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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Looking Forward Together

Marriage is not about two people looking at each other. Do that for too long, and it's "Good grief, what was I thinking? (Grief is the Five Minute Friday word-prompt, an I had to work it in somehow. Hey, don't laugh...it works, kinda.)

No, marriage is all about two people looking forward together, with shared values, and a shared vision.


I think that we should find a way

to work together, Barb and I,

at a job that’s also play,

and is sweet unto the eye.

We do have our share of talents,

quick response and no mean strength,

agility, and also balance;

oh, I could go on at length!

There is one venue that will serve

our skill-set cornucopia,

and thus we really do deserve

a shot at Wrestlemania,

a coed tag-team none can match,

Genghis Kong and SassyQuatch.


For anyone who's wondering how it's going, the simple answer is, really bad. Can't take anything near a full breath, and tumours in the armpits have my arms out at an angle, like the Michelin Man.

But hey, would Hulk Hogan quit? Jesse Ventura? Me neither!

Music from Barry Manilow, with Daybreak, simply because I like the song.


Thanks to Carol Ashby, Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart is back on Kindle, and will be available in paperback soon.

Friends are everything. I couldn't have done it.

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38 comments:

  1. God bless Andrew. Totally get the wrestlemania bit. I pray for some relaxing in the fight to enjoy some special times with Barb.

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    1. Loretta, I'm delighted that you enjoye this, and thank you so much for your prayers!

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  2. I love that definition of marriage, Andrew. Thank you. May you keep wrestling with God too and not let go until he blesses you.

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    1. Thank YOU, Liz...and it a wrestle with The Man Upstairs every day.

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  3. Genghis Kong and SassyQuatch made me laugh Andrew :) Praying for renewal of strength for you always.

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    1. So glad to give you that laugh, Wemi, and so grateful for your prayers!

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  4. Marriage looking forward together. What a great line! Thank you. Prayers you have something to smile about today. Jennifer, FMF

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    1. Jennifer, thank you so much for the prayers...and what would life be without smiles?

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  5. You always bless us. Thanks for your courageous perseverance, Andrew! Let me know when we can watch you on Wrestlemania. ;) Karen (FMF #9)

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    1. Karen, I'll announce the Wrestlemania debut well in advance...and thank you so much for your kind words and loving presence.

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  6. Praying for both you and Barb as you each wrestle each round of this battle. No matter how it appears, may you know that you are not only winning each round but in the end, you will win!

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    1. Joanne, thank you so much for this, and for your prayers.

      Yes, victory is in sight!

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  7. As always, praying for you Andrew.

    Amie, FMF #16

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    1. Amie, thank you...your prayers, and your presence here, mean a lot to me.

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  8. Yours is a good marriage. Blessed.

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    1. Susan, thank you! It is a good, and blessed union.

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  9. Oh.. I hooted! Thanks for the laughter and glimpse of life! :) visiting from FMF19.

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  10. I'm sorry you're not doing well, Andrew. So glad you can still write!

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    1. Anita, thank you; definitely on a downhill path, but I am learning that joy is where you choose to look for it. Blessings!

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  11. Hi Andrew, I have an older second cousin in Costa Rica battling back from severe health issues (I've mentioned her before). She's an artist, architect, and author, but her illness stopped her adventures. She could barely walk and has numbness in her limbs. But she pressed on, and on, not willing to let her illness defeat her. She's named her walker "Johnny" and they go walking every day, each day increasing the amount of steps they take together. On Sunday she wrote that she picked up her paints and paintbrush and wondered if after 18 months of not painting and spiraling down, if she still had it in her. She sketched a flower, bird, and lush background flora, then painted them. She said she had muscle memory or something like that that kicked in. I called it a celebration in my Facebook comment to her. I think the same for you, each day, each week, and quite possibly each minute is a celebration that you made it through another one. Your cheerleaders celebrate with you. We're glad you're here. Unpleasantness, pain, tumors, not fun in the least, but you carry on. I thank God you're still here and fighting on, and that you have Barb with you "at a job that's also play." God bless you real good.

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    1. My dear Norma...Johnny Walker? Oh, it hurts to laugh, but that one was well worth it.

      Thank you so much for sharing the uplifting and triumphant story of your cousin. Her fining that she still 'has it' in her art is indeed a celebration.

      It is or me, too, a celebration...just living. Most mornings are clear, an I try to catch the sun just as it's rising, as the corona peeks over the eastern mountains...it's kind of like a special birthay candle, just for me.

      I'm glad to still be here; and I'm glad you're here.

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  12. Lovely words about marriage--looking forward together, each having talents to share. God bless you and give you strength as you persevere.

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    1. Carol, the shared talents are really vital...and fun. Blessings back!

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  13. I’m so glad you have Barb. You are never far from my thoughts or prayers. Continually praying, friend!

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    1. Tara, Barb is surely a gift. Thank you so much for your prayers...you are in mine, daily.

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    1. Grams, thank you so much...and likewise. I always enjoy your posts, and they always make me think.

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  15. Great advice for marriage. May i use it? As your pain increases, so do my prayers for you. This morning in prayer "They all crossed over on dry land." God doesn't lose a one of His people. Don't know why im sharing it with you, but I pray it finds a way to bless you.

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    1. Mary, absolutely use it...and I love your prayer. It comforts me.

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  16. (((((Andrew)))))
    (((((Barbara)))))

    Annie in Texas

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    1. ((((((Annie!))))))

      Thank you SO MUCH for being here!

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  17. Andrew, as always, thanks so much for sharing your talents with us. May God grant strength and peace as you keep moving forward with your dear wife, Barb. You both are such inspirations! Blessings and hugs!

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    1. Gayl, thank you so much for your loving words, and for your prayers.

      Blessings back!

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  18. Wrestlemania would NOT know what hit it! Sending love and prayers to you and Barb.

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    1. Paula, LOVE this! Thank you so much for the prayers, and love back!

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  19. I loved this, Andrew, and I needed the laugh. Your wife is an amazing woman. I'm praying for you both.

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    1. Jeanne, I'm so glad you enjoyed this...and even more grateful for your presence here.

      Your prayers are appreciated, and needed. It's bad.

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