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Abby (#46982846)
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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 can not fall.

Happy 4th...

Diane

Added by Diane ღ on Jul 03, 2010 11:59 PM

Neil B (John 3:16)
Hello Abby,
May you and yours have a wonderful and safe 4th of July.

Added by Neil B (John 3:16) on Jul 02, 2010 2:25 AM

Gwen Respess Sanders
Hi..
Abby, I was wondering if your dad's mother worked for awhile at a school in Walls. If so, that is the school at which I teach. Just wondering. Also,your mom's dad worked at the Commercial Appeal newspaper with MY Dad a long time ago!

Added by Gwen Respess Sanders on Jun 24, 2010 2:09 PM

D C
RE: :)
You're so very welcome. You're a very sweet girl and I pray that you are doing well. Take care : )

Added by D C on Jun 22, 2010 2:07 PM

Diane Miller
RE: :)
Hi Abby,

You are too kind but thank you anyways.

I don't expect you to write back.
You have experienced alot in the past year and you need time to grieve.

As you know, your life will never be the same but you also know that the Lord is right with you every moment.

Know that I think of you often and pray for you everyday.

God Bless You Abby,
Diane

Added by Diane Miller on Jun 03, 2010 11:08 PM

curtis taylor
Thank you precious angel for thinking of me!

Added by curtis taylor on Jun 02, 2010 1:56 PM

Karen Ellis
My Deepest Sympathy
I am writing to extejnd my most heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your mother and my high school friend, Teresa "Red". Teresa and I (along with my sister) were all cheerleaders together at Clinton High School. We became good friends and I have often wondered where she went after school. I know my sister had contact with her several years back, but I missed the opportunity to see her again. I only found out of her passing after resorting to a google search to locate her for our 30th High School Reunion. I have informed the class and sent a link to your beautiful memorial. You are absolutely right saying she will be truly missed! She was the finest, and funniest person I ever had the honor to be friends with.
Sincerely,

Karen "Priest" Ellis

Added by Karen Ellis on May 25, 2010 7:37 AM

Diane ღ
His eye is on the sparrow
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.

Added by Diane ღ on May 16, 2010 3:17 PM

curtis taylor
Have a wonderful day when U C this!

Added by curtis taylor on May 04, 2010 9:14 AM

curtis taylor
Within the rainbow
There are expressions
There are moments
There are fullfillment
There are emotions
There is happiness
There is love
There is kindness
There is peace
Most of all there is vision
Most of all there is inspiration
Most of all there is beauty
Most of all there is you.

Added by curtis taylor on Apr 20, 2010 2:24 PM

Athena
Abby
My heart goes out to you and your family. I know what it is to lose a parent. But I can't image both of them a month apart. I too am still greiving the pasting of my father on Dec. 24, 2008. I take one day at a time, and trust in the lord with all my heart. I know my father is looking down on me each and every day. As well as your parents are looking down on you. May you and your family continue to find strenght in the Lord. My prayers are with you.
Athena

Added by Athena on Apr 15, 2010 2:21 PM

KATRINA SHEA
ABBY
MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!
KATRINA

Added by KATRINA SHEA on Apr 15, 2010 1:13 AM

Tammie Gunter
*Happy Easter
May your Easter be as happy as you are special. May your smile be as big as your heart. May your springtime be filled with friends and flowers. And may all of your days be beautiful expressions of your spirit, joy, and love. Happy Easter...Tammie

Added by Tammie Gunter on Apr 04, 2010 9:57 AM

Diane ღ
The hope of 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 bred crumbs to follow back to that joy, if somehow you have lost your way.

L,
Diane

Added by Diane ღ on Apr 03, 2010 7:55 AM

Paddington
Praying for you
I am PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR BROTHER THAT THE HEALING HAND OF God BE ON YOU AS YOU GO THROUGH THIS TIME OF GREAT LOST. Janet

Added by Paddington on Mar 27, 2010 3:23 PM

Diane ღ
Irish Blessing
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 10:42 PM

curtis taylor
Smile Abby have a great day

Added by curtis taylor on Mar 10, 2010 12:13 PM

curtis taylor
Abby
Thought I remind you that I still care
Forever, wherever, whenever, however
It's natural and perpetual that I always do
4 me you're still wonderul, precious and beautiful.
I still think you everyday you're on my mind
You're important to me because you're one of a kind.
Even as you sleep or performing daily activity
You're still as vibrant and spritually connect
with me.
So let me end this with words that are fixed
When I say I love, my friend. I always mean it.

Added by curtis taylor on Feb 21, 2010 1:13 PM

Bob Sebring
Happy Valentine's Day!
On Valentine's Day, we think of people
who have cheered and encouraged us,
who go out of their way
to be kind and caring,
who have enriched our lives
just by being themselves.
You are such a person.
I'm so happy you're my friend

Happy Valentine's Day!

Added by Bob Sebring on Feb 11, 2010 6:55 PM

Paddington
prayers
I just want you to know you are remembered in my thoughts and prayers. Janet

Added by Paddington on Feb 06, 2010 9:19 PM

curtis taylor
May my message find you in happy feelings

Added by curtis taylor on Jan 23, 2010 6:39 PM

Rain n Tears
sorry
Im sorry that was sooo long..I messed it up somehow..and did it twice delete it if you need to and I will repost..

Added by Rain n Tears on Jan 18, 2010 7:46 PM

Rain n Tears
FWD:KEEPERS
I grew up with practical parents and grandparents who had been frightened by the Great Depression in the 1930's.
A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen, before they had a name for it...
A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.
Their best friends lived barely a wave away.
I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other.
It was the time for fixing things: a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy.
All that repairing, eating, reusing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more..

But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return. So.. While we have it... it's best we love it... And care for it.... And fix it when it's broken..... And heal it when it's sick.

This is true... For marriage.... And old cars.... And children with bad report cards..... And dogs and cats with bad hips.... And aging parents.... And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.
Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special.... And so, we keep them close!

I received this from someone who thinks I am a 'keeper,' so I've sent it to the people I think of in the same way...

Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.

Keep them close.

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.... It's about learning how to dance in the rain"
I grew up with practical parents and grandparents who had been frightened by the Great Depression in the 1930's.
A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen, before they had a name for it...
A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.
Their best friends lived barely a wave away.
I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other.
It was the time for fixing things: a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy.
All that repairing, eating, reusing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more..

But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return. So.. While we have it... it's best we love it... And care for it.... And fix it when it's broken..... And heal it when it's sick.

This is true... For marriage.... And old cars.... And children with bad report cards..... And dogs and cats with bad hips.... And aging parents.... And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.
Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special.... And so, we keep them close!

I received this from someone who thinks I am a 'keeper,' so I've sent it to the people I think of in the same way...

Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.

Keep them close.

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.... It's about learning how to dance in the rain"
I grew up with practical parents and grandparents who had been frightened by the Great Depression in the 1930's.
A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen, before they had a name for it...
A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.
Their best friends lived barely a wave away.
I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other.
It was the time for fixing things: a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy.
All that repairing, eating, reusing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more..

But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return. So.. While we have it... it's best we love it... And care for it.... And fix it when it's broken..... And heal it when it's sick.

This is true... For marriage.... And old cars.... And children with bad report cards..... And dogs and cats with bad hips.... And aging parents.... And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.
Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special.... And so, we keep them close!

I received this from someone who thinks I am a 'keeper,' so I've sent it to the people I think of in the same way...

Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.

Keep them close.

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.... It's about learning how to dance in the rain"
I grew up with practical parents and grandparents who had been frightened by the Great Depression in the 1930's.
A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen, before they had a name for it...
A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.
Their best friends lived barely a wave away.
I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other.
It was the time for fixing things: a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy.
All that repairing, eating, reusing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more..

But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return. So.. While we have it... it's best we love it... And care for it.... And fix it when it's broken..... And heal it when it's sick.

This is true... For marriage.... And old cars.... And children with bad report cards..... And dogs and cats with bad hips.... And aging parents.... And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.
Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special.... And so, we keep them close!

I received this from someone who thinks I am a 'keeper,' so I've sent it to the people I think of in the same way...

Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.

Keep them close.

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.... It's about learning how to dance in the rain"

Added by Rain n Tears on Jan 18, 2010 7:41 PM

Citizen Friend
God bless you & your family

Added by Citizen Friend on Jan 08, 2010 1:37 PM

curtis taylor
May your parents see you shine!

Added by curtis taylor on Jan 06, 2010 6:38 PM

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