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Every day that we step out the door of our little cottage,  we embark on a journey of discovery.  With our pending visit to Dr. van Praagh tomorrow, we decided that today was as good as any day to "test the limits".  So, after a morning sitting around the table visiting with Coos and Rianne de Vink (friends from Taiwan), I had a short rest and then we embarked on a tour through the forest.  Our loop was approximately 3 km and I  walked for about one kilometre which  amazed both Susan and me, considering the state of my health even two weeks ago.  It was wonderful to take in the smells, sounds, and beauty. I would have walked further, except that my legs felt extremely wobbly by the time I stopped.  Small wonder considering that I have been in bed for the last 18 months!  Equally amazing, was the fact that I experienced very little by way of increase in pain.  It was also a wonderful privilege to be out sharing the day with Susan.

In the picture to the left, I am on the road outside our cottage gate, and below you can see the stretch of path behind me that I walked in the woods .  Our walk also re-enforced how lucky we are that Tante Tobia was able to find a place for us here in Hoog Soeren.  We don't think we are stretching it to say that this is truly one of the most idyllic spots in the Netherlands.  It has, without a doubt, nourished our bodies, minds and souls.  We look forward to the arrival of the girls on Monday.  And by the way, Program 2 is working well!!

Rod walks a kilometre without paying for it!!  What a feeling of accomplishment...or is a miracle?
Bob and Darlene
3/21/2012

Why not just call it a miracle!, As indeed it is, when looking back over the past years. Our joy is filled with tears as we follow your progress. Yes we feel notes of apprehenshion asking if it can be true, but then again recognizing the true wonder of what is taking place causes us to rejoice with you.

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Cathie Ens-Gerhart
3/21/2012

What a truly answer to prayer. I do see God is still in the Miracle busiiness much over the last week or two. In your life and in the lives of others. Keep the faith and keep drawing to him. Love you both

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Tracy
3/21/2012

Think you'll be ready for the Valaqua hike-a-thon?!?!

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Athena
3/21/2012

I spent a large part of thismorning thinking about you and came up to the computer to see an update that had me in tears in a good way. I am so happy to see that picture. Lot's of love from all of us.

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Cheryl
3/21/2012

Wow! I am brought to tears reading this. Thank you Jesus!.

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Mark and Judy
3/21/2012

Wonderful news. We have been waiting with bated breath and anxiously scarfing up each new post. This is truly amazing news--miraculous is not too strong a word, even if it is a technology-induced miracle. (After all, it was a technology-induced curse!) We rejoice with you and look forward to hearing Anika and Joya's reactions when they arrive. Be well. You are in our thoughts many times every day.

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Jeff and Ann-Marie
3/21/2012

Amen!!! and Amen!!! So wonderful to "see" you and the grace of God on your lives....tears of joy and thankfulness abound and we keep praying

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Cyndy & Gareth Brandt
3/21/2012

What a wonderful bit of news! We will continue to pray for healing.

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Mark Nord
3/21/2012

CAUTION: Please, no hayrides or seafood for a few months!

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Anika
3/21/2012

hahaha good advice Mark! Don't worry.... we're not planning on any more Reynar drama for a long time.

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Carin Morton
3/21/2012

1000 praises, 1000 cheers, 1000 tears, 1000 hugs, and still it does not come close to what we feel for you this day. Love, prayers, thoughts, and email hugs to you all. cs&j

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Kim Thiessen
3/21/2012

Wow!!! Rod, what an amazing note, and picture!! And what a thrill to see you on your feet!!! I'm so excited for you and for your whole family! Thank you for the updates! We pray for you all, and think of you, and we continue to be amazed at the profound miracle and the goodness of God!

Kim

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jim
3/21/2012

What a privilege it is to be a part of this spectacular saga you are allowing all of us to a part of through the wonders of technology. A Miracle yes it is. Your faith has brought all of us to a better place in our lives as we have felt your pain and now your freedom from it giving us a deeper understanding of what Faith can do. Thank God for your recovery and what you have given those of us that know and love you, the gift of witnessing your faith. What a couple you are my friends. New Years Eve is at our table next year. Jim

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Tobia
3/21/2012

I'm crying an ocean of tears over to you guys! Tears of joy, even as it seems hard to believe. Deep gratefulness for the sweetness of what you are experiencing, whatever the ups an downs may be, this is a miraculous gift. How precious that you can be there in dear Hoog Sooren, nearby Tante Tobia, the woods, the coming spring . . . and the dear girls coming. We love you! Thanks for the regular updates that drawn together your scattered community!

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Tobia
3/22/2012

BTW, This day was the Spring Equinox, the day you walked a km! a wonderful way to celebrate and give thanks to the God of Creation and Redemption!

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Matthew Veith
3/21/2012

Wow, this is amazing to see! It's incredible to think what has traversed since I saw you guys in December! Thank you God for miracles and for the imaginative wonders of science! Maybe some day we can all pile into a van once again and do a lap around Taiwan!

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Cam & Gaylene
3/22/2012

What a beautiful photo, to see Rod standing there with a big smile on his face! Our hearts are at peace, to know you are doing well and to realize that hope is becoming reality. You are in our continual prayers. Love you both!

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Brian
3/22/2012

Rod seeing you up on your feet and enjoying the great outdoors is totally awesome!!

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Linda Dickinson
3/22/2012

I'm so happy to hear that things are going well. It truly is a miracle, thank you, Jesus!!!! Linda

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Adam Beriault
3/22/2012

It's so wonderful to hear about the positive results of this procedure in so short a time Rod. I pray the improvements continue! I lived near the Hoge Veluwe for six months (Elspeet) and I agree with you- it is an incredible place

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"Auntie" Glenna
3/22/2012

We are thrilled with your progress Rod. The Lord is good!! May he continue to grant you peace and relief. Enjoy your time together. It is so exciting that the girls can join you.

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Audrey and Darrell Tompkins
3/22/2012

We are delighted and so thankful to God with you all. We pray that progress will continue each day and that a new chapter of good physical health is opening for Rod. So glad the girls can join you. Take care. Home is still standing!

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Jason Wright
3/23/2012

HEY GUYS, VERY INSPIRING..KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. :) |JASON JAYNA KALE

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Anne Boehlig
3/24/2012

Our cup runneth over for you! We are thrilled beyond words for these notes witnessing your progress! Wish we could see the girls' faces when they see you walking around, dad!

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Warren C
3/24/2012

This is so encouraging! I am so happy for you Rod. Amazing to think of you walking in the woods with Susan -that is a beautiful thing, and we trust a foretaste of much more to come!

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