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Just some random, irrelevant, humorous, and hopefully inspiring musings on life, love, faith, widowhood, remarriage, adoption, blended families, caring for a handicapped child, mothering seven children, chickens, cooking, grief, over-coming grief, and everything else in between. Just Keep Livin!!
Jessica Ronne

Jessica Ronne

In 2004 I heard the news that no mother wants to hear; your child will surely die.  My unborn baby was diagnosed with severe hydrocephalus and I was told repeatedly that there was no hope.  That baby miraculously lived and thrives today, walking, talking and surpassing every prediction ever made about his life.  A few short years later in 2007 and another child added to my brood, my husband was diagnosed with brain cancer.  We fought that battle for three years and then in the summer of 2010 he received his healing in heaven.  I was left a widow with four young children and then a miracle happened.  My God blessed me beyond measure with a man in Oklahoma who had lost his wife to the same incurable disease four days after my late husband had died. He was struggling with raising three young children without a mother and was committed to praying for a wife and mother to enter their lives.  We were connected by a complete stranger who followed both of our online ramblings.  Completely smitten with one another, we met 6 weeks after the first correspondence, become engaged two months after contact, and married within the year.  This is our story of faith, hope and love.  Never give up hope!! Just keep livin!!

I am a barrel of nerves today so much so that I’m struggling to gather my thoughts coherently not that I should be gathering anything other than the messes all over my house! But as with all messes I encounter: physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional, I work through them via the written word. As the words are flying out of my head and onto this post, our lives are about to significantly change. Right now Ryan is headed to Nashville to pick up an au pair who will be living with our family for the next year.

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  • Susan
    Susan says #
    My friend here is on au pair #2 Their growing family loves the experience. I believe you will be as blessed as them. We love watch
  • Dawn Scott
    Dawn Scott says #
    Jess, I believe God has literally knit your family together with His own hands. It's been very rough and bumpy in places and we le
  • Jessica Ronne
    Jessica Ronne says #
    Thank you Dawn!! That means so much from someone who does know my family on a personal level. Love you

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