Monday, May 12, 2008

Dreams Do Come True.........

Many months ago, I ran across a lady's blog from Wales....I was very new to reading blogs, I certainly didn't have one at the time.....I read her blog for several weeks before I had the nerve to leave a comment. A few weeks later I emailed her to tell her how much I enjoyed reading about her life in Wales and looking at pictures of her beautiful garden......

To my delightful surprise, the next morning I had a say I was thrilled is an understatement......thus began my friendship with Marion.....we are the same age, share our faith in Jesus, love our families, mutual gardening interests, enjoy our homes, among many other likes......

We often wrote how wonderful it would be to meet face to face....I have never flown and doubt that I ever will unless a dire emergency arises.....Marion is a retired travel agent and she and John are seasoned travelers.....Edward and I issued an invitation to come for a visit....and they graciously accepted. Six months ago we set a date ......and now the time is at hand.

On May 18th, we will meet them at the Atlanta airport....finally we will see them, Lord willing, and can actually embrace them....friend to friend.

They will be here for 12 days and we plan to travel some around our state and perhaps neighboring states......our church congregation is planning a 'southern church dinner' on the Sunday they will attend services with us. Our children and grandchildren are planning a special event in their honor......

So, dream dreams....sometimes they actually do come true....mine did......meeting someone from another side of the globe with like interests.....God is indeed very good......

Marion and John
I won't be posting until the first of June probably unless Marion and I have time between visiting......and talking........and talking..........and talking...........

Saturday, May 10, 2008

A Tribute to Mothers.......

A baby asked God, 'They tell me you are sending me to
earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and
helpless?' God said, 'Your angel will be waiting for you and will take
care of you.'

The child further inquired, 'But tell me, here in heaven
I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy.' God said,
'Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will
feel your angel's love and be very happy.'

Again the child asked, 'And how am I going to be able to
understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?' God
said, 'Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you
will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach
you how to speak.'
'And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?'
God said, 'Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you
how to pray.'

'Who will protect me?' God said, 'Your angel will defend
you even if it means risking its life.'

'But I will always be sad because I will not see you
anymore.' God said, 'Your angel will always talk to you about Me and
will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be
next to you.'

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but
voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, 'God, if
I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name.'

God said, 'You will simply call her Mom...........

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

You Are A Fireman Now, Billy........

I think this email is worth reading..there are still caring people in the world...are you one of them?

I A Fireman Yet??

Phoenix , Arizona , a 26-year-old mother stared down at her 6 year old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia.

Although her heart was filled with sadness,

she also had a strong feeling of determination.
Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up &
fulfill all his dreams. Now that was no longer pos sible.

The leukemia would see to that. But she still
wanted her son's dream to come true.

She took her son' s hand and asked,
'Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted
to be once you grew up?
Did you ever dream and wish what you would
do with your life?'

Mommy, 'I always wanted to be a fireman
when I grew up.'

Mom smiled back and said, 'Let's see if we can
make your wish come true.'

Later that day she went to her local fire
Department in Phoenix , Arizona , where she met
Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big as Phoenix .

She explained her son's final wish and
Asked if it might be possible
to give her 6 year-old son a ride around the block on a fire engine

Fireman Bob said, 'Look, we can do
better than that. If you'll have your son ready at
seven o'clock Wednesday morning, we'll make
him an honorary Fireman for the whole day.
He can come down to the fire station, eat with us,
go out on all the fire calls, the whole nine yards!

And if you'll give us his sizes, we'll get a real fire uniform
for him, with a real fire hat - not a toy -- one-with the emblem of the Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow slicker like we wear and rubber boots.'

'They're all manufactured right here in Phoenix ,
so we can get them fast.'

Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy,
dressed him in his uniform and escorted him from his hospital bed to the waiting hook and ladder truck.

Billy got to sit on the back of the truck
and help steer it back to the fire station.
He was in heaven.

There were three fire calls in Phoenix that day
and Billy got to go out on all three calls.

He rode in the different fire engines,
the Paramedic's' van,
and even the fire chief's car.

He was also videotaped for the
local news program.

Having his dream come true,
with all the love and attention that was lavished upon him, so deeply touched Billy, that he lived three months longer than any doctor thought possible.

One night all of his vital signs began to
drop dramatically and the head nurse, who believed
in the hospice concept - that no one should die alone, began to call the family members to the hospital.

Then she remembered the day Billy had spent
as a Fireman, so she called the Fire Chief and
asked if it would be possible to send a fireman
in uniform to the hospital to be with Billy as he made his transition.

The chief replied, 'We can do better than that.
We'll be there in five minutes. Will you please do me a favor?

When you hear the sirens screaming and see the
lights flashing, will you announce over the
PA system that there is not a fire?'

'It's the department coming to see one of its finest members one more time. And will
you open the window to his room?'

About five minutes later a
hook and ladder truck arrived at the hospital and extended its ladder up to Billy's third floor open window--------
16 fire-fighters climbed up the ladder into Billy's room

With his mother's permission, they hugged him and held him and told him how much they LOVED him.

his dying breath,
Billy looked up at the fire chief and said,

'Chief, am I really a fireman now?'

'Billy, you are, and
the Head Chief,
Jesus, is holding your hand,' the chief said

With those words, Billy smiled and said,
'I know, He's
been holding my hand all day, and
The angels have been

He closed his eyes one last time.

Philippians 4:13