Thursday, June 26, 2008

Your My Fella - My Rock-a-fella!

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" - Matthew 6:21

Tomorrow is my 55th birthday and also the second chemo session for Johnny. He has had a wonderful two weeks since the side effects from chemo #1 subsided. His appetite has come back full force, his energy has increased, he's put some healthy weight back on and we've been enjoying outings during the day to break up the monotony of things. We've been out to eat for breakfast or lunch and taken rides up and down Jacksonville beach to catch a few rays, some good minerals from the salt air and of course, all those good negative ions from the crashing waves! Trust me folks, negative ions are the "wave" of the future! But that's a story for another day.

This week has been special because Johnny has declared some new rules on love. Birthday weeks instead of just one day. I told him that's just fine but that goes both ways so he has his week coming in December and I intend to spoil him BIG TIME come December!

Around birthday time my mind always takes me back to years ago during our happy go lucky courtship at Florida State University. Johnny was living with his Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Inda in Crawfordville, Florida. We tooled around town in his Uncle's little Honda car that we could fill up on spare change! Ah the days of being poor and living on love! What-A-Burgers were our big treat on dates back then because they were SO BIG and we could split one and save money.

But we also did alot of walking around campus - just for the fun of it - singing and holding hands and acting goofy. Our favorite tune we'd sing was an old fashioned song - I don't even know all of it - but I would sing "You're my fella -my rock-a-fella" and then he would sing back to me "You're my lady - my lady blue." Pretty silly huh? We still sing it after all these years.

At the time we had no idea where the future was taking us. It didn't matter. We started our journey with $30 in the bank, a Mach I Mustang packed to the rim, and hearts full of dreams on our wedding day. Off we drove (at high speed I might add) into the unknown without fear and ready to conquer the world. Trust me when I say there has NEVER been a dull moment in our marriage. But in the midst of all the joy and laughter and sorrow and tears - I have found my treasure.

I have learned that love is not exactly like the storybooks tell it - but it can endure through many roller coaster rides of life when two hearts recognize each other as soul mates - and keep on holding on. True love waits. True love grows. True love survives. True love appreciates. True love simply loves. True love gives 101%. True love takes 100%. It is always changing and rearranging. But true love endures.

But may I share with you - the moments of our greatest love - I have found - was when we started praying together. When we truly put God in the middle and as our solid foundation. God is the glue that has brought us our greatest victories and happiest moments.

So today I wish each of you the joy of praying with the one you love. "You complete me" takes on a whole new meaning when God completes your circle of love...........He is the treasure all other treasures flow from. He is our "rock" and the mighty hands that I lay my own "rock-a-fella's" life in, knowing that "good things come to those who love the Lord."

Beautiful Blessings!

Rene

1 comment:

Linda Lowery said...

My dearest Johnny, Rene, and Scarlett, I have finally decided that it is time to get the courage to write. I was not sure how to put into words the things to say. I found myself in the same position that I was and still am in when I found out my future. People feeling like they don't know what to say to me. Last night I came to the realization that I was just going to say the things I thought. Not trying to be insensitive to your situation. I know what faith is and I think that I have had a miracle myself. Faith is the most important thing of all. I am sorry that you have to go through all the pain and heartache that you are going through. I know that God will never put more on you than you can bear. I pray every night for us all. I know that your family is a solid one and that you have their support 200%. I too am a part of that family. I am so proud of you all. I feel that I have been blessed by the almighty and have accepted what is happening to me. I know that if I should lose my battle that it would only be a loss for my body and not my soul. I too believe that God will take care of me one way or another. Rene you have helped me so much since I took ill and then you took ill as well and look at us know. You also helped me get through Billy's death and I thank you very much for that. I admire your faith so much! I thank you for being my family. Johnny you are very loved. Rene Happy birthday to you my dear cousin.
I LOVE YOU ALL Dearly. Please keep in touch!
Love, Linda