Friday, 11 July 2008

My greatest blessing!

I noticed on Blessed 1 that she was asking others to post their blessings on Faithful Friday. Here is my post.


Today is a very special day - it is the first day of year 44 for mama and papa. The bride above is just as pretty today as she was 43 years ago. See - I told you if you have trouble finding my blog just use the search term - "Tom Cruise look-alike"! Just click on it and it will take you right there!

Mama is very special - she has had Christ at the center of her life continuously since childhood and was always making her decisions based on what she thought Christ wanted her to do - somehow, I was fortunate to be a part of than decision process.

Mama - always has a smile - except if she has been hurt by papa w/unkind words. papa has done that in the past and has asked Christ to forgive me and also mama. Mama carries a burden for others. Yesterday was no exception - yesterday, on our anniversary - mama and papa both shed tears for our friends. Sherry laid her husband to rest yesterday, we wept at Sherry's lost, but rejoiced at Alan's gain. Rene still struggles with cancer and mama talked to her husband Don yesterday - he said; "I don't like God's process, but I am trusting him." Rene is in hospice care - mama came home in tears.

Mama prays for each of you - by name. We both consider this "'our" ministry. Some of you are real bio family, others of you have been adopted as our children, (Ed is too old to adopt as our child so he is my "older brother - lol) Some of you get extra prayer, like Brandy & Jake for being in new circumstances that life has put you in. Consider yourself blessed when mama prays. Just like E.F. Hutton - all of heaven listens when mama prays.

Mama - I love you! Thank you for our wonderful family and being my best friend!

Jesus - thank you for mama - I am very humbled that you blessed me of all people with this wonderful woman of God.

45 comments:

CrossView said...

Happy Anniversary! You two are such a wonderful couple... Just perfect together.




Like "sweet" and "sour"??!! =P

Indian Lake Papa said...

Thank you Crossview - I think! although I wouldn't refer to mama as "sour"! I think she is sweet just like me!

wornoutwoman said...

Awwww that is sooo sweet! and you linked to the daily blessings site just fine so don't worry. Your link worked! I'm glad you're doing this contest and am blessed by your post today! Thank you!!!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Thanks Kim - glad you stopped by! mama is extra ordinary - she never (never) says an unkind word - I love to walk in the door!

Ric Booth said...

It is so encouraging to know that your praying over us. Thanks Papa and Mama!

darla said...

I love knowing you all are praying over us too! it just does my soul good in more ways than one!

What a sweet post for your sweetheart?!!! *shouting** HEY READ THIS ... I WANT SWEET TOO!

hahahaha just wanted to put something out there to let him know I love it! :)

44 years wow! I am encouraged in that! and this is what 44 looks like if I shift $$ mmmmmm I should have planned for this!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Ric - its kind of funny - we really don't know you - but then we do. We love our "family".

Darla -I am weeping right now - It has been good Darla - I am one very fortunate man.

Robin said...

Happy Anniversary! You two are an inspiration!

Heather said...

Your love for each other is such a testimony of what a marriage should look like when both partners are centered on Christ.

I am humbled that you two pray for us. What a blessing!

Love you both!

bransblahg said...

ahh! I just love you two so much!!!

You two are a perfect example of what real love should be like. :D

Love you!
And thank you! I KNOW you pray!

bransblahg said...

heehee

sweet and sour

That's funny!!!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Robin - inspiration sounds alot like perspiration! We have seated over some of our dillema's over the years!

Heather - we really think of this as a ministry - with a little fun now and then. We pray not only for you but that we can share a little of our lives based on our experiences.

Indian Lake Papa said...

Brandy - I insisted during our wedding vows that mama would say the following: "I promise to love and obey my husband at all times and recognize him as the supreme authority in our relationship, next to God, at all costs." Jake had you do the same - right???? besides, I am so "Sweet"!

1godsgal said...

Papa: I know from my divorce and remarriage to a very Godly man the blessing I have in Him. You and Mama are such an inspiration, blessings to you on your anniversary!!!! I would like to add our children to your prayer time by name, Steven, Michael and Emily. Each have their own unique needs which the Lord knows. Love you guys and can't

Tam said...

ahhhh...

your posts, especially the ones you write about mama, completely leave me breathless, speechless.

i am so excited to sit with you and mama some day, soon, and just...listen, learn, soak it all in!

i love you!

Keetha said...

I love your wedding picture!!!!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Deb - can't wait until we meet. Are we just going to shake hands? I will pray for your family - you know I will!!

Tam - you know I stress your mate needs to be your best friend. if not, it stresses yhe marriage. if you are best friends - act like it!

Keetha - I haven't changed a bit in 43 years! I did send you an email. Are you in the north country yet?

Ed said...

Papa, I am happy to be your one blogging friend who is actually older than you "Bro".

You and Mama are such a great couple. One angel and one, well, less so. :)

I hope your next 44 years are just as good, wherever you get to spend them together.

Keetha said...

Papa, we ARE in the Northwoods. I did not get your e-mail!!! I have lappy here with me, so I SHOULD have gotten your e-mail. Wonder what part of cyber space it is hiding in!?!

1godsgal said...

No Papa, I'm a hugger!!! No handshakes for this girl!!! I fully intend to use these God given arms on the two of you ALOT while ur here....

Love you! :)

Roxanne Kristina said...

So sweet!

So cute!

Darling!

Blessings,
Roxanne
www.sharingnotes.blogspot.com

Indian Lake Papa said...

Keetha - got your email - hope you got mine back! Enjoy the Northwoods!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Deb - I am definitely a hugger !! so be prepared, I am a physical person - I may be holding your hand and squeezing you often. Papa's should do that a lot w/their daughters.

Indian Lake Papa said...

Roxanna! thanks for stopping by! Mama is very special!

Roxanne Kristina said...

I'm adding you to my link list. Let me know if a problem.

BLESSINGS, and thanks for the comment.

Roxanne
www.sharingnotes.blogspot.com

Indian Lake Papa said...

You bet thats okay Roxanna - I will add you to my links as well!

Roxanne Kristina said...

Oh hi Papa. Hope you are having a wonderful day!!! Just took a little break from house cleaning, and much to my sweet surprise I noticed you added me to your link list. How honored am I!!!??? Thank you. You are a dear.

I have one quick favor to ask. Would you change my name to Roxanne (ending with an "e".) My name is so confusing - sorry about that. My friends (which now includes you! :0) call me by many names:

Roxanne
Roxi
Roxx

If you like one of these, that would work too. Thank you so much! Sorry to be a pest. Hope this didn't bother you that I asked.

Bless your dear heart,
Roxanne

www.sharingnotes.blogspot.com

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

Your blog is always inspiring, but this is great! I hope you have a wonderful anniversary. You both deserve it. I thank you so much for praying for me. You'll never know how much it means to me. You have been together such a long time and I think it is so good to see couples that are lifting each other up and are so sweet. Know that I love reading your blog and come see my blog anytime. God Bless You Two!!

darla said...

Papa I bought a web cam...so soon you and I will be able to chat hands free! :) not all figured out yet..but tomorrow I will try to send you a video in your email. Love you!!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Roxanne - with an "e" ! lol Always feel free to ask papa anything! mama makes sure I tow the line!

Nana Trish - thanks for stopping By! I love comments and always try to comment back. I should be on your blog in a minute!

Darla - I love to "chat" hands free! i am excited! I talked to Deb hands free tonight - she had trouble with my video but the voice was okay. I have signal strength issues here - wifi!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Nana Trish - what is your blog link? I got your profile but no link to your blog.

Char said...

What a fitting tribute. My 28 years of marriage pales by comparison. Looking forward to the perspective from 44 years!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Char - marriage should be a relationship of true friendship. Mama and I have not always made the best decisions, but the more we put Christ into our personal lives, the more our friendship has strengthened. I will pray that yours will be the same - we will pray for you Char.

Indian Lake Papa said...

Char - would like to visit your blog - do you have one ??

Life Adapted said...

Well, Happy Anniversary! Tell us what the secret to a good, long marriage is. I'm guessing for mama it's a sense of humor ;)
Be blessed dear ones!

CrossView said...

I would never refer to, or even think of, your wonderful wife as anything except "sweet"!

But thankfully she has you for that balance concept.... =P

You're both "keepers"!

Indian Lake Papa said...

LA - Secret to a successful marriage?
Total obedience by your wife! Now I am in big trouble! lol

Crossview - it took you long enough to catch that! lol !! you must have been busy submitting and being obedient to your hub!!

CrossView said...

See this? >>>> =P
That's me sticking my tongue out at you!
Look again: =P
That was for your "sour" response!

And just so you know, I'm a good wife. My wonderful Guy tells me that often and actually believes it- And don't you dare tell him otherwise! ROFL!

Indian Lake Papa said...

CRossview - like this? =P ?? lol !!

Roxanne Kristina said...

I told my family about you and how sweet and dear you are. We just had a family get together. I posted pics and a video if interested:

http://sharingnotes.blogspot.com/2008/07/family-day-at-vasa-park.html

Indian Lake Papa said...

Roxanne - If they only knew !! I will check out your sight!

Life Adapted said...

See, I was right - a sense of humor - you crack me up - I hope your wife is laughing.

Indian Lake Papa said...

LA - sense of humor - a real must! I also think that mama and I communicate well. And - we like to touch one another - papa is a physical person who likes to touch.

Life Adapted said...

As long as it's mama that you're touching, that's very touching ;)

Indian Lake Papa said...

LA - I am a hugger - unless its not wanted - I respect that. I NEVER touch inappropriate - but I would feel very comfortable holding your hand, touching your shoulder and a hug - if you concurred! ;o)