I just realized that I'd turned on "Moderate Comments" about a month ago (spam on blog comments is another unnecessary annoyance of life) and have been feeling "all alone" out here, because there have been no comments. And now I feel bad because some of you have made comments and I didn't respond... so you likely felt as if you were talking into the wind as well. Ah, technology. I accepted all the comments (except four spammers) and am so thankful for your expressions of love and concern. It is indeed a trying time, but no matter how much we struggle with this life, God is good---and a better life is our sure and certain hope!