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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


This morning while I was still at the barn cleaning up before coming back to the house, I got a call from my husband and even though it was noisy in the milk-house I could hear my husband's voice on my new cell phone. Normally I can't hear a call coming in when it's noisy and I have to go outside if I want to talk on the phone, but I could hear my husband's voice very well. It even has a speaker phone on it so others can hear if I choose. He wanted to tell me that the dentist 's office had called and new my partial was in and that I could go for a fitting for 10:30 am.

When I sat in the dentist chair he noticed that something was wrong and asked how I was feeling. I told him the bad news about my daughter's last ultrasound.  My daughter's unborn little boy is missing his left hand, and how hard it was to see my daughter Christine  and her husband going through this terrible news and trying to come to grip with this reality that they will have to deal with.

The dentist was very sympathetic and told me that he remembers my daughter Christine very well and asked me if I wanted him to pray over her and her  baby, her husband and us grandparents as well. I was very touched  by his prayer and a shiver went through me as he prayed. Then he ask if I wanted him to include them in his daily prayer of intercession and I said " Yes please do". He rushed to get a piece of paper to write her name down so he would remember them in his prayers.

 Christine is very bright and intelligent and had a PHD in chemistry and is happily married to her handsome  man whom we all dearly love.  Together they have a very bright future. It's plain to see that they both will make excellent parents just by the way the grandchildren adores them both whenever they come for visits. They always make time for their nieces and nephews.  I just wish that they didn't had to go through such an ordeal at this time. So if you please could you pray for this beautiful couple and their unborn baby?
Sadness comes in waves and tears weld up in my eyes whenever I think of them and their little guy.

It was a beautiful day to work outside today but somehow I didn't feel like it so I stayed inside and puttered around the office that I share with my husband and did some filing, paid some bills and tidied up my little corner of the office.

 I've been taking care of a sick older calf for the last four days and she had a high fever and was not eating her grain as she was being weaned off her milk. She's been on penicillin for 4 days and shows some improvement but gets extremely short of breath still. I've been very concerned about her too as I never had an older calf getting sick in my care like that before. She has started to eat her grain a little bit this morning.

 Thanks for allowing me some space to sort things out before posting my sad news.
Surely God's hand is somewhere in there but we can't see it right now. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.  JB


  1. Oh Julia,
    This is very sad news. Of course your family will be added to the prayer list of many, including me.
    Your family appears to be a strong united group and I know you will all pull together to get through this.

  2. Julia - my first thoughts are maybe they interpreted the ultrasound wrong. My 3rd baby, Renee' - when she was born they wouldn't let me see her for a while, then the doc came in and told me she had Down's Syndrome. I cried, not for myself, but for the life Renee' would NOT have. The docs also told me I could put her in an institution, that she probably wouldn't live past her teens if that, and that she would never really recognize me as her mother. My dear friend, nothing could be further from the truth. Of course I didn't know then - the one thing I DID KNOW was there was no way Renee' was going anywhere - she was my baby, my daughter and I loved her no matter what. She was such a special baby, I could write on and on about it. Let me just say, docs can be wrong, God is never wrong, and I'm sure however sad things are, true love is what triumphs. I know you have lots of friends, but if you ever want to talk, email me and I will send you my phone number. /DebR

  3. Julia, my prayers go out to your dear daughter and her husband and the baby, and to you and your DH. I know this baby will have the best loving care that a family can give.
    HUGS to you, Julia!

  4. I will be praying for your family. I am so sorry.
    I am so glad you were able to share it with your dentist and he prayed right there and will keep on praying. That is so sweet. I don't know if this will help but I do know someone who had a son born without a hand. He is grown now and it never stopped him as a tiny boy nor now as a adult man. He has a zest for life that is contagious. It was like he might of been missing hand but God made up for it in personality. He is the most optimistic man you have ever seen.

    I am glad you have your barn and your cows. When I lived at home and was a girl when things were hard, I stayed in the barn with the cows and sheep.
    Now it's my chickens.
    I will keep you in my prayers,
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thanks so much Kim, Deb, Pat and Farm Girl for your kind words and touching stories. It gives me hope and I hope it also will do the same for my daughter and her husband. JB

  6. Now I understand why you have been so sad. The important thing is that your grandson will be surrounded by intelligent and loving parents, family, and friends all his life. I know his enjoyment of life and his successes in life will be great.
    Andrea from RHD

  7. Thanks Andrea for your encouraging comment. It's much appreciated. JB

  8. Robinhillquilts, Welcome. I hope that you will enjoy following my blog. JB

  9. Hi Julia,
    My cousin Sharon who is a twin was born missing a hand and most of her arm up to the elbow. We are about the same age. She came to visit our farm every summer when we were growing up...... I have to tell you she climbed the trees, the ladder going up into the haymow, wrestled with the boys, helped with the chores...nothing she couldn't do! Out going and smart. I need to touch base again with her after all these years but I know she is married and has grand children already!! I'm praying and knowing your family will find true blessings!
    Cathy g

  10. Thanks Cathy for your testimony about your cousin Sharon. I know that this little boy will be so smart and special. Thanks again. I appreciate your kindness. JB

  11. My prayers are with you, your daughter and her husband and this sweet little boy. Some times things are really hard to understand and we want to ask why.. But, God knows our hearts and our thoughts and will walk with each one as you deal with this situation.

  12. Kathie, thanks so much for your prayers and kind words of encouragement and welcome to my blog. I'm so glad you have joined my followers.I'm looking forward to seeing you visit my blog again. JB

  13. Julia,

    Prayers are going up right now. God surly must have chosen special parents and grandparents for this little one. Isaiah 40:11 comes mind.


  14. Thank you for the prayers Linda and the Isaiah passage is very appropriate. Welcome to my blog and please come again. JB

  15. Julia, So sorry to hear the news, but God has placed this little boy with your daughter for a reason. He will be Blessed for having such wonderful parents and will succeed far beyond what you can imagine! God's plan is HUGE!! Keeping you all in my prayers. What a beautiful couple!!!

  16. Kathy (woolfind), Thanks for your kind comments regarding my daughter, her baby and husband. I'll check your blog at the earliest opportunity.

    Thanks and welcome to my blog. I hope that you will visit again. JB

  17. scrolling through your blog ,it brought back to my memory a friend many years ago whose daughter was born with one of her arms missing half,it justwent up to the elbow. that girl was the most upbeat and outgoing , she amazed me she was always siling, I never looked at her and thought, Oh, she wouldn't be able to do that, she was like every other kid. she is probably in her 30's now. God gives some challenges which make them special. you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. joanne, charlotte, nc

  18. Julia, I think that little guy will surprise you with his abilities. :)

  19. Julia, I saw this artist in a magazine yesterday and couldn't wait to get on the computer to show you. Zoom in on her picture! She does fantastic work! She sells on etsy as well.