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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The wonderful gift of a new year ~

Have you ever stopped to think about that?
Time is a gift.
A gift some are not blessed with.
My precious friends Tammy and James lost
their 18 year old son a few days after Christmas
and it has rocked my world.
Not to mention how it has devastated theirs....

I met Tammy and James when I started college in the fall of 1979.
We were all going to be art majors. I had a full load of classes and
then this amazing 2 hour art class that was THE BEST!

The teacher was the most wonderful man, Tommy Daughtry...we all loved him.
Tammy and James met in that class and fell in love.
The rest is history.

I have to tell you a precious story though.
All of the art students gathered together for a Halloween party at
someone's apartment, I don't even remember whose it was.
But we were all so excited to go!

Tammy was going as a baby....A BABY!
She wore baby doll pajamas...
had a bonnet, pacifier, bottle, THE WORKS!

Well, she'd been flirting with James (a guy in our art class) and well,
he decided to go to the party as Groucho Marx!
He had the suit, painted on mustache...
he looked just perfect for the part!

I went as a cowgirl...boring.
I wore jeans and a plaid shirt.
Big deal. I probably didn't want to mess up my hair...

Well, the night was going wonderfully, we were all having the best time!
Then James and Tammy emerged from somewhere and she had the
BIGGEST black smudge all over her sweet mouth from where 
Sweet Groucho had gotten a hold of her!!!!
And truly, the rest is history!!!

My husband and I were the Matron of Honor and Best Man in their wedding...
and she's one of those friends that if you don't talk to for six months,
it doesn't matter.
We pick up where we left off...just loving seeing one another.
She and James rented a room at The Plum Tree when we had
our antique store because
they love antiques just like we do.

Dennis and James worked together for a few years too...
Tammy has created beautiful floral bouquets
for my in-law's 50th wedding anniversary,
Clara's baby shower...
and even Emily's wedding bouquet
when she married our oldest son Brent.

I'll stop.
But I just wanted you to know how wonderful they are
and that they need your prayers.

They have two older daughters Becca and Alex
but the Saturday after Christmas
their youngest son Jonah was in a fatal car accident
and they lost him.

Please pray for this precious family and let's all count our blessings
and thank the good Lord above for the gift of this new year!!!!

hugs and love to you all,


Theresa said...

I have been praying for them since I saw your post about the accident! JUST breaks my heart! I know that they are devastated and I will continue to pray that God will hold them close and help them as they try to heal! Love to all!

marie said...

This is so sad Dawn. I will remember your friends (you and Dennis as well) in my prayers.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Dawn, I have tears streaming down my face. My nephew just turned 18. Oh my gosh, such life ahead of them.....oh this is beyond tragic.

I am sincerely troubled and saddened and as soon as I send this comment I am getting on my knees to pray for this young man. I am beyond sad for them.

And for you. I know you are hurting.

God be with you all. ♥

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Sympathies to you and your treasured friends. Until you experience the loss of a child you cannot imagine the agony that follows. Friends/Family and Love of God can mend the pain but life's are forever changed. God's Blessings and Love to all.

pballard said...

Prayers for comfort and peace for all involved. Cant even imagine what they are going through. So sorry for their loss.

Donna said...

Their grief has to be immense. I will keep them in my prayers. After a year and a half battle with pancreatic cancer, my husband lost his fight on Dec. 26. I understand all too well how a wounded heart mourns the loss of a loved one.

Sandy said...

My heart breaks for these precious special friends of yours. They will be tops in my thoughts and prayers as will you knowing their loss extends to your family as well.

Georgia said...

Like so many others, I have been praying for your sweet friends since you posted about the accident. My heart breaks for them.........may they eventually enjoy their gift of this new year........and the memories of their loved ones. May The Lord wrap them in His arms and soothe their souls.

Cynthia Chapman said...

I dont even have words, I mean how can you. Praying for their family. I can imagine the road they will have to walk, only that the Lord is with them always.

rkramadh said...

My God! What a devastating incident. I am so saddened to read this. I always say that no parent should ever have to endure this but God has his own plans we don't understand. I pray that this family is given the strength to heal and find peace somehow. I have a 19 yr old and I always worry like all moms do. Our kids are never too grown up in our hearts to stop worrying. God Bless us all!

Little Birdie Blessings said...

So incredibly sad. I remember when my nephew died in a motorcycle accident I thought, as much as it hurt me, I knew my sister hurt more. Praying for your dear friends Dawn. I'm so sorry. ~ Abby


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