Saturday, August 29, 2009

Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have. You will treasure it even more if you can share it with someone special.

Life is important, like people we know who are special, and so we should keep them close.

Do you know people because of health problems are virtually house bound? Do you know people who do not have computers?

Joan and I know several people who are in these categories and we know from our persoanl experiences just how tough it can be for people like that.

For me of course it is my daughter Martha. Joan's Mother-in-Law Dot is also. Dot will be 90 years old next month. Joan is a Stephens Minister at our church. Stephens Ministers are assigned to a person to help them with problems, like a death in their family, someone going through a divorce, financial problems, etc. In Joan's case the lady she is assigned to has a lot of health problems and like Martha and Dot about the only time they can get out is to go to doctors appointments. There are others we know about but these are the ones we are closet to.

What they all have in common is that their minds are as sharp as can be it's just that they have physical problems that make their life difficult.

Probably most of you know someone that is in that same boat. What they all miss the most is contact with people. All of us that are lucky enough to have and be able to operate computers know at times we recieve some thing funny or something very heart warming that we can't wait to send to our family and friends because we know they will enjoy it very much also.

So for these people I print these things out and save them and when I get a few I send them to them. We also share pictures with them, try to keep them up on whats going on with family and friends, etc. We also call them quite often. And we visit when we can. Joan gets audio CD's from the services at our church for the lady she helps and takes them to her when she visits as she is a member there but just can't attend any more.

So we know from personal experience what a big uplift it can bring to people in this position. Martha's 50TH birthday was over a month ago and she is still on a high from all the cards, phone calls and visits she recieved. Grandma Dot is kept up on what's going on with Christopher, Carter, and Griffin via the pictures and the information we give her.

We share things with people we know that have no health problems but do not have a computer, especially people we know that live out of state and they all appreciate it very much. If is is some thing special you want to share with your e-mail friends and family once in awhile share them with folks that don't have a computer also.

Just thought we would pass this food for thought on, we know how much people are strapped for time but if you know any one in this situation just think about how much they would appreciate knowing that they are not forgotten and are still loved and if possible maybe give them a call, send them a note or a card not just for special occasions but just out of the blue. As I said we know from experience just how much it means to people in this situation.

Let all your friends and family know you love them. Even if you think they don't love you back you would be amazed at what those three little words and a smile can do

And just in case we are gone tomorrow,

WE LOVE YOU, Joe & Joan

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