January 12th


It's almost Christmas!

It’s almost Christmas!



We decided to postpone the feeding clinic until January for many reasons.  I wanted to get it over with but I know it’s all in God’s time.

We get to enjoy Christmas with some new Texas traditions and spend time with new, but already beloved and dear friends… Although we miss our families in Chicago terribly, we are incredibly blessed here….  And with weather in the 50’s all December.. who can complain.

We have met an amazing family here where the wonderful mom has offered to tutor Gabi after school to try and get her to write and read at least to be able to keep up with her peers. Just out of the kindness of her heart. Gabi is “severely behind grade level” in all subjects.  When her teacher tells me this, I chuckle. She will write her name eventually.  She will be able to read eventually. It’s all perspective.  But this mom is giving Gabi a chance to thrive in Kindergarten!!  We’ve been in Texas for only 8 1/2 months and this is only one of the many blessings we have received…how incredible is that! Praise of thanksgiving for sure!

I received an email out of the blue the other day from a father of a childhood friend of mine. I have not seen this friend in over 25 years but we keep in touch through facebook.  Her father is connected with a few men’s group of his Catholic church and one of these men sent me this email…

Dear Terry,

As you know, the premise of Advent of Hope (a 3-night devotion at our church) is simple — the more faith you have, the more hope you have. Last night I talked briefly about a few people who handle their suffering with faith and hope in God.  You were one of those people I talked about . I admitted that I have never met you but that, through Rick’s constant urging, I’ve been praying for you for about 4 years.  I mentioned to the congregation your struggle with Gabi and emphasized how you handle this with faith.

It’s a blessing for me to know you, and now a blessing for a few hundred people to know just a little bit about you.  Through my talk last night, you blessed them.  Now they pray a blessing for you.

Thank you, Terry, for your faith, hope and love — and your inspiration.


God must have known I needed a good cry that day. But I mean, really???  I feel like a mess, a complainy disaster of a mess most of the time.

We have been working with Gabi with her eating but she still stores her food in her cheeks like a little chipmunk and we can’t get her to swallow it.  I pray they can help us get over this hurdle. IMG_6489

Thank you to all my friends and family… I am grateful for you everyday.  Jesus wants us to see Him through everyone we encounter and I truly do…

January 12th.  With God’s help, we can do this. We’ll be at:

Our Children’s House at Baylor:
3301 Swiss Ave
Dallas, TX 75204






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