Friday, February 24, 2012


There are so many times when things and situations seem to press in on us and our spirits get down. We look here and we look there for answers, for a release for our souls and the heavens seem silent. But there is One who knows every desire of our heart, every word that we whisper and our every cry in the night. For those of you who are in this seemingly silent place right now, I would like to share a few verses of scripture with you.

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary and young men (women) stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:28-31

I trust that this encouragement from the Lord will cause you to rise up and soar again. Soar high, yes even higher and trust the Lord to take care of the temporary things that crush and damage our hearts and spirits here on earth.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


This is a very special day--twelve years ago today our precious Elizabeth Asbury Brown made her grand entrance into the world and our lives. What excitement it was to hear her first cry--life had begun for her. Her dad and mom did not tell any of us whether she was a girl or boy, but waited until after her birth. Then when we went into the room to see her, Rob (our second born son) handed us our Valentine card (since she was born two days after Valentine's Day) and the card was signed Elizabeth Asbury Brown. We were blessed with the wonderful new life- a new grand-daughter. The smiles on Rob and Kara's faces told it all--a star was born.
Elizabeth has been such a joy in our lives. She loves life and life loves her. Her beauty is far beyond her age, each year brings so much maturity in her life. She is an excellent student, articulate and does her very best at anything she attempts to do. She has one of the most compassionate hearts that we have ever seen. Always so concerned about friends and family who are hurting, struggling or just plain having troubles in their lives. She is "all girl" (with her girl cousins) but enjoys hanging out with her five boys cousins and fits right into whatever they are doing. She loves her younger sister Emery and watches over her and worries about her when she is sick or going through a rough time. She is a daughter to be proud of for Rob and Kara and we are so blessed to have Elizabeth (or Zib) as she is known to many, in our lives and hearts. Two years ago Grandad (Charles) had the privilege of baptizing Elizabeth, at her church, on Easter Sunday. What a joy to be a part of her professing Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Have a fantastic 12th Birthday and so many more to come. We love you with all our hearts, Granddad and Meme

Friday, February 10, 2012


Today is my precious husband's birthday and I want you all to know about this man who married me. What an incredible almost 49 years we have walked together. Some of you already know this, but for those of you who don't--he has always called me his Kitten and I have always called him my Tiger--our nicknames! When we first met back in Chicago in 1962 and had just fallen in love, the song "Misty" by Johnny Mathis, came on the radio. A phrase in the song says, "I am as helpless as a Kitten up a tree"--from then on I was his Kitten. And a Kitten always has to have a Tiger looking out for her, and that's my story and I am sticking to it.

We have had our peaks and our valleys-but I shared with someone, not too long ago, marriage is like the old timey glass bottle of fresh milk. In the very bottom the milk is thin (almost like skim milk) but the further up you go the thicker the milk gets, on to light cream and then that rich, thick cream on the very top. You have to get through the thin times to get to the rich times and I am hear to tell you, we are making delicious ice cream today with that amazing thick cream on the top. It is so worth the journey.  
Now to tell you a bit about my best friend, my lover, my hand holder and my "second heartbeat". Charles is a man of integrity, honor and truth. He is a relentless seeker of the the Word of God, always listening for the "wind whispers" of the Holy Spirit. He is a self-sacrificing, incredible husband to me; a devoted, praying father to our five children and their spouses; a loving, caring grandfather to our eight grandchildren; a grateful, amazing son to his mother and dad (we had his mother's/Memo's celebration of life service yesterday-she went home to be with Jesus this past Sunday-while Popo, his dad, has been with the Lord almost 7 years now). He is also a blessed brother to his sister Nancy, who he loves dearly. And he is a true friend who will stick with you to the end of your lives-always faithful and always there. In each church that he has served as their pastor, he lead the people (the flock) into the depths of God's riches and love--always wanting the folks to "go from the shallows into the deep waters of our Lord", never settling for anything less. He is the finest teacher and preacher I have ever known. I may be prejudice, but I was/am as accountable for the Word of the Lord that he ministered as any one else in the congregation--because he has also been my pastor as well as my husband for all these years. The above picture was taken at Memo's memorial service yesterday. I could write volumes about Charles that would fill a library. But I will end this by saying, I am blessed, I am blessed, I am blessed! Happy 71st birthday to my forever Tiger.
I love you with all my heart, your Kitten

Friday, February 3, 2012


As I was driving home from my plastic surgeon's appointment yesterday, I realized that this journey over these past 20 months was nearing an end. In some ways, I felt like it was just yesterday that we heard those dreaded words, you have breast cancer, while in other ways it seems like a life time ago. When you are on a journey like this you always remember the beginning and the present steps you are taking, but you so often wonder, will this ever end? At times, I (we) felt so buffeted by the winds, we wondered if we could even catch our breath. Would I survive to really live again, not just exist, but live? Cancer brought so many changes with it and we never knew what to expect each time we encountered a new day. But I am here to let you know that I am the palm tree on the left and I have survived, stronger than ever. More determined to share the love of the Lord with everyone I meet--ready to see people come to "new life" in our precious Jesus. He is the only Hope that we have.

"I will praise you forever for what you have done; in you name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your people. Psalm 52:9