Sunday, August 1, 2010


(Birthday Boy in Yellow)
Today is my oldest brother's birthday.  So yesterday I hosted a birthday dinner in his honor.

                                             He is 60 + 1

And even though the thought to do this didn't "hit" me until Tuesday, all but one of his family members were able to attend.  My kids & grandkids of course were not here because of distance & church obligations :(     but his were here, and after all it was his party.

As I was cleaning & and cooking for the late afternoon event I thought: "It feels like I'm cooking a Thanksgiving Dinner"----- Little did I know that before the day was over that would be exactly what it was---a Thanksgiving in July- legacy- making- day..

Now I am the oldest of three siblings.....

                           I am 60 + 2 (and proud of it)

First I must give credit to my precious sister -in- law for keeping us together after our parents died.  Thank you, Sis for teaching me-- I think I've finally got it now... For you see, besides the Lord, your family is the most important thing on this earth. Stay as close & connected as miles will allow & heh--today with so many technological ways to communicate, miles are only a small problem.
           We shared our intimate sorrows & and joys,
                       we reminisced about childhood pranks,
         we posthumously thanked our parents for our "raising",
                       the guys played washers in the back yard
       the gals played dolls--with the real live 9 mo. old doll (granddaughter) in the cool house
We picked, played, and sang some of the old hymns of the faith.                                                                                                                                      

Yes we did all of those things we used to do years ago before we got so techno-advanced.  I guess the only thing that we didn't do of yester-year was sit on the front porch and watch the cars go by and wonder: "where are they going so late in the evening"?... LOL !! What a blessing; but the thanksgiving part came at the end of the evening when my brother said:


I do not have to go into all of the implications in his life that brought about that statement for some of you to understand exactly what he's talking about.  Most of us have been there.  But it takes courage to say it out loud, especially to your sister, and more especially to your God.

So if you feel that your life has fallen apart or if you are praying for someone whose life has fallen apart..

                            REJOICE AND BE EXCEEDINGLY GLAD...because God has got you, got them where He can put it back together again His Way.... which is the only way it will work..

No Thanksgiving day in November has been more joyous or more blessed than July 31st 2010 at my brothers 61st Birthday Bash.  I've only been praying for this day 45 years.  So dear ones, whatever you're praying for  ---- DON'T QUIT!!!

God has us all in the palm of His hands and

  "He makes all things beautiful in His time." Ecc. 3:11


  1. Wow! I can see that you really had a wonderful time with your brothers and sister! I really wish we could have been there! Thanks for setting such a beautiful example. I was thinking of you all this weekend - but also of me & Glenda when we get to be your age! Precious times!

  2. Sis
    What a wonderful post....something about those
    brothers that know all there is to know about you having been raised together and yet they love you still.........
    What a wonderful God to have thought of that:
    "Families" when it's all said and done, there is just nothing like them!!!

  3. Sis, what a blessing you are to us. Everything at the "bash" was so wonderful (people you would not belive the bounty set before us to enjoy). You inspire us and encourage us to be closer to our God and Savior. I don't know what we would do without you and don't even want to think about that. The only thing I would add, Penny, is that I know you and Glenda are busy raising your families and building your lives but don't ever count on the "older years" to be close. You both have so many things that you can share "today". Don't wait! I promise you, you will not have any regrets.

  4. Oooh, Aunt Sharon what words of wisdom. I could not have said it better myself. In fact, I'm glad you said it because it will carry a lot more weight. If you know what I mean. Yes, I lost many years of giving and sharing what the Lord has done for me. And who knows what sorrows i could have relieved, but I will not lament, but just go forward remembering every day that we all need each others' encouragement and presence in each others' lives. Thank you again from the voice of wisdom that you always share, Sis. Love ya...

  5. What a wonderful post! I remember the fun times we had visiting my Grandma when her siblings came to town. It was always funny to watch them reminisce and tease one another. The kids and grandkids will have great memories of this particular celebration at your home. You and they are blessed to call each other family. Thanks for sharing. Happy Tuesday! :o)

  6. What a great gift families are, especially one that grows together as they individually grow closer to God. Happy iFellowship day

  7. Happy ifellowship day!
    Praying your day is blessed!

  8. Sounds like a beautiful birthday celebration.
    Happy iFellowship Day!