"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Monday, October 17, 2011

68 candles



Chapter 68~

Finally the peaks and valleys of life are becoming less precipitous.  The youthful vigor that fueled worldly passions has resigned itself quietly but willingly to the wiser, more mature direction that seems to come with the title Grandfather.  The physical and emotional energy banks are maintaining a more consistent balance ~ there may not be as much in savings, but the account is less volatile, more static.  Perhaps it's responding to the rhythm of purposeful living.  Looking back, he thought he had it all.  Seeing now, it was just a shadow of sweet things on the horizon...  Another year.  A good year.


Blessings, Debbie 

31 comments:

  1. Yes, you are very blessed to live so close to family. I wish my mom lived closer. She turned 69 in August and although I talk to her several times a week, it's not the same as a good ol' sit down chit-chat!
    Have a wonderful Monday! xx

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  2. Well, I guess you all had a nice day!

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  3. What a nice tribute to your father. Really like the thought of what is now is "just a shadow of sweet things on the horizon".

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  4. Wishing your father a very Happy Birthday.xxx

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  5. Happy Birthday to your daddy! I see far less than 68 candles, though. ;)

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  6. This is absolutely lovely. You are such a wordsmith, my friend. My papa is 71 and lives 3.5 hours away; I don't see him nearly enough. Thankfully, he's coming for a visit this weekend, and I can't wait to give him a hug and tell him how much I love him. :) ~Lisa

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  7. Happy Birthday!!! This weekend we will celebrate with my parents....also 68 years. :)

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  8. What a joy. Glad you all had a happy birthday WITH him! :)

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  9. Precious and said so well....my Dad is now a great-grand from my sister's son...life does get sweeter, because what you start to treasure are those things that really should be treasured.
    Happy Birthday to him.

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  10. I am behind so am putting the puzzle pieces together for this post with the previous one.

    I love this. I could have written it about my own dad, even though he didn't live to that ripe age. I miss him. You are so very, very blessed.

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  11. I would love to live near family! But I have to be satisfied with a 5 hour driving distance. The cake looks extra delicious :)

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  12. Happy Birthday to your father....hope it's a wonderful year!

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  13. What a beautiful, touching description of life lived well! Happy Birthday to your father, and may the Lord grant him many more!

    (I am deeply humbled by your words to me...and am rendered speechless. Of course, any good thing is by His grace! Much love to you...)

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  14. Very nice, Happy B-Day to your Dad-enjoy:@)

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  15. Happy Birthday to your father.

    We use a code for the candles. Six of one colour and 8 of another. Although I seem to remember when my Great-Grandfather turned 100, he had all the candles. I can only imagine that they worked as a team to light them.

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  16. Happy Birthday again to your father. I love the wording describing his state in life. JB

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  17. I like this Happy Birthday to your Dad. :) B

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  18. Happy Birthday to your Daddy! Mine turned 84 this summer. Looks like your dad will have many more to come, then!
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  19. My dad turned 71 this summer. Happy Birthday!

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  20. What sweet words for your father! And, how lovely to have him close by for a party. Looks like a great time!

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  21. Would you like me to call the fire brigade now?

    Happy birthday to your dad and isn't he lucky to have a wonderful daughter like you. Hugs Maa.

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  22. Beautiful reflections on a happy birthday.

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  23. I hope that your father had a wonderful birthday.

    The cake looks delicious, and I enjoyed reading the quote as well. Such beautiful words for a special person. :)

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  24. Oh, that's a GOOD age! It sounds like your papa has invested in humans, loving them with holy love.

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  25. Happy Birthday to your dad. What a treasure he has in you!

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  26. If your father's energy has stabilized, he is a different kind of man than my father. Trip wires everywhere. And yet, I still like him.

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