Sunday, February 04, 2007


It was actually a closer game than the score really indicated although the Bears were never really in it. Today was a good day all around. Yesterday I felt like junk and just wanted to sit here and try to feel better. I was on the breathing machine all night, and although it was very loud today my breathing is better so it was beneficial. Today I have felt normal and my breathing is good but we are going to do one more night on the breathing machine to ensure I am better. I feel a lot better - I even look better according to individuals that have seen me, i.e., my parents. My voice is even getting better since I am not short of breath. Now when I cough my whole chest doesn't hurt. Our trip will be postponed slightly since I am not sure how long I will be in these walls. Grandpa Bernie is helping us find a wonderful motor home to use for our trip. Please pray for a safe trip for us with great weather. Hope you all have fantastic plans coming up, and have a great night.


Anonymous said...

Glad to see you are feeling better!

Anonymous said...

Sleep Tight Justin; have a good night and a better morning. So happy you are feeling better. Love and prayers for a safe trip and good weather!


Eric said...

I was hoping for about 6 touchdowns from Dallas Clark and 10 field goals from Robbie Gould so I could win our fantasy league, but I'll take a big win for Tony Dungy anyway.

Hey I have a copy of the Dream Team IV video that I need to give you.

Great to hear you're feeling better!

Love ya, man.

Andrew Hipps said...

JJ! Glad you're back posting! People would much rather read your messages than mine. If you read this and you're still awake, call me for some Sim LIVE. I'll be up for a little while. Love you, JJ. See you soon!

Anonymous said...

I am glad you are feeling better!! I have to say since I live in IN GO COLTS!!!! I watched my first entire super bowl and I think I am hooked!! I will send a prayer that you will continue to feel better for your trip! love, erika

Anonymous said...

I have to admit Andy is correct. I would much rather read you're posts than his, no offense Andy. His posts on Kuke's Blog just don't have the same flavor as the original. It is great to hear you are doing better. We understand the postponing of the trip, but are still hoping for a stop in the greater Wichita area. Love you bro'

Rick said...


This is the best Monday morning I've had in a looooooonnnnnnng time!! Great to read your feeling better. Keep doin' what you are doin'.

Love ,

Uncle Rick

p.s. Today "ife is good."

SARAH BETH said...

So happy to read that you're feeling better! Hopefully you slept really well last night and your good feelings carried into the morning.
I don't really have any opinion on the game last night- not too into football I have to admit, but I will say that the halftime show was one of the best I've ever seen. Glowing marching band aside, Prince was fabulous! It was nice to have some MN representation.
Have a wonderful time on the road trip and make sure to stop to see all of the 'national treasures'- ie: largest ball of mud, oldest piece of cheese, etc... I get the feeling the route you guys are planning will have quite a few to offer. You'll have to report back. Be careful at the Grand Canyon, and make sure to feed the squirrels- might be illegal, but they look really cute and will eat out of your hand! Take Care and Have an amazing trip,
With Love,

Anonymous said...

Hey Justin,

Glad to hear you're feeling better. I'm praying for beautiful weather and a safe trip!



Anonymous said...

I am new to blogs but it is a great way to communicate and keep in touch. I am Taylor Lane's mom, Sharon, and Taylor suggested I go to the blog and read about Justin. I am glad to hear that you are breathing better. I wish you happy travels as you set out to the west/northwest. You and your family are in thoughts and my prayers. Wishing you the best, Sharon Lane

Anonymous said...

JJ -

It's good to hear you are feeling better and making your own posts. Rest and build up your strength for the trip. You are going to see some amazing places. Don't forget to breath in the fresh pine scented air when you get in the mountains. While you are in CA, you should stop in Sequoia National Park. Giagantic trees and beautiful scenery.

Let me know if there is anything I can help you with. I'll call you later today.

Love you -


Mary said...

Alright, Similar to what Sarah said, I also didn't really get into the game last night, although I did get into some pizza......LOTS of pizza...mmmmm...I'll be putting the vibes out for some good weather your way. Happy travels and keep the good reports coming!!!

Jim Richter said...

Heidi told me about your struggle. I've put you on our prayer list at our church and I'm praying for you.

I thought I would share with you a devotion I had quite a long time ago. I've kept it around because it had such an impact on me.

It's below.

Peace in Christ,
Jim Richter

The Big “C”
“For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

The note was short and sweet. A friend asked for prayers. She wrote that the test results showed she had the big “C”. Calling it that was probably easier for her than actually saying or writing the word cancer, the word that makes it so real, so harsh.

Sensing her fear, I immediately went to my computer and made a mini-poster for her:
This is reality:
I have the big “C”* within me
* The big “C” = Christ!

He even makes cancer look very small!

Christ living in you makes every “C” and everything you dread look smaller – cancer, career changes, cardiac ailments, controversies, common colds, cemeteries, custody cases, costly checking errors, checkups, complications, and a multitude of other catastrophes. Jesus’ cross, compassion, and courage cover all our “C’s” and make them small in Him.

Now all our “C’s” looks different to us through Christ crucified! Even Jesus. By His cross Jesus has become the only truly big “C” in our lives. His cross reveals that nothing can separate us from Him or His love for us. What a blessing it is to have the big “C” (Christ) in our hearts and lives!

Prayer: Christ, change me and my perspective through Your cross and Your living presence within me. AMEN.

Anonymous said...


I read your blog fr/ Friday -- you said you felt good, but not sure why. I and the Osborn fam continue to pray that you have more Feel-Good days like that one!! You have such an amazing & positive spirit Justin!! Makes me have a big ol' smile! Have a spectacular trip ... I was just in Vancouver last week and the weather was absolutely gorgeous. Not sure if you already have planned what you're going to do there, but Granville Island was pretty cool in Vancouver and you might like the "Experience Music Project" in Seattle. Be sure to upload pic's fr/ your Wild West trip!

-Sarah Osborn

Anonymous said...

JJ the Warrior

(like I said to you in an earlier e-mail) I am positive that Christ is working through you!!! I admire you because you have stayed so positive and so motivated and so full of faith.

And just a reminder... I am particiapting in Relay for Life this weekend here in LaCrosse!!! so now, not only is TEAM JUSTIN cheering for you, so is TEAM HUTCH!!!! (my relay for life team)

with love and a HUGE HUG!!,
Cousin Carter


Footprints in the Sand

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed
he was walking along the beach with the LORD.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand: one belonging
to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.

He noticed that many times along the path of
his life there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the very
lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he
questioned the LORD about it:

"LORD, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you'd walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why when
I needed you most you would leave me."

The LORD replied:

"My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you."

Anonymous said...

Hello Justin! Sorry to hear about your recent doctors visit. My sisters have been keeping me updated on your condition. I too am praying that you have a wonderful trip with good weather! Take care of yourself and God Bless!

Lots of love!
Amy Carleton (Jeurissen)

Anonymous said...

Hey buddy!! Very happy to hear that you're feeling better and can breathe a little easier! I'll be prayin' for a safe trip and good weather. Have a great time kid!! Later, JT

Paige said...

Hey Justin!

I know it has been awhile, but I just wanted to let you know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers. I read your blog often and am in awe at your strength, faith and spirit through all of this. As so many have already said, you are such an inspiration!

I'm a bit disappointed to have not seen the Superbowl this year, as it's not broadcasted at a convenient time here in Spain. But I hope you are feeling better and have a fabulous road trip - it sounds like it'll be great!
Warm thoughts and prayers from the Mediterranean,

Anonymous said...

just wanted to say it was so good to spend time with you are as amazing as you have always been....i will be back tomorrow around 1:00 if that works for you and amanda, aka mo, wants to see you as well so she'll be coming as too! i will call you before we leave to make sure you're up for it...sleep well and take care.

love you,

Anonymous said...

Hi Justin: Just talked to you a couple of hours ago, Im sorry I didnt know you were in the hospital. I have some things from some people down here for you that I would like to give you for your trip. By the way, What IS your favorite bible verse? Hope to see you in person soon, Deb Bauer

Anonymous said...

Hey Pal,

Hang in there. I think about you and pray about you often. If you are up to it, then I would like to come visit sometime. Let me know if you are up for any vistors. Have a good day buddy.

your friend,

Jared Schmillen

Jessi said...

Kukabear! This is Missile out in San Fran. Do me a favor: take your right arm and reach it across your left sholder...then, take youleft arm and wrap it around the right side of your rib cage...squeeze! Close your eyes...that was a big ole bear hug sent from you! You are stronger than you know...please call when you make it out here, k? 612.670.3497. Love, Jess