Sonshine in our Souls Today

May 30, 2009 at 9:07 am 1 comment

We want to give thanks and praise to Dr. Floyd and Pauline Dunn of Abilene, Texas, for saving my life 55 years ago…and teaching us how to be Jesus with skin on. We’d only been married a little over a year when I had my first miscarriage. My specialist was not taking good care of me.  The Dunns asked permission for their doctor to examine me.  After 10 days in the hospital, the Dunn’s doctor told my hot shot obstetrician that he’d better perform surgery on me immediately.  

The Dunns invited us to stay with them since I had no one to take care of me in our little hutment on the ACC campus.  When we were able to go to our “house,” we tried to pay the Dunns for the groceries they had fed us.  Smiling, Floyd said, “You don’t owe us anything.  But what we do want you to do is the next time you know of someone who needs help, you help them.  That will repay us.” Floyd and Pauline set the direction of our sail, and God has helped us to love, encourage, help many people around the world from that time on.

Knowing that Dan is dying, how can we be so filled with joy in the midst of our sorrow?  One of the top joys we had today was the phone call from our Texas grandson. It’s good to be connected again.We have been totally immersed in the love of God by Intentional Followers of Jesus who have travelled thousands of miles to be with us.  They have filled our hearts with Sonshine.  

We are daily wrapped in love by messages like this one   – “Dear Anne and Dan! My heart is falling apart when I read the news on the blog….thanks to you both, since I met you, I came closer to God, and definitely I became a better person. I learned from you to believe that God knows what’s best for us, and He loves us very much, and gives us help, when we need it.
Please tell Dan, evry day, that we love him so much, and he will be in our hearts for as long as we live!
We hug you, 
Csilla, Jutka, Tibor, Csengi, Blanka, Kati”

HOW IS DAN?  The Dr. increased the diuretic in an effort to decrease fluid filling his body. He’s taking Keflex antibiotic to fight a bladder infection.  .25 milliliters of morphine every 2 hours makes it possible for Dan’s breathing to be a little smoother. Silver Shield is working  to control the Cellulitis.  Dan still gets up and shuffles to the table for meals, enjoys lying in the recliner in the living room talking with all of us.

  And now, I am going to crawl into bed…and see if Dan does his regular thing – wake up, rip his face mask off, get out of bed…and one or two hours later, we get to go to bed…until the next time he can’t sleep and gets up again.  This i an intresting life.  Life is hard, but God is good.  — Anne and Dan

Irina, Rya, Mama Luba, our Sisters in Volgograd
Irina, Rya, Mama Luba, our Sisters in Volgograd


Our North Carolina "kids" came
Our North Carolina “kids” came




Dear Friends, Supporters - Don and Joann Hall with Dan and Anne.
Dear Friends, Supporters – Don and Joann Hall with Dan and Anne.Mark & Debbie rearranged their schedule to fly in for 24 sweet hours with us!

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  • 1. Sherrie Hammond  |  May 30, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I love your thoughts today. As I recall, you and Dan helped me and Steve very much when we were young . . . and you told us that we could repay you by helping other people who were in need. Our direction was set on helping people too just like you and Dan. Christ’s love for people just keeps on giving and giving to people through all the ages of time. Thank you for helping us so many years ago. I love you both.

    My heart is breaking when I read about Dan’s suffering and you suffering by watching Dan’s decline. I hurt and have no words to describe the hurt I feel for you. My heart rejoices with the love so many people shower upon you during your time of great need. Isn’t it interesting being a Christian, we can have excruciating sorrow and jubilant joy all at the same time . . . because of our precious Jesus? Jesus gives our lives joy even in the middle of our sorrows. Amazing! Only believers in Jesus can truly understand these complexities of our faith. I love you both.

    I do not think I have ever seen Dan with a beard. This is a very new image of Dan for me with his beard at a dining table. But, I must say, Dan does look handsome with a beard . . but of course, I do like men with facial hair. ha-ha! I married a young man who had a long, Texas handle-bar mustache. I thought he was so handsome. And though the handle-bars on his mustache had to go as he promoted up in business, and his mustache is “maturing” with gray, Steve still has his well-groomed mustache . . . just for me. Thank you for sharing the photos and your thoughts. I sincerely appreciate you sharing with all of us.

    Sherrie H.


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