Monday, July 29, 2013

Miscellany Monday

It can't possibly be Monday again, it seems that at least a month has passed, rather than just 7 days since this time last week. It has been a week of such mixed emotions.  We can never be sure about tomorrow but I am so thankful that I serve a God that I can be sure of regardless of what tomorrow holds.  So glad that Carissa gives us this opportunity to share every Monday. 

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The Cousins........
 Last Monday afternoon one of my first cousins and his wife from Williamsburg, Virginia came for a visit.  He has always been very fond of my Dad and wanted to see him and of course, ME and my family. ~smile~
 While here they wanted to see the Duck Dynasty headquarters.  We assured them that it was not an impressive place at all but they enjoy the show and wanted to go.  So, we did and us and about 500 others was there.  It was insane the folks snatching and grabbing DD paraphernalia and waiting in our hour long line to pay for it.  But, we were happy, happy, happy, that we could take them.
Hubby loaded up our boat one beautiful morning and we took them out on the Ouachita River.  They both love the water and spend a lot of time on the water in their sailboat.  My cousin has his Captain's license, so the water is pretty close to being his "best friend."  It was a fun time and we were thrilled to share a part of NE Louisiana with them.


He will be missed..........

Our New England Cruise - August 2011
Our phone rang very early last Tuesday  morning, so early that I knew when I answered that it would not be good news.  No one calls at 5:45AM with good news.  It was a dear friend calling to say that another dear friend (the man in the white shirt in the picture above) had had a massive heart attack and wasn't expected to survive.  By noon, he had gone to be with his Lord and Savior and our hearts were broken.  This is a man that looked the picture of health.  He worked out 3 times every week, was not over weight and did not look 70 years of age at all!  On Friday we celebrated his life and now his precious wife, two children, brother and friends are trying to pick up the pieces and go on with our lives.  Neal lived a life "pleasing unto God" in every sense of the word, and some of his last words were "I'm ready."  Oh, that I could have such sentiments said about me in the end as those that were said about Neal.  We all know that sooner or later our circle of friends is going to experience loss, but this was our first and we know it is certainly not our last. Oh, how quickly our lives can change!


#61

 That's right folks, today is my 61st birthday!  After last years "grand" celebration today will likely pale in comparison.  But, it doesn't matter a bit, I've made it another year and for that I am so, so thankful.  Life is so fragile that each birthday I am privileged to celebrate, it is a real blessing.  Here's to another year!

And remember to......
  
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!

10 comments:

  1. First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! We're not getting older - we're getting better!!

    I'm so very sorry for the loss of your friend ... may knowing that he's with our Lord and the memories you all made bring you some comfort.

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  2. Truly, truly sad for your loss. It's been a tough week for both of us losing friends. 'The Lord is near to the brokenhearted." Ps 34:18

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  3. Happy birthday sweet Lea! I am soo with you...every day, every year we celebrate is just such a blessing! I am sorry for the loss of your friend, and my heart goes out to his family. So glad to hear he knew the Lord and is even now celebrating in heaven. Praying for the family....Blessings!

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  4. Happy Birthday...and we never know ...when we will take our last breath...but what joy for those who believe!

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  5. Happy Birthday!!!! I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope you have a great week :)

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  6. Happy Birthday, Lea!!! I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of a friend, but oh the comfort of knowing he's with Jesus. The Duck Dynasty trip looks fun! They're a popular show right now!

    Hope your day is wonderful!

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  7. Happy Birthday! I'm heading to 62 this year. The plus is that I can start getting SS. Sounds/looks like you had a wonderful time with your cousin.

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend. ((HUGS))

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  8. Happy Birthday, Lea! You look wonderful and your blog posts are uplifting, even when sad times have to be shared. Your hope in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord makes all the difference!

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  9. 61 has never looked better. you really look so good, you cute thing, you. and i know that for sure since i've even seen you in person!! i hope your day was so sweet and special. you have a boat?!... then we will definitely come and visit you. haha! ; ) love you.

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So glad you stopped by and hope you enjoyed your visit. I love your comments and read each and every one of them and I always try to reply to them. Blessings to you this day!