Cabin Fever

I can hear the movie script. One young man alone with 4 beautiful young women (not what you are thinking so far). Snowed in and looking for anything to do (still not what you are thinking). When the games and the piano no longer entertain, they begin plotting to annoy each other in any way possible. The emotions wear thin and you will not believe what happens.

That was our kids today. Somehow Tara and I still enjoyed just being with them. As I sit now, I hear Lewis in the bath downstairs and it sounds like high tide against the harbor. Waves are splashing everywhere. Jenna and Andrean are screaming (with joy thankfully) as they run around with imaginations wild; playing something, but I can’t tell what. Esther is playing a game on the iPad while talking to us. Micalyn is getting her stuff ready for school tomorrow. The real drama has calmed down for the day.

“Cabin fever” is a term describing a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group is isolated and/or shut in a small space, with nothing to do for an extended period. The term describes the extreme irritability and restlessness a person may feel in these situations. We have plenty to do, we just don’t feel like doing it. We could read, play music, play games, do a craft or any number of things. But just sitting here sounds better. I don’t know if you can call that cabin fever.

I am compiling a list of places (city, state and country) where people are praying for Tara. I am putting pins on a map for Tara’s encouragement. If you are not from the Rochester, MN area, would you please comment on the blog and simply write your city and state (and country if out of the US).

Thanks for your continued prayers and encouragement.


110 thoughts on “Cabin Fever

  1. Greetings from Albuquerque, NM. Steve and I have been following your blog closely and praying for you guys continually. So are the ladies in my Sunday school class. Your faith and courage has been inspiring and a huge blessing to us. Thank you for sharing your faith! Hang in there, Tara, and the rest of your guy. We’re pulling for you. Lots of love and prayers coming your way!!!!

  2. Jay, Tara,
    We are friends with Mark and Mary Claire and we are praying for you regularly. We are encouraged so much by the updates and anecdotes in this blog. Thank you for opening up your lives and allowing us to pray with you through this journey.
    John & Kim Hurley
    Rogers, AR

  3. We are praying daily plus our church and several relatives. We are Jim mom and dad.We really enjoy your email every night. Wishing you the very best. God blesz all of you

  4. Sending daily prayers from Eudora, KS

    Jay-who would have guessed that you would become such an eloquent writer. πŸ™‚ I wish this journey was not your’s to travel. Thank you for sharing each day. Your devotion to your faith and your family is inspiring.


  5. Stephanie, David, Gabriel, Elijah, Lydia, and Magdalene are all praying for you guys from Olympia, WA.

  6. Praying for Tara and your whole family each day from Spirit Lake Iowa. Thank you for the wonderful updates.
    Judy Christensen

  7. Love you guys….you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers.
    Doug and Janet (McEwen) Broom, Salem, Illinois

  8. I just sent y’all a letter a few days ago that you should receive in the mail soon πŸ™‚ This family of six is praying for all of you down here in Houston (Katy), Texas…
    Bob, Darcy, Trevor, Dylan, Micah, and Ethan Boyd

  9. Thinking of you all, this beautiful Monday…. truly from my perspective…rainy and cloudy but beautiful anyway. Sounds as though winter is still your way, Amy called and has a snow/ice day again today. This makes us a bit nervous considering we are leaving SC on Wed and beginning our journey back home. It will take us several days as we travel along the gulf before heading north toward IA for some family hugs. We are trusting most winter will be gone by then.
    Reading your words about the beauty and preciousness (my word) of family is a reminder to me how blessed we are to have had the winter here. Time is indeed a gift I never want to take for granted. You all are a continual reminder to focus on the now and the beauty that it has and count the many blessings that surround us each and every day. Jay, your gift for words is amazing and a blessing to us all on the important things in life…. thank you for blessing my day! Know we are continually praying for you all, Love and hugs, Aunt Barb

  10. Please add Winona, MN to your list. I told my friend Louise about Tara and she is also praying for her, It has been my experience with Louise that she has some sort of direct connection!
    Pam Simon, Winona, MN

  11. Our dear friends (lifelong missionaries) in Colombia, South America are still praying for you. Our dear bishop friend and the Anglican intercessory prayer folks in Fresno, California are still praying for you. Family in Byron, Minnesota are praying for you. The list is too long to include the rest of them! They’re all over the globe.

  12. Sending Daily prayers from Blaine, MN. And I’ve added your name to the prayer cahin on My friend’s friend runs that website.

  13. Prayers continue from Clear Lake,Ia. Also my best friend moved to Rockport,Texas and she is praying also. It was great to see your Mom & Dad this weekend Tara. Love aunt Cathy & uncle Mike

  14. Praying for you all daily in Skokie, Illinois. My parents and sister’s family are praying in Mequon, Wisconsin, my sister and family are praying in River Hills, Wisconsin. Joshua 1:5 Hugs!

  15. From the Rahija/Riggs/Holland Families, you can add Kansas City, Lansing, and Lawrence, KS as well as Tulsa, OK to your prayer list!

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