Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Children Are Special!

This is the most special girl in the world - she is papa's daughter - and she is the world's best RN ! I asked her yesterday for a picture of her in her grubs - work clothes. So here she is - say hi to Jo !

Very late in her senior year of high school she said, half-heartedly; "I think I will go to school to be a nurse!" Papa choked ! I kinda encouraged her, but in my heart, said; "ain't no way!" Well - she did it !! She got her RN in 1994 - against all odds - her life right up to almost graduation was in major turmoil. I will not share - but as a father during the years 1990 - 1993 papa spent many sleepless nights, many in tears - praying for my precious daughter. She has a wonderful Christian testimony of God's miraculous intervention in her life. She is a story of; "Never give up, you can win!"

Today? Well if you haven't seen her families blog, My Family, stop by.

Jo is an RN at a major university hospital in Michigan. Several of papa's friends have had medical treatment there. When asked, Jo will go find them and stop in to say hi for papa. Thanks Jo, I love you !

DAD

29 comments:

Indian Lake Papa said...

This is Mama
Isn't she sweet!! I was so excited when I first saw our little girl. After all of the foster boys plus a son of our own, it was wonderful to have a girl!! :)
I am very proud of our daughter, our son, son in law and grandchildren. God is good.
Count your blessings and love your children. Mama

CrossView said...

She's adorable! =D

And she has to be special -she survived life with ILP! =P

Hi Jo!

Indian Lake Papa said...

HEh heh! Crossview - we both probably thought at times we weren't going to survive! LOL She is the love papa and mama's life. We love our kids!

JoEllen said...

Some days I am sure that there is no way I can be a nurse and what was I thinking. :) Not always easy but I know I am where I am suppose to be.

Love you too!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Dearest Jo - thanks stopping by! Your daddy loves you - and prays for you each day - morning, noon and night. God knew you'd make a great nurse - he put that in your heart and mind. ME, if I'd picked your career when you were 17, probably a race car driver - or pro soccer player! ha! Oh how mama and I love you!

Strider said...

I think that is what we do as parents....Blessings my friend.

Carol said...

Hey, Papa, you have a gorgeous daughter!! I've never met her in person, but she sounds as lovely as she looks! You and Mama have every reason to be proud! I'll go check out her web-site and see what the latest is about the adoption.

Life Adapted said...

Hey Papa, I just got myself caught up on reading your blog. I have enjoyed every word! You are a good man, with a good soul, and the best wife (!!) and I wish you and yours the best ever 2009!

Be so blessed.

So, what zoo should we meet at?

Indian Lake Papa said...

Strider - I screw up more than I would like to admit as a father - but my daughter knows I love her.

Carol - She is a gem - you will meet her one of these times at the camp.

LA _ Lets work on the zoo! LOL

Mostly Sunny said...

Love your wedding picture! So happy together!

Peter Olson said...

Hopefully, I will get to meet her and you and Mama someday.

Peter J. Olson

Indian Lake Papa said...

Sunny - mama is still just as cute! Me, we won't go there! But, we are still happy!

Peter - I am sure we will meet - in Michigan I am just southeast of Kzoo! Maybe a pontoon ride next summer.

Ed said...

Papa, You have a beautiful family. It is great to see Jo shares your love of children.

From her blog I can see she is carrying forward this legacy to her own family.

Indian Lake Papa said...

Ed - she's a keeper - yep, a real keeper! Don't tell anyone, but she was a nasty soccer player in school - they nick-named her "Animal"! Must have been mama's genes.

ricbooth said...

Papa, Children ARE special! Amen! I think I can see you beaming from my window! haha

Indian Lake Papa said...

Ric - YOu are so right! Papa is beaming! I have two precious children who bless my heart. And here all these years you thought it was sunlight coming in your window - it's papa beaming!

DEb said...

Papa...she is ADORABLE!! My daughter wants to be a neo-natal nurse... she's 16!!! I'm having some of those "sleepless nights" but you have given me great hope!! PRAY PRAY PRAY her through, hu!!! THANK YOU for this wonderful insight and pic of your "Jo"...

Indian Lake Papa said...

Deb - you bet we will pray! Our daughter worked hard and was determined to do - and God was in it! Someday if we can talk, I will share her story with you!

Roxanne Kristina said...

Papa,

Thank you for your kind comments. I am happy I missed the "white stuff" while we were in FL, but am not happy to be back in the icky whether. My tan is sticking out like a sore thumb amongst my pale Pacific Northwest friends!

So grateful to have had the time with you - for as much trouble as we spent on the trip, our experience with you made it the reason and bright spot of the trip! YOU ARE FAMILY AND WE LOVE YOU. My heart 'bout melted when we had to leave as well. I pray you and Mama start saving your pennies for a trip to Elizabeth and I someday. In the meantime, thank God we have Him and the He gave us blogging which connected all of us. I am so grateful for that.

I MISS YOU AND MAMA REALLY BAD!

I love you!!!

Roxx

CrossView said...

IT's time.... =P

Technonana said...

Praise God for all of the wonderful things He has done in YOUR daughter's life and in mine!!
Prayer is our LIFELINE!!

Peter Olson said...

You know what? I was looking at your posts from last year and your links. Our paths may have crossed many times already. I may even have met you in the past. I remember going to a Nazarene summer camp as a teenager (maybe Indian Lake). I have worked for customers in Vicksburg, Portage, Battle Creek, etc. We are campers.
Is Jo’s husband related to any one from Allegan, MI?
I’m sure that you and I are related. We both have relatives from Scandinavia.
I discovered a long time ago that it is a small world.
When will you be done with that book you are working on?

Indian Lake Papa said...

Roxx - miss you - it was a wonderful time we had with your family! Papa has just come down with a sore throat, cold, - probably the flu - yuk!

Crossview - are you expecting ("it's time") or some thing?

Tech Nana - Papa is blessed to have JO - she has given us 3 grand kids!:o)

Peter - we need to talk someday - we live on the Nazarene campground at Indian Lake. I would love to discuss our family roots - I have done a few hours (smile) of research. My book - hope to complete the draft in March - then a search for a publisher. Its a different twist - about horses!

CrossView said...

Yes, I'm expecting...
I'm expecting an update here.
Are you napping? =P

Rachel said...

wow. thanks for introducing her to us. What a lucky woman she is to have you guys for parents.

I know you are so proud of her.

Indian Lake Papa said...

CRossview - updates work two ways! LOL

Rachel - My daughter is the best! We are so proud of her and her family. She has papa's heart - all except the stinker part. lol

Char said...

Hi Papa,

I think it's "scrubs" not "grubs". In the medical profession people frequently have to "scrub up" as in sanitize their hands before handling things or going into surgery. So the special outfit one wears is called scrubs and is designed to keep street bacteria out of the medical treatment area.

You probably already knew that!

Jeans and a flannel shirt - now that's "grubs" in my book - and very comfortable, too!

Char

Robin said...

Great picture of your daughter! You should be proud of her and she of her parents!

Indian Lake Papa said...

CHar - maybe she is wearing her grubby scrubs! HA! ShE is a very precious daughter!

Robin - I am very proud of my daughter! She is a wonderful Christian young lady!