Answers for Anna

For: Anna Booher
Organizer: Norm and Renita Harber
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The Story

[SEE UPDATE #25 posted 1/1/16]

In early 2012, our sweet friend Anna, then 13 years old, had the first of 3 seizures, which in time led to numbness and tingling in her hands and feet, blurred vision, and fatigue.  One year later, Anna's abdomen suddenly distended, causing nausea and vomiting, resulting in a feeding tube for six weeks.  By April, she had a sudden onset of scoliosis with curvature of 31 degrees.  A month later, it had changed to 47 degrees, and her colon functions began to slow down.

Doctors in Nashville could not explain Anna's symptoms and had no answers.  Her parents made the decision to take her to the Mayo Clinic in MN, where she saw many specialists and underwent many diagnostic tests.  Mayo physicians determined that the muscles in Anna's colon and bladder were not functioning. But nothing was providing answers needed to remedy this problem.  

Desperate for answers, independent labs were consulted next, and results indicated her nerves and muscles had been affected by Lyme Disease and its various co-infections, as well as intestinal infections. In November 2013, the family consulted with a doctor in Florida who had hoped he could help Anna, but after a time, he realized he could not. Continuing to search for answers for their daughter, the Boohers found a new doctor in Sarasota, FL.  Anna is currently receiving treatments at the Florida Integrated Medical Center,and after three months of treatments, is seeing some improvements.

The tests and treatments are costly, to the tune of $3,000-4,000/week, plus housing costs. As this has been a long ongoing process, the family would be so grateful for financial help to get Anna's body functioning again!    

If you are willing and able, please contribute with Paypal through this site, or send a check to the address below:

Anna Rose Booher Trust
c/o First Tennessee Bank
4771 Lebanon Pike
Hermitage, TN  37076
Attn: Walker Ferebee

Her family believes that God has a plan for Anna's life and He will provide for her through the love of others.  Thanks in advance for helping Anna find the answers she needs.  Her friends and church family are trying to do all we can first, but we will need others' help to see this through.  Please pray for her, and please give if you can!  Any amount will help.  And please pass this on.  

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 13, 2016 by Norm and Renita Harber

Dear Friends and Family,

Once again we find ourselves at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, but this time it is for Evan. Tomorrow beginning at 10:30-11:00, Evan will be having major intestinal surgery due to Crohn’s Disease and complications associated with it. We were hoping for the surgery to be done laparoscopically, but the situation is more complicated than they first thought. It should last four hours with a 4-5 -day hospital stay and then weeks of recovery. We ask for your fervent prayers that the Lord will guide the doctor and all others associated with Evan’s care. We ask that you pray for this surgery to be a success so that Evan may have fullness in living his life.

Anna and Adam are both in Florida where Anna is receiving a new treatment that helps with some recurring symptoms from Lyme disease. She is so much improved, though, that we are hoping to move back to Nashville permanently by Labor Day with regular return trips to Florida for check-ups and treatments if necessary. We ask for your continued prayers for Anna as well.

It is difficult being in two different parts of the country and none of us being at our home, but the Lord is providing what both Evan and Anna need, and we are thankful for that. We are also thankful for your continued prayers and support. We know that God is in control and that He is the healer of all physical and spiritual illnesses. We appreciate you continued appeals to Him on behalf of Anna and Evan.



(for Gilbert, Adam, Evan, and Anna)

Posted on January 1, 2016 by Norm and Renita Harber

Dear Friends and Family,

We would like to wish each of you a Happy 2016, and we pray that this New Year will provide hope, love, joy, and answered prayers for each of you. Our family is very hopeful that this year will be filled with all of the above and more. When we think about the three-year health battle that Anna has endured and that even one year ago she was in a wheelchair with several organ impairments and that today she is standing straight, walking, with little impairment, our hearts are filled with incredible thankfulness to our heavenly Father and to each of you. Thank you again for your steadfast love and support.

We are currently in Nashville enjoying seeing family and friends. Anna and I will return to Florida mid-January for Anna to receive additional therapy and check-ups with her M.D., but we are hoping and praying that we will be able to return to Nashville permanently in late spring. Please will you pray that we can locate a Nashville doctor and therapist who can support Anna as she makes this transition and that she will be blessed with continued and sustained improvement?

Evan has completed the treatment he was receiving from the doctors in Vancouver, B.C. It has been a difficult past few months, but we are praying that as time goes on, he will see the benefits from it. He plans to start school again in Nashville on January 11 with a reduced course load so that he can continue to focus on his health. We ask for your fervent prayers for Evan as he is regaining strength. Please also petition the Lord for Evan’s healing.

We realize that our family is only one of many who have endured challenges. Many have been in our prayers as we have learned of illnesses, deaths, spiritual struggles, financial struggles, etc. Below is a list of some in need of prayer due to physical challenges. I know there are others, but please will you pray that the Lord will provide just what each of these dear ones needs: Annabel F., Jay S., Rebekah H., Titus D., Andrew W., Christian S., Anne H., Annette J., Rhea R., Bill S., Stacia R., Bo W., Michael B., Molly S., Sandlyn F., Paul B., and many others.  

As we are blessed with a fresh, New Year, may we all be reminded that God is Sovereign, God is in Control, and that God hears and answers Prayer. May He bless each of you in special ways throughout 2016.

With a grateful heart,


(for Gil, Adam, Evan, and Anna)

“Ah Lord God! 
It is You who made the heavens and the earth 
by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm. 
Nothing is too difficult for You!”   

Jeremiah 32:17    

Posted on October 5, 2015 by Norm and Renita Harber

Dear Friends and Family, 

We are currently still in Florida where Anna is continuing with the special physical therapy and staying in close touch with Dr. M., her medical doctor. We continue to pray that the Lord will restore allfor Anna. Progress is being made, but it is slower than we would like. It is just not the right time for us to leave the people here who have helped Anna reach this point of healing.  Last week Anna and I had the joy of visiting with Renita Harber and Lauren Wickersheim. What an encouragement it was to us to see both of them and to have a “piece of home” near us! We are praying for Lauren as Lil’ Punkin’s arrival will be very soon. Thank you again for all of your many acts of love and support throughout Anna’s long journey. Please continue to pray for Anna’s complete healing.

In the last update, I mentioned that Evan had applied for a special Crohn’s clinical trial study. He was accepted into the study, and he and I traveled to Vancouver, B.C. in September for him to begin the study and to get the supplies to bring back to Florida.  Evan has just completed five weeks of the study, and it has been rough on him. He has lost weight and had to reduce to a liquid diet again. But, despite all of this, the four week labs were much improved for him, and this week has been better. Today he began some solids again and has tolerated it well. All of the medical people, including his local GI doctor, are hoping that this is a case of Evan’s body making uncomfortable adjustments and “getting worse before getting better.” The eight week labs will be very important labs to see if this is the case. Evan has two more trips to make to Vancouver. He and I will be going the end of October and then he and Adam will be going in December. We ask for your fervent prayers for Evan as well as Anna. 

Again, thank you for keeping our family in your prayers. We know that God is faithful and knows our every need.

With a grateful heart,


(for Gil, Adam, Evan, & Anna)  

Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.

~ Jeremiah 32:17

Posted on July 1, 2015 by Norm and Renita Harber

~ From the Booher Family ~

Dear Friends and Family,

This week marks two years since Anna’s health journey required us to seek help outside our home. It has taken us to Minnesota and Florida, where we are still. This long journey has been filled with many mountains, valleys, twists, and turns, but our constants have been our loving heavenly Father and our dear friends and family. Thank YOU from the bottoms of our hearts for praying for us, hurting with us, loving us, and supporting us through this ordeal.

We will be forever grateful to the 1213 organization, many congregations of the Lord’s Church, and many individuals who have given freely of their time, money, and other resources to help our family as we have desperately tried to help Anna. Thank you to those who organized and conducted fund raiser events, and thank you for every card, text, email, package, and other acts of love and encouragement. Every act of love has carried us through this challenging time. As of tomorrow, Anna’s You Caring account will be closed, but her 1st Tennessee Benefit account will remain open. Below is a list of updates of our family which will tell of wonderful things as well as prayer requests for some ongoing challenges that both Anna and Evan are facing.

God is in control; God is good! God has brought amazing healing, and God remains faithful!


We have learned to not take ANYTHING for granted because things can often change so quickly, but we believe that the critical infectious part of the Lyme disease and other related infections is over for Anna! She has discontinued treatments for these infections, but must now continue to deal with the effects of the infections. These include some muscle/nerve issues related to her spine, bladder, and jaw areas that have not yet completely resolved. For these issues, we have decided that it is best for Anna to remain in Florida a while longer with her “team” that has worked so long and diligently to care for her and get her to this point. Even with the remaining challenges, Anna is happy, smiling, and hopeful. She has been able to resume her school studies and begin to enjoy the beauties and activities of this area. God is healing her so that she can live again! Thank you to each of you for helping to provide the care Anna has needed and continues to need. (Yes, the tears of thankfulness are flowing.) We ask for your continued prayers that complete healing will occur for Anna.


Many of you may not know, but Evan was in the hospital in early May due to a serious Crohn’s disease flare. He has rebounded from this event, and after much prayer, research, and discussions with various medical people, has made the decision to apply to a very special clinical trial study for Crohn’s disease. If accepted into the study, Evan and Gil or I would travel to Vancouver, B.C. the end of July or August. We were already planning to go to Nashville in August for a few weeks. So Anna and Adam would stay in Nashville while we are away with Evan. Evan has dealt with Crohn’s for 10 years now, since the age of 12. Even though this is a clinical trial study, the pre-clinical results have been amazing. There are strict requirements for acceptance into the study, but it seems that Evan’s case will meet them. We will know more by July 10. Please pray that the Lord will lead and bless Evan in his efforts to find healing too.


While I am giving updates, I’ll write about the rest of the family too! Fortunately, Adam has not suffered from any major health issue! He did have all of his wisdom teeth removed a couple of weeks ago, but is now currently in West Virginia at a competitive piano camp. In the fall, Adam will return to FSU in Tallahassee where he has a teacher assistantship and where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in piano performance. Adam enjoys teaching and pursuing his studies in piano. He has had many positive learning experiences since moving to Tallahassee. It has been nice, though, spending time with him this summer. He has been such a wonderful friend and support to Anna and Evan. We are thankful for their loving relationships with one another.

Gil & Lisa

We are very thankful that in January Gil began a new job in Nashville. He has enjoyed returning to traditional actuarial work, especially in a place where there are many Christians, making for an extra warm environment in which to work. We appreciate that his boss has understood our “unique” situation, allowing for Gil to come to Florida from time to time, especially when we have needed him suddenly, such as when Evan was hospitalized. Gil will be arriving here on Thursday, and we will all love being together again. We long for the day when we can all be in Nashville again. As for me, I am learning more each day how delicate life is and to be thankful that we have a sovereign God, who made us and knows what is best for each of us. I am learning the lessons of perseverance and running the race until the end even when times of weariness and homesickness may affect me. It is a picture to me of our spiritual journey, where the end is in sight for those who persevere, and at the end, there IS victory in Christ!

Thank you for persevering with us on this journey of healing. May God bless each of you richly.

With much gratefulness,


(For Gil, Adam, Evan, & Anna)

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”    Ephesians 3:20-21

Posted on March 22, 2015 by Norm and Renita Harber

Dear Friends and Family, 

After a week-long trip home to Nashville, Evan, Anna, and I are back in Florida. It was wonderful being in our own home again and seeing family and friends. It was special worshipping again with our Christian family at Broadmoor. Thank you for all of the smiles and hugs of encouragement. We love you all! It is our hope to be back in Nashville by mid-summer, but this depends on the progress that both Anna and Evan make.

God has been so good to us! One year ago exactly, Anna was in the pediatric intensive care unit fighting for her life. Today, she wanted to go to the beach to celebrate the healing and improvement that she has experienced over the last year. As you will see by our special prayer requests below, there is still much desired healing, but with the care and diligence of all of Anna’s health care team and God’s continued love and grace, we believe this remaining healing will occur. Thank you for your continued prayers and petitions on Anna’s behalf. Thank you for supporting her medical care in a financial way as well. Our daughter is getting well, and we will always be grateful for and humbled by your many gifts of love and kindness that have enabled us to provide special care for Anna.

Evan has struggled with his health also throughout this last year. We are grateful that he has been able to be here in Florida where I could support him and Anna together. Please pray for him as well as he faces the challenges that go along with Crohn’s disease. It is our prayer that a special doctor in Atlanta will be able to offer much help to Evan and Anna. This week both have begun his program for each of them, and we are excited to see wonderful results in time for better digestive health. We will stay in Florida to also continue care from the doctor here as well as Mr. Paul, our dear Neurosomatic physical therapist.

This has been a long winding journey, but in a class recently, Brother David McClister instilled in me a love for Romans 4. There are many points to make about this chapter, but I was especially encouraged and challenged by Abraham who:

  • believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” vs 3
  • “…against all hope, Abraham in hope believed..” vs 18
  • Without weakening in his faith….” vs 19
  • “Yet he did not waver through unbeliefregarding the promise of God…” vs 20
  • “…but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.” vs 20
  • “…being fully persuadedthat God had power to do what He had promised…” vs 21
  • “The words ‘it was credited to him’ were written not for him alone, but also for usto whom God will credit righteousness - for us who believe in Himwho raised Jesus our Lord from the dead….” vs 23-24 

To have a faith like Abraham is my desire and prayer. God is faithful and will care for us in all that we need. Thank you again for every prayer and loving kindness you have given to our family.

With a grateful heart,


Specific Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray that Mr. Paul will be able to help Anna’s lower spine to “straighten,” enabling the nerves to the bladder to heal.
  • Please pray that Anna’s left hip will also heal, making walking easier for her.
  • Please pray for both Anna and Evan that the inflammation in their intestines will decrease so that healing can occur there.
  • Please pray for wisdom, patience, and endurance for us to keep doing what is needed for Evan and Anna.
  • PLEASE praise our Father in heaven for the love and grace he has shown to Anna and Evan – and to us all!

Posted on February 13, 2015 by Norm and Renita Harber

~ Update from the Booher Family ~

Dear Friends and Family,

Much has occurred since our last update for Anna and Evan. For a period of time, I just did not have the heart for writing. Below is a portion of a letter to some dear ones who, in a very special way, brightened our holidays. This will give you a picture of what has happened.

Anna’s health journey has been long and tiring. The ups and downs have been extreme, and even though we have tried hard to remain positive and strong, there have been many days of discouragement. Shortly before Christmas, Anna’s legs and feet became affected by the Lyme disease. Since that time, she has had to use a wheelchair. 

As her mother, it has been absolutely heartbreaking to see her experience this setback and to see her now have to rely on a wheelchair and, at 16, to have to literally crawl up the stairs to get to the bedrooms. I didn’t know if my heart could enjoy the holidays at all.

We don’t know where this journey will lead us next or how long this will last. We ask for your continued fervent prayers that Anna’s health and ability to walk will be restored and that Evan’s health will also continue to improve.

This letter was written on January 10, and Anna was still using the wheelchair, BUT, this precious child, even when things are bleak, keeps hanging in there. Her goal was to be able to walk into the concert hall for Adam’s piano concert (see attachment) this Friday, February 13. Through prayer, sheer will power, and much painful therapy with Mr. Paul, Anna gradually used crutches, then a cane, and NOW, she is walking again and Lord willing, will meet her goal on Friday! We give glory and praise to the Lord for this!! Thank you to all who prayed for her to walk again! We look forward to seeing her walking improve each day.

Anna continues to have intestinal and urological issues, and Evan has had ups and downs as well, but we have recently had a consultation with an additional doctor who specializes in chronic issues, and we are hopeful that he can offer the last pieces to their health puzzles. We ask for your continued prayers as we press on. Thank you again for the many ways you encourage us.

With a grateful heart,


(For Gil, Adam, Evan, and Evan)

Personal thoughts for those who want to keep reading:  

(Or, as my children would call it, “sermonette”)

Friends, I can now say that I know somewhat of what it feels like to be beaten down, attacked by one challenge after another, discouraged to the point of despair, and lonely at times despite all your wonderful support. I know somewhat of what it is like to be a “single mother.” I now have the utmostrespect for military and single mothers who must tend to every detail of life, and I have a greater love and appreciation for my husband. I know what it is like to be absolutely exhausted,  to literally cry myself to sleep, and to cry out to the Lord night after night, pleading for His mercy, strength, and wisdom. I also know what it is like, to almost give up hope all together. This is how I felt when both of Anna’s feet were turned in, stiff as boards and when we found out that she likely has Crohn’s too – I was still praying but felt hopeless and very discouraged. 

At the point, though, when I could not even bring a smile to my face, the Lord provided, as Healways does. Heprovided special encouragement from a mother and daughter we had never met before. He provided a beautiful bouquet of flowers from a dear friend.  Heprovided special visitors from home two weeks ago with whom we were able to visit, and who encouraged us beyond means. They helped us laugh and see hope again. Heprovided an opportunity for me to see my parents and be renewed by them. Herestored Anna’s ability to walk. Heis reuniting our family this weekend to experience Adam’s wonderful music and to provide more encouragement from those who will attend the concert. 

I could go on and on, but the point is that through these recent blessings and through meditating on various passages, I imagined the Lord saying to me, “I am still with you, providing for you in every way. Do not lose heart. Do not give up. I have given you examples in my Word of many who have felt like you, and I provided for them just as I am and will continue to provide for you. I love you, dear daughter. Keep persevering because I am with you.”

Dear friends, I have left my comfort zone to pour these thoughts out in hopes that YOU may be strengthened and encouraged to press on through the challenges of this life and that no matter how dark the way may seem your faith in God’s promises and faithfulness will carry you through until the end. 

Blessed is the man, who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, 

he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12

When life is hard for you, remember Anna’s wristband which says, “Never  Ever Give Up!”With God ALL things are possible. (Mark 10:27)


Posted on November 4, 2014 by Norm and Renita Harber

~ From the Booher Family ~

Dear Friends and Family,

Today is Anna’s Sweet 16th Birthday, and we would like to thank you all for making this a wonderful day and weekend for our precious daughter! Thank you for the MANY (238!) cards and goodies that you have sent to her to celebrate this milestone.  She has been excited to take the daily walk to the mailbox station, which has been good to help rebuild her strength. Today our family spent well over two hours sitting around the table reading cards and appreciating YOU!

This weekend Anna enjoyed several “firsts.”  Below are a summary and some pictures of our wonderful time together. Thank you again for making this a memorable time for all of us. We have been encouraged beyond words.

Friday afternoon and night Adam and Gil arrived in Sarasota. We were happy to all be together again. Saturday morning Anna had her first outing since the hospital stay. Adam’s gift to her was to treat her to a visit to a yarn shop, and then he took her briefly to see the ocean and to feel the sand between her toes. It was a special time for the two of them.

Saturday afternoon my parents surprised Anna by driving from Nashville to be here for Anna’s big day. It was hard keeping this secret from her but well worth it when she opened the door and saw her grandparents.  Anna also received the most beautiful and unique flower arrangement from some dear friends. In the center of the arrangement is a little dog made of white carnations. Anna named the little dog Baxter after Gil’s cousin’s dog. We have all enjoyed having our first house pet!

Sunday was an extra special day as it was Anna’s and my first time to attend worship services since mid-August, AND we were able to do this with our entire family! As we sat down and began to sing the first song along with the other Christians in Palmetto, my heart swelled and tears flowed from my eyes. How thirsty I have been for fellowship with other Christians and for the joy of sharing in the Lord’s Supper, singing, praying, and learning from God’s Word. In an extra special way, I appreciate the words: “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” Psalm 122:1.

Today was filled with celebrating Anna with special family time and opening gifts and the numerous cards sent by many special caring people. Thank you again for loving our daughter. For a brief time it was nice to feel some normalcy, like life used to be. It has been nice to see smiles and to have laughter again. It truly has been sweet this weekend. Our family appreciates each of you for your continued support to Anna as well as Evan too.

Tomorrow appointments begin again, but we have renewed strength to carry on. This afternoon when Anna lay down for a rest, I rested too. As I lay there, I said a special prayer of thanks for each of you. I asked for the Lord to please bless each of you in very special ways.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift us His countenance upon you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

With a grateful heart,


(for Gil, Adam, Evan, & Anna)

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Norm and Renita Harber

~ From the Booher family ~

Dear Friends and Family,

Once again, we are at a loss to thank you adequately for your continued love and concern for Anna. Your cards, emails, and texts keep us going. Many of you add scriptures that are particularly encouraging. Thank You!

On October 16, Anna was discharged from a Tampa hospital after 24 days. We are now back in Sarasota where she has been recouping. There are lingering GI effects from some medications that were given to her, which may result in a colonoscopy later this week, but she is “hanging in there.”

Even though these latest setbacks were extremely challenging, we are trying to focus on the big picture and how much progress has been made up to this point. Anna did have one seizure in the hospital, but it was triggered by high fever. The last seizure she had had was in July. Her bowel functions were improving, and will hopefully continue to improve after this upcoming procedure. AND her spine, which had been severely rotated and curved is correcting, which is helping to improve several organ functions. Please see comparison pictures from August 2013 and August 2014 in the photos tab.

I’m sharing this with you because I know it is hard to pray from afar for someone day after day and to know the person is still struggling, but your prayers are not being said in vain. The Lord is working an amazing work in Anna’s body, and in time, we believe she will be healed. Yes, this journey is LONG and challenging, but we will not give up, and we deeply appreciate your continued love and support that you give in so many ways.

If one soul has been touched to become faithful to God or encouraged in any way due to Anna’s situation, then we praise the Lord for this. Please keep praying to our heavenly Father, the One who made Anna and who knows her best. Our family appreciates every prayer said on Anna’s behalf.

With a grateful heart,


Posted on October 7, 2014 by Norm and Renita Harber

~ From the Booher Family ~

Dear Friends and Family, 

It has been a very long time, I know, since the last email update, and I am sorry for this, but it is all that I have been able to do just to “get through” these challenges, much less write about them. We will try, even if we have to ask someone else to write for us, to send more frequent updates. Thank you again for continuing to remember us through many prayers and continued financial support. Both are very much appreciated. It is with a heavy heart that I now have to give updates concerning two of our children instead of only one, but that is what we are now dealing with. Below are the updates along with some personal notes.

Anna – Anna is currently in St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa where she has been for the last two weeks and will remain, probably, until Oct. 18 at least. A couple of months ago Anna was making such wonderful improvement that we were having thoughts of possibly transitioning her back home, BUT as has happened so often, there was a setback. Anna developed a kidney infection which traveled to her central line, giving her a blood infection. She also was given an antibiotic from which she had a rare side effect of Hemolytic Anemia. In one week she lost half her blood supply, requiring multiple blood transfusions.  She is currently stable with no fever, and the last three blood cultures have come back negative. Her hemoglobin levels are much improved too. This is just a classic case of “everything going wrong that possibly can go wrong and more.” Please keep her in your prayers.

Evan Evan arrived in Florida in June to be with us throughout the summer. In the spring he was beginning to have signs of some increased Crohn’s inflammation, but as probably any boy his age would do, he pretty much ignored it, just wanting to get through his first year of college! When he arrived, I knew he wasn’t doing well. Within a couple of weeks after being here, he went into a full Crohn’s flair, losing 25 lbs in two weeks’ time. Dr. M., Anna’s Sarasota doctor, saw Evan and ordered blood work and an MRE, which showed significant inflammation and the affected areas. Evan began weekly IV treatments to boost his immune system, changed his diet to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, and began seeing Mr. Paul, our amazing neurosomatic physical therapist. He also received much rest. During this time, we also learned of a GI doctor in Tampa for him to see.  

Soon after this, he had to make decisions about his fall plans. We were extremely grateful to his Lipscomb teachers and the Provost office who were willing to work with Evan so that he could continue his classes at a reduced load remotely, and stay here where I could help him. Within one intense month, Evan’s inflammation markers have dropped significantly. He still has good and less good days, but he is pulling out of the worst part of this. Evan had been doing so well before Anna’s health issues came up, but the prolonged stresses of college, being concerned for Anna, and everything being turned “upside down” just had their effects on him. Thank you for keeping Evan in your prayers too!

Personal Note - On a particular day recently, after we had received some “setback” news, Anna, who has been her cheery self through so much, poured her heart out in tears. As I held her in my arms, crying along with her, I said, “Anna, it can’t rain every day. The sun will come out again. I don’t know when, but it WILL come out again!” We just hugged and cried together.

During this recent hospital stay, we had to move into a new “home.” Since Evan wasn’t feeling well that day, I had to go alone and finish getting things from the “old” place and clean it. Our dear friend, Deanna stayed with Anna. It was 10 PM when I was ready to leave. As I went through each room, making sure all was well, I was overcome by my emotions. Four months earlier, when we first walked through this lovely place, I had believed this would be the place Anna would be healed at last.  Now, not only was Anna in the hospital with a serious issue, but on that day, Evan was also lying fatigued and in pain. I just sat on the couch in the darkness and cried out to my heavenly Father to hold me in His loving arms and to strengthen me to be what I need to be for my children. I petitioned him yet again to do what only He can do – heal my precious ones. I will hold on to His promises, knowing that He is faithful and that He counts every tear and hears every prayer. I will hold on to Jeremiah 32:17:

“Ah Lord God! It is You who made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm!

Nothing is too difficult for you.”

Whatever challenges you may be facing in your own lives, I pray that you will join me in holding on to the One who made us and knows what is best for us.

With a grateful heart,


Posted on May 19, 2014 by Norm and Renita Harber

~ From the Booher Family ~

Dear Friends and Family, 

After a week’s visit to our home in Nashville, Anna and I are in Florida again where Anna has resumed treatment for Lyme Disease and subsequent health issues relating to her bowels, bladder, and muscles. We were so thrilled to be able to go home for Adam’s college graduation and to receive such love and encouragement from so many of our friends and family. Thank you for crying, praying, and even laughing with us. We left Nashville with lighter hearts and strength to go on.

The Lord blessed Anna with a good week in Nashville, as she had only one seizure the day after we arrived. She was able to visit with many and even attend worship services at Broadmoor. We had been praying hard that she would be able to go home and enjoy her time there – another answered prayer!

It has become apparent that the seizures are due to chronic dehydration caused by a lack of a hormone that is produced in the hypothalamus. Dr. Monhollon believes this is due to inflammation from the Lyme. Anna has to drink many liters of water per day, as well as have IV fluids each day to keep from becoming dehydrated. So far, she has had no seizures for the past two weeks! She is feeling so much better. Mr. Paul, the Neurosomatic physical therapist, and his associates, Casey and Shila, have been working with her diligently. She is now out of the wheelchair, and it has been exciting to begin seeing changes in her spine and posture. 

There are still many issues yet to be resolved, but to see our precious daughter smiling, laughing, and even singing again humbles my heart. Anna has been busy knitting various items for the doctors, nurses, medical assistants, and therapists to show her thanks. We are beginning to get our daughter back! Please continue to pray fervently for the weeks ahead that will inevitably have their ups and downs. Please continue to pray for Anna’s complete healing. We know the Lord is so faithful and hears every prayer said on Anna’s behalf. Thank you!!!

We have been happy to have Adam with us the last two weeks. He has been a tremendous help, and it has been great being with him every day. In the fall, Adam will begin a master’s program at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he has been offered a graduate assistantship in piano performance. There are Nashville Christian connections, and the Church is strong there. It will be a growing experience for us all. Please pray for Adam’s future move and education.

This Friday Gil and Evan will be coming to Florida. Gil will stay for two weeks to help us with our relocation to Sarasota. Evan will stay the rest of the summer to help out. We will put him to work in the kitchen, as he loves to cook! It will be so wonderful being with all three of my children for the whole summer. We just wish Gil could be with us too.

Thank you again for continuing with us on this journey of faith and healing. We love and appreciate each of you!

With a grateful heart,


(For Gil, Adam, Evan, & Anna) 

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