A Birthday Prayer

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My tall, dark handsome husband
and father is a pearl of great value.
This Sunday is his birthday.
I will say a prayer of gratitude

that we met all those
many moons ago and
found each other, married
and had a family.

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May God grant him many
more moons to do his
good works on earth before
coming to take him back.

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May the good Lord watch
over and keep him well and
safe for he is precious to me.
I understand the day will

come but not too soon, please.
Please grant us many more
family times together even
though we live miles apart.

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Without saying a word, we
are comfortable together.
May we have many more laughs
and Scrabble games together.

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May we sing together more.
May we have more time to
love one another and cherish
all the memories from

the many moons we have
spent together. It is with
you, my husband, that I have
found true joy in living.

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May you continue to remain
healthy and strong and have
many more moons to share
with us. God bless you with love.

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69 Responses to A Birthday Prayer

  1. Beautiful post and prayer, Mary Ann! Happy Birthday to your Hubby! ❤ xo

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  2. Happy birthday and many blessings to you! 🎂🙏🏻🎂

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  3. Arno Bode,Cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann, Die herzlichsten Geburtstagsglückwünsche für Deinen lieben Ehemann.Ich habe selten eine schönere Liebeserklärung gelesen als Du sie an Deinen Ehemann gerichtet hast.Dir ,Deinem Ehemann Russell und Deiner Famielie eine segensreiche glückliche Zeit wünschen Eure Lilly und Euer Arno

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    • Danke, Arno. I passed on the birthday wishes to my husband. He was surprised to read my blog and thanked me. And now we sit at home and watch the temperature go down. We have another winter storm warning and winter continues. Your comment is kind and thoughtful. Regards to Lilly. Eure Mary Ann

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  4. Peter Klopp says:

    I would entitle your post the Song of Songs in praise of your husband. Happy Birthday greetings to him from Canada!

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  5. Peter Klopp says:

    I would entitle your post the Song of Songs in praise of your husband. Happy Birthday greetings to him from Canada!

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  6. Did your husband play the piano in church??? Happy birthday to him.

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    • Thank you for the birthday wishes. No, he had a voice recital at this church. He plays a little piano only. He does have a beautiful voice however. 🙂

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      • That’s wonderful that he uses his gift. Wish I could hear him.

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      • I will pass this on to him. I agree that it is wonderful. In one week, we celebrate our wedding anniversary and last year I gave him voice lessons as a surprise. He has come so far and continues. Sometimes he sings a solo at church these days but both of us continue to sing with the choir. Thank you for such a nice comment. ^__^

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      • I was the organist and choir director for our church for 25 years, so I’m always interested in people’s singing. I’m retired now, but I like hearing about music.

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      • We have much in common regarding music. I too was organist, pianist and choir director for 5 years prior to college and then wherever I lived and taught and there was a need. As a retired educator of German, I have now involved myself with community singing groups in addition to voice lessons. Since music is the language of the soul, it will forever be with me. Let’s continue the music conversations, Anne. I am ever looking for new pieces of music for us as well. Happy weekend to you, Mary Ann

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      • I was the organist for a tiny church in my town before I went to college. I hadn’t thought of that in a LONG time! Their service was at 10, and my church was one block away with a service at 11. My mom was the organist there. For the record, my dad was tone deaf. It’s amazing I got most of the right music genes.

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      • Love your story. Our church was one block away in Colorado. I played daily at 6:30 AM before school and after having practiced the piano from 5-6 AM. Also played three times on Sunday, for Thurs. choir rehearsals and for all the weddings and funerals. I began at age 13 and played for the 5 years before college. My younger sisters took over. They sang with me in the choir loft all that time. My mother played piano at home to relax and sing along. My father sang along as well. He was also in his glee club at Boston U. Many moons ago! The four girls all played piano so my parents bought a second piano for the basement since we all had long practice hours. One of my sisters also studied the violin and made it to second chair in the All-State Orchestra for two years in high school. Ah, the good old days! Rain or shine or snow or sunny, we walked back and forth to church. No one drove us. We have much in common, Anne. ^__^

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      • I was always an early bird, but I don’t think I ever practiced at 5 am. That is amazing that you played at church every day at 6:30, as well as for all the other things. In NY I played on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday for Advent and Lent. Choir rehearsal was on Saturday morning. I never did weddings or funerals. I was working full time and still had two children at home. John commuted to the city and was never home. It’s no wonder I love retirement!

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      • Ah, it’s so good not to be a part of the rat race anymore. I got up every day (even in college) at 4 AM. In college, that was the best time to study because the dorm was quiet. Balancing careers and parenthood can be challenging. My husband remained home in the US during my two Fulbright years teaching in Germany. Our two came with me and balancing career and single parenthood was definitely challenging. I am not complaining. Our two are fluent in German and are both very tolerant and understanding young adults today. I only balanced my organist job around high school. In the summer I had other jobs and 4H but when I taught, I did not carry on being a music director anywhere until towards the end of my teaching career when I suddenly found myself playing the piano and organ on the weekends until the church closed. That was only for 2.5 years and the extra change was nice. Happy Sunday to you.

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      • You must be terribly organized to have done so much.

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      • I was and am. I was taught to be and with four daughters trying to practice piano and manage school and activities, we had to be organized. Now, I practice being lazy and not as organized. It’s my reward for years of hard work. Now I organize music to learn: Mozart’s Requiem and in June, Haydn’s the Seasons in English with the Berkshire Choral International in Baltimore. I have never sung such a long piece of music and at 280+ pages, that is an entire novel!

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      • You have lofty goals! Good for you!

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      • It’s always best to have vision and to dream. Then make the dreams come true. A good motto for me is: where there’s a will; there’s a way. Hard word and perseverance will allow one to achieve goals in life. So far, so good. What are your goals, Anne?

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      • I haven’t thought about goals, only basking in retirement. I want to keep walking, keep talking, keep writing, and experiment in the kitchen. Wish I would include reading books and practicing the piano.

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      • Basking in retirement is a nice BIG goal in my book. You will get to reading and piano in between even if only 1/2 hour grabbed here and there. Walking, talking and writing are wonderful! Enjoy a well-deserved retirement.

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      • How encouraging you are! I hope you have time to do everything you want to do.

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      • We all have the same 24 hrs. per day. The trick is to balance needs and wants. These days if I cook, it has to be simple and something which will yield more than one meal. I need to practice the music for several groups which means I sometimes have no choice as to what else to do in my 24 hrs. When I am tired, I listen to my body and sleep. I try to be gentle with myself, and if anything is no longer fun, I just don’t do it. Just put a nice pork roast in the oven with loads of red potatoes. Roast has lots of dried fruits. Will try a new recipe for organic dandelion greens and picked up an orange cauliflower. Why not try something new? This birthday meal will feed us for several meals this week. Light on meat and heavy on vegetables, fruits and salads.

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      • It’s good that you have such healthy foods. I’ve never seen an orange cauliflower. Bet it will taste good.

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      • Nor have I. I like to try to eat all colors from blue, purple, yellow, orange, red, etc. I’m steaming much the same as I do a white one. I’ll do the dandelion greens tomorrow using the same recipe that my friend gave me for collards. A bit of olive oil and garlic heated over medium heat, add the greens and then add organic chicken broth. Just enough to cook them. If we enjoy this flavor, I’ll make it into a “soup” or add to my leak and potato and kohlrabi soup. Hearty, healthy and great on cold winter days.

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      • Sounds like a great recipe. I’m not much of a soup maker. Having grown up in the South, we didn’t have a lot of soup.

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      • There are many cold soup recipes. I had some in Germany which were mainly fruit-based. Very tasty.

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      • Fruit based! I’m not aware of German fruit soups, but I’ve used a recipe from a Norwegian cookbook. (John’s mother was born in the US of Norwegian parents.) I must dig that out on one of these cold days. Thanks for mentioning it.

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      • Let me know the recipe when you find it. Cold carrot spice soup is one I also had in Germany.

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      • Grandson David would like that. He could eat carrots by the bushel.

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      • My friend’s daughter used to run cross country in high school and her favorite snack happened to be grated carrots and apples mixed together. Yummy!

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      • I’ll try that on David when he comes for spring break. He’ll love it.

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      • How nice. I bet that will be a nice surprise. 🙂

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      • The recipe I had was served warm.

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      • That’s fine as well. Guten Appetit!

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  7. Kay Smith Paulsen says: Stunningly beautiful words that communicate deep, abiding love of Russell and of your God. Happy birthday and many happy returns to your beloved Russell

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  8. Annika Perry says:

    A very Happy Birthday to your husband…he needs no other present than this loving poem/prayer and you by his side! Xx

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    • Thank you, Annika. To give from the heart, I had to create something personal for him. How surprised he was when he came to tell me he had read my blog! I agree 100% with your idea of the present for one can only purchase just so many ties and socks. Enjoy your Sunday and week ahead. And congratulations for being asked to be a guest on your friend’s blog. Very classy. I knew you when!

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  9. Emily says:

    Beautiful post! Happy Birthday Dad!! Loved this 🙂

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  10. I love the happy pictures of you, Mary Ann. So gorgeous. And happy day to your handsome husband.

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  11. balroop2013 says:

    What a beautiful way of wishing, Mary!…May God bless you both! You make a handsome couple.

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    • Thank you, Balroop. I wanted something different this time. What better a tribute to my loving husband? I am humbled by your kind words. I am intrigued with your name? Does it have a special meaning? Can you tell I was a German teacher? 🙂

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      • balroop2013 says:

        My name means strength and beauty…Bal means strength and roop means beauty. This is a North Indian name 🙂 Hope you like it.

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      • How fascinating that is Both excellent qualities. I know that my last name means “die Deutsche” or the German girl. My Polish grandmother used to walk over the border and work in Germany before she came to the US. When Poland was not on the map for about 100 years, people were referred to as border people who didn’t speak the language because they suddenly had another name for their country. I love historical explanations as well. The first part of my last name “Niem” refers to someone who does not speak the language of the place where they live. So many names were changed when people came to the US. Thanks for the comment and explanation.

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  12. bernard25 says:

    Bonjour mon amie Maryanne joli couple et une merveilleuse famille et la tulipe très belle

    On dis que

    les amis fidèles ne vous quittent jamais

    Les vrais amis sont ces gens rares qui demandent de nos nouvelles

    Les vrais, même s’ils sont à des kilomètres l’un de l’autre, restent toujours proches

    Je te dis que Le sourire ajoute de la valeur à ton visage

    Et que l’amour ajoute de la valeur à ton cœur

    Le respect ajoute de la valeur à ton attitude et les amis ajoutent de la valeur à ta vie

    Une des plus belles qualités d’une

    véritable amitié c’est de comprendre et d’être compris

    Un ami ou amie n’a aucune valeur

    Je réponds que ceux-ci ne s’achètent pas

    Ceux qu’on a ,on les as mérités et on pour moi une valeur inestimable

    Celle du Cœur

    Je souhaite à chacun la plus merveilleuse des semaines

    Avec de paisibles moments , qu’il fasse beau ou pas

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    Amitiés et gros bisous

    Bernard

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    • Bonjour Bernard, Vous avez écrit de tels mots sur la valeur des amitiés. Les vrais amis sont là pour vous et écoutez avec un cœur ouvert et ne portez pas de jugement. Merci pour ces mots aimables dans votre commentaire. Puissiez-vous avoir la paix et la joie en 2018. Peace to you, Mary Ann

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  13. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    A PREACHER’S WIFE? MY MOTHER WAS ONE , TOO! HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!

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