Terri lived by the story of how she went from merely coping to living a life of genuine hope, to a life that has inspired many others who face the most severe challenges. Her book “Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace” reveals the circumstances of the terrible happening – plus the heart of a woman who joyfully smiles in the face of adversity.


Terri went to be with Jesus at 11:30pm on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 at the age of 66, following a 13-year battle with cancer. We rejoice that she is experiencing true health and complete wholeness in heaven with her Lord and Savior! Terri lived her life with intentional joy. No matter the depth of adversity that came her way, hope was always waiting to be found in the midst of unfathomable circumstances.

The tenacity of her spirit, forgiveness of her heart, and sweetness of her soul has left an indelible mark on countless people and will continue to live on through the legacy of her testimony and lives she touched. Although she leaves a void that will not be easily filled, we know that this is not the end and her joy awaits us again.

Philippians 4:6-8 (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.


Some Uplifting Favorite Songs

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 11:55am -- Terri


The following is my list of uplifting music that really helped me back in 2015 when I was hospitalized and I feel like I've used these consistently over the past year and a half to lift my spirits! A very compassionate nurse sat with me in the dark hours of the night and helped me compile a list of songs that would nurture my aching heart! So thankful!

Oceans by Hillsong

Mighty to Save by Laura story

This is Amazing Grace by Shane and Shane worship initiative volume 1

Blessed be Your Name by Tree 63

Just be Held by Casting Crowns

Living in Joy vs Fear Factor

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 11:26am -- Terri

OK, so I just had a blog completely written and accidentally logged out and lost it. That is a huge frustration for me… I never feel like my second attempt was as good as my first inspiration. But I've got to put that behind me and start again. Isn't that the story of my life?


Sun, 02/19/2017 - 7:21pm -- Terri

Is a Vacation a worth it? Do we allow bad news to spiral us into a downward trend?
Or is a negative report the impetus to get us back on track or change direction?

New Year Update

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 9:21pm -- Terri

Apologies for not sharing at all last month. Again my health has had its highs and lows...CHRONIC CANCER....is how one of the docs recently described me. Never heard of cancer with that terminology before. It isn't killing me, it hasn't left my body, but somehow I've managed to live with it. Wow, it is really 2017 and I'm still here. I honestly didn't think that would happen. Spending Christmas with my family and a family trip to the hunting camp over New Years were wonderful celebrations. Missed having Zach & Karin with us this year.

Change Your Mantra

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 9:12am -- Terri


Visiting my mom in the retirement home and asking "How are you today?", I get the same response each time "Terrible"! Well let's change that response! What if you are having a bad day and respond "Abundantly Blessed"! How will it change your attitude for the next several hours? What does it do for your malady and or your cortisol level?

Hit the Reset Button

Sat, 10/29/2016 - 6:53pm -- Terri

Wow, I need to do this so often. Should it frustrate me or should I welcome it? I must admit I get frustrated thinking I need to come up with a new strategy in my healith process. I come up against so many brick walls and ask why did you lead me here God? For example, for nearly 2 years I did vitamin C drip. That was injecting vitamin C directly into my veins. That entire time my tumor markers decreased what a thrill that was to see those numbers coming down. Then I ended up in the hospital last December. My world again was turned upside down when you're in to my stage four diagnosis.

Fear or Faith

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 2:20pm -- Terri

My Inner Truth

Today feels scary. In rising this morning, I was rejoicing how easily I arose from my bed. All seemed right with the world.

Then my reality sank in as I ate and I was full with only a few bites of food. I felt freedom in being able to drive myself to the appointment and even chose to do some shopping. Yea.....how normal I feel. I became tired as I stayed too long enjoying choosing some items for Christmas gifts for the little ones. I visited with an old friend and it brought me such joy. We spoke of having lunch together soon.


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