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Mental health days are so much more important than perfect attendance! You are a wise & sensitive father to be in tune with your daughter's needs.

Linda Hughes

Your in laws are enjoying great weather in Seattle! If we make it to Monday it will 51 days w/o rain and will set a record. What a wonderful opportunity for you at Family Talk! I always enjoy reading your updates. Mental health days, I love that idea. Praise God He gave you that insight for your precious daughter.
Linda in Sunny Seattle :-)
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Kim Feth

Thanks for the updates, it's nice to hear some good news when it happens. We are continuing to pray!
Kim Feth
Apex, NC

Pam HOuston

Praise God for Joanne's bravery in coming off the morphine! Such an answer to prayer... What awesome news and a big, big step...also praying that your Audrey will get the mascot position at Cherry Creek HS. That would be so much fun for her and allow for so much hilarity and expression, and also Toben, praising God for your "dream job" at writing. God is good...all the time! You guys have the most awesome family and what a wonderful day you had with your Dad's chauffering...enjoying the beauty of the Rockies, up close and personal. I do miss our times of being able to go up to the mountains when we lived in Lakewood, Colorado years ago. Such happy memories...
Blessings and my prayers are with you all,
Pam Houston><> from So. Cal.

Stacey Frazier

Mental health days are a total necessity some times. Whether work or school, it is much needed. You are a great dad to see the need for those types of days for your girls. My dad never would have gone for that when I was growing up. He was too strict about things like that. He still is.


Hi Toben and Joanne! I just discovered your blog today, and WOW...what a witness and testimony of life and faith in Christ! You have such love for your family, and it is wonderful to read! Toben, you have a real gift of sharing and expressing yourself in simple ways. My favorite author is Gladys Tabor, 1899-1980. She wrote about her daily life and her thoughts and struggles and animals and children. Just daily stuff...but it touched my life. She wrote 41 books all together. I have been a member of a Christian Writers group for over 40 years because I appreciate the written word. After all, Our LORD is the Living WORD! :) Anyways, I looked over your blog, and will be reading and PRAYING for your prayer requests! The LORD wants our prayers to be very specific, and I love that! He cares for us in every detail.

If you get a chance...please listen to this read sermon by C.H. Spurgeon from 1860. It is about True Prayer and just wonderful!!! Joanne...listen to this also...and You will be blessed! ♥♥♥


My parents used to do that for us too. I remember getting up one morning and my Dad looked at me,did a double take and said "Do you feel OK? You look like you feel bad. You wanna stay home". And I did feel bad(not all physical) and I did stay home and slept in and just chilled. It was nice that my parents were so observant and knew what was important. You are a good Dad and your kids will fondly remember that and talk about it with their friends.


I wish I had had mental health days in high school, would've done better to help steady me. Thank you for the updates Toben and will keep praying for more praise moments for Joann, the girls, and everyone else!

Wendy Eland

This is the first time I have seen your blog, what a ministry. Joann I am really glad you received a mental health day,often these days there is so much stress and pressure for our young people today, it so refreshing to hear about your sensative and compassionate dad. I will conintue to pray for you and your family. Good Job DAD!!!


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