Some Updates 

Late in November of last year we lost Mark’s father.  Al lost his battle with cancer and he is dearly missed.  Thank God he only lasted about a week on hospice when the angels took him home.  Sebastian was his buddy and he still looks for him every time he goes to their house.  He knows he’s not in the bed anymore, so he talks to Poppy’s picture instead ūüė¶

Speaking of Sebastian, he’s 18 months old already!  Remember this little guy?

Well, here he is now…

And those sweet little twin babies my son had…

And let’s not forget my two little scholars…

Where does the time go?  I can feel myself aging by the minute!  

Last but not least, some of my latest work…

I hope everybody has been as well as can be expected!!

God bless and keep you all,  Terri

Calling Out to My Praying Friends

Hello dear friends!  September was a busy month for many reasons, some good and some bad.

In  addition to dad, Shawna and Blaine having their birthdays; Sara gave birth to her first child, Sebastian Lee, weighting 7# 1oz, 19″ long, on Sept. 17th.  She and her fiance are thrilled with their little cutie pie:



That was the good news!

A week or so after that we found out that Mark’s dad has a fast growing cancer in his throat.  Specifically, in the lymphnoid just below his esophygas which feeds all the others below it.

I am asking everyone to say a pray for him, please. 

The first of October I lost my best friend, Penny!!  Those of you who have been with me for a while know who she is and just how much I loved her.  It was a total shock and I am still processing  it.  The grief has been overwhelming to me.  I am praying that if God intends to take Al from us too that he waits for a minute or two so I can get my breath.

When things like this happen, always ask God what it is that He is preparing me for that requires me to be so strong?  With everything happening in the world right now I’m not sure I want to know the answer to that question, but that’s a discussion for later on.

Please keep us in your prayers!
Love and blessings to you all!

Some New Pictures to Share

Hi everyone! ¬†My hand is healing slowly and it still is hard to type but I thought I had better jump on here and let you know that I am alive, lol.. ¬†I’ve been doing well with my sales at the local hand made ¬†shop, yippee! ¬†I even had a commission for a candle holder to encase the large sized Yankee candle order and she was so thrilled with it that she promised to be back for more. ¬†Lucky me, I have recently had the pleasure of shingles for the second time ūüė¶

Please say a prayer for my eldest brother, Kevin, the one with cancer. ¬†He has been in the hospital for a week now. ¬†He went in with pneumonia, original diagnosis, but now they can’t figure out why he is so sick.

I have some new pic’s of the grandkids and the latest masterpieces I’ve created, also a few that are still not quite finished. ¬†I’m most proud of my owls, my new style of dragons and the one for Sara to give her boyfriend for his birthday.. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Much love and many blessings to you all!! ¬†Terri

First for family bragging:

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Next for the Artist in me:

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Update, New Clay Pic’s and DIY Craft Room Organization

Hi everybody. ¬†I got a call from mom yesterday and she had talked to my brother. ¬†He is going through aggressive chemo’ treatments daily (for 45 days I think she said) and is doing as well as he can with them ūüė¶ ¬†Just taking it one day at a time. ¬†She said that they are in no hurry to come back from Florida since it’s in the 80’s down there but thinking around mid-April.

Okay, don’t laugh at my handiwork technically speaking. ¬†I had a kitchen table in here before and it took up way to much of my limited space. ¬†When the grandkids were here, they had to pick their way through and I worried about something getting knocked off. ¬†(Shouldn’t have been so worried about them and more about Mark! ¬†He just knocked off one of the fairies you will be seeing in a minute and broke it in 4-5 places ūüė¶ ¬†I glued it back together again, guess that’s a keeper. ¬†Anyway, ¬†I was browsing Pinterest boards one day and came across a tutorial on how to take an old chest-of-drawers and convert it for storing supplies (of course theirs were all nicely decorated, fresh paint…). ¬†I’m not trying to win any contests or anything, lol!

I have a few new things to show you that I’m just finishing up on too. ¬†Hope you like them.

Peace, love and blessings to one and all!!!!!  Terri

P.S. ¬†Mark bought me a new desk on the condition that he didn’t have to put it together. ¬†K-Mart had these “Ladder Desks” on sale for $71 clearance. ¬†Sara and I did it all by ourselves!! ¬†Except for the drawer, she and her boyfriend did that for me ūüôā ¬†It freed up a huge amount of space and there are not any danger spots now where things will be knocked off.

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I’m Still Here, Barely

Hello dear friends,

I’m still here but the stress has taken it’s toll. ¬†Between my dad, Sara’s suicide watches, Mark’s rare heart diseases, and now my other brother’s cancer that requires aggressive chemotherapy, I’ve been rocked to the core. ¬†I know you’ve been wondering and I’m sorry for leaving you all hanging but I just couldn’t find it in me to write. ¬†I’ve immersed myself into my clay but that’s not even come easily. ¬†I have to make myself do something every day, rather than wanting to. ¬†I know this will all pass, it will go as God wills it, and … ¬†My brother was the last straw, and he won’t even talk to me ūüė¶ .

I cutting this shorter than what I meant to but the tears are flowing again and I just can’t…

Love and blessings to you all, Terri

When Darkness Fell


I Pray For Angels


dadI was getting a good start on blogging again when all hell broke lose once more!!  
The new neurologist wants to run: a 24 hour brain scan; a new MRI; hearing and vision tests on me.  
Mark had emergency back surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago and is looking at permanent nerve damage there in his left lower half of his body.  
Dad has had one thing after another: the infection in his left testicle is finally getting better but the MRI that they did on his spine last week has now showed, not only the compression of a disc (which they saw in the CAT scan) but also signs of bone cancer.  They are ordering more tests to confirm whether or not it is.  Beings that 8 out of 9 kids in his family had some form of cancer, the odds are not in his favor.  With that being said, he has out lived all of his brothers by about 20+ yrs., so I guess God has blessed us with having his presence in our lives this long.
I am not giving up hope and, of course, ask for your prayers. ¬†I do know this much, if it is cancer, I would rather let him go now than see him suffer any more pain. ¬†He has been through enough of that. ¬†Thank you in advance for your prayers and support!! ¬†May God’s will be done, Amen and Amen.
Much love to you all, 

Dreams, Visions or Imagination?

I have a friend who is struggling with this issue right now. ¬†Someone is telling her that they are seeing visions and another person is telling her that they are just dreaming these “visions”. ¬†This is a hard issue to determine for many of us. ¬†

I thought I would do this post for her benefit but also for anyone else who might be in a similar position.

Many of my older followers already know that Mark and I both have had near-death experiences.  Many of you newer ones may not.  Many of you also know that in my late teens I was visited by 3 demons as well.

I know there are those who would swear that I dreamed it about the demons, but (as the Bible says) I KNOW THAT I KNOW this was a true occurence.

There are those out there who don’t believe N.D.E.’s either. ¬†Some think it’s just the last sparks of the dying brain that make you imagine the Light and the tunnel, etc. ¬†Or it’s the medication’s effects on the brain that makes you hallucinate. ¬†I’ve never quite understood how they can think that explanation is plausible¬†because¬†millions upon millions of people have experienced a visit to heaven or hell before they were brought back from the grave and each accounting of what they saw is very similar to the other. ¬†How can everybody imagine the same thing?

I know there are growing numbers of Muslims/Hindus/Buddhists/atheists that are converting to Christianity because they have experienced a visit from Jesus Himself in a dream/vision.

I believe in all these things!  I also believe that when people are growing closer to their time, they are more apt to have these visions/visits.  Especially the terminally ill.  

My best friend Penny’s parents both died after bouts with cancer. ¬†Her mother was first. ¬†She told Penny that she was not¬†afraid, that an angel stood outside the window every day watching over her. ¬†When it was time, she went with a smile and repeating “Jesus, Jesus”.

When it was her dad’s turn, he told her that her mother came often to visit and comfort him. ¬†By the time of the end, he was too weak to speak or even move his limbs but at the very end, he repeatedly raised his arms in the air like a child who was reaching out to be picked up in their parent’s arms.

When Mark’s 8-year-old step-daughter had a cancerous brain tumor and had gone home for her final days, she told Mark that an angel came to her room and talked with her several times a day to comfort her and tell her all about heaven. ¬†He told her not to be afraid and that he would be there to take her when the time was right. ¬†She told him not to worry ’cause she wasn’t scared at all!!

I could go on and on about this and some of the things that I know, but it’s up to you whether you want to believe them or not. ¬†The trickster makes you want to doubt them; to give scientific explanations for them; to logically account for something that is supernatural and logic can’t explain. ¬†

But, as always, this is where faith and trust in God comes into play.  Either you are going to believe Him or not.  

The only thing I want to say to you, my friend, is don’t allow someone else’s unbelief sway you from your acceptance of what they are telling you. ¬†If you just blow it off as “dreams”, then you are the one who will be caught unprepared for their passing and not them! ¬†For they will be going in peace and I believe that your mother did come and spend time with him yesterday, most definitely!!! ¬†I think she may be back before it’s done too. My advice to you is it’s better to believe him and God than not!

My love and prayers are with you both!!

This Week’s Sermon From The Ranch – Living Like You’re Going To Live (Sorry it’s late)

(Each Sunday, This Day’s Thought is blessed to share Eric Elder’s sermons from his wonderful ministry, “The Ranch“)
The Ranch: A Place of Healing and Restoration
Living Like You’re Going To Live

 By Eric Elder


Dear friends,


I’d like to give you one more update on my wife Lana this week, and then next week we’ll return to our study of the book of Romans and the topic of “Renewing Your Mind.”¬† Although I know my messages these past few weeks have touched many hearts and lives as you’ve been watching Lana go through this, she’s never really liked being the center of attention, so she’s ready for me to go back to writing about you instead of her!


But I had one more thought I’d like to share with you before we return to our study of Romans, and as I said last week, we’ve never been so aware of the importance of “renewing our minds” and keeping our thoughts focused on God‘s thoughts than we have been during this whole experience.¬† It’s so much better that way!¬† Given that, here’s Lana’s most recent update, which she posted on her blog at¬†¬† (If you’d like to keep up with her over the coming weeks, you can sign up for her updates at the link on her blog.)




I just wanted to follow up with everyone on my visit to my oncologist on Wednesday. She put together a treatment plan that would use chemotherapy to help shrink the tumors and would alleviate any symptoms from the cancer that I might have down the road. She also explained that treating stage 4 cancer is like treating diabetes. You can manage the symptoms of diabetes with insulin but it is something that you will have the rest of your life. In the same way, the treatments I would have for any symptoms of my cancer would be something I would likely need for the rest of my life. She said I could take a break from the chemo for a couple of months from time to time, but that the tumors will most likely grow back and then I would be back on the chemo to shrink them.


However, currently, I feel very few symptoms and have a lot of hope from the prayers and nutritional changes I’ve been making. ¬†She agreed to let me continue doing what I’ve been doing and check the status of my tumors in two months. I was so thankful and happy that she agreed to this. I could have kissed her! Thursday I met with a nutritional doctor to help me determine the best way to build up my immune system over the coming months. I have also read many books regarding nutritional approaches to treating cancer. I am currently taking more supplements than anyone I know but I feel very good about this approach and I’m so thankful to be able to treat the cancer this way. I’m praying my tumors will continue to shrink and disappear through prayer and nutrition.


On a funnier side note, as we the left nutritionist yesterday, walking out with a bag chock-full of supplements, Eric said he felt like he was in a scene from the movie “The Princess Bride” when two men take their friend Westley to see Miracle Max. ¬†Even though they thought Westley was dead, it turned out he was only “mostly” dead according to Miracle Max, so he made a special pill to bring him back to life. ¬†As the two friends left with the pill in their hands and their friend Westley over their shoulders, Miracle Max and his wife Valerie are seen standing at the door waving. Valerie then leans into Miracle Max and says, “Think it’ll work?” to which Miracle Max says, “It would take a miracle!” and they just keep waving. (It’s a great movie if you haven’t seen it.) Apparently, that’s how Eric felt leaving the nutritionist yesterday with all these pills, smiling and waving and thinking “It would take a miracle!” Thankfully, he makes me laugh. I credit him for most of the wrinkles on my face! I told Eric I feel like some people think I am like Westley….that I’m “mostly” dead. But I just want you all to know I’m alive and well. I continue to eat very healthy and exercise (either walking, running, weights, or stretching). I also know it probably will take a miracle to cure me from this disease. But thanks to your prayers, I’m chock-full of faith, too!


So thank you for adding your prayers to mine! I do believe they make a difference. A psalm I read last night that encouraged me is Psalm 121.


I lift up my eyes to the hills-
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.


He will not let your foot slip-
He who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, He who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.


The LORD watches over you-
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.


The LORD will keep you from all harm-
He will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
(Psalm 121:1-8)


I am very much aware that my help comes from the Lord. But I also know that God works through His people and I have seen Him working through many of you. Whether it’s a word of encouragement, a prayer, a card, or a gift, I sense God working through you all to encourage and strengthen me. You are being the hands, feet and body of Christ to me. So thank you again for everything. May God bless you back abundantly!!




As you can tell from Lana’s note, she’s planning on living!¬† And I, for one, am thrilled with that plan!


One of the gems that emerged like a diamond for me through all of this high-intensity pressure of the past few weeks was a comment from a friend that captivated me when I first read it and still does today.  At the end of her note she wrote:


“… and for everyone’s sake, LIVE like she’s going to LIVE!”


Wow!  That made me sit up in my chair and think long and hard about how I was going to live in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead.  Was I going to live like my wife was dying?  Or was I going to live like she was going to live?  They seemed like two diametrically opposed paths.


But the truth is, we’re all on a path towards death, and have been ever since the day we were born (even the day we were conceived, really!).¬† And at the same time, we’re all on a path towards life.¬† The only difference in the situation that Lana and I are facing is that we truly believe we’ve been given a great gift:¬† the gift of seeing both the brevity and fullness of life, simultaneously.


We all have a choice to make each day.¬† We can either live like we’re dying, or we can live like we’re going to live.¬† Lana has chosen to live like she’s going to live, and with that attitude, the chances are good that she could outlive us all!¬† I know I want more of that attitude in my own life, too.¬† When people live like they’re going to live, it’s contagious.


So many of you have written to say that even though we’ve been asking for prayer for ourselves through all of this, that you’ve been blessed by praying for us through it all as well.¬† It’s an interesting phenomenon, and I think is summed up in this thought by a woman named Marianne Williamson:


“And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.¬† As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”


Lana’s not afraid of dying.¬† She just wants to live!¬† And by choosing to do everything she can to stay healthy and alive as long as possible, she’s giving me and many others the inspiration to live our days to the fullest as well.


The truth is, none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. ¬†But we can choose how we’re going to live today.¬† As the apostle James said:


“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins” (James 4:13-17).


God has called us to do as much good as possible in the days He’s given us here on earth.¬† So while none of us are guaranteed tomorrow, the challenge–and the joy–is to live like we’re going to live, while at the same time being fully conscious that at any moment we could die.


Neither Lana nor I are trying to be heroic nor presumptuous about what God might have in store for either of us in the future.¬† But what we do want to do is to be faithful with every day that God gives to us here on earth. ¬†Every day really is a gift from God.¬† As the saying goes, that’s why it’s called “the present.”


I want to encourage you today:¬† don’t be afraid of dying, but live like you’re going to live.¬† As Jesus said,


“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31).


God has created you to do many good things here on the earth, things which He has prepared in advanced for you to do (see Ephesians 2:8-10).¬† So live like you’re going to live!¬† That’s what Lana’s planning on doing, and that’s what I’m planning on doing, too.¬† I hope you’ll join us!


Will you pray with me?


Father, thank You for giving us another day of life today.¬† Thank You for reminding us of the importance of living every day to the fullest, and living in such a way that our lives bring glory and honor to You and to those around us. We pray that Your light would shine through us, even in the darkest of times, so that people can see You more clearly, putting their faith and trust in You for everything in their lives.¬† In Jesus’ name, Amen.


P.S. ¬†My sister, Marilyn Byrnes, has recorded a beautiful piano solo of a song for Lana and me to listen to as we go through all the tests and doctors’ visits and unknowns of this whole process.¬† It’s called “You Raise Me Up” by Rolf Lovland and Brendan Graham.¬† With Marilyn’s permission, I’ve posted a copy of it on our website so you can listen to it to give you encouragement for whatever you might be facing in life right now, too.¬† You can listen to it free anytime at the link below:
Listen to “You Raise Me Up”


Joshua 1:9 T-ShirtP.P.S.¬† ALSO, if you haven’t gotten one of the T-Shirts yet that our friend designed to remind you to pray for Lana, you can still get one for a donation of any size to our ministry, no matter where you live in the world.¬† The shirts have a verse from the book of Joshua on them that says: “Be strong and courageous.¬† Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your GOD will be with you wherever you go.”¬† If you’d like to make a donation and get a shirt, just click the link below and our friend will be glad to mail you one.¬† Your gifts really do help us to continue sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with people all over the world, and our friend would love to send you this gift as her way of saying thanks!

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A Hoax Everyone Should Know About – A Pathetic Trick To Play On People!

Read this Mom. Then pass it along to all you sent this e-mail to. (And the person who sent it to you.)



Mornin all,
This note was forwarded from a stem cell transplant patient of mine.  Please read  and forward.  It honors a cancer patients desire. 
Thanks, Sheila
is a poem 
written by a teenager with cancer.
She wants to 
see how many 
people get her poem. 

It is quite the poem 
Please pass it


poem was written by a terminally ill young girl in a 
New York 


It was sent 

a medical doctor –¬†
Make sure to read what is in the closing statement 


Have you ever 

On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to 

Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a 

butterfly’s erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into the 

You better slow down.

dance so 

Time is short.

The music 

Do you run through each day


When you ask How are you?

Do you hear 

When the day is done

Do you lie 
in your 

With the next hundred chores 

Running through 
your head?

You’d better¬†
slow down

Don’t dance so¬†

Time is 

The music won’t¬†

Ever told your 

We’ll do it¬†

And in your 

Not see 


Ever lost 

Let a good 
friendship die 

Cause you 
never had time 

To call 
and say,’Hi’

better slow down.

Don’t dance¬†
so fast.

is short.

The music won’t¬†

When you run 
so fast to get somewhere

miss half the fun of getting 

When you worry and hurry 
through your 

It is like an unopened 


Life is not a 

Do take it 

Hear the 

Before the song is 



Dear All: 
PLEASE pass this mail on to everyone you know –¬†
even to those you don’t¬†
know! It is the request of a special girl who will soon 
leave this world 
due to cancer.

This young girl has 6 months left 
to live, 
and as her dying wish, she wanted to send a letter telling everyone to

live their life to the fullest, since she never will. 

never make it to prom, graduate from high school, 
or get married and have a 
family of her own.

By you sending 
this to as many people as 
possible, you can give her and her family a 
little hope, because with every name 
that this is sent to, The American 
Cancer Society will donate 3 cents per name 
to her treatment and recovery 
plan. One guy sent this to 500 people! So I know 
that we can at least send 
it to 5 or 6. It’s
not even your money, just