Friday, April 13, 2012

Two Very Special Southern Ladies

I did not plan to do a Friday Favorite post this week but yesterday had two very special happenings that I felt I just HAD to share so thus, a Friday Favorites post was born. Thanks Rachel for hosting us each week. Click the button below if you would like to join up or read more Friday Favorites.

 
I have had a very busy week and have felt a bit overwhelmed at times.  Hubby and I will be leaving this morning for a 9 day trip and preparations for this trip were ever present.  Then I have a couple of other issues (will share at a later time) going on and a few times I let it all sort of consume me.  I bet a few of you know exactly what I mean and have shared those same feelings at times.

Our Women's Mission group hosted a mini-concert by our former church pianist yesterday afternoon.  Let me just tell you that this lady can play the piano "like nobody's business."  She plays with such ease and you have no trouble telling that she is "in her element" when she is playing the piano.  And, might I add, she is a Southern Lady in the truest sense of the word and holds a very special place in my heart.


She played such songs as: Come To Jesus,  His Eye is on the Sparrow, To God Be The Glory, If My People and Amazing Grace and some secular songs to name a few.  It was the best 45 minute therapy session that I have had in a while.  I sat there soaking it all in and felt the Lord just lift my spirits and once again assuring me that HE has it all under control.

After the concert we enjoyed a time of fellowship and cake and coffee.  I was visiting around with those present and I felt a gentle touch on my shoulder.  When I turned around it was Claire.


Claire is the Granddaughter of one of our members and I have known her since she was a little girl.  Claire has Downs Syndrome but is very high functioning.  She has a beautiful voice and often sings solos in church.  Yesterday as I turned around to her she looked at me and said, "Ms. Lea, I think you are beautiful and one day I want to look like you."  Okay, do you see those tear stained eyes of mine in the photo above?  I mean, I could hardly contain myself.  I told Claire that I was soon to be 60 years old and that she knew how to make an "old woman" feel mighty special. 

Yes, I almost did not go to this special event but what a blessing I received by putting forth the effort.  It lightened my heart and put a big smile on my face all because of two very special ladies.  Now, I'm outta here gals to enjoy some "down time", this beautiful spring weather and see and meet some very special folks along the way.  I'll have more blog fodder than the law allows when I return.  Hang on to your hats!!!  And, I may or may not be visiting your blogs  while I am gone. But, hey, don't forget me!  Love you girlies!
Lea
Lea

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!

17 comments:

  1. oh wow. how special, indeed. claire is a beauty. i dream of playing the piano like nobody's business! the gift of music is powerful.

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  2. Oh this so goes with my piece today..those beautiful people in our church that have blessed us with their gifts.

    Wonderful post...so enjoy it and so enjoyed meeting those two wonderful women

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  3. How sweet. I know that I'm often blessed beyond measure when I go somewhere that I almost didn't go to.

    Wishing you safe travels and lots of fun on your trip. Don't forget to take a lot of pictures so we can enjoy your trip, too! ;-)

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  4. Claire is lovely! And she's right--you ARE beautiful, inside and out!

    Have a wonderful weekend and a wonderful trip with your hubby!

    Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life

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  5. Thanks Lea for sharing Sarabeth and Claire with us. It sounds like a great event as only FBC ladies can do. We are having a Ladies Dine Out at our church tomorrow night that I hope to share in Miscellany Monday. Have a great trip and I look forward to all the fun reports when you get back.

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  6. Thanks Lea for sharing Sarabeth and Claire with us. It sounds like a great event as only FBC ladies can do. We are having a Ladies Dine Out at our church tomorrow night that I hope to share in Miscellany Monday. Have a great trip and I look forward to all the fun reports when you get back.

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  7. The Lord knew what you needed. Sounds like you were launched in your heart for the road ahead.

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  9. The Lord knew what you needed. Sounds like you were launched in your heart for the road ahead.

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  10. I agree with Claire! What a beautiful picture, and I love when you blog, revealing the beauty in your heart! How good is God to quiet your heart with beautiful music! Hope your trip is wonderful!

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  11. FIrst of all, there is NO WAY you're about to turn 60! You look like you're in your 30's! You look absolutely stunning! Such beautiful skin! Care to share your secrets? Sure sounds like you have two very special friends who know exactly how to brighten your day. Hope you have a fun trip...praying for travel mercies!

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  12. I loved this! Soo glad you went too and were blessed by these special ladies. Claire is right btw, you ARE a beautiful lady! Have a wonderful, safe trip! Looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back....HUGS

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  13. I wanted to let you know I nominated you for a blog award on my blog!

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  14. Oh my word -- that warmed my hear to read that! What a darling. Those who have Downs Syndrome truly are some of the sweetest people. Some friends of ours had a baby who was diagnosed with downs -- and my goodness, she is just the cutest little thing!

    I do agree with Claire though, you are a very beautiful lady. I don't believe you are about to turn sixty. I promise you -- I honestly thought that you were in your mid forties. No joke.

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  15. Sounds like a perfect day. How sweet Claire is. Hope your having a wonderful time on your trip.

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  16. As you wrote about your pianist friend, I thought of my mom. She played piano beautifully too. I remember coming home from school and she would be playing songs like the ones your friend played. I love when a person uses the talents they were given by the Lord. It sounds like she truly blessed you.

    And then Claire ...another blessing. I love how she told you she wanted to be like you. And you are beautiful and so is Claire.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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  17. What a beautiful post with 3 beautiful ladies. Claire is gorgeous! Hope you have a wonderful trip! Enjoy yourself!
    until next time... nel

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