Our Happily Ever After … A Myth … Or Is It?


<Me and Craig … no selfie sticks back in the day>

<Please read to the end … a very heartfelt prayer request … I want to insert “desperate” but I know who is in control.>

The majority of you know our story … 18 year old suffers debilitating stroke … months and years of recovery … and ‘they’ lived happily after …

A good Lifetime movie would be unable to wrap it up any better … right?  After all, everyone loves a good ending.

The problem:  there is ALWAYS more to the story … the rest of the story … the unpublished part …

Our story is not a movie.  Neither is yours.  There was a beginning to this journey but the ending has been elusive … in other words, not on ‘our’ schedule.

How many days, months, years have been ticking on the burden you carry?

‘For still the vision awaits its appointed time;  it hastens to the end—it will not lie.  If it seems slow, wait for it;  it will surely come; it will not delay.’  Habakkuk 2:3

Yet … while waiting for the happily ever after part, I longingly gaze at the rest of the world, as they seemingly transition thru the expected timetable of life.

Some may say,  ‘stop looking around and start looking up.’  I do look up.  Perhaps my vision needs corrective lenses.

Although we are told to look up … remember … God is actually all around us!  Therefore, the corrective lenses may be revealing more about the condition of our hearts.  Ouch!

Bottom line … As God’s children, we are supposed to view life through the heart and the eyes of God.

Corrective lenses to fix a heart condition?  Absolutely!  But first we must know what His Word says about envy, fear, self ambition, worry, doubt … And, to know it, one must read it …

A fairytale or good Lifetime movie?  Stories don’t end happily ever after, or do they?

His  Word says,  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’  Revelation 21:4

I just answered my question … there is the Promise of the happily ever after … the heavenly version …

<Pressing toward Joy thought of the day:  it’s okay to look up and down and all around, when looking through the eyes of God.>


The purpose of my blog has not been about the personal recovery of my family as I have tried to respect their privacy while pressing to move forward, not focusing on the past.  However, since October, there have been significant health setbacks with Jake.  Is he tough?  Yep!  Is he completely frustrated with life?  Yep!!  Are we at our wit’s end?  Pretty close!

On Monday, June 6, approximately 12:00 noon EST, Jake will be having major back surgery at Stanford Hospital.  Please pray that when the issue is repaired, his 24/7 debilitating pain will be alleviated.   And that he can then return, after recovery, to his job that he liked, and the ‘new’ life he was trying to create. Continuous setbacks are challenging and affect everyone in our family.

Jake is immensely private about this area in his life.  Yet, for those who will sincerely pray for him, I had to reach out … as I believe in the power of prayer.

Thank you.




14 thoughts on “Our Happily Ever After … A Myth … Or Is It?

  1. Thank you for sharing Ann Louise. I will pray for Gods healing hand on Jake and for wisdom and guidance for the surgeon. Praying for you and Craig also. Anything with our children is all consuming and nothing matters more. But our God is all powerful.

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  2. Ann Louise, I pray for all of your family regularly, but as we both know, The Lord has HIS plans “behind the curtain,” so we can’t see what HE is doing. I have used this picture in my mind to help me cope. I have no answers, but I do know that your trials are far worse than mine. Losing my husband and my estranged son and family have been terrible, but it is over. I am trying to “move on” in the Christian walk. Patience is not a virtue of mine, but I think even the most godly family on earth would have a hard time in your family’s shoes. All I can say is I WILL PRAY. Dean

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  3. Ann Louise, we will be praying for the doctors, surgeons and nurses who are
    Taking are of Jake. We will pray for a quick recovery for Jake, and peace for your family.

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  4. I pray for the surgeons that will be taking care of Jake. And that God wraps his healing hands on sweet Jakeand bring him a recovery without pain. Love to you all. Anne and Hunter

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  5. Praying for Jakes surgery and relief for his pain. Thoughts and prayers for you all as you continue to go through this with him. Hugs and love to all of you! xoxo

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  6. I’m praying for all of you, the doctors, and nurses caring for Jake in his upcoming surgery. I pray that God will give you peace and comfort that we know can only come from Him. In the past, I would always think of Jake when I looked at the moon. In the nights ahead when I look at the moon, I will pray for Jake, his surgery, and his healing.

    Love and prayers,


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  7. I am so deeply burdened as I pray for you all. I know He hears us. I pray for God’s healing hand to guide Jake’s surgeon and those who will assist. Prayers – love – peace – and hope!

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