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  • On Jan. 11, Joanne suffered a major stroke. She is now at home and continues on the journey to recovery.

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Linda Hughes

Toben- you are such awesome dad. So fun, understanding and in tune with your girls hearts. You are just who God created you to be for your wife and girls.
May God Bless You Mightily,
Linda In sunny Seattle

Kim Feth

Toben, Jumping on hotel beds is a lot of fun. You should join in next time! Treasure up these times before the school routine starts.
Grace and Peace,
Kim Feth
Apex, NC


Oh, how I miss Joanne and her sweet Mother! Tell them hello for me, please.

Sara G

I hope you all had a good day today. Our daughter started 5th grade last week. They sure do grow up fast. Many hugs to you all <3

Lysa Barrell

Hello Toben....I've been following these posts from the beginning. Unfortunately, we've never met you or Joanne, but my friend, Andrea Vidano told us when Joanne had the stroke and you two have been in our prayers. We're former FBCers...hence the connection with the Vidanos. At any rate, I've another friend that had a stroke awhile back and just wanted to connect you and Joanne to her blog. I'll bet that Joanne can relate to some of Jan's words.

Cameron Von St. James

Hi Toben,

I was wondering if I could get in touch with you with a quick question. Do you think you could email me when you see this? Thanks so much, I hope to hear from you.

Take care,

cameronvsj@gmail. com


Praying that God would lift you all up, and hold you close to His Heart. It's been a while. Hope everyone is well. {\0/}


Just stopped in to say HI! Hope all is going great with your family. I was thinking about the girls and I am hoping they are enjoying all of their classes.

Take care and hope to hear how everyone is doing soon.


hoping for an update from you all. Nance 9/23/13


Loved reading your blog and how your wife, kids and life were doing. Even prayed when you asked for prayers...Wish you would start it back up and let us all know how you are doing.


Toben, I've been reading for years, and I'm concerned because you haven't updated in almost two months! Please let us know what's going on!

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