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My Boys--My Blessings

View from our street of beautiful Mt. Shasta at sunset.

July 28, 2009
I've been blessed not only once, but twice, with my very special, very handsome boys.....
"Not flesh of my flesh,
Nor bone of my bone, 
But still,miraculously my own.

Never forget for a single minute,
You didn't grow under my heart,
But in it. "
~ Author Unkown ~
Tomorrow it will be 15 years since my precious angel, Tee, passed from this life to a better one.  Oh, how I miss him!  I can still remember how soft his skin was and how wonderful it felt to hold him in my arms...I can still hear those sweet, soft sounds he would make in the early morning.  One day I will see him and hold him and have the great joy of watching him run and jump and play and do all the things he was unable to do on this earth.  Maybe God will allow me to toss a baseball with Tee in that wonderful, great Beyond...maybe we'll get to sing together and have a "Heavenly jam session"!!  For now, I hold closely those precious memories of our life together and hold fast to the faith that I will indeed see him again.
My life has been filled with joy overflowing by both of these boys!  Now my home is full of noisy BIG guys most of the time, and I spend a lot of time being the taxi service that gets James to ball games, snowboarding, church youth activities, camp, and all the many events that make our lives full and happy.  James was born exactly 23 months after his Uncle Tee passed away, but still James feels as if he knows Tee, and he's so wonderful about doing something special each year with me for Tee's birthday (July 30).  I am so, so grateful to have Jamesy in my life!  (He also is a great hugger.)
So ... today I sat at the keyboard, thinking about both Tee and Jamesy.  Music of gratitude, joy, sorrow, pain, laughter, tears, and blessing, all mixed together began to find its way from my heart to my hands.  The music playing in the background on this page is the result.  There are definitely mistakes.  I didn't write down any notes or chords, and I couldn't play it again if I had to!  It's just from my heart, as an expression of love and thankfulness for all the blessings that God continues to place in my life.  Thanks, Lord.....thanks so much for my beloved Boys.

Tee, preschool graduation (Grandma Charlotte is in background.)

There's that Jamesy smile--look out!!

James and Aunt Jan, Christmas tree hunters!

James with a BIG catch!!

Tee, March 1994....taken by Uncle Joe.

James, my baseball star, 2009 !

My angel boy, Tee, all dressed in blue!


                     Treasures Without Price


Precious moments spent with those the Lord has given to you;

Memories made of gold, treasures without price.

Hold these hours in your heart, share the joy and laughter;

For it is in loving each other we build our lives.


        Thank You, Lord…thank You for today;

        For a home that we can share together.

        Thank You, Lord…and as we work and play

        Be the center of our lives forever.


Oh, how quickly time goes by, we take the days for granted;

Life becomes so busy, and there’s just so much to do.

Take a moment, make the time to hold each other closely,

For it’s in the holding that His love comes shining through.


Thank You, Lord…thank You for today;

        For a home that we can share together.

        Thank You, Lord…and as we work and play

        Be the center of our lives forever.


                     ~ Jan Nethery ~

Water lilies in a pond at Dunsmuir, CA Railroad Pa
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Background music:  "My Boys" by Jan Nethery.