Prayer Requests – 9

Please share any prayer requests you may have for friends or loved ones here….

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  1. reverence1 says:

    Today is “all souls day” and I want to make a rather unusal request.
    I would like to ask you to pray for the german soldiers who fought in the war and their children and (grand)grand-children.
    America won the war against Nazi Germany with immense effort and sacrifices. But in order to win a war, every war-party also commits atrocities.
    Here the example of my father: after 7 years of war he was captured and put into the american camps of Remagen, Sinzig and Andernach for a few months in 1945. The conditions were so bad, that all his life he could practically not talk about it, he saw so many dying under horrible conditions (severe malnutrition, lack of water, lack of shelter, bad weather, diseases, ..) and he himself suffered these conditions.
    He was severely traumatized, but also had a strong character. So he also managed to live a good life, but the traumatization was affecting his mind, emotions and health.
    And on top, nobody gave him respect for what he had endured.
    So you can imagine that this weighs strongly on the children, grandchildren and their children.
    And its also the reason, why Germany is currently as it is.
    We have now the chance for a new leadership with Merkel stepping down, but in order for this to be positive, I feel also your prayers would be of immense help.
    So this is my request to those of you, that don’t feel bad about this.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      I pray that the German people may too experience freedom from evil. I believe many shocking things will be revealed in the time to come.

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    • trumpismine says:

      Great suffering leads us to try to understand and we mourn for the suffering. No understanding leads us to prayer and we see that God mourns with us. The Love of God for His children will sustain us when our wisdom fails us.
      Our love for the Lord will give peace to our weariness and Jesus who suffered for us gave all men redemption and hope.
      In all things give praise to our Lord.
      He hears our prayers.

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      • reverence1 says:

        Thank you so much to all of you. Trumpismine, it feels, this is why I came here. My doctor (she works as a dentist and a naturopath) treated me for a severe problem. She saw the pain and guilt my father was feeling all his life (he died 12 years ago) and that I am carrying it for my father. She told me to listen to God and another friend also told me to ask God to take care of my father.
        Then I felt to come here.
        In deep gratitude.

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        • trumpismine says:

          My father was in that terrible war also and when he miraculously made it home he had many problems from the trauma he went through like so many others. Men and women and their families who are subjected to war and the warriors who are fighting suffer so many devastating feelings of loss and regret it is heartbreaking.
          Have faith that your father is forgiven by our Savior and may he rest in peace and may God Bless you.

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    • Fannie says:

      As the daughter of a WWII combat veteran who was involved with liberating Landsberg concentration camp, I can tell you that even after seeing that my dad and no one I knew held a grudge against the German people. The processing of large numbers of German soldiers at the end of the war took place in places that had no sturdy shelters and no running water; in no way was the resultant spread of disease intentionally inflicted on the POWs.

      The nearest German POW camp to my hometown was near Ashland, WI. Prisoners were allowed to work on local farms and visit town. It’s said most all claimed life here was a breeze. Many stayed after Germany surrendered. One of dad’s boyhood friends was shot down over Germany while on bombing mission. He survived and spent duration in a POW camp there. Conditions were very bad, many other Americans and Brits dying from malnutrition and disease.

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  2. I had to come over to this place where we give it all to our God. Political polls and ramblings are vexatious to our spirit. He is in the midst of helping us. He has not brought us this far to let those who are against us win in this spiritual battle. Can we be confident in this? Trust, trust, and trust some more!

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  3. Concerned Virginian says:

    Dear CTH family,
    I come to you now for your prayers.
    It is 11 months since my husband passed away. You might think that’s enough time for the healing to start. It’s not.
    The grief counselors told me that the REAL start of grief and mourning is anywhere from 6 to 9 months after the death of the spouse. This is mostly because given the immediate arrangements that have to be made, then cleaning out the home and getting it sold if that’s necessary, finding a new home and moving there, plus dealing with estate matters or turning them over to the attorney, plus dealing with the family—these things take about that amount of time. After about 9 months, many of these things are either taken care of or are in process. So a vacuum appears in the life of the surviving spouse. Nature abhors a vacuum, so Nature fills it. This new period for me also combines the accumulated stress and tension of my being the primary caregiver for the last 12 years of my husband’s life, which were all exacerbated during the final year due to his quickly going downhill and then going into Hospice services at home. To this day, I don’t now how I made it through.
    Thank you for thinking of me.
    Please, if you know of someone who has lost a spouse within the last 12 – 18 months, reach out to them and ask how they’re doing.

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    • Concerned Virginian says:

      Sorry, typo: should be “I don’t know how I made it through.”
      But I’ll add that maybe I made it through because I HAD to, so I didn’t think: I just kept going on.

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    • trumpismine says:

      Praying for you Concerned Virginian that our Lord will Bless you and give you peace in your grief. You’re right, it takes much longer to get over a loss of a loved one.
      May the Love of God comfort you.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      I think of & pray for you often, CV. May God fill you with His peace.

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    • Dear Virginian…
      … I, much like many of us have, in so many vastly different ways, totally get it in your loss. Please believe me, and others who are wholly with you in recovering your joy. I’m still working on it every dsy. Our town was completely leveled! There’s nothing left here I had stories of those who

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  4. bcsurvivor2 says:

    Hi prayer warriors,
    While I don’t post very much I read here everyday and pray for you all.

    I spoke with our Miss Ma’iigankwe last evening. She asked me to tell you all that she reads here everyday and is praying for everyone. Ma’ still isn’t feeling well and is not healing from her surgery. She sent me pictures of the discharge from the incision and I was appalled. I urged her to call her surgeon or get her rear to the ER stat. Of course my stubborn friend poo pooed that. At least until I reminded her of the infection turning into sepsis. Soooo she sent the pics to her surgeon and off to the ER she went to get the goo stuff cultured and get on an antibiotic.
    Pray my treeps that it is the right one and the incision starts clearing immediately.
    I am also praying that they don’t have to go back in and do a clean up.

    On a lighter note it was an absolutely magnificent day here in central Florida. 70 degrees but rather chilly in the morning. Ma’ said it had warmed up in her neck of Alaska…a balmy 21 degrees. Oh my. lol
    Ya’all have a glorious day.
    peace and love,
    Eve

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  5. stella says:

    Froggie needs our prayers.

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  6. sven says:

    May God grant the wisdom to the people of the United States to keep the house of representatives from changing parties.

    While this may sound like a hollow partisan request, it is not.

    It is a sincere prayer. It is a prayer for truth and justice for all.

    God, please help us.

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  7. Nigella says:

    Prayers for all here and a big thank you for the prayers you gave for my Sister last year with her cancer… She is cancer free ! I am here to join with you in prayers for tomorrow…May God bless this Country and help Our President continue his good works

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  8. Sadie Slays says:

    My father passed away unexpectedly yesterday. I’m full of shock, what ifs, and no clue at all what to do (I’ll still vote tomorrow no matter how much of a mess I am). If anyone can spare a prayer for my family, it would be appreciated.

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  9. trumpismine says:

    Prayers for you and your family dear. May God Bless you and Comfort you and all your father’s family and friends.

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  10. maiingankwe says:

    Hello Prayer Warriors,
    I have been away from this site for awhile now among others. It’s all medical.

    Thank you Eve for letting everyone know what was going on and why I hadn’t been writing. I also hadn’t been reading any of the articles here at CTH or visit here. It was all too much for me, and I knew there would be a day when I would be able to catch up. Today is the day.

    I was in the ER this past Saturday evening and we all know how much I like the place. Ugh. However, I was on my best behavior and made sure I said my please and thank you’s.

    My nurse, Ron, was pretty exceptional. He almost got me teary eyed when he said how sorry he was for all I was going through. You know when someone is sincere, and I could feel it come from his heart. It was a unique and hard to explain experience for sure. It’s not often when I feel words from a person’s heart, not like that.

    The doc on the other hand was a waste of my and his own time. He did do a culture though and put me on 450mg of clindamycin. First through the IV. He kinda looked at my incision, but didn’t spend more than a few minutes in the room. Enough time to read the text from my surgeon though. I had asked if he wanted to see it since I was having problems getting through to him. At first, he said no, and a split second later said oh yes.

    So yes, after I had sent pictures to my surgeon, he told me to go to the ER for a culture and antibiotics. He also said he would call and let them know, which he did. The only one who didn’t get the message was the doctor. Go figure.

    My incision was leaking a lot of yucky fluids and now it looks like a lot of bumps all around it leaking as well. Thankfully, nothing real green. My whole area where my breast was is red and inflamed.

    Today, I saw my surgeon for a follow up. It looked like he was going to have to go in with a needle and draw the fluids out. However, from the ultrasound he did, he couldn’t find a mass where the liquid would be. We all scratched our heads. In all of his years, and he’s not exactly young, he’s never seen anything like this before with any of his patients. So as any good doctor would do, he called for advise with another professional. A dermatologist.

    She was able to get me in about an hour after I had left him. He was so happy and relieved saying it usually took at least a month to see her. We didn’t have that time.

    I bet you’re wondering what it was. I don’t remember the technical words for it, but I can explain. I had a post allergic reaction to the glue he had used to help seal up the incision. I’ve got dissolvable stitches on the inside too. Anyways, it takes about a week and a half for it to show up. I’m a textbook example she said on the timing and the looks of it.

    One may think it wouldn’t hurt, but last night I would’ve given it an 8 1/2. My surgeon had asked the dermatologist about it, and yes, it goes along with it. It should take 4-5 days to start clearing up and three for the pain.

    It feels like someone punched me and punched me real hard. I’ve been absolutely miserable with it all. I’ve been having to change all kinds of dressings and they have leaked on a good number of my tops. I change them often too. A lot.

    I would say it hurts about as much as when I came home after surgery, maybe a bit less, maybe not. About equal. Pain meds don’t really help.

    The dermatologist was awesome! She gave me her private number as well and said to call and text anytime. She also said she knows what I’ve been going through by my records and surgeon. She also gave me what she said is a very strong steroid ointment. The stuff is all the way in the bathroom, so I will write it out to you all later.
    It’s called, clobetasol propionate. (I had to go use the potty. 😊). The stuff hurts a lot as well. Oh, and she gave me a months supply of bandages too. Thank goodness.

    No wonder airing it out all night and parts of the day hurt so dang much. It’s hurting like heck now and it’s getting late. I have an appointment every day this week and chemo this Thursday. I did go and vote though. No matter how tired and hurting I was, I went. I thought if I didn’t, I’d be racked with guilt. My hubby took me home and I rested for about 90min and we headed out. He picked up my script and met me to vote.

    It was funny, he asked, vote republican all the way down right? I said yup, good memory. It’s what I had told him earlier. So at least I got two votes in instead of none. Believe me, if I thought I could go home and sleep I would’ve. I had been going since 10:15am and finished voting around seven this evening.

    I have to change my bandages again, they’re starting to leak. Love you guys and thank you for keeping me in your prayers. And thank you Eve for helping me out.
    Be well,
    Ma’iingankwe

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    • Joe Blow says:

      I’m so glad to hear from you, Ma’ii! Thank the Lord your doctor brought in that dermatologist & she was able to identify what was going on. Prayers for a speedy recovery, healing & blessings.

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    • bcsurvivor2 says:

      OMG…
      I want to almost lol. What a frigg’in mess.
      Bravo to you for garnering the strength to vote, you are one heck of a patriot.
      My surgeon a couple of months ago asked me if my scars hurt and where my muscles were cut so deeply…ummm yup they sure did..Interesting in that she told me temperature change would cause the pain. hmmmm, explains the pain in my leg where I broke it a few years ago….keep that in mind.
      Anyhow, my friend, thinking of you tomorrow. get some rest, even though I am sure you’d rather be out hunting for that moose, next year and maybe I’ll put my big girl panties on and go with you.
      all my love,
      Eve

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      • trumpismine says:

        Stay warm is good advice Eve when an old injury starts aching from the cold. Bbburrr..
        justfactsplz staying warm I bet, Be thinking of you when I hit the Florida line sometime Friday on my way to Fort Myer.
        Please say a little prayer for Wife #1 and me took keep us safe while on the road. God
        Bless you all and will try to check in on my friends and brethren,
        stay well, tim

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        • bcsurvivor2 says:

          Prayers for a safe trip Tim.
          Ma” makes me laugh when she says 21 degrees is warm for her. Ouch. I freeze at 70 degrees.
          Weather in Ft Meyers looks very nice for the next week. Although a week from today the high is 68. love it.
          Stay safe.
          Peace,
          Eve

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          • trumpismine says:

            🙂
            when we were young my Mom would look at us runnin around the house(or outside) in the winter yelling ” get some clothes on!”

            now I have a blanket everywhere I go.

            🙂

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            • bcsurvivor2 says:

              when I lived in Iowa, my boys were young’ins. they would play in the mud and get so filthy. It was cold out but i made them strip down to their undies and hose them down. Then off to a hot bubble bath and dress them up in their footed jamies. Hot chocolate and seated on either side of me on the couch with a good book. I’ll never forget the warm, clean smell of their hair after a good bath.
              They are 32 and 35 now, but they remember those days too. Good stuff.
              Life is good. And yes, I have my blanket too..

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              • For some reason this makes me think of the time my husband went hunting after my twins were born (they were like 10 months old) & our dog got skunked in the middle of the night. I was outside with her in bare feet & a jumper I didn’t like giving her repeated tomato juice & later dog soap baths for maybe an hour in 30-ish degree weather using our garden hose. I actually used 15 large cans of tomato juice–& boy she really still stunk for like a month. I was so cold by the time I went inside that I could barely stand or even walk straight–I think I jumped into a hot shower but honestly kind of blocked out the insane aftermath (3 in diapers & nearly no sleep that night, etc). Every time I smell a skunk that crazy experience resurfaces just a bit!

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        • maiingankwe says:

          Absolutely! How long will you be in sunny Florida? I hope the whole winter, how cool would that be?

          Since the fall I’ve been traveling with a throw blanket for my legs in the car. Yup, every single time. It seems to seep into my bones faster and easier with the cancer. Hopefully, that will change. It won’t be long till we get some real cold temps and I will be out in it.

          Layers is the trick. My Dad used to tell me all the time you can’t put on what you don’t have, and you can always take off what you do.

          I always pack the car with extra clothes and my ice fishing boots. One never knows if you’re going to fall through the ice or just get real wet. I’ve gone years without ever having to use it and then boom it happens and thankfully I have it. It never happened to me, but it could, and I’ve been able to help out when needed. Vehicle can always break down too.

          I’m going to have to go through my emergency winter kit and put in the Jeep. I’m looking at it right now, but too tired tonight. I will get on it this weekend between napping. 😊

          Okay, I’m being nosy here. Are you going to visit family? Do you have your own place to escape every winter in Florida? I wish I was there now so I could greet you off of the plane. Plus, 68F sounds just right for me. Would definitely take you and your lovely Lady out to lunch.

          I hope you both have a wonderful time and may your travel go smoothly and safely.

          Don’t forget a packet of travel wipes to wipe down your tray and arm rests. I read that some people change their babies diapers right on those things. Oh my gosh, please don’t forget them and then think of this. I would feel horrible putting these thoughts in your head. I will pray that you don’t get a seat where this happened. Now I don’t know if I should erase this part or not. Hopefully, you have a travel packet. Let me know if I should’ve erased it, and I promise next time. I just think a heads up is always good. Well, except if you forget, and I am so good at forgetting.

          I am so excited for the both of you. It’s always good to get a change of scenery, and what better time of year for Florida? I hope you both have lots of fun and there will be smiles and laughter throughout. Go and have a blast!
          Ma’iingankwe

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          • trumpismine says:

            Probably our last long road trip. yup driving a little over 1200 mi. but gonna take it slow. Autumn and the colors should be beautiful going thru the Smokies. so Cincy due south on i-75 Ky,Tenn, and get a room hopefully in northern Ga, Friday make it to the Florida line.Break out the summer clothes and Saturday on to Ft. Myers.1 week at a condo we’re renting on the beach across from Sanibel island.

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            • trumpismine says:

              Going to meet up with some dear old friends that winter there for 1 day and then just soak up some rays and feast and try to enjoy it all. head back for another 3 day trip home. I’m in the million mile club and have traveled from NY to LA b-4 I turned 40 but I’ll probably forget
              something and have to improvise 🙂
              Have fishin pole will travel is my motto! WE had bigger plans but decided to get home for thanksgiving and save some money to get a pup 🙂 and get together with the family.
              so……Happy Trails and God be with you all, tim

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              • maiingankwe says:

                Have I mentioned how happy I am for the both of you? I just can’t stop smiling while I’m reading your posts of travel and friends. You’ve got me hooked. 🐠

                It sounds like such a beautiful drive in our beautiful states. I’ve been through Tennessee, but not Georgia. I remember the change of the leaves and it was majestic to say the least. I love looking at all of our Creator’s work, his wildlife is not only breathtaking in detail (a duck’s wing for example), it’s so humbling. All one has to do is open their eyes and look around. Sometimes I get so caught up in it all, I just have to stop and try and take it all in.

                Wow, a whole week on the beach and you have your fishing pole too? I’m so excited and happy for you! I know you probably know this, but watch the people who are catching fish and what lures/bait they are using. If you’re a bit shy. Otherwise, go up and ask and talk with them. I’m always so excited with their catch, they will just spill the beans and tell me secrets too. I hope they will do that for you too. I think the secret is being happy for them and you and me seem like that type who are honest when we are. We just love fishing.

                🎼 Here fishy fishy, come to me,
                I’ve got a tasty treat for you to eat… 🎶

                I can’t remember the rest, but I did write it down somewhere. It came from a lot of hours on a quiet fishing boat. You can make up whatever words you want from it and hopefully it will work as it has for me. 😁
                I’ve made up 100’s of songs, most silly and for my pups, but I always forgot to write the good ones down. Pups like it when I sing to them, for the most part anyways. Sometimes they look at me like oh no, not again, but mostly I get a tail thumping to the beat. Depends on their moods I guess.

                I hope you both have a blast with your friends for the day and make lots of real good friends along the way.
                Be well and stay smiling, I can’t wait to hear all about it, if you’re wanting to share.
                Lots of love, laughter and smiles being sent your way,
                Ma’iingankwe

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                • trumpismine says:

                  Started a long fishin’ story but the gods at wp or my fat fingers somehow lost it in cyberspace…..sigh. ok kinda getting sleepy anyway and might mess up my big story so I’ll try and continue in the morning after a cuppa of joe. so nice being home again friend zzzzzzzzzz….

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                • trumpismine says:

                  anywhose, went out on a 100′ all steel vessel Tuesday a week ago( after pampering Lovely Lady for a couple fun days). had a new 7′ spinning rod/reel light to medium action loaded up with 50 lb pro-choice braid with 40 lb mono leader.
                  well…. the big storms and the red tide conspired to make a slow day fishin’. Plan was to get a red grouper or nice size snapper. I guess that’s why they call it fishin’ instead of catchin’.
                  Did get 7 lane snapper, grunts and spots all good eating but gave them to an old couple who had a good mess to begin with.
                  65 bucks and they paid for my out of state 1 day permit, Humboldt squid for bait and the mates would even take them off the hook for you! more later……

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        • justfactsplz says:

          I pray you have a safe and wonderful trip with Wife #1 and enjoy our great fall weather. I’ll be waving as you pass by my neck of the woods on Friday.

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          • trumpismine says:

            Did you hear my shout out to you ? somewhere after we crossed the border at the ga./fl. line on I-75 sb said a prayer for you and Gary. Home sweet home now in the overcast cold damp weather but thanking God and feeling good to be safe at home. Big Smiles at you 🙂

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        • Ddanna says:

          Hope you have a safe trip and a great time in Fort Myers tim — that is a beautiful area of Florida.

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          • trumpismine says:

            TY Ddanna. Great time! few days record and near record temps but it felt good in these sometimes stiff and sore hands. The place we stayed in was right on those silky white sands near Punta Rassa road overlooking Sanibel Island and facing west for the beautiful sunsets.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        I will take you hunting as long as you can be quiet. I’ve found ladies talk more than guys in the woods hunting, so don’t take it personally. Heck, you and I might be bursting with giggles. I can see it now, and I’d be the one at fault too. I’d blame you of course.
        Stay smiling,
        Ma’iingankwe

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        • bcsurvivor2 says:

          yup..we’d be talking and laughing…heck we burn up an hour on the phone….thank goodness for no long distance charges.
          I think if I went hunting I’d be looking out for bears and the like, looking to kill me…so I’d be super quite and scared to death…i’m a city girl that loves the wilderness…as long as I have a potty that flushes..lol oh! and a hot shower…other than that I’m good

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          • maiingankwe says:

            No potties in the woods and we hunt all day. It’s okay, I will teach you. Drop and squat. There you go.

            I’m sorry, couldn’t resist, and I apologize if I offended anyone, I really do. I will show you to dig a hole and to cover up if it’s where we hunt etc though. Don’t want them tasty critters to know we are there.

            If I go moose hunting next fall I will probably be traveling down south of the state and have my trusted friend and guide take me. He will know right where to put me and won’t complain when I need extra muscle to haul it out. He’s all set up for it too. Over the years we learn less work is better. We don’t need to show off either. 😋

            I do believe the steroid ointment is working. Doesn’t feel so great when you put it on, but if it works, that is all that matters right now.

            I better start getting all my stuff together for tomorrow morning chemo. I’m also writing out my list of questions etc for them.

            Be well and stay smiling,
            Ma’iingankwe

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            • justfactsplz says:

              Now you would have to go and mention hunting. Gary is pining away because he can’t go. I wish I physically felt like going. Maybe next year. We used to have great fun rustic camping in the tent during hunting season. Gary always made me a private outhouse because at times I would be the only woman.

              Sorry to hear you have been so sick with your incision. That happened to me with the glue they used for my first defibrillator surgery. It was miserable. Hope it clears up real soon and that your pain will ease.

              I too haven’t been on the site much lately. Feeling too bad and trying to take care of Gary and keep up with his doctor’s appointments and home health visits.

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              • maiingankwe says:

                Please let Gary know I know exactly what he is going through. I’ve misssd my grouse hunting, and now I’m giving a proxy hunt to my Brother-in-law cause of the cancer. His hunt starts December first. Hopefully, he will get us a moose to split with him. Fingers crossed.

                My friend, John, is a huge icefishing guy. He used to make a tent for his wife to use as the facilities. It was super nice. He’d have about three shacks on different lakes. For their honeymoon, they spent a week ice-fishing. Yup, what a gal. Ice-fishing is one of my absolute favorite sports, but even I wouldn’t have spent a week for my honeymoon. However, my hubby and I had always planned a week fishing on a private lake here in Alaska for ours. Somewhere we’d have to fly into. I can do that, but not on the ice.

                I was back in the ER last Friday and they kept me overnight and most of the day on Saturday. I will write about it when I don’t need to go back to bed. Pups woke me up to go outside and now it’s time to close my eyes again. I have an appt with the radiation dept. later today.

                Still praying for the both of you, especially at night when I go to bed. Hope all is getting better for you both.
                Be well,
                Ma’iingankwe

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                • I haven’t been on CTH very much since the midterm electins, Ma’inngankwe. Came to the prayer requests to see how you and justfactsplz, and others who I keep in my daily prayers are doing. So glad to see your upbeat messages, though I know your body is taking a beating. My prayers for you continue, …I pray that you will be healed very soon.

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        • My husband & his hunting bud set up their tree stands near “the blue horse trail” (a horse trail that traverses the lower peninsula of Michigan from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron across the “second knuckle”) & their ended up being a group of riders that had a Very Loud Woman whose piercing voice cut into their hunts nearly non-stop for almost a half hour & basically ruined that afternoon’s hunting adventure. They had fun texting less than flattering descriptions of that fiasco to each other as compensation for that lost hunt…

          What do you like to hunt for? My family mostly goes after white tail deer. Very rarely they also go on small game hunts & are contemplating turkey. There is also a possibility of doing some coyote bounty hunting after dark like some people in a neighboring hunting shack do…

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          • piper567 says:

            Valerie, hunting Turkey does indeed require “contemplation”, ha!
            I have a friend who is an avid hunter, and he says Turkeys are the most difficult bird to bring down he has ever experienced.
            They are really smart…not like a crow…but very wily, and very sensitive to movement.
            Steve says many hunters actually fall asleep bc they cannot move…and he and his buddies are all good callers…birds do come in…but very wily. buncha camo stuff needed.
            ooops…bigly OT…got distracted by Turkeys! sorry.

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            • Well pretty much all the family hunters are good at napping while they wait for the game to potentially come in! My brother got a fresh turkey from a friend years back & used it for the Thanksgiving feast. It was very tasty (though I think much leaner than store bought birds).

              We actually saw a turkey on the roof of a neighbor’s cottage in Northern Michigan years ago. That was the only time I ever saw one not firmly on the ground!

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            • trumpismine says:

              So true piper567. remember reading Ben Franklin wanted to the wild American turkey the national bird. Voted down in favor of the American bald eagle.

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          • maiingankwe says:

            Yup, all it takes is one person to ruin a good hunt. I feel bad for the guys.

            We hunt moose up here. No whitetail deer around. We do have black-tailed deer in Sitka though.

            I love to hunt grouse. We have what I’ve been told, the best grouse hunting in the nation in our area. I prefer ruffed grouse to the spruce grouse we have up here. They taste like pine needles.

            My Dad would come up and hunt with me. I have a picture of him putting his shotgun away and our Ella leaning into him watching. She loved my Dad. Probably because he would make her feel so good after a hunt.

            My Dad was by far my best hunting buddy. (He probably made me feel good like Ella.)We would also go to this place where they make the best hamburgers in the state. He got a kick one year when it was a lady who was helping us with some hunting spots and information. She was their cook, waitress, bartender and after our meal, our “guide” was tacked on to the long list. Her help improved our odds immensely the next day we went hunting.

            What’s funny, is years later, she remembered him, but not me when I had seen her again. She knows me now because I always bring new people in to the best burgers ever! They’re huge and need extra sized buns. So yummy. And the drive is spectacular too. I can send pictures to Ad rem and see if she’ll post them for all of you. I’ve got it in the fall colors. My Dad and I would wait till the leaves fell off the trees though, so almost in ‘our’hunting season. Regular season starts real early around August 10th. Too many leaves though.

            Thank you for your kind words and thoughts. Every day I get stronger. Thank you so much for your prayers too, I know they help.

            I also enjoyed reading about the hunting stories you shared with me and others. You’re right, Wild Turkey is a lot different than what we get in the stores. My Mom would bake them in wild rice and lots of other goodies in a casserole like dish. The bird would taste nice and tender and go so well with everything. Small bits of carrots and onion etc.

            Be well, and stay smiling,
            Ma’iingankwe

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            • Thank you for sharing these wonderful memories!!! Please do send some pics to Ad Rem–it would be great to see what you see, even just a little bit.

              My husband, dad, & some friends are up rifle hunting for a long weekend & then Michael will come home for a couple of days before heading Up North again after Thanksgiving.

              Before my husband joined our family the guys only ever experienced rifle season, (Nov 15-30). When we lived in Northern Michigan the kids even got out of school for Opening Day! My husband brought Bow Hunting with us (from Oklahoma though he only hunted one season in OK that way) to Michigan. That opened up deer hunting from Oct 1-Dec 31! It was a real game-changer for my dad (& his long-time hunting buddy) to be Up North during Fall Colors & that lead to more equipment & gear, including lots of camo for various seasons, & way more chances to get some deer, at least in theory.

              Last year Michael & his friend Pete & our son Brandon all obtained Muzzleloaders. They haven’t actually gone hunting with these weapons yet, but last hunting season M & P spent a good amount of time sighting in & learning the idiosyncrasies of another type of firearm.

              My dad, who’ll be 80 in about half a year, obtained a crossbow this year. He was like a kid in a candy shop & wanted to come over to sight it in using my husband’s backyard targets. His enthusiasm actually gave Michael a lot of hope for when he’s older, that he’ll still find much enjoyment & challenge in continuing the hunting camp experience.

              Deer Camp has been a Huge part of our family’s culture, and though I am the only child (daughter) of my parents not to have hunted–I have 2 younger bros who are nominal hunters–our kids are the most invested in pursuing hunting of the younger generation.

              Keeping the “old farts” in hunting camp is a topic of conversation as the generations advance. It’s really important to get the old guys up for the hunt, even to the place where my grandpa’s cousin was still brought to camp when he was almost bedridden & being cared for round the clock by a devoted son.

              There is something special, magical, blessed that happens at Hunting Camp. For our family & extended clan of hunting friends the best parts of hunting rarely involve actually getting any deer (not for lack of trying).

              During bow season Michael, Josiah, & Clarissa got to stay North longer than Brandon & they ended up doing some early preparation of a “chapel” in the woods. They found a small clearing & lashed some found wood as a cross to one of the trees, rolled in a large remainder of a fallen tree to use as a podium & are looking for decent logs to roll in for “pews”. They may have a devotional or Bible study or even communion in the type of place where the soul can most easily commune with God–in the midst of his glorious creation!

              I’m so glad that you are gaining in strength & hope most of your pain is finally subsiding. Thank you for sharing so much of your unique journey here–you are such a blessing to us all!!!

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              Hopefully you’ll see some scriptural images of deer–Even the Lord loves the hunt!

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              • trumpismine says:

                Great read Valerie. I love to see our God Blessing His children 🙂

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                • Thanks, T.I.M. God blessed our guys on this last hunting trip. Pete the “deer magnet” was the only guy in the extended camps (even including several other camps in the area) to get a deer this past weekend. However God was gracious to preserve everyone & their vehicles in several mishaps. My dad’s friend Clyde, who’s also nearing 80, was run over both legs by an empty trailer hauled by guys in the shack across the street. Miraculously (& perhaps partially due to the 5″ snow pack in part) he was not actually injured at all!!!

                  This snow pack made for some treacherous backwood’s driving especially on one portion of the road where there is a long steady inclined hill for about a mile. My husband & Pete ran into town for an ice cream treat & a trip that should have taken a half hour at most ended up taking about 2 1/2 hours because of sliding off the icy road a couple of times & getting stuck in a ditch & needing a ride &/or tow several times.

                  Throughout the situation there was fellowship, camaraderie, & teamwork. Michael & Pete met a solo hunter who may get invited to our camp for a meal this next weekend (a long-term hunter in the area who is also from a multi-generational hunting clan–like my family–but who’s had falling outs with other fellow hunters who want to party in the woods–our hunting camps are Zero Partying & have a long term deer camp rule that if anyone drinks Any alcohol they May Not Hunt the entire next day); hopefully he’ll make it to “our” camp & can fellowship w/Dad & Clyde in particular & they’ll all get to reminisce about so many of the larger than life tales that are as much a part of our deer camp as are good cooking & slim pickings on the game front!

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              • trumpismine says:

                My youngest son many years ago I took him on his first deer hunt and he bagged a doe. He learned a lot for a 13 year old as we helped him drag that deer from a steep ravine and field dressed all by himself with our encouragement.I knew of a butcher who made the most wonderful sausage based on old Amish recipe for trail bologna. YUM!
                Thanks for bringing back some great old memories sitting around the fire on a cold winter day with sausage, cheese and some crackers 🙂

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                • How special for your son! My oldest son has yet to “officially” get a deer (both he & Brandon shot at the same animal & they all decided it was “Brandon’s kill” based on the wound location). My daughter has had several chances but never yet took a shot, so getting a deer still pends. She gets A Lot of grief at hunting camp when they recount the ones that got away & they recall how she was 10 feet from a deer slipping on the ice but got so discombobulated that she never even got her gun up before that deer was long gone!

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                • trumpismine says:

                  I was the proud dad that day. He didn’t quit though and went on to become a great bow hunter filling the freezer to overloading.
                  Forgot to add that on our way home from Florida after coming through Knoxville heading up Jellico mountain spotted a couple of Elk much to my amazement. Did a little research when I got home and back in 2010 Tennessee placed 210 animals in Campbell county and the population last count was 600.
                  No hunting season yet but glad to see a herd back in the Smokies since the 1860’s. Still rubbing my eyes 🙂

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                • trumpismine says:

                  Oldest son and Brandon and your daughter will have success, it’s just a matter of time with the big population of whitetails here in the Midwest. I could come up to Michitucky and be a driver for them, been lucky at times chasing the deer to the hunters.
                  Getting a little slow now days though(might stop to fish a little)

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              • piper567 says:

                love these stories!

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                • Thanks Piper. Me too!!! It’s probably my favorite part–when they come back & recount Some of their tales back home. There is a phrase in “our” camps–“Whatever happens North of Bay City is No One’s business South of Bay City!” This means that I’m never Really allowed a “full” glimpse of deer camp shenanigans (though sometimes they slip & share one of the NoBC aspects of Camp w/ me!). These stories & the recounting of personal & other legendary historical hunting adventures is the seeming glue between the generations of hunters for the deeds exceed the lifetimes of the doers. It’s amazing how many ways the human can contrive to Not get a deer. In our camp there are way more “deer that got away” than actual bagged game tales…Surprisingly they’ve never had the “who’s the biggest idiot” contest officially, but that might be the subtext for some of what ends up getting recounted…hmm…

                  My immediate family also will share about some of their encounters with the Lord & their impressions of His artistry–these are the most intimate & insightful aspects of their Northwoods experiences. Communing with God within the beauty & continually transforming creation can be the highlight of any Up North or Backwoods excursion!

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                • trumpismine says:

                  I once saw a reality show on surviving the Alaska winter when a husband and wife team harvested a whitetail. The young couple who the hubby was taking the wife in her first deer hunt in the wilderness helped her bring the deer back to the camp and relieved her fear when a Grisly bear showed up.
                  They actually thanked God and the deer for nourishment and sustaining them in the Alaska winter.

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            • trumpismine says:

              Now I’m hungry. Knew I was missing something in my diet – pheasant! Many fond memories of bird hunts watching the dogs on the scent and the point.
              So glad your feeling better my friend

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              • I’m actually commenting on what you shared about Elk above (since there’s no reply button for that comment). We drove to Estes Park, CO for our honeymoon & arrived after dark. There were these huge “horses” walking across the streets & I was amazed at their light colored butts…& then the headlights hit their heads so we could see the horns…Yikes elk in the wild are such an amazing & majestic sight. On one of our day trips I got out of the car & approached a small herd of elks who were grazing in the tall grasses & got within 20 yards or so (perhaps foolishly but definitely joyfully!!!)…

                When we lived in Gaylord we used to head North & East of town near dusk for the chance to spot the wild elk herd there. There were often dozens of cars pulled off both sides of the two-lane highway hoping to catch a glimpse of these wondrous beasts.

                One Summer my 3 youngest kids & I got to spend Three weeks at my parent’s Cottage. With all that extra time we lazed our way through various enjoyments. One time I headed across the highway (Old 27) to check out some of the blackberry patches our family had picked in the past. Walking along a dirt road I spied some elk tracks! Though there is a herd in the city (within a fenced area behind the Elks Lodge, ironically) I had no idea there were any elk in the wild that close to the city. Those tracks & the red fox I saw on the train tracks near “our” crossing were both thrilling for me (unfortunately the kids weren’t with me) & remain treasured memories. My heart still skips a beat whenever seeing deer on a drive or spying their tracks when I get the rare chance to be in the woods!

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                • trumpismine says:

                  Majestic sight indeed. No wonder God made all the beautiful creatures of this world we call Earth, They’re just a reflection of Gods majesty.
                  That was my first sighting of an elk in the wild and at first glance I thought they were young moose.

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                • They are such Huge & Awesome beasts. Glad we both have seen them in the wild for encountering God’s creatures in their natural state (at least the non-human kind!) is an incredible blessing…

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    • trumpismine says:

      We forgive you ma”
      Just think November, December, January ,February, March, and April and Spring Forward!
      Be well, my friend

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    • Ddanna says:

      So glad you posted Ma’ii and to hear you are getting help for your incision. Hopefully this will be a big help to you and I hope your chemo treatment went well for you yesterday. Wow, what a trooper you are getting out with hubby to vote on Tuesday! Hope you are able to get some good sleep now and prayers for your recovery!

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    • Dear Ma’i, I haven’t been reading here for a while so have been playing some marathon catch-up. In a bleary eyed state I thought your “90min” was actually “9mm”–& since my husband loves his guns that got my mind running in all sorts of directions.

      I’m so sorry that you have been suffering so much even in this post surgical state & so grateful that you are Finally getting some of the treatment & relief you need. It seems that having your pain be an 8.5 (out of ten?) isn’t OK. Have you mentioned that to your doctors? Perhaps they need to increase your dosages or change some meds…

      What an incredibly inspiring & heroic warrior woman you are–even in your tale of making it to the voting booth!!!

      May the Lord continue to minister healing, comfort, peace, joy (in the midst of sorrows), & rest to you. Your spirit is so beautiful & strong & your love continues to shine, even through tears. God Bless YOU Richly!

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  11. pjpatriot says:

    I have such a burden for the state of things in our country and the evil that seems to grip and not let go. When people on both sides can’t seem to cross the divide it’s scary. Loved ones, let’s pray that God intervene in the hearts of those in government but also that he direct us, his people as to how to act and steps to take if any. I just had a vision of Christians surrounding Washington DC for 8 days praying that the evil comes tumbling down. Whether that is the step I don’t know but it couldn’t hurt…

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    • Ddanna says:

      I understand your feelings of burden for our country pj — it seems as if the bad stuff keeps piling on. I’m praying that the people of our country will wake up and see what their apathy and selfishness is doing to our country. May God help save us from ourselves!

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  12. Phil says:

    Especially today I would like you to consider praying for my 95 year old father-in-law. A WWII vet who until this year was driving and still singing in his church choir. He has not been doing well at all after some surgeries. If it is God’s good will and pleasure, he will have more time to enjoy with his family this season.

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  13. floridawoman4trump says:

    My husband has been in and out of the hospital 4 times since May. He is in the final stage of congestive heart failure along with diabetes. My husband was admitted a month ago with acute renal failure and he has gained 40 pounds of fluid and our Pastor came to give him a final blessing at my husband’s request. My husband is a good man and always took care of his body, so it is difficult for him to understand why he got CHF. He was a champion speedskater when he was young for years and he is in great pain. Morphine was started 2 days ago and today Hospice is coming to speak with our family. Please pray for my husband. Thank You and God Bless.

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    • Ddanna says:

      Dear Florida, I pray for your husband and you and your family. This is a tough time I know. May God bless you all with comfort and love.

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      • floridawoman4trump says:

        Thank you so much for your kind words and prayers for my husband and family. Hard coming into the house a few minutes ago and trying to accept he won’t be coming home. The hospice house is nice and the staff thoughtful, but it was an emotional day for my family. My husband slept between the hospital and the hospice house and never knew he even was in the ambulance.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      I’m so sorry, Florida woman. I pray for comfort for you & your husband, & for His peace that surpasses all things.

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      • floridawoman4trump says:

        Thank you so much for your thoughtful words and prayers. Very much appreciated, especially tonight as my husband was in great pain today and was put into hospice late this evening.

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        • Ddanna says:

          Continued prayers for you and your husband, Floridawoman for strength, guidance and comfort.🙏

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          • floridawoman4trump says:

            Thank you for your prayers for my husband and family. He is sleeping around the clock, but resting comfortably. The Hospice team have been kind, supportive and very respectful to him and our family. My husband had wonderful care at the hospital, but he was there for nearly a month and so confused and exhausted the last few days before he left for Hospice. My children and I are grateful that his pain is being kept to a minimum and he is in peace. Thank you to everyone for your prayers and support.

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    • Paintingjan says:

      Your husband and your family are in my prayers. I pray that his passing be gentle, and that you will feel God’s arms embrace you in compassion. May he be welcomed Home with a chorus of angels.

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      • floridawoman4trump says:

        Thank you, Paintingjan. He is struggling with the pain today and he is so tired. Heartbreaking to watch and the children and I feel helpless. He woke today, several times and he spoke a few words to us, with great effort. I know his time with us in nearly over and we are going to miss him more than words can ever express.

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    • floridawoman4trump says:

      My husband passed away yesterday. My children and I are very sad, but we know that we will see him again someday and that he has gone home to God. Thank you for all the supportive messages and prayers when he was in Hospice. He is without pain now and if there is a golfer’s alley in Heaven, we know he is there playing a great 18 holes with his Dad.

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      • trumpismine says:

        God be with you and your family floridawoman4trump. May he rest in peace in the Love of Christ.

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      • Joe Blow says:

        Prayers of comfort & love for you & your family, floridawoman.

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      • Paintingjan says:

        I’m so sorry. In that instant when he left this world, you may have cried out in grief “he’s gone”. Picture that instant as he was welcomed by our Heavenly Father, and his loved ones who preceded him, and heard them cry out to him “you’re here”.

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        • floridawoman4trump says:

          Beautiful words of comfort, Paintingjan, thank you so much! I am going to copy your post and send it to my children. My husband’s Memorial Service is December 1, so we struggled through yesterday and this might help them. God Bless and I hope your Mom is comfortable. I wish I had better words to help you and your Mom. I am saying prayers for you both.

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          • Dear Florida, so many times the holidays can magnify our grief. I actually hold precious the memory of my grandpa (who was a pretty gruff & harsh man) breaking into gentle tears as we held hands to pray & bless our meal shortly after my grandma’s death. Those memories of tears & loss are healing & that brokenness can soften us & even minister to those around us (as a teen I was blessed to see my grandpa’s grief as evidence of how much he loved & missed my grandma). May this Christmas season be very blessed for you and your kids as you share the love, loss, memories, laughter, tears, & the fullness of life & death with each other & hold your husband’s spirit (& the Lord’s comfort) close to your hearts…

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        • trumpismine says:

          Beautiful Paintingjan. God Bless you

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      • Dear Florida Woman,
        May the God of Grace & all Compassion be with you & your children as you grieve the loss of your precious husband & father. What a blessing to know that death is not the end & that you will be reunited in glory some day…

        Hopefully you’ll see some comforting scriptures above. May the Lord’s Peace, Grace, Comfort, & Love sustain you & your family during this season of loss, sorrow, & reflection.

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        • floridawoman4trump says:

          “What a blessing to know that death is not the end & that you will be reunited in glory some day…”

          I am holding this thought very close and embrace it fully. I am grateful that my husband is not struggling anymore as he suffered and fought valiantly with all the symptoms of his CTH. I met my husband 40 years ago and we had a full and busy life. My faith tells me to trust we will be together again and that is what keeps me moving forward in this foggy state of mind I am in when I hear the sounds of silence in the house now without him here. My husband always put up the Christmas lights outside the Saturday after Thanksgiving. No lights tonite, but I know he is beside me helping me through this. God Bless all of the Treepers who have said prayers and wrote kind and heartfelt words to me and my children. I shared them all with my family.

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          • We are so blessed that scripture reminds us that we do not sorrow as those who have no hope. Weeping may endure for the night (or season) but joy comes in the mo(u)rning…eventually…May you and your family continue to be enfolded in His Everlasting Arms of Love…

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  14. Paintingjan says:

    I’d like to ask for prayers for my mom, 88, who was told yesterday that she has lung cancer, and it may also have spread to her brain. 6-12 months best scenario.
    No MRI of her brain because of her pacemaker. They did see something there on her CAT scan. No surgery or chemo because of her poor health. Just keeping her comfortable.
    She wants to live to see her 30th great grandchild born in May. I pray that she does. I ask you to pray for an easy and pain free death when it is time for her to shed her earthly body and join her Father in Heaven. Her name is Frances. Thank you.

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  15. Cetera says:

    Happy Thursday, Treeper Prayer Warriors!

    There is a woman from our church here in AZ that needs prayers. She’s had cancer before, and the cancer has come back. She’s a teacher (that how my wife knows her) and she volunteers teaching religious education classes at our church too. She and her family needs prayers. She’s got two little kids, and the family is just out of resources at this point, going into the holidays. We’re giving them some money to assist, but they need a lot of prayer support.

    If any of you have been looking for a charity project, they do have a GoFundMe set up:
    https://www.gofundme.com/help-the-kilkelly039s-kill-cancer

    Thanks! And I’m still praying for all of you!

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  16. Re-posting this from yesterday’s open thread (I’m still doing catch-up reading)–Blessings to All!

    “crossthread42 says:
    November 15, 2018 at 7:52 pm
    Folks, I’m gonna need some prayers directly..
    Got My MRI done..
    See I “tossed” some live-oaks logs over My fence, moving Hurricane Debris to the road..
    Below My Sternum, Seems I “provoked” a Massive Hernia in My Abdominal wall..
    My INTESTINES are pushed out, to just under my skin..
    YES, I went to the Primary doctor, waiting on a “referral”..
    I cannot wait no longer..
    I’m going to the ER..
    I’m in a great deal of PAIN..
    I see ya’ll folks later.. I’ll try to post from My tablet..
    Keep the Fort,, AdRem & Sundance & Bluto, & Gunny..
    BRB as soon as possible..
    I cannot wait no longer on a “referral” to call..
    I gotta go to the ER..
    Sorry folks..
    CT..

    auscitizenmom says:
    November 15, 2018 at 9:08 pm
    Prayers for you.

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    Ddanna says:
    November 15, 2018 at 9:17 pm
    Prayers for you crossthread. Hope you will get something for the pain soon. Praying you will heal quickly. keep us informed as to how you’re doing.

    thinkthinkthink says:
    November 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm
    Holding you in prayer CT.

    Donna in Oregon says:
    November 15, 2018 at 9:46 pm
    Said a prayer that God would touch you with his healing hands and give you comfort, peace and watch over you.

    nikkichico7 says:
    November 15, 2018 at 10:28 pm
    crossthreadthread42 God bless you with great doctors, quick and complete healing and relief from your pain, in Jesus name amen”

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  17. woodstuff says:

    I am deeply grateful for the prayers for my health and finances. Many prayers were answered as I regained some strength after my surgeries (mostly bones). Today I can walk fairly well and lift reasonably good. My old pickup runs very well (after the engine change) and I’m less desperate money-wise. An acquaintance gave me a gift of some major equipment when he sold his cabinet shop (unloading it tomorrow); this was a gift from God.

    Through it all I have sensed the intercessory prayers of you Treepers.

    I have an additional request. Need dentures that I cannot afford. I know that the Lord will find a way.

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  18. maiingankwe says:

    I know a bit of time has passed since my last update. I went to the ER last Friday morning with sharp upper, upper chest pains and then I couldn’t stop throwing up. I ended calling and asking if my husband could come home from work and take me rather than an ambulance. Yes, I almost called them, but I did not want my daughter to see that about five in the morning.

    I don’t know when my husband made it home or the time we headed out, but it was early.

    It was above my heart where my chest was causing so much pain. They never did figure it out. They kept me in the ER until around midnight and then sent me upstairs to a hospital bed. I was able to leave late afternoon and made it home right before dinner time on Saturday.

    The zofran they were giving me through the IV wasn’t working and every time I would move, I would get sick. It was so miserable. I ended up tearing up my esophagus, but that only took a few days to heal. Whew.

    It was amazing how fast I healed in the hospital. Friday, I was so sick I could barely move and Saturday around one pm I’m doing walks round the floor. I did four laps with a short break in between. My helper made the bed while I rested.

    Before they would even allow me on the floor, I had to change my gown, wash my hands, and promise not to touch anything. They also had to change the sheets and bedding before I got back in bed. So many rules and so much extra work for their employees. I was told it was to protect me though. I can see that, just felt bad for my helper who works at the hospital.

    I don’t know if it was finally the zofran or what, but it was like night and day. They had originally wanted me to stay an extra night just because of how much I had been getting sick, but they let me out, and I was ever so thankful.

    Monday of course I overdid it and it kept me in bed sleeping or to one of my appts. I had an appt everyday except Wednesday and only because I couldn’t find a ride to PT.

    PT is going very well by my therapist’s standards. She says I’ve gone above and beyond and she can tell. Heck, I was doing my exercises in the hospital on Saturday afternoon. She said she would’ve excused that. I didn’t do any on Friday though. Not a one. I’ve done all of them since then.

    I’m still nauseous, so I’m taking pills for that. I’m also butting heads with my cancer provider. Let’s just say if there was another cancer doc, I’d switch. I’m frustrated, my husband is frustrated, and if I was to explain it all, it would take a lot of room. It’s like all of the bad luck I’ve had was somehow in my control. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. I’m talking about my allergic reaction to the glue used on my incision, my ER/hospital stays and throwing up, the pain in my hands and feet etc., and everything else I’ve complained about here. 🙃.

    You see, I’m on the herceptin and perjeta now, and it should not cause me to get sick. The docs at the hospital, all three that I saw through the time changes put it on the chemo, but not the cancer doc. She thinks it’s my eyesight, which has worsened due to…..you got it, chemo therapy. I don’t have headaches, but I did complain of seeing stars if I moved too quickly. I haven’t had this happen for over a week now.

    Yes, I will be seeing an eye doctor. I believe I have to see my personal doc for a referral though, not sure, but it’s on my list of people to call on Monday. And no, my cancer doc won’t do it for me. The nurse asked me to call my doctor.

    Good news: My surgeon’s receptionist is going to bring us ice cream from Cold Stone for my appt next Tuesday. How sweet and kind is that? I’m so excited!

    Here I was trying to get her favorite flavor out of her and she turns it around! Said I couldn’t buy it, she was going to. I was complaining because my husband nor my driver like their ice cream and I had such a craving for it. It was when I started asking what flavor she liked etc. I thought I was going to be sneaky and bring it to her. I was going to bring it to her that day though. 😋. She had other plans and it just tickles my heart. It just shows we are surrounded by good people everywhere.

    I’m doing lots better, and I’ve been sleeping when I need to. Lots of fluids, and I am eating well too. So please don’t worry.

    I hope all of you Prayer Warriors are doing well, and I hope all who have been asking for prayers will be answered by our Creator. Please never forget how exceptional all of you are, every single one of you.
    Be well, stay smiling & stay strong,
    Ma’iingankwe

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  19. Blessings to all Treeper Prayer Warriors! Your continuing ministry to the Body (of Christ) & the Treehouse community is such a wonderful outreach of love & outpouring of grace. Thank you for so many faithful prayers on behalf of so many others (including me & my family). May the Lord continue to minister to each one of you where you most need His touch–healing, peace, comfort, strength, grace, joy (even in the midst of sorrows), hope, love, & mercy. In Christ…

    Today one of my twins, Brandon, will be joining a group of associates at the local community theater to put on an acapella production. He will be singing Baritone & has a couple of short solos within the roughly hour and a half performance. It’s possible that his sister, Clarissa, will also join up so she’ll be available for the Spring acapella event (she currently sings on our church’s worship team). Most of the family (who aren’t currently up North for rifle hunting in pursuit of the elusive Michigan white tail) will be attending in support.

    With all the darkness, despair, & destruction that seems to be abounding around us remember to keep our eyes fixed on the Lord & come to Him with our burdens. God Bless You All!

    God be with you all this weekend & may He supply each one of you All you need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus…

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  20. Re-post from today’s open thread:

    cripto says:
    November 17, 2018 at 12:21 am
    May I humbly ask for prayers for my neighbor, Mr Yip in south China, he has stage four cancer. He is a good man, a good husband and a good neighbor. I am devastated, and praying on my own. Please raise a voice unto the Lord to save a good man.
    My heartfelt thanks.

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  21. I have been away for awhile. But praying for each of you ALWAYS. And for a longtime friend, who has a wonderful spirit, double amputee, sometimes Buddhist leanings. Help me encourage him to know Truth.

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  22. Please, please pray for those in the midst of the fires in California. I just returned from a trip to Israel and was adjusting to the disaster area that was my home in Mexico Beach, Florida after the hurricane, only to find that one of my tour
    mates house has burned to the ground in Thousand Oaks, California. Does this evil ever end?
    I say yes. But… Fervent prayers, please!!!

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  23. Bionic_Granny says:

    Please pray for Mandy’s New Heart to come soon. Mandy is in the hospital and will be there until she receives a new heart. She lives in Alabama and is loved by many.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Prayers up for Mandy.

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    • Ddanna says:

      Praying for Mandy!🙏

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    • floridawoman4trump says:

      Praying for Mandy!

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    • trumpismine says:

      and we pray it will be so, Bionic_Granny.
      Matthew 19:14
      But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for as such is the kingdom of heaven.

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    • When we were waiting for my son Josiah’s Liver Transplant I also prayed for the family that would lose their loved one that they would have wonderful memories to treasure, that they would have no unresolved relationship issues between them, that All involved would know Jesus as savior, & that those left behind would have the comfort of knowing that they would meet again in heaven with their loved one.

      It’s so hard to pray for a needed organ knowing that someone else must die in order to provide this life-giving option for our loved ones (at least that’s how it was for me)….So I will pray for Mandy & for her donor & their family similarly to how I prayed in my son’s situation. Bless you Granny. May the Lord be at work in all these circumstances & spiritual as well as physical hearts!

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  24. Mandy, God’s child… I pray that she receives the life-giving energy and love of Christ for her healing.

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  25. piper567 says:

    fellow prayerfolk,
    I wrote a while ago ab mobility difficulties which began a little less than a yr ago.
    Having successfully moved downstairs has significantly improved my at-the-time rather limited life, and I am grateful for this move.
    Over the last several weeks, I have had a MRI on lower extremities, seen a Neurologist who gave me the good news my walking difficulties are not a result of spinal degeneration, whew!, and just this last wk I had extensive leg BPs and Ultrasounds.
    I see my Surgeon on the 27th, who will by then have all of this info. I am praying that he will consider stenting, since I have fairly extensive peripheral arterial disease.
    I ask for prayer that he may recommend action toward the goal of improving my mobility (I have trouble walking even a short distance).
    Many thanks for prayer.

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  26. trumpismine says:

    Home again Prayer Warriors and children of God and soldiers of Christ. Much to catch up on my friends. I could read the comments on my mobile device but couldn’t respond (puter challenged ol guy), but prayed for all.
    God truly blessed us on our little trip and got us home safe. Just had a great time and enjoyed many blessings along the way. If you said a little prayer for us it worked! heartfelt thanks friends, and may the Lord of hosts richly Bless you all!

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  27. God is working in & through WordPress.com…My special needs son, Josiah, just shared that he was checking his stats page on one of his blogs (a minor miracle since he Hates Math) & he found out he got a view from another country. He shared that he has been praying “for God to do a work” in that & several other countries. Seeing someone from a country he’s had in prayer view one of his posts has served to reinforce that his prayers have impact.

    This platform is a blessing for all of us who gather here in cyberspace but will likely never meet face to face on this plane. I’m rejoicing that it is a tool that helps my autistic son find a more other-ward focus for his prayer life. Jesus Is Lord–even of the Internet!

    God Bless & keep you all. May the Lord provide His Grace, Peace, & Strength to you & may you find Him Sufficient for all that you need.

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  28. Prayer request & funding need shared at Stella’s–a companion site to the CTH. Paige is in need of spinal surgery to prevent paralysis. Please see Stella’s post, link below, for details–Blessings!

    https://stellasplace1.com/2018/11/19/a-treepers-child-is-in-need/

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  29. bcsurvivor2 says:

    My dear prayer warriors,
    Ma’iingankwe and her family really could use your prayers.
    Ma’s pup, Ella, passed away last night. Miss Ella was Ma’iigankwe’s loyal and sweet companion. She stood by Ma’iingankwe’s side for many years but especially now with the cancer ordeal.
    I ask, from the bottom of my heart, That you all post, a prayer for Ella and her family.
    love to all,
    Eve

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    • trumpismine says:

      Eve, thank you for posting this. I’ve been so concerned for our friend Ma’iigankwe lately.
      So sorry to hear of her losing Ella. I knew she was a great comfort to her, and know it would be hard to lose one of most caring friends like Ella in a time of needing some love we all yearn for. Please tell her we are praying for her and Ella is waiting for all of them at the Rainbow Bridge.
      God Bless you Eve

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    • Ddanna says:

      Eve, thank you for letting us know about Ma’iigankwe’s Ella. I know this is heartbreaking for her and am so sorry to hear this. Please convey our love and concern to Ma’iigankwe. Continued prayers for her and her family.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Oh no, Eve. Poor Ma’ii. I will pray for her comfort through this.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Prayers for my dear friend in the lose of her faithful companion, Ella. I pray that God will comfort her during this heartbreaking time.

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Thank you so much Eve, that really meant a lot. I know prayers really help, and the ones from here are extra special. My opinion of course. 😊
      Be well,
      Ma’iingankwe

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  30. justfactsplz says:

    I was just in touch with Maiiingankwe. She was actually in the middle of emailing CTH to see if Ad Rem would post a picture of Ella when the earthquake hit. She told them she was feeling the earthquake but she had no idea Anchorage had been hit. She is okay as far as the earthquake goes but needs prayers of comfort for Ellla’s loss.

    Sorry I haven’t been around much for awhile. I haven’t felt like even being on the computer. The nerve pain involving my whole good leg and back pain have become debilitating. Simple every day chores and standing to brush my teeth or get my pants on are very difficult and painful. Finally could not take it anymore and went to E.R. last Sat. when I felt Gary was doing okay. I have blown out my lumbar discs. There is no cushion between my lumbar vertebrae. I was told to go to a spinal orthopedic doctor. I go this coming Wednesday. I can barely scoot around the house on a walker. And here I had just recovered from the two hip surgeries. I need prayers, prayer warriors.

    Gary is recovering very well from his accident where he broke his vertebrae and rib and eye orbit. he was just released from physical therapy and has four more visits with occupational therapy. When he went back to ortho they told him his recovery would take three months, not six weeks. he is getting so bored and wants to get out and do things he should not do yet.

    It has been very hard both of us down at the same time but we have managed and two of Gary’s kids have helped a lot.

    Prayers for all of you. May you have a blessed Merry Christmas. I love my president that I can say Merry Christmas out in public.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Thanks for the update on Ma’ii, justfacts. I was worried about her as soon as I heard. I’m sorry to hear things have been so rough for you, but glad that Gary is recovering well. I pray that the Lord will supply you both with an abundance of strength, hope, & mercy to make it through these hardships.

      Merry Christmas to you as well. Thank the Lord for PDJT.

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    • trumpismine says:

      Sorry to hear about your back justfactsplz,
      Praying for you and Gary. I know what back pain is too. So painful to do the smallest task.
      I hope the doctors gave you something to ease the pain. Glad to hear Gary is doing better but the therapists know there business and he needs the extra time to heal. Check in when you feel up to it and Merry Christmas to both of you.

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Justfactsplz,
      I cannot imagine the pain you are going through with your lumbar discs. It must be excruciating to say the least. I am ever so sorry you are having to deal with this on top of everything else. My goodness enough is enough.

      You and Gary are always in my prayers throughout the day and especially at night. I am so happy and relieved that Gary is slowly but surely improving.

      Hopefully, out of his boredom he’s been able to read those two books. Let me know what he thought of them if he had.

      Wednesday I see the foot doc on my toes. The one on the right has a hole in it from where he cauterized it and it still hurts! Unbelievable. I’m still soaking it in epsom salt and I think it’s called, betadine? It’s that brown stuff that stains your hands etc. It’s to keep from infections I’m sure.

      Anyways, I will be thinking of you while I’m at the toe/foot doc. I am so hoping they will be able to help you lickity split. My fingers are crossed. Please let us know what they say when you’re up to it. Take your time.
      Lots of love and healing prayers being sent to your home,
      Ma’iingankwe

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  31. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Good news about my mother after the stroke on 6/24/2018 and CTH about 2 weeks later mentioned here.
    Details on today’s Open Thread:

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/11/30/friday-november-30th-open-thread/comment-page-1/#comment-6394060

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    • Ad rem says:

      Got your email, and now I’m waiting for those pictures Ma’….no rush, just wanted to let you know I’m here for you.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Thank you Ad rem, I had sent one of Ella’s pictures, but it mustn’t have gone through. I will try again right after my nap, and charging my phone. Who knows, maybe I might have enough battery left to try now.

        Did you see in the email where I said we were having an earthquake while I was writing it? I had no idea at the time Anchorage and Wasilla was getting hit so much harder. Kinda crazy how I was writing to you and CTH about it, and it ended up making the news worldwide. Even our President Trump gave us a shout out that he had our backs. So cool.

        We didn’t have anything broken, nothing fell from our home, we were all good. My cars just danced around for quite awhile. Thank goodness we weren’t out driving.

        I will try and send the picture again after I send this. If you don’t get it, it’s because my battery on the phone died. If so, I will try after my nap. 😴
        Be well and thank you,
        Ma’iingankwe

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    • maiingankwe says:

      It has been near impossible for me to post anything here at CTH, and even worse on the Prayer Thread, so I apologize. Sometimes I’ve just given up. Let’s hope this one will work today. I’m just going to hit send and see if it will show up, if so, I will write my post in my notes and copy and paste and put it in the reply.
      Be well,
      Ma’iingankwe

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      • Ad rem says:

        Pulling for ya on our end! 😦

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        • maiingankwe says:

          I sent the picture, please let me know if it didn’t work again.

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        • maiingankwe says:

          I did write a very long post on Ella and what had happened and it never showed up after I had posted it. I thought it went in the bin, but it never showed up, so I really don’t know what happened. I do have a copy of it in my notes and I will send it out later today or this evening. I will try and make it shorter as well.
          Thank you for all of your help,
          Ma’iingankwe

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          • maiingankwe says:

            ELLA
            January 17/18, 2011-November 28, 2018
            10:25-10:55pm Crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.
            May our Creator Bless her and keep her well until we meet again.

            Please note this is really long, so please feel free to skip if you don’t like to read long posts. It’s okay with me if you do.

            Our Ella was my best friend, especially after Ponytail Kim crossed over. She jumped right up into his spot so easily. She was my white golden retriever who would’ve turned eight years old January 17 or 18th. Her mom had her brother’s and sisters late in the evening and the early morning, so we never knew the exact day she was born.

            I remember the first time meeting her like it was last week. She had an orange ribbon tied around her fluffy neck. The owners allowed my daughter and I to see them and visit often before we could take one of them home. We were fourth on the list.

            I wanted a hunting dog, my daughter wanted a playmate. I knew from my Dad’s teachings to visit different times of the day and to keep a good eye on all of them during sleep, play and eating and so forth before I chose. I was to look for the smart one with good energy, but not overly hype and lots of other traits that would take awhile to go through, but I know you get what I mean.

            I fell in love with orange tagged pup immediately. Every time we came over she would find my lap, crawl over my crossed legs and sit and watch others play while I checked her soft-furred body. She allowed me to do this each and every time. She let me check her muscles and joints, paws, her mouth, everything. After she gave me her kisses and played in my lap, she would scramble out and play with her siblings. I would swear she was showing off.

            I checked some of her siblings as well because they too were curious to who we were. Only one other allowed me to check his whole body time and again. The others just wanted to bite our long hair and play, which was fun too.

            My daughter, Dokme, was five at the time and loved them all. She would’ve taken them all home if she could. But, she loved the one in the pink ribbon because of course, it was her favorite color at the time.

            I didn’t want that one because she didn’t play as well with her siblings as I would’ve liked. She also wasn’t patient when I would try and check her all over, she wanted nothing to do with it and would try and wiggle free, which I allowed. We called her princess and it was well earned.

            I appreciated the owners and them allowing us to come over at all different times. They said we had visited the pups more than any other who was on the list to get a pup, but then they probably weren’t as serious when it came to a good hunting dog, as I had been taught by my Dad.

            Some time after we had decided on ‘The One’, the owners told us that the pup in orange would sleep every time when others would come to look and choose, especially the three ahead of us. They thought it the strangest thing since she was usually so happy, full of energy and playful. The owners would even try to wake her up and cajole her to play or visit with the other prospective buyers, but she would refuse and want no part of it. She only became herself when we were there or there were no strangers in the apt.

            I swear she and I chose each other the very first time we came over. I’ve always thought that over the years as well. Unfortunately, Dokme wanted the one wearing pink. I had to use reverse psychology as well as whisper to Ella to go play with Dokme and win her over, which she surprisingly did. After we chose her, we came over to visit at least twice a week if not more to play with her and make her more comfortable with us.

            I have pictures of her in Brianna’s arms on our way home. It was one of my most memorable days in my life. We were all so happy and amazingly she was too. I didn’t have to get a clock and wrap it in a blanket at night for her to think it was her Mom’s heartbeat. I didn’t have to coax her to sleep or not be afraid in her new home. It’s as if she knew and settled right in. Heck, I swear she was marking her territory inside and outside our home. She was also fighting with Dokme as to who was alpha between the two. Ella won that one hands down no matter how hard I tried to teach Dokme and Ella. It was the one battle I had lost with Ella, and let me assure you, she kept that title till her last day. Plus, she would love to grab ahold of Dokme’s long hair and drag her around the living room and kitchen on our hardwood floors. Dokme was so not impressed. Ella was though. 😊 Now that I think about it, it’s probably why Dokme wanted shorter hair at the time. It was so curly and beautifully long, reaching down to her tiny waist.

            I remember my Mom and Dad coming up, so my Dad could go with me and Ella on her first real and serious hunt. I had taken her out briefly the year before while she was still in training. We had brought her home in March, and she was eight months by September. I wanted her to be used to my gun etc. I also didn’t see a dang bird the first time she went out with me.

            Anyways, we were all sitting in the living room and Ella would take a toy from her toy box, play with it, go show my Dad and then put it right back in her toy box. He had never seen anything like that before and got such a kick out of her being able to put her toys away. Unfortunately, she quit doing that as she got older. I could never get her to do it again for unknown reasons. So I guess that’s twice I lost a battle with her. I’m sure I will remember more as I write. 😊

            Ella went everywhere with me. If we would go to Wisconsin, she would go to Wisconsin. She loved my parents, and all of my aunties and uncles and all of the kids. Lots and lots of kids to play with. Some were the perfect height for her to give kisses, and she never missed a good opportunity. 😋

            She sat in the passenger seat up front with me wherever we would go somewhere in the car. Her favorite place was Ponytail Kim’s because she could go swimming in the slough in the warm weather. Plus, Kim and Ella absolutely adored each other, they too had a special and unique bond.

            I would only leave her home if it was too hot or too cold, and she would let me know how unhappy she was about being left home. She would sit by the door and not budge. She would also come running to me when I got home, realized she was upset with me and run away. She would come back a few seconds later and then run away 10-15’, look at me and repeat.

            When her hips became to painful, she wasn’t able to travel to Wisconsin with me any longer. She would sit by the door for a few days before she’d venture to Dad. When I would come home he would tell me how she would become his best buddy until I got home and then he was chopped liver.

            When my hubby (Dad) brought home Cheetah, Ella was so not happy. She wanted nothing to do with her except smell her bum and then walk away. Cheetah wanted desperately to play, but Ella would have none of it. I couldn’t believe it, but she was jealous and she knew she was stuck with her. Eventually, about a week or two weeks later, she finally started to play with Cheetah and they’ve been solid ever since.

            Ella never gave up her Alpha status, and Cheetah would try every other year or so, but fail even when Ella was hurting. To be honest, Ella allowed Cheetah to have some alpha status here and there. She would let her go out the door first and small things like that, but we all knew who the alpha was. Ella.

            Now the hard part to write:
            Ella had been hurting more than usual these past few days, and I was set on calling the Vet on Thursday. I even told her I was going to take her to the doctor and maybe they could play around with her meds to help her feel better. Surprisingly though she was still able to get on the bed and sleep with me. She would lay right next to me as close as she could get. Sometimes with her head on my tummy, or lower on my legs. I would pet her for a really long time and she really liked that. You could tell with the noises she would make. We would call her cat because she had her own way of purring when you hit the right spots petting her.

            I couldn’t go anywhere inside or outside the house without her by my side. And yes, even the bathroom. She had to be connected to me at all times. However, she would sit right outside the kitchen and watch me. She knew better than to get under my feet. She didn’t like getting stepped on, and I didn’t like stumbling over her.

            I’ve been close to dogs before, especially my Dad’s hunting dogs when I lived at home, but it was different with Ella. We were so close, and I’m serious, she was my very best friend. There were times when we knew what each other were feeling, thinking or wanting. For instance, I remember being in the truck with Dokme and my hubby and asking him to pull over, so Ella could do her business. He did, eventually, and she ran out, did her business and hopped back in. Both of them were like how the heck did you know? I don’t know how I knew, I just did. This happened multiple times. I would also know when she was hungry or thirsty. If she was thirsty she would go by the water dish and then look at me. She loved cold, cold water and would drink it as I poured it. The dish could be 3/4 full and she would give me that look. Yeah, she was so spoiled too, and had the best looking teeth and gums when she went to the vet. It was from all of those moose bones or store bought that I would give her.

            Anyways, back to the hard part. Ella seemed sad on Tuesday, and she would come up to me and put her head down and rest it on my knees while I gave her love and kisses. Earlier in the day, she enjoyed the big bone I gave her and went outside to eat it. She had a few treats with her meds throughout the day and even asked to be fed and ate all of it when I gave it to her. I even got a few kisses when she was done. It’s what she would do after a bone, a good treat, dinner etc. She would always say thank you by giving whoever a few kisses. I loved that about her.

            It was about quarter after ten that night when I thought I’d better let them out one last time. She didn’t seem to want to go outside with Cheetah and I, so I said I’d be right back. After I let Cheetah out, Ella barked once to let her in the garage. She walked right to the back door and walked right out without a fuss. She usually likes to stand there with the door open and sniff and contemplate to go or stay. If she had it her way, she’d sit half in and half out. Not this time though. She just went quietly into the night.

            Cheetah came in soon after and we both sat to wait for Ella. I started to watch a video. It was an Elder talking about her survival during the Holocaust and being a Jew. It was about 20 minutes long. It was a bittersweet story.

            Afterwards, I thought, my goodness she’s been gone longer than usual, so I looked to see the temp. It was 18 above, perfectly warm for her. I was really tired and wanted to go to bed though. So I called her name and clapped. Nothing. I kept calling and clapping and even went outside in the back. I walked to the end of the garage, which was only a few feet to see if I could see her walking home from wherever she’d been visiting. Nothing. I did see the neighbor’s light on from where I stood though. They live kitty-corner from our home. I went back on the garage and walked to the front door of the garage and started calling and clapping. By this time, I knew she had gone off to die. I was afraid that she had gone in the woods and I wouldn’t find her until the next day.

            I went downstairs and got my husband, I was so worried and heartbroken by then, and my hands hurt terribly from clapping (neuropathy). However, when he came up to help he started calling and clapping like I had from both doors. I kept asking him to get in his truck and find her quick. He told me to give him two minutes. He really believed she’d be coming back.

            I have never had to call and clap that long before. I always see her slowly running home with a smile on her face. She had never made me wait very long.

            When he finally got in the truck and left, I knew she had gone off to die for sure. He came back a very short time later, maybe three minutes. I still looked to see if she was in the front seat, but I couldn’t tell. He walked up to me and didn’t say anything until he had me in his arms. He told me he she had passed and pointed to her in the bed of the truck. I yelled and screamed and cried. I kept saying, “No! Not my Ella, no…”. I broke my husband’s heart and even saw for the first time a tear fall down his cheek. I went to Ella and petted her crying I was so sorry and how I was such a bad mom to have not called her sooner. I really believe if I had not let them out, she would have passed laying on the bed next to me. So I think she did this to make it easier on me, I really do.

            After I had stopped crying for the most part, Donald and I decided to have her cremated and he had looked up the information and phone number on his phone. He had also explained earlier that she had not been hit by a car, there was no blood or broken bones or shock on her face.

            As he was looking stuff up, I went to lock the front garage door. I remember turning back to him and asking if he saw her because of the neighbor’s light and he had said yes. We know they have a sensor light, but I told him that light had been on the whole time I had called for her. I opened up the door and the light was off.

            I know my neighbor’s go to bed early and their lights are always off during the week before 9pm, so they can get up real early for work. But when I opened the door their lights were off. My hubby was trying to explain to me that movement was needed to keep them on (As if I didn’t know), and Ella had passed by the time he reached her. I kept telling him they were on the whole time I had been calling her.

            Today, my neighbor told me they had been sleeping, and no, they had not left the light on accidentally. They were sorry Ella had passed. They loved her too. She would always come and say hello when either of them were in their yard. She loved getting her ears scratched and petted. They were confused too about their lights being on, and said they had no idea. It was also strange to them that after we had gotten Ella, the lights went back off again.

            I truly believe a loved one or Angel made sure the light was on so we could see her when we started looking. It was cloudy and dark that night. My husband would more than likely not have seen her without the light to help him.

            When I petted Ella to say goodbye, I also took a few last deep inhales of her own personal scent, which I loved to breathe in all the time. I would especially do it at night time when I would say goodnight to each pup. Each pup has a different scent just like we do. And every time I breathe in Ella or Cheetah, it just made me feel warm and safe. I love the way both of them smell.

            I swear you could lay up all of my favorite pups and I could tell you who was who just by their own individual scent. The only one I didn’t care for, but absolutely loved was Geordie. Absolutely love him, but his scent is quite different than what I’m used to.

            So our Ella is going to be cremated, and in the summer I will go to our old hunting grounds and give her back. I think I will keep just a little bit of her too. I had my hubby take some fur from under her ear, so I could have to smell when I miss her scent. I had planned on cutting those parts out from under her ear because they were a bit matted. It’s from all the ear scratching and petting I give her. Every so often I would give her a trim because of the matting. You couldn’t see it because it was under the ear.

            Our Cheetah is very sad. She saw Ella and sniffed her when she was in the truck bed. Poor Cheetah hasn’t left my side since. Usually she would go back in the house while I would read and write with Ella at my feet, but now it’s Cheetah. She’s been sleeping with me too. I can’t go anywhere in or out of the house without her right there. She doesn’t want to be alone, which is not like her. Most of the time she would like to sit on her blanket on the couch and be alone. She just liked it that way. Sometimes she’d go sit with my hubby and watch tv, but after awhile she’d go upstairs to her spot.

            She didn’t eat yesterday, but she ate today, and I gave her a nice bone to chew as well. She is so sad. I told the family to make sure to give her lots of extra love, laughter and smiles.

            Dokme is having a hard time too. Ella had growled at her a few hours earlier when she had a bone and Dokme was not happy and let her know she didn’t want her stupid bone. Now, Ella would never, ever bite Dokme, but if she had a bone, she would give her one small growl, just to remind her who was alpha. SMH.

            This post has gone on forever, or so it seems. I’m sorry. I don’t know what parts to cut out. I just wanted to let you know our Ella isn’t physically here with us anymore and she was one of the bestest friends I’ve ever had the honor of having. I know I was her best friend too. She gave me an immense amount of love, and I made sure to reciprocate. It was a joy and so easy to give her love, it was just so darn easy. I wish I knew how many times a day I kissed her or told her how much I loved her, all I know is it was a lot. She also put up with all of the silly songs I would sing to her and Cheetah. They both loved hearing their names in the silly songs.

            It will be a long time when I won’t miss her and feel as empty as I do. I know by giving Cheetah lots of extra love and attention will help though because I can feel it is helping right now.

            Please throw out a prayer to our Ella to let her know how much she was loved by so many. I sent an email to the moderators asking if Ad rem could post the picture I had sent in the email. It’s one of my favorite pictures of her and have it on my phone’s main page.

            Dokme made a slide show of pictures of our Ella & Cheetah with music. It was really well done. I have no idea how to send that in an email though. I will ask Dokme. I think you guys would enjoy it too.
            Please know you are all in prayers, especially my ones at night.
            Be well,
            Ma’iingankwe

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            • trumpismine says:

              Sorry for loss Ma’ii and I’m praying for you and your dear husband and Dokme and all who were touched by Ella’s charm. Enjoyed reading your post as usual but I must admit used more than a few tissues knowing how heart breaking it is to lose a best friend and companion. Rest assured Ella is waiting for you all in the peace of our Lord.

              Those who have not had children or have known the joy our dogs loving us unconditionally may not understand our grief when we lose them, they just don’t live long enough when we love them back like one of our own family.
              God Bless you all and comfort you with the happy memories of Ella.

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              • maiingankwe says:

                Thank you, Trumpismine. They don’t live long enough do they? I would’ve been fine with our Ella living sixty years or so. 8-12 years is ever so short.

                I remember when you lost your pup. You showed us a picture of your furry friends. They were adorable, and they looked so well loved too. I know you took it really hard, and it’s why I know you perfectly understand. The love they share with us is so phenomenal, so magical and precious to our hearts. I really think they make us better people too.

                Thank you for your post, and all that you said. My sadness is lighter now for it. You’re simply amazing.
                Be well,
                Ma’iingankwe

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            • Ddanna says:

              Dear Ma’’iingankwe, I’m so saddened by your loss of sweet Ella. You gave a wonderful tribute to her and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it but was boohooing through most of it. I’m so glad you had almost 8 years of joy and memories. Prayers for you and your family on your loss.
              It is amazing how intuitive animals are as how Cheetah is taking on Ella’s care of you — I’m glad she is there for you.
              Bless you all!

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              • maiingankwe says:

                Ddanna,
                So sorry for your tears. I didn’t want anyone to cry, but I understand too. You and so many here have such beautiful and kind hearts. Boy, now I’m going to cry again. But it’s good tears. Tears that let me know I am in the right place with the right people, who like me for who I am. Warts and all. Nah, I don’t have any warts, but I might get one on my nose when I get older. 😜

                You guys always find the good in everyone no matter how difficult it can be at times. I’m not talking about here, but out in the world with the people around you. At least that is how I see it. Here? We are all here to help people in their sadness and in their joy, especially when babies are being born. We give our prayers freely full of love and kindness to our Creator in hopes that they will be answered in the way they’re requested. It’s a beautiful thing.

                Thank you for the prayers you said for our family, it meant a lot, it really did. May lots of love and laughter come your way.
                Be well,
                Ma’iingankwe

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            • Ad rem says:

              Dear Heavenly Father,

              Please let our Ma’, Dokme, Hubby, and Cheetah know that both you and Ponytail Kim were there waiting to greet Ella at the end of the Rainbow Bridge. You were there at just the right time to welcome her with open arms…….

              They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

              You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

              Typing through tears is hard.

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              • maiingankwe says:

                Aw, Ad rem, what beautiful words. I could visualize it with Ella and when it’s my time, like a hundred years from now. 😋. She will be the one pushing everyone out of her way. She’s really good at it. If she thought Cheetah was getting too much love, she’d move her out of the way, turn around and sit on my feet facing her. I would then cajole Cheetah to come around from the other side. Depending on Ella’s mood, she would allow it, but turn her head up and give me kisses on my chin or she would maneuver Cheetah out of the way again. I always made sure to bring Cheetah back in though. Sometimes, Ella would be good and allow me to give them both love at the same time. I liked those moments too, but if I got a kiss from Cheetah, oh boy, she’d have to start kissing me too. Thankfully, I had them both trained to just kiss my chin. I’d have to raise my chin up of course, but that’s how I got my kisses unless of course Cheetah was able to pin me down on the bed, then all bets were off and she’d kiss my whole face. Yuck! Ugh! 🤪

                Cheetah is close to a 100lbs, and she is very difficult to topple off. Plus, she must’ve been a wrestler in another life (kidding) because she knew how to pin both of my shoulders. She thought it was hilarious and yes, so did Ella. One day, I’d love to get a video of it, just to prove how good she is at pinning people down.

                Thank you for posting the picture of our Ella. It’s one of my favorite pictures. I took it when she was sitting in the front seat of the Jeep. Her favorite place to be. We used to call her our navigator. She liked that title and knew exactly what it meant, a car ride.

                Anyways, I just think she was absolutely beautiful in that picture. It caught her perfectly and that is how she really looked. Her fur, so soft and silky. It felt good to pet her, and I can still feel what her fur felt like. There wasn’t a rough spot on her, even that matted piece under her ear was ever so soft. She loved being petted too. I know it made her feel good and helped her fall asleep. There were times when I’d be petting her on top of the bed and she’d start snoring. I couldn’t help but giggle during those times.

                Thank you so much for retrieving her picture and posting it, so we could show everyone how beautiful and sweet she was. I also see her intelligence in her eyes. She was one of the smartest dogs I’ve ever known. Her vocabulary was huge, and she knew so much. I hope you guys and gals can see all of that too.

                I’m going to copy and paste the words you shared with us. I have always believed our pets are waiting for us on the other side. I also believe we will be able to communicate with them better over there too. I’ve got lots and lots of questions if it’s true.
                May lots of love and laughter come your way. 💕 You’re amazing. 💕
                Be well,
                Ma’iingankwe

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              • maiingankwe says:

                Ad rem,
                I wrote a reply to Joe, but it must’ve gotten thrown in your spam or wherever they hide from us. Could you please take a look when you have a moment? I’d appreciate it. Plus, I didn’t write it in my notes like I should have. It’s been awhile since I’ve done that too. I just wasn’t thinking.
                Thank you,
                Ma’iingankwe

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                • Ad rem says:

                  Going to look for it….. Can’t find it in the bin, however, is that it directly below? Anyhoo…I’ve got Miss WeeWeed regularly checking for your missing posts too. She’s an earlybird….unlike me. 😀

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            • Joe Blow says:

              Sitting here with tears myself after reading that. I can only imagine how hard it must have been for you to type it, Ma’ii. My heart breaks for you in this moment. But there will come a day when our Lord will wipe away every tear.

              What a beautiful, loving animal she was. You were truly blessed to have known her.

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              • maiingankwe says:

                Joe,
                You’re right, it was a real blessing to have known her. The night she had passed I had to get up real early for my chemo infusions, so when I finally went to bed with Cheetah behind me, I said a prayer to our Ella and our Creator. I told them how honored I was to have had her as my best friend, and I would do my best to remember and live by all of the lessons she had taught me. I thanked for her being by my side through so much sadness and grief of these past few years of losing my parents and friends. I especially thanked her for not laughing at my bald head and holding me up during some of the roughest parts of the chemo and all of the side effects. I thanked her for accepting who I am, the good and the bad. I also thanked her for staying close to me when I was so sick and sleeping a lot. Waking up to see her by my side made me so happy. She made feel so loved. And I thanked her for loving all of our family, we all loved her immensely. She was as much as a family member than any and all of us. She made us feel complete with her presence.
                Thank you for your kind words and being here for me and all of us. You too make our lives brighter, and for that, I can’t thank you enough.
                Be well,
                Ma’iingankwe

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            • amwick says:

              Dearest Ma’iingankwe,
              You are in my heart and in my prayers. I am kinda choked right now.. but I just want to mention two things..
              There is this famous author, Dean Koontz, he wrote a book about his dog Trixie, and I am convinced he believes that(some) dogs are angels, in flesh. There is no other explanation. The thing of it is, he is a powerful storyteller, I have read many of his books. The way you write is better. You have that powerful talent. You do.
              The other thing is that I believe dogs communicate with images, their language is thought, and people who love them, well, in a sense it is a bond where you actually somehow pass thoughts back and forth. Crazy, and yes, they do pick up some words, but they understand thoughts and images.
              Every dog loving person has one special, Ella was clearly yours. Mine was Stella, and I get it.. I do. Ella’s last gift to you was to walk away, so you would be spared the sorrow of seeing her leave. She loved you that much.
              Down the road, you will be sound asleep, and you will see her. She will be happy and healthy, and she will send you her love again. It may be a while, but it will happen.
              I understand your heart is broken. Bless and keep you.
              Amen.

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              • maiingankwe says:

                Amwick,
                That was beautiful, your post had me shedding tears all over again. I think it’s because I believe it too. I don’t necessarily believe they are Angels per se, but I do believe they are sent to us to teach, love and take care of us too. A lot of similarities to Angels. Plus, I would never get down on anyone for thinking they are Angels either. We all believe differently, and who knows, I could be wrong, and I’m okay with that too.

                I think I was so emotional with your post is because just a few minutes earlier I was wondering if Ella would come visit me in one of my dreams. And then I open up your post, and there it was written.

                I will be honest with something I’ve learned these past few days though. It seems when there hasn’t been deaths of loved ones surrounding us so close in time, our Faith is somehow stronger. And when we lose a dear friend or family member, thoughts going against our beliefs rise up. I know I’ve been questioning quietly inside if Ella, my parents, friends etc are really able to come and visit me. Doubts that they don’t have been coming up, which they hadn’t before.

                All I have to do is remember the gift my Mom gave me when she passed, or remember watching both of my pups follow with their eyes what I couldn’t see in our home. Cheetah does it all of the time. Her head will move as if she is watching someone walk by her, and I can’t see it.

                I do think death rocks our Faith, at least mine has. It is so final or so it seems. And then I remember all of the times I’ve consoled people that we will see our loved ones again when it is our time, and it may also happen in our dreams.

                The night I fell asleep after she had passed over I had a dream about her. I had dreamt it all had been a dream and she was sleeping right next to me as usual. I woke up and realized that it wasn’t true, she really was no longer on this plane with me anymore and that dream really hurt. Maybe that’s why I am having such a hard time, I don’t know. All I know is she was my best friend, and I miss her terribly.

                For now, I am battling all of those thoughts that are against my Faith and doing my best to quash them with the truth that I know and have experienced. I will make it through these sad days, I know I will. I will pick myself up like I always have and bounce right back into life as I should. It’s just going to take a bit is all.

                There is nothing wrong with having a bit of sadness in one’s heart, as long as there is still room for happiness to shine through. Your post was my happiness.

                Thank you for your sweet kindness, I don’t know if I could challenge Dean Koontz in his writing, but you sure did make me feel better. Oh, and I will be sure to let my husband know too.
                I wish you a beautiful day,
                Be well,
                Ma’iingankwe

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                • bcsurvivor2 says:

                  Hello my friend,
                  When you told me that Ella had passed i cried and cried. i will admit I was angry with The Creator for taking her, Why Now, gosh darn it??? REALLY??? Ma”iingankwe really needed that pup..
                  Today I had a thought that began brewing in my head.
                  Miss Ella had been in pain and not feeling very well for a while. She stayed here with you to help you through the worst of your cancer ordeal. Ella made you get up and take care of her needs at the times where you didn’t want to move.
                  I’m thinking she sensed you were coming out of the worst of your treatments and felt you were gonna be just fine and it was her time to let go. What a wonderful girl. She is an angel now and is playing with your parents and Ponytail Kim. And there is Cheetah who will continue on to help take the lumps out.

                  When my pup, Kiku, was 3 months old I was playing with her on the floor. She came running at me full speed and crashed into my chest. There was a bruise and a lump. I ignored it. A month later we were outside and her leash got entwined around my legs and she took off running. I went down and my rear landed on my leg. Ahhhh, I broke my leg. So off to the doc who examined my complaint of the lump. Yup cancer. So my darling Kiku saved my life.

                  Our dear furry friends know, they just know.
                  peace,
                  Eve

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                • maiingankwe says:

                  Eve,
                  I’ve thought of that often, if Ella knew I was going to be okay, if her work was done, and it was her time to go home.

                  Originally, I had thought she would at least be here until the spring. I had thought she would leave me then, not now, but after she had crossed over I thought what you had written.

                  All I know is I would not have wanted her pain to get worse and have her suffer while I got better. It hurt to watch her on her bad days to go up the stairs when she was so sore and in pain. There were times I wish I could just pick her up and carry her.

                  Most nights, when we would be on our way to bed, she would walk between my legs and stop, so I could massage her hips and hind legs. Every single time I did this, I would pray to our Creator and Angels to help ease her pain. I’d like to think the prayers worked to an extent as well as the massage.

                  It’s been a difficult week, especially for Cheetah and I. Thankfully, we have each other to lean on. Sometimes though we can both feel this emptiness that neither of us can fill for the other. I think when we get to know each other even better than what we do now, it will subside.

                  Thank you Eve, I appreciate your kindness and friendship.
                  Be well,
                  Ma’iingankwe

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                • bcsurvivor2 says:

                  You and Cheetah will find your way. It’s like starting a new friendship. You learn each others nuances and communication style. If you are open and honest, wow! that friendship grows pretty quickly.
                  Kinda like “old lady” and “city girl” lol
                  love you
                  Eve

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                • amwick says:

                  I believe my father came to me the day that he died, he comforted me and told me everything would be all right. He gave me a hug in that dream, he wrapped me in his arms one last time. It has been almost 50 years, but I remember that dream, I remember that night, because of how my entire world turned upside down..
                  I miss you on the other threads, but I see you have been busy here, so that’s fine.

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            • My heartfelt sadness for your loss. I pray you find comfort in the fond memories you and Ella shared.

              Thank you for telling Ella’s story. It was beautiful.

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              • maiingankwe says:

                Thank you, RTD. At least we have that, beautiful memories, lots and lots of beautiful and fun memories.
                I’m happy you enjoyed my post on Ella. She truly was the best of the best.
                Be well,
                Ma’iingankwe

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            • dbethd says:

              Praying for you and Ella and Dokme, and your hubby.

              Thankful you were able to find her right away!

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            • Ddanna says:

              I just saw the picture of your Ella. She was beautiful — such kind eyes and wonderful smile!

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  32. Dear Virginian…
    … I, much like many of us have, in so many vastly different ways, totally get it in your loss. Please believe me, and others who are wholly with you in recovering your joy. I’m still working on it every dsy. Our town was completely leveled! There’s nothing left here I had stories of those who had while

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  33. tsmifjones says:

    I pray for justice for my murdered mother.

    Amen

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    • trumpismine says:

      Prayers sent for your mother tsmifjones and God Bless you in your sorrow.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Be assured, the Lord’s perfect justice will be done. May He comfort you in your grief.

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    • So sorry for this horrific, tragic, & senseless death rocking your family. May the Lord be with you & grant you His Peace (that passes understanding)…& may He make a way where there seems to be no way. May you & your family find comfort & even joy as you reflect on your precious mother & all she meant to you & how she lives on in small & large ways in each of her descendants. May you all find (some degree of) closure & may the murderer(s) be brought to justice quickly…God be with You…

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  34. Dear Treepers,
    Please lift up my husband, Michael, in your prayers this week as there are some people & circumstances at work that are weighing very heavily on him. In addition he is struggling with an ugly chest cold that has been lingering for a while & really draining his energy. Last year the whole family got very sick this time of year with an illness that knocked us on our butts for like a month & it was resistant to meds…this cough, etc seems similarly intense & is making the rounds in our extended family…

    Also would you lift up my sister-in-law, Sarah, who will be missing holiday events here to travel out of state & assist her aging & declining parents in possibly some major lifestyle adjustments to accommodate their mental & physical health needs. She is the youngest child in her family & lives the farthest away but seems to be the one who is burdened to handle the major “stuff”…

    Thanks for your prayers & for all the beautiful ways that you share of yourselves, including heartaches & triumphs, & for the precious prayerful comfort that you extend here to all. Blessings!

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Prayers for Michael and Sarah have been sent and will continue to do so.

      Being sick this time of year is hard, especially at work. I hope he is able to clear up his chest and cough. Has he seen a doctor for bronchitis? My Mom used to get that every year and it really wore on her health.

      Lots of love and prayers sent to Sarah. It seems that it is not always the oldest child that takes care of their parents and the last part of their journey. I know what she is going through, and I am ever so sorry she won’t be with you for the holidays. I’m guessing that event though she will miss all of you, she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Just guessing.

      Plus, I’m sure you are doing everything from your end to make sure she doesn’t feel missed and left out.
      Be well,
      Ma’iingankwe

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      • Thanks so much for your prayers & kind words. Michael actually slept well last night for the first time in more than a week!!! His work day was super stressful yesterday but hopefully will be significantly better today since he’s better rested & covered in prayer.

        So sorry to hear about the loss of your precious & dearly loved soul-mate, best friend, & loyal companion Ella. Her picture is so beautiful. I hope you are keeping her lock of fur in a container so that her scent can linger longer.

        May the Lord guide you & your family to the next loving dog in His time…& may s/he be just what you need just when you need it.

        Hope your health challenges settle down & that you are able to enjoy a blessed Christmas season with family & friends!

        Thanks for inviting us into your heart, hearth, & home with the beautiful stories you share. You have a tremendous gift & such a beautiful, loving soul. You are such a blessing to Everyone at the Treehouse!!!

        God Bless YOU Ma’i…

        https://www.bing.com/th?id=OIP.9rULv1O3DSTnEGglCmjTeAHaE8&pid=Api

        I hope you can see the visual encouragements above…PS I mentioned to my husband that you gave your dogs moose bones (how awesome that you even have that available). Our new puppy is a chewing machine & we’ve found elk horn (in the store) lasts a while. She’s half huskie & full of energy but doesn’t replace Shadow–who died a few months back–in our hearts; she fills our hearts & home in a completely new & different way…

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        • maiingankwe says:

          Valerie,
          So happy to hear Michael slept well. Let’s hope he get more good nights of rest.

          The moose bones come from friends who got their moose this year. The pups love them for the marrow and it’s good for them too.

          I am so happy you have a new pup in your home. Little pups are so soft and loveable. They can’t replace the ones you’ve lost, but they do bring new friendships and memories in the home. I hope in time and age your bond with this one grows as strong as you had with Shadow. I hope this pup brings you and your family lots and lots of love too.

          As you’ve said, this pup won’t replace, they never do, they just bring a new friendship. And for that, I am so happy for all of you.

          Thank you for your kind words, they really made me feel better. Wishing you a fabulous day with lots of love and laughter sent your way,
          Ma’iingankwe

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    • trumpismine says:

      Praying for your husband Michael that he gets well soon. Be careful with that respiratory bug, pneumonia can sneak up on you and his very dangerous.
      Prayers for Sarah that God gives her strength and wisdom in taking care of her parents.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Prayers for your husband’s health & work situation, Valerie, & Sarah as well. God bless.

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    • Ddanna says:

      Prayers for your husband that he will get better from the chest cold and that his situation at work will improve. Also, prayers for your sister-in-law and may she be especially blessed for her taking on the task of helping her parents through the changes of aging. May God bless you all.

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  35. I still have no way of getting some kind of understanding after our complete devastation in Mexico Bwach, Florida. It is flattened. Port St. Joe, ten miles east, has a few businesses open . No gas stations. Our businesses are wiped out. No income for most everyone. We are working on it as quickly as we can. Some can relocate. Not all. Our snowbirds were welcomed repeat guests. Probably not this year.

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  36. Here are some scriptures for us to be encouraged in the Lord, whatever we face:

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    We do not sorrow as those who have no hope. Christ has won the victory over death, hell, & the grave! That precious Babe in the manger is the triumphant King of Kings & Lord of Lords!!! Death has been swallowed up in Victory! Joyful & Blessed Christmas to All!

    God Bless Us, Every One!!

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    • …continuing from above, a different version of Romans 8: 28 that didn’t post above:

      …& more from the original post…

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      • (repeat of above that was out of place–sorry Ad Rem)

        …in conclusion…

        We do not sorrow as those who have no hope. Christ has won the victory over death, hell, & the grave! That precious Babe in the manger is the triumphant King of Kings & Lord of Lords!!! Death has been swallowed up in Victory! Joyful & Blessed Christmas to All!

        God Bless Us, Every One!!!

        In Christ’s Joy & Love, Valerie

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        • Thank you, Valerie, for your encouragement, scriptures and prayers. I was doing so well, especially since my recent your of Israel. I thought I would be coming back to Mexico Beach, ready to help after that most inspiring trip. But that didn’t happen. It has been too long feeling depressed and anxious and shaking all the time..Escape sleeping. Considering an inpatient facility to get this resolved. But I know the One who is in control and will guide me. Again…thank you!

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          • Deuteronomy 33: 27 recently spoke to me…perhaps it will also speak to you. Please don’t lay an unreasonable expectations burden on yourself–the Mexico Beach scenario has to be unimaginably devastating so having a hard time coping with it IS Normal for anyone directly impacted, imho. Please find your refuge & rest in Him without burdening yourself with guilt for being understandably overwhelmed & for grieving…

            I cannot relate to your specific circumstances having never lost my home or the majority of my community…I can however relate to trauma & the need: to “retreat”; to heal; to be restored; to difficulty stepping out in areas associated with that trauma & pain; to the necessity of finding Refuge in Him (even as I may avoid Him who is the source of all that I need); to the gradual process of overcoming fears (especially associated with my own personal trauma & pain); to challenges overcoming “unrealistic” expectations of myself, others, & life; to learn to live in my weaknesses so that He can be strong in & through me; to avoid artificial, externally imposed “timelines” for my overcoming process to be “complete”; to accept there are some things I cannot change (think the Serenity Prayer)–I am still wrestling with much of this–& more!

            Please find that place of Peace & Refuge in Him–not that the storms have necessarily passed, but that He will still Hide You in the Cleft of The Rock & Cover You with the Shadow of His Wings. Nothing can snatch you out of His Hand so please hold on to Him & find Rest & Refreshment for your Soul, even in the midst of sorrows & storms…

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            • Thank you once again for your words of encouragement and accompanying scriptures. My faith was pretty solid before all this but I seem to have taken the path of hopelessness. I am praying that it’s only a matter of time and getting back to seeking His will. I appreciate your prayers and those of others in this site. It’s a wonderful community.

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              • In those times of deep darkness it is so hard to keep our eyes fixed on things above. No matter how difficult the path before you it is Not “hopeless” (though it might Feel that way).

                I still get overwhelmed by a number of things & find that sometimes I need to “gear up” to make that phone call, read that item, have that face-to-face/heart-to-heart difficult conversation, attempt to pay bills with a purse that’s too light, etc…pacing myself, taking breaks, covering “biggie” tasks in prayer, “processing” major stuff with a sympathetic/empathetic ear/heart, & deep breaths then plowing on can help (me)…

                Whatever you are facing I’m thinking of that “proverb” or saying of something like “how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!”

                You’re likely not ready to tackle Everything related to your Mexico Beach situation at one time…but perhaps you Might be able to face some aspects of listing key tasks, prioritizing them, and then making headway little by little, as you can.

                There’s no way that you are “alone” in your reactions/responses to what has happened. Perhaps their are support groups or even something like a “disaster-relief hotline” where you might receive helpful & meaningful input to assist you & the many others in the “recovery” process.

                Dear Lord, Please hold Carol in your everlasting arms of love. Send your ministering angels & Holy Spirit to her to bring comfort, peace, refreshment, & restoration. Lead her to people & resources that can assist her in managing her internal emotional fallout & the practical tasks that lay before her. Give her Your eyes, ears, & heart to begin to see some of the many ways You will be bringing Good out of what appears to be “evil”. Bless her & keep her in your love & grace. In Jesus’ Name…

                As I was praying that it came to mind about Elijah (I think) in the Old Testament who after a glorious victory over the prophets of Baal went into a deep despondency & hid in a cave for a period of time. God sent angels to minister to his needs & allowed him a season of sleeping/resting before encouraging him to get back into the fray…Likewise Many of the Psalms were written out of deep anguish & struggle of the soul. The Lord is very mindful of where you are, is Not condemning you, & is providing a way of escape from the darkness–He Is Light!

                Hang in there & hang on to Jesus…

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  37. Bionic_Granny says:

    an update on Mandy’s heart. Please keep praying

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  38. Ad rem says:

    There’s a new Prayer Thread up….#10 😀 Apologies to all who have waited so long.

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  39. Mike says:

    Hello and thank you for allowing for prayer requests. I have much to be thankful for but would love to see the Lord also work out some longstanding financial issues. Thank you again.

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