Thursday, October 27, 2011

News Worth Passing On.......Grab a tissue or two though.....

Couple Married 72 Years Dies Holding Hands

POSTED: 9:16 am CDT October 19, 2011
UPDATED: 3:57 pm CDT October 19, 2011\
An Iowa couple who was married for 72 years died one hour apart last week in the hospital as they held hands.
Family said the story of Gordon, 94, and Norma Yeager, 90, is a real-life love story.
Yeager Family
On the day she graduated from high school, Norma Stock said yes to Gordon Yeager's marriage proposal. The couple got married on May 26, 1939 in State Center.
"They're very old-fashioned. They believed in marriage til death do you part," said son Dennis Yeager.
Dennis Yeager was the youngest of four children born to the couple. His sister Donna was first born.
"Staying together for 72 years is good, I'd say that's exceptional," said daughter Donna Sheets.
The way the kids tell it, dad was the life of the party while mom kept everything together.
Yeager Family
"Anybody come over -- she was the hostess with the mostest. She just seriously -- the more she did -- the more she smiled," said Dennis Yeager. "Dad would be the center of attention, like, 'Weee look at me,' and mom was like 'get him away from me!' You know we even got a picture like that." (picture, right)
Norma didn't really want the distance, and family said she hardly left Gordon's side for 72 years.
"They just loved being together. Everybody argues once in awhile, but they still, he said 'I have to stick around. I can't go until she does because I have to stay here for her and she would say the same thing,'" said Dennis Yeager.
Dennis Yeager said the couple left home last Wednesday to go into town, but they didn't make it.
At the intersection of Highway 30 and Jessup Avenue just west of Marshalltown, state troopers said Gordon pulled in front of an oncoming car. The Iowa State Patrol crash report said the other driver attempted to avoid the crash but was unable to stop in time.
"I rushed from Des Moines where I was working and saw them in the hospital," said Dennis Yeager.
Yeager Family
In the intensive care unit of Marshalltown's hospital, nurses knew not to separate Gordon and Norma.
"They brought them in the same room in intensive care and put them together -- and they were holding hands in ICU. They were not really responsive," said Dennis Yeager.
Gordon died at 3:38 p.m. holding hands with his wife as the family they built surrounded them.
"It was really strange, they were holding hands, and dad stopped breathing but I couldn't figure out what was going on because the heart monitor was still going," said Dennis Yeager. "But we were like, he isn't breathing. How does he still have a heart beat? The nurse checked and said that's because they were holding hands and it's going through them. Her heart was beating through him and picking it up."
"They were still getting her heartbeat through him," said Donna Sheets.
At 4:38 p.m., exactly one hour after Gordon died, Norma passed too.
Yeager Family
"Neither one of them would've wanted to be without each other. I couldn't figure out how it was going to work," said Donna Sheets. "We were very blessed, honestly, that they went this way."
"They just loved being together," said Dennis Yeager.
At their funeral on Tuesday, Norma and Gordon held hands in their casket. Family said they will be cremated and their ashes mixed together.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

All I Can Say Is Watch and Listen.....

My friend posted the above video on facebook, (thank you Dawn!!), and I just had to pass it on.......
Here's the song:

I can so absolutely and totally relate to this!!    Can you?    May your day be blessed......

Only Because of Jesus,


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Let's not forget....

I know it's past Memorial Day, and it's far from Veteran's Day, but, on Monday we, as a nation, celebrate Independence Day.  We Americans know how to party, and, all over the nation grills will be fired up, and watermelons will be sliced and folks will come together to celebrate, kick back with a cold one, and enjoy our freedom.  But freedom isn't free.  I've blogged about this before here  and  here and even here, but, I ran across this video made by a 15 year old girl.....I think she has alot to say.......

So, I guess, I'm just trying to remind us that maybe while we're celebrating our independence and freedom, and standing in awe of the amazing fireworks, we could say a quiet prayer for the men and women who are serving our country, fighting for our freedom, away on foreign soil far from home, making sure we can enjoy these things that we hold dear. Pray for their families, who hold down the fort, defacto single parents for months at a time.  I'm in awe of them.....because freedom is indeed not, free.

May you and yours richly enjoy your freedom this weekend.... :-)


Only Because of Jesus,


Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Cleaning out the three youngest girls' room today.  Their constant whine about having nothing to wear was true.....all the dirty clothes were in the floor of their closet or under their beds!! Don't ya just love their "style" of cleaning?  Maybe it's not a "style" maybe it's more a philosophy.  I was just thinking that I kinda do that too, just in different areas, and it always comes back to bite me in the bum.  Something happens, and rather than deal with it right away, sort my emotions, forgive immediately, I file it away for when I have "time do deal with it".  But I never do.  It just sorta festers and rears it's ugly head at the most inopportune times.   God is giving me another chance to allow  Him to do the work in me that He needs to do.  Like an old Petra song said, "This test of your faith will last, as long as it takes to pass."  So true. Maybe I need to learn to take it immediately to Him, kinda "do not pass go, do not collect $200". 

Hebrews 12:15

Amplified Bible (AMP)
15Exercise foresight and be on the watch to look [after one another], to see that no one falls back from and fails to secure God's grace (His unmerited favor and spiritual blessing), in order that no root of resentment (rancor, bitterness, or hatred) shoots forth and causes trouble and bitter torment, and the many become contaminated and defiled by it--

Maybe Elly, Kyri and Clara  and I need to learn this in a more practical way.....hiding your dirty laundry only makes it harder to haul it all to the laundry room, and He sees it all anyway.......

May our hearts and our clothes be clean........ ;-)


Only Because of Jesus,


PS pic from google images......for the same reason I mentioned in the last blog......  :-)

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I'm a woman who loves Jesus, her preacher man, her five fabulous daughters and her baby boy. I'm privileged to homeschool our girls, and love photography, slow dancing in the living room with my man, coffee, a good merlot, all things old, architecture, to be creative. I love my family, our dear friends, and our church. I am blessed to be on this journey with them, seeking to be more and more like the Shepherd, his apprentice.