Starting October 25 of 2011, "InfertilityMom," 39-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder of Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes, all due to vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office. The largest two strokes were brain stem and cerebellum bleeds. Jenni remained hospitalized until nearly Christmas and was not expected to live (near death experience) nor recover, but if she even survived, she was slated to live out her days in a nursing home or, best case, to maybe come home but wheelchair-bound and needing 24-hour care (please read more and watch short video). Jenni is now walking (with a cane or wheeled walker), has recovered much eye-sight, some hearing, partial use of her hands, cares for most of her own personal/toiletry needs, and is currently writing three books, maintains multiple blogs, and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. Near the five-year recovery mark, Jenni has renewed her pre-stroke excitement about the unique Lilla Rose hair Flexi eight jewelry she sells and has finally regained enough hand/arm function to regularly use! (The biggest ongoing losses at the 4 1/2-year point of recovery are left-side nerve pain, inability to drive, loss of homeschool teaching capability, significant sound processing issues (often triggering nausea), and some profound physical ability limitations such as a limp, balance challenges, clumsy use of right hand and only large motor function in left hand.) Here is her resume.

Since Jenni's chiropractor carried no insurance and moved out of the country soon after the accident (thus avoiding any legal or financial consequences), if you would like to help contribute to the Saake (pronounced like the two small words, say and key) family's massive financial needs (medical expenses alone are estimated to cost between $1- and $1.5- Million in Jenni's lifetime), please visit Jennifer Saake's Stroke Survivor GoFundMe Page. (This support information has been added in direct response to several reader requests.) The Saakes sincerely thank you for your prayers and if God prompts and equipts you to send any monetary assistance as well, this is a significant added blessing.

Jenni is clinging to God's grace through the entire experience. Here is her unfolding story, documented in her own words (typing with only her right hand), as she perceives it happening in real time, messy, honest and to the glory of God...

Saturday, November 23, 2013


In this article entitled Why I Called Out Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer, I found this great little 10-minute video by John Piper that does a great job of defining what the Prosperity Gospel is and why it is so sinister.  I loved "There are healings that happen in this world! I don't deny that. But I deny vehemently that everybody will be healed!" Also the thought that this life is so brief and then eternity! This is basically what I concluded by the end of my multi-part exploration on faith and healing earlier this year and why this reality actually brings me more comfort than a Santa-Jesus or Genie-In-A-Bottle-God.

Our 13-year-old is at an (adult) computer programing conference this weekend. If you have Facebook, please head over to and "like" his group's competition project, a Twitter based platform for startups and new companies that don't have a dedicated customer support staff. Thanks so much for taking a tiny moment of your time to make a big impact in his life!
Rick is making about five round trips around town today to have all the kids at their correct places and times through the day. I'm glad we basically limit the kids to one extra curricular each year! It's another day where I really wish I were able to help out with the driving!
It's been a pretty quiet day with my kidney. Stone must not be trying to move at all, because there is basically no pain and no blood so far today. Thanks for your prayers!
Well, I just got out of the shower, so onto jumping, wet, stringy hair and all. ;)

Day 7 of 100
You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. Matthew 5:3 (MSG) 

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