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Lu-lah!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

All but the newest of you friends know the crisis our family has undergone in recent days concerning our oldest, my stepdaughter, Melanie, and our grandson, Heath, who is now 15 months old. Some of you may see PepperLeah and I saying LU-LAH! to each other from time to time in our posts. On the day my stepdaughter was arrested, we had Heath, his dad and grandma with us. Heath had just gotten out of the hospital. It was the first time he resembled his former, precious self in weeks since his multiple head traumas, and we grandmothers were thanking God. Ms. Mary, his other grandma, threw her hands in the air and said praise the Lord! I threw mine in the air and said hallelujah! Little Heath, still so weak and fragile, so traumatized, lifted his little arms, looked me in the eye, smiled, and said LU-LAH!! TOO precious for words. There was enough happy in that room, contained within the hearts of two troubled grandmothers, to fill an ocean.

Yesterday, when we visited Heath at his grandparents' home, I exclaimed over him: Hallelujah!! He raised his little arms in a MUCH more robust manner than in earlier days, and just then, Pawpaw (CaptainCookie) snapped the photo below. For some reason, several of the photos Bill took yesterday were double exposed, such as this one. I think it came out very cool! (God job, PawPaw!)



Here's Heath with both grandmothers and one with his great grandmother.





Even though Heath could not spend Mother's Day with his mom, we did the best we could to fill his day with lots and lots of motherly love. With all the pain and trauma this baby has been through, if he can raise his little hands in praise to God and say his version of Hallelujah, so can I. You can, too.

LU-LAH!!!

  
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ABALIGAD 5/21/2010 11:08AM

    LU-LAH and many blessings to you!

What an absolute doll Heath this, and lucky to have such loving grandparents!

XOXO

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 5/17/2010 1:54PM

    Heath is a sweet and very lucky young little boy and a lovely gift! You are all so wonderful and the love and affection you give to him well makes up for his past and I am so happy you share this with us! Enjoy him as he will be a well adjusted young growing boy and will learn from the best loving family of his. Seeing these pictures reminds me of our little man when he was little,he is now 11 and is wearing deoderant for the first time.Already had the birds and the bees lesson about growing up! I think I am gonna cry emoticonhe is our youngest child and growing up so fast,I wish we could slow it down some. Praise the Lord Lu-Lah! emoticonand emoticonDiana emoticon

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SONGOFJOY27 5/12/2010 10:49PM

    What a precious little one! And what a great expression - Lu Lah! Thanks for sharing.

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LIGHTHEART09 5/12/2010 11:38AM

    Wow how awesome God is and Heath to say such a big word rejoicing!!!
He is going to be a very special anointed child!!!
Lu Lah!!!! Love it!
xoxo
Nan

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TINKERBELL200 5/11/2010 9:37PM

    Oh Missy, I love it Lu-Lah! Now I get it! I've seen it on your's & Leah's pages and wondered what that was all about! It is so precious, just like little Heath. Great he had all his Grandma's there, to stand in for Mom. Praise the Lord!
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DYNAMICDEB53 5/11/2010 7:20PM

    Missy how wonderful that he is doing great. Nice that he has so many good grammas there for him.
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Deb

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WINNIEATWELL2 5/11/2010 2:19PM

    I'm tearing up kid. That little guy is so doggone precious...that Hallelujahing that sweetheart does just warms one's heart with joy! emoticon emoticon

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KIMREID74 5/11/2010 1:50PM

  MIssy ... I think you're actually seeing his spirit in the "double-exposure" pix ~ his spirit has sustained him through all of this/ All of the love that is poured into his spirit is giving him more and more LU-LAH strength and joy! Sending you much love, Missy ... which will undoubtedly be transferred to the Little Man. muahhhhh, Heath!

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THEADMIRAL 5/11/2010 1:09PM

    LU LAH! I love it! And what a precious little boy he is with his grandmothers!

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/11/2010 10:35AM

    Heath is such a blessing!

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GIRLHALFFULL 5/11/2010 10:13AM

    A Big LU-LAH here!!!!!

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SIGLED 5/11/2010 9:30AM

    Sometimes Hallelujah! Sometimes PRAISE THE LORD! Sometimes LU-LAH!

"and said to Him, "Do You hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes. Have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise'?"" -- Mat 21:16

emoticon "Lu-Lah!"

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POORGIRL_DIET 5/11/2010 6:37AM

    This what makes Mothers day the way it should be, this little special penny is a gift that god sent you all and a very little precious gift at that too!!

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JANETELIZABETH1 5/11/2010 5:14AM

    God bless little Heath and both his caring grandmoms for all their love!
emoticonMissy!

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SJG1953 5/11/2010 2:27AM

    So so precious Missy. Thank you for sharing. It was very uplifting.

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LOOSSIT2MOVE 5/10/2010 11:31PM

    Wow, thank you for sharing that bit of heaven and sweetness. He is precious. Happy Mother's Day after to you, I can tell from the pictures that it was :-)

Be blessed!

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PAGONA 5/10/2010 11:04PM

    Thank you for sharing the photo. I had to re subscribe to your blog I was not getting them for some reason, I will have to go back through and catch up

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PEPPERLEAH 5/10/2010 10:22PM

    Lu-Lah indeed! God is sooooooo good! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing the pictures with us! He looks wonderful!

Lu-Lah!!!

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THENEWME43 5/10/2010 10:10PM

    LU-LAH indeed! Praise the Lord!!!

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AHEALTHIERJAN 5/10/2010 9:57PM

    I'm so glad to see these pictures and see how well Heath is doing. I kept wanting to ask about him, and to share my experience with brain injury, but the conversation went in other directions. Just keep holding him close; he is quite precious.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/10/2010 9:52PM

    Oh, Missy, this time, you really got the tears in MY eyes! Oh, the precious little lamb! I am so grateful to you for sharing that precious ray of sunshine! I love the little tummy poking out, too! What a gift you grandmas (and others) have given this little man! emoticon

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3CATSLEP 5/10/2010 9:15PM

    Thanks for the update, Missy! That is so cool! God is so awesome!!! He is such a little treasure! LU-LAH! LU-LAH!

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SUSIEPH1 5/10/2010 9:14PM

    Hi Missy!.
Heath is looking great!! Thank you for sharing the photos ...
here is a truck for heath to play with emoticonand roses for you and his other Grandie ...how can he help not growing up to be a fine little man, with you and is other Grandie to guide him emoticon emoticon
Love as always Susie xx emoticon

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SISTERDEAR 5/10/2010 9:14PM

    What a joy little Heath is to all of you...so glad you can all focul on that and loving him the way he needs to be loved... nurtured in God's tender embrace!

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OURELEE1 5/10/2010 9:11PM

  You have a beautifull grandson. He is a very special angel. Three grandmother who have love in their eyes. Happy late Mother's Day.

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IUHRYTR 5/10/2010 8:57PM

    I continue to be happy and amazed at our little buddy's recovery. What a fun young boy he must be to be around. Thanks for the update. He has a lot of people here pulling for him. emoticon -- Lou

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CAPTAINCOOKIE 5/10/2010 8:52PM

    Sure do love that little man emoticon

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Mother's Day

Sunday, May 09, 2010

I'm a mom. In very large part, it defines who I am, even though I didn't have my oldest until I was 30 and my youngest until I was 38. I was given the gift of my stepkids when I was 44. Over half my life was spent as Missy, me, daughter, sister, sister in law, aunt (at the tender age of six and through the age of 17), friend. I am far more recognizable as so-and-so's mom, though. I've spent far more years as a wife than as a mom, and yet I'm not known as so-and-so's wife nearly as often as I am as someone's mom. I'm okay with that, though. I love what motherhood means to me, both as a daughter and as a mom. I was blessed with a wonderful mom who died some 15 years ago and I miss her very much. She, too, was known as mom and grandma, despite the many others roles she fulfilled in life. Motherhood is not something we do. It's who we are.

This identity is not limited to those who give birth or who have adopted or fostered children. There are magnificent women in my life who've never had children but have been great mother-roles for me. Some were teachers. Some were nuns associated with the Catholic schools I attended. Some were aunts. Some were older sisters of my friends. Some were part of my church family. These are women who mothered me for a season, with all the love and nurturing and sharing of wisdom that entails. I have opened my heart and home to many who were not delivered of my body and for whom I had no guardianship. I have invested love and patience and compassion and practical helps into their lives. This relationship of motherhood is in no way limited to the sharing of DNA or to the legalities of adoption. It's all about love and caring.

For some, this is a very difficult time. For those who desire to become a mother and cannot, it is heartrending. For those who have lost mothers or children to death, it is a nearly unbearable time of grieving. For those who are estranged from their mothers or children, it is crushing. For those who have had abortions or miscarriages that they regret, it is a time of profound sadness. These dear women often bear unspeakable pain. Alone.

For my own stepchildren, this Mother's Day Eve is the ninth anniversary of their mother abandoning them. That was the day my husband's then wife called in the evening at dinner time to say she was not actually at work, about to come home, but that she was in Kentucky, waiting for the man who is now her husband to pick her up, and that she was never coming home. They were my neighbors and dear friends. It threw all of our lives into a tailspin. My stepkids, now 21 and 17, still suffer from the pain of it. My big, strong, brave boy cried for his heart to break again today, as he does every Christmas, because he wants his mother in his life. That this woman is still able to inflict such pain upon him causes all sorts of emotions in me, the mama bear, that I must once again hand over to God. Again, again, again. Forgiveness is funny that way for us, isn't it? Once is just not enough. Choosing to forgive does not come naturally to us. Anger and vengeance come much more easily. It's okay for me to be angry because this is a horrible thing to put one's children through. The key is to be angry and sin not. That's the kicker! With God ALL things are possible. Even this.

As those of you who've walked this journey with me for a while know, our oldest, my stepdaughter, Melanie, is not allowed to see her son, now 15 months old. She has been arrested and charged with harming him, nearly unto death. Thank God, Heath is doing well, better all the time. My heart breaks for our daughter, though. I cannot imagine the pain this weekend brings to her heart, a double whammy of motherhood pain. On this, her second Mother's Day as a mom, she is allowed no contact whatsoever with her son, and justifiably so. I cannot imagine the heart stuff going on there this night. I wish we knew how to contact her, knew where she was, to offer her some measure of love and compassion. My heart is so heavy for her. I continue to pray for her. I know that while I cannot reach her, the arm of God is not short. He is able to reach her, and He will continue to call out to her, to give her opportunities to turn to Him.

As we celebrate this special day to acknowledge mothers, please remember to pray for the many for whom this is a day of pain. Reach out to those within your sphere of influence who may be hurting tomorrow. Extend compassion and grace to them. Hold a hand. Lend your shoulder for someone to lean on if they need it. Allow a friend to cry and have a hankie and a hug at the ready for them.

Missy

  
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LIGHTHEART09 5/12/2010 11:35AM

    YOu made me cry with such compassion...not thinking of the others out there on Mother's day that are suffering....I pray for your stepchildren to be healed, delivered and free of the spirit of trauma and abandonment...
xoxo
Hope your Mom's Day was Glorious!
Nan...just catching up on your blogs today

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/10/2010 7:21PM

    Missy, thanks once again for a very touching blog! I can never pass up your blogs! They are beautiful. emoticon emoticon

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SIGLED 5/10/2010 10:54AM

    Thanks for sharing from a Mother's Heart, compassion, encouragement and a mother's tenacious love.

Only a Mom can share as you have shared. Thanks! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/10/2010 9:40AM

    Awesome blog Missy. You and yours are in my prayers, as always. Love you, Dawn

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/9/2010 10:26PM

    Very thoughtful blog!

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TINKERBELL200 5/9/2010 9:35PM

    What a lovely blog Missy. Isn't being a Mom the most rewarding job, blessing God gives us? I'm so thankful for my children. How sad for your step children. I don't know how she could do that. They are so blessed to have you as a Mom though. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Even their Mom, that she would step up to the plate, for her childrens sake Thank you for sharing this!
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WINNIEATWELL2 5/9/2010 7:35PM

    emoticon for Melanie today and all of you.

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PEPPERLEAH 5/9/2010 7:03PM

    What a beautiful blog, Missy. God has given you such a gift with your words, and you always extend so much compassion to others.

Thank you for always thinking of everyone, and for the great love you extend to us all. I pray for you to have a wonderful mother's day, and I pray for Melanie, and all the others out there, who are separated from their mother's/children, for whatever the reasons are.

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IUHRYTR 5/9/2010 1:57PM

    Yes, indeed. Not every holiday is always chocolate and flowers and sunny greeting cards. Many bring memories of pain and abuse and loneliness. Sometimes, though, celebrations like Mother's Day is a cause to remember Mom and to thank her for her generosity and love and guidance. Let's focus on those to whom this day brings happy tears to eyes and positive memories to mind for mothers who have passed on and joy for those who continue having a loving relationship with a caring parent who is still with us. Prayers for your family, Missy, as they try, again this year, to adapt to their unique kind of loss. And to you -- Happy Mother's Day! I am sure you are a wonderful mom. -- Lou

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OURELEE1 5/9/2010 12:04PM

  A wonderful blog. Thank you. Will pray for your family.

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IMAVISION 5/9/2010 11:42AM

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emoticon, Missy! What a meaningful Blog!

Personally, I have always enjoyed all the roles my family relationships put me into. There will become a time when you wonít be identified so often as your childrenís Mom, due to the natural progression of gracefully aging, my sweet Sister. I believe that you will miss this season of your life with the joys associated with that wonderful role. I know that I miss it Ė more than words can express! So enjoy to the fullest this season of your life!

Although I am blessed to have my Mom alive & well, I am sad that I canít be with her & with our three Blessings & five Grandblessings (all live scattered in different directions across the USA) on this special day. Even though flowers, cards & gifts have arrived (plus the wonderful anticipation of telephone visits to look forward to later on this day) & my MrV (in his usual thoughtful & generous way) has already made the day stand out as extra special for me, it just isnít the same as getting warm & welcomed hugs & kisses from our cherished Blessings & Grandblessings. I am, however, so very, very thankful for the love & the memories we share & the hope of the future that the good Lord has given us.

emoticon again for an excellent Blog!

Happy Motherís Day to you, my dear SP Friend!

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JANETELIZABETH1 5/9/2010 11:07AM

    I agree Missy it's too easy to forget those who will not have a "happy" day....!!!
Thank you so much for all those heartfelt words and also sharing your own pain with us too.
Prayers & love
Janet

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1GROVES2 5/9/2010 9:41AM

    Heart breaking, and yet uplifting . Thank You

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AHEALTHIERJAN 5/9/2010 9:36AM

    Missy,

What a beautiful, compelling, touching piece. I hope that, despite its unique pains, this Mother's Day is especially wonderful for you. See you tomorrow.

Jan

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PARAEAST 5/9/2010 9:27AM

    Great blog Missy!! Yes we wear many hats, mothers, daughters, stepdaughters and stepmothers, etc. My Mom lives so far away from me in another state. Yet mother's day is a day to remember how much we Mom's do seen and unseen.
Do hope you have a great day! Thank you again!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 5/9/2010 8:49AM

    What a beautiful blog!! Thank you for sharing, it touched me deeply. I will say a prayer of thanks for my mom and children and all of those women who helped make me who I am. I will pray for you and your family. Have a wonderful mothers day my friend.

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POORGIRL_DIET 5/9/2010 3:37AM

    Awesome blog, you have thought of everyone here. In UK we celebrate mothers day in March but I always like to think of my mum who lives back home in ireland and I would be lost without her. Unfortunately I can't have kids due to the problems that I have however my doctors are hopeful that once I lose weight I will.

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SJG1953 5/9/2010 2:55AM

    This is a very thought prevoking blog Missy. All of it is true and it moved my heart as I read it. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope you do have a very blessed Mother's Day. Thank you for sharing.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/9/2010 2:06AM

    emoticonblog, Missy. Everything you have posted here is so true, you have included the heartache as well as the wonders of being a mom. This brought tears to my eyes and prayers to my lips for all those who are separated from their moms, daughters, sons, grandchildren, etc. for any number of reasons. My mom has been gone for 18 months now and not a day goes by that I don't think of her and my dad. Prayers for you and all your family members. God has not forgotten any of them!!!
Blessings, love and hugs to you, my friend, from another with so many handles to my name.
Helen

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SUSIEPH1 5/9/2010 1:24AM

    Awesome blog Missy.
Yes we are Mothers, Daughters,StepDaughters,Step Mothers,Wives ETC .. and amonst them somewhere we are ourselves .Shall we celebrate a me Day? or shall we go on being Everything to Everybody.
I am not being selfish here,
I am just Celebrating who we are ... Much Love Susie xxx emoticon emoticon emoticon

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An Interesting Opinion...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

  
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2BHLTHY4LIFE 5/3/2010 7:37PM

    Missy, emoticon for sharing this.Point taken and my 19 daughter says the USA hasn't had money in so many years! Kinda scary when you think about it. I have been hearing some gossip from one of our country radio,not my fav.about Obama having an affair on the campaign journey,also something about them considering getting divorced before there oldest daughter was ill.I just am devastated,it ruined my image of him,especially when I heard he is a cig.smoker. I don't know what to believe!Are you okay and not close to where they were having floods and scary weather,lately? emoticonDiana emoticon emoticon

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LIGHTHEART09 5/3/2010 3:02PM

    Don't even get me started on him....grrrrrrrrrrrrrr emoticon

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LAURIES_PLACE 5/2/2010 9:54AM

  Oh so great!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 5/2/2010 9:48AM

    lol thank you for the smile

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DANCEMORE 5/1/2010 1:33PM

    emoticon LOVE IT!

yeah I guess it's insulting to those 'drunken sailors' emoticon

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KATHYSCOLLIES 5/1/2010 12:04AM

    Missy,
Apparently our government is closely related to yours. They are all 'drunken sailors' too as far as their spending habits go...
Hugs,
Kathy

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/30/2010 11:50PM

    Love it! Thanks for having the courage to post it! Love YOU! -Dawn emoticon

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STELLARINA60 4/30/2010 5:55PM

    An opinion I heartily agree with . Wish there was some way we could attach there salary for spending the way IRS can for not paying taxes

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SWEESIN 4/30/2010 3:27PM

    My husband and both say, "here, here to Mr. Hargraves."

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DYNAMICDEB53 4/30/2010 11:51AM

    very nice!!!

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/29/2010 8:35PM

    Love it!!
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TRAVELNISTA 4/29/2010 7:48PM

    Lone it! emoticon

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THEADMIRAL 4/29/2010 4:10PM

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THENEWME43 4/29/2010 1:25PM

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SCORPION1352 4/29/2010 1:01PM

    Talk about hitting the nail on the head Good one Missy thanks for sharing

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PARAEAST 4/29/2010 12:56PM

    A good one Missy, too bad they don't quit when out of money. Thank you for sharing it with us!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/29/2010 12:33PM

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An opinion we can totally understand!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen



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OURELEE1 4/29/2010 11:43AM

  Too cute!!!!!!!

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IUHRYTR 4/29/2010 11:34AM

    emoticon -- Lou

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IMAVISION 4/29/2010 11:31AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

To the point!

Thank you, Missy, for sharing this wisdom from an ex-drunken sailor!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/29/2010 11:15AM

    LMAO!!!! Thank you for sharing.

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LOVESLILACS1 4/29/2010 9:45AM

    CUTE!

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BETHLOVESBIKING 4/29/2010 6:56AM

    GREAT!! emoticon

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SJG1953 4/29/2010 3:27AM

    So funny! Thanks for sharing Missy!

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SUSIEPH1 4/29/2010 12:14AM

    Thats a good one Missy.

Love Susie and Bobby emoticon emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 4/28/2010 11:18PM

    LOL

Now that's truly an interesting opinion!

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Update on Heath

Sunday, April 18, 2010

You've been so kind to ask about our little grandson, Heath, to keep him in your thoughts and prayers. I am so pleased to tell you that he is improving day by day. He's gained back the weight he lost. He's much more secure and far less clingy. His eyes even seem to be less crossed. He dances soon as music is played, claps, and freely gives away kisses, both the spitty, slobbery kind and the blow-me-a-kiss kind. And every one fills this Mawmaw's heart to overflowing. What a joy he is, especially in light of the trauma he has endured. We had the great joy of visiting him at his grandparents' home this afternoon after church, where he lives with his dad. They are wonderful people and we are so thankful for their influence in Heath's life. I wanted to share some updated photos of our little man with you. Again, thank you so much for standing with us in prayer over him. I appreciate you so much!

Here's Heath with Bill, a very happy PawPaw



Somehow, by sleight of hand, Heath wrangled Grandpa's glasses out of his pocket.





Auntie Melly and Uncle Billy were loving some time with their nephew

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/28/2010 1:42PM

    Thank you for the update and the pictures are wonderful!!! I am so happy to hear and see that he is a happy little boy who is loved by so many. What a blessing you all are to him!!!
Keeping Bill, Heath, you and your entire family in my prayers.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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LULU1959 4/23/2010 10:42AM

    He is so cute! God Bless him. Thanks for the update and for sharing these awesome pictures with us. Keep showering him with lots of hugs and kisses! emoticon emoticon He will know he is loved and that is the best medicine of all. Keep spreading the Love!
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BIGDAD1211 4/23/2010 1:40AM

    I am so Glad he is doing so much better! Thank You Lord!
He has the best family in the world! (Well I am biased!) emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/22/2010 1:19AM

    Missy, thank you so much for updating us about Heath. I will continue to keep him in my prayers. How is Bill doing? Any word on his situation? You & yours are so precious to me. I keep you all lifted in prayer daily. Love ya, Dawn

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DYNAMICDEB53 4/20/2010 11:40PM

    Oh Missy I am so glad to hear he is doing better and just being a happy little boy. I know it makes your heart light.
Hugs
Deb

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SUSAN134 4/20/2010 11:29PM

    Missy he is just too adorable! I LOVE the pic where he is wearing Bill's glasses!

What a blessing that he is doing so well, I am so happy!

Hugs,

Sue

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CAPTAINCOOKIE 4/20/2010 10:32PM

    he can steal my glasses any time he wants to

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THENAMESLISA 4/20/2010 8:15AM

    He's a doll baby! Love the pic with the glasses!

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/19/2010 10:00PM

    Thanks for the update!

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AUNTC321 4/19/2010 7:57PM

    Thanks for sharing the photos they are great. I love seeing happy babies.

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PEPPERLEAH 4/19/2010 5:19PM

    I am so glad he is getting better! We will just continue to pray, knowing that our heavenly Father is taking care of Heath! The pictures are adorable! /Give him a hug from us!

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LIGHTHEART09 4/19/2010 3:07PM

    So glad he is doing better.
How is the mom doing?
Nan

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/19/2010 4:53AM

    Thank you for sharing the pictures of Heath. He is a handsome little man. I am happy to hear he is mending.

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SUSIEPH1 4/19/2010 3:07AM

    Thank you Missy for sharing Heath with us. He is such a darling little man and he looks so Bright and Happy .
Love to you all. Susie and Bobby emoticon here is a racing car for Heath to play with .... emoticon and a rose for you ! emoticon

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SJG1953 4/19/2010 1:56AM

    Heath is so precious and looks so healthy and happy.

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MRSJARI 4/18/2010 11:37PM

    emoticon YOu have a Wonderful grandson! And he is so blessed to have his MawMaw!!

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WOODSYGIRL 4/18/2010 11:33PM

    Praise God for His healing hand over Heath's health and joy for life again! He looks SO happy in these pictures and having the stable love of you all in his life will help him get through this faster than we, as adults, think. I said a prayer of thanks to God for loving this little man so much and for healing your family. I'm thrilled that you guys get along so well with Heath's dad and grandparents...all of you together will form a circle of love around Heath as he grows up and he will continue to flourish and bring so much joy and laughter to your lives. emoticon emoticon

Big hugs,
Shannon

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THENEWME43 4/18/2010 10:39PM

    Thanks for the update and the great pics! It's such a blessing to see Heath is doing so well.

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SHELLY-ELLY 4/18/2010 10:38PM

    Praise the Lord! He looks like he is doing so good. These are adorable pictures Missy. Thanks for sharing them. Will continue to keep him in my prayers as well as you all too! God bless you! Love, Shelly
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/18/2010 10:04PM

    Thank you for sharing the photos! You, too, have a happy bunch! Isn't it great to get together with everyone! Love it! emoticon

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TINKERBELL200 4/18/2010 9:43PM

    Hey Missy, So good to see pics of little Heath! I love the one with Bills glasses! Thank you for the update. It's great to know he's on the mend, and that you all got to visit him today. I bet that did your heart some good! Blessings and continued prayer for you and yours.
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HAPPYWRITER7 4/18/2010 8:52PM

    What a cutie, the God for his blessings. Everyone looks so happy. You have a beautiful family!

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KIMREID74 4/18/2010 8:51PM

  ((((((((Heath)))))))) love and hugs to you, little man! It is so good to hear how you are doing. Teddy, Albert and I send our continued love and healing prayers. You da man! emoticon

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LAURIES_PLACE 4/18/2010 8:09PM

  Yes, Heath does look great. All the love and support he has, not to mention G-d's intervention in his health and even before, making certain nothing worse happened, will make Heath flourish. Praying for Heath's mom.

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IUHRYTR 4/18/2010 8:05PM

    Cute pictures. So happy he is improving. Such a sad experience he went through. It's good he has so many loving people around him. Thank you for updating us. -- Lou

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GABY1948 4/18/2010 7:46PM

    Praise God! This is such awesome news, Missy. God is so good!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 4/18/2010 7:20PM

    Adorable pics, especially the one with the glasses. So glad to hear he's doing well and God willing, he's young enough that we can pray he won't remember what he's been through. Having wonderful people like you and your family in his life will help tremendously!

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THEADMIRAL 4/18/2010 7:18PM

    He looks like he feels loved and safe! Praise the Lord and thank you for updating us on how he's doing! emoticon Vikki

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WINNIEATWELL2 4/18/2010 6:59PM

    He's so precious and everybody looks like they are really enjoying the visit! Sweet......

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3CATSLEP 4/18/2010 6:39PM

    He looks great! Isn't the power of prayer awesome? Keep us posted - what a sweetie!

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In loving memory of Ferlin Bourg, servant of God

Thursday, April 15, 2010



Those of you who have walked this journey with me for a while now will remember my blogs from last fall containing mention of a family very dear to my heart. My dear and wonderful friends, Bart and Michelle, were sent to me by God to live just a half mile down the road from our house. I will never be able to thank Him enough for that enormous blessing. Through Bart and Michelle I had the great joy of meeting Bart's brother, Ferlin, who was a missionary to the Philippines, and his two older children, Angel and Jireh. Their mother remained in her homeland of the Philippines, as did their baby sister, Sharon. They were here from September through November of 2009 for Ferlin's diagnosis and treatment of what we learned to be lung cancer. Despite inferior medical treatment, at that time Ferlin decided he and the kids would return to their home and the rest of their family. In the time they were here we came to love them very much. Angel and my youngest, Melanie, became fast and sure friends.

Ferlin's battle with cancer ended earlier this week and he is now in the very presence of the One he served on earth and now worships forevermore. For Ferlin we need not pray. He's with Jesus!! His family, here and overseas, naturally, is heartbroken. They need our prayers. We, too, are sad. We will miss him very much. He was such a delightful man, so full of God's word, so anointed, so dedicated to reaching the lost and encouraging the saints. We will be printing this blog out and sending it to Ferlin's family with our love.

I will post below the blog entries I'd posted last Fall, starting with the one when Angel first came to sing for me. You may have seen them before, but for the sake of those who haven't, I wanted to make them handy.

This started the ball rolling.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2431658


This is the kids practicing. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2436507


This is the kids performing the song at the House of Prayer and Praise, where Michelle's mother is pastor. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2471121


This was a powerful mime worship performance that Angel created and performed for our church. If this doesn't cause praise to rise up within your heart, I don't know what will!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2541144


Thank you for taking the time to honor the memory of this dear brother in Christ, son, brother, brother-in-law, friend, husband, and father.

Missy

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/28/2010 1:38PM

    Missy, Although I have seen them before, they are so very beautiful and powerful!!! Thank you for this beautiful walk down memory lane. emoticon Praying for Ferlin's family and friends, you and your family. So much heartbreak... he touched the lives of more then he could possibly know. May the comfort of knowing he is with the Lord he served so very well surround everyone.
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Helen

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LIGHTHEART09 4/19/2010 3:05PM

    Oh Missy,
I remember Ferlin, I thought you said the Lord had healed him?
Oh this makes me so angry...that ole devil I hate him.
We are still pressing in and contending for Joel's healing, but things are not looking good...last week he came down with cellulitis and had a high fever and infection in his leg...it still is red! I feel at such a loss...I pray, he getting prayer all the time...God when?

Sending love to Ferlin's family and yours
Nan

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CBEVNOW 4/17/2010 3:17AM

    So sorry for your loss of your friend, i will be praying for the family and his friends. Angel is a angel , her dance so beautiful. I love to see chrildren of the Lord .Her parents raised her right and i know her father must have been very proud of her.Blessings and love to you all. emoticon emoticon emoticon Caroline

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3CATSLEP 4/16/2010 10:13AM

    My sympathies for your loss, but praises that he is with our wonderful God!

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SOUPGAL 4/16/2010 9:27AM

    Thanks for sharing this. My daughter-in-law is from the Philippines. When they were married in the Philippines we attended the wedding. I have special feelings for the people of that country. In dil has been here now 4 years and will begin to work on her citizenship. I know how difficult it is to get the paperwork going.

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SJG1953 4/16/2010 1:42AM

    It is so sad that he had to leave his family and friends. But it makes it a little easier to know that he is with the Lord. Prayers going up for the family and friends. Love in Christ, Shirley

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LOTUSFLOWER 4/15/2010 11:18PM

    I am sorry for your loss, what a very special man he was. He is with the Lord now, I am praying for his family and for you dear one. emoticon

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JOURNEYOFHOPE 4/15/2010 10:44PM

    I am very sorry for your loss! May God bless you and the family with His loving arms around you all! Keeping you all in prayer. Take care:)

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/15/2010 10:31PM

    Thanks for sharing this & all the blogs with us Missy. I will keep Ferlin's family & friends in my prayers. Love, Dawn

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MSZIP76 4/15/2010 9:49PM

    You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

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PEPPERLEAH 4/15/2010 9:44PM

    Missy, I am most assuredly praying for the family and friends of this wonderful man of God. As you said, he is now in the very presence of the One he served on earth and now worships forevermore. What a great example this man set for us; to serve, regardless of whatever circumstances we are faced with. I know the seeds he planted will continue to grow, and they will in turn sow more seeds.

Please know our love and prayers are with you all at this time. And please, tell the family that we are sending them love and prayers, too.

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/15/2010 9:37PM

    I am sorry for the loss of your friend.
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WINNIEATWELL2 4/15/2010 9:12PM

    God bless the family and comfort them. God bless and comfort you too in the loss of a dear friend.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 4/15/2010 8:51PM

    My thoughts & prayers are with the family

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THENEWME43 4/15/2010 8:48PM

    What a beautiful blog, Missy. I'm glad you'll be sharing it with the Bourg family; they will surely be touched by your loving words of kindness.
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CAPTAINCOOKIE 4/15/2010 8:46PM

    God bless and keep the family. We love the kids with all our hearts. Angel will grow to be a warrior for the Lord.

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IUHRYTR 4/15/2010 8:46PM

    Please accept my condolences on the loss of your friend. I'm looking forward to going back and getting a refreshing view of the videos. There will naturally be sadness in your heart tonight but there will also be joy, I kow, because we know where Ferlin now is. -- Lou

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/15/2010 8:25PM

    Missy, your blog was so touching, and it was beautiful to think of your friend with Jesus. I don't blame him for going home, really. It would have been more difficult to stay here, away from his family. We'll be praying for this family, as well as all those who are touched by this man's godly life. emoticon emoticon

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TONYAWC1976 4/15/2010 8:20PM

  I don't know him or the family, but this brought tears to my eyes! I will pray for everyone, for this is a time of sadness for those left behind, but he is with Jesus now. No more pain and no more suffering! God Bless you and the family! Tonya

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SUSIEPH1 4/15/2010 8:18PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family, I did not know of him but I have just viewed the links you gave us what a precious lass Angel is and how wonderful of you Missy to share this with us..Take Care my dear friend always in my thoughts.
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NO_SNOW_BODY 4/15/2010 8:04PM

    My prayers are with his family and Angel is a blessing, I watched her youtube video again and it is precious

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