The Last 24 Hours

I can’t believe all that has happened in the last 24 hours…

Sad news…my dad was taken by ambulance to the hospital’s emergency room because of a health concern.

Happy news…the hospital ran some tests but didn’t admit Dad. He doesn’t seem to be in any pain though there isn’t a clear diagnosis of what is ailing him…and of course, he can’t describe anything (Dad has Alzheimer’s). He’s going to the doctor today for follow-up.

Sad news…I woke up in the night with a deep, hacking cough. I am rarely sick! And Thursday of all days, I need my voice. I don’t have time for a cold! I’ve got three doses of cough medicine to partition out throughout the day.

Happy news…my first radio show debuted! I definitely have some room for improvement as a host (need to smooth out exits for breaks)…but it really went well! Thanks to a fabulous guest, Erik Wesner, who was so enjoyable and interesting and informative. Also, thanks to a wonderful production team at You can listen to it here:

And I didn’t need to cough!

Upsetting news...during the radio show, I received a message on my telephone from VISA that my credit card has been compromised. The next hour was spent untangling that mess. Cards canceled immediately so I am living on cash right now.

Good news…looks like no one had time to make fraudulent uses of the credit card. Good for VISA’s vigilant fraud dept.!

Sad news…waved goodbye to my son at 4 pm…he was heading off to play in the Northern California Championship basketball tournament. I had a book event scheduled and was unable to attend. Tugged at my heartstrings to miss it….knowing it could be the last game.

Happy news…my son’s team won! THEY WON! They are now in the top 8 teams in the state of California! And I have at least one more game!

Happy news…I went to my book event last night (took the last dose of cough medicine!). The women behind this event did an AMAZING job. Publicized it well, decorated the chapel so beautifully, baked Amish treats for everyone. We were hoping, hoping, hoping that 100 women would show up.

Nearly 200 showed up! The event had to be moved into the sanctuary! It was a lovely evening…terrific audience, great questions during the Q&A, and gave the women of our church (all ages!) an opportunity to connect with each other.

I could hardly sleep last night. WHAT. A. DAY.

Thanks be to God!

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Mocha with Linda says:

    I'm glad the sad parts turned out happily!

    Sounds like you need a fun break – come join the meme on my blog!

  2. fredamans says:

    Hope you feel better soon!

    And praying your Dad stays healthy.

  3. An Amish Table says:

    Wow! What a roller coaster! I am glad it all had a happy ending. I am thrilled that your church function went well. I would love to do something like that at my church-meaning help teach people to live a simpler life. Where do I start? I never taught a class. Do you have any pointers?

  4. Sherri says:

    proof that all things do indeed work together for good to those that love Jesus!!! He's so good! Feel better soon and hope you're son did well!

  5. Amy says:

    Sigh … the life of a writer, mom, daughter! Congrats and prayers for your dad.

  6. April W Gardner says:

    So much to be thankful for! Praise God you can find the good tucked in around all the bad. He's so good to us, isn't He?
    Love reading your blogs.

  7. April W Gardner says:

    P.S. Forgot to tell you…
    Great readio show! You go girl!