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   Straitpath  Blessings: directly answered prayers and small tender mercies. I am so grateful.
March 30 at 11:25 EST .

   5 people like this.

   Wrightwinger  As are the rest of the grandkids...
   March 14 at 20:24 EST .

   12 people like this.

   Gerty  Beautiful!
March 14 at 23:44 EST .

  10 people like this.

   Surfhut  WW, you have a great looking bunch of grandchildren. Looks like they all have your chin except for Miss Sarah.
March 15 at 09:29 EST .

  9 people like this.

   Phooey  Where was the picture taken ?
March 15 at 16:29 EST .

  10 people like this.

   Wrightwinger  Carter Caves state park
March 15 at 16:56 EST .

  9 people like this.

   Wrightwinger  Update on little miss Sarah... Still doing fine... Happy Baby!
   March 14 at 20:22 EST .

   12 people like this.

   Gerty  Never really understood 'bundle of joy' until I saw this photo of little Miss Sarah! Wow!
March 14 at 23:47 EST .

  8 people like this.

   Phooey  Doing push-ups, getting in shape for the fight.
March 15 at 16:26 EST .

  7 people like this.

   Surfhut  How time flies. My one and only turns 24 today. He has blessed me in more ways than I can count.
March 11 at 06:38 EST .

   12 people like this.

   Surfhut  This made me chuckle: He just told me that he's getting old too fast. Seems the line of demarcation where you are no longer young is 25. Oh, the things we can still teach each other and learn from each other. Blessings, indeed.
March 11 at 19:25 EST .

  12 people like this.

   Phooey  You did good, Surf.
March 15 at 16:33 EST .

  9 people like this.

   Magdalene  She was born July 5, 1918, in Los Angeles, California, and named Dorothy Clara Dillbeck. She was the third child of John Daniel and Clara Mandana Harkness Dillbeck. Her siblings were Winnie, Daniel, James, Elizabeth, Thomas, and Sarah. They all graduated from the same high school, Phineas T. Banning in Wilmington, CA. She married William Foster Otto in October 1936, and the following year their first child, Dorothy Mae, was born. She lived only 6 months. She had 6 more children, 5 girls and a boy, within a span of 18 years. Her last one was born just days after the oldest graduated high school. Her husband was a Navy man, spending most of his time at sea. In 1968, after 32 years of marriage, she was divorced, and subsequently worked for civil service for several years. She sold World Book Encyclopedias door-to-door first part-time, then full-time, for many years. After her two youngest children had left the nest, she began college, first earning an Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy at the age of 58. She worked for several years before returning to her studies, earning a Bachelor of Social Work at the age of 65 from the University of Oklahoma. She continued to work full time as long as her health allowed, and lived on her own until she was 81, sewing for her family, playing dominos with her friends, and volunteering for her church family at Crossings Community Church. Her days in sales made her a fearless cold-caller, so when she was no longer physically able to rock babies in the nursery, she spent her Saturdays calling the nursery volunteers to remind them of their duties, and would spend time talking to them and getting to know them personally. She had the gift of making friends. She had a private ministry as well, one that came to light after her passing: she made a point of doing something selfless for someone else each day. The notes she left were full of cookies made and taken to a friend, or visits to a hospital, or some other kind deed done. She kept every birthday and Mothers Day card from her parents, siblings, and children, and every letter. Her papers are a history book.

Her proudest possession, though, was a letter she received from then-President Ronald Reagan, on the occasion of her graduation from OU. She framed it and always kept it hanging on her wall. She was so proud of the President who had been the Governor of her home state, and who had rescued the country from the malaise of the 70's. He was her hero. She had been actively involved in politics for decades, volunteering for the Republican Women mostly on the local and state level. She was passionately Republican, but more, she was passionately patriotic. Her 32 years as a Navy wife had instilled in her a love of America that was intrinsic. In her final years her days were spent in a recliner, with CSPAN on

   February 25 at 16:02 EST .

   15 people like this.

   Magdalene  â€¦the television. She absorbed everything.

She was an amazing person: smart and funny, loving, kind, thoughtful, prayerful, caring. As kids we thought she was all-powerful and all-knowing. Even as adults we always knew we could come to her with any problem and she would help us find our way through it. No matter what she was doing, she would drop it and come running if her child needed her.

She was my mom, and she's been gone ten years today. She still comes to me in my dreams. I miss her so much it hurts, and she's not there to kiss it and make it better. I love you, Mom.
February 25 at 16:03 EST .

  19 people like this.

   Gerty  A loving and deserving tribute to your Mother, Miss Magdalene. Many of us share similar feelings for our Moms; few of us could express them as beautifully as you.
February 26 at 09:27 EST .

  11 people like this.

   Phooey  Beautifully written. Poignant.
February 26 at 17:53 EST .

  13 people like this.

   Wrightwinger  This is such an elegant tribute to a mother's life (well lived indeed! ) and written with such love and respect. It is very likely that the children of such a mother will carry on these traits and, it seems you do. Well done to both of you.
February 26 at 20:07 EST .

  13 people like this.

   Straitpath  Wonderful tribute, and very well written. These special people will receive special consideration in Heaven.
February 27 at 19:19 EST .

  10 people like this.

   Surfhut  Beautiful tribute, beautifully written. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. You and your mother inspire me.
March 1 at 09:14 EST .

  14 people like this.

   Linder  Lovely! I read it twice.
March 5 at 15:25 EST .

  11 people like this.

   Surfhut  One of the great blessings in my life is my job. I've talked about it around here before. When I moved to OKC from SoCal 2 years ago and started looking for work, I figured it would be in a boring law firm wearing a suit and heels every day. My prayer was for God to bring me and the perfect job together according to His design. DONE!

I thought the interview for my job would be a waste of everyone's time. But I vowed to show up for every interview granted. My now boss and I knew within about 5 minutes that this was a match made in Heaven.

Here I am, 2 years later, 59 years old, working in a hydraulic repair & manufacturing company. I wear jeans, a t-shirt and sturdy shoes to work. I've gone from basically a file clerk and data input clerk for the CFO to being groomed to take her place (she wants to retire ). I have a high school education, have spent most of my adult life self-employed, but need just a little bit of formal education in business management. The company I work for is paying for my schooling (it will take about 3 months of night, on-line work ).

The blessing is that this seasoned citizen was given a career instead of a job. My company is Christian family-owned, and our business is booming. Oh, and when I moved here ... my family members told me I would never find a career because my resume was all about being self-employed and I was too old for any company to make an investment in me. Don't listen to well-intentioned people who love you as much as you listen to that little voice of God in your heart.
February 16 at 10:58 EST .

   14 people like this.

   Gerty  You see, good things do happen to good people.
February 17 at 19:09 EST .

  14 people like this.

   BirdsNest  An inspiration...
February 20 at 18:19 EST .

  12 people like this.

   Phooey  You GO girl !
February 26 at 17:54 EST .

  18 people like this.

   Linder  Your smartness and inner beauty has always shone through. Happy for you!
March 5 at 15:34 EST .

  11 people like this.

   Straitpath  I hate to see the blessings page go empty when we all have so many blessings. Our family is going through tough times with two rebellious grandsons and other various problems that come with family. But, I have faith that God is over all and that in the end all will turn out gloriously. Earth life is hard, no doubt about it. But full of joy if we see through eyes of faith.
February 13 at 11:09 EST .

   13 people like this.

   Surfhut  I've been ignoring that "still, small voice" of God regarding this wall. Today, I responded to His gentle nudge. Lo and behold, your post!

I'll be 60 on 9/14, and find myself really looking back on my life these days. Honestly, God has blessed me beyond belief. I'm pondering on why. Seriously, I don't think I deserve any of the blessings. But He gave them to me.

The only thing I can come up with is that, while my life is in the valley, I always "see" the hill in my heart and eventually get to the hill in earthly life.

I guess that is because of Faith. How did I get blessed with Faith? I don't know, but it lives in me.
February 15 at 11:45 EST .

  9 people like this.

   Phooey  "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ." Romans 10:17. Surfie, at one time you heard the truth and believed.
February 15 at 12:40 EST .

  14 people like this.

   Straitpath  You are a truly good person, Surfhut. It shines through. And Phooey, I love your faith.
February 18 at 21:27 EST .

  11 people like this.

   Bettijo  I think this is the most beautiful rendition of The Lords Prayer I have ever heard. It is not YouTube, but here is the site.
January 25 at 19:33 EST .

   15 people like this.

   Straitpath  Beautiful prayer, song, soloist, orchestra and choir. My daughter in law is a violinist in the orchestra. A humble brag, sorry.
January 28 at 19:47 EST .

  10 people like this.

   Bettijo  A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet.

She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even... The total had to be exactly perfect.. No chance here for mistakes.

Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall's Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.

She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this moment.

Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!

'And what do you want?' the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice.. I'm talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven't seen in ages,' he said without waiting for a reply to his question.

'Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,' Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. 'He's really, really sick....and I want to buy a miracle.'

'I beg your pardon?' said the pharmacist.

'His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?'

'We don't sell miracles here, little girl. I'm sorry but I can't help you,' the pharmacist said, softening a little.

'Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn't enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs.'

The pharmacist's brother was a well-dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, 'What kind of a miracle does your brother need?'

' I don't know,' Tess replied with her eyes welling up. I just know he's really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can't pay for it, so I want to use my money..'

'How much do you have?' asked the man from Chicago .

'One dollar and eleven cents,' Tess answered barely audible.' And it's all the money
I have, but I can get some more if I need to.'

'Well, what a coincidence,' smiled the man. 'A dollar and eleven cents---the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.'

He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said 'Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let's see if I have the miracle you need.'

That well-dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed free of charge and it wasn't long until Andrew was home again and doing well.

Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that
January 23 at 18:07 EST .

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   Bettijo  had led them to this place.

'That surgery,' her Mom whispered. 'was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?'

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle dollar and eleven the faith of a little child.

In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will need.

A miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law.
January 23 at 18:09 EST .

  19 people like this.

   Gerty  You know, I needed this story this morning.

Thank you, Miss Bettijo!
January 24 at 10:11 EST .

  16 people like this.

   Wrightwinger  What about Miss Marah and Penny?
   January 19 at 22:23 EST .

   14 people like this.

   Gram77  How about them?? Super cute as far as I am concerned!
January 21 at 09:55 EST .

  21 people like this.

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