Waiting, Watching and Working

No, we have not moved to Toronto yet and Amanda is not on the heart transplant waiting list yet. We’re waiting on a call from the hospital indicating the assessment is complete and they’re ready to put her on the list once we’re able to get moved. Our family is learning to patiently wait, something I’m sure we’ll need to do lots more of on this journey. We aren’t waiting with our hands in our pockets, we are quite occupied. 

Last week we did some outside cleanup and made a huge bonfire.  I doubt we will be making big fires in Markham. It is bitter-sweet spending evenings working outside doing the kinds of things we always enjoy doing in the spring. Other years we usually walk around the property making big dreams of what we’d like to do this year. 

Amanda and Vanessa played their guitars around the fire making special memories.
Another Picus Straw chopper shipped out today, heading for Minnesota. Building equipment is what puts food on the table around here.
Last Saturday family and friends were cleaning up at my sisters new property at McArthur Mills. We're burning an old camper.

One day this week Vanessa, Brandon and I went to Ottawa, along with some others from church, to help with sandbagging on the Ottawa River near Constance Bay.

Brandon with three of his friends helping to reinforce sandbag dikes.
Vanessa helping her cousin Kimberly filling sand bags
Stu Mills from CBC Ottawa was here for an interview

Aside from watching big bonfires, the “watching” part of the title is referring to our family watching a piece CBC news had on TV about our family. We don’t have a TV but on Tuesday we live-streamed CBC Ottawa news on our I-Pad while we were eating supper. Sure enough they didn’t forget to run our story but they condensed it because of all the Ottawa River flood coverage. Below is his story and a clip of the TV piece.

The CBC also did a web story. Click on the link below. 

Heart and Home

Mennonite teen Amanda Horst needs a life-saving heart transplant in Toronto

Below is a link to a Go-Fund-Me campaign that Patricia’s friend Kelly started for us to pay for rent in the city. I am very grateful and humbled at the generosity folks have shown to us and I am not pressuring anybody to donate. If we have extra I plan to donate to the children’s hospital.

Fundraiser for the Horst Family

Thanks for reading our blog. I am happy to share our story if it in some way encourages and blesses someone.

Lord willing and the creeks don’t rise……you’ll hear from us again within a few weeks.


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3 thoughts on “Waiting, Watching and Working”

  1. Blessings on your family’s journey. 7 years ago I moved suddenly to the city when my mom recieved a transplant. I was her caregiver and my dad stayed on the farm. We stayed for 2 months. Luckily we had been close enough to wait until we got the call. She was the oldest transplant recipient at that time, 67 years old. She is still doing well. I hope this encourages you and your family. Prayers and hugs.

  2. I love this blog! You are doing such a great job reporting your journey. I am looking forward to the next update, hopefully you will have a memorable on your trip. I think it’s a great idea to take the pressure off. We continue to watch and pray 💕( if you need anything please don’t hesitate to ask! The Lord’s blessings to you all)

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