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For the Joy

For the joy of life

I give You thanks, O my God

Thanks for Montana

For the Joy of Life

In the beautiful outdoors

Thank You, O My Lord

We thank Thee for all
The blessings You give us, Lord.
Thank Thee for Jim Reeves!

What a voice!

What a beautiful land we live in…
Let’s take care of it, okay?
Protect the animals,
the trees and flowers, and rivers,
And let’s protect one another, too.

Bob & I are so happy that we were able to sing “Happy Birthday” to our daughter, DeAna this morning. Thank God for the internet! Today is the 53rd anniversary of her birth. She is celebrating it with her son, Chris, and her choir at a retreat in the Alps. Wish we could be there to celebrate with her!

Newborn DeDe with her brother, Ty..
Her tongue was always out… I thought maybe we needed to have the doctor shorten it!!!
But eventually she grew some teeth and the tongue stayed in!!
Yup, she grew lots of teeth! And the cutest smile, too!!
This was when she was in second grade.
About that time (2nd or 3rd grade)< her Grandma Beekman
made her a slip to match her own and curled her hair.
That’s becoming a big girl!!
I love this photo of DeDe as a high schooler.
Such a sweet and talented kid!
Yes, we are blessed!
And here she is today…
Celebrating her birthday in Switzerland
at a choir retreat with her son, Chris.

Oh, For Blessed JOY!!!
The joy of a child’s birthday…
Always our baby!

We remember so well the day of her wedding!
That’s my wedding dress from 25 years earlier…
Ah, sweet memories!

What are some of the JOYS that fill your heart today, my friends?
Is it the great outdoors, the animals, the beauty of God’s creation?
Is it family and the love of staying connected in spite of this pandemic?
Tell me!

See ya tomorrow.
Thanks for visiting!!

Comments on: "For the Joy" (14)

  1. A beautiful celebratory post Jan! Your photos as always are fabulous! Montana is a gorgeous place! Love Jim Reeves and his honey voice! So sad that he left us way too soon.

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    • I agree, it is sad Him Reeves left waaay too soon. Thanks for your visit & comment. β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ½ Have a great evening and a blessed Sunday. β€οΈπŸ™πŸ½

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  2. You have a beautiful daughter and family!

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  3. Sweet family ❀️ you have . And say my loved wishes to your daughter ❀️

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  4. Happy birthday to DeDe and congratulations to her parents

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  5. Awwwww!!! Thank you so much, my dear momma!!! We had a fabulous weekend singing retreat despite the coooooold rainy weather. We rehearsed all day long on Saturday only to sing karaoke until the wee hours of the morning Sunday! Needless to say we’re going to sleep well tonight! Thanks so much for sharing all these photos of me πŸ₯° Thank you for giving birth to me and being such awesome parents! I love you πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

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  6. So beautiful … you are indeed blessed.

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  7. Elaina Colby said:

    Yes to all! β€œIs it the great outdoors, the animals, the beauty of God’s creation? Is it family and the love of staying connected in spite of this pandemic?”
    I’m so grateful to be connected to you and my BFF and my cousins and friends using technology. What a blessing!

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