Heather JonesI

   

Heather pictured with her husband Jeff and daughter Hannah

Today

I was born healthy on December 5,1955. I had blue eyes and blond hair and weighed 7 pounds .At 8 months old I was walking. A week or so later I became very ill. I was listless, vomiting, and a high fever of 107. My parents took me to the hospital in the middle of the night. It took the doctors awhile to find out what was wrong. Because of such a high fever I was given a blood transfusion and also hooked up with various intravenous injections. I was told 10 needles was in place throughout my body. A spinal tap was finally done after 5 days, it revealed Bacterial Spinal Meningitis, a disease that inflames the brain lining. If detected quickly and treated, a person could recover with few if any side effects, Left undetected, it can cause brain damage or death.

I believe because of my parents faith, trust, love in Jesus. I pulled through the ordeal.
Because of the bacterial meningitis I'm profoundly deaf 95%,and visually impaired 20/800.

I've also had the Measles when I was young.

I've had many after side effect due to Spinal Meningitis and Measles. Allot of the after effect comes later in life. In which I've have or had many problems. As early as I can remember, I've have had pain since I was 13. I was diagnosed with double scoliosis at 14, which it balance each other out. Later on Mitral Value Prolapsed, Degenerative disk disease, Osteoarthritis, Irritable bowels syndrome, Shingles, TMJ,Glacoma, Fibromyalgia, GERD, and sleep apnea. NO MORE PLEASE!

I'm married, have had 5 children, just one left at home and 2 grandchildren.

When I can I like to cook, and take care of my duties as a wife and mother. Most of all I love to sing as it takes away some of my pain when I do. I love to play the piano and guitar, as music is so beautiful. I love to tends my plants, and watch the beauty of the blossoms. I also sew and do needlework.
 

Songs and Poetry that I find inspirational and describe my feelings

      This song I remember from High School Chorus I was part of.

 BOTH SIDES NOW
[Joni Mitchell]

Bows and flows of angels hair
And ice cream castle in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I've looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

I've looked at clouds from both side now
From up and down and still somehow
It's cloud illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all

Moons and Junes and ferias wheels
The dizzy, dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I've looked at love that way

But now it's just another show
You leave them laughing when you go
And if you care, don't let them know
Don't give yourself away

I've looked at love from both side now
From give and take and still somehow
It's love illusions I recall
I really don't know love at all

Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say "I love you" right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I've looked at life that way

But now old friends are acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I've changed
But something's lost and something's gained
In living everyday

I've looked at life from both side now
From win and lose and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all



Bridge Over Troubled Water
[Simon and Garfunkel]

When you're weary, feeling small,
When tears are in your eyes,
I will dry them all;
I'm on your side.
When times get rough
And friends just can't be found,
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.
When you're down and out,
When you're on the street,
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you.
I'll take your part.
When darkness comes
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.
Sail on silver girl,
Sail on by.
Your time has come to shine.
All your dreams are on their way.
See how they shine.
If you need a friend
I'm sailing right behind.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind.
 

In Memory of my son, never to have touch the Earth but to only have played with the Angels

Joshua Dylan Jones

You coming to our lives
was to be great gain,
Yet now we take comfort knowing
You'll never know pain.

You coming to our lives healthy
was what we wanted most,
Yet now we take comfort knowing
You're in the arms of the Lord of Hosts

You coming to our lives meant a
sweet, lively boy.
Yet now we take comfort knowing
You're heavens newest joy.

You coming to our lives spoke of a
fresh new life,
Yet now we take comfort knowing
You'll never know strife.

You coming to our lives meant
making room for one more,
Yet now we take comfort knowing
God has something much more for us in store.


To: Jeff, Heather, Jason, Joel and Brianna

From: Debbie, by way of the Holy Spirit July 12, 1993

After the lost of our son Joshua Dylan [42weeks],

Hannah Elizabeth came into our lives on September 21,1994

IT'S IN THE VALLEYS I GROW

Sometimes life seems hard to bear,
Full of sorrow, trouble and woe
It's then I have to remember
That it's in the valleys I grow.

If I always stayed on the mountain top
And never experienced pain,
I would never appreciate God's love
And would be living in vain.

I have so much to learn
And my growth is very slow,
Sometimes I need the mountain tops,
But it's in the valleys I grow.

I do not always understand
Why things happen as they do,
But I am very sure of one thing.
My Lord will see me through.

My little valleys are nothing
When I picture Christ on the cross
He went through the valley of death;
His victory was Satan's loss.

Forgive me Lord, for complaining
When I'm feeling so very low.
Just give me a gentle reminder
That it's in the valleys I grow.

Continue to strengthen me, Lord
And use my life each day
To share your love with others
And help them find their way.

Thank you for valleys, Lord
For this one thing I know
The mountain tops are glorious
But it's in the valleys I grow!

-- Author Unknown

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IT'S IN THE VALLEYS I GROW

Sometimes life seems hard to bear,
Full of sorrow, trouble and woe
It's then I have to remember
That it's in the valleys I grow.

If I always stayed on the mountain top
And never experienced pain,
I would never appreciate God's love
And would be living in vain.

I have so much to learn
And my growth is very slow,
Sometimes I need the mountain tops,
But it's in the valleys I grow.

I do not always understand
Why things happen as they do,
But I am very sure of one thing.
My Lord will see me through.

My little valleys are nothing
When I picture Christ on the cross
He went through the valley of death;
His victory was Satan's loss.

Forgive me Lord, for complaining
When I'm feeling so very low.
Just give me a gentle reminder
That it's in the valleys I grow.

Continue to strengthen me, Lord
And use my life each day
To share your love with others
And help them find their way.

Thank you for valleys, Lord
For this one thing I know
The mountain tops are glorious
But it's in the valleys I grow!

-- Author Unknown