Monday, March 7, 2011

Life is very busy and we are dealing with a lot of issues: Suzette's health, some health issues of mine, and other family issues so I'm far to busy to blog much......so there goes my new year's resolution in that area.  But, I received this from a dear friend today and thought it was sooo good that I had to post it here.  Trust all is well with you and yours.

A Keeper

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused.

Their best friends lived barely a wave away.

I can see them now. 

Dad in trousers, work shirt and a hat;
And Mom in a house dress,
lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other.

It was a time for fixing things:
a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door,
the oven door, the hem in a dress.
Things we kept.

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy.
All that re-fixing, re-heating leftovers, renewing:
I wanted just once to be wasteful?  Waste meant affluence.  Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more.

But when my mother died, and I was standing in that clear morning light in the warmth of the hospital room,
I was struck with the pain of learning
that sometimes there isn't any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return.

So.... While we have it, it's best we love it... And care for it...
And fix it when it's broken... And heal it when it's sick.

This is true:  For marriage... And old cars.
And children who misbehave at times...
Dogs and cats with bad hips...
And aging parents...
And grandparents...

We keep them because they are worth it,
because we are worth it.

Some things we keep,
like a best friend that moved away
or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important,
Like people we know who are special...
And so, we keep them close!

Good friends are like stars... You don't always see them,
But you know they are always there!

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18 comments:

Kathy said...

O Susan, I just love that! May I say that YOU are one of my keepers. I wouldn't trade the joy of knowing you and praying with you for anything else. If you were a dress I'd hem you as needed. All I can say is that I love you. I've missed your bloggyness, and I'm thankful to get caught up. : ) You're in our continued thoughts and prayers.

Oklahoma Granny said...

Susan, It is a busy time here too but never to busy to prayer for others. I'll be keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Joy said...

What a great thought. Thank you for sharing it. Its so true. My blogging time has fallen way down on my list of things to do right now, but I am glad to keep contact with you and lift you up in prayer sweet sister.
♥ Joy

Jillian, Inc said...

I continue to pray for you and your family sweet friend!

Mari said...

I've missed your posts but know how busy you are right now. This post is so true - thanks for sharing.
Praying for you and your family.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Hi,
I'll catch up soon. Please read my recent blog post to explain why I've been MIA.

Katherine

Pam said...

Oh Susan, you are like the stars! Even though I'm not seeing alot of you on line, I know you are there. I know beyond the shadow of a doubt if I need prayer, you are there to support me in that area. I hope you know the same from me! Miss you but certainly understand the constraints on your time right now. Love you dear sis in Christ!

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Wow....very powerful words Susan!

Maxine said...

Hello, dear Susan. I have been away from blogging as well. So nice to hear from you and this was beautiful. Blessings to you and God keep you close.

Sharon said...

Susan
I have been wondering about you and how things were. I will continue to pray for all of you and I want you to know that you are a sure keeper.
That was so beautiful and true.
You take care sweet sister and I'll be here.
Hugs & Prayers

Mountain Mama said...

Just so you know I am praying for you, Suzette and your whole family. I think of you often even though I am not posting or visiting as much as I used to.

The words of wisdom are beautiful.
Hugs & prayers.

Tiffany said...

Thanks for sharing! I've been in the same boat...so busy it's hard to find time to share or even read my favorite blogs, but, i had to check in with you! Miss you! Hope all is going well with the Bible study :) -Love Tiff!

Nezzy said...

Love it!!! What a wonderful post sweetie!!!

Yes, I was just thinkin' of all of those in Japan who where just livin' another ordinary day when their life changed forever.

I'm huggin' my loved ones a little harder now.

God bless and have a terrific Tuesday girl!!! :o)

Midlife Mom said...

So glad to see a post from you! Sometimes things are hard and blogging has to be put on the back burner but know that we don't forget about you!

Loved that poem!!!!!!! xoxox

Debra said...

Susan, love this! I too have been away from blogging. A time and a season for all things.

Continued thoughts and prayers,
Debra

About Nancy said...

I came across your blog on the Top Blog Christian Parenting site. Your blog is beautiful and refreshing. See you again soon. Blessings!

Barbara said...

Do trust your health issues are resolving Susan and glad to read on facebook that Suzette is feeling good after her surgery.
Blessings.

Mountain Mama said...

I have read this before. It sure is a good reminder of what is truly important.
You and your family are in my prayers Susan.
God bless.