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With love and hugs~Patty (#46796026)
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Love Always, Renee
Thanksgiving Blessings
Wishing you and your family a special day of thanks.

Added by Love Always, Renee on Nov 25, 2015 6:04 AM

Love Always, Renee
Early Mother's Day Wishes
I wish for you love, good health and happiness today and always.

Added by Love Always, Renee on May 07, 2015 12:09 PM

Love Always, Renee
Easter Blessings
Wishing you and your loved ones a glorious Easter holiday.

Added by Love Always, Renee on Apr 04, 2015 4:38 AM

Diane ღ
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Memorial Day 2012

"From the president of the United States and grateful Nation."

I remember the words so clearly as they handed my Mother the flag. I had never heard those words before that. As I stood there on that cold November Day, thoughts came swirling in my head. I flashed back to my fathers entire demeanor. How he organized his clothing drawers were. How he lived with honor, how military he was. How he had wanted to be in the National Cemetery and I was so against it.

It was like it was all coming together in my head, I was seeing experiences known only to those understanding military tradition.

He was part of this white sea of headstones belonging to the men and women who valiantly defended our nation. His military back bone had always been there.

He served as a Chaplin ministering to Vets at the Minneapolis Veterans Hospital for years. He was on the honor guard for awhile. He gave blood routinely as he was AB negative, the rarest blood type in the world. Many nights he would get a 2 am call and out the door he would go to give blood because someone was in need. It took me years to understand what a military man is. He lived our nation and preserving it's goodness my entire life.

Memorial Day means so many different things to our society. The start of summer, picnics, it is the official end of winter where I live.

To veterans it is a time of reflection, of their courage, sacrifices, pride and loss. My son has lost 2 friends to the Iraq war, and another that came back severely injured and is struggling with his injuries and each day is a gift as those days are slipping away from him.

Memorial Day we bring into memory those that have fought for our freedom. I would like to thank you, for your Father, Son, daughter, husband, ancestor, or maybe even you, for the scarifies your families have endured to keep America out of harms way.

That as we begin Memorial Day 2012 our families remain strong and we are enduring together what our nation is all about....

"First in WAR ... First in PEACE ... and First in the HEARTS of his countrymen."
George Washington.

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Memorial tribute

Added by Diane ღ on May 26, 2012 8:40 PM

Diane ღ
Happy Easter,
At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o'clock. Then, at that time Jesus called out with a loud voice, "My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?"

Today is Good Friday, one of the saddest yet the most joyful days of the year. For many years on Good Friday the weather has changed to dark sky's and the winds rolled in. It lasts about an hour. I have always thought that God was reminding me of that moment when Jesus left this earth. The suffering was over, the debt was paid for us. The Lamb of God had fulfilled his destiny and salvation was ours to claim through repentance of our sins.

Just now, in Florida, it rained and the sky was ominous and threatening. Lightning danced across the sky with loud claps of thunder. It rolled in from the west and as it came upon the house it was beautiful, exciting, and if orchestrated by Steven Spielberg could not have been more beautifully displayed.

The rain came after and then the glorious rainbow with the sun gleaming colors of purple, green, yellow and blue. God's rainbow with the meaning of "he loves us, he keeps his word and he will be there in the evening of our lives."

As I watched the weather roll by and the sun's return. I could feel it's warmth, I could feel God's promises to us as humanity. In my own words, once a year we have a holy TEXT sent to us. It says "I lived, I died and I did it because I love you" You have my number, don't forget to call.

On this Good Friday I am sending you my faith, my hope and wishing you peace and love in your lives forever. This has been my message to you for 8 years. We can rejoice in a new beginning because that is what he bestows on us each and every Good Friday.

Each and every Easter Morning we start again. With the Faith that he is near, The peace he sends in knowing our future is in his good keeping, the hope that our loved ones can share in this amazing gift, and the love that can transpire between families no matter how much strife and differences we have, we are all one. It is all so easy when we come together to make it happen.

Easter Blessings,

Diane

Psalm 35:9
Then my soul shall rejoice in the LORD;
and delight in his salvation.

Added by Diane ღ on Apr 06, 2012 11:20 PM

Diane ღ
miss you
Merry Christmas!

I have been working Christmas day for as long as I can remember. It has always been by choice. Although the double pay and a half is an incentive. It is the one day a year I know I can make a difference.

There are always the "ones" who are sitting by the elevator door waiting for their family to come. The "ones" who have no family but still hope for a visitor. The "ones" who's family can't come due to distance but they still hope. And the "ones" who have family but have long been forgotten.

There was a time when you could walk into a hospital or nursing home and visit with people. Now you have to go through "channels" you have to have clearance. In some cases if you want to volunteer to visit, you have to have a back ground check.

What has happened to us? We need each other so badly yet as a society we have been forced to part. As I walk through the stores and malls I can see people on the verge of tears. It is there ,right there under the surface, as time goes on it is getting harder for people to hide their pain.

The pain of what we are becoming in this treasured nation is worn on our peoples faces. Many have lost homes, jobs, and most of all hope. Hopes definition is, the emotional state which promotes the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. How simple a definition can be said yet it's meaning is so vital to us all.

We are in the season of "hope'" it is more than time for hope to return to us. It is time to bring it back . We can have hope for a brighter future, to be more kind to each other, to help one another through this, and to ease each others pain if it is only with a glance and a smile of I understand, I am standing here with you.

We are a strong stubborn nation, built on a foundation of caring and taking care of each other. We can't let hope leave us.

On a Christmas morning long ago a baby was born into this world to bring us everlasting life. That was the beginning of hope. That was our salvation and our link to peace. The grouping of the words Faith, Hope, Love, Joy, Peace, are seen everywhere at this time of year.

I am sending you my wish that those words will not be words but an ointment to wash away your pain, your uncertainty of tomorrow and to send you my hope, that Faith, Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace, are part of your life each and everyday of the New Year.

Cyber Christmas Hugs,

Diane

Added by Diane ღ on Dec 16, 2011 9:52 PM

Diane ღ
Come Back!
Thanksgiving Day Blessings...

Thanksgiving as a kid we had Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and then Christmas it was like leading up to the Super Bowl. In Minnesota it was almost worth the Halloween snow storm that does not stop until May. You got three wonderful holidays and it ended with presents. How much better could it get?

I remember one year my Mom had slaved over 4 pumpkin pies. She wanted them to cool quickly so she put them out on a ledge that actually was a cooling ledge right out side the kitchen window. It took about a minute and a half for the squirrels to find it. They had a party. There was about 7 of them swimming in her pies. I remember her standing at the window just looking out. All of us came running to see what she was looking at.

Squirrels were throwing pumpkin pie at each other one was running back and forth to feed another squirrel who was too frightened to approach the window. You could hear the holiday bliss and squirrels almost singing through the window. Their little furry faces were orange and they were chewing as fast as they could. Two of them thought it would be a good idea to take one home and were trying to drag a pie off.

I remember it was just mayhem out that window. Here she was, with 5 little children standing with her watching us, watch her face. None of us giggled or moved or even were breathing for a few minutes as we all stood there.

What would she do? She had been making pies for 2 days. I kept thinking she is going to explode any second. She left the window, went over to the freezer and pulled out 2 store bought frozen pies. Put them on the counter and looked at us kids.

In a low deep voice she said, "who did you think I was baking those pies for? The squirrels have to have Thanksgiving too".

It was so funny, I remember her reaction was almost as funny as what was going on outside that window. We laughed and watched. She was just going to be alright with this even if it killed her.

For days there were squirrels with stained orange faces jumping around the yard and all she would say is....Well, I know which ones did it, and I will be watching for them come Christmas.

Now I look back on those precious days so differently. It is about being together and seeing your family. Some that only are able to come for holidays due to distance. It is about seeing that one or two family members that always leave you shaking your head. It is about the new life, the babies and kids that are living the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas Super Bowl.

We all have our memories of those who have gone before, don't let those memories make you sad, keep them close to your heart because those memories are what keep them near to us, they live on, when we can smile and see the squirrels faces covered in pumpkin on a cold winters day.

May the Joy and Hope of Thanksgiving bring you into the Christmas season refreshed and ready to party on.

Cyber Hugs,

Diane

Added by Diane ღ on Nov 22, 2011 11:56 AM

Diane ღ
Patty, Patty, Patty,
Where did you go? I miss you. Can you drop me a line?

Diane

Added by Diane ღ on Jul 28, 2011 3:36 PM

Blessed Always
Hello
One Thing At Christmas We Always Like To Do...Is Send "God's Blessings" To Special Ones Like You. God Bless You With The Most Joyous Christmas Season. I Thank My God Upon Every Remembrance Of You.~Philippians 1:3 Ron & Jan

Added by Blessed Always on Dec 21, 2010 10:45 PM

Diane ღ
hey,
I don't know where you are but I am here if you ever need me. You are my friend Patty....what ever you need, if I can help I will.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Diane

Added by Diane ღ on Nov 20, 2010 5:35 PM

SKYNYRD FAN
HEY DEAR
It,s me Tonya,IAdded by SKYNYRD FAN on Oct 14, 2010 7:39 PM

Diane ღ
july 4th
We are so lucky to live in America. Home of the free and the brave. I get nostalgic about the 4th of July. The memories of childhood came back so clearly to me. Where I grew up everyone knew their neighbors. Evening walks were taken with people greeting each other with a "good evening." There was no fear in the air. People out grilling, you would walk by and they would say "come have a dog with us!" Friends were easily made with a smile.

My Mom as a child had a large horse, a draft horse. A farmer during the depression could not feed and water the horse. He gave it to her because he knew that her family would take care of it. The horses name was "Big Bill". She loved that horse.

She would ride around town, looking to help people with her horse. Sometimes she would find a car that the soft shoulder of the road had pulled into the ditch. She loved to amaze people with the brute strength of the horse. A little girl, with a strong rope would hop off that big horse and climb under a car to attach that rope to the frame and hopped back on that horse to slowly pull the car out of the ditch.

I see her on her horse, meandering through the fields where coarse prairie grass sways to and fro in the summer breezes. It is funny to me that today my nostalgia is my Mothers childhood, not my own.

This 4th of July I wish you blessed memories, new encounters to make memories, and that loved ones are happy and safe.

Always remember, the land and waters are speaking to you.
They are asking us to protect them.

This is our heritage, our pride, our hope.
Our America! This land is ours.
Stand tall, we will not fall.

Happy 4th...

Diane

Added by Diane ღ on Jul 04, 2010 12:49 AM

Diane ღ
good to hear from you
Sometimes I need to reach out to you because this is the only acceptable place to grieve. Mother has now been gone 10 months. Most of the world thinks that is enough time to be on with my life. Papers finaled and settled, bills surrounding her death are paid. Life moves on. Things are moving but I am standing still.

I had a memorial video done when my Dad died. Many pictures set to music. When my Mom died, I had one done for her and put my Dad's on the same DVD. Now it is hundreds of pictures and seems like a root canal to watch.

I viewed it tonight for the first time since I buried her.

What I saw was babies, toddlers, young adults, young adults that found each other and fell in love. They grew up together. Over and over I replayed each picture in my head. It was the days before the responsibility of family life and work. While love was fresh and dreams were being built. The look of two people who loved each other and nothing was ever going to stop them. The days I was their baby and remembered the picture being taken.

What kept coming back to me was how real their lives were. That they had a childhood and a life. Even when I can't see them, it somehow goes on. We all are touched with life, our own and the loss of the lives taken from us. All over these pictures were people communicating love, with a gentle hug, a smile, eyes shining with hope. As I view the pictures of your loved ones on your memorials, I see the same lives, the same hope, the same "I leave you with my love."

So tonight I just wanted to say they are sending us their love, I know they are not gone but live on in our eyes, in our hope. In everything that made them, also makes us.

I don't want to stand still anymore. I want their lives to shine through me. I don't even know if it's possible. I have to learn how to grieve, I don't think I have been doing this right. I think part of grief is letting go, that courage that only we, can find deep within us that "they" put there. There is no doubt in my mind that our loved ones will give us the courage to grieve and let go.

Anyway I needed you tonight and I thank you for friendship and helping me find the courage that my Mom and Dad gave me.

Sweet Dreams,

Diane

Added by Diane ღ on Jun 14, 2010 10:44 PM

Diane ღ
how are you?
I had such a totally amazing thing happen. A bird, just a little sparrow flew into a picture window. It bounced off and a few minutes later I thought, I wonder if he made it ok?

I went out and found this little bird on his back in the stones and I picked him up, He was alive to my amazement. I did not know what to do with it. He looked broken and like, no way was it going to live through this. I held him and could feel his little heart beating. I prayed. It reminded me of all the people that I have taken care of over the years that were dieing, and how the families prayed. How I silently prayed that somehow this person would get through this. Always trying to hide my emotion at the bed side. Don't cry, don't let them see you cry. Your the nurse, be the strong shoulder.

So as I held this little bird thinking should I... 911 him to a vet....no that is crazy. I just prayed. Ok, God, he is yours and he is broken and he is suffering, and God, I can't watch him die today. Please do something. Come get him or send an Angel or something. I put a soft cloth up in a tree and put him up as high off the ground as I could get him, where no cat could come and find him to be a tasty snack.

I grieved, and I watched out the window. I could see it just sitting. Of course you start, thinking how much involvement do I want to have with this bird? Ok I could put it in a shoe box....then how to feed it, I don't have a clue. Back to God...Ok "help". 2 hours went by. I am sure he is dead by now. I went out climbed up the tree. Realizing, I am not that young anymore. He was still alive. I reached out and stroked his head. He made direct eye contact, and flew away.

I heard God say to me, "my eye IS on the sparrow and it IS on you".

So today a victory. God IS in his kingdom and his eye is on us.

It's sunny, warm and spring is here, and somewhere out there is a very special little sparrow who winged his way into my life today. And for just a minute I could feel that God is with us and he loves us, and once in awhile he lets them live.

Diane

Added by Diane ღ on May 16, 2010 3:59 PM

Noelle
hello
I miss you girl.......

Added by Noelle on Apr 30, 2010 9:06 AM

Diane ღ
Happy Easter
The day between Good Friday and Easter Day makes us aware of the end of one world and the complete newness of salvation that will be here on Easter morning by the Resurrection of Christ. So today it is Holy Saturday. I think about Jesus laying in the tomb today. About what must have been happening...some parts of the bible say he lay in death. I don't know what that means exactly, at least for him. I guess nobody really knows.

All my life on Good Friday the sky's turn dark and cloudy between 2 and 4 in the afternoon. Yesterday did not disappoint. The sky turned dark and cold for a few minutes and then the sun shown through. Even here in the sunshine state it was dark for a few minutes. I hear in my head "it is finished" I always go back to what I have felt other Mone-day Thursdays, Good Fridays, Holy Saturdays and then the Easter resurrection. And that is He shed His precious blood on Calvary so that you and I can have eternal life with Him. We are unworthy of the price He paid for us, but I am so glad, He loves us that much. So tomorrow morning the sun will come up on a new day, and centuries ago this is what happened, as stated in the scriptures.

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the sepulcher. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone; and sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. Lo, I have told you." So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, "Hail!" And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me."

It began that morning just as this morning began but with a new hope. Easter celebrates hope sprung from despair, so yesterdays sorrow must go away, and be replaced with hope. I am more spiritual than religious, I don't go to church. I just believe.

May this Easter bring you hope, love and joy and a trail of bread crumbs to follow back to that joy, if somehow you have lost your way.

L,
Diane

Added by Diane ღ on Apr 03, 2010 9:06 AM

Diane ღ
the luck o the irish be yours today...
May you have:
A world of wishes at your command
God and his angels close at hand
Friends and family their love impart,
And Irish blessings in your heart.

Diane

Added by Diane ღ on Mar 16, 2010 11:45 PM

Josie Kinnear
Happy Holidays!
♪♫**.♥ HAPPY HOLIDAYS ♪♫**.♥ TO YOU,♪♫**.♥ AND GOD BLESS US, ♪♫**.♥ EVERYONE! ♪♫* ♪♫**.♥ ♪♫**.♥ ♪♫**.♥♪♫* ♪♫**.♥
Love
Your Friend,
Josie Kinnear

Added by Josie Kinnear on Dec 24, 2009 10:38 AM

Tony Thibodaux
~Merry Christmas~


May your Christmas be filled with joy and happiness. Best wishes for now and the coming year...Sending Hugs From Ohio,Tony

Added by Tony Thibodaux on Dec 23, 2009 8:47 PM

Diane ღ
Happy Holiday's Patty
Merry Christmas

My Father and Mother during my childhood always sent out only Christmas cards with the
"One Solitary Life" theme on it. They shopped hard for it each year and during years they could not find it they would carbon copy it and put it in the card.

They believe so strongly that Christ made such a monumental deference in this world, that they lived the walk and did not just talk the talk.

This is my First Christmas without both of them.
It is because we have the salvation of that "One Solitary Life" that we have the hope of Christmas, the joy it brings, and the love of family far and near.

I pray for you that 2010 brings a renewed strength and many opportunities for your lives to be flooded with happiness, that no harm come to you and yours and the sadness of death returns to better understanding of

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ One Solitary Life ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty.

Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself...

While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Nineteen long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.

I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.

This essay was adapted from a sermon by Dr James Allan Francis in 1926

Much success in the new year,

Diane

Added by Diane ღ on Dec 23, 2009 5:29 PM

Sarah Locklin Taylor
Blessings

Merry Christmas Blessings to You and Yours!
Sarah

Added by Sarah Locklin Taylor on Dec 23, 2009 2:14 PM

Love Always, Renee
Merry Christmas to you
Cherish His Christmas

Christmas brings such a time of love
Each tender heart holds so much of

Unselfishness thrives, trust is strong
The purpose to give, send love along

A time of pleasantries, patience too
Good wishes to all, all feelings true

Thankfulness follows each fine deed
Gifts from our God, never from greed

Great the rewards that joy does bring
Like the beauty in hearing angels sing

We pray for our loved, each so dear
Especially those who can't be near

Many leave home to bravely serve
All freedoms we have, they preserve

Do pray for our troops, as we should
And their families too, if you would

Give thanks to our Lord, His only Son
And cherish His Christmas, everyone.

Added by Love Always, Renee on Dec 22, 2009 3:02 PM

LOTS OF LOVE PEGGY THOMPSON
PATTY
WISHING YOU AND YOURS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. GOD BLESS YOU. PEGGY

Added by LOTS OF LOVE PEGGY THOMPS... on Dec 21, 2009 9:01 AM

Mary
Hi, Patty,
Happy Holidays to you and your family...

Mary

Added by Mary on Dec 19, 2009 10:03 PM

Diane ღ
thankful 4 U
My Thanksgiving wish for you is to be reminded of what really counts and what remains important, no matter what our circumstances and what life brings. To cherish all the special people and moments along the way.

I am always talking about hope. Hope is the candle in the night when you can't see. For all of our lives are night, and hope brings light to it. As we come into the Christmas Holidays we are all missing someone. This will be my first without my Mother. The pain is almost unbelievable.

The days are getting shorter and night comes so fast and I go looking for hope. The hope to light the way...each and everyone of your ways. Don't let go of hope, they would not want you to. Life is beautiful and meaningful and one day when our hopes come true we will all be together again.


"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."
He has charge over our loved ones, he remains faithful and he will wrap them in a blanket of our love so that they can feel the love left on this earth for them. I do believe that God understands our need to communicate our love to our Angels. Love is our link to them.

I Send you Hope, and Love ,and Joy to you and your family's as we celebrate togetherness and long standing love, and lost loves found.

Take time to feel the great love of family, the love of an Internet family, and hold on to hope.

With Love,

Diane

Added by Diane ღ on Nov 25, 2009 12:01 PM

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