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Midi "New Places and New Friends"

©copyright 2007 by Bruce DeBoer.

used with permission of the composer.





What does one say when one sits down to write a few lines on paper to describe who they are.  It can be the usual, I am 5'3", blue eyes, 61 years of age, happily married for 43 years, one daughter, and two grandchildren.

However that does not really describe the true person, for we are each a sum total of more than that... We are all much like a treasured quilt, made of many pieces.  Pieces of the past and pieces of the present.

It is difficult to tell another person about yourself.  It is so much easier to let those that you come into contact with learn to know you by your actions along with the words that you speak.  I see this as one of the greatest drawbacks of the computer age.  I feel it is so important to spend time with one another (in person) when we can.  There is nothing in this world that is more important than interaction between people.

I was born in a small town in NW Missouri and lived there, in Wyoming, and a short time in Illinois.  We never stayed any one place for very long and it was difficult to have friends moving the way we did.  At age 9 or 10 we moved to NE Oklahoma.  Please forgive me that I do not name towns, in this day and age of  Identity Theft I do not feel safe giving a lot of personal information.

At age 12, I gave my life to Christ and oh what blessings I have had over the years.  Even in times of hardship, the Lord is always there with me to guide and comfort me.  I feel that the wonderful husband that I have had for the past 42 years was and is of Gods doing.  Very few 18 year old girls really know how to pick a lifetime mate, and I was no exception.  After marrying my husband Jacques, he took me to Switzerland to live for a couple of years and then we returned to central Oklahoma.  We have resided in the same town in central Oklahoma for the last 41 years.

I came from two wonderful loving caring parents.  They tried to give me the things that I needed in life, and not give too much.  They taught me that knowing God is important and he should be first in my life, then my husband, and finally my children and friends.  They also taught me to appreciate all that is around me, as there is good in most things if we but look for it!

When I was a young Christian I can remember thinking that I couldn't put God first.  Something else always seemed to need attention first, however, over the years I have learned that I accomplish a lot more if I just take the time to study, talk to God and let God talk to me!

From my parents and the Bible I learned the principal of love and how important it is in life.  Not just our family love, but the love for those around us, especially the people that are hard to love.  And with that love we must forgive those that will hurt us and do wrong to us.

I am an avid believer that our actions are often the words that people hear (not necessarily the spoken word), and because of that I try to be a good role model for those around me as I do not want to be a stumbling block for another.

I am married to a man that is the eternal optimist.  When we first married I can remember thinking that he was always so positive, and couldn't see the negative side of things.  I have since learned that he sees them but chooses to live his life as positive as he can!

We have one daughter, Tania; two grandchildren, Arielle, our 17 year old granddaughter; and Dakota, our 18 year old grandson.  These three beautiful people are very special to Jacques and I, and they all three know this not just by us telling them, but by the way that we show them with our actions.  If you would like to see pictures of my family please click HERE.

I remember when I was young that I wanted to have several children, and was sad for many years due to my inability to have more children.  I prayed that God would allow me to have more, and low and behold I have the two beautiful grandchildren, which for a while lived with us.  So I guess that God in his infinite wisdom knew what he was doing when I was praying for more children.

You will find as you go through this website that there will be a lot of pages that are scripture oriented, lots of floral pages, and who knows what of my other likes you will find here.  I love to read my Bible and other literature, listen to music, work in the flower garden, design web pages, talk online, quilt, crochet, knit, tat, paint, and the list goes on...

In this the middle of my life (smile, yes I am 61, I have determined that my remaining days will be spent feeling and spreading as much joy of the Lord as possible.  The world is full of woe, hurt and anger.  If we would each try to add some joy to it, think what a wonderful world it could be.

So I am the sum total not just of what I think I am, but parts of the past, present, and future.  Hopefully learning and growing to be a more loving and caring, and giving person.

I feel very fortunate to have had all of the people in my life that have made my life richer and more blessed, especially in those times of darkness that we must all go through.  I wish to thank all those people (to many to name here) for always being there to give support, guidance, and sometimes just holding my hand.

How we live our lives is very important and I have a few scriptures that I think are very important for everyone to know and remember:

"God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it"

John 3:16 and 17


"So now I am giving you a new commandment:  Love each other.  Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples."

John 13:34-36


Finally, all of you should be of one mind, full of sympathy toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds.  Don't repay evil for evil.  Don't retaliate when people say unkind things about you.  Instead, pay them back with a blessing.  That is what God wants you to do, and he will bless you for it.

I Peter 3:8 and 9

(Scriptures from New Living Translation)








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