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hello this willowwind DH

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Iwant thank everyone who send me card and post her it touch me lot. i did not know how my friend she had on sparkpeople.I'M still read her blog and it still hurt me. I'M post this because some night i can not sleep and want to let you you all know you poeple are greast poeple i know and to let you all know her sever went good her family say somegreat stuff by her and read spark blog that she wrote then i got to say gooodbye to my loveing wife .when we frist meet i had some trust promble.I put up wall around my heart but she show me that there are people out there you canwith you heart and she was one them.THATwhen i felt in love withher.I ask herto marrige me and may 16 1998 I was the luckiest man in the world i had found my soul mate.I thought ther wasnothing we could not over togther. WHEN she got sick she say to me why do you stay with me and Iwould remind her about are wedding vow thougth sick and healty I will stand by you and I TOLD HER THAT I LOVE and she was my whole world and the best thing every happing to me.I WILL LOVEYOU FOREVER. WHEN she past on may 20 2011 that the day my whole world fell apart SHE WASEVERYTHING TO ME SHE HAD MY HEART AND SOULand for that I WILL ALWAYS LOVE HER FOR.TILL WE MEET IN HEAVEN LOVE RUSS. AND THIS WAS ARE WEDDING SONG youtu.be/ohC7o_PPPtY

  
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LOLAJO54 3/15/2012 4:59PM

    I am truly so so sorry for you loss --my deepest sympathy
My heart aches for you .. no words can mend only time will make it less painful

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PATTIE441 3/15/2012 4:38PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I just found out also. Your love and bond is totally amazing and awesome. You are in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAFETYSUE 3/15/2012 3:53PM

    I was just sent a link to your wife's page as being inspirational. I had no idea she had passed. I do hope you return to read the responses to you post here! Your words of a deep abiding love is inspirational. You really should continue to come here when you need support since all her followers and friends got to see how wonderful she was and chatting with them here might be just what you need to help you through your grief! Your amazing words of love for her shows me what she loved in you...a devoted, deep, generously loving husband!

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You have a ready made support group here if you need to talk! I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers.

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BOOKWERME 3/15/2012 11:05AM

    I only just found Willowwind today...and THEN found your blog. Our deepest sympathies to you.

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 3/3/2012 4:44AM

    I only added Willowinds shortly before she passed away so I never communicated with her. But she sounded like a wonderful lady and very much loved by yourself and her sparkfriends. Do look after yourself and consider continuing on sparkpeople yourself. You will get a lot of support on this site. Take care of yourself.
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HAPPYONE331 2/17/2012 9:20AM

    So sorry about your loss. Didn't realize before now. Hope you're doing OK.

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HONEYMUFFIN1923 2/2/2012 1:23PM

    I've been away awhile. I came to see her beautiful page and to catch up only to hear she is gone. I'm sorry for your loss.

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CHINADASH 1/17/2012 10:22PM

    I have been gone for a year. I made sure to look up willowinds and read her blog. I am so sad that she has passed. I miss her words and songs. Take care her DH. emoticonChinadash

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PICKIE98 12/24/2011 7:33PM

    Russ,
Are you still reading this page? We would love to hear from you and kn ow that you can be a sparkperson too.. Ipray you are doing well, and taking care of yoruself. We all want YOU to be healthy too!! Peace!! Linda

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MSPOOH404 9/15/2011 7:50PM

    I've been away from SP for many months and when I returned, I came looking for my friend. I cannot tell you how sorry and sad I am to hear that she is no longer with us here. I do believe that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord...and I know that she loved the Lord! It's so so sad to know to know that my SparkFriend is gone, but I look forward to getting to meet her one day.

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SLS-NY2IN 8/23/2011 11:56AM

    I am sorry I just read that your dear wife has gone home. She could write so beautifully and we will all miss her.

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TML-2012 8/14/2011 4:42PM

    I just returned to spark people from a medical illness. The first thing I noticed was the absence of any messages from Willow Winds. I am sorry to hear of her passing. She was a fantastic person and much loved.

I am really going to miss her but her inspiration lives on.

I hope you and the dogs are doing well. I am sending hugs and good thoughts your way.

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CANBDONE 8/14/2011 2:36PM

    Your beautiful wife touched so many people. I think it's just like her to make a butterfly as her last webpage. Butterflies are a symbol for hope and she never lost hope. I look forward to giving her a big hug when I meet her in Heaven! You will receive a crown for showing her such beautiful love while she wore her earth suit.

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PICKIE98 7/16/2011 9:50AM

    We are all the light for another, we are all here to help another, we are put here to be a help to another. Russ and Susan are God's angels put here for us to see and learn from..

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1GROVES2 7/12/2011 10:31AM

    I miss her still, and probably always will remember her. She was fun to know....even if it was just through SP.
I hope you are getting along OK and the dogs too.
Margaret

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LYNMEINDERS 7/3/2011 11:07PM

    Russ I am so so sorry ......
I didn't read the blog before I left a message on your late wife's page and I am so so sorry.....

Please accept my deepest sympathy....

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FLYER99 6/27/2011 9:16AM

    Russ, please know that Susan was a light on Spark People. I never forgot to read her daily blogs. She asked for so little and gave so much. She was a dear SP friend. You take care and know that we all miss her and that she is in Heaven now. God Bless you, Russ!
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/19/2011 8:13PM

    Russ, I know that Susan loved you so very much also and that you will be together again in God's Kingdom. May God bring you the comfort you need during this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and her sister. Susan was such an inspiration to me and many others on a daily basis. I will forever miss her and she will always have a special place in my heart.
God bless you.
Helen

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BOBBI97 6/18/2011 11:36AM

    SHE WAS SUCH A AWESOME PERSON AND WE ALL KNEW THAT SHE WAS LOVED BY YOU AND HER SPARKFAMILY AS WELL...MAY GOD BE WITH
YOU UNTIL YOU WILL BE TOGETHER AGAIN ONE DAY BEHIND HEAVENLY
GATES AND ALSO WITH THE ANGELS AND GOD...ONCE WERE ALL TOGETHER
WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE GOOD MEMORIES SO UNTIL "GOD" SAYS
IT IS OUR TIME WE SHALL REMAIN ON THIS EARTH FOR HE HAS A PLAN
FOR EACH OF US TAKE CARE...



"BOBBI & RATDAR4"





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GRACEISENUF 6/17/2011 5:04PM

    You were such a wonderful husband to Susan and she shared that often.

Praying for you.

I miss her so very, very much.

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 6/16/2011 4:31AM

    Oh, Russ, I am so very sad. Your wife rooted for me from the beginning of my long journey. I wasn't as good of a SP friend as she. She inspires me to reach out more to people here.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/15/2011 3:17AM

    Thank you so much for coming and posting here. I miss Susan on SparkPeople. She was a great inspiration. She and I shared a special bond as we both lost our mothers. I pray God sustains you through this difficult time.

God bless you.

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BKNOCK 6/14/2011 9:57PM

    Your loving wife was such an inspiration to all of us! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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JUDE322 6/14/2011 8:00PM

  she was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to many. i will miss her. my heart and prayers go out to you and your family

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MAWMAWTAMERA 6/14/2011 12:35PM

    Your wife was an incredibly special woman. You both were so blessed to have each other for those years. I am sure Tim and Faith's song brings you both comfort, memories, and tears; but I know that she would have been so thrilled to know that you are sharing your love of her with all of us. May the Lord comfort and keep you, and may your memories and the reminders of your wife bring you joy and love. ((Hugs))

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TEALADY0531 6/14/2011 9:48AM

    Russ, every blog I read of hers told me that you were her everything as well. emoticon emoticon The way that she spoke of you always made me smile. I was always reading her blogs aloud to my husband (we've been married almost 28 years....); and keeping both of you in my prayers. She will always hold a special place in my heart, and you will, too. emoticon

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INFLATED 6/14/2011 12:25AM

    Your wife was one of a kind. Please know that you, your furbabies, and WILLOWWIND's sister are in my prayers. I miss her posts, they uplifted me daily.

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ANDREWS_MOM 6/13/2011 9:14PM

    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Trust in God and all things are possible.
Wishing the absolute very best for you.
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ROTTLADY 6/13/2011 7:42PM

    Thanks for the calls and the blog. I am happy that you and her family are getting a chance to read her blogs and find out just how special she was here at sparks. I posted a poem or prayer on my last blog dedicated to WillowWinds. It will give you a clue as to how special and how much she meant to me and my life. emoticon I am glad that the electricity has been turned back on and that you found a boarder for upstairs, May you get the job closer to home then your last. I am praying that you will be able to keep your home. I know how tough things have been financially as well as all the emotional turmoil. emoticon

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0309COOKIE 6/13/2011 6:15PM

    I continue to keep you in my prayers.........

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GRITS46 6/13/2011 4:28PM

    Russ, you are a very special man and I know she felt the same about you as you did for her. You're in my thoughts and prayers during this difficulty time. You will see each other again. Take care!

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QTEALADY20031 6/13/2011 3:29PM

    Russ, you are a special man. I pray that God will comfort and guide you. June emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/13/2011 3:04PM

    Russ, you are a very special man. I am sure that God will provide you with the comfort that you need. You will remain in my prayers. Love, Dawn emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 6/13/2011 2:20PM

    Words fail me, Russ. I miss her too and even if I didn't know her very well, I quickly learned to love her like a sister. I wish you peace. emoticon emoticon

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SHERRY666 6/13/2011 1:51PM

    WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SONG........ I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST AND STRENGTH TO MOVE ON NOW RUSS..... SHE WOULD WANT TO SEE YOU HAPPY..... emoticon

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KJWILSON211 6/13/2011 12:56PM

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CJANSEN40 6/13/2011 12:38PM

    Beautiful, You will remain in my prayers

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YATMAMA 6/13/2011 12:29PM

    I pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort you as only He can. Stay close to Jesus. I know that your lovely bride walks hand in hand with our Savior, whole and healthy with a new body that is in perfect health, free of pain, and that she is cheering you on as you accomplish all that God has planned for you here on earth. *hugs*

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CANBDONE 6/13/2011 10:34AM

    You and your precious wife had the same amount of years that my beloved and I had. He entered Heaven almost two years ago. I know from reading your Beloved's daily blogs that she loved and adored you. She always bragged about how you took such good care of her. Be comforted in the knowledge that you were a great husband to her. You WILL be together again...all you have to do is believe that Jesus is the son of God. You know, Russ, that she's more alive than we are! SHE LIVES.... Absent from the body is present with the Lord. I will be keeping you in my prayers. Thanks for posting...know that we love you, too. We care about you.

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NATURALLYJJ 6/13/2011 10:13AM

    What a wonderful man you are and how luck you two were able to find and love eachother. I know your heart is hurting but it is only because you loved her so much and had a soul mate. Take care of yourself.

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JRDIAMOND4 6/13/2011 9:23AM

    Hi Russ, I can't even imagine how much you miss her because I miss her a lot. I am very thankful that God crossed our paths. I pray you peace beyond understanding and that God will comfort you. Thank you for keeping her sparkpage open for us.

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 6/13/2011 9:13AM

    Russ,

You had quite the catch

I miss her dearly too.

I have a digital scale that also has a speaking voice that tells me my weight when I step on the scale.

I never heard Willow's voice, but I have always related my scale voice to her voice. Maybe it was a comment that she made when I purchased the scale, not sure.

So, she will be eternally in our heart and mind as she will be with you. Her loss was and still is very devastating to me, as she was quite eloquent in her writings.

Wishing you all the best in YOUR recovery, from your loss of your soul mate. I know it must be very hard, but you will be together one day and I'm sure she is watching over you during your sorrow.

Please take care and know that the good Lord is with you.


Tony

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1GROVES2 6/13/2011 9:02AM

    I am so glad you have continued with Willows Spark Page. I miss her and cannot image what you feel. A big hug to you and take comfort in knowing she is at rest.
Margaret

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Thank you for all your kind words

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hi, Im Willlow's sister and I just want you all to know how much your kind thoughts and prayers for our family has meant to Russ and myself. I knew that she blogged but being a working mother I have never had the time to read any of her blogs and reading them has really made me laugh and cry . It helps me feel her presence still. I miss her voice and talking with her, but reading her blogs gives me inspiration as well, taking lessons for my own life. She faced alot of hardship and disability but great was her faithfulness to the Lord that is so evident in her blogs. Reading them have given me peace. Blessing to all of the friends that she has made over the years here. It's nice to know that her family is not alone in thier sorrow of her passing. I loved her very much and tried to help them as much as we could. Russell and I are kind of leaning on each other right now to get through each day. Again Thanks for caring and keeping us in your prayers.

  
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PICKIE98 3/10/2012 9:04AM

    When the butterflies came out at Dow Gardens here in Michigan last week, guess who I thought of? My daughter and I, both sparkers, both loved Willow/ I know sh is so happy, lighthearted and free to enjoy her new life..

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JUDE322 6/14/2011 7:57PM

  i was so sorry to hear that willow has left us. i was very worried when we did not hear from her for such a long time. she was an inspiration to so many of us. even through all her trials she still found it in her heart to encourage us. i will miss her greatly and my heart goes out to you and your whole family.

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JENNYPOO45 6/12/2011 7:32PM

    Im so sorry I wrote to willow all the time she was a very special lady and had a place in my heart .I wonderd where she was,I had her phone number but didnt call ,I wish I had,But sometimes thats what happens ,wait till its to late,My paryers goes out to her dear husband and all of her family.
she will be dearly messed.
jenny

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ROTTLADY 6/6/2011 3:20PM

    I am glad that you have had a chance to understand why your sister was so special to so many of us. I am Holly from California and I have talked with Willow by phone and now keep in touch with Russ,There are no words to express my grieving the loss of your sister.She was a very special person and had a wonderful heart and spirit.Those who got to know her and read her blogs are better for knowing her.She will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/2/2011 4:52PM

  Oh my . . . so sorry to hear of her passing. Prayers for you & Russel. She's been through sooooo much, as you know, and always relied on her faith. It served her well. My condolences.

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TINNATEE 6/2/2011 11:29AM

    I have been away for a cople of weeks and just found out. I am so sorry to find that she has passed. She has been the highlight of my day lots of times. I ALWAYS looked forward to getting on line and seeing what she had to say. Such a sad day for us. I will miss her.

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SHEILAD1963 5/31/2011 11:19AM

    Do not stand by my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle Autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die.






I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed reading all of Willow's blog and laughing at her jokes. She will be greatly missed here on Spark.

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JUDITH316 5/30/2011 8:15PM

    Thank you for letting us know our dear sister and friend's recent passing, I've been blessed to have known her, a very special gal. She will be missed by all of us, I'm new to sparkpeople within this past year and just really got to know your sister. My deepest condolences and prayers to you and the whole family. Indeed she will be greatly missed. emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 5/28/2011 12:35PM

    Thinking of you and Russell today with Susan's memorial service being today. I am praying for you both that God will comfort you and give you strength to get throught the day.

Wish I could be there to offer my support and love.

Judy
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CANBDONE 5/27/2011 4:27PM

    I loved that girl! Her graphics, songs, positive stories, the sharing of her life with all its struggles and pain...yet she kept her light shining...like a beacon on a hill. I love that her last graphic was a butterfly. PERFECT You are a dear sister and I will continue to pray for you and Russ. She touched many....

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DBELLE39 5/27/2011 8:48AM

    Thanks for sharing with us, Willow will love on thru the memories & blogs.She was a dear inspiration to all of us, reading her daily blogs was such a blessing. May God give the comfort & peace you will need.

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PCOH051610 5/26/2011 7:59PM

    So very sorry to hear of her passing! She brightened up many of my days with her wit and her acceptance. Bless you all!



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OVERWEIGHT 5/25/2011 10:37PM

    She is missed. I will keep you in my mind and prayers.

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THINBUCKEYE 5/25/2011 12:13PM

    Thank you for writing to us. I am honored to have known your sister...even if we never officially "met" in real-time. She will not be forgotten here among her Sparkfriends.
Peace to you and your family at this time of loss.
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MSHOPPER63 5/25/2011 7:32AM

    Thank you so much for sharing with us. You know we make these friendships on Spark and really become one big family. When I read the update this morning I could not believe my eyes. I'm still fighting the tears. Susan was such a beautiful person. She faced so many challenges, I know she is pain free and soaring with wings spread as wide.

Will be greatly missed
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LITTLE_QUEEN 5/24/2011 9:13PM

    Thanks for blogging to us, she was a very special person in our lives

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GRACEISENUF 5/24/2011 9:09PM

    Wish I could be at her service.

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WILLOWWINDS 5/24/2011 8:24PM

    Dear Believe-it and Graceisenuf: Thanks so much for "dancing with the Angels" it fits perfect for her memorial service on Saturday, we will try to get the music also, Grace, I hope you don't mind but I'm going to use your eloquent words that you shared yesterday at the service so her family and friends can see how much she impacted others with her talent and love for the Lord. I don't know you but I see why my sister loved all of you so much!

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KAYDE53 5/24/2011 8:13PM

    She meant so much to us too!! She mentioned you in her blogs as well as her dh!! I miss her already, but I know she's at peace, and no longer in pain!! My thoughts & prayers are with you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAGA99 5/24/2011 6:38PM

    I know that u meant alot to ur sister - she often talked about how how u helped her & her husband out

she will b missed

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PICKIE98 5/24/2011 5:48PM

    I am humbled by not only Susan the human, but Susan the angel, and her wonderful family. Since we always did belong to our Creator, when our lease here is up, it is so painful for those who do not believe where they came from and where they will return. Your family has it smack-dab on!!

Maybe you can picture her as one of her graphic angels she has here,, because she sure loved them.. this is a special place; earthly, but special,, we all guard and guide each other, we are all an extended family, warts and all..
If you read others pages, you will see there are nothing but upbeat and helpful ideas, no negative thinking, so Susan is our ace in the hole!! A prime example of that cool family member who everybody invited to their home, called to get a laugh or idea..
We are all forever changed by your family, bless you all, Linda



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SHERRY666 5/24/2011 3:34PM

    SHE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED HERE TOO......... I LOVE READING HER BLOGS........ ALWAYS SO UPLIFTING........ MY THOUGHTS GO OUT TO YOU AND RUSSELL....... emoticon

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RUTHIEBEAR 5/24/2011 3:05PM

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ROSEMARDORF 5/24/2011 2:52PM

  Thank you for leaving Susan's blogs up; and her page!! How very kind of you; and Russ!! She was a wonderful spark friend; I miss her greatly!! No thank you's are necessary. Just know Susan was; and still is loved on here!! Prayers for you, Russ; and the rest of her family and friends!! Hugs!! Love Rose emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 5/24/2011 2:33PM

    I am soooo sorry for your loss. I really miss her, too. Even though I never got to meet her in person, I felt like she was a really good friend. Besides wanting and needing to lose weight, we also had the love of critters (dogs, cats, etc.) in common. Kind of a special bond.
It's good that you and Russ have each other to lean on. I'm sure Susan is smiling on you and him, now that her painful ordeal is past. She was very, very special to many many many people.
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MAWMAWTAMERA 5/24/2011 1:49PM

    Your sister was such a great Sparkfriend and inspiration. Throughout all of her struggles she never complained, but rather told of the situation and how she/they were making it through. I absolutely loved that about her. May her blogs give each of you ongoing comfort and connection.

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YATMAMA 5/24/2011 11:16AM

    What a wonderful thing it is to have blogs from a loved one to wander through, to recapture so many important moments of their lives, to embrace their legacy all the tighter. God bless you and your entire family with comfort and peace in body, soul, and spirit.

Missy

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TAZZYM150 5/24/2011 10:52AM

    Susan will be missed by a lot of people.....

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ROCKYCPA 5/24/2011 10:36AM

    Your thanks are not needed - we all feel your loss and know how important support is. You, Russ and family are continuously in my prayers.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/24/2011 8:33AM

    Thank you for this sweet message. Seems beauty runs in Susan's family. Glad that you & Russell have one another to lean on right now during this difficult time. Thank you for leaving up Susan's blogs. They are a source of great joy to many of us. Bright blessings to you both & to all of her family & friends. She will be missed. You are in my prayers. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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4THEJOURNEY 5/24/2011 8:23AM

    Thank you so much for leaving Willow's blogs for all of us to re-read when we can. She encouraged so many of us and gave us hope. She helped us to always look at the positives. My prayers to You, Russ, and your families.

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0309COOKIE 5/24/2011 8:15AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. You were so kind to Susan. I especially remember you helping her out when Flurry was ill and how much that meant to her. I will be keeping you, Russell, and the rest of your family in my prayers.

Cookie

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LISAWILLBEFIT 5/24/2011 7:56AM

    I am so happy you are getting comfort from her blogs.I know i did.I am praying for both you and Russ.I pray for nothing but good things for both of you.I still miss Susan but knowing she will continue through her blogs makes me so happy.

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FVHORVATH 5/24/2011 7:00AM

    I am grateful that you and Russ have each other. And thanful that you will allow us to go back and read all the wonderful things Susan has written. I know it gave her great pleasure doing this but I hope she knew what great please she gave to us reading them. Come back anytime and "visit" with us. You will always be welcome here.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 5/24/2011 3:13AM

    So glad to hear from you. Susan was a special lady here on SP. You have been in my prayers.

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PATTISPAGE 5/24/2011 1:00AM

    I can only imagaine what it means for you to go and read her blogs! I have gone back and re read some and can see how you would laugh and cry! I watched the same video tht Judy mentioned and actually had gotten the link to share with you. It is such a picture of how I imagine Susan dancing with the Angels that I hope you get a chance to watch it... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aG5
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DEE107 5/24/2011 12:31AM

    I am so sorry for your lost and she will be missed .. hugs and GOD BLESS YOU hugs

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TABBYARTS 5/24/2011 12:26AM

    I am so grateful that you and Russ have decided to keepSusan's page open. I'm also glad that you have had the opportunity to read some of her blogs. You have allowed us to come to some closure. When I first met her, she hadjust lost an on-line friend whom she had never met, except through imagination. She was saddened that she had no outlet, no closure, no way to deal with her loss.
Thank you again
TEE

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1COUNTRY_GAL 5/24/2011 12:24AM

    We should be thanking you and Russ for sharing such an Angel with us,she was so kind and beautiful and her blogs were always so heartfelt and meaningful.I am personally going to miss her.May peace be with you all as you heal and prayers to help comfort you and in time may you have that comfort and peace. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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TABBYARTS 5/24/2011 12:23AM

    I am SO happy that you and Russ can lean on each other.
And I am grateful that you have had the opportunity to read your sister's blogs.
And I am so glad that you and Russ have decided to share with us on her page. It is helping me and others, I'm certain, to come to closure with her passing.
TEE asin TabbyArts

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thank you all for you reply

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hello this Willowinds DH,Iwant to thank you all for thoughts and prayers for me and our family I want to let everyone know that I'm going to keep her bloog entries active so everyone can keep reading her blog . We are haveing a memorial service for her on Saturday, May 28 th 2011 at Newtown Reformed Church 206 Buck Road Newtown, PA 18940 at 3:00 PM
Thank you all, Russell

  
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CANBDONE 5/27/2011 4:31PM

    She touched so many lives...and to think she did it from that bed! I loved her...

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DBELLE39 5/27/2011 8:39AM

    Russell, thank you for keeping her blogs active, she was such a wonderful part of all of us. Prayers to your family!

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ECONLADY 5/27/2011 12:48AM

    I didn't have any idea and I just wanted to check in on Willowwinds. I'm so sorry. She loved you dearly!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 5/26/2011 5:21PM

    I am so sorry Russel,this has got to be so tough for you all! emoticonand support for you and the whole family.Willow,Susan will always have a special place in my heart just for her and the fond memories I have of her and the Sparking times I had with her.There are no words to really describe how much she meant to me,she is going to be missed so much.I am sorry I won't be able to attend her memorial service,I will be there in thought and spirit and saying prayers for Your healing from this pain you must feel and the family.May time heal and you all find peace and strength. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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MAWMAWTAMERA 5/24/2011 1:47PM

    I have been away for a little while and just read the most recent posts, I am so very sorry for your loss. Thank you so very much for sharing your dear wife with all of us. Willow was such an inspiration and keeping her blogs active will allow that inspiration to continue on Spark. She will be greatly missed. I hope all of you well and know that prayers are being said for you.

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MARTY728 5/24/2011 11:12AM

    So sorry for your loss! I liked her status posts a lot.

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VAMANOS 5/24/2011 11:06AM

    Russ, thank you for keeping her blog active. The care she took to find just the right stories, videos and songs to inspire and entertain showed what a special person Susan was. I will personally miss her so much, but that can't compare to your loss. She loves you so much, especially now, and she made that manifest in her loving words about you in her writing. I hope that brings you comfort as you wait to join her in eternity in the fullness of time.

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SANDRATOBETHIN 5/24/2011 9:58AM

    So Sorry for your loss Russ, Susan was a very good freind of mine and always encouraged me with my weigh loss. I do miss her daily visits to my sprk page. emoticon

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50HARLEYGIRL 5/24/2011 7:43AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful person Willow was. She will be so missed. And to be such a warrior for Christ, I can only hope to be as unashamed and unapologetic as your beautiful wife was. What a comfort it has to be to know without a doubt her eternity. Thank you for sharing her with us she will be missed. May God bless and comfort you and the family during this time.

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KRITTERKEEPERS 5/24/2011 1:08AM

    Russel,
I am so sorry for your loss. Susan was an inspiration to many people with her faith and her positive attitude. May God comfort you and your family.
God Bless,
Sandee

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HUZZAH39 5/23/2011 8:01PM

    So sorry for your loss. Your wife was a great inspiration to others, including myself. She helped to shine light in dark places. Now, God's everlasting Light will forever embrace her. To God be the Glory! She will be missed until the day when we all shall meet together. Take care and God Bless!!!

In Christ, Christine

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CJBAGGINS 5/23/2011 6:31PM

    Thank you for keeping her blog active, Russell.

I offer my condolences to you and the rest of your family.
May God have mercy on 'WILLOWWINDS' and on all of you.

cj

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    My condolences to you and your family. We have you all in our thoughts and prayers emoticon

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1GR8FULGAL 5/23/2011 5:51PM

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Nothing is harder than saying good-bye to one we love. May it comfort you to know the thoughts and prayers of others are with you. I pray that in time, the love and memories begin to heal your heart.

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JOYEOUSD 5/23/2011 4:23PM

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear wife. As a person of faith I hope the promise at Acts 24:15 will comfort you. We have much to look forward to!

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MINDYJ1 5/23/2011 10:00AM

    I am so very sorry. Willow(Susan) was a very special person. She will be missed very much. Praying for you and your family.

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TWEETYKC00 5/23/2011 7:26AM

    Russell, you seem almost as close to some of as as your dear wife as much as she talked about you. Thank you for the update. WILLOWWINDS memory will not be lost as long as those who love her will cherish her and we all will here. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Kristy

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TRACYZABELLE 5/23/2011 4:31AM

    Russell,

I am so very sorry for your loss as well as ours. Susan was a bright light in our spark world and her spark will live on.

Tracy

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JUBABY1 5/23/2011 12:33AM

    So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and your family through your hardship. Willow is in good hands. My prayers go out to u and yours.
God Bless You

Judi

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ROSEMARDORF 5/23/2011 12:05AM

  Dear Russell, Thank You for the update!! My heart goes out to you, her family; andf your furbabies. I want you to know: Willow was very precious to me!! I miss her greatly!!
Thank you for keeping her page open!!! That means so much to me: I am sure you can tell how much she was loved; and will be missed!! My prayers are with you!! I am so very sorry for your loss!! Willow loved you very, very, much!! What a kind man you are
thinking of Willow's spark Friends: when you are heartbroken... Keep in touch through Willow' spark page{ If you want}. Take Care of you; and may our dear Lord comfort you!!Thank you. I lost a husband; who was my soulmate. It was one of the hardest things I have been through. Russell I know how devoted you were to WillowWinds.
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TABBYARTS 5/22/2011 11:46PM

    Russell! Bless you for keeping Willow Winds Spark Page open.
As you can see, even the memory of her keeps creating energy.
Feel free to share with us on this page.
She loved you very much.
That was plain to see.
She is in her new Glorified body and is dancing with Jesus right now.
For her, it will be the wink of an eye.
For us, especially for you. the time will be long.
I hope you can find comfort and friendships here,
to help fill your waiting time!
Mayour Lord Jesus wrap you in the comfort of HIS arms and grant you the peace
that goes beyond all understanding!
In All Sincerity
TEE

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NANFACEMIRE1 5/22/2011 10:31PM

    Russell, thank you for the update. I am so sorry to hear of Susan's passing. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

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LADYFOLDER 5/22/2011 9:55PM

    Willow's posts were a highlight of my day. She has been an inspiration to me. I am disabled also, and though I am able to get out and around, it is hard to keep my spirits up all the time. Susan has been a true friend, even though I haven't met her in person.
My prayers are with you.

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GOOZLEBEAR 5/22/2011 9:43PM

    I am so sorry for your loss of Willow, Russell, thank you for leaving her Spark Page open for awhile. My prayers are with you and your family in this tragic loss. She will definitely be missed.

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BOBBI97 5/22/2011 9:41PM

    Russell, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved wife susan
but now she is resting and she is watching over you...so alway's
remember you have all the memories that you both shared together as one...So now she lay her pretty lil head down she was tired so "GOD" took her instead of her returing to you...But one day we all will meet her in HEAVEN so until this happens I stand by you with GODS help to say a lil prayer for you...WE TRUST IN GOD


"TAKE CARE RUSSELL"



"REMEMBERIN
G WILLOW FOREVER ON SPARKS"



"RIP" Dear Friend:(


"BoBBI & Ronnie/Ratdar4"

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PEPPERLEAH 5/22/2011 9:41PM

    You and your family are most definitely in my prayers. May God comfort and bless you all.

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0309COOKIE 5/22/2011 9:13PM

    I am so sorry for your loss Russell. I know how much you two loved each other from Susan's blogs. I am praying for you, Susan, and your family at this difficult time.

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LEAKAY59 5/22/2011 9:03PM

    Russell, I am so sorry for your loss. I will truly miss Susan and her good spirits, no matter what the difficulties of the day. She loved you so much, but I'm sure you know that. As another said, she now has no more pain or worries, and I know whe is watching over you from above. God bless and keep you and all the furbabies too.

Love, Laurie (Leakay59)

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ANNAMARIE1958 5/22/2011 9:00PM

    Peace be with you Russell......you will see susan again some day!

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LYNNOTT 5/22/2011 8:09PM

    Thank you, I loved reading Susan's blogs. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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KITT52 5/22/2011 7:52PM

    Russel thank you for caring so much for all of us.. it is a real loss when one of goes, shr is with the Lord now, please let us know how we can help you now....

Kitt

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/22/2011 7:45PM

    Thank you for keeping the blogs open Russell. You & yours are in my prayers. Susan was a wonderful woman and friend to Spark People. She will be missed dearly. Heaven has a new angel. Her faith was strong & her heart was big. We loved her! emoticon

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KAYDE53 5/22/2011 7:16PM

    God bless you, praying for you and your family!! She will be missed!!! emoticon

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RATDAR4 5/22/2011 6:53PM

    RUSS SORRY TOHEAR ABOUT WILLOW SHE IS NOW WITH GOD

AND SHE IS NOT IN PAIN NO MORE AND SHE IS WALKING WITH HIM.


ME AND BOBBI WILL MISS HER AND WILL PRAY FOR GOD TO

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LISAWILLBEFIT 5/22/2011 6:50PM

    Russel i want you to know i what a great friend Susan was and how much i miss her.She loved her life with you even through all the struggles.You really are a wonderful person.God bless you.

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ROCKYCPA 5/22/2011 6:15PM

    I am so sorry for your loss - may you find strength in your memories.

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CINNAMONCAT9 5/22/2011 6:02PM

    Bless you and your family.

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PATTISPAGE 5/22/2011 6:01PM

    Thanks Russ. I re read some of her blogs last night. God Bless! emoticon

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TJHIERS 5/22/2011 5:57PM

    So very sorry to hear this, may you find strenght in GOD , to help you through the days ahead.
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PURPLELVR7 5/22/2011 5:57PM

    Russ
So sorry for you loss, you and family are in my prayers
Shirley

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KATRINAKAT23 5/22/2011 5:50PM

  I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person.

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GEORGIA_KAY 5/22/2011 5:37PM

    God bless you all--she will be missed so much!
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    You and your family are in my prayers. God bless all of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUEROSE73 5/22/2011 5:30PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with you and your family during this time.

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GRACEISENUF 5/22/2011 5:27PM

    I wrote a blog as a tribute to Susan. I hope you can stop by and read it sometime.

I will continue to pray for you.

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FVHORVATH 5/22/2011 5:25PM

    Thanks for leaving her blogs open. I want you to know she will be missed as we all loved her very much. God bless and keep you and your family through this terribale time but know she is watching over you and is sitting with the Lord.

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** Off to the Hospital and The Secret **

Friday, April 15, 2011

My doctor stopped in because she was in the area. She took one look at me and said I have Cellulitis. My stomach is so big I have trouble typing. The swelling gets in the way. So they are sending me to the University of Pennsylvania which is like an hour away. They are among the top Hospitals in the country. Only draw back is it is expensive to park and the gas cost.

So wish me luck.







** The Secret **
-Author Unknown



A woman named Vicki once knew a young person at church named Susan. Susan always seemed effervescent and happy, although Vicki knew she had faced struggles in her life. Her long-awaited marriage had quickly ended in divorce. She had struggled to get a grip on her single life. She hadn't chosen it, but she decided she would live it with utmost enjoyment and satisfaction. Susan was active in Sunday school, in the choir, as a leader of the junior high girls' group, and in the church renewal movement. Vicki enjoyed knowing Susan. Susan's whole face seemed to smile.



One day Vicki asked Susan, "How is it that you are always so happy, you have so much energy, and you never seem to get down?" With her eyes smiling, Susan said,"I know the Secret!"



"What secret is that, what are you talking about?" Vicki asked.



Susan replied, "I'll tell you all about it, but you have to promise to share the Secret with others."



Vicki agreed, "Okay, now what is it?"



The Secret is this: "I have learned there is little I can do in my life that will make me truly happy. I must depend on God to make me happy and meet my needs. When a need arises in my life, I have to trust God to supply according to HIS riches. I have learned most of the time I don't need half of what I think I do. HE has never let me down." Since I learned that Secret I am happy.




Vicki's first thought was, That's too simple! But upon reflecting over her own life she recalled how she thought a bigger house would make her happy -but it didn't! She thought a better-paying job would make her happy -but it hadn't. When did she realize her greatest happiness? Sitting on the floor with her grandchildren, playing games, eating pizza or reading a story, a simple gift from God. Susan knew the secret, Vicki learned the secret, and now you know it too!



We can't depend on people to make us happy. Only GOD in His wisdom can do that. Trust HIM! And now I pass the Secret on to you!




Take Care you all. Hold down the fort until I return.





  
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GINGER_LOSTALOT 6/16/2011 4:34AM

    Thank you so much for this. Now you're in Heaven, you not only know the Secret but you're living proof of it.

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THINBUCKEYE 6/12/2011 10:05PM

    We miss you, Willow.
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ECONLADY 5/27/2011 12:46AM

    I'm in shock. I think of all the wonderful blogs she wrote. She is missed!

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GOOZLEBEAR 5/22/2011 9:44PM

    We miss you Willow. Many hugs and prayers for you and your family. You are in a better place for sure.

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BOBBI97 5/22/2011 9:28PM

    I am so sorry that things have to happen here for a reason and that reason is that your leaving us all to be with GOD...So now
you may go wherever you wanna go will miss you so very much...But now your an Angel so spread your wings and do what needs to be done.

"RIP" Dear Friend:(


"BoBBI & Ronnie/Ratdar4"

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CINNAMONCAT9 5/22/2011 5:54PM

    I am so sorry for your beloved family. I love you. God Bless you.

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1GROVES2 5/22/2011 1:45PM

    Rest in Peace dear friend. I am sorry we never met in person, but so glad to have known you through SP....I will miss you so much, but in heaven there is no more pain, nor suffering.(paraphrasing Rev.21) What priviledge to know you.
Margaret

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4THEJOURNEY 5/22/2011 1:08PM

    The last line of this blog brings tears to my eyes. I'll miss her positive attitude and her fighting spirit.

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KITT52 5/22/2011 8:32AM

    rest in peace and thanks for passing on the secret..it is so right....God is our happiness

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OVERWEIGHT 5/22/2011 12:30AM

    Rest in Peace.

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VXWALL1942 5/21/2011 7:45PM

    I'm sad! Heaven is happy! You are spreading your spirit of sweetness and light with the angels. My sadness is for our earthly loss of your wonderful ray of sunshine you shared with your blogs.

Much love to you my friend,

vicki

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1GROVES2 5/20/2011 10:09PM

    Willow, I miss you! I hope all is fine and you are just too busy!
Hugs and More!
Margaret

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SAFETYSUE 5/16/2011 6:20AM

    WILLOWWINDS,

I will be praying for you to recover quickly from your cellulitis and what other issues may be going on. I love your page and will request your honor of friendship. It is when you reply that my heart will rest. I am paralyzed from the chest down and have some difficult struggles like you as far as being disabled physically. But it is clear we both still have a love of life and people and have great families. May you be home soon, I know how the long stays can really get old and you get no sleep. Wish you had a smart phone or lap top to give you something to do and to get our support.

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LORIAPO 4/27/2011 11:00PM

    I hope they are gaining control over you cellulitus
and that you will be able to come home soon.
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1GROVES2 4/23/2011 10:29PM

    I am so sorry that it has taken a week to check in on you! Let me know what is going on!
Hugs!!!! and more!
Margaret

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ROTTLADY 4/23/2011 3:34PM

    You are always in my thoughts and prayers.I now understand why I haven't reached you by phone.The last time we talked you were getting I V treatments at home.I hope you are better and at home soon.Going to the hospital is very stressful and being away from your furry babies is hard.Take care my friend emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADYFOLDER 4/21/2011 10:56PM

    Willow, I'm praying for you to get well soon. I miss your blogs every day. You provide a lift to my spirits every day. You are dealing with more disabilities than I am, and you inspire me to keep my spirits up and not drag those around me down when I am having a harder day, due to the pain.
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TINNATEE 4/21/2011 12:26PM

    I am praying for you and your hubby, Willow.

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JENNYPOO45 4/20/2011 9:47PM

    Hey
I hope you get better soon and back on here .I love reading your stuff.You are in my prayers.
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MSHUFFNPUFFN 4/19/2011 5:54PM

    Willow--
Thank you for sharing the SECRET! God is so good!! I will be praying for you and hoping everything works out at the hospital for you. Hugs and oodles of Sparklove being sent your way!! Update us please when you get a minute.

Deb

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CJANSEN40 4/18/2011 2:56PM

    prayers coming your way

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ROCKYCPA 4/17/2011 5:56PM

    Hope everything goes well - my prayers are with you.

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CHRYS13 4/16/2011 10:26PM

    You are in my prayers! My DH is in the hospital here for the same thing: cellulitis. I've stayed by his side since 2:20 a.m.....he's incoherent right now, but the fever is slowly going down. Anyway....you are in my thoughts and in my prayers, dear Willow!
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THINBUCKEYE 4/16/2011 9:16AM

    Please take care and feel better soon. I am glad to hear that you are getting the treatment you need. And may God bless you for sharing this beautiful story with all of us. It is so true, and definitely a "secret" that I have learned to embrace in my own life.
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ROSEMARDORF 4/16/2011 1:13AM

  I am Thankful your doctor stopped by.Hopefully you will be feeling much better soon!!
I love you to Willow!! Prayers, and love coming your way!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonKeep us updated please; and Thank you....

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SALLYKWITT 4/16/2011 12:11AM

    Feel better. I am so glad that your doctor stopped by!

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GOOZLEBEAR 4/15/2011 9:41PM

    Praying for you and wishing you God's best. Hugs and prayers!

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KAYDE53 4/15/2011 7:56PM

    That's a great secret & so true!! Bless you, Willow, & I sure hope you get the help you need at the hospital!!! My thoughts & prayers continue!! Keep us posted if you can!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LISAWILLBEFIT 4/15/2011 7:50PM

    I am praying for you.I love you

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JUDE322 4/15/2011 6:02PM

  i have had cellulitus 3 times, it is not pleasant. i am praying you get well soon. keep us posted when you can

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IAM_HIS2 4/15/2011 4:54PM

    You know the secret..God is in charge. He will take care of you---the gas and parking. My prayers are with YOU.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 4/15/2011 2:14PM

    I'm glad she stopped in. Cellulitis is nothing to mess around with. Hoping all will be well with you soon.
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    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Hope they can get you better fast!!
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0309COOKIE 4/15/2011 1:03PM

    I will be praying for you Willow. Punky sends hugs.

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DEE107 4/15/2011 12:50PM

    hugs and praying for you hugs

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PEGGY-BEE 4/15/2011 12:33PM

    Wishing you the best of luck and adding you to prayers!


(and thanks for the Secret!)

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FLYER99 4/15/2011 12:26PM

    Hi Willow! I'm so happy that you are finally going to get to the bottom of everything. This is wonderful. Take care and let us know how it goes when you get back home. God Bless! Bob.
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SUGARPUNK52 4/15/2011 12:10PM

  I'm glad your doctor stopped by.I'll pray for you.GOD bless.

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GRACEISENUF 4/15/2011 11:44AM

    Praying and hope if there is any way we can get an update.


Love and HUGS!

(with you in spirit)

xoxoxoxo

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    I guessed right re: cellulitis. Oh well, you just get better, gf!! And listen, don't you worry about gas and parking and all that. You really need to just tell the hospital people right out the facts of your finances. I know we're in a recession (depression?), but they have funds for folks in financial dire straights like y'all!! ANd they have people to appeal to regarding the parking and all. Don't let pride get in your way. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Your in my thoughts and prayers
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    It's great your doctor stopped by and I hope they'll be able to get you on a treatment plan so you'll be feeling better fast!

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*** Ok, Can I borrow a plunger? ***

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I did this blog earlier and today not feeling any better. Found one thing funny last night my DH says we need to invest in (blank) I didn't hear him. My reply was "Honey we can't invest in anything. We are so poor I can't pay attention. He then says "We need to invest in a plunger." LOL we can't even do that.


Not sure where we will get Gas for this coming Monday. God is in control. I have faith we will make it somehow. No worries.


Hope you all have a good day.











www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHAH3xuoys0







*** True Freedom in Forgiveness ***
by -Author unknown



When Bill Clinton met Nelson Mandela for the first time, he had a question
on his mind: "When you were released from prison, Mr. Mandela," the former
President said, "I woke my daughter at three o'clock in the morning. I
wanted her to see this historic event."



Then President Clinton zeroed in on his question: "As you marched from the cellblock across the yard to the gate of the prison, the camera focused in on your face. I have never seen such anger, and even hatred, in any man as was expressed on your face at that time. That's not the Nelson Mandela I know today," said Clinton. "What was that about?"



Mandela answered, "I'm surprised that you saw that, and I regret that the
cameras caught my anger. As I walked across the courtyard that day I
thought to myself, 'They've taken everything from you that matters. Your
cause is dead. Your family is gone. Your friends have been killed. Now
they're releasing you, but there's nothing left for you out there.'



And I hated them for what they had taken from me. Then, I sensed an inner voice
saying to me:



'Nelson! For twenty-seven years you were their prisoner, but
you were always a free man! Don't allow them to make you into a free man,
only to turn you into their prisoner!'"





  
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NEW-CAZ 3/3/2012 5:25AM

    sending you prayers and hugs

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 6/16/2011 4:37AM

    Thank you for reminding me, even from the great Beyond, how the power of forgiveness is truly transformative.

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FLYER99 4/15/2011 12:24PM

    Take care, Willow. I'll be praying for you, DH and the furry ones as always!
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ROSEMARDORF 4/15/2011 12:24AM

  Hi, Willow Really hopr you are feeling better!!!!!!!! I really hope you can stay home; and get well!! I am glad your Doctor stopped by!! Hugs!! and more hugs!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/14/2011 11:28PM

    You're in my prayers dear friend. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 4/14/2011 8:20PM

    Hope you find a way to find a plunger

Tomorrow might just be a better day!

I'd let you use our plunger, but the post office would probably
reject it for "foreign matter" : )



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DKELLEY35 4/14/2011 6:35PM

    I think everyone is in the same boat these days. All we can do is place it in Gods hands and trust that things will work out.

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DEE107 4/14/2011 5:43PM

    sending you prayers

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JUSTBIRDY 4/14/2011 4:07PM

    hey, that and a metal tub will get you a washing machine, too!

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SUGARPUNK52 4/14/2011 1:52PM

  Sorry things are going so poorly for you.I missed the mailman today,but will be sure to catch him tomorrow.I love you.GOD bless.

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OLDERDANDRT 4/14/2011 1:50PM

    Honey, I here you with the "can't even afford to pay attention"!!! hehe My DH owns his own business and was scheduled to go out of town for a couple of jobs today and return Fri evening, but somebody (a couple of somebody's, I think) hasn't paid him yet and so he can't afford to go work!!! He has eeked out a few dollars for gas, but not enough. So, right now all we can do is tighten our belts and wait. I do hope you find a plunger, tho!!! emoticon These are invalualble little tidbits to have around the house!!! emoticon

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GYPSYROSEANN 4/14/2011 1:27PM

    Ask for one (a plunger) on Freecycle! Someone may actually give you one!

I walk or ride my bicycle everywhere now. I can't afford the gas, car insurance, and other vehicle maintenance either. This morning, I hauled 3 loads of laundry to the laundrymat on the bicycle. I probably looked like an idiot, but the laundry is DONE! (And I got to count the bike trip as exercise on my fitness tracker.) emoticon

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KATPRIEBE 4/14/2011 12:53PM

    lol...I hear you! I'm wondering the same thing myself, where to get the gas money to go to my doc's appts. ***sigh*** this all really sucks. emoticon
I'd let you borrow my plunger if we were close enough.

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