Chit chat

I am shamelessly copying one of the ‘rotten apples’ (if you are one, you’ll know what I’m talking about ) and making a chit chat page where you can all post any comments you’d like to make that are not related to any specific post. Feel free to chat with me here. πŸ™‚

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45 responses to “Chit chat

  1. Hi Sumi, I was wondering if that is your little girl in the picture…. it is such a beautiful Picture!!

  2. Yes, that is Jenna. I just loved the colors of the flowers and I told her to go look at the bees so I could get her picture. There were no bees, however, and she wasn’t very impressed with me.

    I wanted her to linger a bit so I could position the shot better but it was at the end of a long day at the zoo and this was the best I could hope for. πŸ™‚

  3. I noticed you do not have many chit chats going on. I wanted to say hello and I think about you often. I love the pic of Jenna. She is a doll!

  4. Hi!

    It is nice to hear from you and I think of you often too. πŸ™‚ I miss ‘seeing’ you almost daily at DY.

    Thanks for dropping me a note. πŸ™‚

  5. Hi Sumi! I’m not getting around much these days…you have some writings I’d like to read & I enjoyed your arts page…but just wanted to say “hey!”

  6. Hi Sheri! πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by. I’m not getting around as much as I’d like to either. Busy, busy, busy!

  7. Hi Sumi,

    We have a bit in common…I grew up in West Africa. As a missionary kid, I always hated the question, “Where are you from?” Am I from Africa? Am I from America? And where in America? My husband and I attended the same MK boarding school in Ivory Coast, so at least we know where the other is coming from, so to speak! πŸ™‚ We have 4 kids whom we homeschool: 3 kids in 3 years (a girl and 2 boys) and then one little princess who surprised us three years after our baby boy entered the world. I do miss Africa, and, while I know South Africa is a world away from West Africa, it’s sure nice to “meet” someone from home (one of my homes anyway!)!

    Blessings,
    Katy

  8. Hi Katy!

    Thanks for saying hello. πŸ™‚ I am off to South Africa very soon for a visit…first time in almost 6 years! I am excited yet a teeny tiny bit apprehensive too. It is supposed to feel like home, right? Yet I have been away for so long that I am sure there will be many strange and unfamiliar things awaiting me.

    I know this is a God-ordained trip through so i am excited to see what he has in store.

    So you homeschool too? 3 children in 3 years? They must have kept you very busy at first! The older they get though, the more of a blessing the closeness in age becomes.

    Thanks again for commenting,
    Sumi

  9. Sumi…we love you and your family. Our hearts and prayers go out to you…..

  10. Sumi, I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. I wish I could be tthere to hug you. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  11. First of all Jenna is adorable! That picture of her with the princess outfit on is precious.
    I can’t even imagine the pain of losing a child and I want you to know that I am crying with you and your family. I don’t even know you and probably won’t meet you until we get to heaven, but like the song says…”what a day of rejoicing that will be….when we all see Jesus we’ll sing and shout the victory.” Your testimony has blessed me.
    Love & continued prayers!
    Valerie

  12. Sumi,

    As I read your blog this morning, I wept out loud. I don’t remember when I have done that before.
    But as I was weeping I prayed I could take a small, small burden from you this morning.
    I prayed God would hold your heart in his hands & continue to give his balm of Gilead.
    I will continue to pray for you, what a testimony of trust & faith you are.

  13. Sumi, I am SO glad you put the songs Jenna was singing on the site. I really wanted to hear her sing “Jesus Loves Me”
    again. I loved hearing her sing – over and over.
    You are so precious, and I love you so much.
    You are in my thoughts and in my prayers.

    Love,
    Judy

  14. Sumi,

    I haven’t been online in a loooong time so I just got my messages about Jenna this morning.

    I really have no words to say that haven’t already been said but I do want you to know that I love you and our family and friends are all praying for you and your family.

    Love,
    Donna-Michelle

  15. i am amazed at your reply to katy’s comment “i know this is a God-ordained trip through so i am excited to see what He has in store.” wow. and to find Him and realize His will in jenna’s death. as i pray harder and more earnestly for my family, it is exciting but also a little scary to see “what He has in store.” jan

  16. Hello,
    My name is Julia and I live in Roanoke, Va. Your little girl is sooooooooooooooooooooooooo adorable. I am glad she’s in heaven with Jesus. My mom and I got your blog from a friend who goes to Harvest. My mom loves the way you write and is inspired by your deep & abiding faith.
    Love, Julia and Martie

  17. Kaitlin Little

    Hi,
    I’m in Michael’s class, and I wanted to let you know that I have been praying for you and will keep praying. The pictures you have of Jenna are beautiful!
    Love,
    Kate

  18. Hi Sumi!

    You don’t know me and we will probably never meet but I wanted you to know that I have been praying for you and your family every day.

    You may have already seen/read Jody’s blog – but if you have not, here it is – jodyferlaak.blogspot.com. Like you, she tragically lost her beautiful daughter, Teagan, at the age of four. You remind me of her …

    ~ Lauren

  19. gloryofhisgrace

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. Mostly, I’m grateful that, through your comment, I was able to find your blog. It is both heart-wrenching and full of God’s abundant mercy.

    I was reading Psalm 126:4-6 yesterday morning, and it is clear through your writing that, though tears flow freely, there is a continual sowing of God’s word that will nevertheless produce a harvest of righteousnessβ€”for you and your little girl. Thank you that Christ is more precious to me because of how you’re displaying His grace through the dark night of the soulβ€”it gives hope to me in my own struggles that Christ’s love will truly never end.

    Eric
    gloryofhisgrace.wordpress.com

  20. I saw your comment on House Mix page & wanted you to know you are in our prayers & also to let you know you can get the song “Closer to Your Heart” on I-Tunes if you have it. It is sung there by The Glorious Unseen (as well as several others). If you do not have I-Tunes or have trouble finding it drop me a note back.

  21. I got to your site through Joel’s Journey. So I am new to your blog just curious as to what happened to your beautiful daughter if you dont mind me asking.

  22. Hey Sumi,

    I found your website through Bobbie’s. I just wanted to leave you a message — I’m thinking about you and praying for you.

    I hope you’re having a good day today.

    Blessings

  23. i am so, so sorry about jenna. i want to write more, but would love to do it in a more private way. please feel free to write to me anytime, and know that i would be honored to know more about you and your precious family. i always look forward to your comments…i see your face and i just feel safe. now i think i understand why.

    angie

  24. Sumi, thank you for commenting on my blog. I know that God led me to yours. The deep abiding faith in Jesus that you and your hubby possess in the midst of unspeakable pain is… breathtaking. And your sacrifice of praise is so sweet. Thank you, thank you for your example. You have spurred me on in ways you will never know. God bless your ministry to the hurting (even while you hurt) – He is reaching out to others through you. May you become more and more aware of His presence in every situation and every second of your days, may the Lord strengthen your confidance in His good plan for you and your family.

  25. My thoughts, tears and prayers are with you. I found your comment on the site about Jabez going to Heaven. Bless you. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  26. Tracey Boswell

    Hi Sumi,

    I am a shocking writer, but I read your blog often, and pray for you and Richard, and your boys. Your honesty in your writing always touches my heart. You make me aware of treasuring every moment with my boys.

    I am immigrating to the USA in September, maybe even August. I have got a job in LA. So hope to pop in and see you all sometime. You wont be so far away now!

    Thanks for sharing all that you do, your life is an inspiration.

  27. Tracey Boswell

    Sum

    It will leave a gap, a missing in your heart for a very long time. She was a real presence, and she filled your heart, you have the right to miss her and grieve. It does not mean u r not leaning on Jesus, it means you have to lean on him even more.

    Lots of love

    Trace

  28. Any time you want to talk about sweet Jenna and tell me stories I would love to hear them. Anytime. I think your entire family is so incredible. To say I am happy to call you dear friends, would be an understatement. Each of you have left an impression on my heart that I wouldn’t trade for the world. I love you Sumi.

  29. i love you sumi.

  30. I read your comment on my cousin’s blog, Cate’s Blog. I felt a need to read yours. I don’t usually comment on blogs. But I was so touched by reading yours. I read it for the first time tonight and having been reading about your sweet dear for the last hour and a half. Our prayers are with you. Then I read your sweet’s bday. My son’s bday is July 29. They were born two days apart the same year. May God Bless you tonight.

  31. HI Sumi , it i me lisa aj’s mom. i stopped in on you site to say hello. i think of u so often which may sound odd since i was just gtting to know you better when i stopped AE.The kids are doing great at atlanatic beach el. i miss you all. I know Aj would love to play if the cance comes up on sat. pls call.So Glad your liking teaching and all is well w/ the boys. i do so hate not being able to do park days . I looking for a job and we are busy too . I guess i just wanted to tell you that Someone upstairs keeps u on my mind often not sure what the message is or means. well blessings to you and yours if you are ever this way stop in. xo lisa lag

  32. Hi Sumi… it’s been a while as life tends to be so busy lately but I want you to know I think of you often, pray for you, and love you. (HUGS)

    Your blog as always evokes so many emotions… laughter and tears… usually at the same time. πŸ™‚

    I’ll be back again, not sure when, but until then, much love. πŸ™‚

  33. Hi Sumi! (HUGS)

    You are just so unbelievably wonderful… I know things have to have been hard on you during the holidays and have thought of you often (though I admit at times of intense pain all thoughts left my little ol’ pea brain- lol)… and yet at my own blog I see your offer of a vile recipe to help my kidney stones.

    I thank God for friends like you. πŸ˜‰ You’re the best. (HUG)

    I’d love that vile recipe… if it isn’t a lot of trouble. I suppose it can’t be too much worse than the current remedies of lemon juice mixed with olive oil, or pickle juice, or gag- beer- gag. LOL

    I’ll try anything… no matter how vile.

    Thank you so much for offering. πŸ™‚

    As always, you are in my thoughts and prayers… and I’m awed by your faith. You’re amazing.

    Much love and may God Bless you and your family, always.

    ***HUGS***

  34. Hi Sumi

    Not sure why I can’t comment at your posts today but wanted to just say I’m thinking of you, your husband and the boys and hope you floated for even a little while through Christmas. Even I sit here for long pauses, typing and deleting and typing all over again. Damn those elusive words.
    You know I know though..always with you in the New Universe.

    Love Sheye xx

  35. Hi, Sumi

    Thanks for posting on my blog today. I popped on over to yours and have stayed awhile – enjoying my visit. Your daughter is beautiful and your family’s testimony through it all points me straight to Jesus.

    Blessings to you and yours,

    Lenae

  36. Hey Mrs. Dormann.
    My mom told me to look at this, and I am very glad I did. The way you teach us at school tells me clearly that your family is a family of God. As you go through this tough time just know that God is always with us, and he always will be.

    In Him,
    Luke

  37. Sumi,
    Thinking of you.
    Love,
    Melinda

  38. oh sumi,
    your tales touch my heart.your faith inspires me.i wish i could get to know you.typing is not my strong suit.i read many blogs but have never commented.
    god bless you with his peace,
    marianne

  39. Hello Sumi,

    I have just found your blog and read about your precious Jenna. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my daughter, Elizabeth, on 9-20-03. She had just turned 20 and was attending the University of Minnesota. Fire broke out in her duplex and she and two of her roommates died from smoke inhalation.

    As difficult as it has been, I am so incredibly grateful to God that she was a part of my life. That old saying that it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all rings so true. Liz’s presence in my life is still very, very strong. I pray that you have that sense about Jenna as well.

    Our daughters have much to offer us if we just stop and listen … we will hear them in so many different ways.

    I started a blog in July, 2007. I call it Love Lives On …
    because it does. That bond of love that we share with our daughters is never broken … not even by death.

    My blog post for 8-12-07 is called “Who You’d Be Today” – please read it if you have a chance. It might be helpful. I posted a link below, that should take you to it. (I hope)

    http://kimwencl.com/2007/08/12/who-youd-be-today/

    Blessings to you Sumi on your journey.

    Kim Wencl
    kimwencl.com

  40. Hi Mrs.Dorman I just read about your daughter so sad!I love your artwork, are you sure you didn’t buy it?

  41. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. πŸ™‚ Cheers! Sandra. R.

  42. Hi Sumi,

    not been around much but love the new look! I have always injoyed reading your blog with all it’s honesty!

  43. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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