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Dear Wyndi: You (And Karla) Will Be In My Prayers! (Louie Writes...)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Monday, April 24, 2006

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Louisiana is saddened to hear of the news regarding her friend's teenaged daughter. She tries to write a letter of encouragement to her.

Monday, April 24, 2006, 6:15 a.m., D.S.T.~

Dear Wyndi Storm~

I was so surprised to get your letter! I am truly sorry if I haven't written in such a long time, but between my job (I am at work now, waiting to clock in; have forty five minutes to do so; until then I am on the ol' computer), my ever-growing family, the health of my aging parents (worrying about them), having company over, and whatnot, I don't have the time. I hope you understand my terrible lapse in not responding.

Anyway, Wyndi, I was glad to hear from you. I am sorry that Karla is very ill. That is awful! I will pray extra hard for her tonight, and I will be calling CCAofG, so she can be put on the prayer chain. She will be covered in prayer! I will pray that a kidney is found so she can have a chance to live!

You have your hands full. You lost your husband in Iraq, and now your daughter is struggling. I don't envy you at all. Every time something bad happens within my own family unit, I think I have it bad; then I get letters like yours, and I am then reminded of how blessed I am. I could have it so much worse.

We have adopted a little girl (eight, she will be nine this year) from Romania who has spina bifida. Her name is Janica Krystina, and she can walk with crutches (on longer trips she will use her wheelchair). She is a very sweet child, and we have enjoyed having her here with us. Arjun is now about two years old (his birthday is next week), and Rani is going to be six this year. Rani is doing much better with her therapy, and she is walking on crutches now, and her memory is improving too. They have adapted well to their new life in America, and the nightmares have all but disappoeared.

There may be more in the future, but right now we have more than enough. Raising fifty-three childrdn is a Hurculean task in itself; but it is our life, and we wouldn't trade it for anything in the world! We are used to chaos! LOL Who knows what will happen to the family in the coming months, hmmmm? *grins*

Yes, we have had some bad storms here, but other than some tree/minor roof damage, our house was spared. It was a wild and woolly time here, and for a time it seemed that we couldn't get through a day without the threat of severe weather! Now the weather has vastly improved here, and I am finally able to breathe a sigh of relief!

I hope you get rain soon there in Arizona. That drought has been something else, hasn't it? I have been hearing about all the wildfires in the West (particularly in Texas and Oklahoma), I pray you get the needed moisture soon!

Wyndi, I know it is hard for Karla; that is one reason why she is so moody to you. But you shouldn't have to put up with her emotional outbursts. You just tell her that you are sorry she is ill, but you are her mother, and she shouldn't have to treat you like dirt! You put her in her place, but do it without destroying her sense of self! Be there for her: she is scared, and she is feeling vulnerable right now. Give her extra attention and love, and she should eventually start to come around!

Teenagers are apt to get mouthy (I have quite a few of them now, and sometimes they give me no END of grief!); it's part of their normal development, but we, as parents, should give them plenty of love (as well as the opportunity to vent their concerns). Being a teenager is hard enough; add sickness or disability to the mix, and then parents can have a real problem on their hands if they aren't careful. This is why we have to be so tough on them. Let them explore their boundaries, but don't let them overstep.

Well, Wyndi, I will go for now. Am going to get a cuppa java to wake up to, and then see how many new patients I have to check up on and get their medical histories. I don't know what unit I will be reporting to; it's up to the administration. (Seems that lately I have been sent to the E.R.) Take care, Wyndi, and know you are in my prayers today! God bless you, and don't give up hope! I pray that a kidney is found soon for Karla!

Keep me posted as to how you are doing (Karla too!); I will be waiting!

(((HUGS))) and much love (and many prayers), your friend in Tennessee, Louie May. :( >tears<




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Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 4/27/2006
A wonderful reply, she can always be counted on!
Love and Hugs, Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 4/24/2006
Wow this is an amazing piece
God Bless
Reviewed by Peter Paton 4/24/2006
I believe you do extremely well juggling all your responsibilities considering all the circumstances !
Your Herculean efforts will be rewarded by God !
Keep the Faith !
Love, Peace and Harmony
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/24/2006

An excellent write, very well penned; BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/24/2006
Teenagers are apt to get mouthy (I have quite a few of them now, and sometimes they give me no END of grief!); it's part of their normal development, but we, as parents, should give them plenty of love (as well as the opportunity to vent their concerns).

Extremely wise, Karen.

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