linkmac95: In the early weeks of our dating, Cheryl and I considered "Love Letters Straight From Your Heart" to be one of "our" songs. Here is a beautiful version of the song by the singer we listened to back then:
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linkmac95: When Cheryl and I first heard Instant Classic sing in Las Vegas in 2014,
we were immediately enthralled by the stunningly beautiful sound we heard.
Their words here reflect what I will always feel about Cheryl's beautiful smile-
"My world forever, the sunshine of your smile!"
linkmac95: "...when the time is right."
Another Robert Sexton poem reads:
"This I will remember, when the rest of life is through;
the finest thing I've ever done is simply loving you."
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linkmac95 in reply to wings514: Ginnie, yes we did. The tears still come at unpredictable times but I don’t try to suppress them-they need to be released to be part of the grief management/healing process. In time, those bitter tears can become tears of joy and even better, just big smiles at the recall of pleasant memories-here’s to that for each of us! (((((Ginnie)))))
linkmac95: Merry Christmas to my friends-I love having you in my life! May your Christmas be enjoyable as possible given the difficult circumstances we all face. Here are the four panels of a greeting card I created for all those on our family mailing list.
linkmac95: "When you wanta see how true love should be, then just look at us." This Vince Gill video illustrates a concept that was true of the 54 years Cheryl and I were married. There is a saying that "when a loved one becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure that can be shared with others you love." Cheryl was such a joy to anyone who knew her and I am happy to share her memory with those I love.
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linkmac95: Here is our 50th Anniversary dance, celebrated at my son's beach house in Ocean Isle, North Carolina. We danced to the Four Freshmen singing "I Love You."
linkmac95: from part of a poem by W.B. Yeats:
"How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;"
...and over the years, her inner beauty never faded. Her unconditional love for me enveloped me with a sense of wholeness and lifted me to a higher plane of existence.....to be continued......
linkmac95: I am so grateful for those of you who have stood with me through the toughest 16 months of my life. You have been kind and supportive as I sometimes bared my soul and that has been an important part of my healing process. Hopefully, by sharing my feelings, someone out there has gained understanding and maybe even the strength to deal with their own struggles or those of their loved ones. (((((My Friends)))))
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linkmac95: Vince Gill describes some of what happens in his beautiful video "When Love Finds You." From my experience, when that happens, you are taken to a higher plane of existence with a gaze that can extend out into Eternity!
linkmac95: Here are the two songs my men's chorus, the Masters of Harmony, recorded and performed virtually on our recent online Christmas show, a show that has drawn rave reviews from all over the world!
In addition, I am posting a story I wrote about the remarkable events that led to the creation of this beautiful, timeless song, one that continues to brighten the lives of people around the world especially as we enter the longest nights of the year in one of the longest years any of us will ever remember.
With joyful, loving greetings to all who read this post! (((((My Friends)))))
linkmac95: Here is my beautiful granddaughter Kaylin, on her 8th birthday, enjoying a treasured gift from her grandpa! She is a creative storyteller and I can imagine her spending many happy hours weaving fanciful tales around her new gift! Note her beautiful smile, a combination of my daughter's and Cheryl's-an awesome heritage!
linkmac95: To my friends on Wireclub, I wish you the best Thanksgiving possible under our difficult circumstances. As I count my still many blessings, I consider having you in my life as a true blessing-one that encourages, supports, enlivens, and entertains as I interact with you online. May God bless you all! (((((My friends)))))
linkmac95: These pictures were taken 50 years apart but the loving smiles shown here lit up our lives and those of our three children throughout and their afterglow continue to enrich our lives.They were the reflection of the safe haven we created to which we could retreat and renew our strength as we together faced the many challenges of raising our family. I was blessed beyond words and I thank my friends for allowing me to share some of that blessing online.
linkmac95: This performance was the first virtual choral performance I had ever seen-a group of Nashville studio singers recording themselves from home using only their smartphones! Performances like this have encouraged groups around the world, including my chorus, to record virtually so as to keep our music alive until the day when we can rehearse and perform live once again!
Horatio Spafford wrote this now well-known gospel hymn after learning that his four daughters had died when their ship collided with another ship en route to England. Several years earlier, he had lost his young son. The power and beauty of this performance are well worth a listen!