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In Joy and in Love
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By Nan Forehand
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In Joy and Love

In joy and in love
I serve my God above
Another year has come and gone
yes, time surely marches on
I sit here on my porch and commune with Mother Earth
In quiet celebration of my birth
So in love with life
Eternally grateful to be Allen's wife
Happy to be Ashley and John's mother
They cherish each other - sister and brother
Thankful for each and every friend
Loyal to the very end
I give thanks for my family whether near or far
I love them wherever they are
I've known my share of suffering and loss
And I know Satan's not my boss
No longer afraid to be myself
I placed my worries and doubt upon the highest shelf
For I know whom I have believed
Many blessings I have received
This past year God blessed me with "Nan's Goodwill Bears"
Because He knows just how much this "bear lady" really cares
I pray for many more years
And for bears to dry little ones tears
I pray for the sad, the sick and the suffering
I'm thankful for my life - a humble offering
Thank you, Jesus for seeing fit that I was born
As I celebrate my Mother's life this morn

Author's Note: My Mama went to Heaven many years ago. †Had it not been for her I could not, would not celebrate this special day. †Happy birthday to me. †Happy birthday to me. †Happy birthday, dear me. †Happy birthday to me.
No, I'm not full of myself, just happy for the opportunities God have me this past year and happy for those opportunities to serve Him in the coming year.
Birthdays are for celebrating, not for pretending we're not getting older .... or on the other hand, "I'm not getting older, I'm getting better!"
With the teddy bears I will deliver to the hospital this week, it will bring the total given since July 22, 2011 to 1,225 teddy bears! To God be the glory!

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Submitted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

About the Poet
I grew up in rural North Carolina, married for 38 years to my best friend and soulmate, Allen, who retired almost 17 years ago from the Air Force after 24 years of service to our beloved America. We have a daughter, Ashley ( and son-in-law, Kris) and, a son, John, and, our two beautiful grand daughters, Amelia and Haley, and Isaac, our only grandson, all blessings from God. We have four cats; Mr. Peabody, Missy, aka Middle Kitty and Tabby, aka Little Kitty, and Gracie. I've seen a lot of hard times and God has always been here for me to see me through them. I am a vessel God can use to help others in need. If I could be described in one word, it would be that I am an encourager.

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