Jerry’s Birthday

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Because he has been so sick–housebound for four weeks, except for our trips to the doctor–we knew the celebration of Jerry’s birth today would be a simple one. We hadn’t heard that any of the children would be able to be here . . when on Monday as I returned from the post office, Jerry handed me his phone. Steve was on the line, and within the hour he and Dearrah would be coming to visit, and would spend the night!

As I scurried about the kitchen and had decided to cook a ham that was in my refrigerator, Steve called again. “Don’t worry about food. We’re bringing steaks.” Within a couple of hours he and Dearrah had arrived as had also Rebecca and Nathaniel, as had also 6 untitled (2 of 16)of the thickest steaks I ever saw, cards, and a huge cake. We had a feast. Steve and Nathaniel cleared off the back deck grill where it had recently been covered with snow, Steve prepped the steaks, then grilled them, Rebecca peeled potatoes, Dearrah set the table, I made a salad and soon we sat down to feast.untitled (3 of 16)

Rebecca taped her gift onto the lamp where Jerry sat so he could be encouraged.untitled (7 of 16)

Jerry was so touched by the surprise celebration he was crying. It was a wonderful visit. Rebecca and Nate stayed until around 9:00 in the evening, untitled (8 of 16)and Steve and Dearrah didn’t go home until 2:00 this afternoon. While Christmas and Thanksgiving family gatherings are wonderful, we cook and clean and feel such pressure, not always do we get to just enjoy each others presence. There is something precious about quiet hours of talking and remembering with no rushing about, no pressure: Priceless, unforgettable moments. Those are the kinds of hours untitled (12 of 16)we spent today. Simple food, toast, a bowl of cereal, a bite of cold steak, a sliver of cake. Nothing pressed us, except our love and affection for each other.

And then Steve prayed for his dad. Dearrah and I joined, and then they were gone.

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13 thoughts on “Jerry’s Birthday

  1. Ruth Walker Wheat

    Shirley & Jerry
    Sorry to know Jerry’s health is not good. We aren’t any younger. God Bless you in whatever you are going through. Shirley, do you still sleep walk?
    This is a voice from your past!!!


  2. Arthur Hodges 2

    Dear Jerry, our friendship started as teenagers & will never end! However our friends r getting so old, we need to find a younger crowd to run with. Sounds like u had a wonderful celebration. I apologize for not knowing u were sick. I felt to call u, then kept forgetting. We love u both, Johnny.


  3. Shirley,

    My sympathies for enduring the storms of illness. Thank you for sharing your family, and how you are getting through it together. You related it beautifully.πŸ™‚

    May the good Lord’s blessings continue to restore and uplift you.


    Thank you so much, Angelia, for visiting my site, for these kind comments, and your concern. ………blessings to you and yours.


  4. Charlotte Mills

    Happy Birthday to Bro. Buxton! This story is so precious; makes me want to cry. God is so good to give us special moments as you shared – precious moments with family! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the celebration by sharing this story with us! Love to all of you!

    Sister Mills, thank you for joining us… best to you and yours.


  5. Judye Branegg

    Happy Happy Birthday to Uncle Jerry. So sorry to hear he’s been sick. Will be praying. Love y’all so much.

    Thank you, Judye. Hey, a visit would be nice! Our love to all.


  6. Angie :)

    To me there is something (besides the Holy Ghost and church) that make you such a special couple!! you have a way with people that draws them to you (no, not everyone in the church has that magnetism)πŸ™‚ l love you dearly and hugs to you both! A happy birthday to Bro. Buxton and hope he is well soon!

    Not sure which Angie this is, but I’m feeling happy about such kind and complimentary remarks…….our love…..


  7. Sister Leslie Nicassio

    We attend Oakland Tabernacle, under Bishop Young, Oakland California.

    (I recently connected to you on FB)



  8. Anonymous

    My late husband Joe LaCount and I visited you once many years ago in Orange County. I’m sorry Jerry has been ill, Joe thought a lot of him and you were a gracious hostess. I’ve seen your name on FB but it just dawned on me who you were. God bless.

    Sweet, Sister LaCount. Sorry about your husband’s death. Did we attend school in Tulsa with him? . ……our love.


  9. Sister Leslie Nicassio

    Thank you so so much for sharing Bishop Buxton’s birthday. I had tears of joy as I read. My husband & I appreciate you and Bishop Buxton through out the years. You are a true living example and reflection of The Lord. You can see God’s light shining upon your family. Will keep your family in prayer. God Bless. Love The Nicassio’s

    Thank you Sister Nicassio for these uplifting, precious words. Help my memory a bit: Where do you go to church…?


  10. Aisha

    Oh! I’m so sorry to hear pappy has been so ill! We are also praying. Glad that his day turned to be a surprisingly special time. Love you both, and birthday years wished for pappy Buxton.

    Thank you very much, Aisha. Love all of you so much.


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