Monday, March 23, 2009

Patiently Waiting...

I don't have any news yet this morning except that last night was uneventful and that Jenni tolerated the x-ray this morning at around 5 AM (which they have had to skip a few times due to her fragility).

Jenni now has 98 followers, 220 people signed up for email updates, and hits from 48 states/31 countries. I am still amazed at how this little project has grown. I am still amazed at how many people have been touched (myself included). If I remember correctly, the last update Jenni got was that she had 8 followers and 20-something people signed up for email updates. If only she could see this now... I hope she will soon...

Thank you, everyone, for the love and support. Please continue to keep Jenni in your prayers.


Anonymous said...

I pray God's presence surrounds Jenni and You all and holds you in His arms today.

Rici said...

Heard this song on the radio this morning and instantly you guys came to mind...thought you might need the words right now.

Rush of Fools (Peace be Still)

Come to Me, you who are weak
Let My strength be yours tonight
Come and rest, let My love be your bed
Let My heart be yours tonight

Peace be still, Peace be still
Please be still and know that I am God
and know that I am God

Come empty cup, let Me fill you up
I'll descend on you like a dove tonight
Lift your head, let your eyes fall into Mine
Let your fear subside tonight

We're all stll praying.

Tammara T. said...

Our whole family is lifting you guys up in prayer. We will continue to pray that she gets better, and for you to have the strength to make the decisions that you feel are best. May his hand reach down and touch all of you with his softness and strength.

Anonymous said...

I heard about Jenni from a friend I met when I lived in Rockingham. I never met Jenni but after looking at her pictures I can tell she is a beautiful young woman, inside and out. The emails telling me of updates takes about 10 hours to receive so I don't wait but check the blog several times a day. I am in Texas now and sending my prayers for Jenni, all those that love her and the medical team. Catherine Farnworth

Anonymous said...

Just to a note for special blessings and strength today and in the days ahead. Constantly in prayer, Sophia

Anonymous said...

Gods love surrounds you and your whole family. We continue to pray daily. All our Love (Blair & Ann from Laboratory)

Anonymous said...

Good morning, Josh & Jenni -
Good to hear from you. We went to the altar last night at Laboratory, and we're still praying. Pastor Greg should be there this morning already.
We love you both.
Dan, Leeanne, Miranda, Chris, Alyssa and Alaina

Anonymous said...

You are both constantly in my thoughts and prayers. You have both touched the lives of so many people. I love you both. Cande

Our Sipe Family-- Matt,Val,and Gizmo said...

Wishing we were there for each of you today. We cannot be there physically, but are there in our hearts and minds. We love each of you! All I thought about last night was that God is good-- He is working in many many ways.

"The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him."
Nahum 1:7

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
Matthew 11:28-29

Much love,
Matt & Valerie

Mrs. R said...

2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

No matter how dark these times seem, God is still by your side. He will never abandon you.

Blessings and prayers!
Erin Ringrose

Anonymous said...

Be Strong Josh... Jenni is a fighter! ~Kara

Becky said...

Josh, Jenni, and family--- My name is Becky and I am the wife of Chad Murphy at CVHS. I just want you to all know that we are praying for you and asking all we know to do the same. We wish there were something we could do to take this all away, but only God has that power. Please do not hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do for you. We are not that far away and are happy to do it. Keep holding God's hand. He'll get you through.

Love and prayers,
Chad, Becky, Taylor, and Ashley

Rebecca said...

You are both in our thoughts and prayers, and wish nothing but the best for both of you!

Jon & Rebecca

Anonymous said...

I came across this scripture with my kids this morning and instantly thought of you all.

"God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering." Genesis 41:52b

This is my prayer for you all. That God's harvest will be so evident in your lives through this, in spite of whatever happens.

Kyle Thomas

C.F.Mercer said...

Daily Bible Verse
Monday, March 23, 2009

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Mark 11:24 (New International Version)

Good Morning Josh I have been praying and this werse appeared and I just feel like I am suppose to send it to you.cfm

Anonymous said...

Please know that you are both being held in God's hand and He is with you every step of this journey.

Anonymous said...

We are still praying...know that God's love and strength surrounds you and your family.

UNCP Teaching Fellows

Anonymous said...

"The face on the other side of the glass" by Bob Perks

I've been there. I know how it feels to be on the inside looking out at the world. Oh, not from the comfort of my home. I do enjoy that view. I am speaking about the view from inside a hospital.

Now, what would make me remember that?

The first day of Spring.

It was on that day 13 years ago, my son, Keith had his operation to remove the cancerous tumor from his leg.

Maybe it would have been different if we were closer to home. Perhaps I would have been looking out the window at familiar landmarks and I would have found comfort in it.

This, however, was in stark contrast.

I have passed by hospitals a thousand times and never thought about what it would be like to be a face on the other side of the glass.

Yes, I've visited with friends and family before when they were there.

But, this was different. This time and this place would be our home for months.

I can remember very clearly standing in the window of the waiting room that day. Almost oblivious to my surroundings I was suddenly shaken when I happened to glance across the street.

"I can't believe it!" I whispered.

I had been there so many times through the years. Standing there I would never have given any thought at all to the view. I wondered now if someone would have been looking at me from the hospital window.

"Two different worlds," I said.

You see, this was Hershey, Pennsylvania. My son was in the Hershey Medical Center directly across the street from Hershey Amusement Park. From where I was standing I could see the famous Hershey Kiss Tower, a ride that takes you to the top to see a spectacular view. Which, even back then, included the very hospital my son was now in.

How many times were we at that park when he was a little boy?

We could never even begin to imagine that one day he would be fighting for his life and I would be a face on the other side of the glass.

Of course, this all got me thinking about life.

There are many times when we are on the inside looking out, not by choice, but by circumstance.

But there are all too many who are afraid to venture out. The comfort of being in familiar surroundings has dimmed the light of their distant dreams they once saw as attainable.

Like at the amusement park, you are never too old to take a ride to the top. The view is magnificent and it's right where God wants you to be.

A little closer to Heaven.

"What side of the glass on you on?"

"I wish you enough!"

Bob Perks I encourage you to share my stories but
I do ask that you keep my name and contact
information with my work.

If you would like to receive Bob's Inspirational
stories, please visit
and submit your email address.

Anonymous said...

We thank God for you Josh. You are wonderful and devoted husband. God is with you, and He is with Jenni. He has you both in his arms.

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." --Psalm 46:1

Beth & Nic Hall

Irene Pittman Aiken said...


Please know that I think of you and Jenni each day and pray for you both more often. Please let Jenni know I love her.

Irene Aiken (Dr. A)

Anonymous said...

Sweet Jesus is with his child Jenni and she suffers no more.

I can't imagine how difficult this must be for you all. I will pray for you and assure you that God is with you all.

Anonymous said...

I don't know Jenni or Josh, but I have been touched by your story. April Smith is my cousin and I have heard her talk about you two. I thank you for being such good friends to her and Michael. I want you to know that our family is praying for you to have peace and we will continue praying daily. You both have touched so many lives. What a blessing from God you both are! Thank you for sharing your story, your love and your lives with us!
Matt, Rebekka and Royce Powers

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