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Monday, December 3, 2001   

Hello everyone! So much has happened since the last time I wrote. First of all, I finally got into the swimming pool for therapy a few weeks ago. Something very interesting happened. One of the first things I wanted to do was to put my face in the water and just lay there. It's been a year-and-a-half since I've been in the water, and I've really missed it. I pulled my head up and am sure I had a big smile on my face. The therapist asked if I wanted to do it again. I said no and for some reason she thought I said yes, and then she let my head fall back in the water. So there I was with no breath and unable to really move anything including my arms because I am even weaker than I thought. I started turning my head to get air but with no leverage my head simply sunk into the water. I mentally panicked and could not believe I was about to drown again! Thank God Jill was on the side of the pool and yelled at the therapist to pull me up.

For those I have not told, I experienced very terrifying, vivid visions when I was in the ICU about drowning. In these visions, I drowned many times and to this day they seem real to me. I've never had a dream since the hospital that was similar to the visions. I feel like the devil was sitting on the side of that swimming pool, kicking his feet in the water, and laughing at me as I laid there gasping for air. I'm not quite sure why this happened. I would be very interested in any ideas or opinions that you guys might have.

In that same vein, I would like to make a request of those of you who read this website. Instead of having you continually check this site to see if there is an update, I want to get all of your e-mail addresses. When I update the site, I will e-mail each of you and let you know. I will keep your e-mail address hidden so that no one else can see it. If you're interested in doing this, click here (thebusinelles@gregandjill.com) to send me an e-mail. If you are not interested, feel free to just check this site for updates as usual.

I have finished all my coursework for my MBA. I woke up on Sunday and the first thought that came to my mind was that I did not have to study or write a paper that day. Instead, Jill and I went to my family's Christmas party. Everyone seemed to have a great time especially my sweet grandmother who is turning 80 this week!

The company who is converting our van finally got ready to do it today - literally. They promised a two week turnaround but given our experience so far that is a pipe dream. If we put the van in now, we would most likely be without it the entire holiday. That would mean renting a handicap van to the tune of $85 a day. That's just not going to happen for a lot of reasons. Instead, we decided to wait until after the holidays. I guess the main reason is that I am taking Jill to New Orlean's and Morgan City for a world wind tour. We are going to spend a couple of days on vacation and then go see the Businelles in Morgan City.

Businelle Company turned in its first project successfully. I have been knocking on doors and sending out resumes trying to find work for Businelle Company or Greg Businelle. The economy could be better but it's nothing that the Lord can't tackle. I really am at a point in my life where I give these types of worries to the Lord and let Him worry about it.

Jill is doing great. She's is working as hard as ever. She still has quite a bit of vacation days so December should be a lite month for her. We traveled up to Athens Texas which is near Dallas for Thanksgiving to spend time with her family. We stayed two nights and had a real smooth trip. Jill did all the driving and ran almost no red lights! Please continue to pray for her health, strength, and good spirit.

I pray you have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. Remember to tell everyone that will listen that Christmas is about the birth of Christ who came and saved the world. Things are getting pretty hairy out in the world. Now is a good time to encourage anyone dragging their feet about making the decision for Christ to go ahead and ask Him to be Lord of their life.

Isiah 12:2 - "Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.  The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation."



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