Happy Birthday, Ted! Oh, how the years slip by! But, my memory of this day, fifty-four years ago, hasn’t faded one bit! You were my second baby but my first-born son! You were my smallest baby of all five, at only six pounds and five ounces. You have grown to be my tallest, at six feet!
Another memory I have, not of the day you were born, but of the day you and I were to go home from the hospital, was of me becoming very sick with the flu! Back then, mothers and babies stayed in the hospital for five days. On that fifth day I became so sick I was transferred to a private room! I couldn’t have you with me even to nurse you! I cried and cried! Finally on the seventh day, late in the afternoon, I was permitted to go home, if I would stay in bed and rest! Grandma, my mother, had come to stay with us so your daddy assured the doctor we would both be well taken care of!
The rest is history!
Heavenly Father, thank You, for Ted! Please watch over him. He’s so busy working and raising our granddaughters. Please keep him well and safe and trusting in You. He’s a fine man, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, and neighbor. I love Ted so much, and You love him even more!
You were my third child, born 51 years ago today! You were my sleepy baby! You slept all night right from the start! During the day, I often had to wake you up to feed you! You were a very content child. Many mornings when I went downstairs to begin the day, you were already there, quietly working on putting a puzzle together! You’re my American/Canadian son having duo citizenship. You’ve been to many countries in the world, several that I’ve not been to. Now because of conflicting schedules you and Kaleb are celebrating your birthdays together, father and son, just the two of you! What a special time! I’d better add quickly, I know your family had a special birthday celebration for the two of you last week! So you’re not really neglected! I do wish for you a very happy birthday!
Heavenly Father, thank You for Tim! He’s a fine Christian man, an ambitious man! Please keep him safe in his work, play, as he drives, and sometimes flies. He’s a husband, father, son, brother, nephew, cousin, friend, and neighbor. I love Tim so much and You love him even more!
You were my second born baby, my first-born son. Three more babies followed making up our family of seven. That was a long time ago. You’re now a father to your own daughters. I’m so glad we got to spend a little time together last week on our way home from our trip to Iowa. Supper together is always good! I hope you had a good day today. I wish for you a very happy birthday!
Heavenly Father, thank You for Ted. He’s a fine Christian man. Please watch over him as he works, drives, plays, fathers his daughters. He’s a great father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend and neighbor. Please draw him close to You and help him to be the strong spiritual father to Sydney and Bella that You want him to be. I love Ted so much and You love him even more!
Dying is a lonely journey. Not only for the sick person but also for the family. As hard as we may try to avoid death, the truth is that we do a lousy job of it. Science and medicine will certainly postpone it, even staying healthy might seem to delay it, but the harsh reality is that death does not wait for you, it does not ask you, and it does not listen to you. Death ignores your feelings and wants; you do not matter to death…Death is the only certainty in life! We need to remember that our existence here is fragile, and we never have as much time with people as we think we do. If there is someone or someones out there that you love, don’t neglect that and don’t put off engaging with them because waits for no-one... Vic's Journey ended on 18 January 2013 at 10:35. She was the most courageous person in the world and has inspired thousands of people all over the world. Vic's two boys are monuments of her existence. She was an amazing mother, daughter, sister and friend. I will miss you today, tomorrow and forever my Angle Child.