM, Blogger Kait said...


I see a faint orb by sweet Shayla's head in the last picture. We all know how much Miss Christi loved school!

It looks like y'all had a wonderful time!

At 26/7/07 3:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if you noticed or if I am seeing things but there seems to be a light orb to the left of Shayla's head in the Amish school picture. Shayla has had quite the summer so far! She looks to be having fun and I love seeing a smile on her face.

Shayla, ouch! I bet that hurts but I am thankful that it's a minor diagnosis.

I hope that Nee Nee's feeling better and that they're able to find a room for her tomorrow.

At 26/7/07 8:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I may see an orb by Shayla's head in the picture of you two in the school house :-). What a wonderful educational experience for you all. Still thinking of you all and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I've been following Christie's Support page since the week she passed away. We have a friend who's son is battling cancer. His name is Shane and he is a fighter too! Thank you for sharing your sweet Christie with all of us!

A friend in Maryland,

At 26/7/07 12:24 PM, Anonymous Micaela said...

Hello Angela! I'm the one who made the video on Christi and Shayla and my email has decidied not to work the past few days, that's when I haven't replied.

Here's a link to where you will be able to download it:

It might have to load for a minute or so, then click the orange button near the bottom of the page that says DOWNLOAD. Then it should switch pages and shortly bring up a box that says Open or Save File (if this doesn't pop up automatically you'll have to click where it says to on the page, and then it should) and click Save. Save the file in a folder and then it just has to finish processing.

Then you've got it for yourself!

Email me if you have any problems... if I can respond back...


At 26/7/07 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see you've been able to do some really neat things this summer with Shayla!

Sever's disease! Interesting. I looked it up as I've never heard of this before. Usually affects physically active kids esp. gymnasts between 8 and 12! My duaghter is a gymnast who is almost 8! If she develops heel pain, I'll know not to panic now! Thanks!


At 26/7/07 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think its amazing the only orb that showed up was in "The Little Girls" room. Maybe it was a message for Shayla from her big sister. Amish Country looked awesome!!

At 26/7/07 8:08 PM, Blogger Kimberly said...

What a wonderful adventure you all had.........and what precious memories you are making for Shayla. Angela, I just LOVE all the pictures you post! I will never get tired of seeing Shayla's smiling face. We finally received another litter to foster just this evening....a mama cat, three male and two female kittens, just a week old. They are settling in just fine. Thank you so, so much for sharing your memories of Christi's Cat sweet!!! She is-and continues to be- our inspiration, heart and soul. Blessings!!! Kim

At 27/7/07 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me start off by saying that I admire you and Shayne so much. You guys seem to be so busy all of the time yet you two have always found the time to do so many things with your kids. You both are wonderful parents and I strive to be the same for my boys. Please don't think that I am crazy, but did you look closely at the orb in the girls room? Does it look like there is a silhouette of an angel in it? I have looked and let my eyes rest and then looked again about 5 or 6 times today to make sure that I am not seeing things, but every time that I look, it is still there. I didn't know whether to say anything or not, but I went with my gut and decided to see what you thought about it.

I am happy that you guys really enjoyed your time visiting Amish Country. Please let me know what you think about the orb.

Cathi - Houston, Texas


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