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We were so happy.............

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 3:30pm 6 Comments

A few years ago on a day when our family was together, my 3 daughters and I discussed how everyone in the family seemed to be doing what they wished, & were where they wanted to be. My youngest daughter was married to a man she loved who was retired from an airline and did for her most anything and everything she wished. They did not have children and were free to travel as they pleased. They owned a home in California but were living in southern France, traveling at will with airline… Continue

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At 12:54am on April 4, 2015, Barbara Rieger said…

Hi Shirley, After I read your most recent post I had to stop and pull it together for a minute. Then went and put in Robert Schuller to read about him. I had gone to Quakerbridge Mall in New Jersey to one of his book signings with my son Joe. I bought the book and he wrote in it to my son. Also, I had a book someone gave me that Robert Schuller signed for me. Another friend told me about him and I was a faithful follower for many years. He gave me so much just as Norman Vincent Peale. The weird thing is I was watching the biography on TCM "One Man's Way." of Dr. Peale and of course thought or his protege' Robert Schuller. One Christmas my husband bought me a CD when Dr. Peale was a guest on Rev. Robert Schuller's Hour of Power. After watching the movie I asked my husband about the CD. I asked him to locate the CD so I could watch 2 individuals who made a difference in my life. Now my son will greet Rev. Robert Schuller and I'm certain they will both recall each other. I have a photo of my son and Rev. Robert Schuller shaking hands. My son took a photo of me and the Rev but I sent it to a friend and she threw it out when she moved. She never saw the photo I placed in a book written by people I had worked for. Just thought I'd share this with you since you knew about the passing of a person who meant something to me and my life.

I will take out his book "Tough Times Never Last But Tough People Do." When reading it, I feel like he's talking directly to me and I can hear his voice.

Thank you for posting about a favorite Preacher of mind.  Peace be with you. This Easter Sunday will be 5 years since my son Joe left. But I feel comforted knowing that he may see a wonderful soul Robert Schuller.

At 10:01pm on September 7, 2013, Treba Mercer/Baker said…

ty hun. i hope u are doing well. im sitting lost again i lost a good friend this week. there lot younger than me. and they lost both parents. and im not sure how to help them.

At 6:31pm on July 30, 2013, Bera said…

My son told me "he was good & living to have a good time". Little did I know he would be gone a few months later at age 20. My only son. My baby child. 10 months today he was shot. Lord, Have Mercy on Me.

At 6:02pm on July 6, 2013, Daphne vaughn (Anthony's Mom ) said…

Shirley,I read your story with tears streaming down my face I feel your are a strong woman .I am so sorry for your loss,our children are our lives.i lost my son Anthony on oct 29th was and has been the hardest thing I,ve ever had to I know it is for you .im sending heartfelt prayers to you and yours.big hugggs to you.Daphne

At 10:41pm on March 1, 2013, Lisa - Rocky's Mom said…

Thank you for your message.  Its so nice that you have someone to talk to about your daughters.  I unfortunately dont have anyone who knew Rocky to talk with about the person he was.  My husband doesnt want to talk about him, it is too hard for him, he says.  This is just a really hard time of year for me.  I appreciate your strength. Blessings.

At 12:40am on February 28, 2013, Lisa - Rocky's Mom said…

Will have you in my prayers Shirley.  I lost my son April 15, 2010. It is so hard t believe still.  I live for the days/nights I will have a dream of him.  They dont come often but somehow they are comforting to me.  I cant imagine losing two children. I can barely contain my grief from losing one.  I do think life just keeps going but mine seems to move a lot slower than others.  Sometimes I cant stop the crying and others I catch ,yself having not thought of him in a few hours.  I still feel guilty if I am not thinking of him but I knoww he would want me to move on...I find I want to move on as fast as possible...but I am stuck in this grief ridden nightmare. Each day is one day closer to seeing Rocky again.  I lost my mother just 10 months after my son, on March 10, 2011. I worry that I cant grieve her death because I am in so much pain over my sons'.  It is better than that first year though, isnt it?  Really didnt think I was going to make it thru the first year.  Anyway, I will add a special prayer for you.  Sorry for rambling...guess I needed to get a bit off my mind.  Thanks for being here.

At 6:18pm on December 24, 2012, David, BERNIE's dad said…

Haven't seen you for a month, Shirley!  Hope your two girls are chatting woth my Bernie on the other side. Thank God for his two dogs who keep me on my toes.

Have a peaceful Christmas,


At 6:33pm on June 20, 2012, Alicia Rodriguez said…
Hi Shirley how have you been? That is a very pretty picture of you're three daughters! I have been reading your post what elastic can we do but come here our feelings God Bless You Alicia Jesse's Mom
At 4:11pm on June 16, 2012, Kaye said…

Thank you for your kind wors.  I have a younger son who is 35 now and he is a firefighter.  Obviously it scares me silly.  He lives her near me so I se him often and talk to him all the time.  Its just we have had so much go on that I am terrified something is going tohappen all the time.  I am sorry for your loss.  I know God only loans our kids to us but this was just more than I can handle.  It makes me sad that I was not there when he died.  I didn't know he was sick.  Kids dont tell you everything. I just do the best I can.  Its just we have had so much death and misery in our family in the past few yeras its more than I can stand.  Again, thank you for your kind words.

At 7:20pm on June 9, 2012, Phyllis Estes said…

Also Shirley,

I'm so sorry for your loss.  I lost one child, and I can't imagine that pain doubled.  You have such a wonderful way of putting things...that really gives me some hope.  I believe you are my newfound "hero." 

~Phyllis Chads' Mom


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