Saturday, January 31, 2009

first date

Larry and I are pretty sure that tonight is the 26th anniversary of our first date.
We had been out together a few weeks earlier after a ministry day bringing collected winter clothing to Haitian refugees living in Chicago. We're talking January here, folks!! We had dinner together, then went to hear Luis Palau at our church.
But this was the weekend he chose me as his date to the surprise birthday party for a mutual friend. He was told by the hostess to bring a friend and he brought me!! That was the beginning!! We never looked back, never doubted that we should be together. Ups and downs - sure! But that is what makes the ride. We are still growing, learning, trying.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Sherry came for a visit - i heart faces - week 13 - adult

Sherry and I met in August 1973. That qualifies as a long time ago. We shared a room for three of our four years at Bethel (MN). We were both slender, had no gray hair, no boyfriends. She was a good student, I was mediocre. We are now not as slender, have lots of gray and live with our boyfriends - though we call them husbands!! We are both teachers.
We both live far from our parents and siblings. Sherry and John are in China - far from anywhere!! ; we are in LA. - both of us far from the mid-west from whence we came.
Many other things for us are now different. But many of those differences are things that are now better.
Many things for us are the same. We still laugh at ourselves and each other. We still love to talk about important things. We encourage each other. More than ever, we seek God. Over the years, though changes came, friendship remained constant.
It takes work to maintain a friendship across miles and years. Sometimes we are better at it than others. But when we are together, it is so good. Being in each other's presence is where our best communication comes.... (Do you see implications here for relationship with God?)
It was a wonderful afternoon with a dear friend. I hope there are more ahead.
Thanks for 35 years of precious friendship, Sherry. I love you.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I Heart Faces Contest Adult - Joy - Week 3

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Matt and Val's wedding - two precious young people vowing a lifetime of love to each other. It was a blazing hot day in June, but I dare say, not as hot as their love at this moment!! And everyone had come from across the country for this, the moment of pronouncement as husband and wife!!
Sheer JOY!