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Bill's Journalings (October 28, 2007)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Sunday, October 28, 2007

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Bill is concerned about things.

Sunday, October 28, 2007, 4:45 a.m., Nashville, Tennessee~

Dear Journal~

Bill here. Sorry for not writing in here; have been incredibly busy. Don't have much free time since my beloved wife became bedfast.

My wife is doing great, most of the kids are, too; however, I am worried about Johnny. He is not getting worse than the last time I wrote, but I see the fear, the uncertainty, the despair in his eyes, in his face; all of a sudden he looks older, wizened, defeated somehow, and it breaks my heart.

Johnny is too young to be worrying about something like death; yet he is the one who is dying. He has muscular dystrophy, a cruel, terminal disease that is unforgiving; he's lived with this monster for over 98% of his life.

He tries to keep going, but every day, we see subtle changes that tell us he's getting worse, and it scares the living hell out of all of us.

We saw Rebekkah Cohen and Susie Callaway; both girls look absolutely radiant considering all that they've been through lately. Rebekkah tried not to cry when she saw Johnny, but it didn't work. I ended up having to try to comfort her. Susie, too.

Susie is spending more time in her wheelchair, and Rebekkah is walking on a pair of Lofstrands. They now live in England, but came to the US to visit relatives, friends.

We are gearing up for our church harvest festival. It is going to be a big time for all, and we are all excited, looking forward to it. It will take our minds off our troubles, off the troubles of others who are hurting; this is exactly the thing we need.

Louie will also be able to get out of the house; of course, she'll have to sit in the wheelchair, but it's better than having to lie around in bed all day. I am sure she's getting a bad case of cabin fever from being cooped up for so long!

Today after church, as well as tomorrow and Tuesday, our family will be helping the church staff with getitng the church decorated for the festival, putting together booths, games, candy (LOTS of candy) and other foods, getting that ready, getting the stage set up for the musical entertainment, among other things.

No work for me at Wal*Mart, won't return there until after Ian and Isaiah arrive--well after. I probably won't be able to return to work until at least the babies are several months old.

Ronee' fell yesterday (again)--not hurt, thank goodness, but she did scrape her arm real good, bruised it too. She was more embarrassed than anything, yet she tried her best to brush it off.

She fell while at the store; people came running to her aid; she got mad, told them to leave her alone. She was mortified; I felt so bad for her!

The weather here is cold in the mornings, cool in the afternoons, partly to mostly sunny most days; still in desperate need of moisture here. I keep praying for a good storm system to come here, so far, nothing has happened.

The crops are suffering, and everything is tinderbox dry; the area is at prime risk for fires, and I am terrified that will happen if we don't get some relief quick.

I hear of those fires in California, and I get scared, shaking-scared. I don't know what I would do if I were faced with a situation like that; I pray and hope I never am!

Well, I am going to try to get some sleep before we rise at six thirty; take care and God bless! Will write in here again soon!

~Bill. :(



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Reviewed by E T Waldron 10/28/2007
It's awful to be afraid, living in fear of what may happen. I hope Bill and Johnny lean on the Lord to get rid of their fears. Excellent write Karen!

Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 10/28/2007
Another well written story from your pen, keep it up and be blessed
God Bless
Reviewed by Charlie 10/28/2007
Hang in there, Johny--Bill! --Charlie
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 10/28/2007
Good to read you again.......well written story!!

Happy Halloween !!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 10/28/2007
Karen, your journals always draw the reader inside the lives they are reading about...excellent work!
peace and love, Carole~
Reviewed by Ann Scarborough 10/28/2007
Poor Johnny. Bill and Louie have more than their fair share of problems! But they are doing a great job! Great work Karen!
Reviewed by Felix Perry 10/28/2007
So much suffering and sadness, I do not know how anyone could live with so much pain...

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/28/2007

Many families go through the sorts of difficulties that Bill's going through ('course, their families aren't so...large LOL), and yet what makes this situation different is that Bill is a loving, compassionate Daddy who will do anything to ensure his family's health and well-being. Nice to see. Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 10/28/2007
Karen, your stories show lots of health problems--which is very sad--however; you show another side that many folks don't have and that is a caring family who love and do fun things together. The church activities of Bill and his family sustains them--it seems.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 10/28/2007
I understand Bill's worries, but he needs to let go a little those worries and be content that his wife and the childrens are doing better than it was expected, or he gonna get white hair or not hair at all by stress, believe me it happens.

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