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I am *SO* thankful for so many things this year –

for a loving husband of 34 years who fell in love with me 39 years ago and was willing to wait for me to graduate from high school and for him from college before we got married (we were friends before we were actually *interested* in each other),
for five beautiful, wonderful children and the extra-special blessing this year of a daughter-in-law who adores my son,
for an “adopted” daughter who has learned to believe in herself and also to say “I love you” and give terrific hugs,
for a sister who is a breast cancer survivor,
for a brother who is a cancer warrior just now,
for an aunt who is like no other, and we wouldn’t have her any other way (those of you who know Aunt Betty know what I mean),
for being able to stay in touch with my niece & nephew and my great-nieces through Facebook,
for renewed insurance eligibility for our daughter, Sara, (Thank You, LORD!)
for godly, loving friends who know all my faults (well, most of them) and love me anyway,
for a warm, loving, PRAYING body of believers who are willing and ready to stand in the gap for anyone in need of prayer,
for the awesome privilege of playing my flute for God’s glory each Sunday morning in the worship service at Zion,
for the joy of working with young children and their parents in my Kindermusik classes – it renews me each and every day to sing and dance with them,
for the blessing of sharing music with my piano students and instilling in them the belief that they are only limited by how self-disciplined or self-motivated they are or are not,
for the magic of teaching Simply Music to my beginning students and seeing the magic happen right before my eyes – who would ever have thought students could learn so easily and effortlessly?
for the blessing of music which weaves through my life every day from the time I get up until I lay my head down each night,
for my Lord Jesus Christ – Soli Deo Gloria!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my family and friends! May this day be filled with love, laughter, and beautiful memories that will last a lifetime!

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This video is a very special video because it reunites two men who were good friends, close friends years ago, providing the listening public with some of the most enjoyable, haunting, and thought-provoking music at a time when the music world was filled with rock-and-roll and anti-war rhetoric.  They later split up their act in bitterness and anger.  I never really understood the why.  It wasn’t really important to me at the time.

But this particular song, performed here in 2003 in New York during the “Old Friends: Live On Stage” tour, is very, very special to me.  In early 1970, when I was reeling from the sudden, unexpected death of my grandfather, it was given to me on my birthday as a gift of love, comfort, and support, a statement of unconditional love from a young man willing to come alongside me and help me bear this almost unbearable burden.  

Almost five years later, on November 16, 1974, I married that young man, the love of my life, who gave me this song and life has never been the same.  Together we have been blessed with and successfully raised five beautiful children.  We have stood alongside each other over the years as we buried our fathers, our grandparents, aunts, uncles, my sister and my mother.  We have stood together at the hospital beds of our children fighting to live, wondering how on earth we got there, but still reaching out for each other’s hand, needing that connection, that “bridge over troubled water.” 

Most recently, we’ve had to walk another new road together, caring for my beloved 84yo mother-in-law who has lived across the street from us for almost 30 years and who now resides in a nursing home not too far from our home.

On this day, as I remember our wedding 33 years ago, I dedicate this video to my husband, David, the love of my life. 

Sweetheart, I love you more today than I did yesterday, but not nearly as much as I will tomorrow.  I offer this to you today as you gave it to me back in 1970.  We may be older and grayer like Simon & Garfunkel in this video, but we’re still sailing and I’m right behind.


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