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BC: He has crossed over from death to life. John 5:24b

FC: Caring Bridge | July 8-23, 2011

1: Our story begins on July 8, 2011. After thinking Harlan had the flu for two days and deciding that something else was going on we took him to the local ER. Later that evening they transferred him to the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. After two days of testing they diagnosed him with MRSA, which is a blood infection that turned septic. Complications that have come with that are: congestive heart failure, kidney damage and pneumonia. One of the biggest concerns for Harlan is his mechanical heart valve that he had put in 20 years ago and that the MRSA may attack this valve.

2: Sunday, July 17, 2011 10:36 PM A week of testing has gone by with many ups and downs and there are still so many unknowns. Harlan's kidneys are functioning better than they were but not at 100% yet, the extent of damage done is unsure. Yesterday he had a great morning with a walk in the halls, but by dinner time his heart rate dropped down between 20-33 bpm. They put in a temporary pace maker to regulate his heart rate. He now has to lay flat and not move, which is very uncomfortable for him. Today they turned down the pace maker to see how his heart would do on its own. With an EKG done during this time it was discovered that the top of his heart is working but the bottom is not. The pace maker was again set to regulate his heart. Another test will be done on his heart tomorrow to determine if the infection has attacked the heart. He is still fighting pneumonia along with fever and chills. Harlan is termed critical right now so we ask that visits are kept short. As I, Andrea, pulled up to the Heart Hospital today the song “Blessings” by Laura Story came on the radio. Talking with my Mom she also said this song came to mind a lot this past week. We have to believe that blessings will come from all of this. We pray for blessings, we pray for peace Comfort for family, protection while we sleep We pray for healing, for prosperity We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering All the while, You hear each spoken need Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops? What if Your healing comes through tears What if a thousand sleepless nights Are what it takes to know You’re near? What if trials of this life Are Your mercies in disguise? | Journal

3: Monday, July 18, 2011 10:13 PM Today has been a hard day with tests and results that shocked and scared us all. Harlan’s mechanical aortic valve is infected. The infection has attacked the valve itself and is destroying the tissue around it. The only way to treat this is to replace the valve and remove all the infected tissue. He is not able to get another mechanical valve as this would just get attacked by the MRSA again. His blood is not showing any more MRSA in it, which is a positive, but the doctor said that it is hiding somewhere in his body and can come out again. The doctors are thinking he will be a candidate of the Ross Procedure, which is a very complicated surgery and is only done by very few doctors. In this procedure they would take his pulmonary valve and use that to replace his mechanical aortic valve. They would then put a pig valve in the place of his pulmonary valve. If this is the route chosen then he will need to have this done at the Mayo clinic, in Rochester, MN. We will find out more tomorrow as to how soon they would like him to have the surgery. The kidney and infectious disease doctors would like to hold off with the surgery and allow him more time on the antibiotics. However the cardiologist would like to see the surgery done soon. He still is on the temporary pace maker and will need to stay on that until surgery. Even though it’s been a hard day we cling to Psalm 62:5: HE alone is my rock and my salvation. My fortress where I will not be shaken. Tuesday, July 19, 2011 1:22 PM Dad was able to get a good nights sleep last night! The dietitian came to talk with him this morning. He has not had any appetite since getting sick and has eaten very little so they now started giving him a protein shake. The doctors should be talking today to discuss when he should have the surgery. We are waiting to hear more on that. Tuesday, July 19, 2011 5:19 PM Harlan has moved to room 210. Tuesday, July 19, 2011 9:00 PM Another long, hard day of waiting for doctors...waiting for answers...Harlan has been struggling with chest pains, due to the pneumonia, and laying flat on his back since Saturday afternoon. He will need to continue laying flat until the weekend when they will put another temporary pacemaker in his chest. We cannot do a permanent pacemaker until after the heart surgery. The cardiologist wants to see him on IV antibiotics for 4 weeks before the surgery...not sure the surgeon will agree...I was so hoping to see him today...after keeping vigil in his room all day, we saw three of the five doctors...my prayer is "Please, Lord, help them figure this out...he seems to be fading before my eyes..." We have been so blessed by all your beautiful words of encouragement! I thank God for you! Marilyn

4: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 6:06 AM It has been a long, miserable night for Harlan. I was called at 4:30 to come in since he was so restless. The pain of laying flat has become unbearable. They have given him lots of drugs, including morphine, but, nothing helps. His cardiologist was just in. They will hopefully, get the pacemaker put in his upper chest so he can get off his back today. He will be calling Mayo to see if the Ross procedure is even an option for Harlan. If not, surgery will be done here. The pulmonologist also just in-not much change yet in his lungs. We are walking thru the valley of the shadow of death...scary, but, we know God is faithful...HE will never leave us... Marilyn Wednesday, July 20, 2011 7:48 AM WOW! We just saw another cardiologist! And it's not even 8:00 yet! They will be putting the pacemaker in at 8:30am!!!!! Yeah! We had a feisty nurse last night that really advocated for Harlan...blessing! He said we are in a dangerous situation...not sure what the abscess on his heart is doing, but, as it was growing while he was on 4 antibiotics, we can assume it still is not under control. He will be in contact with Mayo, and if they feel they can operate, we will be heading up there ASAP. After a day of frustrating waiting, I am now feeling like I am not ready for this. Pray that Mayo can do this surgery...we are running out of options... Marilyn | Wednesday, July 20, 2011 7:30 PM After much waiting we have finally gotten a decision from the doctor. Harlan will be transferred to Rochester tonight. They are planning for surgery on his heart tomorrow. They will not be doing the Ross Procedure as we thought before. They have a different kind of valve they would like to use in place of the infected mechanical aortic valve. We will post more when we know it. Dr. Vonk said, "Quite frankly, this will take a miracle... Thank you all for your love, prayer and support. We love and appreciate it. Wednesday, July 20, 2011 11:57 PM We are at St. Mary's Hospital. The Care Flight went well, Harlan very tired-just wants to be left alone!!!! After being told by Dr. Vonk that they would do surgery on Thursday, I found out differently when we got here. The surgeons won't be in until the AM, and will decide then. This is an amazing place! I know the prayers of God's people are carrying us now, I was so at peace during the flight... Marilyn

5: Thursday, July 21, 2011 10:03 AM What an amazing place! And what a blessing to live within hours of the best medical care in the world! Many tests and many doctors are on the scene! It was determined that pieces of the abcess around Harlan's heart have been breaking off. One clot has gone to his finger, and they found another clot in his brain. So, a very large concern is that one may break off and cause a stroke. Surgery will happen quickly, depending on the surgeon. They are getting the best surgeon here, because we need the best right now. The cardiologist after looking at the TEE stated his infection couldn't get worse. The actual procedure will consist of removing the valve and infected tissue. It will be replaced with tissue from a cadaver and a pig valve. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" and the peace of God which transcends ALL understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:15 PM After very little sleep and a very big scare it has been quite a day...Harlan gave us all quite a scare this afternoon when his blood pressure dropped, breathing increased, and he began shaking badly. Suddenly, there were 11 various doctors and nurses working, family and friends praying, crying, watching...we found out later that it was a burst of the toxins around his heart that had caused it. The surgeon would like to wait until possibly next Tuesday to do the surgery. The cardiologist felt it needed to be done ASAP. They will talk in the morning...we continue to watch and pray... Marilyn

6: Friday, July 22, 2011 9:56 AM After a visit from the surgeon this morning, we have been told that the surgery will be done Monday. This will allow for a couple more days of antibiotics. His white blood cell count has gone down some so they feel the new antibiotic they started yesterday is effective. Waiting will also give them more time to get his INR level ("thickness" of his blood) to a safer level for surgery. We are waiting to hear if they want to do an angiogram this morning. Dad experienced another episode, much like yesterday's episode, last night. His blood pressure did not drop, but he complained of a heaviness on his chest in addition to the excessive shaking. With concerns of a blockage, they may do an angiogram to determine if he will need to have a bypass done during his valve replacement surgery on Monday. We are also waiting on lab/EKG results to find out if Dad experienced a minor heart attack last night. Waiting, waiting, waiting. We were reminded yesterday that all this waiting stinks, but it gives us time to pray. It gives us time with Dad. It gives Dad's body time to get rid of the infection. Thank you for all the prayers and encouragement through your posts in the guestbook. It is truly appreciated! Tomorrow, July 23, is Dad's 57th birthday. Please take a moment to send him a wish in the guestbook. We are reading all your posts to him and he is comforted by the support. Erica Friday, July 22, 2011 3:14 PM Dad's heart has been beating on its own all day and not relying on the pace maker! Dad was just taken for an angiogram. This is a test to check for blockages in the heart. Please pray for safety during the surgery. He is anxiously awaiting a long drink of water after having to fast since this morning for this test.

7: Friday, July 22, 2011 4:49 PM Dad is back in his room and resting after the angiogram. He does not have any blockage but the infection is pushing against an artery and narrowing it. This caused a minor heart attack last night. There is concern that it could happen again. His doctor visited with the surgeon again to see if the surgery should be moved forward, but as of now we are still looking at Monday for surgery. We'll find out Sunday night what time his surgery will be. We know that we'll have to be here, at the earliest, by 6:15 a.m. He'll be in surgery for 4-6 hours. He is then looking at being in the hospital for 7-10 days, another six weeks of IV antibiotics (done on an outpatient basis at hospital back home) and no lifting for 3 months. Be assured that through all the stress and sickness, he is still the same ol' Harlan. While visiting with the assistant heart surgeon, he requested a cold beer. :) He hasn't lost his sense of humor (thankfully, his doctor has a good sense of humor as well). His mouth and throat are incredibly dry so it is adding to his frustration. Hopefully soon he can at least have his long drink of cold water and "lots" of ice cream, per his request. Pray for a very boring weekend! No more complications would be a blessing. Prayers of thanksgiving that his latest labs revealed that his kidney function is still improving and his blood cultures are still negative (meaning the MRSA is not in his blood stream causing damage to everything it flows through). Praise God! Andrea and Erica Friday, July 22, 2011 10:40 PM Prayers needed! Harlan is struggling-chestpain again, can't breathe, heart rate too high, blood pressure too low...if this continues, emergency surgery will be needed...we don't want that...I'm so scared...Marilyn Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:31 AM We continue to watch and wait...I can no longer stand being in the room with him...it breaks me up seeing him struggle to breathe...for now, the blood pressure is acceptable and the heart rate has slowed. He struggles to rest peacefully because his breathing is labored. Marilyn Saturday, July 23, 2011 2:15 AM Due to Dad's labored breathing they have intubated (breathing tube). He has a high fever which they have been unable to break so they feel the MRSA may be back in his blood stream. We will know for sure after the cultures are back in a couple days. More damage may have been done to his heart. This may be due to progression of the abcess on his aortic valve. His cardiac team is advocating to do the surgery sooner. It is ultimately up to the surgeon to move it up or leave it on Monday. Thank you prayer warriors. Rest. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

8: Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:26 AM If you are thinking of visiting today please hold off. Saturday, July 23, 2011 11:10 AM Dad received the best birthday present ever today....his seat at the banquet table with Jesus. "And the day of death is better than the day of birth" Ecclesiastes 7:1b Dad passed away around 3:40am today. While our hearts are broken we rejoice with the knowledge that he is experiencing no more pain, no more confusion & no longer has a body consumed by infection. His last few weeks on earth were filled with trials, but he has "fought the good fight & has won the race." 2 Timothy 4:7 Thank you prayer warriors - your support was constantly felt. We covet your prayers in the difficult time ahead as we adjust to life without him. Our apologies for not posting this earlier. We had hoped to get home to tell his grandkids & family before sharing with everyone else. God is still good. Marilyn, Erica, Briana, Derick, Andrea and families

9: Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:17 PM, CDT Celebration of Life We will be having family visitation on Tuesday evening at Christ Community Evangelical Free Church in Sioux Center from 4-8pm, with family present from 5-8pm. A prayer service for family and friends will be held Wednesday at 3pm at the Christ Community Evangelical Free Church. Interment will follow the prayer service in Hillside Cemetery of Doon, IA. A celebration of life service will be held at Carmel Reformed Church of rural Rock Valley. A time of praise and worship will begin at 6:30pm with the service to follow at 7pm. In lieu of flowers, to honor Dad's love for mission work, we prefer memorials be directed to Christ Community Evangelical Free Church of Sioux Center for mission outreach and the Northwest Iowa Cursillo Foundation. Christ Community Evangelical Free Church (945 7th Ave SE, Sioux Center, IA 51250 - please put HN Mission in memo) Northwest Iowa Cursillo (c/o Dana Dunn, 817 16th St SE, Sioux Center, IA 51250) Thank you for your continued prayers.

10: Guestbook | Sunday, July 17, 2011 11:00 PM Niemeyers, You are all in our thoughts and prayers through this time. If you need anything please don't be afraid to ask and we will help in any way that we can. Love, Joel & Trisha, Elizabeth & Jason Huyser Sunday, July 17, 2011 11:07 PM Thinking and praying for the family. Darren Soodsma Sunday, July 17, 2011 11:24 PM Harlan, Marilyn and family, I am so sorry to hear that you are so sick. I knew you were in the hospital but didn't realize how severe things were. You all will be in our prayers. May God grant you healing if it be His Will and provide you all with comfort as you bear these earthly trials. Andy and Amanda Moss and family | Sunday, July 17, 2011 11:26 PM Thinking of you all and keeping you all in our prayers! Julie Mesman Sunday, July 17, 2011 11:36 PM Harlan, Marilyn, and Family We are thinking and praying for all of you!! Take Care!! Love-- Cindi, Lance, Hailey, Madisen, and Carter Sunday, July 17, 2011 11:59 PM Hope Har feels better soon! You all are in my prayers! I remember the MANY times I was over at your house and Har would grill burgers. It was great. Every once in a while when i would go on vacation or up camping with you guys and we would have the BIG breakfasts. Those were great times. Hang in there everyone! GOD is in control of everything. Jeff Van Kley Monday, July 18, 2011 7:10 AM Praying for the test this morning. We stand on the promises of Christ our King. We pray for amazing improvements today. Thank you for updating us through this site. We pray for healing rain. Love and hugs and prayers Jerry and Pam Monday, July 18, 2011 7:54 AM We are praying for you many times each day that God will give you peace and grant healing to your body. Your friends in Christ, Bob & Sharon Soodsma

11: Monday, July 18, 2011 8:25 AM Thinking of your family and praying for you and Harlan as you struggle through this trial in your lives. Our prayer is that God will sustain you with His Grace. We love you both! Jim and Jane Anema Monday, July 18, 2011 8:26 AM Marilyn, Harlan is in on our mind and in our hearts! We are praying for a full and speedy recovery! We Love You! John, Tracy, Benjamin & Nicholas Monday, July 18, 2011 8:41 AM Chad, Erica and family, I was hoping you would set up a Caring Bridge site cause I think Larry is getting sick of me asking him if he heard how your dad was doing :) We told Jenna last night that Meriah's grandpa was really sick and when we told her it was the grandpa that camped by us in Sandy Hollow just a couple weeks ago she got this really surprised look on her face. Life can change so fast! Praying for your dad - that God will give him the strength he needs to fight this and for your families as you are at his side. Let us know if we can do anything! Larry, Doree and Jenna Wolfswinkel Monday, July 18, 2011 8:58 AM Praying for strength and healing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. John, Darcy, Campbell and Will Monday, July 18, 2011 9:33 AM, CDT Harlan and Marilyn, It was so good to see you last evening and to be able to share in the relevance and power of God's Word. We're all praying that you have a strong day today as you face the tests before you. Remember: you are kept by Christ's love and strengthened by His power. - Randy Widbin | Monday, July 18, 2011 11:01 AM Hi Harlan and Marilyn, Thinking of you during this difficult time. Fight like a warrior, Har! -Kelly Vander Pol Monday, July 18, 2011 11:06 AM Harlan and Marilyn, So very grateful for this Caring Bridge site so we can stay updated on how everything is going without "bugging" you for details! Praying that God will grant "rest" and peace and strength for BOTH of you! Love you guys so much and am praying for your kids and grandchildren as well. Thanks for sharing the song, "Blessings"! Love and prayers, Doug & Von Postma Monday, July 18, 2011 11:12 AM Harlan and family, We will continue to uphold you all in our prayers. Harlo and Sara Vink Monday, July 18, 2011 11:17 AM Hi everyone.Jeff told us about har being on this site.We are praying for healing and good test results today. Fred,Karla and Jeff Van Kley

12: Monday, July 18, 2011 11:19 AM Thinking and praying for you all often! Praying that God may bring healing! Andrea, if there is anything I can do for you and your family please let me know! Praying, Brad, Lisa, Abby and Ben Kats Monday, July 18, 2011 11:22 AM Harlan!!!!! We are praying and lifting you to the Father, the Almighty. We love you very much. -Ruth Landegent and family Monday, July 18, 2011 11:23 AM I heard this very song the other day and thought how powerful it was. I thought, how wonderful a song for Harlan & Marilyn...praying for you dear friends...praying that God will help you to see the blessings through the raindrops and teardrops. Know that your friends in Pennsylvania are here praying all day long. Wish we could be there in person to just sit with you all through this difficult time and help in any way we can, but we hear that parts of the European family have been there with you, and we rejoice about that. We are praying for healing, and we look forward to spending time with Harlan & you again soon. God bless you dear friends, In His Love, George & Jean Ley Monday, July 18, 2011 12:09 PM Just wanting you to know we will be praying for you family. Maybe God grant you the strength you need to get you through this difficult time. Lori Wassenaar Monday, July 18, 2011 2:10 PM Thinking of you and praying hard!!! Karla Weinert | Monday, July 18, 2011 3:37 PM We're praying, Andrea! In Christ, Pastor Steve and Deb Bierly Monday, July 18, 2011 4:21 PM Harlan and Marilyn-be strong and know that you are in our prayers and in our hearts. We so much want to be with you during this trying time, but we know that you are in God's hands. We love you. Sandi and George Monday, July 18, 2011 5:11 PM Marilyn -- You and your family are in our prayers. We h ope Harlan's body is strong enough to fight this infection. It reminds me what could have happened to Rod when he had that sepsis. I'm glad I didn't know at the time. Wish I could work for you but we are getting ready for Hawaii. We will sure keep you in our thoughts and prayers and try to check the computer when we have one available. We kno w all things are possible when we put o ur trust in God. Lovingly, Rod and Sylvia Hulstein Monday, July 18, 2011 5:32 PM We continue to pray for Harlan for healing & comfort! The family is also in our prayers, I'm sure Harlan loves all the love & support shown to him during this time. Andrea, if there is anything I can do let me know. You can drop the kids off at any time! With love, Travis, Brittany, Kade & Kolter Soodsma

13: Monday, July 18, 2011 5:36 PM Thank you for setting up this site. Harlan and I bring you all to throne of grace often.May God quiet your hearts and give you peace as you go through these uncertain times. In Christ's Love, Norma Kamerman Monday, July 18, 2011 6:19 PM Harlan, Marilyn & Family, Been thinking of you all day! Praying you'll take comfort in knowing that God is your Fortress, surrounding you with His care...your Deliverer, giving you victory over life's troubles...your Shield, always loving and protecting you. He is a Stronghold that will never fail. Blessings Always, Howie & Lynette Altena (Your "Bowling Buddy") Monday, July 18, 2011 7:06 PM You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God grant healing to Harlan and patience and understanding to everyone. Nancy and George Heynen Monday, July 18, 2011 7:31 PM Hi Bull, I have been praying every day all day. I know you are going to beat this. You have a wife and kids & grandkids and also a bear that loves you with all his heart. God can fix yours! Pastor and I are coming up Wednesday mourning so be ready! Don't leave me in the pasture alone. I Love you. BEAR !!! Tim Van Meeteren Monday, July 18, 2011 7:36 PM Harlan & Family- Just a note to let you all know we are praying diligently for healing and strength. Faith can move mountains! Keep the faith. Dawn (Robertson) Whitley | Monday, July 18, 2011 8:01 PM Dear Harlan & family, We are deeply sorry you have to go through this, but know that Christ is in control of all things. Please know that we are praying for you and your family always. May God give you the strength and peace you need to get through this trying time. Love to you all, Frances & Johnny Harms Monday, July 18, 2011 8:36 PM Hello. So sorry to hear of the struggles Harlan is going thru at this time. Please know that our family will be sending many prayers your way. Harlan keep up the tough fight. You will overcome this curve ball that has been thrown to you. T.J. (Robertson) Campbell Monday, July 18, 2011 9:26 PM Harlan, Marilyn, & family ~ Jon and I want you to know we are praying for you and are thinking of you during this time. We are specifically praying for Harlan's pain to subside and that the doctors will have the wisdom to make the best decisions for Harlan. With lots of love! Jon, Rebecca, & Josiah Draayer Monday, July 18, 2011 9:30 PM Harlan, we are so sorry to hear of your heart problems. That has to be very frightening. We are good friends of Ardell and Colleen and go to the Tabernacle Baptist Church and are members there. Please know that you have our prayers. By God's grace, miracles happen. We will pray for a miracle for you and your family. The prayers will continue. God is always there to talk to or just to lie quietly and know that others are praying. God's blessings on you and your family and prayers constantly. Jerry & Lonnie Nichols

14: Monday, July 18, 2011 10:02 PM We are thinking of you and praying for you and for your family. Les and Helen Broek Monday, July 18, 2011 10:16 PM Harlan and Marilyn: Lead me, guide me, along the way, for if you lead me, I cannot stray. Lord, let me walk each day with you, lead me my whole life through. I am weak and I need your strength and power to endure with grace my weakest hour. Help me through the darkness your face to see. Help me walk in the paths of righteousness; be my aid when Satan and sin oppress. I am trusting you---whatever may be. I am lost if you take your hand from me, I am blind without your light to see. Lord, forever may I your servant be. Lead me, O Lord, lead me! PRAYING ALL DAY FOR BOTH OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!! ALL OF US ARE PRAYING YOU THROUGH...WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH---Harlan and Marilyn!!!!!!!!!!! Peter and Betsy De Yager Monday, July 18, 2011 10:32 PM We are praying for you!! John and Susan Kooi | Monday, July 18, 2011 10:43 PM Harlan, Marilyn, & family, I know it was a very difficult day & I'm so sorry you have to go through this. Please know that many people are praying for you! Hold onto the promise that God will take care of you. Love & prayers! Loreen Marra Monday, July 18, 2011 11:03 PM Love you and thinking of you constantly Joe McCammon Tuesday, July 19, 2011 4:58 AM Our continued prayers for you and your family. God gives miracles every day. Mayo is a wonderful place with very special doctors and surgeons. May God grant you grace and patience as you go through this trying time. George and Nancy Heynen Tuesday, July 19, 2011 6:40 AM Wow, fervent prayers for sure. Have read of good success with pig valves, and you are in fantastic hands at Mayo. Let us uplift you in prayer and God will take care of the rest! Lonnie Nichols

15: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 6:54 AM Harlan and Marilyn... A devotional this morning talked about God's presence, protection, power, and promises. I thought I would share those four p words with you two and your family. These words also came to mind this morning as I thought of God and you two and your family: "If it matters to you, it matters to HIM". And, "Cast all your anxiety on HIM because he cares (GREATLY) for you. I Peter 5:7 YOU'RE IN GOOD HANDS- GOD'S HANDS! We're praying all day long for you two and your family. Hugs of God's LOVE to you!!! Peter and Betsy De Yager Tuesday, July 19, 2011 7:55 AM Harlan, Marilyn and family~ I just wanted you to know that we are praying and thinking of all of you often! We will also pray for healing and rest for all of you. Scott, Andrea, Macy and Logan Westra Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:10 AM Harlan, Marilyn & family, Just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts & prayers as you go through this very difficult time. "the Lord is my Rock, & my fortress, & my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, & the horn of my salvation, & my high tower." Brenda (Aardema) Fluit Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:28 AM Harlan, Marilyn & family. we are holding you close in our hearts and our prayers. praying that God will bring you peace and patience through this difficult time. love you! Gary & Lorna Koedam | Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:32 AM Chad & Erica and Family, We are praying God's peace over your family during this time of waiting and decision making. We pray that God gives you the wisdom to make the right decisions and then the peace to trust in the Ultimate Healer. Praying for you all, that God may give each one you of you whatever it is that you need, as we all deal with things differently. Brent & Kelli Hooyer Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:34 AM Dear Harlan & family, We wanted you to know that we are praying for you always.We are trusting the Lord for ALL things according to His word. We pray you find the love of the Lord and your family sufficient for you during this struggle. God Bless you, Lem & Marilyn Maurer Tuesday, July 19, 2011 9:43 AM Dear Harlan and Marilyn and family, Thanks Andrea for setting this site up. Finally this morning the computer let me check it out. We are praying and thinking of you and your family all day long. I also have let some of the JFA folks know about this site so they can keep up with your news. Your are in God's hands also in a good hospital and Mayo (when you go there) is the best in the country. Praying the Lord will give the Doctors the knowledge to know what is the best treatment to get you well again. Praying for complete recovery for you Harlan and also that the Lord will give your family and you strength for the days ahead. Love Jim and Nina Koedam

16: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 10:06 AM Prayers, and, prayers but in the end we know not our will but thine be done. George and harriet Bradley Tuesday, July 19, 2011 10:10 AM Thank you for setting up this website. We have been praying for you and are assured that the great physician is able to supply all of your needs moment by moment. Clyde and Carol Lems Tuesday, July 19, 2011 11:57 AM Dear Harlan & Marilyn (and all the kids and grandkids, too), Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Praying for God's amazing healing powers for Harlan! Praying for grace ,strength and patience for everyone in your family during this difficult time. With love and prayers, Gerrit & Kay Vis Tuesday, July 19, 2011 1:07 PM As I read your story, I find my head going back and forth, saying "No! No! He's too nice a guy! This can't be happening!" We just never know what is in store for us, or why!?? I have had to leave this site more than once to wipe the tears...but, this isn't a very uplifting message, is it? But, your wife is a gem and your family is a giving, serving family just like you two! And your God, well, how do we describe Him? Read Job 37 and it ends like this..."does He not have regard for all the wise in heart?" That's you and just know He is always there right beside you--He will never leave you, nor forsake you! We will keep praying, Roy & Jan Jan Bliek | Tuesday, July 19, 2011 2:36 PM We will keep praying about the big decisions to come. We love you very much, Harlan! Ruth Landegent Tuesday, July 19, 2011 3:44 PM Hang on to your faith, Harlan. We know God doesn't make mistakes! He will be glorified through this. We'll be praying for you and your family. Colleen and Ivan Van Berkum Tuesday, July 19, 2011 4:37 PM We are praying for you. Donald Baker Tuesday, July 19, 2011 4:50 PM Harlan, Marilyn and family, our prayers are with you. May you have a real sense of God's love and presence as you trust in Him. We are holding you up in prayer and in our thoughts daily. Keith and Mary Bonnema Tuesday, July 19, 2011 5:22 PM Praying for your family as you go through such a trying time. Know that the Lord will never leave you and friends continue to pray. Keeping you in our thoughts, Jim, Marj and Maria De Kam

17: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 5:40 PM Mmmm! Protein shakes! They aren't the best but maybe Harlan will find a flavor he likes. They are packed with good things for you! Thinking of you! Loreen Marra Tuesday, July 19, 2011 6:08 PM Harlan - I thought maybe that bouquet of chickens would have helped you!!! Keep your sense of humor going. You have lots and lots of people thinking of you and praying for you. We are very concerned for you. We just leave it in God's hand. Hope to see you soon. Enjoy your shakes! Harriet Green Tuesday, July 19, 2011 6:37 PM Harlan & Marilyn--Please know that we are praying for you. May God grant you patience and healing as you wait on Him. In love, Marlys & Stan Korthals Tuesday, July 19, 2011 7:59 PM Harlan and Marilyn and families~~~ Thinking and praying for each and everyone of you. Randy and Cheryl Bos Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:10 PM Harlan, Marilyn and Family- So sorry to hear that you are going thru some really difficult times. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers every day. If you need anything or any help at home don't be afraid to give us a call. Glenn, Rhonda, Abby and Alex Postma | Pray | Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:14 PM Hey, Harlan! Wish this wasn't the way to communicate with you. I'm glad you're at the Heart Hospital. I am so confident that you're care is the best available in the area. We will be praying for you faithfully. I know that the Lord will direct your decisions and the care provided. We still have sweet memories of being in Montana with your family several (many) years ago. We were recently in the Rockies and that brought the memories to the front again. Lane and Edie Bonnema

18: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:25 PM Dear Harlan, Marilyn and Family, You are in our prayers often and we are trusting you to the Great Physican. God is faithful and hears our prayers. He is your strength! Many prayers are upholding you. You are loved! Because of Jesus, Lois for the Cleveringa's Tuesday, July 19, 2011 9:26 PM Harlan, Sorry to hear that you are back in the hospital again. We are thinking and praying for you and your family. Dale and Cori Klarenbeek Tuesday, July 19, 2011 9:49 PM Harlan, your extended family from Pocahontas County wish you well! Our thoughts and prayers are sent onto the big guy upstairs whom we all know is the one in charge and that we're just along for the ride. We missed you at the Bliek family gathering this past Sunday and pray for a recovery that will leave everyone scratching their heads! Ken Allen Tuesday, July 19, 2011 10:43 PM Harlan, Marilyn, & family, Just wanted to let you know that we are thinking and praying for you durning this difficult time. Gaylon, Terri, Courtney, & Jordan Jansma Tuesday, July 19, 2011 10:54 PM Thinking of you tonight! Love, Kelly Vander Pol | Tuesday, July 19, 2011 11:10 PM Harlan, Marilyn and kids--- want you to know as so MANY others have shared that we are praying for you--- harlan we pray that the Great Physician will heal and strengthen you --- claim His promises and know that Miracles do happen!!!!!!!!!!!! Marilyn and family know that we are praying for each of you as you stand alongside this precious guy who makes the world smile when he walks in the room!!!! I believe that healing will come and through these trials you will come out shining like gold!!!!!!!! Hang on to Hope and know that there is a huge cloud of witnesses standing in the gap for you and your family and praying you through!!!! With much love and prayers Glen and Laura Sneller Tuesday, July 19, 2011 11:57 PM Harlan, Marilyn & family, Keeping you and your family in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time. Praying for God's healing for Harlan. Hang in there cousin and keep the faith. This is a wonderful site to keep us all informed. Lorinda & Mike Kats Wednesday, July 20, 2011 4:05 AM "Know, therefore, that the LORD thy God, he is GOD, the faithful God!" Deut. 7:9 I recall the very first Sunday we visited at CCC and you had the prayer and shared verses from the WORD. It affected me greatly that day and I have never forgotten HIS WORDS spoken through you. THank you for being used of HIM in my life. You are a precious saint of GOD! May HE bless you today in your inner spirit. May His special healing touch be upon you as you wait on HIM. We are praying Harlan! (for you too Marilyn!) The LORD will intercede on all counts for both of you. Just lean on HIM! He is faithful! Sharla Brammer

19: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 7:32 AM Harlan, Marilyn and family, We've been praying for you and your family. May the Lord guide your doctors and give them wisdom while treating you. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers, it is so nice to have this site that we can stay updated on what's going on. Jayne, Janna, Denny and the rest of the Hope Haven Respite staff Wednesday, July 20, 2011 7:39 AM I just got this news about Harlan, and we will be praying for him ... and for you all as you move through this journey. I read here that you have some big steps ahead of you, Harlan, but you love a God who is EVEN BIGGER! Through our interactions, I have seen the way you and your awesome family cling to God's faithfulness. That is a GREAT foundation to get you through these times. May you sense Him near you -- sustaining you and holding you all close through each hour. Scott and I will be praying, and we look forward to hearing future updates. We are thankful for CaringBridge, as this helps all of us as your prayer-warrior team know specifically how to pray. We. Are. On. It! In Christ, The Lees Wednesday, July 20, 2011 8:29 AM Praying for all of you. When I think of trials going on in life I try to remember that if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. And, that God is the ultimate physician! Prayers are also being said for the doctors as they make decisions on what is best for Harlan and when it's best to do it. Stefenie Smith Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:56 AM Just know that God is ALWAYS there. He may seem far away at times but he will never leave you or forsake you. Nancy Heynen | Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:59 AM I suspect Harlan will be a challenge for Mayo and they will get right on it. Will be praying fervently! God bless you guys. God is taking care of you -- watch it happen! Lonnie Nichols Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:03 AM Continuing to pray for Harlan and your whole family! Larry,Doree and Jenna Wolfswinkel Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:10 AM I know it's scary Marilyn but you can do it! God will take you through what ever you need to do. Love You!!!!!!!! Loreen Marra Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:14 AM Harlan & Marilyn and family, We are praying for you both as you go through this trial. May God grant healing mercies if it is His will. We will be praying that you recieve good news from Mayo. "The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." Psalm 18:2 Cliff and Sara De Kam Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:18 AM Heard about your situation by email here at HH. Our prayers are with you. I wanted to share one of my favorite scriptures with you from Psalm 27 (vs. 4-5) -- "One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock." Harlan, both you and Marilyn already live this, please remember it now as you go through this journey. Arch and I will be praying for you and your family. Val Brummel

20: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 11:22 AM We are praying for all of your family and praying for healing for great doctors and nurses and praying that you will be sustained and held in the palm of God's hand as you journey through each step. I know that both of you have faith that is built on the Rock. He is strong and loves to show us just how much he cares about our fragility. I pray that that same cemented faith in the two of you will bring comfort in anxious moments and strength and courage in moments of decisions. We are here for you and are grateful for Caring Pages for allowing us to know how to pray. Lord assure Harlan and Marilyn and their family that that you will go ahead of them in all of their challenges.Even when they cannot feel your presence give them the faith to trust that you will never leave them. may they be able to say as Job did, "My ears of heard of you but now my eyes have seen you." Job 42:5 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 Eydie Owens Wednesday, July 20, 2011 11:32 AM Harlan, Marilyn & family Uplifiting your family in our prayers and especially Harlan. Praying that God eases some of the pain & discomfort so that he can rest comfortably. Also praying that you receive answers soon from the doctors so that decisions can be made and Harlan can be on the road to recovery. So thankful that we have a Great BIG God! Dan & Dana Dunn | Wednesday, July 20, 2011 11:34 AM What a blessing nurses can be!!!!! Hopefully you can get more answers today.We know that the waiting is hard but know that there are many that are praying for you and the doctors to make the right decisions.We believe God answers prays so we will be praying for strength,renewed health,wisdom and compassion for all who take care of Har and for all your family.Carry each other burdens Gal.6:2 Fred and Karla Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:12 PM Mom has kept me updated, since I am in Iowa City, and told me about the site. Sorry to hear that the news hasn't been what we all have been hoping for!! I feel like it can only go up. Hope Uncle Harlan starts to feel better, becomes more comforable, and starts getting better news! Please keep updating the journal! I have is set that I get them as email since I will be out of the state for awhile. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!! Heather DeBey Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:13 PM The God who created you, Harlan, is not in heaven pacing and worrying. He is greatly interested in your future and has it in His hands. You are His delight and joy. We are earnestly praying for all involved to be equipped to carry out every needed procedure with skill and tenderness. All 4 of us love you very, very much! Ruth Landegent Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:38 PM Harlan and Marilyn, You are in our prayers every day! God bless and keep you in His perfect care! We love you! Deb & Craig Smith

21: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 1:00 PM Harlan and family, Just read the latest entries and will be praying that all goes well as they put in the new pacemaker and then decide what to do. The Lord knows all before we know it, He is in control of all things and I know He wants the best for you. Remember all of us our in constant prayer for you and your family. For safe travels for everyone, for healing for you, Harlan, and for the Doctors who will do the surgery. Love, Jim and Nina Koedam Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:06 PM Praise the Lord that you received some better responses this morning. I'll keep you all in my prayers throughout this ordeal. I know that you are in the best "hands" possible and that He is guiding you to the right human hands as well. Thanks so much for notifying me of this site and letting me know what's going on. Idaho is a long way away at times like this. Know you're loved and thought of often. Stay strong. Love, Shauna Feller Wednesday, July 20, 2011 1:12 PM Marilyn, My heart goes out to you. I've gone through some pretty big struggles as you know. God is always there even when He doesn't answer as quick as we'd like or in the way we would like. He will get you through this. We love you both. Barb Addink Wednesday, July 20, 2011 2:18 PM Harlan & Marilyn & Family We have been thinking of you and praying for your family. Praying that you get encouraging news from the doctors at Mayo. Know that God is in control of all things and will never leave nor forsake those that love HIM. Always in our prayers! Ed & Leah (Van Den Top) De Jong | Wednesday, July 20, 2011 2:32 PM To Derick and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time period. In a recent tragic 'accident' our family we found Psalm 4 comforting. 1 Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. 2 How long will you people turn my glory into shame How long will you love delusions and seek false gods 3 Know that the LORD has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him. 4 Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. 5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the LORD. 6 Many, LORD, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?” Let the light of your face shine on us. 7 Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound. 8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety. Even when we question if God is hearing our prayers (vs1) and our struggling with our thoughts (vs4) He works in us to bring us joy and peace with his will(vs7-8). May the Lord continue to bless you! Eric Westra Wednesday, July 20, 2011 5:06 PM Dear Harlan Marilyn and family, Many many thoughts and prayers have been sent up for you and your family--our hearts are saddened for all you have to be dealing with. God is an awesome God and he will take care of you. Keep your faith! Let God take you through each day--he knows best. "The Lord will keep you from all harm--He will watch over your life: The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. "Psalm 121:7-8 Love Gib and Mert Van Hill

22: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 5:08 PM My heart goes out to you, Marilyn! You are carrying a heavy load! We continue to pray for you and Harlan and your children and their spouses and those loving grandchildren. This has to be so confusing for those little ones...but, we don't understand it, either. Another 46:10 deal! Ps 46:10 Be still and know that I am God! In our prayers. Jan and Roy Bliek Wednesday, July 20, 2011 5:37 PM Harlan, Marilyn and family We will remember you in prayer knowing that God hears the cry of our hearts. Though we have not talked for quite some time, I remember the time shared at Cursillo. May God grant you the desires of your heart, and give you the healing that only HE can give. In Christ, Dave & Dot Roskam Wednesday, July 20, 2011 5:38 PM Praying, praying, praying. We love you guys. GIG--Gene-O and Merilyce Ver Steeg Wednesday, July 20, 2011 5:41 PM Praying --praying and praying--- may His strength be yours in the hours ahead!!!!! Laura and Glen Sneller Wednesday, July 20, 2011 5:53 PM our thoughts and prayers are with you both through this difficult time. may God touch you and heal you each day and give you strength to conquer this. lots of prayers will be sent your way !!!! Kaye and Stan Strickler Wednesday, July 20, 2011 5:59 PM Marilyn, we will be praying for sure. We have Bible Study tonight and will spend some time lifting Harlan and you up to our Abba Father. Peace and love! Val Brummel | Wednesday, July 20, 2011 7:44 PM Dear Neimeyer Family, I am sure that the waiting you are going through has been so hard and discouraging. Your friends everywhere.....( and those of us in California).....are praying for you. Psalm 130:5 " I am waiting for the Lord, my soul is waiting for Him, and my hope is in His Word." You are on our minds just about every other minute or so and we are lifting your whole family up in prayer constantly. Please know how very much we love you all. with love, Mark and Barby Schwarz Wednesday, July 20, 2011 7:57 PM God can work miracles! Show those doctors. Prayers, Lonnie Nichols Wednesday, July 20, 2011 7:59 PM Thinking of you often. Miracles DO HAPPEN! Love, KellyVander Pol Wednesday, July 20, 2011 8:04 PM Dear Father, you are a God of miracles. We pray now for Harlan, for safe travel for him and the family, for the doctor of Your choosing, the best one to care for Harlan. Lord, you are the Great Physician. There is no choice but to put Harlan in your hands. Carry him through the night, provide comfort from his pain. Thank you for hearing each prayer. Lane and Edie Bonnema Wednesday, July 20, 2011 8:06 PM Niemeyer family, ".....I will fear no evil for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." Praying for your true miracle and for strength and comfort as you walk thru this valley. Jeremy & Leandra Hulstein Wednesday, July 20, 2011 8:08 PM May God keep you in the palm of His hand as you make your journey tonight. Praying for you. Harlan and Norma Kamerman

23: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 8:20 PM Then a miracle is what we will continue to pray for. Darcy Valline Wednesday, July 20, 2011 8:27 PM We will pray for a miracle then! Trust in the Lord! Loreen Marra Wednesday, July 20, 2011 8:29 PM "Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. In the day of trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me. Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds compare with yours." Ps 86: 6-8. Praying for safe travels for you all. Praying for guidance for the doctors. Many memories come to mind of the Niemeyer house and the good times I had there. So very thankful we worship the God we do because He can do anything! Crystal Klarenbeek Wednesday, July 20, 2011 8:35 PM My favorite verse when I am stuggling to find peace is Isaiah 26:3-4.. "You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, For in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength." We pray that you are given that supernatural perfect peace that comes from Him alone. Please call or let us know if there is anything we can do to help any of you or your parents, Marilyn. Carol Lems Wednesday, July 20, 2011 8:36 PM Harlan Marilyn and family, We will continue to pray, remember with God in our lives all things are possible. We will pray for safe travels to Rochester, thanks so much for keeping us updated. Harlo and Sara Vink Wednesday, July 20, 2011 8:49 PM Harlan & Marilyn & family, We are praying for that miracle. God is able. I know Harlan knows that too. We also know it is in God's hands. Verlyn & Carla Netten | Wednesday, July 20, 2011 8:52 PM Praying BELIEVING in the miracle to be!!!!!!!!!!! GOD IS FAITHFUL!!!! safe travels to all and GOD grant you HIS presence for the day tomorrow!! love and prayers, Laura and Glen Sneller Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:19 PM We will pray for that MIRACLE, because we all know that there is power in prayer. We will also pray for safe travels and for the medical team. May the Great Physician guide everyone as we know it is in HIS hands. Randy and Cheryl Bos Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:23 PM Praying for a miracle. George and Nancy Heynen Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:25 PM You hang on--you're going to get that miracle. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty. Who was, and is, and is to come. Rev. 4:8. And to God be the glory! Merilyce Ver Steeg Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:27 PM Our prayers for a safe trip to Rochester and a Miracle. Love to all of you. Bob & Sharon Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:30 PM Harlan and Marilyn the Luke Family in Ankeny is praying, believing in the awesome God we service who is the ultimate miracle worker. Beth Luke Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:31 PM Miracles happen every day I will pray fervently that one gets sent your way. Love and Prayers. Trisha Huyser Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:31 PM Praying the One who loves you and created you, Harlan! We love you. Ruth Landegent

24: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:38 PM dear harlan, So sorry to hear about all this. We to tope and pray for a good trip to Rochester and God,biessing as He uses the surgeons and technology for your surgery. We will be in prasyer believing God, our dear Father can give Great miracles. To all your family, Peace and faith that believes. Sincerely rodney and Hester Bolkema Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:39 PM We pray to God for that miracle. We pray for guidance for the hands of the surgeons and for peace for your family. Aaron and Renee Alons Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:47 PM My mom just e-mailed your condition this evening. We will be keeping your family in our prayers and thoughts! Rochester has great Doctors and care! We pray God may guide the doctors in His plan. Jason & Deb Oolman Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:48 PM Harlan, Marilyn & family, We're praying for you all, and hoping for that miracle! Howie & Vonnie Van Ginkel Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:55 PM We know that God can provide the miracle that Har needs.Praying for wisdom for the doctors and safety for you on the road. Fred and Karla Van Kley | Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:56 PM Marilyn~ My heart goes out to you, Harlan and your family. Praying for that miracle. Please don't hesitate to call if you have any questions that you may think I can answer. I pray for safe travels and guidance for the surgeons and nurses working with Harlan. Heather Marra Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:06 PM In my thoughts and prayers! Melanie Boscaljon Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:07 PM We are praying...praying...praying... With Love, Peggy & Bruce Jacobsma Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:19 PM Dear Heavenly Father, We lift up Harlan, Marilyn and their family to you. You tenderly and lovingly care for your children and we know you listen to our concerns. Surround them with Your overwhelming Presence, comfort, and perfect peace. Guide the doctors and nurses with Your wisdom. We ask for Harlan's complete and miraculous healing in Jesus' Name. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and healing shall spring up quickly. Isaiah 58:8 Dennis & Sarah Schiermeyer Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:22 PM Dearest Marilyn and Family, I'm praying to the God of Miracles for a miracle for Harlan. Travel safely and know you are in our Father's hands. He loves you even more then we do. Hold on to His great love for you. In Christ, Lois Cleveringa Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:28 PM Praying for the miracle we know He can bring.... Darcie and Jeremy Van Voorst

25: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:31 PM My oldest is in Vacation Bible school this week at New Life and I am reminded daily of all the simple memory verses that the Bible has to offer. And all the miracles that we've been able to hear. We will be praying for you all, through transport and all the other decisions that are to come. Thought and prayers go out to you. Dorinda Oostenink Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:36 PM We are on our knees, praying before our powerful God to work a miracle for our precious friend Harlan!!! "We know you have the might and the power to do this LORD, so please touch the hands of the Doctor, work mightily through him and please release Harlan of the MRSA. Please be near and dear to precious Marilyn. Comfort her heart, calm her spirit and give her the strength to go through tonight and tomorrow. May your everlasting arms be wrapped right around Harlan and Marilyn. Work in a mighty way we pray. Please LORD give them journey mercies as they are flown to Mayo tonight. Guide each mile of the way. And give them some rest and your peace. We love you LORD and lean on you for your mighty touch. Thank you for who you are, Thank you that you are the God of miracles!!! We praise your HOLY NAME!!!! Thank you Father! Dave and Sharla Brammer Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:40 PM Dear Harlan and Marilyn, Jane and I will be praying for smooth and save traveling for you tonight. And most of all we will be praying for that miracle. Thanks for keeping us updated on the Caring Bridge web site. Galen & Jane Ver Steeg Wednesday, July 20, 2011 11:03 PM Harlan and Marilyn and Families~ I have so many memories of you and your family growing up! All the times that we were at eachothers houses, you playing cards with my parents and us kids playing! We are so shocked to hear what is happening. Please know that we have you close in our hearts and our prayers and thoughts.for a miracle! | We are lifting you up, Harlan, to the Heavenly Father tonight. We are also praying for the family as they travel and try to rest tonight. Special prayers are being said for the doctors and the nurses who will preform your surgery. We are praying for all of it. We place you in God's hands. Praying for a miracle! Chad and Amanda (Stan and Val Leusink's daughter) Rozeboom and Family Wednesday, July 20, 2011 11:05 PM Miracles can and do happen! We have to continue to pray for his healing. God CAN do anything! Everyone is in my prayers. Praying for safety on the road and praying for the doctors. Harlan is a very special man to MANY people. Jeff Van Kley Wednesday, July 20, 2011 11:28 PM Praying for you guys to be carried in the palm of His hand... "We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ." II Thes. 1:12 Randy, Loralie & Madelyn Wiese Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:09 AM Love you guys! Hang in there, alright? Kelly Vander Pol

26: Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:25 AM We love you so much, Harlan and Marilyn!! What a blessing you are to others even in this troubled time! We pray for rest, dear Harlan, so that God will heal that body miraculously! We are holding you closely in thoughts and prayers. You are not alone. Praying His angels and Spirit will be felt as they sing over you. With all our love, Gail and Randy Harlow Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:27 AM Marilyn&Harlen, I feel your special people. I'm very concerned for you Harlen and will prayer for God's guides that he will help you through this trying time. I will keep you in my prayers and will be thinking of you. friends in Christ, Brian & Ramona Garvey Thursday, July 21, 2011 5:04 AM Harlan and Marilyn- At this moment my heart is filled with love and hope for you. "May the God of Hope fill you with peace as you trust in Him" Dear Father... through the power of the Holy Spirit fill these dear ones with your hope, your peace and even your joy! Lord God hold them close- be thier strong protector and healer. Fil them Lord with all that they need. Will continue to bring your needs before the throne. Love you both- Deb Doornenbal Thursday, July 21, 2011 5:26 AM Harlan & Family, We are continuing to hold you all up in prayer. Continue to fight this Harlan and soon you will be on your way to the recovery phase. Dawn Whitley & Family | Thursday, July 21, 2011 6:04 AM Har & Mar - So good to hear that the flight went well; now we hope & pray that the rest of the schedule for Harlan goes as well. Good to read that you, Marilyn, were at peace during the flight; may that continue in your day to day activities at Mayo!! God is good; we don't always understand His plan but rest assured, He is taking good care of the both of you. Love you both and you both are constantly on my mind - Harriet Green Thursday, July 21, 2011 6:32 AM Dear all, Thanks be to God for a safe trip there and Marilyn for peace during the flight. May the Lord continue to bless you and give you His peace. So glad we could see you all yet last night. Still praying for all and the Doctors. Harlan is in the palm of His hand. And miracles do happen. Love Jim and Nina Koedam Thursday, July 21, 2011 6:42 AM St. Mary's is a wonderful hospital. The staff, from our experience, are some of the best in the world. When you have time, check out the chapel. It is such a peaceful place to pray. We found peace and comfort there during Scott's surgeries. Our prayers are with you. George and Nancy Heynen Thursday, July 21, 2011 6:57 AM glad to know that you are now in the right place and the trip went well. God and his angels are with you and your family today .he will be guiding the doctors and nurses throughout your stay. he really does see to all our needs!!! it is a beautiful morning this morning, and prayers are going your way. God is good and will be walking with you ,carrying you as you go through this time. may he give peace and strength for all. Kaye and Stan Strickler

27: Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:21 AM We are continually praying for you and your family. May God's peace rest upon you through these trying times. How thankful you must be for all your caring and loving friends that God has bless you with and that are your prayer warriors at this time. You are never forgotten. Jim, Marj and Maria De Kam Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:28 AM Har, Marilyn and family.. Our prayers are with you all today as you await surgery. One day at a time, that is all we ask for. Praying for peace for both of you and guidance for the drs. May you feel God's presence as you go through these next hrs. and days. Blessings to you all. In Him, Donna and Rob Fedders Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:51 AM Harlan, Marilyn and family - We want you to know that there are several of us praying in Sioux Falls for Harlan. We are thankful for your safe journey to Rochester and continuing praying for Harlan, family, doctors and staff. (We are friends of Carl and Judy and I,Gina, was in school with Lisa) Kelly and Gina Heath Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:53 AM Dear Harlan & Marilyn, Praying, praying, praying for healing for Harlan!!!! May our loving Saviors arms hold you and your family tenderlly and lovingly throughout this difficult time! Gerrit & Kay Vis Thursday, July 21, 2011 8:00 AM Praise God for your safe travel and His peace. Praying hard and boldly for a miracle! God is faithful--always! In HIM, Lois Cleveringa | Thursday, July 21, 2011 8:01 AM Yes, the prayers of God's people are abundant. Be encouraged that God has led you to the right place. We will not stop praying. We love you all so very much.Ruth Landegent Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:04 AM You are in the best possible place and in the best possible hands!! Plus you have an entire army of prayer warriors out there. Incredible! I'll be one of them. Take care and keep looking up. Love, Shauna Feller Thursday, July 21, 2011 8:05 AM Will be praying you through this day! Peggy Jacobsma Thursday, July 21, 2011 8:16 AM The whole staff af the Cardiac Centre in Sioux Center are lifting you all in prayer daily. Thank God we believe in miracles. Diana Dykstra Thursday, July 21, 2011 8:33 AM Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. HE is the Master Physician. HE made you. HE knows you inside and out. We pray for complete healing ... that He guides the hands of the surgeon and that He gives you wisdom and peace. Thomas & Dody Ottens(friends of carl and judy) Thursday, July 21, 2011 8:44 AM Harlan, Marilyn & family, Very thankful for your safe travels to Rochester! We continue to pray for healing for Harlan and also for strength and peace for you all as you wait for surgery. You are constantly in our thoughts and we pray for a full recovery for Harlan. Hang in there Harlan!! I ask the Lord to bless you, as I pray for you today; to guide you and protect you, as you go along your way. God's love is always with you, God's promises are true, and when you give God all your cares, you know God will see you through. Lorinda & Mike Kats

28: Thursday, July 21, 2011 8:56 AM, HARLAN AND MARILYN We our praying for you and the doctors. May they be able to fix the problem. God grant you peace and courage. Tom and Marlene Van Holland Thursday, July 21, 2011 9:14 AM Our hearts are right there with you Marilyn and Harlan. We will be praying for you all day long. May God be gracious to you in the waiting period. I am sure this is all extremely difficult - and only God Himself can give you the peace and comfort you need through this day. "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." II Cor 12:9 Casting all your care upon him; for He careth for you. I Peter 5:7 Sharla Brammer Thursday, July 21, 2011 9:19 AM Dear Marilyn, Harlan and family, We are praying all will go well , the surgery will be successful and the recovery will go well. What a journey for you. We will try and keep in touch via caring bridge. Lovingly and prayerfully, Rod and Sylvia Hulstein Thursday, July 21, 2011 9:42 AM Continuing to send many thoughts and prayers to Harlan and his family. Keep up the fight Harlan! You have a whole team of "Prayer Warriors" behind you!! T.J. (Robertson) Campbell Thursday, July 21, 2011 9:43 AM Our thoughts and prayers are with you today. May you sense His presence and His love throughout the day. “Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between his shoulders.” Deuteronomy 33:12 Love in Him, The Spauldings Thursday, July 21, 2011 10:13 AM Well we can see God's miracles every day in Brent, so praying the same for Harlan! When things are the darkest......look up! Todd/Pat Loger | Thursday, July 21, 2011 11:06 AM 'But now, this is what the Lord says- he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel:' "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; YOU ARE MINE. When you walk through the waters, I WILL be with you ;and when you pass through the rivers, they will NOT sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will NOT be burned; the flames will NOT set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, YOUR God, the Holy One of Israel, your SAVIOR;" Isaiah 43:1-3a Praying!! Love to you all- Gail and Randy Harlow Thursday, July 21, 2011 11:13 AM We are praying for you and the family. Our great God is in the miracle business and nothing is impossible for Him. May He comfort and sustain each of you today. "The Lord is the One who goes before you. He will be with you. He will be faithful to you and will not leave you alone. Do not be afraid or troubled." Deuteronomy 31:23 Pete and Aletha Stienstra Thursday, July 21, 2011 11:15 AM Harlan & Marilyn & family, Our prayers are with you all and especially for the doctors and nurses in charge of Harlan's care. We pray for wisdom and skill as they care for him. We lift these prayers up to the Great Physician! Dennis & Lin De Jong Thursday, July 21, 2011 11:26 AM We are thinking of you and praying for you both during this time. Praying that you will feel God's love, grace and mercy be with you both and that his healing hand will be upon you Harlan. St. Mary's is a wonderful hospital. Jamie had rods put in her spine there 15 years ago (how time flies). You are so loved by many!!! Love, Jim, Janet, Jamie, Julia, Jade, Jenna, and Jason Erdman

29: Thursday, July 21, 2011 11:31 AM I agree the hospital there is amazing! Jason's dad had 3 of his 4 valves replaced/ pacemaker/ Quad bypass with lung issues too. Prayer is powerful! The things they do is through the miracles from above. We countinue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers! Deb Oolman Thursday, July 21, 2011 11:42 AM Thanking the Lord that He has brought you to this hospital and to these Doctors. ............ Jeremiah 32:27 " I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? Praying for you .....love, Mark and Barby Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:12 PM God is good! And prayers are working for all of you. You ARE in the best place possible. Had a neurosurgeon there myself and came out in great condition. Prayers will continue! Lonnie Nichols Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:13 PM Harlan, Marilyn and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers everyday! We will continue to pray for you and wait for a miracle! May God bless you with peace, comfort and overflowing love. In His precious name we pray and pray and pray... Love, The Trigg family Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:58 PM You are in our thoughts and prayers.In our Bible Study we are learning about the names of God. El Shaddai comes to mind. "It is when we come to the end of ourselves and our resources, that we begin to "tap into" the sufficiency of the supply of El Shaddai, and find that it is more than adequate for all our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus." We are praying that El Shaddai will supply ALL your needs. He knows what you need and when. Dave & Laura Pluim Thursday, July 21, 2011 1:09 PM Dear Harlan, Marilyn and Family, We are praying for you as you are waiting for the surgery. It can seem like forever but that gives us more time to talk to our Father. We pray for a miracle which we know God can do. May you find your peace in Him. Thanks for keeping us updated. Duane and Helen Mulder | Thursday, July 21, 2011 2:00 PM We will definitely keep Harlan and your family in our prayers! We will pray for healing and strength - and for the peace of our Lord to be with all of you! Great to hear you are receiving such good medical care! Melissa (Beltman) Visser Thursday, July 21, 2011 3:02 PM Thinking and praying for your family. Hoping the doctors will have insight and wisdom in taking care of Harlan. Praying for all the best for your family during this scary time and may God be near to you for strength and comfort. Denny and Marsha Kelderman Thursday, July 21, 2011 3:58 PM I miss you. I hope you get better soon. Love Jason Erdman Thursday, July 21, 2011 4:22 PM Our prayers are uplifting your family in these hours while you are making decisions entrusting Harlan's care into nurses' and physician's hands knowing the Great Physician holds us close. I had a renal valve bypass a month ago at St. Mary's and it is an amazing facility. The verse that sustained me was Is49:16a "Behold, I have engraved you in the palms of My hands." May your family feel His presence daily and even hourly. My mom is also upholding all of you in prayers. Marilynn Ribbens

30: Thursday, July 21, 2011 4:42 PM Harlan & Marilyn and family, please know that our prayers are with you all!! If there is something specific please let us know. Brent & Brenda Downs Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:12 PM Dear Marilyn and Harlan, We are praying for Harlan's recovery and wisdom for all the dr.s involved. " He (or she) is in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee." , Isaiah 26:3. Blessings, Yvonne and Marvin Rayborn Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:14 PM We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Rita Busse Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:52 PM We continue to pray for you. We can't imagine how scary this is for all of you. We pray that the doctors can all agree on what to do and that a plan will be made with his care. We also pray for a peace that surpasses all understanding and that you will feel His presence every minute. Stefenie Smith Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:53 PM Harlan and Marilyn, are hearts go out to you and prayers are being lifted up for you both. May you keep that peace in your hearts as you continue to wait. Keith and Mary Bonnema Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:53 PM Thank you for letting us know how to continue to pray for you. We continue to intercede for you. Words can't express how you are all in our hearts. "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31 Love, Gail and Randy Harlow Thursday, July 21, 2011 8:31 PM Harlan, Marilyn & family, We continue to lift you up in prayer. You have an army of prayer warriors on your side and we will continue to storm heavens gates on your behalf. Carla Netten | Thursday, July 21, 2011 9:00 PM Hey Grandpa, Its meriah im still preaying for you! I miss you soooooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i hope and preay that your surgery goes good and that you are out of the hospiltle soon:) but i now that the doctors and nurses are takeing good care of you. ever time my mom says that you are ok or are not doing so well im get soooooooo scared and some times i get some ters in my eyes:( I LOVE YOU SOSOSOS MUCH!!!!!!!!! YOURS TURLY MERIAH LOVE U Thursday, July 21, 2011 9:22 PM Dear Harlan and Marilyn, As believers in Christ we know there is power in prayer and I will be among those many believers who will do this for you...I will pray each day, Harlan, you will heal and recover. You are in good hands, too, with those who care for you at the hospital. Renae Seigenthaler Thursday, July 21, 2011 9:42 PM Dear Harlan and Marilyn, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bernie and Kathy Jacobsma Thursday, July 21, 2011 9:43 PM Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers! Warren & Janice (Wibben) Arends Thursday, July 21, 2011 9:43 PM To The Harlan Niemeyer Family: You are in my prayers and will add you to our prayer chain in Sioux Falls. Jan Boersma Thursday, July 21, 2011 9:50 PM Praising God that Harlan got through that big scare. We sent out a message to many people in the Cursillo community this afternoon, asking them to storm the gates of Heaven. We will continue to pray! Our love to you all ... Jennifer Lee

31: Thursday, July 21, 2011 9:53 PM Harlan and Marilyn , We are lifting you and your family up to The One who hears, who loves and who heals. Praying for you to feel the presence of The Almighty God and that He will comfort you with His peace. Thank you for the updates so that we know specifically how to pray for Harlan. Our love and prayers are with you. The Schrader Family Thursday, July 21, 2011 10:03 PM Harlan, Marilyn, and Family: You are in our thoughts and prayers. You are in the best physicians hands. Alan and Gloria Van Bemmel Thursday, July 21, 2011 10:28 PM It took talking to my neighbors tonight to find out about all of this. Guess I don't get out much! WOW! What a lot for all of you to take in right now. We will be praying for Harlan and for all of you as you take this journey together. May you find peace and blessings in the small things, as God's plan often looks nothing like the one we have for ourselves. Take care all! Gwen(Van Engen) Denekas Thursday, July 21, 2011 11:04 PM You are in our thoughts and prayers constantly. God be with you. Lonnie and Jan Johnson Thursday, July 21, 2011 11:07 PM Harlan & family, Ed and I are keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers. Have faith and let go and let God. We pray for comfort for you and your family and healing for Harlan. The many Dr's and nurses are in our thoughts and prayers as well. He is in the BEST place! Rochester is awesome as well as the people. Just know and feel the love and support coming from home. Ed & Val Sneller and family Thursday, July 21, 2011 11:08 PM Yes. Watching and Praying...we are doing exactly that. We remain vigilant, Marilyn. How we love you and Harlan. And, oh, how He loves you so!!! Oh, how He loves you. Rest well, dear ones. Ruth Landegent | Friday, July 22, 2011 4:36 AM Many prayers from the Boender household!! Katie Boender Friday, July 22, 2011 6:06 AM Harlan & Marilyn and family: We are praying for u today. That He will supply all you need today. We are praying for wisdom today for all who make decisions on Harlan's care. God promises He will supply wisdom when we ask. Dave & Laura Pluim Friday, July 22, 2011 7:10 AM We are praying for your entire family right now that God will give the doctors the wisdom & skill to take care of Harlan and also comfort the family in this trying time. Life is so precious and sometimes we seem to take it for granted but times like this we realize what is important! If God takes you to it, He will get you through it!! Kari, Jason, Krista & Nikki Faber Friday, July 22, 2011 7:20 AM Marilyn - been down a very similar road, so can relate to your feelings. Know that Harlan is being taken care of by the best. Know that the GREATEST physician of all is right there with him. God is also right beside you and your family. May you continue to receive strength, peace and endurance from him. Thoughts and prayers are with each of you. We never walk our paths a lone and God is in control, continue to lean on him. Herm and Linda Christians Friday, July 22, 2011 7:21 AM hey grandpa, i hope that you are feeling better than you where yesterday:) just tell my mom to keep us posted:) i miss you soooooo soooooooooo muuuuuuuuccccccccccchhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! luv u soooooo much!!!!!! meriah Robertson

32: Friday, July 22, 2011 7:32 AM Our thoughts and prayers go out to Harlan and all of your family as you face these very tough times. Take a day, an hour, or a minute at a time to get your through. (Isaiah 41:10) "Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness." Jan & Bruce Vogel Friday, July 22, 2011 8:18 AM Good Morning to ALL! I have had the undeserved God privelege of being with Harlan and Marilyn, and family and friends during the past two days here in Rochester. Here is what I have experienced and seen: God drove that airplane from Sioux Falls to Rochester on Wednesday evening... God knew that this was THE PLACE at which Harlan would get the care which he needed at this very time. The flight that evening was an Appointed-By-God Flight in GOD'S EXACT TIMING! GOD was SO PRESENT yesterday when Harlan was having the very severe breathing problem. God had Harlan at the Exact Right Place... Mayo St. Mary's Hospital. God has HIS ARMY TROOPS HERE... those 12-15 Very Experienced doctors and nurses WITHIN SECONDS marched in on both sides of Harlan's bed, and took immediate control of the hard time. I KNOW THOSE WERE GOD'S ARMY TROOPS. AND AT GOD'S EXACT TIMING! The doctors and nurses at St. Mary's Hospital are so Good, so Kind, so Professional, so Excellent, so Experienced, so CARING! Last evening two of us experienced first hand a doctor who cared for Harlan as if Harlan was his child. This is God's EXACT PLACE where he wants Harlan AT HIS EXACT TIMING! God knows the EXACT RIGHT TIMING for the surgery. God is communicating that to the doctors and nurses. God knows the exact time at which Harlan's body will at its peak moment of strength... this will be the time for surgery. EXACT TIMING make the SURGERY to go VERY WELL! | The doctors and nurses at St. Mary's Hospital are so Good, so Kind, so Professional, so Excellent, so Experienced, so CARING! Last evening two of us experienced first hand a doctor who cared for Harlan as if Harlan was his child. This is God's EXACT PLACE where he wants Harlan AT HIS EXACT TIMING! God knows the EXACT RIGHT TIMING for the surgery. God is communicating that to the doctors and nurses. God knows the exact time at which Harlan's body will at its peak moment of strength... this will be the time for surgery. The FLOOD OF PRAYERS of all the many of you, and the Loving & Touching Words of God through HIS Holy Spirit through each of you on this Caring Bridge site ARE BEING FELT SO MUCH by Harlan and Marilyn, family, and friends at the St. Mary's Hospital- Rochester, Minnesota. Some of us have had the privelege of sitting in Harlan's room and reading ALL THE BEAUTIFUL WORDS OF GOD'S LOVE you are writing to them on the Caring Bridge Site. Thanks. Keep it up. We are reading every note from you to Harlan. I also believe that OUR ALMIGHTY GOD, THE ALMIGHTY MIRACLE WORKER, will IN HIS EXACT TIMING make the SURGERY to go VERY WELL! ISN'T IT AWESOME THAT WE KNOW THIS GOD WHO HAS THE EXACT RIGHT ANSWERS AND RESULTS AT THE EXACT RIGHT TIMING! WOW! MAY YOU ALL HAVE A BLESSED DAY. A preacher at our church some years ago said the following: PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!!! Peter and Betsy De Yager Friday, July 22, 2011 8:24 AM Continuing to pray for you and your family, Harlan! God hears! Hang onto His promises! Jan Bliek

33: Friday, July 22, 2011 8:34 AM Marilyn and Harlan and family. You are in our prayers. Just found your caringbridge and will follow your journey as we pray specifically for your needs. God hold them all in your arms as they take steps down this road you have them on. Blessings, Ron and Sandy Thomas, (everytime I look at our corner piece of your work in our living room I will pray):} Ron Thomas Friday, July 22, 2011 8:37 AM Last night Reese told me about a patient he had with severe, severe MRSA and they used some pills that cost $2,000 for the prescription but within 2 weeks it was gone---just saying this to give you hope! There are things out there to fight the MRSA and yes, you are in the best place in the world!! Our God can get you back to good health, and I know you know this! Jan Bliek Friday, July 22, 2011 9:31 AM I just found out about your caring bridge site this morning, but you have been in my prayers since last week when I first heard about your struggles. We pray for wisdom for the doctors, healing for Harlan, peace for the family. Your support for our family over the years helped us to feel God's presence and care. We pray that you will also feel upheld by God's loving arms through the support of your greater family in Christ! Marge De Boer Friday, July 22, 2011 9:38 AM We are praying for Harlan and of course you Marilyn and the rest of the family. May Christ hold you all in his hands. Wanda Koedam Friday, July 22, 2011 9:50 AM Dear Marilyn, Harlan and Family, Be assured of our prayers for you--prayers for healing and prayers of thanks that you are in the right place for a miracle! I am praying this verse for all of you today: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified [because of them,] for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) Remember you are never alone or forsaken. You are dearly loved! In Christ, Lois Cleveringa | Friday, July 22, 2011 9:59 AM We are praying for your family during this extremely difficult time. Tyler, Amy, Carter & Aiden Brock (Fred & Karla Van Kley's family) Friday, July 22, 2011 10:00 AM I just heard about the fight you are going through. I will be praying for you all as decisions are made and hard days are still ahead. I pray for wisdom for the doctors and for all of you as well. Thank you for updating on this site! Lisa (Kelderman) De Groot Friday, July 22, 2011 10:17 AM Praying for you today and in the days ahead. May God give the doctors wisdom and sure hands to give Harlan the care needed. I send this with words from this song- Like a River Glorious Like a river glorious is God's perfect peace, over all victorious in its bright increase: perfect, yet still flowing fuller every day; perfect, yet still growing deeper all the way. Trusting in the Father, hearts are fully blest, finding, as he promised, perfect peace and rest. Hidden in the hollow of his mighty hand, where no harm can follow in his strength we stand. We may trust him fully all for us to do; those who trust him wholly find him wholly true. Your in our hearts, praying for you, Alvin and Verla Hoogland Friday, July 22, 2011 10:29 AM Marilyn, Andrea and Justin, Derick and Kim Constant prayers are flooding your way from our family. We will continue to pray for Harlan. We pray the Lord will place his hand of mercy and healing on Harlan. You are in our prayers, Aaron, Renee, Asa, and Bella Alons Friday, July 22, 2011 10:46 AM Hey Harlan, Let's go for a coffee run to Caribou Coffee in Sioux Falls for your birthday! Happy Birthday! God's speed in your recovery. Praying for you to have a heart to work and a deeper heart for God! Randy Wiese

34: Friday, July 22, 2011 10:50 AM Waiting. That was theme of today's post. Oh, I am a terrible waiter. Good thing God has everything timed out, Harlan. How He loves you. In the waiting, I will praise Him for your beautiful, sacrificial, unselfish life. I will praise Him for Jesus, your Savior, my Savior. In the waiting I will continue to call upon Him for your healing. You are loved, dear friend. Ruth Landegent Friday, July 22, 2011 10:51 AM The "waiting room" is one of the hardest places to be in life. I agree that letting the antibiotic work longer is a good idea. I pray that the doctors will find all the problems of the heart and know how to help you Harlan. God is the great physician. You're still here and that is good news. I check for updates regularly and then tell Ken. We've been praying for you constantly. I know you could have a happier 57th birthday, but you probably won't have a more memorable one. God Bless and Heal you.We love you. Barb Addink Friday, July 22, 2011 10:51 AM Erica--What a great reminder for all of us that all things are on HIS time and not ours. Time for prayers, prayers and more prayers. We are thinking of you all constantly and are praying for progress and strength. Harlan, be strong and know that you have the love of your family and friends and the prayers of all who know you. We love you all! John, Darcy, Campbell and Will Valline Friday, July 22, 2011 10:55 AM Rumbles of thunder rolling through Sioux Center now as I write.....Continuing to pray, pray, pray.... Thank you Andrea and Marilyn for the updates, as often as you are able. I know it has to be so difficult for all of you to WAIT for news, WAIT for decisions, etc. On this end too we all crave to hear updates......so again, thank you so much for keeping us informed. Be assured, the prayers will continue in a mighty fashion. I have to tell you this little story about when I first got to know Harlan. I don't recall what we were at, AWANA, or some function at church....I was sitting next to you | Harlan, and I was going crazy trying to figure out what that clicking noise was...coming from you...finally I asked and you told me it was your heart valve! I was fascinated and you told me all about it. In all my medical doings I guess I had never met anyone who had a mechanical valve. It is a fond memory. Whether you click or not I just offer up a prayer for healing and restoration. You hang in there my dear friend, and all the family too. HE will see you through this situation. One of the prayer warriors.... Binkie Lassen Friday, July 22, 2011 11:01 AM So thankful that they feel the new antibiotic is helping.It sounds like they are starting to get things figured out.You all are on our minds and hearts.We continue to pray for God's blessing on you har.Have told everyone we know to be in pray for you and your family. Thanks for the updates. Fred and Karla Van Kley Friday, July 22, 2011 11:07 AM Wish you could put something on caring bridge every hour as we think of him every hour .we appreciate caring bridge more than you can imagine as the story comes direct. george gets teary eyed when we talk about him. we love you guys, hand in there. also happy birthday loved one. prayers George and Harriet Bradley Friday, July 22, 2011 11:14 AM Well, I turn 60 on the 26th - so I sure am connecting with this birthday thing (even if I am three years older! HA). They are important milestones! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday Dear Harlan! Happy Birthday to you! AND MANY MORE!!! With all our love and prayers - thankful for these brilliant doctors and nurses that are working with you, allowing your body the necessary time to get on top of the infection before surgery. We are thankful for the wisdom. We are praying for your complete healing!!! Our hearts are with you through it all!!!

35: Please keep singing in your head and in your heart Harlan, Jesus Loves Me this I know!!! OK??? OK!!! David and Sharla Brammer Friday, July 22, 2011 11:20 AM ~ Good morning all- Waiting can be such a bugger! Just keep thinking that all the waiting is allowing Harlan's body to heal bit by bit. Easier said than done, i know. Please know that my family is keeping your family close in prayer. Praying extra hard for strength for Harlan and his whole support team that is by his side. Keep up the faith!! TJ (Robertson) Campbell Friday, July 22, 2011 11:29 AM As you wait, may this promise give you peace: Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Praying for peace, knowing that Harlan will be healed, if not in this world then the next! Happy Birthday, Harlan, asking God to give you many more!!! Gail Andringa Friday, July 22, 2011 11:43 AM Dear Harlan and your whole family, This morning I am thinking about all of you and praying for you..... In the book of Philippians, Paul has some words he says about being in prison that I wanted to share. Now, I know being in the hospital is not the same as being in prison...( well, maybe Harlan you are thinking it has its similarities) , (smiley face).......but I loved these words..... Philippians 1:12 " Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel." Harlan, because of your illness, a whole huge group of believers have gathered together at St. Mary's Hospital. You are all being quite the witness for The Lord there , "missionaries spreading The Gospel." There are many non believers watching. As you lay there in bed waiting and waiting and struggling.....know that The Lord is using all of this for His purposes. Mark and I can't wait to see you guys again....... For now, we are standing along side you, praying, in CA. We love you , Barby and Mark | Friday, July 22, 2011 12:04 PM Harlan and family...this is a prayer that I will be praying everyday for you. Father God You are the maker of all things. You are all powerful and all loving. You created the world and all things in it. You formed the majestic mountains and yet took time to paint the tiny dots on each lady bug. You thought of every detail and You care about every detail. You are our Counselor and the Almighty Physician and our Loving Father. Lord, in Psalms 139 it is written: "You formed our inward parts; You wove them in our mother's womb. We give thanks to You, for we are fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works Dear Lord." We humbly ask You tonight to be with Harlan as he goes through the night with all that lies ahead of him. We ask You Father to, please, once again form Harlan’s inward parts and weave them back together. Wonderful are Your works Dear Lord! Control all those little numbers and counts that most of us don't even know what they mean. Father God bless the doctors, nurses, and all other care givers that deal with all the needs of Harlan. Grant them steady hands, kind hearts, knowledge and wisdom, help them know when the time is right for all things, and also Dear Lord give them rest to face each new day. Lord God also be with the family of Harlan and grant them rest, peace, comfort, patience, and help them to continue to let their light shine through all this Dear Lord. Surround them, hold them, and keep a hedge of protection around them. All these things we humbly ask in Your precious Son's name. Through Christ Alone! Amen! Another prayer warrior! Greg & Sherri De Jong

36: Friday, July 22, 2011 12:06 PM Hey there Harlan!! (Marilyn & family too!) We so appreciated what Peter & Betsy said in their note this morning & because of that we are addressing our message directly to you, Harlan. You have been in our prayers since we 1st heard your body was not behaving right. :S We hope its OK to share some of things that have been coming to mind since we began praying for you. 1 - Harlan and Marilyn probably know more people - God fearing people - than anyone else we know. Therefore, 2 - there are COUNTLESS people pleading before the Throne on a continuous basis for you, Marilyn, your family, your Dr's & other experts working on your case. 3 - These aren't just people saying they are praying - they are effective, fervent, powerful prayer warriors that became that way because they (just like you or perhaps along side of you) have seen God's mighty hand perform many miracles, unexplainable acts & KNOW that "the Lord delights in the prayers of His people" (Pr 15:8 LB) & that "the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up" Jms 5:15. Someone in Doon, yesterday, said "I heard Harlan needs a miracle" and someone else said "well, isn't it wonderful he serves the very God who is in the miracle working business!" Love it!! What a testimony to you, your faith and your work for the kingdom! 4 - In light of that, it is very evident that your severe illness is having an impact on MANY people! We believe completely that incredible things are going to come from this(maybe have already)... some you and the rest of us may not know until heaven. And we know that you would say 'I don't care what I have to go through if just one person's faith/commitment is strengthened &/or if just one person comes to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through my experience'. Harlan, God honors your heart (no pun intended :)) and your unwavering love for Him. So we cling, on your behalf to verses like 1 Chr 16:9 "for the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him." And, Ps 33:18 "the eyes of the Lord are on those that fear Him, on those whose hope is in His UNFAILING love" We along with you and your family are trusting God in and with this whole difficult, pain filled, uncertain time. David says it so beautifully in Ps 62 "My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will NEVER be shaken." Knowing you are in His love and in His grip, Greg & Shar Dengler | Friday, July 22, 2011 12:10 PM Just dropping a note to let you know we are thinking about and praying for Harlan and your family. Let me know if you guys need something there in Rochester, I have connections that would love to help. Travis Van Ravenswaay Friday, July 22, 2011 1:39 PM Har I want to thank our God for his perfect knowledge of each of us, He has shown that to all through this hard time he is in control right now and always has been. Thank you ABBA FATHER. Har I'm prayin for you and wont stop. Thank you for being that Godly man in my life . ERICA I LOVE YOU!!! Chad Robertson Friday, July 22, 2011 1:57 PM I'm going to be a day early (to make sure I don't end up being a day late!) HAPPY BIRTHDAY Harlan! It may not be where you want to be on your birthday, but our prayer is for your 58th birthday you'll be doing what you love (boating, camping, not sure what all your loves are....I'm guessing anything with your family is what you love!) Hope you can have a great day despite the circumstances. Your update talked about "waiting"...as you know, we've been really wrestling with the waiting/wondering/asking why type things lately too....a song that has really spoken to me is "Hold My Heart" by Tenth Avenue North....here's the lyrics....hope it blesses all of you too...God is holding your heart.... How long must I pray, must I pray to You How long must I wait, must I wait for You How long 'till I see Your face See You shining through I'm on my knees Begging You to notice me I'm on my knees Father, will You turn to me, yeah? One tear in the dropping rain One voice in a sea of pain Could the Maker of the stars Hear the sound of my breaking heart? One life is all I am Right now I can barely stand If You're everything You say You are Would You come close and hold my heart?

37: I've been so afraid, afraid to close my eyes So much can slip away before I say goodbye But if there's no other way I'm done asking why 'Cause I'm on my knees Begging You to turn to me I'm on my knees Father, will You run to me, yeah? One tear in the dropping rain One voice in a sea of pain Could the Maker of the stars Hear the sound of my breaking heart? One life is all I am Right now I can barely stand If You're everything You say You are Would You come close and hold my heart? So many questions without answers Your promises remain I can't see but I'll take my chances To hear You call my name To hear You call my name One tear in the dropping rain One voice in a sea of pain Could the Maker of the stars Hear the sound of my breaking heart? One life is all I am Right now I can barely stand If You're everything You say You are Would You come close and hold my heart? Hold my heart Could You hold my heart? Hold my heart With love - Darcie Van Voorst and Family | Friday, July 22, 2011 2:09 PM Dear Harlan, I am praying for you many times a day, asking the Lord for your healing. May God bless your birthday with His strength, His presence, His peace, and your wonderful family and friends. Dear Marilyn and family, I am praying for all of you too! David writes in Psalms, "I will sing in the shadow of His wings, even in the watches of the night." It is so hard to sing like that sometimes, but God is with us in every circumstance. May the Lord's strength continue to sustain you! Love to all, Nancy Widbin Friday, July 22, 2011 3:30 PM Thanks, a lot for the updates. Harriet Bradley Friday, July 22, 2011 3:33 PM Harlan and family, Best wishes on your birthday tomorrow from Jim and I and also from Vern and Sharon Van Oort. We are listening today to beautiful music and also hearing many testimonies of God's miracles. We are praying for a miracle for you that you will have a complete recovery. Praying also for all of you for safety and strength to go one day at a time. Love Jim and Nina Koedam Friday, July 22, 2011 3:34 PM Our thoughts & prayers are with you all continuously. We are planning to visit you tomorrow. Do you need anything from NW Iowa? Call 712-441-5371 if you do. See ya tomorrow! FJS & MS Frank Sloup

38: Friday, July 22, 2011 4:08 PM Uncle Harlan and family, You and your entire family have been in my prayers and on my heart continuously throughout these days. A song that I have been leaning on today is Everlasting God by Lincoln Brewster! It talks about how our strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord. I know waiting is not so fun but we are waiting for God and his plan and timing is perfect. This song is from Isaiah 40: 28-31 --- "He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless .. but those who trust in the Lord will find new strength and not grow weary" He is the defender of the weak and comforts those in need. That is my prayer for you all that you continue to lean on our Everlasting God during this time of waiting and feel his comforting presence!! Here is the link so hopefully you can take a moment to listen and it will touch your hearts and uplift you! :) He is our HOPE and STRONG DELIVERER!! Love, Amy, Curt and Caden Bowen Friday, July 22, 2011 4:45 PM Dearest Harlan & Marilyn, hello precious you! We are at peace with you. Our God reigns!!! These words are truth, and are everything, forever. During family devotions last night, we were reading Moses' words to the Israelites/ TO US: these are not just idle words for you - they are your life. oh Amen and Amen!!!! In Him and through Him and for Him, each day. Including in a very special place where the housekeeper is as dedicated as the surgeons and their team, the nurses, the cooks who brought up room service for Rusty and Kasey.(order a slice of birthday cake! :) All those people are God's goodness. And what a great place to witness to the multitudes!!! You 2, and your family, are sooooo much in our ceaseless prayers. We love you so very, very much!!!!!!!!!!! LaDonna(writing), Rusty, David (his text said his prayers fly for you!), Kasey (now at home, hurray!:), Sam, and Brady (who stated, when we said you need a miracle, that our God has no limits on the countless miracles He's continually doing with ease) Ladonna Hawks | Friday, July 22, 2011 4:58 PM May each of you continue to draw strength and understandning from God. Prayers continue being uplifted on Harlan's behalf Herm and Linda Christians Friday, July 22, 2011 5:12 PM Dear Grandpa I hope you are feeling better than you were. I hope the surgery goes go. I love you. I am praying for you.your little buddy. Bryce Robertson Friday, July 22, 2011 5:21 PM Happy Birthday tomorrow, Harlan. 57!!!! You're just a young stud, yet. We pray for many more years with your wife and family.(especially those beautiful grandchildren) We do believe in miracles and I believe God is going to grant you one. In Christ's love, Bob & Sharon Soodsma Friday, July 22, 2011 5:31 PM All of our prayers are with you and your family.Hope all goes well in the next few days for all of you! Thinking and praying for all of you.God Bless you, Pam Jacobsma Friday, July 22, 2011 6:01 PM Thanking God for the little bits of good news you've received today! Hope you have a quiet birthday tomorrow. Happy Birthday, Harlan! Amanda Moss Friday, July 22, 2011 6:01 PM Glad to hear you're the same ole' Harlan! If I were closer I'd come and have a few laughs with you (And, if you'd sweet-talk me, I'd sneak a beer or two in)! JUST KIDDING! HOPE YOU'RE SO BORED THIS WEEKEND, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH YOURSELF! NO MORE CLOSE CALLS! Love, Kelly Vander Pol

39: Friday, July 22, 2011 6:20 PM Harlan, I hope you can have a happy birthday tomorrow. If you remember back 41 years ago you were chomping at the bit waiting to get your drivers license. It seemed like a lifetime to get to 16. The 70's were great, muscle cars, cruse night in Hull, nice young ladies, etc. But were did the past 41 years go. They just flew by. I pray you will have many more birthdays and that you can get back to what you enjoy the most (spending time with your grandchildren). Galen Ver Steeg Friday, July 22, 2011 6:28 PM Happy birthday tomorrow Harlan. We are hoping and praying that everything will be alright and you will come home soon. I'll have that cold beer you,maybe even two or three or four. Ryan Hellenga Friday, July 22, 2011 6:46 PM Glad to hear that some things are improving. An answer to lots of prayers. God uses the fantastic doctors there to perform miracles. Praying that you have a very happy birthday tomorrow. (Maybe they will let you celebrate with a little of that ice cream) George and Nancy Heynen Friday, July 22, 2011 7:18 PM Glad to hear thingshave improved somewhat. PTL!! We'll keep praying! Steve Bierly Friday, July 22, 2011 7:28 PM Hope and praying that you are feeling better!! We know that this isn't the place you want to spend your birthday so when you get home we'll bring you a beer and some cold ice cream to celebrate your day!! Thinking and praying for you!! Your friends, Dale and Cori Klarenbeek Friday, July 22, 2011 7:52 PM Glad to hear the good news of somethings getting better. Hope things continue to look up for you Har. I will pray for a boring weekend as you requested. Hang in there Har! Jeff Van Kley | Friday, July 22, 2011 8:17 PM Prayers are working!!! but won't stop until you are home and on the mend!! dad does ask about you every day, and i keep telling him that you are fighting the good fight. he says his prayers are with you all, as ours are too. we are saying a prayer for you and your family often. God is carrying you and loving you. He is so good!!!!! El mulder, kaye and stan PS Happy Birthday, I hope you have a dull and boring day, with at least a little ice cream on the side. love Kaye Strickler Friday, July 22, 2011 8:49 PM We are praying for you and your family everyday. We know that God will guide the doctors and let them know exactly what to do according to His plan. Hope that you have a Happy Birthday tomorrow. Don't give the nurses a hard time. Amy Van Roekel Friday, July 22, 2011 9:16 PM Continuing to Pray for you, and lift you to the Great Physician. Wishing you a Happy Birthday! Miss you at CCC! Marilyn, if we can be of any assistance back here in Iowa with mowing or stuff like that, let us know! Take care, brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the Meenderings. Friday, July 22, 2011 9:18 PM Happy Birthday Harlan! We're so glad that things are improving for you. You are in our prayers. Gaylon, Terri, Courtney, & Jordan Friday, July 22, 2011 9:40 PM Harlan: Seriouisly, we are praying for you everday. We all know the Lord is in control and are pleading with him to see you healed from this. God is so good. On a lighter note, I noticed that of the 250 plus responses, most are women. Whats up with that? That friendly face really must atrract women to make all those comments.I presume that the real reason is that they are better at that than us men.

40: Also Harlan I am wanting to ask you about something. You know I think out of the box sometimes and that is what I want to ask you sometime. Maybe over a cup of coffee or a few donuts would be a great setting. Anyway praise God for whom all blessings flow. We are praying for a blessing on you and Marilyn. In Christs Love.. Cal Cleveringa Friday, July 22, 2011 9:49 PM Hey..my name is Julie Imhoff and I am a friend of Carl and Judy's. My husband Aaron was in the hospital last month as he had an infection that we think was strepp....quite a long process, but we are all too familiar with the iv's, etc. Please know that we are praying for you! Our God is a BIG God and HE is the Master Physician and Healer. A miracle has been performed how you got were able to get into the Dr you have...God is good and we are trusting that He will intercede on your behalf! Blessing to you Harlan and family!!! Aaron and Julie Imhoff Friday, July 22, 2011 10:05 PM Best wishes Harlan on your 57th birthday tomorrow~~we hope you have a very special day with your family. We are so glad to be able to keep tabs on you through the caring bridge as we think about you everyday and pray you are having a better day~~thanks to your wonderful family for this opportunity. We will be praying for surgery to go well on Monday and that strength will be given to Marilyn and your family too. May God’s blessings abound to you In every little way May you taste and see His goodness Every time you kneel to pray May your day be brightened more With your Father’s loving touch And may you sense He’s with you now And loves you very much. Hope you have a restful week-end~~ Love, Gib and Mert Van Hill | Friday, July 22, 2011 10:29 PM Praising God for the good news today and praying that things will just keep getting better! Happy Birthday Harlan! We pray that it is a pretty uneventful day and that you are spoiled rotten by your family! Praying always, Brad, Lisa, Abby and Benjamin Kats Friday, July 22, 2011 10:55 PM Praying praying praying Love and hugs Jerry and Pam Friday, July 22, 2011 10:56 PM I will be praying and thinking of you all! May our Lord give you what you stand in need of. Deb Oolman Friday, July 22, 2011 11:00 PM Oh, Marilyn........So many ups & downs. Continue to hold on, girl!!! Thinking of you often ----- Harriet Green Friday, July 22, 2011 11:04 PM Praying..............................praying now! Peggy Jacobsma Friday, July 22, 2011 11:04 PM Praying!!!! Julie Mesman Friday, July 22, 2011 11:06 PM PRAYING FOR HELP FROM OUR LORD & HEAVENLY FATHER! Keep fighting Harlan & Marilyn! Love & Hugs! Loreen Marra Friday, July 22, 2011 11:07 PM Praying that this episode gets better quickly & he won't need emergency surgery. And praying that you will feel the prayers surrouding all of you. Bobbi Meiburg Attema(a friend of Lisa's from high school) Bobbi Attema

41: Friday, July 22, 2011 11:09 PM I just want to let you know you have friends lifting you up in prayer right now. You are not alone, God is right there in that room with you and Harlan. I am praying that He wraps His arms around you, that he places His hand on Harlan's body and brings him through this crisis. My heart is crying out to God to give you peace and healing Harlan. I love you guys, Jan Mills Friday, July 22, 2011 11:26 PM Marilyn, children, grandchildren, other family, friends: The European Family of 14 people is PRAYING RIGHT NOW TO THE GREAT PHYSICIAN!!! The one who made us Knows how to mend us, He is the Great Physician The only one who can heal, Body, Soul and Spirit. His appointment calendar is never too full. His schedule is never too busy. His diagnosis is accurate... His treatment is gentle... HIS RESULTS ARE WONDERFUL! HARLAN COULDN'T BE IN BETTER HANDS IN THESE MINUTES!!! Peter and Betsy De Yager Friday, July 22, 2011 11:34 PM We are lifting you both up in prayer. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4 We love u both! - Mel and PT Parson Friday, July 22, 2011 11:40 PM Dear Marilyn, Harlan, and family, We are thinking and praying for all of you! May you feel the grace of God surround you in these "trying" and unknown times. Take care! We love you!!!!!! Cindi, Lance, Hailey, Madisen, and Carter Iwen | Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:01 AM Harlan, Marilyn and Family, Our God who never slumbers or sleeps says "Do not fear, for I am with you!" May you all feel His presence and know that MANY prayer warririors are holding you all up before our God!! We love you guys so much! Doug & Von Postma Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:06 AM Happy Birthday Harlan! My boys and I are praying for you every night. Darren Soodsma Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:10 AM Praying for peace and comfort in the midst of the storm.. Praying Jerry and PamVan Roekel Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:13 AM Dear Jesus, Please hold Harlan and Marilyn and their families so tightly right now. Please, hold his body together and take the pressure off from the infection which may be causing this trouble. Jesus, We pray for you to be in the middle of this situation, and touch Harlan's body and put it at peace again. We pray for his heart to function normally again, and that he would be able to rest, knowing you are in control of this all. Be with Marilyn, Lord. May she feel you so near, and feel your arms of love around her and bring warmth to her heart and mind. Jesus...Jesus...Jesus. You are the Mighty physician in that room. You are everything. Be everything to this family right now. Amen. Praying....We love you! Gail Harlow

42: Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:17 AM, Lord, Bring your healing, bring your power, Carry them through this dark hour We lift our hands in surrender, To our HEALER, To our SAVIOR..... praying........ Barby Schwarz Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:36 AM Harlan and Marilyn... YOU'RE SO SPECIAL TO US!!! YOU ARE SO LOVED BY US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MUCH, MUCH MORE IMPORTANT, Harlan and Marilyn, YOU ARE SO LOVED BY GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, THE MIRACLE PERFORMER. still praying...Peter and Betsy De Yager Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:49 AM I will be praying for you all during the night since I am up working anyway..I pray you all get a good night's rest I know how challanging that can be but also how much it helps to handle what the next day may bring. God has us all in his hands and under his care. Thank you so much for the ride up to Sioux Falls on Wednesday. Someday we get to walk again Andrea :) Amy Moss Saturday, July 23, 2011 1:24 AM praying for you in this valley--- may God's strength and peace be yours in these trying hours--praying praying praying these words come to mind at this moment---"praise the Lord he NEVER changes---" -- grateful for His presence in that hospital room right now --- may He carry you through. Laura Sneller Saturday, July 23, 2011 1:27 AM Marilyn and family, I have been reminded of your needs so many times today. God is surely calling your prayer warrior friends to lift up your needs to him. I will continue to heed those promptings. We are here for you! Love and peace, Donald and Eydie Owens Saturday, July 23, 2011 1:33 AM ~ Sending many, many, many thoughts and prayers~ TJ (Robertson) Campbell | Saturday, July 23, 2011 1:50 AM To our precious Harlan and Marilyn and families...I feel like we have been reading this same scripture from the start of this journey Isaiah 43 Do not fear! YOU Harlan are mine! When you pass through the waters I will be with you Harlan and Marilyn & families! and when you pass through the rivers I will be with Harlan and Marilyn and families When you walk through the fire Harlan and Marilyn and families will not be burned! FOR I AM the Lord your God! and Eph. 3 : For this reason I kneel before the FATHER.... I pray that you(Harlan and all) being rooted and established in love may have power together with all the Lords people..to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the LOVE OF CHRIST and to know this love that surpasses knowledge... NOW to HIM who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine!!!! I am praying for this esp for peace for Marilyn and all those standing by!!! Harlan you are amazing. You keep fighting! Praying for strength for each minute and each hour for you brother. Isaiah again speaks of God knowing you by name Harlan and Marilyn and family. I created you for my glory! DO NOT BE AFRAID for I am with you!! Marilyn may you feel that warm blanket of HIS peace right now!! love and hugs to all Pam Van Roekel Saturday, July 23, 2011 1:52 AM So sorry you're having such a difficult night & will continue to pray for all of you. Just ran across a bookmark you gave me 9 years ago in a devotional that says "Be still and know that I am God." I know you're overwhelmed & scared but you have so many people praying for you!! My heart aches for what you are going through--know we love you & thank God for giving Harlan 57 blessed years & pray for many more to come. I'm sending a birthday cake your way today-- doctor's orders!! Bob & Doris

43: Saturday, July 23, 2011 2:37 AM Marilyn and Family, I am pouring out my heart on behalf of all of you...I can not imagine how hard it is to watch him struggle so...I am praying this verse for you..... Psalm 143:7-8 " Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul." Psalm 25: 17 " The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish." Now as I pour my heart out to HIM.....I pray this verse to remember that he is..... Psalm 146: 6-9 "...the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them....the Lord, who remains faithful forever." Lord you are faithful......you are faithful forever....... John 14:1 " Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me." Praying tonight for your whole family.....that you will feel His presence and peace. I love you all in Christ, Barby Schwarz Saturday, July 23, 2011 2:51 AM Thank you for your updates as painful as this journey is to share we are standing on that promise of not letting your hearts be troubled and TRUSTING IN HIM!! We stand in the gap with you and for you!! Truly a gift to be part of your Team Nemo - praying praying!! Love and more hugs Jerry and Pam Van Roekel Saturday, July 23, 2011 3:38 AM OH, GOD, YOU'RE NEEDED SO, SO MUCH IN ROOM 734 AT ST. MARY'S HOSPITAL, ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA IN THESE HOURS. WE KNOW YOU ARE THERE WITH YOUR ALMIGHTY, MIRACULOUS POWER! OH, GOD, WE NEED YOU SO BADLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE DEPEND ON YOU ALONE! SHOW US YOUR ALMIGHTY POWER, WE PLEAD!!!!!!!!!! Peter and Betsy De Yager | Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:23 AM Happy Birthday Harlan! Now today is a day to celebrate so lets round this corner and get you on the road to full health. We are holding you in prayer. Dawn Robertson- Whitley Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:38 AM Dear Marilyn & Family, We are lifting all of you up & praying continually for strength & healing so you may be able to celebrate Harlan's birthday today. Keep the faith & cling to His Promise "I will never leave you nor forsake you". Give Harlan a birthday hug for us. Love, Pat & Neil VanSchouwen Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:58 AM Please give Har a birthday hug for me. Not exactly the party atmosphere we would want but as the song says - ONE DAY AT A TIME...... Harriet Green Praying for you, too, Marilyn........ Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:13 AM Dear Family, Praying for all you. Wonderful verse John 14:27. I have that verse in my kitchen. Praying. Love Nina Koedam Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:26 AM What a difficult night for you, Harlan, and for your family. Oh, dearest Father, send Your healing. Bring relief. Quiet hearts. "...be strong and courageous, do not be terrified or discouraged for the Lord, your God is with you..." -Joshua 1:9 I love you, Harlan and Marilyn. Ruth Landegent Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:27 AM Dear Marilyn and all, MANY prayers continue for Harlan and we trust you can feel them upholding you too. We love you and we're boldly praying for miracles. Happy Birthday Harlan! A birthday you will remember! Blessings for today. "Sustain me according to your promises, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed." Psalm 110:116 (NIV) Lois Cleveringa

44: Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:34 AM May our Heavenly Father comfort your hearts today. We pray the Doctors will have wisdom to know just when to do the surgery. We pray Harlan's fever will decrease and the breathing will become more normalized. I pray for all of you that you can have a peace from the LORD through this very difficult time. "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things. .. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:26 - 27 "As for God. . . His way is perfect. . . the WORD of the LORD is proven, HE is a shield to all those that trust in HIM!" Psalms 18:30 Praying - constantly for Harlan and Marilyn and family! Dave and Sharla Brammer Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:35 AM We love you all. Harlan has recieve his grand entry into the royal kingdom of our precious Lord. We rejoice with him. We mourn with you precious loved ones left behind. God lift them up. Barb Addink Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:37 AM hey grandpa, i heard you had a rough night and you could not breath very well :( grandpa i miss you so much i want you to come home right after the surgery,ok. oh i just wanto say.............................. HAPPY BRITHDAY!!!!!!!!!!! LUV U SOOOOOOO MUCH! MERIAH Robertson Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:48 AM Harlan. Marilyn & family Our hearts ache for you, as you go through these difficult days. please remember that you have people back home that love you, care about you and will be constantly upholding you in prayer.. Give Harlan a hug from us too today. Not a very nice way to spend a birthday, but God's plans are not our plans. May you feel the love of others and God's strong arms around you as you face this day. Lorna Koedam | Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:52 AM Harlan,Marylin,and family Just a note to let you know we are and will continue to pray for that miracle.Also HAPPY BIRTHDAY Har lets celebrate back in Doon in a few weeks. Glenn,Lisa,Megan,and Mykle Kelderman Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:59 AM We continue to pray for each of you. Know that many people back home are upholding each of you in prayer. May the doctors have the wisdom to know when to do surgery God is in control and will see you through each minute of the day. Happy birthday Harlan. Herm and Linda Christians Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:14 AM Be rest assured that harlan has brought many people to there knees. His life has been such a blessing to us and as he lays their he has brought us closer to you as a family and all his friends to their knees with us. happy birthday harlan and we pray next year we can celebrate with you in Doon. Harriet Bradley Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:20 AM Happy Birthday, Harlan! Earl isn't computer savy enough to type, but wanted you to know you are in his thoughts as well! Hoping and praying for a day of rest for all and answers. Prayers! Dorinda Oostenink Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:25 AM Har and Family... Know that we are praying for you, Har at this time when you are struggling so much just to breath and find comfort. And for you, the family, as you wait upon he Lord to see what the next step will be. Continue to keep your faith and "take a day at a time" Give Har a Happy Birthday wish and a big hug for us. God be with you all. Rob and Donna Fedders Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:30 AM Harlan and Marilyn, Praying, Praying, Praying. May you have a day filled with love from your family and friends, Happy Birthday Harlan. A hug to you and one for Marilyn too. Keith and Mary Bonnema

45: Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:31 AM Harlan and Marilyn, Just got home but was kept updated daily and sometimes 2-3 time a day. Boy, how life can change and we are reminded we are not in control. But we know God is. We know God does answer our prayers but sometimes we need to be patient. Our prayers are with you and you are constantly on our minds. We pray for God's healing hand on Harlan and peace and love for Marilyn and the family. Our love to all of you. Jackie VandeGriend Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:54 AM For Family, We are praying for peace for all of you what ever comes your way today. Dave & Laura Pluim Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:03 AM Harlan, Marilyn and Family, Happy Birthday Harlan!!!! We are remembering you in prayer and thinking about you all frequently. Remember to rest in The Lord, He will give you strength. He will see you through this valley. Embrace the time with family and know that we love you! Jim and Jane Anema Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:05 AM We are continuing tmo pray. May god give all of you rest and peace. Donald Baker Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:29 AM We are praying and praying some more for Harlan and all his family!! Thank you for all the updates. We hope and pray Harlan will be able to get all the help he needs and gets well very very soon! Dave, Rachel, and Nikki Huyser Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:45 AM Harlan and Marilyn, Keeping you and your family in our prayers! We also wish you a Happy Birthday Harlan! Wishing may Blessings for you today. Larry and Minerva VanGinkel Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:46 AM We continue to lift you all up in prayers during this very difficult time. May you find peace and strength in the Lord. Mark & Paula Jacobsma | Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:47 AM HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAR!! Hope things go good for you on your birthday. Wishing you the best today. Wishing you many more birthdays to come. Jeff Van Kley Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:48 AM God's blessing on your birthday. May you be able to celebrate with family and friends. Wes & Diana Dykstra Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:58 AM We are continually thinking and praying for you, Harlan. We are also praying for your entire family. May you all find the peace and comfort that you need to get through this journey. Wishing you a Happy Birthday as well. Randy and Cheryl Bos Saturday, July 23, 2011 10:02 AM Happy happy birthday Har!!!!! We are praying for the doctors as they make their decision.We know that God is in control but the waiting can be hard.You all are in our thoughts and prayers.Praying for an uneventful day!!! Fred and Karla Van Kley Saturday, July 23, 2011 10:03 AM Blessings to you on your birthday Harlan. We continue to pray for wisdom for the Drs. and team working with you. Don't give up-God is greater than anything we can think or imagine. Marilyn, Our prayers for peace are lifted up for you and your family. Carla Netten Saturday, July 23, 2011 10:20 AM Happy Birthday Harlan!! Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers today! Praying for the Dr's wisdom and knowledge. Chad & Amanda (Leusink) Rozeboom and Family

46: Saturday, July 23, 2011 10:20 AM HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARLAN!!!!!!! All of you are in our thoughts and prayers and especially you Harlan keep up the good fight. Thinking of you guys. Rod & Joella Postma Saturday, July 23, 2011 10:43 AM you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers ... Thomas & Dody Ottens Saturday, July 23, 2011 10:54 AM Dear Harland and Marilyn, Just a quick note to let you know we think of you both often and are praying for you at this time. I know it is hard for both of you to understand but remember that our Heavenly Father is with you and will give you the peace you need and the strength. He never gives us more than we can handle even tho we as humans wonder how much we can handle. He has a plan through all this. Harlan, we want to wish you a happy birthday and a good day with family to cherish and for them to cherish also. Marilyn you take care of yourself by taking little breaks even tho u its hard to leave. We love you both and will continue to pray for healing and a speedy recovery. U are in good hands and they will take care of you Harlan. We will also pray for all of those who enter ;your room and are making the medical decisions. Love you guys. Shelly Brenneman Saturday, July 23, 2011 11:07 AM Praying for you all today! Larry, Doree and Jenna Wolfswinkel Saturday, July 23, 2011 11:14 AM We continue to pray for healing for Harlan....specifically for easing of pain, that he can rest now that he's on the ventilator. Also we pray for comfort for the family. From being a nurse for a long time, I can tell you that it is often more draining and difficult for the family. Waiting is not an easy thing. Zephaniah 3:17 is a favorite verse of mine. "The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." Lane and Edie Bonnema | Saturday, July 23, 2011 11:24 AM Dear Marilyn and Family, Our hearts are broken with you. We will deeply miss Harlan. Dennis enjoyed visiting with him at church so much. Praise God we don't grieve as those who have no hope. May God comfort all of you and carry you close to Himself in the coming days and years. Our prayers are with you. Dennis and Sarah Schiermeyer Saturday, July 23, 2011 11:27 AM So sorry to hear. At least we know we will see him again one day. May God's peace be with you. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Darren Soodsma Saturday, July 23, 2011 11:31 AM You are so right, it is the best birthday present he could receive, May you know that you are lifted up in thought and prayer by many friends and family. God will see you through these difficult days. Find peace in him. Linda Chrisitnas Saturday, July 23, 2011 11:36 AM That is the best present ever!! Praying for all of you in the days, weeks and months ahead!! Praying, Brad, Lisa, Abby and Ben Kats Saturday, July 23, 2011 11:41 AM Our hearts ache for your family, but we know that Harlan is where he belongs right now and is rejoicing and pain free. Now we can also rejoice in God's grace in Harlan's life and how his life affected so many of us. We think of the wonderful memories we have have as a family with you all and are thankful for those times...as Steph said,,"Harlan was like a second dad to us sometimes!" We keep you and the entire family in our prayers..."Weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice." Romans 12:15 Carol Lems

47: Saturday, July 23, 2011 11:43 AM, CDT Deepest sympathy to your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers for comfort in the days ahead. Lean on Jesus as He is always there for you. Denny and Marsha Kelderman Saturday, July 23, 2011 11:56 AM We love you all. Praise God for his glorious homecoming on such a special day! Our hearts break for you and rejoice for him at the same time. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Let us know what we can do for you in the many days ahead. ' How Great is our God, Sing with me How Great is our God, and ALL will see how great, how great, is our God!' We will Miss him dearly! Gail Harlow Saturday, July 23, 2011 11:57 AM My heart felt sympathies goes out to all of you.you all will be in my thoughts and prayers in the hard days ahead. Ramona Garvey Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:02 PM Marilyn, My deepest sympathy goes to you at this time. What a gift to go home to our heavenly father on your special day. May you feel God's prescense and loving arms around you. Jackie VandeGriend Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:08 PM My heart aches for those of you left behind, but we can rejoice that Harlan is now free from pain and feasting at the Lord's banqueting table. I know the comfort and peace that comes from that assurance and knowledge even in the depths of sorrow. Harlan is an shining example of a man for whom "as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether in life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Philippians 1:16) Over the years Harlan demonstrated God's presence in his life by giving of his time and talents to help others. We pray that you as a family will remember with joy the legacy and spiritual example that he leaves with you. Rest in God's promises and rely on Him to give you strength day-to-day. Love, Marge De Boer | Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:16 PM Harlan was like a second dad to me growing up - he will definitely be missed by all! I loved going camping with you guys - you were all so much fun to be around!! Harlan always had a smile and I can still hear his laugh whenever we went fishing or boating. His positive attitude and love for serving Christ through service work was an amazing example to me (and everyone else). He has now joined our Heavenly Father, rejoicing in heaven with Him. But we will miss Harlan. Our tears, hearts, and sympathies go out to you. All our love Chris and Steph Kuperus (Lems) Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:18 PM Our hearts are so heavy! You are a close family and he will be greatly missed by you and by our church and his friends and all those lives he touched by serving and caring! He always had his priorities right. It was always about Jesus and bringing people to Him. When he talked in front of church I always loved what he had to say, because he was in tune with Christ and always humble! My heart aches for you, Marilyn! ...for you and your whole family! I need to keep my mind on where he is and how privileged he is to be with the Lord, who is welcoming him and holding him close! Still praying, Roy & Jan Bliek Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:35 PM Our hearts are saddened for your family. You have been through so much in the last couple weeks, but we know God has been with you. When you couldn't pray, we prayed. Thank you for letting us share your burden as you put posts on CaringBridge. What a wonderful tool to give one message to so many. We will continue to keep praying for your family as you make preparations for Harlan's funeral and the days beyond. In love, Stan & Marlys Korthals Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:35 PM Marilyn & Family Our hearts are breaking for you now. May your family be upheld by the grace of God during this time. Our deepest sympathy. Ed & Leah (Van Den Top) De Jong

48: Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:38 PM Rest In Peace I am in Heaven,dear ones; Oh, so happy and so bright! There is perfect joy and beauty In this everlasting light. All the pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed; I am now at peace forever, Safely home in Heaven at last. All my Love and Prayers to the Niemeyer Family The Bear - Tim Van Meeteren Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:38 PM Breathing eternal air on his birthday. What a precious, precious man...Harlan! The hole he leaves in our hearts is gigantic. Only God's Spirit can fill this emptiness. We love you so very much. Ruth Landegent Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:57 PM Our hearts are heavy Marilyn and family, but we rejoice with you in that he is singing and celebrating with the best in Heaven. Oh what a birthday present for him, what a wish come true. We hold you all in our hearts today and in the days and weeks to come, knowing that our God is with you and will stay beside you each step of the way. We are still praying for peace and comfort for all of you and for those grandchildren that were his pride and joy. Blessings.....Rob and Donna Fedders Saturday, July 23, 2011 1:03 PM As Christians, we weep with those who weep, and we rejoice with those who rejoice. (Romans 12:15) On this day, we weep and grieve with you -- because we will miss a great man who loved Jesus. At the same time, we rejoice with you as we imagine the magnificent things that Harlan is experiencing right now ... in the very presence of Christ Jesus! Our minds cannot begin to fathom what Harlan is seeing, tasting, ... FEELING! Right now! I hope and pray that you feel God's peace and comfort wrapped around you. Your family's witness for Christ continues, as even here in the depth of your grief, you point out that "God is still good." God bless you all! A great big community of believers stands with you!!! Jennifer Lee | Saturday, July 23, 2011 1:13 PM Dear Marilyn & family, May the arms that welcomed Harlan into his eternal home hold each of you so very lovingly and tenderly in this sad and difficult time. With love and prayers, Gerrit & Kay Vis Saturday, July 23, 2011 1:18 PM Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family as you go through this difficulty time. Our hearts hurt and will miss Harlan very very much. He was a great man and a true inspiration for all. He leaves a path that only one person can hope to follow some day. He really did receive the best birthday gift ever!!! No more pain, no more worries, no more sorrow...only shear glory to be with GOD in Heaven in all his Glory!!! HE leaves a big hole to fill that will take time..so much time to fill - but he leaves memories, laughter, and a smile and caring spirit that will in time comfort us all. Our prayers for GOD to wrap his loving arms around you and your family in this difficult time are prayed daily. We love you all and most of all GOD loves you and HE knows the plans that he has for you. Love Dan, Shay, Parker, and Morgan Van Schepen Saturday, July 23, 2011 1:53 PM Dear, dear Marilyn and family, My prayers are with you all. I was praying and reading my Bible this morning, thinking of all the wonderful things Harlan had done for the cause of Christ. It is clear that all of us who knew Harlan are brokenhearted over his passing and your deep loss, yet rejoicing he is a beloved child of the King and in His presence where there are no more tears. May the Lord give you all the strength and peace that passes all comprehension. Love, Nancy Widbin

49: Saturday, July 23, 2011 2:07 PM Marilyn and family....I am at a loss for words. I will continue to bring prayers for all of you before the throne of God Almighty..our Rock and our Redeemer... To see Harlan was to see the Lord's servant...such a servants heart! He is at peace...true peace... Who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like HIS glorious body. Philippians 3:21 With love, Peggy & Bruce Jacobsma Saturday, July 23, 2011 2:09 PM as i read this, there are no words that come close.....you both were my best friends and always will be. i am so very happy for him tho, to be sitting at jesus feet and to be singing with the angels is the only place i could ever want for him. he has been blessed with a wonderful family here on earth and with the heavenly chosen. he really did get a happy birthday, no more suffering, and that is really what we have to believe. our thoughts and prayers are with you always and forever through this difficult time..... friends forever elvin mulder, kaye and stan strickler Saturday, July 23, 2011 2:35 PM Marilyn and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Harlan was such a loving, Christ-like man. I have so many good memories of spending time at your house. I grieve for all of you and wish I could be near to give you all hugs. I will be thinking of you often and praying for comfort, for even when you know the greatest comfort of him being with his Heavenly Father, there will be days of great sadness ahead. I am so blessed to have known Harlan, and I know that there are so many others who feel the same. Lisa (Kelderman) De Groot Saturday, July 23, 2011 4:40 PM Marilyn and family, Now is a difficult and painful time. I think fondly of your family. I pray that God will continue to shower His grace and peace on you. Kathy Hill | Saturday, July 23, 2011 3:49 PM May Christ grant you the courage today to fully rely on Him by walking in faith and trusting in His mighty power. We will miss Harlan's smile and hugs. In Christ's love Harlan and Norma Kamerman Saturday, July 23, 2011 4:12 PM Praying for your family as you walk throught this difficult time. We pray that the Lord will show you His everlasting love in new ways today and in the days ahead of you. He will never leave you. With sincere sympathy Jim, Marj and Maria De Kam Saturday, July 23, 2011 4:22 PM Heaven gained a great man today and rejoicing with him that he is celebrating his birthday with Jesus. Our love and prayers are with you Marilyn and family as you grieve Harlan's passing. May your loving memories of him and God's comfort help you through these next days and weeks. He was loved and will be missed by so many. We pray that God will lift you up, comfort and Bless you. We know what you are feeling and going through as we approach the 1st anniversary of my dad's passing in a couple weeks and Jim's mom's passing a year and a half ago. We love you and are praying for you!!!! Jim, Janet, Jamie, Julia, Jade, Jenna, and Jason Erdman Saturday, July 23, 2011 5:03 PM With our deepest sympathy, we are praying for you Marilyn and Briana and the rest of the family. We are saddened for the loss of Harlan here but happy he gets to celebrate his real "birthday" in Heaven today! He has always been so kind and sweet to us. He will be missed. We will continue to pray for you all. Love, the Dawn Trigg family

50: Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:00 PM Marilyn, Eric & Chad, and the rest of the family, We are so saddened for you that Harlan has left this earthly home; we praise God through Jesus Christ that the last breath on this earth is the first of eternal glory...something we can't even imagine but your husband and dad is now experiencing. May God's peace and love and the love of those around you be with you and help you through the next days, weeks, and months. Janelle Meendering Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:12 PM Marilyn, Erica, Brianna, Derick, Andrea and families I look into those 'smiling' eyes on the photo you have on this site and cannot even begin to imagine saying goodbye to them!!!!! Your dad will ALWAYS be remembered as a wonderful guy with a smile for everyone and a spirirtual walk that was solid and shared with so many!!! He cared so much for others especially his children and grandchildren--- know that what he has taught you will be carried on to those precious souls through your love and teachings-- stand firm in that faith and be reminded of the greatest party ever to be celebrated today as dad enjoys golden streets, perfect peace and a gift beyond our wildest dreams!!! We pray for each of you in the days and weeks ahead as you strive to press on with life here on earth --- knowing that dad will be there in a silent whisper or a slight breeze or even a beautiful cloud that floats over. We pray for you and extend to each of you our deepest and sincere sympathy. Love and prayers, Glen and Laura Sneller Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:18 PM I cry with you today and I rejoice with you also. Blessed by the name of the Lord. Wes & Diana Dykstra | Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:22 PM Dear Marilyn and family, On behalf of so many of the lives that Harlan has blessed with his giftedness, I want to express my deep sorrow to you. When I arrived at the church at 5:00 this morning from a long day of travel, I couldnt help but look up and see Vidas front wall that the work and expertise of Harlan was so instrumental in building. Harlan will be missed greatly by all of us. With heavy hearts, the ministry team of 2011 and the people of Vida grieve with you. As we ate lunch and prayed together today, we all realized that we have been blessed by knowing Harlan--God has blessed us by knowing him. His good works are a monument to his faith in Christ. Randy Widbin Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:31 PM I want to express my deepest sympathy to you all. Har was a great man. He will be missed greatly. Praying for all of you in this time of sorrow. Jeff Van Kley Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:31 PM Marilyn and Family We are so sad to hear of your loss. Harlen was a really neat guy, he always seemed happy and willing to help anyone, he was a great example to us of what a family man he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The Michelle Reisma family. Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:54 PM Marilyn and family ........ Our hearts and prayers go out to you as you go through this this time of loss, grieving and missing Harlan. A devotional I read has a day called "Everlasting Arms", from Dueteronomy 33:27. It talks about how all through life, and at it's close, we shall be upheld by the "everlasting arms"---arms that neither flag nor lose their strengh, for "the everlasting God will not grow tired or weary." As you go through the next weeks and months, some of the time will go better than others...but remember GOD'S everlasting arms will hold you up, keep praying for that strength as we will pray for it for you as well. Hang in there guys!!! Wanda and Allen Koedam

51: Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:52 PM We can't imagine the incredible amount of sorrow you are feeling in the loss of Har. We pray God's grace will surround you and uphold you now and in the coming days. With deepest sympathy, Tyler, Amy, Carter and Aiden Brock Saturday, July 23, 2011 10:32 PM With saddened hearts we express our sympathy to you and your family. My prayers are with you during this difficult time. In Christian Love, Chris and Becky Scharlepp Saturday, July 23, 2011 11:23 PM Marilyn & family, Our hearts go out to you during this time, it doesn't seem real. When we look at the pictures it is hard to believe that he is gone. He always had a big smile on his face & so happy. We are praying for all of you, as words are hard to say. May God be near you & wrap his loving arms around you as you may face tough weeks/months ahead. Greg & Rachel Sandbulte Sunday, July 24, 2011 12:13 AM You've been on my heart and in my prayers all day...........love to you, Kelly Vander Pol Sunday, July 24, 2011 8:29 AM Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. We are praying God gives you and your family the comfort you need. Harlan was a great man and will be missed by everyone! Kari, Jason, Krista & Nikki Faber Sunday, July 24, 2011 10:36 AM With our deepest sympathy, we are praying for you Marilyn and family. There are many memories of Harlan and we cherish them all. Larry and Minerva VanGinkel | Sunday, July 24, 2011 4:18 PM Marilyn and family: I am SO SORRY to hear the sad news of Harlan's passing. He was such a great man! I know you have many memories of great days and moments to remember his life. Please know that you are in my thought and prayers! Sally and Dan Hartley Sunday, July 24, 2011 6:05 PM Marilyn and Family~ We are so sorry for the loss of Harlan. You all are in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. Chad and Amanda (Leusink) Rozeboom and Family Sunday, July 24, 2011 6:29 PM We thank God for the promises He gives us. May God comfort you in this time of separation and assure you that His promises are true. Enjoyed the time we served together at Cursillo. Dwayne & Gayle Van Leeuwen Sunday, July 24, 2011 7:52 PM Marilyn and family: We just returned from a family union at the lakes only to see in the paper of Harlan's going home to heaven. From your family to his heavenly family his passing will leave an empty space that cannot be filled with anything but God's grace and love. Our deepest sympathy to you as you trust in the richness of Christ love during this time of loss. May the everlasting arms of our Savior hold you ever so close during this time. In Christ Love, Dave and Dot Roskam Sunday, July 24, 2011 8:59 PM Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God's Love comfort you during this time of sorrow. Chad, Gwen, Cullen, Wyatt, and Katelyn Berentschot Sunday, July 24, 2011 10:11 PM Marilyn & family, I am so sorry for your loss of your husband, father, & grandfather. Harlan was a great man that many people are going to miss. I pray for peace & understanding for all who loved Harlan. Take care! Loreen Marra ps: Marilyn I ate another "Bing" bar in memory of Harlan today! I love a man who loves candy bars!

52: Friday, July 29, 2011 8:47 AM Marilyn & Family- What a beautiful Celebration of Life Service in honor of Harlan. Harlan was and will continue to be such an awesome example to the rest of us on what truly it means to be a Child of God! I can only hope to be a fraction of the person Harlan was. What a blessing to say that I knew him. My hope is that you will all wrap your arms around the wonderful memories of Harlan and know that some day you will be reunited and what a wonderful reunion that will be! Blessings to All of You! Dawn (Robertson) Whitley Sunday, July 31, 2011 4:54 PM Dear Marilyn and family, I am still "filled up" with the celebration service of Harlan. I am still in awe of the legacy he left. What if all Christians gathered each day to celebrate the joy of knowing Jesus the way we did at his celebration service? What is we all held hands and sang, "Bind us together" each day before we faced the troubles of the day? What if we all lived our lives to serve Christ and others and left a legacy like Harlan? Wouldn't it be a different world? Jan Bliek | Monday, July 25, 2011 8:18 AM Marilyn and family, I am so sorry to hear about your recent loss. The memories of him I will cherish always. He always had a tale to tell and always had a smile for you. I will also remember the laugh I heard when I was a little girl and all those candy bars that he bought. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. Beth {Boogerd} Polacek Tuesday, July 26, 2011 12:34 AM Marilyn, This is Candise. I am the nurse that took care of Harlan the night before he was transferred to Mayo. I remembered you saying that you had started a caring bridge site and I thought I would see how Harlan was doing. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. In the time I got to spend with him was enough for me to tell that he was a wonderful man. You must feel so blessed to have been given the time you had with him. My heart goes out to you and your family at such a difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Candise Jarding

53: Tributes | Wednesday, July 27, 2011 7:33 PM In honor of Harlan Niemeyer for a life well lived for his Lord and Savior. Anonymous


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