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Ponderings: Real Love

Updated on March 13, 2016
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Theresa desires to share inspirational writings from her heart and sharing of those who are making an impact in this world.

All the little boys and girls living in this crazy world; all they really needed from you is maybe some love.

— John Lennon

Precious Children Who are Loved

My granddaughter Lily holding my new grandson Charlie.
My granddaughter Lily holding my new grandson Charlie. | Source

What If ...or Should I say "Imagine"

I was recently inspired after hearing my favorite version of the song "Real Love" by John Lennon in the video below. The lyrics that always cause a pang in my heart are the lines in the above quote from the song. Then, of course, my new grandson Charlie was born on December 28, which really increased my pondering about real love.

John's song really has me pondering about all the little boys and girls in this world, and the power of real love. What if every child born into this crazy world was shown real love from the moment of birth? Would the world be a different place?

My Favorite Version of Real Love by John Lennon

Children need to Know You Love Them

In thinking of my new precious grandson Charlie, and how much he is already loved and blessed to have a big brother and two big sisters who already dote on him and tenderly show their affection for him, fills my heart with much love. Of course there are all the grandparents and his loving parents in his life too. What a blessed child!

Then, my thoughts turn to all the children in the world who do not know of such love and don't even know of a loving touch from another human being. The thought of a child being harmed or neglected in this world has always affected me profoundly and I literally cannot stand the thought of it. However, it is an ugly reality in this world. But what if we could change that reality? Maybe I am a dreamer like John Lennon?

A Loving Touch has the Power to Sustain Life

Do you know that newborns are not placed in orphanages because of the high rate of death due to the sheer lack of being held and nuzzled enough to keep them alive! Even if a child receives proper nutrition, but not held enough over long periods of time, and knows not of the loving human touch, he or she can die. That is how powerful the human touch is ...a loving human touch.

Landon Loves being a Big Brother

Charlie is blessed to have a big brother and two big sisters who already love him so much.
Charlie is blessed to have a big brother and two big sisters who already love him so much. | Source

Thank You for Taking Time to Take the Poll

Do you believe that most of the evil in this world could be eradicated if all children were shown real love from the moment of birth?

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Lily Loves her Babies

Lily always exhibits tender love to her baby dolls and now her new baby brother. Her baby's big flower headband is covering a lot of Lily's sweet face here.
Lily always exhibits tender love to her baby dolls and now her new baby brother. Her baby's big flower headband is covering a lot of Lily's sweet face here. | Source

Lily, her older sister and their daddy, my son, had to come live with us when Lily was only three months old due to no fault of their own. They lived with us for 18 months.

I remember rocking Lily to sleep and softly stroking her face and singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" or "Angels We Have Heard on High" to her. Today, I get a big lump in my throat when I see and hear Lily rocking her babies and gently stroking the sides of their faces and singing one of those songs to them.

Lily still requests that I sing the "Angel" song or the "Rainbow" song to her when I tuck her into bed when she comes for a visit. It doesn't even have to be Christmas to sing the "Angel" song. She loves that song. When she was one year old, she could sing the "Angel" song herself, even the "Gloria in excelsis Deo" part. She also requests that I gently stroke the side of her face with my fingers while singing those songs.

I Wonder What Their Daddy was Telling Them?

Look at Scarlett gushing with adoration towards her daddy, who had just shaved his head, and I can tell her heart is overflowing with love.  Lily's expression is priceless too.
Look at Scarlett gushing with adoration towards her daddy, who had just shaved his head, and I can tell her heart is overflowing with love. Lily's expression is priceless too. | Source

Just How Powerful is Real Love?

A new study says that warm, fuzzy feeling is more than just skin deep. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley believe that this loving feeling could have reparative, anti-aging benefits.

What is this beautiful child's secret to be able to forgive ISIS? Watch the next video after this one if you want to know her secret.

Please take the time to answer the poll

How do you think this little girl is able to forgive ISIS and continue to have love in her heart?

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Lily is Loved by Her Friends

Friendship is a special kind of love.
Friendship is a special kind of love. | Source

Only the Loving Sound of Scarlett's Daddy's Voice Calmed Her

Only the sound of her loving daddy's voice could calm Scarlett's fretting in the NICU.
Only the sound of her loving daddy's voice could calm Scarlett's fretting in the NICU. | Source

The nurses told us that when Scarlett started fretting in the NICU, only the sound of her daddy's voice calmed her. I can see the love in my son's eyes for his first newborn daughter. I know she could feel his love for her.

Is Your Home and Heart Filled with Love?

Start at home ...
Start at home ... | Source

Be a Volunteer Cuddler

If you don't have any babies or children in your life to love on and cuddle, there are so many hospitals in need of volunteers to simply cuddle, rock, coo, sing to and talk to babies who are born premature when their parents can't be there 100 percent of time, or babies who are born to drug addicted mothers and are in withdrawal or who simply must stay in the hospital a lot longer than normal. All of these babies need your cuddles.

If you are retired, what a great way to spend a couple hours a couple days of the week! Or even if you are not retired, if you have a couple hours on the weekends, what a blessing you will receive cuddling these babies. You may just change the life of a child for the better.

So, no excuses. Go ahead and get out there and spread some real love in this world!

© Faith Reaper, February 14, 2016

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      Jackie Lynnley 13 months ago from The Beautiful South

      So beautiful Theresa! This is what Valentines Day really should be about. There is no turning our backs on children; or there shouldn't be. You are such a lucky grandma! I know the closeness you must feel for those little girls having them the first couple years of their life. It must have been so hard for you when they left. Now you have the two little boys too; what a joy I can only imagine.

      Will share this everywhere and come back to read again.

      Bracing for a snowstorm now, hoping it won't be too bad!

      God bless you and hugs for you and all your babies!

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      TSAD 13 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      What a nice come-back hub. You certainly have an abundance of love to share with those cute grandchildren. Lucky little guys. The family must have learned this wonderful trait from somewhere. I have my guess.

      Glad to see you publish and share with us.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Thank you. Yes, I am blessed to have all four of my precious grandchildren in my life. They do remind me of what real love is all about. Whoever came up with the "Grand" in grandchildren knew what he or she was doing no doubt! Plus, what's even better, they think we are "Grand" too.

      I truly believe if the whole world could just start by loving each and every child born into this life, the world would no doubt be a better place.

      I appreciate the share as always.

      Take care in that snowstorm! Stay warm. Sending lots of Hugs and love your way, sweet friend

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hello tsadjatko,

      Thank you for stopping by to read and I appreciate all the thumbs up too.

      Peace and love to you

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hello Dear Mike,

      Thank you for not forgetting about me here! You are always so kind.

      Yes, I thought I'd come back with this really easy one to write on what's near and dear to my heart this Valentine's Day.

      As you know, I have a lot of creative writings in the works that I will publish soon. So, we'll see how that is received.

      Hugs and much love to you this Valentine's Day and always

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Theresa, this hub was a joy to read. You have such beautiful grandchildren and joy and love shows on their faces. Thank you for sharing this very important message. I do feel "real love' can conquer all evil and make the world a better place. Blessings.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi John, Oh, I am thrilled you found this hub a joy to read! I'm glad you have not forgotten about me in my absence of publishing regularly. I thought this hub a good one to ease back on HP to start publishing again more regularly. I have two creative writing projects in the works at the moment and looking forward to how well they will be received once I begin publishing the stories. Back to this hub, I know you understand all too well about those precious grandchildren as you are blessed in that area too! I feel that same way in that "real love" can conquer evil. I truly do believe this is a most important message, especially here and now. Love is the answer ...real love. Blessings always

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      Shannon 13 months ago from Texas

      This hub is so beautiful. It just melts my heart. I feel sometimes I'm a bit naive in my belief that love has potential to conquer all or at least help with not only forgiveness, but reconciliation as well. There is proof of it, though, in all the stories and in the points you make within this hub. I don't know. . .it's like the world says I'm foolish for it. But I still believe. And I adore your beautiful spirit.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Aw, now, dear Shan, your sweet comment just melts my heart too. Thank you for the lovely comment. Oh, yes, indeed, I have no doubt just how powerful real love is in this life. Love is the answer, as I always seem to say. You are always most generous in your commenting and I adore you for it, special lady. Hugs and much love to you and your precious babies

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      Frank Atanacio 13 months ago from Shelton

      My goodness what beautiful children.. and I love reading hubs like this makes me feel so good inside and I'm so glad it was you who published it.. God bless you and your family.. dear.... dear.... virtual Faith

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, my dear and most faithful virtual late night/early morn friend, Frank, who makes me feel so good inside too with your sweet and thoughtful comments here. I know I am long overdue in publishing anything “feel good” …well, anything really at all! Thank you for not forgetting about me. I have been working hard on two creative writing projects which I hope to begin publishing soon. I hope they are received well, as they are a bit different from my norm like this hub. I know I really enjoyed stretching my writing abilities when I participated in your challenge, especially writing in a genre that is not usually my norm. I was so thrilled when it was well received, and so I was encouraged to maybe write more in creative writing of fiction. I learn a lot from reading your writing in that dark genre. You are the master at that for sure, hands down!

      Sending warm hugs your way from southern USA

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      Chitrangada Sharan 13 months ago from New Delhi, India

      What a beautiful hub and so much filled with love and cute pictures!

      Valentine's Day really is all about love and love can be in so many different forms. But nothing can compare the love of angel like children, so much pious, pure and innocent.

      You are such a fortunate Grandmother with such cute Grandchildren. May God shower all his blessings and love upon them.

      I agree that real love can conquer all evils and make the World a better place full of affection and compassion for each other.

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful hub!

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      Ann Carr 13 months ago from SW England

      Lovely hub, Theresa! Great to see your writing again too. That first photo of Lily is wonderful; you can see the delight in her eyes and she's so pretty!

      You're absolutely right; love and cuddles makes such a difference in so many situations. Shame it doesn't happen everywhere; the world certainly would be a better place.

      Lots of hugs,

      Ann :)

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      Devika Primić 13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome! You have put together a beautiful hub and I like the photo of the lovely girl so full of smiles.

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      FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

      Beautiful grandchild and a tender, loving message. Cuddling infants ... what a lovely way to change the world!

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ok, I admit it. This one had me in tears. It just oozes with love. The power of love is so amazing. Thank you for sharing your marvelous family with us.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear ChitrangadaSharan,

      Thank you so much for reading and leaving such generous comments that also add much to the message of this hub. You are so kind. Yes, I truly believe real love shown to children since birth and onward can truly change the world for the better. All these little precious ones so deserve our love, as they love us back so freely. We can learn so much from them and that little girl in the video!

      Thank you for your blessings. I know how blessed I am to have all of these little darlings in my life.

      May God bless you and all the children of this world through our love for one another. Let’s love unabashedly.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Ann! I am so happy to see you here and know that I have not been forgotten. This hub was so easy to write that I just had to go ahead and publish it, especially being I have been having such an overpowering sense of ...well, I don't know exactly what, but just have this dream that every child knows of love in this life from birth. Well, actually from conception and that all mothers take due care in what they put into their bodies when pregnant.

      Although I have not been publishing here, I have been working on two creative writing projects which are a bit out of my norm that I hope to start publishing here soon. I hope they are well received.

      Lily's hair has grown out from back when Scarlett chopped it all off as shown in my container gardening hub LOL ...At least we know it will grow back. I know how you feel about not placing photos of our children and grandchildren online and in hubs, but I couldn't resist and I am extra careful to not give away where exactly I live.

      I am enjoying the day off. It is a holiday over here, Presidents Day.

      I am sending lots of hugs and much love to you across the pond,

      Theresa

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi DDE!

      So lovely to see you popping by to read and leave such kind comments. I am thrilled you find this hub beautiful and, hopefully, the message I am trying to convey here.

      I hope all is well with you. Peace and much love to you always

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      Ann Carr 13 months ago from SW England

      You're certainly not forgotten Theresa! In fact, I keep thinking that I must email you - sorry for the delay, things are hectic but that's no excuse.

      Ann

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Flourish!

      Yes, who would have thought that a simple and beautiful act such as cuddling infants may change the world! Those who are the cuddlers also receive many health benefits too. In fact, a loving touch no matter how old one is, has powerful healing benefits. Real love is the most powerful thing in this life ...I truly believe it with all of my heart.

      Thank you for not forgetting about me, dear lady. I am enjoying Presidents Day off this day.

      Hugs and much love coming your way

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Aw, dear Eric, you are such a tender-hearted and loving man, which is evident in all of your wonderful writings and the special messages you convey.

      The video of the little girl always gets the tears flowing for me.

      The power of real love is most amazing indeed! Well, you already know that no doubt.

      Thank you for blessing me with your lovely visit here this day.

      May God continue to bless you and your precious family

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you for saying that, Ann! You're the best. I completely understand about this hectic life we live, for that is why I have been remiss in publishing here myself. I have much to catch up on here in reading all of the wonderful publishings I have missed. No need for apologies, dear heart.

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      Missy Smith 13 months ago from Florida

      This is a very sweet hub. The importance of loving children needs to be discussed more, so this hub does that very well. I hope I give my children all the love they need. I don't come in contact with many other children; I don't get out much, but I would hope I would know how to show affection to all children. I too, think about all the children that are treated so badly and are left alone. It's heartbreaking!

      I love anything John Lennon sings. He was and still is in death, the most inspirational person ever. My favorite song of all time is "Imagine." I think I actually wrote a hub about some of my best-loved songs, and that was #1 on my list.

      Great hub as always, Faith! Stay Blessed!! :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Theresa, this is one of the most beautiful hubs concerning love and family. Your grandchildren are precious. I could see the love for Charlie in their eye's, your son especially. I too am torn about the children around the world who have never felt a loving touch, no wonder we have evil people who hurt children. John Lennon's song, Imagine will always be one of my favorite songs. When I listen to his song, I always wonder what more he would've brought to the world. I like to think he's writing beautiful songs in heaven. You are blessed my friend. Thank you for sharing a part of you...

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      Linda Crampton 13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely hub containing beautiful and adorable photos. Congratulations on the birth of your new grandchild, Theresa. Your hub is ideal for Valentine's Day. It's a wonderful article for spreading the message of love.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Missy,

      Oh, I have no doubt your precious children are loved beyond measure just in seeing your photos of them being so healthy and smiling those big smiles.

      I can't help but think of all the little children who are not loved nor even held lovingly, when that just does not have to be the case. If every child knew of love and was truly loved in this life, the world would be so much different ...I just know it.

      Every child deserves to be loved. I know I am being naïve about this topic but if we all did our best to show love to a child in this world, life would be so much better on this earth.

      Thank you for taking time to stop by and read and leave comments which add much to the topic of this hub.

      Hugs and much love to you and your precious darlings always

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      Frank Atanacio 13 months ago from Shelton

      oh you...:) much love from the Nutmeg State :)

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Ruby,

      Thank you for leaving such lovely comments. The one of my son is from when his first daughter, Scarlett, was born and she had to stay a few days in the NICU because her heart rate dropped during delivery. She is the daughter with the dark hair gushing at whatever her daddy is telling her in one photo above. She is about to turn eight years old in March! I can't believe it. She is the one I wrote about a couple of years ago when the she had an injury to her arm and the doctors said she may not regain full use of her arm, well that turned out not to be the case. Praise God!

      My son is such a good daddy to all of his children, especially for being such a young daddy starting out at 19 and making me a grandmother in my 40s LOL ...which I would not trade for anything. I can't imagine this life without them in my life. Each one is so precious and has their own unique character. I am blessed to know of such "Grand" love in this life, and I am glad they know of real love too.

      However, my heart is forever burdened for all those precious children out in this world who do not know of such unconditional love. I think we all can do our part each day to show a child somewhere in this world a little love. A little love goes a long way, so imagine what a lot of real love can do!

      John's songs always get to me too.

      Peace and blessings to you this day and always

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Linda,

      Thank you for such kind comments. Yes, I thought this topic is perfect for Valentine's Day and I could easily write it and publish right away.

      I do have much in the in the area of creative writing projects that I hope to begin to publish here and see how well they are received.

      However, I wanted to publish something along my usual genre to get back into the groove so to speak here on HP.

      That is exactly what I intended in publishing this hub ...spreading the message of love.

      Hugs and much love to you this day and always, sweet woman

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, you, my extra special virtual friend from the Nutmeg State, Frank ...I just love me some nutmeg and you too : )

      Please stay warm up there when that snowstorm hits ...find someone to snuggle and reap the benefits!

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      Jay C OBrien 13 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      From article,

      "Then, my thoughts turn to all the children in the world who do not know of such love and don't even know of a loving touch from another human being. The thought of a child being harmed or neglected in this world has always affected me profoundly and I literally cannot stand the thought of it. However, it is an ugly reality in this world."

      This reminds me of my childhood. My mother would leave us alone because she had to work. My father was in a mental hospital. My stepfather suffered from PTSD. My brother became mentally ill like his father. My grandmother (living 2 miles away) was not interested in her grandchildren.

      In the end we must reconcile all this. Jesus prayed on the cross, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."

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      Jay C OBrien 13 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      From article,

      "Then, my thoughts turn to all the children in the world who do not know of such love and don't even know of a loving touch from another human being. The thought of a child being harmed or neglected in this world has always affected me profoundly and I literally cannot stand the thought of it. However, it is an ugly reality in this world."

      This reminds me of my childhood. My mother would leave us alone because she had to work. My father was in a mental hospital. My stepfather suffered from PTSD. My brother became mentally ill like his father. My grandmother (living 2 miles away) was not interested in her grandchildren.

      In the end we must reconcile all this. Jesus prayed on the cross, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 13 months ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations, Faith. What a beautiful message of love toward and among the children! It is so easy, and also so empowering to show love to a child.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      So true, Jay C! We must reconcile all this. If only the world could love like Jesus ...

      My dad suffered from PTSD too from the wars, but back in the day they did not know what it was or at least they did not tell us what it was, and my dad coped by drinking, which made matters worse. When I finally was able to understand he had a sickness and did not get help, I had compassion for him as I understood he was suffering and I forgave him. I was blessed to have a strong and loving mother growing up. We must forgive those in order to move on with who it is God would have us to be in this life and most times it is through those very trials that we are able to help others and bless others lives.

      I have seen this numerous times from those who suffered unimaginable things at the hands of others, yet are able to forgive and help others who are still struggling.

      Thank you for your comment.

      God bless you

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi MsDora,

      Thank you! Yes, it is so easy to love precious little children, but sadly there are too many out there who are not being loved as they should be in this life.

      God bless you

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      Maria Jordan 13 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Theresa,

      This is a treat indeed...you haven't missed a beat in the inspirational and heartwarming categories.

      The pictures of your grands are grand.

      Love this and you too, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Dear Maria,

      Thank you, sweet friend. Yes, I wanted to ease back into publishing with my usual genre, but I am ready to change up with a couple of new creative writing projects I have been working on. I do hope those will be received just as well as my norm.

      Grands are certainly grand! And what's even better, they think we are just as grand.

      Love you so much too,

      Theresa

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      Lori Colbo 13 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Heartwarming, thought provoking. Your grands are so beautiful.

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      Marlene Bertrand 13 months ago from Northern California, USA

      This is such a loving story. I was thinking one day that it would be the best job in the world to be a hospital baby cuddler. My children are grown and my youngest grandchild is a teenager now. I miss holding babies in my arms. I believe holding and touching are the best medicines for life.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Lori,

      So happy you stopped by to read. I appreciate the kind comments. That is what I was attempting to do ...provoke thought.

      Oh, the grands are so grand and precious no doubt!

      God bless you

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Marlene!

      Oh, you would be the best ever cuddler of the precious little ones! I do hope you are able to do it just a couple hours a weekend or even in a month for those sweethearts will be healthier and happier for it, and you will receive the best blessing ever.

      It is the best medicine or life!

      Hugs

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      Shyron E Shenko 13 months ago

      Theresa, this is beautiful, and love is beautiful, and your babies are beautiful and that is love, pure love.

      Blessings and hugs my beautiful friend

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Lovely, Shyron,

      Love is beautiful indeed! Thank you for stopping by to read and leaving such lovely comments. They are all so precious and deserve all the love in this world.

      Hugs and much love to you, dear heart

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      So sorry I'm late to the show, and what a show it is. I never got notification of this....HP strikes again!

      Of course I love this..."volunteer cuddler"....what a great concept. Love is os easy to give...such a precious gift....which leaves us to wonder why there isn't more of it in this world? Well, my friend, you are doing your part, as am I. We'll start there and keep working at it.

      blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Thanks for high-tailing it over here, Bill. Yes, so true ...love is easy to give but maybe so many do not love themselves enough to love freely towards others. You know that breaks God's heart for He loves us so and sees what we do not see in ourselves. That is why I believe if every child were shown true love from birth, then the world would be filled with so much more love. Yes, go cuddle a baby and make the world a much sweeter place! Blessings abd peace always

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      Jay C OBrien 13 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Today I shared this article with Houston Methodist Hospital Volunteer Services. Perhaps they will begin or expand a program of this sort. Volunteer Services told me that programs like this already exist at some hospitals such as Texas Woman's Hospital. I will let you know if anything comes from this.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Aw, Dear Jay C, that is the sweetest thing ever to do! You are a sweetheart for sharing this with the hospital. Yes, a lot of hospitals do have this volunteer opportunity, but not many know of this wonderful ministry to cuddle infants.

      Yes, please let me know and thank you again for being so kind, precious heart.

      Hugs and much love always to you

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      Genna East 13 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Congratulations on your new grandson, Charlie! I also greeted a new grandbaby boy, Graham, on January 15th. Your hub brought tears of hope to me. When I think of the unloved and/or abused children in this world, it breaks my heart. "Children need to know you love them." No truer words spoken, my friend. Thank you for this beautiful and inspiring article. This should be read by everyone, and often. :-)

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you, Dear Genna! And congrats to you too on your precious Graham. The Grands are certainly grand and such an indescribable joy. I'm so happy you know of that special joy too. I'm happy you found this an inspiring and beautiful article. I appreciate your kind words and I feel the same way about any child who is unloved or unwanted ...it just should not be. Hugs

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      Shannon 13 months ago from Texas

      I keep wanting to revisit this hub so here I am. Your grandkids are so beautiful. I knew right away how much you loved them when you announced the birth of the newest addition the day he was born. Just precious. That picture of his sister holding him makes me smile. My oldest two were too close in age for that, just 20 months apart. He was so jealous of her that he would hit her in the crib. It took major adjusting. Now they still fight like cats and dogs, but they will also defend one another from outside attacks against them.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Aw, Dear Shan, that is so sweet. You can visit as many times as you like. I remember my daughter being so jealous when my son was born. She was the first granddaughter on both sides of the family and our first born, so she was used to being the center of attention. But, as you state, no one from outside better mess with either one. So far, all the grands are not showing any signs of jealousy and love to help "tend" to Charlie. However, they do tend to get jealous if I'm paying too much attention to one and not the other, especially when they are up at my home. I try my best to make sure each one knows how much I love them and their uniqueness. Have a peaceful night, and be sure to give extra hugs to your darlings from me.

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      Shannon 13 months ago from Texas

      My kids still get irritated if they feel I am giving too much time to one more than the others. It's hard sometimes to keep up with their needs. When I began digging deeper into the love languages I recognized immediately more of what my two oldest need from me and that has helped, but the youngest is a bit of a mystery sometimes. He's not always as vocal as the other two. I think I may have figured him out some, though. One thing I do know, like you point out with this hub, real love does wonders. People respond to love with even more love. It's natural to feel it for those who give it to you and to want to give it in return.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, that would make a great topic for a hub about the different love languages, Shan, if there are not too many hubs written on it already. Scarlett, my oldest granddaughter with the dark hair, who is eight years old now (wish I had included a recent photo of her here), back when she was two years old and my only grandchild at the time, was in a Sunday school class at my church and I filled in as the teacher one Sunday for her class ...oh, my, she was so jealous of me talking to any other child! One sweet little blond girl was telling me something and Scarlett came up behind her and grab her shoulder and turned her around and looked at her with one eyebrow raised (which meant she meant business), then told the little girl, "That's MY Nanny!" I was mortified and told them I couldn't be in Scarlett's class any more LOL ...Back to your comment about this hub's topic, for sure, real love is supernatural in all it can do when it is given ...and it is natural in that instance youvstated but where the magic (so-to-speak) happens when it is shown to those who are hard to love.

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      Shannon 13 months ago from Texas

      Oh my. . . those that are hard to love. I know about those folks, too. LOL I'm probably one of those people every now and then. And by the way, I did do a hub on that topic, if you're interested. I won't post the link here because I"ve been told posting links in comments is not a good idea. I could care less about scores and such on mine, but I don't know about others. Just thought I'd let you know it's there if you want to read it. I have no idea how many other hubs are on the topic, though. There are so many different angles one can take when talking about that topic or its subtopics, so who knows.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, wow, I will seek it out! Thank you for letting me know. Oh, Shan, you are by no means hard to love ...you may just be too hard on yourself at times. Yes, there are a lot of angles on the love languages depending on relationships one is speaking of at the time. I'm off to find your hub.

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      William Kovacic 13 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Truly much to ponder here. Thanks for shining the spotlight on the world's great need - love. Of course that kind of love can only start and end with Jesus Christ Thank you for this post my friend!.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill! So nice to see you here. Yes, there is truly a great need for love in this world no doubt, and you're certainly right about Jesus' love is the love that can and does heal a hurting world. If we all loved like Christ loves ...just imagine how different the world would be! That divine love combined with the power of the Holy Spirit covers a multitude of sins. Thank you for your wonderful comment. God bless you

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      Martie Coetser 13 months ago from South Africa

      Dear Faith, the power of love has now boundaries. Talk to inmates - none of them have had enough love, if any at all.

      The world will be a better place if all humans are properly loved from the day they are born.

      You family look awesome and happy. Congratulations with the new member!

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Dear Martie, my lovely South African friend, It is always so nice when you are able to stop by and visit. I'm so happy you mentioned inmates for I saw the love of God change and heal lives in a women's prison ministry in which I served. We had a lovely boutique so-to-speak where women who were being released from prison who had nothing but the clothes on their backs would come. We did not ask nor cared why they were in prison. We never judged them but just loved on them. They chose like-new outfits, shoes and we bought new under cloths and bras and made up beautiful hygiene baskets and even had lovely jewelry. We prayed with them and gave them a promise bible. The clothes were displayed and hung on clothing racks and we had everything so lovely for them and even shopping bags. The recidivism rate was that after coming to the ministry they never returned to prison. They cried and always asked was all of that just for them. They experienced the love of God. I did write a hub on all of that back a good while ago. Real love is the answer. I know you are blessed with precious grands too. Peace and love always

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, Martie,

      I went back to locate that hub I mentioned and saw that I had written it about three years ago when I first joint HP. I did not see where you had ever read it before, so if you have a moment at some point or care to read it, I placed it on my highlight wheel of hubs so that it would be easier to find.

      Being you mentioned inmates I thought you may find it interesting.

      Peace and blessings

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      Shannon 13 months ago from Texas

      Thought you might want to know that I was thinking a bit more on some comments you made on my love languages hub and left you another comment there. I hope you don't mind that I have commented so many times here. I perhaps should have left this comment on the hub you pointed out to Martie. I intend to read it too, it sounds so interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Shan,

      Of course I don’t mind how many times you comment. I just saw an email pop in that you made a comment on your hub and was going that way to check it out and then saw this one too.

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      stella vadakin 13 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Beautiful grandchildren, person and hub. I must agree with what you have said about the kids. I think we would not have all these problems. Some people just do not know how to love, but in spite of that we all should know right from wrong. Funny, I should read this today, we took a child to church this morning that the dad threw her against the wall the weekend before. Sad, but true. Great hub, God Bless.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Stella,

      I am so happy you stopped by this day to read. I appreciate your kind comments about my grands.

      Oh, me, that is so terrible to hear about that child being harmed, but you know, maybe the father was treated in the same manner and did not know of love from anyone growing up. However, sometimes evil just takes over the minds and hearts of men.

      I will keep that precious child in my prayers for God’s love to heal. I know with you around, you will show love freely to the child.

      God bless you, dear heart

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      Patricia Scott 13 months ago from sunny Florida

      Your grandbabies are so very precious.

      And your 'ponderings' about love are spot on.

      Love has the capacity to enable us to live our lives in a way that takes our lives in a direction we could never imagine.

      So glad I came across this at the wee hour of the morning.

      Hugs and love and many blessings to you and your sweet family, Faith.

      Angels are once again on the way ps

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear PS, Thank you and you know I will agree about the grands being so precious! I am blessed beyond measure as you are no doubt. I'm happy you came across this hub too and left an insightful comment about love. That's the real deal truth there ...you know it. I hope you can feel all of the real love I am sending your way and to your precious family, with the help of angels.

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      Deb Hirt 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Theresa, what an excellent way to help a child, or anyone else for that matter, who is all alone. Nursing homes are good places, too, and there really is such a thing as "spreading the love."

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Deb, So nice to see you stopping by this day. Yes, there really is and it is so simple to spread love in this world. I truly believe in my heart that if every child born was shown real love, the world would be such a different place. It seems to be generational because if one who was not shown love as a child, it would be hard for that person to show love to others, but not impossible through healing. You are so right about all the lonely people in his world. I had written a hub about all the lonely people kn this world. A smile can go a long way in acknowleding another person or even a listening ear. Then there are all the little creatures of this world like all the birds you show love by bringing awareness to all so that they are not harmed. Blessings

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      Jay C OBrien 12 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Today Volunteer Services of Houston Methodist Hospital told me they would forward your article/suggestion up the chain of command. I will report the result, if any.

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      Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, that is so wonderful, Jay C! I appreciate you being proactive in this so much. Thank you for letting me know. If there are some hospitals out there who do not have this volunteer ministry implemented yet, they can check with those hospitals that do. It is a huge blessing all around that not only impacts a new life but also blesses those who volunteer in knowing they are taking part in something that actually changes lives and the world! Bless you

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      Audrey Howitt 12 months ago from California

      This was wonderful Theresa! It has been a teaching day for me, so this is my first read of the day--what a great way to start!

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      Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Audrey, I'm glad you enjoyed this read after a day of teaching. Thank you for choosing this hub to read first! I hope you enjoy a peaceful night.

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      Nellieanna Hay 12 months ago from TEXAS

      A beautiful hub. I definitely think that teaching-by-showing ALL children real love would transform this old Earth, ideal as that might sound to have happen. But the thing is, even if they ALL don't know it from the beginning, it has a positive effect wherever it shines. Good can overcome.

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      Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

      Good Morning, Dear Nellieanna,

      I am off to the City for my hour commute to work this morning. Thank you for your lovely comment. I will return to make a proper response to your comments.

      Have a peaceful day, dear one

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      Nellieanna Hay 12 months ago from TEXAS

      Hugs.

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      Shauna L Bowling 12 months ago from Central Florida

      Faith, this is an awesome hub! John Lennon's song means so much more to me now that I've read his sister's book. My heart bleeds for him, Julia, and Jackie. All they wanted was to be allowed to love and be loved by their mother. For some reason they were denied that by their aunts. So sad. Have you read the book?

      Your granddaughter, Lily reminds me of me at that age, minus the red hair. Her dimple in the chin, curly hair and freckles were me. And she loves life! Yes, that comes from being loved and knowing she's loved.

      Hugs, cuddles, little strokes on the cheeks, singing to a child while s/he rests his/her head on your chest and hears your heart beating (swollen with love and pride) builds strength, trust and faith in children. As old as I am now, I can still hear the little murmurs in my mother's throat when I laid my head on her chest as she embraced me in song.

      Yes, love can and does build strong souls. There's nothing like a hug or a simple touch. My son is 23 and I still hug and kiss him - often for no apparent reason other than I need the connection and so does he.

      Wonderful, wonderful article my sweet friend. Sharing this very important message.

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      Rebecca Mealey 12 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Ah, love sweet love! Thanks for a beautiful read and sweet photos.

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      Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

      Beautifully stated, lovely Nellianna!

      I know I have such high ideals in my thinking at times, but I truly believe love is the answer.

      It does have a positive effect wherever it shines. Even your comments have a poetic flare to them.

      (((Hugs)))

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      Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you, Sha!

      So great to see you stopping by to read. You have been missed. I have a confession. When I first published this hub I linked your wonderful book review hub at the top of my hub near the John Lennon video and wrote something along the lines of, "Please check out Sha's great book review." I kept it linked about a week or so but when you didn't read, I thought maybe you were upset that I linked it without asking you, so I removed it until I heard from you. I know you have a new job and are not able to be on HP as much.

      I haven't read that book yet but I plan to soon. It sounds wonderful from reading your great review of it.

      Aw, I bet you were so adorable too as a child. Oh, yes, I give all my grands all the love in my heart and they love me unconditionally. It is a special bond. I still give my son hugs and he is 27 now, and the one who blessed me with four grandchildren at an early age.

      Thank you for leaving such enthusiastic comments, dear friend. I appreciate the share to get the word out to love, hug, cuddle and speak loving words to all, especially all the little girls and boys!

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      Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Rebecca,

      And thank you for stopping by to rad and leaving mind comments.

      Blessings

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      Shannon 12 months ago from Texas

      Theresa, I find myself drawn back here when the notifications come in for new comments. This time, I passed the picture of your son and your comment about how his voice calmed his daughter. It brings back memories of when my youngest was born. I had a C-section so he was whisked away from me soon after birth while they finished up with me. His breathing was too rapid and there was talk of sending him to a children's hospital away from me - and I hadn't even got to hold him yet. I tried to remain calm and to not let it upset me much. Not an easy task with all of the hormones making me so emotional. I just kept telling myself it was okay. But my husband was not there. He had a chance to hold him, but had to go immediately back to work and I was left alone. No friends or family close by to visit or to offer comfort. And no one to tell me what was going on with my child or how he was doing. The day was turning into evening. All of the effects of the spinal and other medications were gone and I was really becoming angry by that point. I finally told one nurse that I was going to see my son, as I started to try to get out of bed. She said that since I'd just had some pain meds, she'd put me in a wheel chair and let me go down. As if I needed any permission to do so by that point. I knew I was going with or without assistance. They wheeled me in and let me sit beside him, but I couldn't hold him still. I wasn't allowed to. He was in one of those cubes like premature babies are often seen in and all I could do was reach in and touch him, talk to him. I stayed for several minutes. It was withing the next or or two that they finally brought him to my room to be with me. My voice and touch calmed him! He just needed his mama. And the nurses marveled at it, wondering why they hadn't done that sooner.

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      Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, my goodness. Dear Shan ...I couldn't even image going through that ordeal! Yes, a baby needs his mama and a mama needs and wants her baby! I can't believe they did not realize that.

      When I was in the hospital after giving birth to my daughter, I heard a baby crying down the hall and heard them rolling the cart and I just knew without a doubt it was my daughter. But the nurse turned the corner and I yelled out, "Is that my Amy?" And the nurse replied, no, and I remember being bewildered. Then a few seconds later the nurse came back to my room and said, I was right, she was Amy. Whew, I thought, I know!

      In my latest hub there is a video following the twins hugging each other after birth that shows to twin girls born premature and one started not doing well. Her heart rate went real high and breathing was not right. They decided to place her twin in the cube with her and the twin hugged her and her heart rate and breathing returned to normal! It went around the world. They realized then the power of the human touch.

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      Shauna L Bowling 12 months ago from Central Florida

      Faith, I would never get mad at you, especially for so thoughtfully linking to one of my hubs. The simple fact of the matter is I'm behind in my HP reading by about a month. I'm finding it very difficult to catch up, but I'm trying. Maybe one of these days I'll even post something new! :-)

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      Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

      I knew you wouldn't get mad for me linking your wonderful book review, but being I didn't ask, I thought I better make sure before doing it.

      I have now linked it back in! I hope many do read your great review and then read the book.

      I understand about being behind on HP and trying to catch up, as I was there for the longest time. I hadn't posted a thing in such a long time, I thought I better do something before I am forgotten!

      Thank you, again, for leaving such wonderful comments.

      I hope you are having a peaceful day. I have a half day off and the weather here is amazing today.

      Hugs

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      Siddharth Kapoor 9 months ago

      What a wonderful article, Faith. Good to see you!!

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      Faith Reaper 9 months ago from southern USA

      Hello Siddharth Kapoor,

      So nice to meet you. Thank you for reading and I am so glad you found this to be a wonderful article.

      Blessings

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      Eric Dierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh my, I kept this hub on "follow" so I came back to read the comments. Wonderful! Sometimes we can get a good look at someone's character by looking at their friends and how they are treated. Let there be no doubt the love you receive is a reflection of the love you give.

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      Faith Reaper 9 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Eric,

      Oh, you are so kind to return here and leave such a lovely comment.

      Love is contagious for sure! I feel your love just reading your comment.

      I hope you've had a wonderful Father's Day.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Rolly A Chabot 7 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Theresa...

      Powerful, moving and written from the heart... an amazing piece fo writing my friend...

      Blessings from Canada

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      Faith Reaper 7 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Rolly,

      I always receive a blessing whenever you are able to drop in to say hello and read! Thank you for leaving most generous comments.

      I pray you and yours are well up there in Canada.

      Hugs and blessings

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