We each have a life story, penned without ink, read by the people around us. Who's writing your story?


We've all heard the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words." How many times have you poured over a photo, taking in each and every detail, trying to put the story together at a deeper level? When I read Joni Eareckson Tada's account of her diving accident, I studied the pictures in the center of the book. Whether it's a desire for a more complete understanding or just a bit of curiosity, seeing real life photos adds another dimension to any story.

I wish we had more pictures from our story that began with a car crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In the process of writing Penned Without Ink: Trusting God to Write Your Story, I found the envelope of photos. Each seemed to draw me back in time as I let my mind wander down hospital hallways, to hushed uncertain bedsides, and into busy rehab rooms. Once more, I looked into the concerned eyes of my children and our extended family. With tears running down my cheeks, I recalled more than what happened. I remembered God's grace.

Perhaps a few pictures will help you appreciate our story in a deeper way. And if you're just a little curious, that's okay too! 

Barry's brother took these photos of our car at the junkyard. 
Notice the red pickup truck (Chapter Five, Endnote 1).

The helicopter pilots whose foresight saved Barry's life (Chapter Five).


        Photos of Sarah in the hospital in Johnstown.


 Elisabeth and Sarah's mom in Johnstown.

  Elisabeth finally overcame her fear of  Sarah's halo to crawl into bed with her         (Chapter Three).

Barry and Sarah at Mountain View Care Center (Chapters Eleven, Twelve).

Barry, Sarah, and Jana in the Chapel at Mountain View Care Center 
(Chapters Eleven, Twelve).



    Barry stayed at John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation for ten days (Chapter Twelve). 

 Barry's sister, Maxine, helping Barry walk in the courtyard at John Heinz (Chapter Thirteen).

Barry's coming home! Photo taken with Sarah, Sharon, and Jana
(Chapter Thirteen).

Barry and Sarah at home, two and a half months post-accident 
(Chapter Thirteen).

Barry, Sarah, and Elisabeth ready to go back to church for the first time 
(Chapter Thirteen).

 Family Photo, Summer 2012
Jana, Barry, Sharon, Sarah, Elisabeth

May 2020

Special thanks to Rapid Photo in Clarks Summit, PA for digitalizing our old snapshots.


  1. Thank you, Vicki, for sharing your thoughts about God's faithfulness over many years. And thanks for mentioning my mom. I just finished using her Transformed by Renewing Bible Study with a young woman I'm mentoring . . . those truths never get old. I appreciate your encouragement and am glad you enjoyed PENNED. May God bless you in your daily walk and ministry.

  2. Thank you for sharing this on FB. I read your book and it was an encouragement to me. I am sure it is hard to look back on these pictures. You and the girls have come through a lot and I am sure you are an encouragement to many! God Bless! Harriette Bartron

    1. Thank you for reading our story and for your encouragement. Blessings to you! (Jana still talks about how you did a great job teaching typing at TBHS!)