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Journals & Love Letters

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 In sorting and cleaning out my Mom's home my brother and I discovered these two journals and love letters.  The journals span the years of 1984 through 1992.  Mom began the first one two months after her mother - my grandma had passed away.  She wrote about how much she missed her.  They had always been very close and the loss left a huge hole in her life.   Some entries were brief describing the weather and the happenings in the family.  Friendships and gatherings filled many of the pages.   Travels and various adventures were described in detail. The love letters were much older.  They were kept in a bottom drawer of Mom's vanity.  They had been written by two young people who were very much in love.  Those two were my parents.  Dad was in the Navy at the time and Mom in high school.   Of all the treasures that were collected and saved during my Mother's life I believe my brother and I found the very best. If anyone questions keeping journals or special notes; you are le

"Choose Joy"

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There are certain times that a book appears to be written for one's circumstances.  "Choose Joy" by Kay Warren is one of those special books.  Some of you may be familiar with her spouse Rick Warren who wrote the "Purpose Driven Life".  It was a very popular book several years ago. Sadly Kay's book was written about a year before her son tragically committed suicide in 2013.  It was repackaged  in 2020.   She addresses the fact that happiness is often  based on what is happening in our lives but joy is something we choose even in the midst of tragic or sad happenings.  I found her transparency and honesty refreshing.  One of the major thoughts that I took away from "Choose Joy" is that sorrow and joy are like railroad tracks.   They run along side each other ...it is possible to be joyful even when sorrow or sad moments happen. This book I highly recommend for anyone who has struggled with challenging times and been depressed. To all my dear friend

New Home

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 On January 29th my dear mom moved to her new home in heaven. Even though there is sorrow, there is joy as well.  She lived a life of faith and love for her Lord, her family and her friends until the very end.  I miss her now but someday we will be together again. Thank you all for understanding why I have not posted sooner. God Bless Debbie "However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him."  1 Cor: 2:9