Queen Esther

Queen Esther

Esther was a young beautiful girl when she and many other young virgins were summoned by King Xerxes. He needed a new queen since he had sent Queen Vashti away for not obeying him. We find their story in the book of Esther, a portion of their story follows:

As a result of the king’s decree, Esther, along with many other young women, was brought to the king’s harem at the fortress of Susa and placed in Hegai’s care. Hegai was very impressed with Esther and treated her kindly. He quickly ordered a special menu for her and provided her with beauty treatments. He also assigned her seven maids specially chosen from the king’s palace, and he moved her and her maids into the best place in the harem.

10 Esther had not told anyone of her nationality and family background, because Mordecai had directed her not to do so. 11 Every day Mordecai would take a walk near the courtyard of the harem to find out about Esther and what was happening to her.

12 Before each young woman was taken to the king’s bed, she was given the prescribed twelve months of beauty treatments—six months with oil of myrrh, followed by six months with special perfumes and ointments. 13 When it was time for her to go to the king’s palace, she was given her choice of whatever clothing or jewelry she wanted to take from the harem. 14 That evening she was taken to the king’s private rooms, and the next morning she was brought to the second harem,* where the king’s wives lived. There she would be under the care of Shaashgaz, the king’s eunuch in charge of the concubines. She would never go to the king again unless he had especially enjoyed her and requested her by name.

15 Esther was the daughter of Abihail, who was Mordecai’s uncle. (Mordecai had adopted his younger cousin Esther.) When it was Esther’s turn to go to the king, she accepted the advice of Hegai, the eunuch in charge of the harem. She asked for nothing except what he suggested, and she was admired by everyone who saw her.

16 Esther was taken to King Xerxes at the royal palace in early winter* of the seventh year of his reign. 17 And the king loved Esther more than any of the other young women. He was so delighted with her that he set the royal crown on her head and declared her queen instead of Vashti. 18 To celebrate the occasion, he gave a great banquet in Esther’s honor for all his nobles and officials, declaring a public holiday for the provinces and giving generous gifts to everyone[1]

Esther and the other girls must have been really scared. They were taken away from their families to the palace of the king. I wonder if they knew why they were being taken away from home. Once they were settled in I imagine they began to enjoy themselves. They were assigned servants to wait on them hand and foot. They went through spa treatments for 12 months. I think I could handle being pampered like that for a while, but not for that long. I would get restless and need something more to do. I like to feel like I have accomplished something at the end of the day.

Once Esther was queen she found out that Haman, the scheming prime minister of King Xerxes, was trying to kill off all of the Jews, she contacted her cousin Mordecai. He told her that he and all of their people would fast and pray for God’s deliverance. Queen Esther also fasted and prayed. At the end of her fast she went to King Xerxes without being asked to come to him, coming like this could be punished by death. No one was to come to the king unless he requested them to be in his presence.

She found favor in his eyes and invited the king and Haman to a dinner she had prepared. Then she told them that she knew what Haman was planning to do and that she was also a Jew and would be killed. King Xerxes had Haman taken away and killed.

Esther was a simple Jewish girl that became a queen and saved her nation. This is quite a story of faith and strength. We daily face things that we have to deal with. They usually aren’t as big as what Queen Esther had to face, but what we do in our lives is just as important to us and those around us.

Many years ago I was offered a chance to take a series of video class through Trinity Seminary. After three years of study I was commissioned as an Associate in Ministry. This opened a whole new avenue for me to serve our gracious Lord. He has used me in many wonderful ways since my commissioning. The path He has me on now is to write for His beautiful little children to bring them closer to Him.

The movie One Night with the King is very good and gives you a visual of what Esther’s life might have been like.



I would like to know how He is using you in this beautiful world. Please share with me your path and tell me if there is a way I can help you on your path.

Jann Martin

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[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Es 2:8–18). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.


The Children of God

As children of God it is our duty to listen to His guidance. We should pray without ceasing, be silent and listen for an answer. He will work through us if we allow it to happen.

28 And now, little children, abide in Him,

that when He appears, we may have confidence

and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.

 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know

that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

Through His death on the cross we are all forgiven, for all of our sins. We are now righteous, clean, and can come to the Father. This is a gift we are all given. We just have to open our hearts and minds and yes to this wonderful gift of salvation.

3 Behold what manner of love the Father

has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

Therefore the world does not know us, because it did

not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God;

and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be,

but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him,

 for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who

has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 

1 John 2:28-3:10


When God created Adam and Eve He wanted all of the people of earth to be His children. With their sin Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened to right and wrong. They had the freedom of choice. Since they disobeyed God and ate from the tree of knowledge they had to leave the Garden of Eden. They had to work hard for everything that they needed.

So, now all of the people that have been born after them have been given free choice. Sometimes we listen for directions from God and make good choices, and there are times we just do what we want. At those times we have to pay the consequences if we make a bad choice.

As children of God it is our duty to listen to His guidance. We should pray without ceasing, and be silent and listen for an answer. He will work through us if we allow it to happen.

There are different types of prayers  for different situations, below are just a few suggestions.

  • Prayers to say for guidance: While driving, ask which direction to go. I once avoided a possible accident, because I listened and went a different direction.
  •  Praying for the sick: I once prayed and anointed a little girl with oil. The doctors were having trouble diagnosing what was wrong. I could feel the love, warmth, and peace of God as I prayed. A few days later she was out of the hospital and healed through God’s love.
  • Praying for your enemies: Years ago I prayed for my ex-sister-in-law to be happy. She was bitter over the divorce and wouldn’t let us see our niece. Once she was at peace we were able to see our niece and things went well.
  • Praying for our children: When I wake up and when I go to bed I pray for our daughters, their husbands, and our grandchildren by name.
  • Praying for others: Anytime someone’s name comes to mind I pray for them. God knows what is going on and what they need.


This is a partial list of prayers you can pray. Please leave a comment on our Facebook page of other prayers you pray.

Jann Martin

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How Strong is Your Faith!

How Strong is Your Faith!

I found this quote from, C.H. Spurgeon: To trust God in the light is nothing, but trust Him in the dark that is faith.

When you feel good, your relationship is going well with your husband and kids, the grandkids are cute and adorable it’s easy to have faith in God. You wake up, have breakfast, and then go do your workout, it’s a great start to the day. Then you begin with the chores and meal planning. You can have days, weeks, even months go by and everything goes smoothly. God is Good, and your faith is strong.

Then life hits you smack in the face. One of those moments for me was in the late 1970’s. I had been having a lot of abdomen pain and irregular periods. This had gone on for a couple of years. I had seen the doctor about it, and we were also trying to have a second child, that wasn’t working either. My doctor told me he would have to do exploratory surgery to see if he could help relieve the pain and help me to be able to get pregnant.

At first I was okay with this. Then fear started to encroach on my thoughts and feelings. I was becoming more and more nervous as the surgery date got closer. I talked with my husband, family and friends, but no one was able to ease my frazzled nerves.

Then one day I saw that our pastor was at the backyard neighbors home. I called her and asked her to see if he could come over and talk with me when he was done visiting with her. A while later he was at my front door. I welcomed him in, we sat in the living room and began to talk. I told him about my upcoming surgery and that I was afraid.

He asked me what was making me so nervous. I told him that I was afraid that the doctor would find cancer. My mother had died from cancer only three years earlier when I was pregnant with our first daughter. I was afraid of dying and not be able to raise our beautiful daughter, April.

His response was that that was silly. Just because my mom had cancer, didn’t mean that I would also have it. He took down my surgery date and said he’d pray for me. I still didn’t feel at ease with my upcoming surgery and struggled regularly with my nerves.

The day before I was to go to the hospital I called the church to ask if the pastor could come to the hospital. I was told that he was away on vacation and wouldn’t be able to come. That night unable to concentrate on TV I went up to take a hot bath. That didn’t help either. They laying on my bed I opened my heart to God and cried in agony. Please help me, I can’t do this alone. Instantly I felt a literal heavy weight being lifted off of me. I felt the peace that passes all understanding. I knew that God was with me and would help me through whatever was ahead.

The next morning, I went to the hospital and was happy and joking around with all of the staff. They told me I would have a Band-Aid if all was well. If there was a problem I would have a lot of gauze and tape on my stomach. Then they gave me a shot and I immediately went to sleep. It seemed like only moments later that I was trying to wake up. Everything was fuzzy. I remember asking several times how big my bandage was. Finally, I was awake enough to know that I just had a Band-Aid.

Praise God. I found out that I didn’t have cancer, but endometriosis. It’s scar tissue near and around the ovaries. This was what was causing my pain and inability to become pregnant. I was very relieved with this news. My prayer was then to thank God for being able to have one child. I was able to relax and enjoy the life we had. Then God surprised us with our daughter, Nickie, when April was seven years old.

When I was struggling the most, I forgot to pray and ask God what I should do. My faith was weak; I was trying to do it on my own. When I finally laid down on my bed and cried out to Him, He lifted my anxiety and fear, and gave me His peace. We all need to remember that no matter what our situation He is there to help and guide us.

I found this website with quotes that can help you in your daily walk. http://www.dailyinspirationalquotes.in/

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Watching Creation

Have you found a place where you can get away from daily life and be close to God? A place where you can listen for His voice?

“Watching Creation,” is the title of a new series I’m working on. The children in the story start out in heaven and have some adventures before God has them watch as he begins to create the world. It’s not until the third day that they really begin to experience what’s around them on earth. Think of yourself, or your kids experiencing heaven. What would you see, feel, smell, hear, and taste?

Imagine that you were able to watch God as he created the world. What types of things can you imagine yourself doing? Would you be weightless? What type of mischief do you see getting into while exploring the grass, fields, and fruits of the third day of creation?

Last fall I had the opportunity to walk the beach at sunrise in St. Augustine. I walked feeling the sand and water on my feet, enjoying the textures that I don’t usually get to feel. Then I sat down and looked out over the water. The sky was beginning to show the first glimpses of light. It felt like I was all alone witnessing what it might have been like to see the very first dawn. It was a time of closeness with God without the distractions of everyday life. I was able to pray and actually feel His presence surrounding me. Quieting my mind I was able to hear His answers to my prayers.

Have you found a place where you can get away from daily life and be close to God? A place where you can listen for His voice?

Share with us your special place. What do you do to quiet your mind, so you can hear the voice of God?

Jann Martin

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Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?

I used to make a resolution every year. My resolutions ranged from working out more, dieting, reading more for fun, and education. Like most people I was successful for a while, but then stumbled and went back to my old ways.

This year I didn’t make a resolution, but want to try to listen more carefully to God’s guidance in what I eat. I need to lower my cholesterol and sugar numbers. I am cutting back on the carbs I eat and keeping a journal with my count for each day. There are many different plans and diets available for any type of way you want to stay healthy. I don’t believe any one plan is meant for everyone. We all have different body types and reactions to the food we eat. Some people can eat a lot and never gain an ounce. We have to figure out what our metabolism is and work with that. We can look at our family and see what traits we have from our parents and grandparents.

Once we have a better handle on what works for our body, then we can work on finding the best type of eating plan we should be on. If you’re like me this can be very frustrating, I have worked at keeping my weight down most of my life. The older I get the harder it is because our metabolism slows down. I work out more and eat less, but still struggle with loosing.

These are some of the different plans you can follow, after talking to your doctor:

You can also check with your doctor for recommendations for you and your health conditions. You should always make sure the plan you want to try is approved by your doctor.

I really want to make it work this time. Where are you in this struggle? Can we work together and help each other? Let me know what you think.

Jann Martin

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Advent is the fourth Sunday before Christmas. It is a time we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus.

Advent is the fourth Sunday before Christmas. It is a time we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus.

The different denominations have different traditions. In Western Christianity we use the color purple or blue for the different hangings around the church and the vestments or stoles that the clergy wear. The Lutherans chose purple, while the Methodists chose blue.

The different churches also choose different music that is payed or sung. Handel’s Messiah, the Magnificent and O Come, O Come, Emmanuel are just three of the familiar songs that are sung during this period. We all have our favorites depending on what we grew up with. Traditionally these are not Christmas carols, but songs telling of the coming of Jesus.

There are also traditions the churches follow. In England there used to be a tradition where dolls represented Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary. If you gave a halfpenny coin to the person taking the dolls by your home you were to have good luck. If you did not give a halfpenny the household would have bad luck.

In Normandy, the farmers had the children run through the fields to set fire to the bundles of straw, thus driving out the evil that could damage their crops.

In Rome, there would be bagpipe players that would play as they come to the manger at Bethlehem. This was to recognize the pipes that the shepherds would have played.

Now our churches use an advent calendar or candles. The calendars usually have a little door to open. There can be a Bible verse and possibly a small gift or piece of chocolate.

I pray you take time each day to reflect on the coming of the Christ Child. Please don’t let busy things that don’t really have meaning for your life get in the way of enjoying your family and friends. They want to spend quality time with you. Pick a favorite cookie or two and bake them together. None of us need to eat dozens of different kinds of cookies, cake and pies. Do things together that make memories not exhaustion.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Jann Martin

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Waiting on God’s Answer

Waiting on God’s Answer

Have you ever prayed asking God to help you with something? I know I have many, many, times.

When I was grocery shopping a couple of years ago, I got in a line that I thought would be a quick check-out. Then I saw the man ahead of me was struggling with food stamps. I thought I’d change lanes and felt that I was supposed to stay where I was. As his order was being finished I saw that the cashier had put several items aside. I told her to put them on my bill. She quickly rang them up. The man hadn’t heard me and started to walk away. I called out to him and he came back. I gave him the bags and told him to have a good day. He thanked me over and over again.

As I was driving home I thanked God for nudging me to stay in that line. It was awesome to be able to serve someone and know that it had been guided by God. There have been many times in my life where I have felt definite guidance and protection from God.


Assurance of God’s Eternal Protection

1     Hear my cry, O God;

Attend to my prayer.

2     From the end of the earth I will cry to You,

When my heart is overwhelmed;

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

3     For You have been a shelter for me,

A strong tower from the enemy.

4     I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;

I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.


5     For You, O God, have heard my vows;

You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name.

6     You will prolong the king’s life,

His years as many generations.

7     He shall abide before God forever.

Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him!

8     So I will sing praise to Your name forever,

That I may daily perform my vows.[1]


When you are overwhelmed, stop, ask God to help you. Be specific, also ask Him for peace. Then you need to wait and be still. It is in the quiet moments that you will hear His answer and guidance. He will protect you, and cover you with His wings. Remember to say prayers of thanksgiving to Him as well. Just like when our kids thank us for something, it makes us feel really good. I would  imagine that it makes God happy when we stop and thank Him too.

Jann Martin

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[1] The New King James Version. (1982). (Ps 61:title–8). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.


What are your thoughts on tradition?

Every family has traditions. From foods, games we play, songs we sing, and special foods we eat at the different holidays. Sometimes we hear of something someone else does and make it a new tradition for our family.

In our family my great grandma used to have everyone over for a pancake breakfast and then everyone would gather for steak dinner at another relative’s. The year my uncle was born grandma said it was too long of a day for the baby. So great grandma put the two meals together at her home and every year since 1929 the family has gotten together for a steak and pancake breakfast. The steak is delicious with a little bit of syrup finding its way across the plate and surrounding the bite with a little bit of sweetness. We have friends that thought that sounded so good and not as much to cook so they adopted our tradition.

When I was born my great aunt bought a baptismal gown for me. My brother How do you feel about traditions?was a little older when he was baptized so he wasn’t able to wear it. Then four years later my sister was born and she wore the gown. Since that time it has been worn by every member of the family including a friend’s daughter. On September 4th our granddaughter was baptized and she was the 12th baby to wear my gown. It started out as a gift for me and has become a tradition. I wonder how many more children will be baptized in that beautiful gown.

This is one example where we find Jesus talking about traditions.

Debate Over Tradition

Mark 7:1–23

15 Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”

He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”—then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:

8     ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,

And honor Me with their lips,

But their heart is far from Me.

9     And in vain they worship Me,

Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”

10 When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear and understand: 11 Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”

12 Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”

13 But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14 Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”

15 Then Peter answered and said to Him, “Explain this parable to us.”

16 So Jesus said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. 20 These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”[1]

The scribes and Pharisees were more concerned about the traditions that had been followed for years. Some of which God put in place to keep the people healthy, like the washing of hands before preparing food.

There are traditions in each of the main stream churches. I believe people get hung up on these traditions and forget that going to church is a time to put everything aside and be in worship with God. Our faith is strengthened when we worship with others and join in lifting our praises up to God.

When a church puts it traditions above those of the other churches I believe they are losing site of the real meaning of worship and faith. No one style or order of worship is better than any other. We don’t have to be in a specifically designed sanctuary, or do our liturgy, hymns and sermons in a specific order. Jesus preached from mountains, and beside the water, He spoke to the people with love and compassion. Teaching them how to praise God and care for each other. He didn’t give them a bulletin with the only order in which a worship service could be done.

Traditions in families and churches are good as long as they don’t exclude others or make their tradition more important than anyone else’s.

Jann Martin

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[1] The New King James Version. (1982). (Mt 15:1–20). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Facing Surgery

Have you ever faced surgery?

Have you ever faced surgery? Were you calm or nervous?

I had back surgery a few years ago. I was looking forward to it to relieve my pain until two days before surgery. Then the devil got ahold of me. I started thinking of what could go wrong. What if the doctor does something wrong? Will I be able to still walk? Will my pain be worse? Will I still be able to play with our grandchildren?

Everything kept going through my mind. I wasn’t able to think of anything else. I called one of the pastor’s and talked with him. He prayed with me and said he’d check on me after the surgery. I still just couldn’t shake the nerves.

The next day I had to go to the hospital for pre-op check-in. While I was waiting for my turn my surgeon came out to talk with the family of surgery he had just completed. When he was done I asked if I could talk to him. He sat down with me and talked about the procedure and how he would care for me. He calmed my nerves some.

Once I was back out in my car I went over what he had told me about the surgery and prayed. Then I sat quietly and felt God’s peace come over me. I had finally stopped long enough to push the scary thoughts out of my mind and let God fill me up.

The surgery went well; the pain in my lower back was finally gone. In (Ps 34:4) we see how God is always with us.

I sought the Lord, and He heard me,

And delivered me from all my fears.

I have upper back and neck pain too. I am scheduled for surgery the end of this month to have a breast reduction. We are hoping this will relieve the rest of the problem.

Beside the pain, having large breasts are frustrating. They get in the way, tops don’t fit well, and for a dress to fit on top it’s usually too big around the hips.

I was talking with my cousin the other day and she asked if I was nervous or excited. I said “Yes.” I think it’s a little of both. I’m looking forward to the strain on my neck and back to go away, but I’m a little nervous about going through surgery. I have complete trust in my doctor. He’s one of the top in the field in this area and highly recommended. It’s the devil trying to worm his way in, trying to undermine my faith that God will take care of me.

I remember the story in Mt 6:25–34, this reminds me again to put my faith in God.

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

God is always there for us. He is waiting for us to reach out to Him. We have free will, it is up to us to make the choice to listen to Him.

Jann Martin

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Surprise Pregnancy

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Last month I told you of a time when my faith had really been tested. I was facing surgery and was afraid I had cancer. God blessed us, and all I had was endometriosis: a scaring in the uterus, causing pain and making it difficult to get pregnant.

We felt blessed to have our daughter April. She was about two when all of this was going on. Through other appointments I had and some tests that Jim, my husband, went through we found out that it was a miracle that we were able to have April. So life went on and we didn’t think about having another baby.

Jim was laid off again from Great Lakes Steel near Detroit, this time he wasn’t sure he was going to be able to go back. He had a license as a mortician, so he checked the area for a position at a funeral home but, no one was hiring locally. Through some searching he found a position in Beulah, North Dakota. We sold the house in Redford, Michigan, packed everything up and moved west.

We found an efficiency apartment to rent when we first arrived. It was very tiny, for the two of us, April, now five, and our medium sized dog. All was going smoothly so we began to look for a home. There was a new development going in and we found a lot and model home that we liked. We were talking with the builder at a party on Friday night and made plans to meet with him Monday morning to get things started.

Saturday while Jim was at work he and his boss were having coffee and talking. There is a large Black Foot Indian tribe out there. The boss was complaining about the tribe. Jim said,“Watch it I’m part Black Foot.”

The next day, he was let go. We called the builder and told him we weren’t able to buy the house we wanted. In the mail that day we received a letter forwarded from Michigan for an interview for a position in a funeral home back near Detroit. He went for the interview and accepted a new job. We packed up again and moved to Jackson, Michigan. We found an apartment and once all seemed good we bought a home.

My sister came out for a visit and lunch on a Friday. While we were visiting, she looked quizzically at me and asked me if I was pregnant. I told her I was late having my period again, but that wasn’t unusual with having endometriosis. I called the doctor the following Monday morning and the nurse said to come to the office that morning and she would draw blood and run the pregnancy test. So, April and I went to the office. The nurse said to come back in a couple of hours and she would be able to give me the results.

April and I went to Meijer and just walked around killing time. We happened to go by the toy area and I saw a stuffed bunny. Just for fun I bought it. Then we went back to the office for the results. The nurse saw me and came out in the lobby to give me the results. She said, “You’re pregnant.” I began to cry and she rushed April and I into an exam room. “Are you, okay?”

I replied, “I’m just so happy. We have been wanting another child for six years.”

She gave me a hug. And sent us on our way. April and I then went to the funeral home to tell Jim. When we got there he was in a back area and the receptionist said she would call and have him come up front. We saw him coming down the hall, so we walked back to meet him. I handed him the bag from Meijer with the bunny and said it died. He gave me a funny look and opened the bag. Then he smiled and gave me a big hug.

April looked confused. “Why did you say it died?”

I laughed and said, “I was just teasing Daddy.”

She still didn’t understand, and was too young to explain that the old way many years ago to find out if a woman was pregnant was to inject a female bunny with a woman’s urine. There would be a change in the bunny’s ovaries if the woman was pregnant. It was a misconception that was believed that the bunny died if the woman was pregnant.

So God, blessed us with a surprise pregnancy, and another daughter, Nickie. We are truly blessed to have two beautiful daughters.

Jann Martin

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