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It has been a relatively long time since my last post. I have not been event-less, just busy and that led to me absence from my blog. I do get to speak this Saturday at a community prayer meeting and I will share my story with hundreds of community leaders/entrepreneurs about the power of prayer. My ulitmate goal is to show that sometimes it is not enough to pray one time for someone. It might be, but dedication is important. I am pryaing that everything goes well and I have a great time.

I will be busy this week: tomorrow, May 13, I have another MRI at the Des Moines VA to rule out new problems in my brain. I have had weakness that I cannot remember having from the beginning. What they are trying to determine is if the weakness is a new phenomenon or if it is just my body's reaction to stress. On Wednesday night, my girls have a dance recital practice, then on Thursday I have a softball game to go to. On Friday is the first night of the actual dance recital. Saturday is the prayer breakfast, followed by another VA appointment with the dermatologist, then the Saturday recital. On Sunday, I have baptisms at church, church membership and baby dedication. At 2:00 we have to be in Centerville at the High School as they give information concerning the Ambassadors of Music. My oldest has been invited to tour Europe with the Iowa Ambassadors of Music next Summer and this week will be the informative time. Yep, it will be busy. By the way, I have talked with the IBC administrator and she will be sending the videos of my testimony soon. I have not forgotten them, I am just waiting for them.


  1. Hi Jim! It's so great to hear that God is still moving in your life, even if that means moving into more testing to monitor your health. It sounds like your kids are doing wonderful things! Oh how I wish we could be closer so we could attend some of the girls' dance recitals and hear Brenden sing! What an honor for him to be invited to tour Europe with the Ambassadors of Music! God is good~ all the time!
    Give Laura a HUGE HUG from this end of the family. We love you guys and can't WAIT to see your video!
    p.s. I couldn't decide where to leave my message:
    1. facebook
    2. blog
    3. email
    4. phone
    5. snail mail-- NO WAIT! Scratch that idea! Stamps just went up to 44 cents today!


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