I've been neglcting some of my other bloggers, so I spent some time today catching up on blogs....I happened over to Amber's blog, our sweet Arlene's daughter....and here is what she has to say....
"on July 19th....Tomorrow will be 5 months since she passed on February 20th. On that note I do have some pretty exciting news....we are having another baby!!!!! Our new baby is due on, you guessed it - February 20th. I already know we wont have our baby on that exact day (the doctors are inducing) but this baby will always be a wonderful memory of my Mom's new birthday, the day she entered into heaven. So on the one year mark of our losing her and missing her and celebrating her new life we get to hold our new baby that will always remind me of how majestic God truly is. If it is a girl she will be named Azalea Faith after my Grandma (on my Dad's side) and not only is Faith my Mom's maiden name but as a remembrance of how much Faith she had. Never have I met someone in her circumstance that had so much faith. "
Isn't that so awesome???
I was talking with LPP tonight, chatting about the first correspondence her and I exchanged....she remembers it as a comment she made about new yorkers, and I made a comment back (jokingly, even though at the time, she thought I was serious)
We were trying to remember...when and what my first post was here at Pals; I remember commenting a few times and even asking others to post something for me. Then I remember wanting to post and had lost the sign in info(that happens to me a lot!). I thought I joined Pals close to the time when Terry discovered strawberries or she fell into a cake of strawberries...or something like that...it's all I know is she fell and couldn't get up....at least that is what the post said !!!
I spent a good portion of tonight reading through the archives, immersing myself in the parts of your lives you have shared...re-visiting events of a year gone..reflecting on the requests placed before this committed group of pals......whether it was for illness,hurt, surgery, pain, sickness, depression, marriage,child, salvation,spouse, friend, mother, father, no questions were asked, no need too big or too small that wasn't lifted up by a trusting, willing, loving soul; a committed Pal would take it to our Lord in prayer.
I've sat here tonight with tears in my eyes, thanking God for each of you; knowing the heartache in your own lives, yet you've stood beside me, prayed for my marriage, my children, my grandbaby, for me...in my times of depression and unbearable anguish, whining and complaining....you understood when I acted unreasonable or without much thought; during my surgery; for putting up with me when I surely didn't think I deserved anything or anyone, especially not friends such as you. Thank you...thank you for caring and for loving me...through some hard times...passing thru, Terry, Vicki, LPP, LMG, Claire, Felisol,Saija,David,Jel, Julie, Laura, Julie, Lauren, Ron, thank you.
I found my first post...it was on July 22nd and called Eternal Joy. I am a couple days late for my PALS anniversary, but what's a day or two going to matter? May God bless another year of my fellowship here.....
Praying, Affirming, Loving, Serving...
are not equally happy
but each has right to be
some float upon a
flood tide of joy
others drift upon the ebb
all in the same stream
bearing on to the
ocean of perfect felicity
in the land which
flows with milk and honey
getting a sip of sweetness
joy is contagious
he who believes.