All good things…..

“Old age subtly creeps up on you; but when it arrives, its’ effects are hardly subtle….”

This is a hard post….For several months, I have had a headache 24/7.  MRI’s of the head and neck, x-rays, blood tests, have all been negative.  The doctors here are stumped and have shrugged their shoulders as to the cause or a solution.  (One suggested maybe it was acid reflux….)

So after a lot of prayer and discussion, DeeAnn and I have decided to return home to see if some of US doctors can find what’s going on.  Before we leave, we have a few projects to get organized but the plan is to depart November 2 at 6:00 am and 24 hours later (6:00 pm plus the 12 hour time difference) we will be in Abilene, TX.  We will spend a couple days there to visit Holly and her family (she’s up to four children now), then go to Joplin for a couple doctor appointments, then go to Kevin’s the following weekend and visit with him.  Then, we will figure out or see what’s next.

This is heartbreaking and a very hard decision.  We love Indonesia and the people.  We will so miss Indonesia and it will be very hard to leave.  The people are so kind, so nice and so friendly.  We have been accepted with open arms, made wonderful friends and hopefully made a few lives better through our Humanitarian projects and LDS Charities. What a blessing it’s been in our lives to have been here and to be engaged in the Lord’s work.  Our lives will never be the same.

There are lot’s of questions still to be answered – not the least of which is what’s going on with my head?  Most of you know we sold our home, cars, furniture – everything (except my golf clubs) – so we have no “home” to go home to.  Good friends have graciously offered to let us stay at their place until we have some answers, so for now, we’ll do that.  Clearly, that’s not a long-term solution, but it will work in the short term.  We’ll just have to have faith and let the Lord direct our path.

Trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all they ways, acknowledge Him and he shall direct thy paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6

Thank you all for reading my blog.


7 thoughts on “All good things…..”

  1. I will really miss your blog. Just last night I reviewed all of the photos that I have saved in the Buell’s file. It’s a little like being there watching the two of you do the Lord’s work.
    Mainly, take two aspirin in the morning and get well quick.


  2. We are sorry to read that you must come home early as you have been doing so much good in the time you two have been there. We will keep you in our prayers that the doctors will find the cause quickly. We will miss all the wonderful pictures you include in your posts.


  3. Your blog has meant so much to us! We are hopefully headed to Indonesia as MLS missionaries next year, and your observations and pictures have painted such a clear picture and been invaluable to us. Your efforts in improving the lives of Indonesians have been amazing! You think you are leaving early, but in the time you were in country, your list of accomplishments seems like so more than those months…a testament to your willingness to jump in with both feet and make every day count. Selamat jalan ke Amerika.


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