In Memory of Baby Zeke
April 5th, 2017- September 17. 2017
Sunshine and Rainbows
I’ve got sunshine and rainbows all around.
No gray clouds are stormy skies to bring me down.
I’ve got angels that sing and acrobats that entertain.
So many smiles, so much joy - no pain!
I’ve got marching bands and ballgames for days.
No confusion, no war, just peace always.
I’ve got circuses and ice cream cones.
No enemies, just friends. I am never alone.
I’ve got dandelions, daffodils, and daisies.
No haters, no racists, no terrorist, no crazies.
I’ve got everything here anyone could ask for,
Love, love, love, and love forevermore.
Please try not to miss me so very much,
For I truly am dancing on rainbows and such.
I have met papaws, grannies cousins, aunts, and uncles from long ago.
There are so many up here who love me that I didn’t even know.
Try not to worry and please love each other a lot.
Hug real big and be thankful for what you’ve got.
I know one day I will see you all again.
We will dance together in sunshine on rainbows then.
A New Friend
Jesus has a new friend with Him in Heaven today.
She is overjoyed to see Him I would say.
The streets of gold feel cool underneath her feet.
As on her strong legs, she dances and leaps.
Around the throne, she gives praise after praise.
She is grateful she followed after God and His ways.
Whenever she lay down to close her eyes to sleep,
She felt peace for she knew Jesus her soul would surely keep.
The Lord’s Prayer she prayed quite often.
The words lifted her spirit and her heart softened.
Though through many valleys on earth she did travel,
Her faith in God never wavered nor unraveled.
The fear of evil she did not allow to enter in,
For she knew God was her comforter until the end.
Yes, today Mammie is happy, healed and whole,
For with Jesus she entrusted her soul.
Now I lay me down to sleep
Hey, Mammie, will you sing that song one more time?
If I should die before I wake
Mammie, I forgot the next line.
I pray the Lord…
Please sing Jolly Ole Saint Nicholas again.
Come on Mammie we will go to sleep then.
Thanks for singing, Now the Lord’s Prayer ok?
Our Father who art in Heaven
Mammie, tell Sandy to be quiet I can’t hear you pray!
Hallowed be thy name
Wes wants to know what’s a hal- o -id?
Thy Kingdom come
Mammie did you see what Debra did?
Thy will be done on earth
Ok, we will be quiet and listen to you talk to God a while
As it is in Heaven
Mammie I love you, you always make me smile.
Who is your favorite tell me true?
I think it is me for all the things I do.
I come over and you get in the car
We travel near and we travel far.
We have to stop to get a bite to eat.
And then on to shopping – what a treat.
Wait, wait, wait; what about me?
I do greater things you see.
When you are sick who sits by your side?
Who watches over you with pride?
I know when you are not feeling at your best.
When you have a fever, where are the rest?
Hey, you two watch it now.
I’m the one with the flower-sending wow.
I can make each day a special day.
For she loves it when I bring flowers her way.
Hmm, excuse me girls I really hate to burst your bubble
But I’m the one who she loves double
She loves it when I say, “May I have this dance?’
Favorite, ha, you girls don’t have a chance.
Uhmm, hmm, Hello, you four Amber here – you know the baby girl?
Your Mammie became my Mammie and to me, she meant the world.
A lot of words of wisdom with me she shared.
She had a way of showing me how much she cared.
I loved to play cards with her again and again.
She loved me even though she never let me win!
If Mammie were here with us, what would she say?
“I love each of you in a special way.
But a favorite, no, I never had one.
I love you all and didn’t we have some fun?
Carolyn, keep on traveling and shopping and living life with zest.
Do what you know is right and don’t worry about the rest.
Debra, watch over those who aren’t feeling just right.
Keep watch over those you love day and night.
Sandy, find someone who needs their day to be a little brighter.
Give of yourself and make their burden a little lighter.
Wes, keep on dancing for in this life you will find
A man who dances is sure to live a long time.
Amber, you truly were a blessing who joined this family tree.
Keep on taking in strangers. Remember you got that from me.”
Weaver of Laughter
Sixty-nine years ago a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Blue.
They watched as their baby boy, Jimmy grew and grew.
This is the story of the man who Jimmy came to be.
This is the story of a life blessed with laughter and glee.
God blessed him with little girls who thought he was the very best dad.
God blessed him and he was thankful for all that he had.
Years passed by and he found the job he stayed with that he loved a lot.
Selling thread was the goal, but laughter weaved in is what his customers got.
More years passed by and 1990 was the year.
When he found a true love that he held dear.
Jimmy and Marie married and two families became one.
Now Jimmy had yet another daughter and even a son.
Amidst all the selling of thread, and his family growing fast.
Jimmy served his country as a military sergeant first class.
Time continually moved on day, by day, by day.
Eight grandchildren came along with which Papaw Blue got to play.
Yes, he had a lot of titles in his lifetime as he continued on.
Jimmy, Daddy, Sergeant, Papaw and sometimes simply Blue is how he was known.
Oh, the stories he had to tell his family and friends.
Oh, the laughter he gave to us that we thought would never end.
Now as the sun began setting on his life here on earth,
There was yet one more baby who was birthed.
His name is Reid, born only a little over a year ago.
Papaw Blue loved that great grandbaby so.
Who is it that will weave the laughter into this little one as he grows?
It is up to all of us to make sure all of Papaw Blue's funny stories he knows.
Jimmy Blue sewed seeds of laughter wherever he went.
Let us remind each other often of all the smiles he lent.
If he were sitting here with us on this very day.
"Keep on laughing, " is what I believe Jimmy Blue would have to say.
Exodus 35:31 He's filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with ability, and know-how for making all sorts of things.33 To carve stones and set them; to carve wood, working in every kind of skilled craft.
Solid As Wood
As we planned celebrations for the passing of 2007,
A dear friend passed from Earth to Heaven.
During his sixty-eight years which were full of life.
Jake shared much love and joy with his children and his wife.
Born in April 0f 1939,
Jake grew to be a man strong, loving, and kind.
He took a bride, Linda, and vowed to love her always.
He kept his promise, loving her for all his days.
With three wonderful children, they were blessed.
Later came grandchildren and all the rest.
Jake loved playing with the grands and the greats.
He said there were so many; he lost count for goodness sake!
He spent many days fixing scratches, dings, and dents.
He was as close to bondo as a dryer is to lint.
Yes, he could fix a banged-up car to look just like new.
When Jake wasn't working he found other things to do.
There was a cycle that he loved to ride.
But he never let his family get too far from his side.
Jake could beat the best at dominos and cards.
Saying goodbye is really going to be hard.
All the furniture he built with his own hands from wood,
Represents Jake's character better than anything else could.
You see he was solid, steadfast, dependable, and unshakable.
A man standing strong under heavy loads; seemingly unbreakable.
Today as we gather to celebrate this life that passed with 2007,
May we take comfort in knowing Jake is with Jesus in Heaven.
As we remember each happy memory we shared along the way,
May we each remember to live for Jesus and become reunited one happy day.
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.
A Dreamer Flying High
A man once had a dream to own a plane and fly it far above the clouds
He dreamed of leaving home, traveling far away from the crowds
To see the beauty of oceans and mountains and the Alaskan sky
To never have a regret, nor think life had passed him by.
This man was a giver to all who God placed in his path
I never heard him speak an unkind word, or exhibit any wrath
He was a worker who used the hands God gave him untiringly
He was a friend who used his skills God gave him unsparingly
If you didn’t know how to fix it, he could tell
He was a brick mason, a mechanic, and a cook as well
Early morning homemade biscuits offered every Saturday
More than the breakfast, the company made your day
When he wasn’t working, reading about WWII was his passion
Sharing good times with friends he never rationed.
Watching western movies over and over with his good friend Jim
Surely he didn’t like John Wayne better than him!
Now there was a special love who shared many dreams with this man
For twenty-one years she encouraged him, saying, “Yes you can.”
They met and courted, ate Chinese food, and fell in love
He called her honey; she knew he was her gift from above.
Side by side Jean and Ed traveled around God’s beautiful world
They saw Alaska, the Virgin Islands, and gave Hawaii a whirl.
Yes, Ed was a dreamer who lived life to the fullest most days
He knew how to work hard and knew how to play
Oh by the way, the dream of owning a plane and flying high
He learned to do that very well and soared in the sky
Now Ed has gone on his final flight leaving all of us behind.
He has gone far above the clouds and I am sure he is going to find
Every dream he every imagined full of God’s beauty of every kind.