24 August 2015

Happy Birthday Angel Teresa!!!


Happy birthday to our Angel Teresa!!! Here are some beautiful pink roses for her!

TERESA, if I could make a cake like you make, I would!!!  That's a picture of Teresa's cake she made for my birthday two years ago. When I next see you in South Carolina, I will make sure we eat some cake together!!! 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANGEL TERESA!!!

We know it is hard to celebrate without your beloved husband, Carlton, by your side. But I have to believe he'd want you to enjoy this day!!!

Carlton Mathews
We all LOVE you here on Overcoming With God blog, Teresa!

Know that we are all praying for you and that God will restore the joy in your heart as you go through this difficult time.  

This post is going up because we believe Carlton would have wanted us to do so and we have to believe he is celebrating your birth in heaven just as we are here on earth!


GIVEAWAY: A $10 Amazon gift card to one of our readers who leaves a prayer of blessing for our Angel Teresa's birthday and year ahead!!!

78 comments:

  1. Thank you my sweet Angels! Today is going to be very hard, my sweet hubby would always make me laugh with a goofy card and I am going to miss that. Today is also our son Joshua's birthday so I am going to try to be strong so he can have a good day. I love each one of you with all my heart! (((BIG HUGS))) to everyone!!

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    1. We knew it would be hard but we are not going to let the day go uncelebrated!!! Carlton wouldn't want that! Happy birthday to Josh, too! Gigantic hugs to you, Teresa, I love you, my friend!!! So sorry half of you is gone. I wish Carlton was here to celebrate this day. I dk why God took him home. I trust God. I don't have to like it. But when we're all together in heaven, I think we'll know why. It won't matter then, though, as we'll be in the presence of the Savior. Until then, those of us "stuck" on earth still have some work to do for the Lord and today we have some celebrating to do in going forth with praising Him for whatever He has planned for us to do for Him. Hugs and love!!!

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    2. Carrie you are so right, when we get to Heaven it won't matter the reason why things happen as they do because anything that caused us to fret or worry on Earth will be left behind. What a wonderful time of celebration that will be.

      I am so grateful to have wonderful friends that care about me and are praying for me and the boys. God is so good and I know even in this storm I am going through He has a new plan for me and if I continue to trust Him everything will work out for good!!

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    3. Amen to every line, Carrie - so beautifully stated!!

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  2. "Happy Birthday, dear Teresa"!!

    I agree with Carrie - Carlton would have wanted the birthday of his beautiful, loving, godly, wife to be celebrated by everyone. I do believe that our loved ones in heaven are watching over us, and are aware of our happy times - but none of the unpleasant ones. I'm praying you're able to find some enjoyment today, & believe Carlton will be rejoicing with you. Hope someone is baking a cake for you today, instead of you baking your own birthday cake again - beautiful though they be!!

    You are a blessing in my life, Teresa - I treasure your loving friendship; and love your laughter, sense of humor, and love for God!! Prayers for each day of the coming year -- love and hugs!!

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    1. Bonnie thank you for those sweet and encouraging words. I know if it's possible Carlton is thinking of me today, that's who he was. He loved me so much and he always looked after me and even when there wasn't a lot of money he always came up with a way make me happy.

      Didn't sleep well last night so no cake baking for me, and since I'm the baker in the family don't think ill be getting a homemade one today. Josh mentioned he would like an Ice cream cake so I'm thinking Dairy Queen might be getting a visit from us today. Lol.

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  3. Happy Birthday Teresa. May GOD always watch over you. May GOD bless you with many blessings and give you comfort when needed. May HE bless you with many more birthdays. I hope you know how much we all love you dear friend. Love you. ((((Hugs))))
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Maxie, you are so precious to me, I have been blessed beyond measure to have you for my friend. (((Hugs))) and much love coming your way. :-)

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  4. Happy Birthday Teresa. Love and hugs to you sweet lady. May the Lord shower you with many blessings today and every day hereafter.

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    1. Ahoy, my sweet "shipmate" thanks for the sweet words and blessings. I love you so much and I want you to know what an honor it is to call you my friend. (((Hugs)))

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  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TERESA!!! I pray you have a very GOOFY birthday in honor of Carlton, and because we all love you to pieces!! I'll always be forever grateful to God for giving me such a sweet sister in you, and for all the smiles, laughs, and love you've gifted me with. You're an amazing woman of faith and strength that I truly admire!!
    To add to your goofy day... Q: Why did Teresa feel warm on her birthday? A: Because people kept toasting her! Just remember... you can only be young once. But you can always be immature!! ;) Love you!!!

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    1. Noela , what a sweet and wonderful blessing you have been to me. When I joined OWG I knew I would make friends but never knew the Lord would let me meet my long, lost little sister, the one I always wanted. The Lord does have a great sense of humor because He let you be born to different parents and in another country. lol Its so fun to talk to you because you always get my crazy jokes and you can make me laugh even when I don't feel like it; and after reading that joke I have to conclude we both have a goofy sense of humor. Love you to the moon and back sissy. :-)

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    2. Noela, you spoke it PERFECTLY and loving the goofiness!! Yay to toasting the birthday girl, LOL :) Cheers to Teresa!!

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  6. Happy birthday Teresa! May the lord shower you with blessings and may he always show you the way. I pray for yourwell-being as well as your parents. Always follow the path God has prepared for you and you shall never be alone. I wish you a wonderful life :)

    Blessings.

    email: grabs64 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet words Gaby. It means so much today that you stopped by to help me celebrate my birthday. (((Hugs)))

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  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TERESA! May the Lord overwhelm you with His Presence.

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    1. Caryl thank you for that, there is nothing like being surrounded by God's presence. That reminds me of a chorus my hubby and I would sing in worship "Surround Me O Lord, Surround Me O Lord, Surround Me O Lord, and Let Your Presence Fill This Place. " Thank you for reminding me of a precious memory. (((Hugs)))

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  8. Happy Birthday to my amazing friend! We've laughed and shed many a tear together and I'm ever so grateful that God brought you into my life. I feel certain Carlton is asking Jesus today to make sure you have a special birthday!

    And to add to the goofy part -- Q: Why did the birthday cake go to the doctor? A: Because it was feeling crumby!
    (totally nerdy!) Lol Love you my precious sis!

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    1. You're the best, Diana, loving the goofiness!! You always make us smile, big time hugs to the birthday girl :)

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    2. Thx, Kara! lol I am corny for sure!

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    3. Diana I am so glad the Lord put us together years ago! You and Paul and have been the best friends anyone could ever ask for,especially during this very difficult time since Carlton left us! Love you with all my heart!!

      I sure am glad that birthday cake made it to the doctor before it fell to.....PIECES!! hehehe
      Now everyone is going to know why we call each TWIN, even our jokes are alike!!! :-P

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    4. That was a good one, my Bobbsie Twin! :P

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    1. Robin, thank you for the cool message! That adds a lot of excitement to the party!! :-)

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  10. Felicitations on your birthday! May your year be one of joy, comfort, and healing. God bless!

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    1. Rachael thank you so much for the beautiful birthday wishes! I am looking forward to this next chapter in my life as I KNOW GOD is going to be doing great things!! :-)

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  11. Happy Birthday Teresea,
    Hope your birthday is a very special one filled with lots of love on your special day!! May the Lord continue to bless you. Praying for you at this time.
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. Danie your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated! It's friends like you that made my day just perfect!

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  12. From experience I know the first birthday without your loved one is especially hard. Try to enjoy the love showered to you on this day. Blessings.
    Luke

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    1. Luke you are so right, I was dreading my birthday with Carlton, but special people like you, made it so much better than I thought it could ever be!! Thank you for stopping by! :-)

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    2. Holidays are always the hardest. my sweet hubby was buried on my birthday. But, GOD gave me strength to make it through then and through the years since then. Maxie

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  13. Happy Birthday to an amazing, creative, beautiful, poetic, prayer warrior, faithful friend, and fellow book lover!! May God shine His face upon you (and your son since it's his birthday also) stronger than EVER today and may His glory lift you up beyond ANYTHING you could expect :) Praying that God FILLS you with joy, wonder, and blessings and that your heart is sustained in His presence.

    ♫•*¨*•.¸¸ Happy Birthday to you..♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you...♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday Dear Teresa, ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Happy♥ ♥ ♥Birthday ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Tooooo ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪...Yoouuu...♪♫. . . and MANY more ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ". Praising God for your special day and the destiny He has in store for you, Beautiful Teresa!!!! MUCH love, beauty, strength, and blessings to you and may the celebration continue this week because you're that special to God's kingdom and to all of us that love you :)

    *NOT an entry, but HAD to send some love to Teresa today!!!!* Thank you to Carrie, Noela, and Diana for celebrating Teresa today! Love and hugs to my OWG sisters!!!! Yours in Christ, Kara

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    1. Kara, the beautiful ray of Floridian Sunshine, it's so great to see you here helping to celebrate my birthday! GOD has been so good to me providing me with the sweetest and most precious of friends. He has been so gracious to me my whole life but especially so, since June of last year when Carlton was diagnosed with cancer.

      Kara thanks again for that amazing and uplifting comment, it always makes me smile to hear from you! (((BIG HUGS)))

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  14. Happy Birthday Teresa! May you be showered with many blessings on this your birthday.
    May Joshua's birthday be full of blessings too.

    Blessings,Tina

    Numbers 6:24-26 NIV
    ‘“The Lord bless you and keep you;
    the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you;
    the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”’

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    1. Tina thank you for coming by and making my birthday brighter with your beautiful wishes for me and Joshua. That verse is just perfect for today on this new year of my life that is starting!! :-)

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  15. Happy Birthday, Teresa! I wish you much peace for the coming year, as well as good friends and many blessings.

    All the very best,

    ~ Jen ~

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    1. Jen thank you for taking time out from your amazing writing to come by OWG and help celebrate my birthday! It always brings a smile to my face when I see your name!! I have been a little behind on reading but I can't wait to get your latest book, I really need to do that quickly as I need all the fun I can get in my life right now, your young ladies always make me giggle. :-)

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  16. Hope you have an absolutely fabulous birthday! <3

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    1. Thank you Heidi, with beautiful birthday wishes like yours how could I not? Thank you for coming by!! :-)

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  17. My dearest "mom", I'm sure your heart is hurting and your thoughts must be confused today. The longing for Carlton's presence to celebrate your birthday must be overwhelming. But this is also a beautiful day on which the Lord gave you Joshua 10 years ago-- an extra reason to celebrate. I hope and pray that you will experience lots of love and blessings today. Hugs!

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    1. 20 YEARS AGO! Forgive me Joshua! :)

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    2. Marian, that was too cute, sounded just like a sister teasing her "little" brother! lol You know you are the beautiful daughter of my heart; I couldn't have asked for a more precious daughter if you had been born to me. Thank you for the sweetest of birthday wishes. (((BIG HUGS))) to you my sweet girl and much love!!

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  18. Happiest of memorable and loving birthdays to you today, Teresa!!

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    1. Susan thank so much for the birthday wishes, so glad you dropped by!! :-)

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  19. Teresa, praying you are having a special day - just like you are! Know that we all love you and pray for you daily that the Lord will care for you and yours and give you the comfort and strength to enjoy life as Carlton would want you to! ❤️

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    1. Betti, I am so thankful for the Lord giving me beautiful and caring friends like yourself to brighten my day and make this journey a little easier! I so appreciate the prayers, they are what are keeping me going each day! GOD IS SO GOOD!! Love you my friend!!

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  20. Praying a very Happy Birthday for you today and may the coming year be blessed!
    d_stevens310 ATliveD OtCoM

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    1. Deanna thank you so much for coming by and sharing your birthday wishes, I so appreciate each and every prayer that is being sent my way!! :-)

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  21. Teresa...Happy Birthday to you and your son! I have loved knowing you on this blog, and you have been a blessing to me. Am continuing to pray for you in your loss.

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    1. Hi Jackie, special thanks for those precious words. I have been extremely blessed to get to meet so many amazing friends here on OWG. I am so glad you came by to make my birthday brighter!!! (((BIG HUGS))) to you!!

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  23. Teresa, May God grant you His loving peace today and may you find happiness in this blessed day of your birth and in many days to come.

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    1. Holly thank you so much for that touching message. I am so grateful to have such sweet caring friends in my life. :-)

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  24. Happy Birthday Teresa! I can't imagine the grief you must feel after losing your sweet Carlton, but I do know that a part of you is rejoicing the fact that you know where he'll spend eternity & you will see him again. Praying for God's strength & peace to carry you through.
    rw620 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Robin, I am so glad that I know Carlton's not in pain or suffering now and I cling to the precious hope that I will see him again, soon! The way our world is now, it makes me excited to know that Jesus is coming very very soon!!

      Thank you so much for the encouragement and dear birthday wishes!! :-)

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  25. Happy birthday Teresa!!! I pray that you will feel the Father's arms surrounding you today with peace and comfort that only He can provide for you! Hang on to those precious memories of Carlton because in that way he will always be alive in your heart! Many blessings to you in the coming days <3

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Trixi what a wonderful birthday message, thank you for reminding me of the our Father's great love for us. He has been my fortress in this horrible storm. Just when I think I cannot make it another day, I DO feel like arms around me, soothing me and letting me know everything is going to be alright! (((HUGS))) are going out to you my dear friend!! :-)

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  26. Happy Birthday, sweet Teresa! You are a precious saint and a blessing to know. The Lord is with you wherever you go, keeping you in His care through each trial because you are a Daughter of the King! How about that perfect birthday gift He gave you 20 years ago?! That's pretty awesome. :) I hope you and Joshua have had a special day together. I know you miss your Carlton and your heart is broken. The Holy Spirit brings comfort and peace. Hold Fast.

    {{HUGS}}

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    1. Anne, my sweet and dear friend thank you for the birthday wishes. I am so glad we finally got to meet in preson, what a fun day that was! Daniel tells talks about how ,"cool" you are and how much fun we had that day! GOD has been so good to me, sending me "crazy" friends,(hehehe) that make me laugh even in the most difficult times. Funny how you think, or maybe I am the only that thinks this, there is no one else out there that can understand my craziness, and then our wonderful Father, sends along a friend that "gets" your silliness and loves you for it!! lol (((BIG HUGS))) to you my special friend, hope we can get together again soon!! Love you much!

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    2. Well you can see I got carried away with the "tells talks" lol Too much birthday excitement for sure!!! Good thing he isn't going to see this message, then again he would just shake his head and grin because he too "gets:his crazy mom!!

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  27. Happy Birthday, Teresa! You have so many people that love you and are thinking of you. I hope each day that passes brings you comfort and peace.

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    1. Melanie, I am so blessed to have each one of those precious friends, It's the ones like you like make life so incredibly enjoyable! Thank you for joining in on this exciting party!!!

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  28. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!! May your life be one of joy.

    Tomorrow is my daughter's birthday.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Mary, thank you for bringing lots of Joy to this party!! There is nothing like it, the Joy of the Lord is our strength!! Give you daughter a Birthday (((HUG))) from me!!

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  29. Teresa,
    Today I lift you up to the Lord. I pray that God will bless you today and every day this year and the years to come. I pray that he pours His love over you. I Ask that His blessings compound over and over so that you have the best year of your life. I pray this year be filled with lots of laughter, hugs, and love!!
    Amen

    Cspicuzza83@gmail.com

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    1. Christina, with a powerful prayer like that I am looking forward to what the Lord is going to do in this coming year! Thank you so much for coming by and blessing me today with those incredible words of encouragement!! :-)

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  30. Teresa, Happy Birthday, my friend! God has truly blessed me with your friendship. You don't know how many times you've made me smile with something you've posted. I enjoy the camaraderie as well as being able to share in the Lord with you. Blessings to you, sweet sister, on your special day! Hugs!

    P.S. Tell Joshua Happy Birthday from me, too! :)

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    1. Angi, my "real-life" Annie Oakley girlfriend!!! Girl, you make me smile every time I think of you!! You are so precious to me and I love the enjoyment and thrill you have for life!! I hope one day we get to meet in person and get to sit and laugh together!! Love you so much my dear friend!! (((BIG HUGS)))

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  31. Lord, thank You for Teresa and the blessing she is. On this very day You knew was coming, may you touch Josh and Teresa and ease their pain and celebrate their joy. Kathleen xx

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    1. Kathleen, my friend, it has always been a joy seeing your name pop up here on OWG, and now you have again touched my heart with that precious prayer! Thank you so much for making my day so special!! ((HUGS)))

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  32. Heavenly Father, thank you for this sweet and beautiful woman. A friend and blessing to all. Father, as she celebrates this day without her beloved husband, may she find peace and comfort in you and those she loves. Amen!

    Happy birthday, Angel Teresa!

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    1. Regina, thank you so much for that amazing prayer! I am so thankful for the love and kindness you have shown me during this difficult time. GOD is truly awesome to provide so many dear ones to help sustain us during trying times. Love you my sweet friend!!

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  33. This is a great party!!! Teresa, happy birthday to you and your beautiful son. I hate loss, I hate seeing people have to suffer from loss or illness or just about anything, but I love how life's valleys mold us into being stronger people. May God bless you... and keep you!!!!! And may he hold you in the palm of his hand evermore as you and your family recreate balance.... while never letting go of the memories.

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    1. Ruth, thank you so much for those encouraging words; they touched my heart! What a beautiful picture they painted; I know they came straight from your loving and caring heart! I have heard you are a very talented writer, it's very obvious GOD's blessings have been pour into your life!! ((HUGS))) to you my dear friend!

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    1. Kim thank you so much for dropping in to share in my birthday celebration!! :-)

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  35. Wow, wow, and again wow!!! I was so concerned that you'd not be able to respond back to people and maybe not even show up, Teresa, for your own birthday. And I am SO glad, PTL, that God enabled you to see these wonderful comments and to respond to them. God bless and keep you, beautiful Teresa! I feel so BLESSED right now that God gave you the ability to come celebrate. XOXOXOXOXOXOX

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  36. God bless you, Teresa. I lost my dear husband a few years ago. Every day is hard, but I know God is in control. He helps me get through each day. His grace, love, and blessings continue, for which I am grateful. You have a lot of people praying for you! Hugs to you!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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