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    Bradmac's Avatar

    Running Away From Home

    I'm so happy for you, Louanne. I've worried about you since your last blog. It always seems that when it rains, it pours, and it can take a heavy toll.

    I don't have any doubt that the Lord understood this, too. I'm happy you're feeling better!
    Posted 06-19-2012 at 06:45 AM by Bradmac Bradmac is offline
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    Running Away From Home

    so beautifully said & so true! thank you cm2 for sharing this w/ us.
    Posted 06-19-2012 at 04:15 AM by merrymistletoe merrymistletoe is offline
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    Take Good Care of My Baby


    As someone who was raised in a Christian household, yet I am not very religious at all now, I truly do believe in God. What you are feeling is normal, I felt it when I was 16 years old and lost my mother, and the other hardships in my young life. God is there, he is listening, and sometimes we need to be "on our own" to find our way. I have asked God for "signs" in my life, and the biggest one was when I met my wife, I was dating another girl at the time, I asked God for a sign of why my wife was brought into my life at that time, I walked into my uncles garage, and there was a literal sign in French no less with my wife's last name right in front of me. If I ignored that where would I be now? Louann, take your time and think of what you need to think about, God will be there, he works in mysterious ways, and we will be here to listen to you also. Louann, I have always admired your faith, sometimes I wish I could be more like you.
    Your friend,
    Posted 05-07-2012 at 07:05 PM by xmas365 xmas365 is offline
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    Take Good Care of My Baby

    I think what you're feeling is only natural, Louanne. At one time or another we all feel so burdened that we fight the same feelings.

    I wish I had easy answers for you. I don't.

    In fact, it almost seems a theme of this whole period in our lives of late. Suffering -- and compared to other parts of the world I still say we as Americans likely don't know what real suffering is -- is all around us.

    But here is my question: is faith something we practice only when things are right? Is the hand of God absent in all things?

    I can't speak for you or for what you're going through. But I can tell you the trials we have endured here over the past year have only further cemented my belief that there is a God and He loves us.

    I am reminded of that saying that we not human beings having a spiritual experience but rather spiritual beings having a human experience.

    I believe God loves us enough to allow us to falter, to experience pain as well as joy, love as well other emotions...because in contrast, in opposition in all things, we learn and grow in knowledge, in ability....and in love.

    I think of you often, Louanne, especially when I suffer a loss. I know that when I tell you what I am feeling you'll understand. You've been there. You know how it feels. I depend upon friends like you because your heart doesn't condone suffering and wants only to heal.

    Now I ask you...when those moments of despair hit me...does my consolation come from God exclusively or perhaps through one of His creations? The hand of God manifests itself in many, many ways and most, I say, are either unexpected or less obvious.

    God is working in your life, Louanne. I see it in how you treat others. He is aware of your heart and of your needs.

    Perhaps it is when we're not feeling blessed that we need to count our blessings the most. You'll find, if you're honest, that God has been more present for you than you now realize.
    Posted 05-07-2012 at 11:14 AM by Jeff Westover Jeff Westover is online now
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    Take Good Care of My Baby

    Suffering and loss can make even the most devout among us question their faith. I know there have been times that I have doubted, and even been angry with God. I think it's a natural reaction to disappointments and losses in life. One particularly traumatic instance was my father's passing just a few weeks before I gave my brother a kidney. My brother was in bad shape, and the dialysis wasn't working well anymore. Then, just before the surgery, daddy was suddenly taken from us. Our mama was a wreck between the loss and the worry over us. I couldn't believe it.

    But I've also seen and experienced many things that have bolstered my faith. When daddy first told us he had cancer, the doctors said it was stage 4 with a doubtful outcome. I was devastated. I went home and prayed harder than I ever had in my life. Please, please, I know it has to happen sooner or later, but please, please, please, give me just a little more time with him. Within a hour, the doctor called back apologizing. He said he must've read the results wrong, because it was stage 1 and very treatable. We had another year with him.

    Please don't think I'm trying to minimized the difficulties in your life. There have been plenty of time I've prayed for things that I didn't get. Everyone has sadness that is very personal and important in their lives. I'm praying for peace and happiness in your life.

    Take care, Louanne.
    Posted 05-07-2012 at 07:17 AM by Bradmac Bradmac is offline
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    A Love Story

    Posted 04-08-2012 at 03:14 PM by ballcoach ballcoach is offline
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    A Love Story

    absolutely beautiful. thank you for putting me even more in touch this Easter.
    Posted 04-06-2012 at 07:29 PM by merrymistletoe merrymistletoe is offline
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    Christmas In My Hometown

    your town sounds like a great place! thanks for sharing it w/ us!
    Posted 03-28-2012 at 01:01 PM by merrymistletoe merrymistletoe is offline
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    Christmas In My Hometown

    It sounds like a wonderul place to live. You're a lucky girl, Louanne!
    Posted 03-28-2012 at 07:00 AM by Bradmac Bradmac is offline
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    19 Years And Counting........

    CM3 ((((((((((HUGS))))))))
    So sorry my friend, I wish I had been there for you.
    Posted 11-17-2011 at 12:25 PM by lauriebear lauriebear is offline
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    In Memory Of, A Thanksgiving Tribute

    Thank you for share such a special time in your life. You are so right, I bet Andy is still at everyone of your Thanksgiving dinners. I believe the ones we love are never truly that far from us. Bless you CM3 ((((((((HUGS))))))))
    Posted 11-17-2011 at 12:10 PM by lauriebear lauriebear is offline
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    In Memory Of, A Thanksgiving Tribute

    What a very touching story, Louanne. So sorry that your family had to endure this pain, but it's great that you guys came together as one unit and were able to really show each other so much love. God Bless You!
    Posted 11-09-2011 at 02:59 PM by sugar142286 sugar142286 is offline
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    19 Years And Counting........

    Words can't even explain what I'm even feeling right now as I read this blog. My heart breaks for you, Louanne. Know that my prayers and thoughts are going out to you. I'm sure it was so hard for you to write this. Thank you for sharing. Here is the biggest (((CM3))) ever! XoXo!
    Posted 11-03-2011 at 04:51 PM by sugar142286 sugar142286 is offline
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    19 Years And Counting........

    Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers today! So tragic! Sending you hugs (((Caninemom3)))
    Posted 11-02-2011 at 02:23 PM by Holiday Holiday is offline
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    19 Years And Counting........

    cm3 my thoughts & prayers are with you right now. can't begin to imagine.
    although we've never met my heart is breaking with yours. your friend in christ.
    Posted 11-02-2011 at 02:19 PM by merrymistletoe merrymistletoe is offline
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    19 Years And Counting........

    Dear LouAnn,

    Once again you have brought tears to my eyes and heart. I remember your post from long ago, and the same thing. I can begin to know how that was to see, but also feel in your heart and soul. The feeling of being lost, scared, and just totally disconnected is a bit familiar with me. Please know God knows your heart, and sees all the hurt. Sometimes he feels so far away, but he is really closer than we think. I pray he hears your prayers and will slowly start to work, bringing about positive change. I know David is smiling at you, as well as other family members. You are going to make it, and be stronger in spite of all things negitive.

    Posted 11-01-2011 at 12:04 PM by Rob Rob is offline
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    19 Years And Counting........

    I have no words that would help ... but consider yourself hugged very tightly.
    Posted 10-31-2011 at 08:18 AM by MerryCarey MerryCarey is offline
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    19 Years And Counting........

    Wow. Words fail. I do know this, having been closer to suicide than anyone would care to be -- don't judge him.

    Whatever his demons we can't know how he suffered and say whether or not we understand.

    Love is what likely brought you two together and love will see you through it to eventual understanding.

    I keep pondering on those weird occurences that you mention since his passing. I believe the other side is so very close and there is no doubt in my mind that our loved ones are there and want to communicate. He has to know your feelings, your concern and your longing, Caniniemom3. He has to know.

    And someday you will be able to talk...and to understand.

    How lucky we are to have you amongst us. We learn so much, even when such shared experiences are full of heartbreak and sadness. Perhaps more so, I suppose.

    This blog post moved me and it makes me wish I had the words to convey the right things. I just know there are answers for you out there and someday you will have them.
    Posted 10-31-2011 at 06:18 AM by Jeff Westover Jeff Westover is online now
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    19 Years And Counting........

    Speechless...sorry for your loss does not begin to say what I feel when reading this...but just know your loved here cm3!!!
    Posted 10-31-2011 at 04:26 AM by gabulldawg gabulldawg is offline
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    19 Years And Counting........

    My Dear friend,

    I'm in tears right now. I am so so so very sorry for your loss and pain. I know this pain all too well. I lost someone so very dear to me the same way and to this day I still have his number, messanger and everything and its been 6 years now.Words right now can't even begin to touch what I want to say to you my friend. if you need to reach me I'm here no matter what the time or anything. GOD bless you, and thank you for sharing something I know had to be hard to share. big huge hugs
    Posted 10-31-2011 at 03:38 AM by lilnoelelf lilnoelelf is offline

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