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One of Contentment

Updated on July 10, 2013

Mom in the wheelchair



Sometimes in this vacant times,our joys will fade, but will always return. Blessings are there just a reach away.and yes sometimes we think unreachable..

We have to just work and wait and hope and pray is what we have learned.

It all started with frustration, hesitation, loneliness and loss of love.

I lost my dad.

Last week was a bad week i have to admit.

Dad was a great man, army man, dad was a war hero.

He was eighty three years old and been married to my mom for 60 years before mom died two years ago to the month. Theirs was a true love story.

So many stories untold, so many whims unfold... But real it was, a real love story.

A mystery it might have been, but a mystery it still will be.

Their love was pure, mom followed dad to the ends of the earth, literally.

It was a wonderful sight to me.

Dad was born in Feb. 1930, presidents day, as it is called today. At one time it was known as George Washington's birthday.

I heard somewhere that love can move like a snail. Their love was fresh and wonderful and always alive never like a snail.

After having eight kids and lived all over the world, it seemed the world was their oyster.

Many a dream was made, and many was multiplied. Stories should be told, love should be bold.

Their love was bold. Dad tried to pull away from mom once when we lived in Germany. It was a trying time but God kept them together. Oh yes God was bold.

It was a sense of sadness, meekness, love and a wad of nostalgia were mom and dad's love.

I remember Dad would go off to war, I always wondered if we would see him alive. A year would go by . And Dad would walk in the front door with yellow roses in his hands for mom and presents for all eight of us kids. We didn't care about the presents we just wanted our dad.

Oh Our parents, they mere mortals, nothing more!! But with our little kids eyes they were everything.

My mom's family were kind of weird. i guess everyone has some weirdness in their families. I guess they meant well, and of course they thought they were right, but far from right they were. There were so many children in our family and while dad was gone to war my aunt and uncle tried their best to take us away from mom. We were told we did not have enough to eat. We didn't care. Food wasn't as important to us as our mom. Us kids would have followed our mom to the ends of the earth.

When my father would come marching home again

War Is Hell

My Dad saw so much dieing. He would not talk about it. He never went to the Vietnam wall. He could not look at the names. He always said so much senseless killing and he was a hero.

The few things I did learn I learn from my husband, dad would talk to him because they were both military men.


My eyes abandoned me in droves

In dept dreams that multiplied

Keeping us all alive

Walking hand in hand

Not quite understanding

Dreams that multiplied.

Very Excited.

It seems Mr. Brae Wyckoff wants to interview me about my book.

What great news this is.

I pray all of you will be able to listen in.

You all have been wonderful reading my craziness, and actually putting up with me.

I have to admit I feel closer to you here on the hub than most of my own family.

Many Blessings hugs to you all.


Good News this week

After burying my dad coming home and falling on my face and then it was my birthday.

I just didn't feel like celebrating another year older and deeper in debt.

I have even been questioning why do I write? Why do I have books on amazon.

Then I get this email.

Hi Deborah,
Your show is scheduled for July 31st at 8pm PST.

Here is the link to your show and you can share it with others so they can mark their calendars to listen in. I look forward to it.

Brae Wyckoff

Books by Deborah Brooks Langford

Silenced Hearts by Deborah Brooks Langford


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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Dear, sweet Debbie,

      I don't know how you do it, but I'm sure glad you do. You find a way to triumph after tragedy. It doesn't seem fair that such lovely and important people are taken from us when we still need us, but we know they are not taken, they are just moved to a different place so they can make sure it is ready for us when we get there. I'm sorry that you have to deal with the pain of losing your father, a wonderful father and I hope the days somehow get a little easier.

      What an interesting upbringing you seemed to have had and it certainly must've helped shape you into the beautiful and colorful woman that you are today. It almost seems that the further back we go, the better the stories get. Things seemed to have meant more before than they do now. I want my children to understand these things even though the seem scarce in the world we live in today.

      I am so happy for you about your writing success and interview. I already have the tab open and I will most definitely be checking it out from here.

      I love this hub and voted up and others and it's a must share too!

      Hugs and love and blessings to you!


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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. You know why this is so special to me.

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      W1totalk 3 years ago

      This was very interesting, sweet and solid. I understand a military parent that you love. Thank you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Wonderful how even in the midst of grief, God plants something wonderful! Please enjoy the sweet, precious memories of your dad, and may God's favor surround you in abundance during your new year.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Debbie, it seems every dark cloud has a silver lining. I'm so sorry you've lost your beloved parents. Congratulations on the interview. Your career really seems to be taking off.

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      Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Debbie, I am sorry you lost your father. You are a wonderful friend. You have a way with words that gives people emotions, not everyone can do that.

      Thank you for letting us know about the interview.

      God bless you, your mother, your father.


      By the way, I signed up to be reminded to listen to the interview. I will be sent an email one day before the show.

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      It actually got me all teary eyed. This HUB was absoulty beautiful even if so sad and I'm sure your father is looking down on you smiling.



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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Sad and heartwarming at the same time. The blog talk radio show sounds great. Looking forward to this interview.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, I am so sorry about your are right, we are close like a real family here on HP and I love the feeling of friendship I have found here.

      Blessings to you my friend


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Cat.. what a precious comment you left my friend.. you are so precious as a person and a wonderful writer.. but your words mean so much to me..

      And I thank you dear one.. Many blessings to you.. and thank you for sharing my dear


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      Lisa J Warner 3 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      Awe Deb , I think I am left speechless. What wonderful memories. Please never give up!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Martin my dear friend.. you are simply awesome.. you are the best..

      W1totalk thank you


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Ms Dora.. you are such a blessing... i love your comments. yes God is so good..

      Bravewarrior.. thank you for always commenting and be so true.. you are so precious..


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Michele.. my dear.. you are so true to the Lord God I am so proud to call you my friend.. God Bless you my dear


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      James dear soul how are you.. thank you for your support and being so loyal .. you are so awesome

      Blessings to you


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      Sannel 3 years ago

      Debbie, you're such a caring and supportive soul. A wonderful friend! What an absolutely delightful hub. Yes, very sad but also so very beautiful. I know your Dear Dad is looking down at you, bursting of pride and joy, having raised such a beautiful, both inside and out, daughter. I'm so looking forward to the radio show.


      love and hugs,


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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      What a beautiful and heartfelt story! First of all, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to you and your family at this very difficult time. It has been almost 14 years since my own father's passing but I have found that grief eventually turns into wonderful and fond memories. Congratulations on your success, I am sure you worked hard to get there! Thank you for sharing this beautiful story of true love with all of us. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      schoolgirlforreal 3 years ago from USA

      Hi Debbie,

      I'm so glad you are feeling better and what a beautiful hub and how you expressed these wonderful silver linings! Wow...I definitely want to listen to that interview! That is great! God bless you as always and I'm so glad you feel hubpages is family, even more so, than our own, I can definitely agree in many ways!



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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Dear Deborah~what a beautiful, heart-felt tribute to your mother and father. I can see that your family is everything to you. Your loyalty and love for your mom and dad, really came out in this hub. Congratulations on getting that interview. I look forward to checking it out.

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Your love for your parents show deeply. And when you needed to get out of your depressing hole, God gave you the lift of the interview. Congratulations.

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      picklesandrufus 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Your hub was full of sad news and good news. I know you will always miss your parents as we do when we were lucky enough to have good ones. I too am from North Carolina and my father's mom was a Cherokee. Who knows Deborah...we may be kin!

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      Christina M. Castro 3 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      It is a relief to see that you have become energized by the memories of your parents to write about them. I know it is hard to meet disaster or disappointment, but you picked a perfect word to identify with. Contentment. Yes, we all want to achieve this level. And I hope that I will be as fulfilled with feeling of being content when it is the turn for my parents to go. Thank you so much Deborah for sharing this. I look forward to hearing more of your success.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      deb, i know how close you were with your dad and how much you adored your parents. they live on in your heart forever more and were so blessed to have been their daughter. i'm very excited for you about the radio program and you know i';ll be listening just like last time..

      contentment is a righteous life goal, dear friend..

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, my dearest friend, Debbie,

      What a lovely tribute to your wonderful and beloved parents. This is such a beautiful write here sweet friend. The tears are flowing. You're so right, we would have followed our mom to the ends of the earth too no matter what the circumstances!!!

      What a lot of love and joy in your family, especially being from such a large family. You are blessed to have known and know such love from your parents. I love all of your photos of your beautiful family.

      I believe all us have "weird" family members somewhere out there too!

      I know last week was so very tough on you.

      I truly believe God is giving you a sign about your writing and that radio program coming at just the precise time it did! His timing is always perfect no doubt. I am sorry about the pain of such great loss and know it well.

      Yes, war is hell no doubt about it. I, too, remember my dad returning from war(s) and suffering so terribly. I feel we are kindred spirits in that both our Dads were military (only I did not get to travel the world) as well as just how much we loved and cherished our mothers and still miss them each second, but praising our God for blessing us with them throughout our lifetimes.

      I surely will be listening precious friend.

      God bless you. Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I am very sorry about the loss of your father and the difficult time that you have been having, Deborah. Congratulations on the interview, though. I hope it brings you some joy.

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      Gina 3 years ago from West Tennessee

      I love hearing you talk about your upbringing; your childhood, your mom & dad, all your siblings. You're definitely your parents oldest child for a are a natural leader. I loved this hub. You're very gifted.



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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      good tidings to you dear Deborah..and know you are in my prayers.. for the Lord is at your side and always hears you.. Beautiful hub.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      After all the trials and tribulations,it is so nice to see something wonderful happening for you.

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      mr-veg 3 years ago from Colorado United States

      Hi Deb, Sorry for you personal loss but am happy at the same time to see you move along the path of success and fame.. You are a great and amazing writer and I look forward to you as a inspiration !! I would certainly take time to listen to the show and your wonderful thoughts !!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Marlene my sweet friend.. thank you for your love and support.. you are an awesome friend

      Billy hello dear friend.. thank you for your words of encouragement and support.. be blessed


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Lisa .. thank you dear friend.. blessings to you.. so glad you are my friend


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Sannel so good to see you .. blessings to you my friend..


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      Shannon 15 months ago from Texas

      Hi Debbie,

      I'm looking back at old notifications of hubs I missed when they were first published. I think that if you write for yourself, others will also appreciate it. If not, there's always yourself. :) I see the comments people leave you on Facebook and I know that you are appreciated.

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