May 24, 2013 8:45 PM
On day 206, beginnings, endings, and what lies in between...Our lives continue on, while the memories roll in our our minds like an old classic movie as each of us ponders what the Director is trying to show us.
Both Barbara and I have shared with you our rocky beginnings with both of us bringing baggage to the table....neither of us with any kind of a firm foundation.
Must confess I was a hopeless romantic.....(picture the fool walking off the cliff.) Remembering tonight the first song I shared with her the night after we met and telling her that this song reminded me of the two of us...did not realize then that this was the truth....that would someday end.
Much of what lies between, and our earthly parting you know....Torrid romance, countless children-grandchildren, successes, failures, trials, tribulations, triumphs, sorrows, regrets,but in retrospect always a Hope for the future.
What I need to share with you tonight is that in the reality of our everyday life we had conflict and contention....we were both very strong willed and butted heads over the most trivial of matters but never quarreled over the big ones. God always had us on the same page over the things that really mattered....In truth, we never went a day without reconciliation. (For you men, that requires a humble heart and prayer at the beginning and ending of each day.)
Our ending here was in the love of a perfect hour that we'd never had before..... So interesting in life...that so many of our hopes, aspirations, and expectations that never actually become reality....But God in His goodness gives us things to treasure beyond anything we could possibly expect.
Barbara would be 65 this Sunday......So glad she got to sing "When I'm 64" and to hear my affirmative response. She's in Eternity now, about her Father's business.....as we should be about His here earthside. Which reminds me, time to put the Boyz to bed...
"God's given us years of happiness here..
Now we must part
And as the Angels come and call for you...
The pains of grief tug at my heart....."
In His grip,
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stay strong......in our weakness, He is made great....
Posted by: von | May 25, 2013 11:30 AM
Happy Birthday Barbara!
We are never separated from the ones we love!
Love Linda in Dublin
Posted by: Linda McBride | May 26, 2013 2:02 PM
Posted by: Sue from Buffalo | May 26, 2013 8:18 PM
Dear Tripp, I left a comment here earlier, but it hasn't been approved yet. I hope it got through ok. I don't know how to donate to Barbara's memorial fund, so I used her tip jar and made a PayPal payment instead. I hope that gets through ok.
Lots of love to you and the boyz. Clare in London xx
Posted by: Clare | May 28, 2013 6:13 PM
Dearest Clare...Your comment never came through.....Please post it again....I'd love to see what you had to say...So everyone knows, if they need our address for the Mommylife fund it is at the top of her website....www.mommylife.com
Posted by: Barbara | May 28, 2013 10:01 PM
Tripp, Happy Birthday to Barbara and thank you for sharing today. As I listen to all sorts of different music this year I think of you two and your love of music of all types. Thank you for continuing to contribute to the health of my marriage by your example with Barbara and your life today. Love and peace to all the family.
Posted by: Imajackson | May 28, 2013 11:57 PM
I prayed for your family on the anniversary of Barbara's birthday...
I want you to know how much your writing and Barbara's have impacted my life. Over the holiday week-end, I spoke with an old friend who is also a former hippee and lives in an area with lots of drugs. She has given up that former lifestyle, but is still not a follower of Jesus. She shared with me all of the blessings in her life: A wonderful husband, a pregnancy that is nothing short of miracle... I could not help but think of all the blessings God is giving her while he tries to draw her to Him...I thought of you and Barbara...and how your marriage started out much the same. What an encouragement to continue to pray for her... Jesus came for the jew and the gentile...It is not his will that any should parish.
Many blessings to you and your precious family... May our heavenly Father hold you close.
Posted by: L | May 31, 2013 1:08 PM
Last night a great love of mine left this world.He is in Glory and it's the only thing that even makes this bearable as always even in Barbaras death she is mentoring me through.
Thank you for being her vessel.Thank you for being a new life guide.
Posted by: melita | June 8, 2013 11:27 AM
Got a lump in my throat listening to Leather and Lace. Your love and need for music reminds me of Edna St. Vincent Millay who said in one poem: "Music, my rampart, and my only one."
Posted by: judy | June 8, 2013 8:05 PM
Dearest Melita....So sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and yours in this difficult time of sorrow. Please know that email me if you need to....firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by: Barbara | June 8, 2013 10:02 PM