Tuesday, July 21, 2009


My Sister and I - Circa 1964
Los Altos High School Pool
Hacienda Heights, CA

I cannot say for certain just how this tiny photograph has survived the past forty-five years. A copy of the original sits perched on my painting desk and I look at it most every day. It reminds me of a time in my life when the playful meanderings of two little girls were all I truly thought about.
My older sister and I spent the summer of 1964 at our Gramma's House, running through the Sprinkler and slip-sliding the hours away on a plastic shower curtain. I remember how it served us well, being the cheap knock-off to the crazy-popular (and expensive) Slippin'-Slide that it was. A day swimming at Los Altos...forever captured on black and white film are the faces of happy children...dripping wet with stringy hair. Enjoying the sun...the laughter... and the kind of innocence that only a sweet childhood can bring.
Then one day while out running, playing and dreaming, our growing up years passed us both by...
The childhood choreographed on the streets of our tiny California town is but a memory. Today my big sister lives outside of Nashville, far away from my life here in central Oklahoma. I rarely get to see her. Things change. People change. Thankfully the love remains the same.
It is on this hot July day, not unlike the one on which the picture above was taken, my sister finds herself traveling a difficult path. She and her hubby of nearly 30 years have a long journey ahead of them. One that includes physical recovery for him and unending patience and acceptance from her. My heart is heavy and I long to be by her side, holding her still tiny hand tightly in mine.
And so, I call unashamedly out to Jehovah Rapha, to minister healing. Jehovah Jireh, asking for His provisions. And to Jehovah Shalom, for His peace.

I love you Lin...

Blessings as you seek to help carry the burdens of those you love and the ones who love you...Rebecca


Anonymous said...

Dearest Rebecca,
Your prayers & Our prayers will help them along.....

Connie said...

I'm sorry to hear about that because of my long marriage to Love Bunny, sugar. I think and weep at the day when we will be separated for a season and can barely think of it. You give her a virtual kiss and hug from me although I don't know what the problem is I can relate because of the 2 tragedies we've recently gone through with our son and son-in-law. My heart is heavy for her even though I don't know her. But I can SURE have the same feelings when a hubby is in distress. Good luck for her. I wish her well, chickee.

Debra@CommonGround said...

It's amazing how some days the Holy Spirit makes our hearts especially tender towards people,memories and life, a day just to be close to God and be on our knees for others.
Thank you, Debra

Anonymous said...

My prayers and love of humanity go out to your sister & her husband today. May healing bless him and unending patience be her guide. xoxoTammy

English Cottage in Georgia said...

In addition to painting you have a gift for writing. Your description of childhood memories cleverly took me back and allowed my to play in the sprinkly and slide on the shower curtain with you and your sister.
Your dear sister and her husband will be in my prayers.

blushing rose said...

Rebecca, I am so sorry to hear that your sister & her DH will be traveling a difficult path together. Is her DH doing any better at all? May the healing grace of God bless & carry them on this new journey they are entering. Blessings & prayers to all ~ Hugs, TTFN ~Marydon

Eclectic Chic Style said...

Sweet sweet post and many prayers lifted up for your sister and brother-in-law.
♥ Teresa

Anonymous said...

Rebecca, I will be standing in the gap for your sister and her hubby, even though we don't know the circumstances, the Holy Spirit does. Genesis 18:14 states, "Is anything too hard for the Lord." Our God is a God of infinite possibilities. Bless you Rebecca as you go through this difficult time with your loved ones.

Sending warm hugs your way!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

My Prayers are coming your way for your family my dear friend...Hang it there God hears our name...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Joyce said...

Such a nice photo and post. I pray your sister journey goes smoothly with her husband.

joanne said...

Beautiful post Rebecca. My heart cries out for healing and strength for your sister and her husband. You are in my thoughts and prayers..jj

Barb said...

Rebecca, sending my prayers, good thoughts and love to your sister, her husband (who I continue to pray for) and you.


Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Hello Rebecca...so lovely of you to have stopped by. You have an inspiring and beautiful blog. I enjoyed reading through it. I understand the feeling of being far from a beloved sister...mine being in Washington..whenever she went through trials...I longed to be by her side. It is then that prayers becomes our peace. Stay strong and hold fast. Huggy Hugs

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Hi Rebecca, It's been awhile, and boy have I missed out on some of your post. I really need to catch up with everybody. Anyways the picture of you two is sooo cute. I love it! It brings back memories of my sister and I that I treasure in my heart. Time goes by so fast. I hope all the best with your sisters husband.


A Southern Rose said...

That is the sweetest picture of the two of you. I hope that your sister and her husband are doing better. I know it is hard to hold her hand when you are so far away from each other. Just hold her heart in yours. My sister only lives 40 minutes away and we don't get to see each other enough. I know that we need to change that.

Lee Laurie

Anonymous said...

Dear Rebecca....I am just learning of your brother-in-law's illness, and I am praying for his recovery and for your dear sister to feel the love of all of us and for her to be strong as she cares for him. I met Faith once, you know, when I stopped at her store out of Nashville to pick up an e-bay purchase she held for me..and walked away with much more, including feeling I had a new friend!
Please let her know my prayers are with the two of them, and for the two of you...Steve and yourself..for being caring and lovine as always.......Francy

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