Thursday, June 7, 2012

Three Special Days Ahead

June 9,10 and 11 are all special in their own way.

On June 9,1972 this happened.

This was the day I married my best friend and the love of my life.
It would have been 40 years this year. 

June 10 it will be 19 months since I said good-bye to this same man.

Jake did not like having his picture taken,but it was ok if Kai was on his lap.
This picture was taken 6 years ago.
We all miss him more than words can say.It is only by the grace of God that I can live each day without Jake.

June 11 this little girl,now all grown up has a birthday.

The hair has turned to silver,but I trust the smile has not faded away completely.
Yes,I will be celebrating another birthday on this day.
GOd willing I will turn 63 on this day,and no I don't mind if people know my age.
I am thankful for each year God has given me.

From the above you can see that this weekend is filled with mixed emotions.

48 comments:

  1. I knew it was your birthday --since I had it on my calendar and it popped up as a reminder.... SO--Happy Birthday a few days early.

    Love your wedding photo... You were a gorgeous bride --and I love those flowers... WOW!!!!!

    I can only imagine how hard it is without Jake. You are an inspiration. I'm not sure I could live without George... BUT--as you said, with the grace of God, we do go on!

    I know it will be an emotional three days for you. God Bless You, Sweet Ruth...

    Hugs and Prayers,
    Betsy

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  2. Ruth,

    What a range of emotions. Your wedding picture is so very sweet. I cannot imagine how difficult the loss of your husband is for you. I am fortunate to not have experienced that sad event.

    I hope you are surrounded by family and friends this weekend. Please know you are surrounded by friends out here in blog land.

    All the best,
    Lois

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  3. terribly so. but happy birthday, dear ruth. and hold your memories near.

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  4. Bless you dear soul.

    Do enjoy the lovely Summer as he always wished for you!


    Fond Aloha from Waikiki,
    Comfort Spiral
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  5. you are invited to follow my blog

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  6. Ah, a June bride! Am glad you had such good years together. How wonderful that he was a good husband and that there was so much love between you - that is what God wants and you have been a good example. May you have many more birthdays!

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  7. A beautiful June bride you were Ruth! I love those cute frames of the glasses you were wearing. I glad you have so many happy memories of your life together. Happy Birthday early! Wish you lots of joy and many blessings!

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  8. That's a gorgeous wedding photo of you both! Love all the lace on that gown! I can only imagine how mixed your emotions will be this week-end. Thankful to the Lord for loving and joyful married years you both had and lived out before all those your lives have influenced!

    I do pray for a deeply meaningful birthday! I LOVE your silver hair, btw! HUGS!!!!

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  9. Each and every year is a blessing, filled with different seasons. 40 years sounds like such a long time ago but the years disappeared more quickly as time moves on. We've had just over half that time and seems like we're just beginning in many ways. Two years this month since my dad passed away, this year would have been their 50th wedding anniversary. My mum is still enjoying each day in good health.

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  10. Happy birthday to you on June 10 and I can see why it is a roller coaster of emotions at this time of the year. How hard and how brave of you to soldier on, and be there for the people that need you and love you.

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  11. I am so glad you are able to count your blessings, that is a gift in itself. You are a strong woman.

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  12. Looks like we share the same day for our anniversary! Happy Birthday to you! Hope you have many, many more!

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  13. Three special days in a row! May His peace surround you. Fun to see your wedding picture. And Happy Birthday to gal who is still that little gal at heart!

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  14. Bask in the memories. Celebrate your life and Jake's life and the life God allowed you to have together. Bittersweet though the memories may be, they're part of your life and they're precious.

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  15. The mixed emotions are perfectly understandable. Happy birthday a little early, and I'm glad God blessed you with Jake all those years.

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  16. It surely will be a roller coaster of emotions Ruth. This is such a nice post. Your wedding picture and the picture of Jake with Kai are so touching. The pic of you with your birthday cake and your beautiful dress with the twirly skirt is so cute. Best wishes for the weekend and Happy, Happy Birthday. Diane

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  17. You and I are exactly the same age! I do hope you have a good birthday! I love your pictures. You are such a strong woman, and have a powerful testimony to share with us all...you show us that we could go on, too.

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  18. I love your header and matching background!

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  19. Oh my Ruth what a weekend ahead of you. Reflect on one day at a time. Special memories, sad and happy, in each day. Blessings:)

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  20. Dear Ruth ~ May your birthday be filled with love, peace and joy.

    Have fun with your little ones' birthday celebration.

    May your anniversary day be filled with love, wonderful memories and joyous anticipation in seeing your dear husband in eternity. He is just on the other side of the veil.

    So glad God is your strength.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

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  21. Definitely an emotional time ..... you and Jake made such a lovely couple - love your wedding pic!

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  22. the glasses you have on are the exact ones my aunt wore all her life. i know you miss Jake so much and all the birthday's and anniversary's make it that much harder. love that photo of Jake. and happy birthday a little early.

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  23. Ruth, Happy Birthday-there is still much to see, much to do, and much to enjoy in life. My thoughts are with you--there is always an emptiness within us when we lose someone we love. I know you have a zillion wonderful memories that will keep him with you forever. Hugs, Mickie :)

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  24. Hi Ruth, It seems amazing to have three major life events in three consecutive days. So many emotions! Through your blog I have gotten to know you as a kind and spiritually strong person. May the joyful memories be the highlights of the days ahead. I think it is wonderful the way you celebrate life and wish you the best. Take care, John.

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  25. mixed emotions and lot's of beautiful memories and love!!

    happy birthday ruth, i LOVE getting older!!

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  26. Ruth, many happy returns to you and may you be blessed with all the other wonderful memories!

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  27. Your wedding photo is so beautiful - and Happy Birthday! I'll be 65 in October. Where do the years go?

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  28. Such a mixture of emotions for you. Blessings for your birthday and your aching heart. I'm so glad I ran across your blog so many months ago.

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  29. Wonderful memories, with some pain.
    Your heart holds them forever. You are truly Blessed.

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  30. Wonderful post! Congratulations on the birthday coming up soon. We are celebrating our 42nd anniversary today (8th) so we have similar anniversaries. I know how you miss Jake, and I wish you many happy memories mixed with your tears. What an emotional weekend, indeed. Hugs and prayers from here.

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  31. Happy Birthday a few days early. I don't get around to visiting the blogs I like as often as I'd like but I do enjoy all the words of encouragement that you leave on my blog. Know that you are in my prayers.

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  32. Sigh...about losing your soul mate...but...I bet Jake is with you in spirit to help you celebrate this special day!
    Happy, happy 63rd Ruth!!!

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  33. You have three emotion-packed days ahead of you, Ruth, both poignant and happy. I am so glad that you have the Lord in your life, who gives you strength to endure all things. Happy early 63rd birthday. I was exactly 16 months old when you were born; I was born on Feb. 11, 1948. I hope your friends and family make it special for you.

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  34. Certainly those will always be very special days for you--A memorial of how God has blessed you throughout your life.

    Your journey through grief has been such a positive example for all of us who have followed your blog. Even in your sadness, you have continued to brighten our days.

    God bless you on your birthday and in the years ahead....Janice

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  35. I hope the memories you get to relive bring you joy and peace. I hope you have a happy birthday, too, Ruth. Big hugs and prayers coming your way.

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  36. I know this weekend will be difficult for you as you remember your time with Jake, but take comfort and joy in all the wonderful moments you shared together and I'm sure he will be with you in spirit. I hope you have something planned for your birthday that you especially like doing and that you have a happy one.

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  37. What a lot of memories packed into 3 days, Ruth - sweet and bittersweet. But through it all, God is faithful and He has kept his promises, even if we don't know his overall plan for our lives.

    May He grant you strength as you go through the memories of the years together with Jake.

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  38. buona domenica e felice inizio settimana...ciao

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  39. I can see how these days have mixed emotions for you.
    A very Happy Birthday to you.
    I just had one on May 30, you're just two years ahead of me.

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  40. A mixed bag of memories for sure, dear Ruth. You have many beautiful memories to hold near and many years ahead of you to enjoy. Make sure you do both. Hugs to you and Happy Birthday.

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  41. Thinking of you throughout this time.

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  42. Happy birthday, Ruth. I hope you have a wonderful day.

    I know you miss Jake and I hope it will be a little easier for you as time passes.

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  43. You have been through a lot Ruth but there is still much joy to come to you and your blog and photos brings joy to all of us. I especially like your comments and you are a beloved blogger to us all and you are my most reliable reader.

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  44. So...you have a birthday in June?!? Happy birthday!! :-) My sympathies go to you for your loss, sounds like you have some great memories though!

    I think this is my first visit to your blog, please stop by my blog and say hello as well and become a follower if you aren't one already at http://jessicaslilcorner.blogspot.com

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  45. In my oipinin, quite an emotional post, and God bless you !

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  46. Happy birthday! I know it must be difficult losing your best friend and partner. My daughter is getting married this Saturday....I sure hope they get along as well as me and my wife do.

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  47. Oh, sweet post, Ruth. Happy birthday and happy anniversary too. It will always be special regardless. Hope you have a wonderful week. You're such a blessing.

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  48. So much to celebrate...God's faithfulness through the years. Yesterday was our 31st anniversary. Happy Belated Birthday to you, Ruth!

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