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Dear Friends and Family,
We are so grateful for our church, College Church of the Nazarene. We especially enjoy the LIFE group to which we have been assigned. The group has loved and supported us like their own family. God definitely knew in which group we belonged.
In the last 10 days, I have fallen twice. Falling is not pleasant. Fortunately I did not need to go to the hospital with either fall. We were blessed last summer to have a new medical building built just across the street. Our primary care doctor now has an office in that building. We can literally walk across the street for the majority of our medical needs. They have an urgent care center in the building, and we visited there after one of Marilyn’s falls. It turns out that the unusual sores on Marilyn’s shin are a recurrence of shingles. This will make the fifth time. No pain this time, so I would say the shingles shot worked! After the second fall, our doctor was not able to see Marilyn, so they arranged for another doctor to see me. I quickly found out that the new doctor was a Christian, so we had a nice chat. After x-rays were taken she was quick to report to me that no bones were broken the second time either.
We had the privilege of hearing the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra once again. Had we mentioned that the conductor is a son of violinist Isaac Stern? This year would be Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. Michael Stern, our conductor, grew up knowing him as Uncle Lenny. Introducing the Bernstein violin Serenade, Michael told us that when the piece debuted, in 1954, his father was the artist. Michael said he had no memory of the debut because he hadn’t been born yet. Remarks like that give us tender insights into Michael’s musical background. The picture is Michael at age 4 with his sister at a later performance, conducted by Bernstein featuring his father Isaac. We have bought season tickets for next year, too.
As we write this newsletter it is February 10. It is hard to think that 35 years ago our boy Nathan was killed by a drunk driver. We have had the practice of sending balloons off this day in remembrance of all three of our boys. Several years ago while at Morro Dunes RV Park on the California beach we met Wally and Vicki. Marilyn learned that Vicki’s mother had died suddenly and Vicki asked if we could also remember her mother at the balloon launch. We, of course, said yes and a new tradition with four balloons was established. Wally and Vicki have now moved to Kansas and today were able to join us for today’s launch. The temperature today in Kansas was 19 degrees. I don’t remember what it was on the beach in California, but I’m sure it was warmer.
Please pray for me that I will not fall again. This is very important to me. Please pray for Glen also that he will continue to enjoy good health so that he is able to care for me. I am also praying that my eyes will provide me good eyesight so that I may be able to read by myself. For my morning Bible reading, Glen reads aloud to me. I am so grateful that Glen is willing to read to me.
Thank you for being willing to pray for us.
Glen and Marilyn Heavilin
We made it to California and back without a hitch, we made it safely too. We talked about it on November 20th and left on the 24th for California. We stayed overnight in Greensburg, Kansas, Tucumcari, New Mexico, Gallup, New Mexico, and Kingman, Arizona. We became well educated in what “wheelchair accessible” meant. One of Marilyn’s showers resulted in flooding the bathroom floor because the drain was placed wrongly. We arrived safely in California on November 28. We were greeted that evening by a Redlands sunset. After the sun went down we had dinner with Randy and Lauren Briggs that evening.
The next day we were also able to enjoy an In-N-Out Burger with Eddie Lopez. Eddie was Glen’s assistant when Glen worked for the school district. It was great to see Eddie again.
Later that evening we had an Italian meal with Ken and Harriett Clark. On Thursday we had the chance to attend Lowell Linden’s Bible study. That gave us the opportunity to see many of the people that we had not seen previously. That afternoon we were able to visit Jean Nease. The next day we visited Pete and Nancy Botten followed by dinner with Maritri Garrett at the Thai House. On Saturday Marilyn had the joy of attending the Christmas Rose breakfast which enabled her to also see many of the folks she had not been able to greet at the church. She also found herself to be the proud owner of a poinsettia plant which I guess had been given to her because she was one of the honored guests. Glen did a wonderful job as he gave a quick explanation of how we decided to go to California and then he was allowed to pull the numbers for the raffle that took place after the program.
That Saturday evening we got to see the Lifehouse Theater production of “Scrooge.” I was good to see some of our friends from the theater.
We were able to attend the church service on Sunday, 3 December. Although Dr. Linden has retired, and things have changed around the church, we did have the opportunity to get to know Steven Jay Davis better and we appreciate how he welcomed us and invited other members of the church to greet us. He acknowledged us from the pulpit.
We drove another approximately 500 miles to see Mike and Mellyn and Christian. It had been nearly 4 years since we last saw Christian. We realized that everyone is growing older. Mellyn realized that her guest bathroom would not accommodate Marilyn’s wheelchair, so she quickly solved that problem by reserving a room for three nights at a nearby motel. We were very comfortable there.
Our first evening we were greeted by some wild turkeys.
We spent the days with Mellyn doing some Christmas shopping. We visited the new Fountains Mall and especially enjoyed the Bodin Restaurant and heartily recommend the grilled cheese sandwich that they offer.
On the trip home we were able to buy a small bear which had been carved out of a small section of the tree trunk. We placed him at an inset to the door way of our apartment. We think that we will like the bear for a long time.
Another new experience from our time on the road was seeing a MacDonald’s which had kiosks where the customer places their orders.
One thing we nearly missed while we were gone was a visit to our daughter in law by her parents Dennis and Di Jacobs. We managed to see them one evening for a meal at Cracker Barrel. The whole family got together, except Nate and Martha. The Jacobs left the next day for a visit with their other daughter.
Matt and Deb invited us to their house for Christmas dinner with their family. Here we are around the table.
LY, Glen and Marilyn Heavilin
We had a three-day trip to Branson, Missouri. We saw The Miracle of Christmas at Sight and Sound, we saw the Oak Ridge Boys and we saw Six. We also enjoyed seeing the leaders from Keswick along with 52 tourists. We saw them several times during our three day stay in Branson. Seeing them was a very special treat.
Marilyn did very well on the trip and so we thought we could try California. We are leaving for a car trip to California the day after Thanksgiving. We plan to return on December 15. Please pray for us that God will give us safety on the road and all we plan to do will be taken care of and blessed by God.
We do plan to have Thanksgiving dinner with the grandchildren and Matt and Deb Matt is very excited to show me a ramp that he built for my wheelchair. I’m sure it will be very nice. After all, Matt built it.
Remember you might see us in Redlands sometime between November 28th and December 3rd. We have tickets to Scrooge at Lifehouse for the December 2nd evening show. If you’d like to get together sometime during our visit just email us.
LY, Glen and Marilyn
It’s been a busy time here. We go places. We do things. We entertain guests. For a couple of old people we have a busy life.
One of the events we enjoy here in Kansas City is the hunter and jumper horse show at the American Royal, Hale Arena. Most of the event is no admission, and open seating. We went during a practice session and saw one horse at a time using the course. Sometimes the rider would take the horse through the complete course. Other times they would just concentrate on a few jumps, taking two or three attempts to learn the required techniques.
On October 24, we celebrated our 59th wedding anniversary by going to J. Alexander’s for dinner. J Alexander’s knew how to treat us by giving us a card for our anniversary and presenting us with a large piece of their famous Carrot Cake for our dessert. The next night we joined the Life group in celebrating our anniversary by having our favorite dessert, cheesecake with all of them. We chose to celebrate the actual date, October 25, with them. We had a wonderful time with all of the Life group.
The Clarks came to visit us from California the weekend prior to my birthday and just after our anniversary. We took them to Independence, Missouri for a brief, but somewhat in-depth visit to Truman territory. We also visited the jail where Frank James spent his last days, and we had lunch at a very nice and authentic German eatery.
We were blessed to have our daughter Mellyn come from California for a few days. We took Mellyn to the Hallmark Visitor’s Center for a brief visit. We enjoyed the displays, and we actually spoke with a Hallmark artist. While looking at the display of the award winning Hallmark television programs, Mellyn was able to present Marilyn with an Emmy. Yes, that is an actual Emmy. Sadly, though, we couldn’t keep it.
We managed a family dinner so that everyone could meet Aunt Mellyn while she was visiting us. Glen’s brother George and his wife Cathy were here also. We had a wonderful time visiting with each other at the round table. Some of us recalled old memories and it was fun. I think we helped Uncle Matt check out some facts for the tribute he was preparing for Marilyn’s birthday bash.
November 4 was the big day. By the way, the birthday bash was started properly by Ken and Harriett Clark who called from Redlands. Marilyn was quite surprised and very pleased at their duet singing.
Yes, we had a birthday bash, that’s what Marilyn called it. It was a great success as more than 40 people gathered to wish Marilyn a happy 80th Birthday. Matt gave his tribute, (8 books, 80 years, and 800,000 miles) to me, which was beautiful.
I received lots of flowers, including a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my neurologist which was lovely. We also got flowers from friends. I received many greeting cards and several gift cards for which I am very grateful.
I am feeling quite well and doing quite well. I haven’t had a fall for several weeks, and that is very good! Thank you all for praying for me. I do know that it makes a real difference. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
We’re going to Branson this week and plan to see our friend Bill Welte from Keswick. He’s leading a tour from New Jersey out to Missouri. We are very thrilled to get to see him and other friends again. I hear from my friends there, quite often. This will be an opportunity to see them face to face.
Marilyn and Glen Heavilin
We’ve had a busy month. We started out in the month of August. Marilyn’s brother, Walt, visited. Since he has Narcolepsy, he came by way of the Greyhound Bus. We managed to host a birthday party for him although his official day is September 6. We gave him a pair of pants and a plaid shirt for which he was very grateful.
The big event of August this year was the total solar eclipse. It was special in these parts because we were right near the path of totality. On the 21st we loaded into the car and drove up to Liberty, MO. There we were able to watch the eclipse with our home made viewer box and then experienced about two minutes of totality.
Our church continues to bring us good music and we enjoyed the Liberty Quartet on the evening of August 27. It was fun to join a room full of old people and listen to some good old southern gospel harmony.
I was surprised at the end when the powers that be chose me to receive the painting that all three girls had worked on during the evening. Patsy made the announcement that Marilyn had been selected at random, and then came down almost immediately to say, “I had nothing to do with it.” Marilyn’s answer to her was “No, but God did. He knew that I needed something special tonight.” We quickly bought a frame for the picture and it now hangs on our living room wall.
LY Glen and Marilyn
My Physical Therapy has ended for this time. It was for a short five weeks this time. My therapy trainer was named Jenna, she was probably the best of all the trainers I have had. Jenna was all business, but she had her funny moments, too. Since I didn’t make a lot of progress on my last test, Jenna explained that I had simply reached a plateau in my progress. Oh well, at least I don’t have to arrange for sessions three times a week anymore. I am supposed to continue the exercise at home. I am doing fairly well with that.
Our oldest son turned 58 on July 16. I planned a little party for him. We had ice cream cake from Dairy Queen. I gave him two very nice shirts that Deb had helped me select. We sang Happy Birthday to him and we had the whole family as guests to sing to him.
We also were able to attend the Starlight Theater to see Something Rotten. It is a new play with an excellent plot but Glen and I would hesitate to recommend it. The tap dancing was excellent. The voices were good. There was good harmony on the ensemble numbers. The problem was the use of vulgarities in the dialog and lyrics. The show was just too rotten for our taste.
It was very hot that night and the best thing that happened to us was that we met Summer. Summer was one of the people in a red shirt, who goes around at the Starlight looking for people she can help. We got stymied at the family restroom and Summer jumped in to take Marilyn to the ladies restroom. Summer has worked for the Starlight for the past four years. She gave me the best care I have received since I needed care. I assumed that Summer was a nurse or perhaps in training to be a nurse, but she was not. She was just a person who cared for others in need and she was a delight to meet.
By the way, I do have a new caregiver. Her name is Dianne Olson. I think she will work out very nicely. Our previous caregiver, Mary Singh, was with the organization for almost 6 years but she decided to go to another job that could keep her busier. She was a nice lady, and I will miss her.
Last Wednesday was supposed to be a very nice day with no rain, but something went amiss with the forecast because it began in the evening and then rained all night. The next morning we had a flash flood. Indian Creek became a “roaring river”. The weather follow-up said we got over 5 inches of rain in just a couple of hours. Two business owners had to be rescued after they got stranded inside the building they were trying to secure.
Some people seem surprised that I am quite active, but my answer to them is “I’m not dead yet!” I still manage to get to church and I get out to eat several times per week. That’s not even counting the trips to our doctors. I am thankful that God allows me to get out as often as I can. I especially enjoy the church services, the Sunday school class that we attend, and the Life group meetings. Our Life group leader is a handyman and he has built ramps for us to navigate the wheelchair around his house. We do plan to see my friend Patsy Clairmont when she appears at our church on August 31.
I am also excited about the gift that I can give Glen for his birthday this year. I got us season tickets for the Kansas City Symphony orchestra including one event where Yo-Yo Ma will be performing. The symphony season starts in September, but the Yo-Yo Ma performance will not be until next March.
Thank you for your prayers on my behalf. I am praying that God would give me several years yet, but I am looking forward to Heaven. We will see what God plans to do with my request. Most of all, I am praying that God will take good care of Glen when I am gone. I KNOW HE WILL ANSWER MY PRAYER.
I love God and Glen so much.
Because of Him,
Glen and Marilyn Heavilin
Hello again. We have been doing pretty well. We’ve even had an opportunity to get out for a concert. We heard Emanuel Ax play the piano with the Kansas City Symphony orchestra. The symphony has a wonderful sound and is directed by Michael Stern, a son of the late violinist Isaac Stern.
The performance was in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
It was so nice to attend a concert where people knew how to dress for the event. I know I am showing my age, but it was very nice to attend an event where people were dressed properly.
Speaking of my age, did I tell you in the last Herald that Glen plans to hold a birthday party for me on my 80th birthday? We will celebrate on the actual day, Saturday, November 4, 2017. We just spoke to our restaurant friends across the street and they said come on down, so you are all invited. However, you will have to pay your own housing expenses, since I do not think that this small apartment will handle all the people who might want to come. Let us know if you plan to come. We will have light refreshments and need to know that we have ordered enough food for the event. I know it seems like a long time to November, but we wanted to give you plenty of time to prepare.
The physical therapy sessions are going quite well. I think my strength is increasing although I feel weak in the balance department. My therapist is very supportive and has done a good job. Glen is a wonderful caregiver and is helping me learn to be more mindful of what I am doing.
Over the last few weeks we have contracted for a respite care person who comes once every two weeks on Wednesday mornings. This gives Glen a few minutes of his own time. Our daughter-in-law Debbie has volunteered for the Wednesdays in between when the respite helper comes. That has really been helpful. While Glen was my only caregiver he was always shopping with me. I was not able to surprise him at Christmas, or his birthday, or Father’s Day, or our anniversary. Finally, I am able to surprise him on special days since Debbie can help me shop.
I am listening regularly to James MacDonald on television now. He is the founder of the many Harvest Bible Chapel’s around the world. He is currently speaking on PRAYER. Even though I wrote a book on the topic, I am learning much from him that I didn’t include in the book.
I am also enjoying David Jeremiah. He is currently speaking on HEAVEN. David is a pastor down in El Cajon, just outside of San Diego.
Both MacDonald and Jeremiah are presently appearing on TBN. I would encourage you to check the listings for TBN and see if both speakers are available in your area. They both are excellent teachers and I think you all would enjoy listening to them.
Because of Him,
Glen and Marilyn Heavilin
First off, let me assure you that you haven’t missed any posts to the Herald. This one will be for both April and May. By the time we remembered that the Herald was due it was already half way through April, so we took the easy way out and decided to just wait ‘til May.
Did I tell you that I am taking ASL lessons? I truly can’t remember if I told you. I know the alphabet in sign language now and I am able to sign some simple sentences. The retired Dr. who is teaching me said I am doing very well. I also am enjoying getting to know Dr. Ogden. He is a very talented man. I love to watch him sign the music at church. He has someone else do the signing for the message.
Marilyn and I were very surprised to hear at our LIFE group on Wednesday evening that our pastor had spoken of Marilyn and her book, Roses In December, in his sermon on Sunday. We were at the first service and didn’t hear a thing. Our LIFE group leader listened to the second service, and he heard it. We asked the pastor what happened and he readily admitted that he had missed that point in his notes in the first service so decided to make sure that he inserted it in the second message, which he did.
We were thrilled to find out that a long-time friend was going to sing for our church at a special concert. We were excited to see Ann Downing from Nashville, Tennessee. Marilyn used to travel with her with Florence Littauer and CLASS which Marilyn used to help teach.
Marilyn’s brother just returned from Africa where he spent one month serving the ministers and missionaries there. Walt first served in Africa years ago. In recent years he has continued to visit to counsel and teach.
Our Easter week ended beautifully. We went to Matt’s house for the Easter evening meal. All the kids came and we had a good time.
We started May with a visit from Lauren Littauer Briggs. We had a wonderful time showing her some of the local attractions.
We visited the Hallmark Visitor Center and next day The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. We took Lauren to a production of “Smoke on the Mountain.” It’s a family musical with lots of old hymns and songs. Marilyn is so happy to see someone from Redlands again. We both miss California, but we know that God wants us here for right now.
Glen and Marilyn Heavilin
Marilyn has made it successfully through cataract surgery of both eyes. She is now receiving two kinds of eye drops, two times each day. Just three more weeks and she can have her eyeglass prescription updated so that she can wear her glasses again. She is looking forward to that time.
God has blessed us with wonderful doctors who truly care about us. When the eye doctor realized $950 was more than we could afford to pay for a corrective lens to take care of the astigmatism in her left eye, the doctor offered to write off her fee for that surgery if we could pay the hospital fee of about $345. We knew that we could pay that amount and so we were able to strike an agreement with her.
God also blessed us with a caring speech therapy doctor who conducted Marilyn’s barium swallow test. Marilyn was very concerned because she did not have a very caring doctor for a barium swallow test that she had many years ago. Marilyn had been concerned that she would not be able to swallow the various forms of barium. The doctor had heard of Marilyn’s concern and she took the time to taste all of the food ahead of time so that she could tell Marilyn all about it. Marilyn was able to complete the test and swallow all of the food. When Marilyn was recommended for swallowing therapy, she was again blessed with the same doctor for the therapy sessions!
We were able to go to the Remodel and Garden show in Kansas City where we got to hear Frank Fritz of the American Pickers television program. Frank was very entertaining and very nice to us.
We also started attending a Life group from our church. We truly enjoy it. Glen already knew one man in the group. (That’s pretty good from a church of about 2500.)
Please pray for everyone here. Nate has walking pneumonia and Matt was really under the weather tonight. Deb’s mom had a TIA this week. Please keep all of us in prayer. Also pray for Marilyn’s brother who is in Africa for the next several weeks.
Marilyn has done very well this past month and she has had no falls for the past several weeks. We appreciate your prayers on her behalf.
Marilyn has also started to take American Sign Language lessons from a man in our Sunday school class. He is willing to drive here every week and give Marilyn lessons. He is a little younger than Marilyn, a retired doctor, and he has Parkinson’s. He has been doing ASL for quite some time and he is the music interpreter for ASL at our church. Marilyn feels that she should keep busy and keep learning all that she can for God’s glory.
Much love to you all,
Glen and Marilyn Heavilin