WELCOME HOME by Guest Blogger Kim Woodhouse: One Family’s Journey to Extreme Joy


I was weeding my beautiful flower beds this afternoon and thought about this post. Just a few thoughts to get you thinking J

Thank you for allowing me to share here today. I pray that my book Welcome Home will bless your heart and show you the Lord’s joy.





I’ve been doing a lot of weeding lately. Both in the yard and in my life.

It’s a funny thing about weeds. They grow without you putting any effort forth whatsoever. And as soon as you pull them up, they start all over again. They don’t need watering. Or pruning. Or just the right amount of sunshine. They just grow and grow and grow and grow…

But to have something truly beautiful, (which here in Colorado could simply be plain ol’ green grass,) you have to work at it. Sprinklers and drip systems have to be set for just the right time of day, the proper soil has to be in place, and those terrible weeds have to be pulled.

The same goes with our lives and our spiritual growth. It takes work and effort and time and energy to grow something beautiful spiritually. But it doesn’t take work to let the weeds sprout up and take over.

We must be diligent. Hardworking. Willing to take the painful pruning and weeding. And always on guard – lest those nasty weeds take over and spread their roots throughout our lives.

Are you willing? Are you ready? It’s not for the faint of heart. Some of our weeds could be our favorite things. Things that are easy to let in or things that we are lazy about.

How much TV do you watch? How much time do you spend sitting around doing absolutely nothing? Do you spend that same amount of time with your spouse? Or your children? What about studying God’s Word? What things are you doing that are of eternal value? Are you doing things to please man rather than God? These are all good and tough questions.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to go pull some weeds.

Kayla’s Story:

Meet Kayla, a blonde haired, blue-eyed little girl with a gigantic smile, a tender heart and a disorder so rare that she is the only child exactly like her in the entire world with her particular form of the disorder. This rare nerve disorder is called Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy (HSAN). Her body does not signal her brain to regulate her body temperature and she cannot feel pain unless it is extremely intense.

Most recently, Kayla was diagnosed with another rare problem completely unrelated to her HSAN. In March 2006, after over a year of severe headaches, doctors found a malformation in the lower portion of Kayla’s brain. As a result, her brain was growing into her spinal column and to avoid long-term damage and paralysis in September of 2006, Kayla had brain decompression surgery.

She will never be able to play sports, run at recess, or participate in most other normal childhood activities. But, she is surrounded by a loving family and supportive network of friends who always remind her of the things she CAN do. This is her story…

Thanks to being featured on the hit TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Woodhouse family of Colorado Springs is known across the country. Their poignant, heart-touching story of having a child with a rare medical disorder, which led to a mountain of hospital bills and the loss of their home—and their need for a home that would be safe for daughter Kayla—has put them in the public spotlight and kept them there. The theme that carries through Welcome Home is James 1:2-4. We’re all a work in progress, and it can be “Pure Joy” to be a parent. But, how does joy evolve out of a potentially devastating reality? Kimberley’s candid stories of both failures and successes, and the ultimate resource—the Bible, will point readers in the right direction for establishing JOY in their homes.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY:Kimberley Woodhouse is a wife, mother, author, and musician with a quick wit and positive outlook despite difficult circumstances. A popular speaker, she’s shared at more than 600 venues across the country. Kimberley and her family’s story have garnered national media attention for many years, but most recently her family was chosen for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Montel Williams Show, and Discovery Health channel’s Mystery ER which premiered in 2008. Her story, Welcome Home:
Our Family’s Journey to Extreme Joy,
releases in September 2009 from Focus on the Family. Kimberley lives, writes, and homeschools in Colorado with her husband and two children in their truly “extreme” home. www.kimberleywoodhouse.com

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