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S: Happy Birthday Mom 2011

FC: Happy Birthday! A Tribute to You! With Much Love Your Family

1: This lil book is a collection from your friends and family. It is by no way all inclusive but we trust it is a snap shot for you of the many, many lives you touch, both past, present and future. We know on that day when you stand before the Saviour he will have many words and stories for you, along with "Well done, good and faithful servant." Until then, we pray this will be an encouragement to your heart! All our Love

3: Rita, I first saw you walking home from Bowie High in 1968 and I knew I had to get to know you. Now, 43 years later, when I reflect back on our life together it overwhelms me. I think of all that we have gone through together, raising five beautiful children, many extraordinary challenges, cancer, losing loved ones, many happy times and many sad times, and yet here we are more in love now then we were when our journey first began. I wonder how this could be..how can two people go through what we have and still feel this way about one another? Then I remember about 30 years ago when you first began serving the Lord. How you changed and began a new life as a Godly woman. How you loved me with the love of Christ and led me to Him. How faithful you have been to Him and me. How patient, understanding and forgiving you have been to me because of Him. When I think of these things I realize that my question was answered by Jesus when He said "All things are possible to the one who believes." So I am eternally thankful for your Godly example and I give all the glory to God for our longevity and our shared love. Rita, I am so proud to say that you are the wife described in these words from Proverbs 31...Who can find a wife with a strong character? She is worth far more than jewels. Her husband trusts her with all his heart, and he does not lack anything good. She helps him and never harms him all the days of her life. Rita, I could not love you more and I never will stop loving you. Happy Birthday My Love!

4: Rita, You have always been the sweetest and kindest person I have know... she would do anything for you.. I remember how she always took care of Sherri and Rick when they were just so young.. Always stay the way you are and may God continue to bless you in many ways! Stay as you are.. always sweet.... Your friend always.. Sally Fester. | Dear Rita, I remember the days at Waldorf Christian Academy with such fondness. It was such a good time of spiritual growth for me and it was such a blessing to work with you. You were always a pleasure to be around. Your love for the Lord was so evident. Your love and concern for the students was also evident. We worked so hard in those days to help the kids academically and spiritually. You were a good role model for them and for me, too. It was also a great time of fun. You were such a happy person to be around and we had lots of laughs. Remember how we would always say, "Have a nice day." And then we would laugh. I am not sure now why we did that. But it was fun! I am smiling now just thinking about it. You were very energetic. You had way more energy than I did. When we moved our class upstairs, the desks were so tall that we couldn't see over them. We decided that they needed to be cut down. If we had had a saw in our classroom, I think you would have cut them down right then and there. Most of all, I remember what a tender heart you had. It didn't take much to bring tears to your eyes. You are probably tearing up right now. You were then and still are one of the sweetest people I know. So many years have gone by since that time, but I think of you often. We had some good memories then and I feel so blessed for having you in my life. I hope and pray that you have a wonderful and very Happy Birthday. God Bless you and your family. Love, Joan Snyder

5: Dear Rita, Nancy and I want to wish you a very happy birthday and we pray that this year will be filled with many blessings from the Lord. We love and appreciate you so much. The times that we have spent with you and Richard, have always been spiritually uplifting and refreshing. You are a true sister in Christ and we are blessed to have you as a friend. You have always been a wonderful example of the Lord's compassion for others. I remember that you were one of Sister Baschelor's "Angels" as you were so faithful to help her in so many ways. Your kindheartedness and genuine concern for others are just couple of your many Christian attributes that you exemplify for all. We are currently "Snow Birding" in Florida near our daughters, but hope to get together with you and Richard when we return in the spring. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May your birthday be a very joyous and memorable occasion. With His love and ours, Don & Nancy Syvertsen | My earliest memory of Mrs. Davis is when she was the mother of three with Luke in K-4. I also remember her as our PE instructor at Waldorf Christian Academy. I recall learning aerobics with her and how to check my pulse after working out. Yep. I was still alive, but not by much. How did she make aerobics look so easy? I remember in my senior year that she was expecting a fourth child and still teaching us PE. I think there is a picture of her in our yearbook while she was expecting. Don't worry. I won't dig it up. Next thing I remember is how she is enjoying lil babies all over again. I remember Mrs. Davis as a happy mom, whether they were teenagers or toddlers. She made motherhood look easy. I know she continued to have more as I went off to college. Probably why I don't remember the other boy's names. Rita, I remember you as always having a smile on your face. To me that means you always see things for the good. The glass wasn't half empty, but half full. After I became a mother of three, I am blessed to have had the opportunity to revisit you and most of your family back in 2003. It was such a treasured moment to catch up with the Davis family and introduce them to my young family. In our last visit, I remember how you cherish the moments. I saw something in your house that stayed with me and I have since done it in my home. I hang pictures of my children at a younger age with a more updated picture of them beneath. I really like that. Treasuring the moments....remembering the memories. I am thankful to God for allowing our paths to cross and cross again. I hope it will happen again sometime soon. "I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers." Philemon 1:4 Be blessed and may this year be your best year ever! Happy Birthday! Kelly (Syvertsen) Mardavich & family | From days that were really not that long ago, I had a friend, Mrs. Davis. Yes, she is the mother of a friend of mine, Sherri, but she was my friend too. Mrs. Davis always smiled no matter how ridiculous a teen-agers comment was. I was full of sarcasm and knew it all back then, but Mrs. Davis did not mind. She opened her front door when we stopped by unannounced since we could now drive. The friendliness of the Davis household showed the love of Jesus to all. Yes, I do remember seeing her when wrongs occurred and her discipline had to come forth, but it was always with love attached. I know that years have gone by, and I've not seen the Davis family in quite some time. Our paths have not crossed, but memories live on. Fond memories of teenage years are not common for some, yet I was blessed at that time in my life to know the Davises through church and school. I hope that I mirror the love of God the way you do. Thanks Mrs. Davis for all the love over the years. Happy Birthday! Love, Kathy Syvertsen Hockenberry

6: I Love You so much! Happy Birthday! Love Sadie

8: Hi Rita, I don't know if you'll remember me from the Waldorf Church of God but I most certainly remember you, your handsome husband and adorable children. I now attend Terri's bible study each week (we live in the same neighbor hood). We are only a few houses past where Terry and Barry live. I just want you to know that you are on my mind and in my prayers. We have prayed for you many times at our bible study and we all admire your courage and determination. It's hard to understand why we go through the things we do but it's all going to be answered someday when we get to Heaven. I wish you a wonderful birthday with your family! and nothing but the best with this battle you are fighting with cancer. We know the real source of comfort in our most difficult times can only come from above. love and prayers, Hazel Mills and Bill too | Dear Rita, I have so many fond memories of you (and your family) that it's going to be hard for me not to ramble! When I first came (actually I was dragged) to the Waldorf Church of God I was leary of strangers, especially Pentecostal ones. You put my mind at ease immediately and encouraged me to leave my little pumpkin in the nursery. As I got to know you, I was always amazed at the size family you had and how effortless you made it seem. Not long after I got saved I was baptized in you and Richard's pool (I hope there aren't still pictures floating around of that!) That was a huge day in my life and you were a part of it. You are kinder, more generous and more compassionate than any human being I have ever had the priviledge of knowing. You set the standard of a mother, friend, and more importantly, Christian woman. I will never forget your loving kindness and the time we spent together as friends. I can't help but think about our prayer group (I think I ate more than I prayed). It was a huge blessing to me during a sad time in my life. I can't thank you enough for being my friend even though there wasn't much there to be friends with! I know that in addition to a big, loving family you have many, many friends. My wish for you is that the bad days are few and very far between and hope that when one does pop up, the love and prayers of all of us who love you and whose lives you have touched lifts you up! Love always, Kathy (Keech) Vaughan

9: Dear Rita, It is difficult to write this note because due to my own fault I have not stayed in touch through all of these years. I'm not much of a letter writer and computers are not my favorite thing! I think often about our many years together at Waldorf Church of God and especially about our good times together as close friends and what a loving friend and wonderful role model you were for me, as well as a Christian mom and sister in the Lord. I just want you to know that I think of you so often and that things we shared together will always be in my heart and I treasure them. Life is so hard to understand, but one thing I know is God is faithful and He puts people in our lives sometimes that leave a permanent impression in our heart, and to me, you are one of those people. Love, Mila | What I remember most about you, Rita from growing up is how happy and cheerful you always seemed to be. Even if Sherri & I were getting in trouble, which was rare, I know, you would be smiling. Being a mom of 3 myself, I know that I don't smile as much as I should, but you are an amazing example of having the joy of the Lord evident all the time. Even though I didn't know it then, I was watching a loving Christian mom raise her kids with love and support while being a Godly example of how a wife and mom should be. The memory I always recall when I think of you is a really small event that you may not even ever have given a second thought to it. Plus, I don't want this to sound really lame or stupid, but I can't help but smile every time I think about it and it's probably more from the facial expressions you made and how you told the story than the story itself. It was Sherri's and my 9th grade year at Waldorf Christian Academy. You were standing in the hallway near the stairs to go to the upper classroom with Joan Edinger. Now picture it, the mid-eighties with our long hair, teased out bangs and wings”on the side of our hair. You were describing to us the “bad hair day” you were having because one of your sides was sticking out so far that it was waving more than your hand could. Then you kept nodding your head to have your hair “wave” to us! We were laughing so hard I don't remember how we even made up the stairs. I'm sure we thought at that time that nothing in life could ever be as\ bad as a bad hair day. I promise you that there have been days since then when I've had a bad hair day that just stop and smile and realize that I can t take life too seriously or let the little mishaps in a day ruin the day for me. I can just laugh or smile and know that this too shall pass. Thank you for being a blessing to everyone you encounter and bringing a smile to their face because they can't help reflecting the joy you are emulating. Have a wonderful, glorious, joy-fill, happy birthday! Love, Jennifer Mion Duk

10: Dear Rita, How I wish I had not moved to Arizona in the middle of our teenage years. We could have shared so much. However, I have many wonderful memories of when we were kids. As the years have passed I'm sure I've forgotten more than I remember. Sometimes someone will say something that triggers a memory and it takes me back to being a kid again. Isn't that a wonderful thing! The first memory that pops into my head is the times I spent the night at your house and how we used to crawl under the covers at bedtime and sing songs, recite little ditties and tongue twisters and laugh and laugh until your mom trekked up those steep stairs and gave us what for because we were still awake and making so much racket. We sure had a lot of fun upstairs at bedtime! Another thing I remember is the time we went raspberry picking. I think we ate more than we brought back to your mom. We pick raspberries here by our home on the Mogollon (Mo gey on) Rim every summer and I think of you every time we go. One more memory before this gets too long is your mom telling us to go to the garden and pick kolrabi. I think she just did that to keep us our of her hair. We used to pick some and sit on the stoop or under the grape arbor and eat them. Some of them were hot! I remember swinging with you, playing cards and sitting under the weeping willows telling our stories and secrets. We really had a great childhood didn't we? My heart breaks when I think of all the kids that didn't have the loving family that we had and never had the chance to make the fantastic memories we did. Another thing real quick that touched me was when my dad was at the Bethesda National Institutes of Health for his disease and surgery. You came to visit while I was there to be with him and mom. That was wonderful! I've heard you are in a physical battle. Know that you are in my prayers. I believe that God is the healer and that all things are possible through Him. You were always a tough kid and I know that you are a strong and determined woman. Keep on doing the best you can and let God do the rest. Keep laughing, smiling and making memories with your family and friends. I wish I could be with you to celebrate your birthday. Boy wouldn't we have a lot to catch up on? Though miles and years seperate us you are still a part of my heart and one of my best childhood memories. Happy Birthday Rita, may you have many many more to celebrate. Maybe enough that someday we can do one together! Your Arizona mountain cousin Love, Jan XOXOXOXO | Dear Rita, How I wish I had not moved to Arizona in the middle of our teenage years. We could have shared so much. However, I have many wonderful memories of when we were kids. As the years have passed I'm sure I've forgotten more than I remember. Sometimes someone will say something that triggers a memory and it takes me back to being a kid again. Isn't that a wonderful thing! The first memory that pops into my head is the times I spent the night at your house and how we used to crawl under the covers at bedtime and sing songs, recite little ditties and tongue twisters and laugh and laugh until your mom trekked up those steep stairs and gave us what for because we were still awake and making so much racket. We sure had a lot of fun upstairs at bedtime! Another thing I remember is the time we went raspberry picking. I think we ate more than we brought back to your mom. We pick raspberries here by our home on the Mogollon (Mo gey on) Rim every summer and I think of you every time we go. One more memory before this gets too long is your mom telling us to go to the garden and pick kolrabi. I think she just did that to keep us our of her hair. We used to pick some and sit on the stoop or under the grape arbor and eat them. Some of them were hot! I remember swinging with you, playing cards and sitting under the weeping willows telling our stories and secrets. We really had a great childhood didn't we? My heart breaks when I think of all the kids that didn't have the loving family that we had and never had the chance to make the fantastic memories we did. Another thing real quick that touched me was when my dad was at the Bethesda National Institutes of Health for his disease and surgery. You came to visit while I was there to be with him and mom. That was wonderful! I've heard you are in a physical battle. Know that you are in my prayers. I believe that God is the healer and that all things are possible through Him. You were always a tough kid and I know that you are a strong and determined woman. Keep on doing the best you can and let God do the rest. Keep laughing, smiling and making memories with your family and friends. I wish I could be with you to celebrate your birthday. Boy wouldn't we have a lot to catch up on? Though miles and years seperate us you are still a part of my heart and one of my best childhood memories. Happy Birthday Rita, may you have many many more to celebrate. Maybe enough that someday we can do one together! Your Arizona mountain cousin Love, Jan XOXOXOXO

11: This was 1956, Mom was 4 and I was 5. My dad took this picture. I can tell by his shadow. Obviously he didn't inherit your grampa's photographic ability. LOL | This was taken at our house in Franklin Park. I'm sure it was for a party for my First Holy Communion. This was all the cousins. Ray is behind your mom. | This was taken at the church for your Aunt Mary's wedding. If i remember right the bridemaids dresses were yellow. Great color for your mom! I have lots of memories from our childhood. We moved to Arizona when I was fifteen and it was very tramatic for me, leaving behind all my family and friends. That's a rough age to move across the country. The mind goes into self preservation and alot of memoires got pushed way back. I've found throught the years that I need reminding of some but some just stand out. | This was taken in our backyard. The photo is dated Aug. 1961 (I think that is when it was developed). I have a feeling it was probably takes in July which would have been my mom's birthday As I'm sure you know, the Reindl family never needed an excuse for a party! Birthdays, anniversaries, and religious holiday or happening was always a good reason to get together.

12: Rita, You are so kind and caring. Whenever I am in your company, I always feel welcomed and loved. You initiate conversion and sincerely ask what's going on in our lives. Rita you are graceful and honorable. My memories consist of you with your fourth, my first child being born two weeks apart - You with vast more experience in child-rearing - and me with absolutely no idea on what I was doing. You were so graceful with my ignorance when I said things like "my child will never do that" or "I'll never do that with my kids". Family vacations which include the Davis' are fun-filled. Games of watermelon-seed-spitting contests, water balloon tossing, or baseball games brings family comaradoree and good old-fashioned fun. I am honored to call You my sister-in-law. Gloria

13: Rita Rita Rita Oh were do I begin. My dear sweet OLDER sister. When we were young we often played together. You always wanted her on your team. For one: she was good at all sports and quite athletic. Two... if she lost you did not want to be on the other team. I still can remember the old middle of the back smack. Now there was Rita , Dorothy, an I. Rita and I would challenge each other, while Dorothy would be the innocent one.... while we were not so innocent. Simple challenges like "you can't light that match" often kept the activity lively. She was always caring like the time she offered to bring me food when I ran away from home. Once she was very caring towards me and my stuff. Like when she offered to split the cash when she sold my army men in a garage sale. She was the best sister I could ask for. She paved the way ahead of us, taking Mom and Dads attention away from us. How she got caught all the timer I do not know. But I thank you for that. But seriously Rita, as life matured us we both made some big changes. Our kids and spouses have a way of making us change. I often struggled with purpose and my place in the big picture. I have learned much from you in this area, Some people have a guru or a minister, I have a big sister. I have learned so much about purpose and my creator from you. AND I continue to do so. You have shown me what real strength is and what prayer and belief can do. It has saved my life. We continue to challenge each other with each other beliefs. Actually you challenge my beliefs mostly because you are a rock. I need that and I thank you for that. Though your tactics of smacking me in the back have changed I still need you to knock me upside the head to keep me on track. Just what you would expect from your big sister Love Dick

14: Hi Rita, Just wanted to let you know how much you mean to me as a friend. You are a very special person and I am so glad that you guys came our way. Our lives have been enriched since meeting you. Seems like when we get together, we can catch up and doesn’t feel like there has been any time at all since we last met. Even though we don’t get to see each other that much, I thoroughly enjoy our visits together. You have this way about you Rita that makes people feel very special and you truly care about each person you are talking with. Believe me, it shows. Also, you are a true servant of God and once someone gets to know you and even before, they can see that there is something different about you. You are such a good example of a genuine Christian. Again, I want to say how much you have blessed my life and I’m so glad I can call you my friend! Love, Brenda Jester | In the short time we have known you, we have grown to love and appreciate you so very much. We went with you and Richard to our church's District Assembly a couple of years ago, and we had such a great time with you and were so glad to get to know them better. We are so blessed to have you as a part of our church family. You is an amazing person. You always has a smile. I'm sure you don't always feel like smiling because of the pain you are in so much of the time. When I'm around you, I feel God's Spirit in her attitude and life. We don't get to be with you much or see her much, because you are is usually in the second service. But, our appreciation and love for her is not any less. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RITA!!! WE LOVE YOU!!! Mason and Bonnie Donohoe

15: Happy Birthday! Just want you to know that you are a wonderful, Christian friend and you have been an encouragement to me. You always have a smile on your face and an encouraging word. I am so glad God sent you to Laurel Nazarene Church. I know that you are going through a difficult struggle but I find it amazing that you have such a fighting spirit and such a positive attitude. You are in our prayers and we are thankful to God that He has given us the privilege to get to know you and Richard. Love you and again Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day. Dawn and George Owens | Hebrews11:1 What is FAITH? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we can not yet see. We have faith in God to do what he has promised and we be absolutely sure that he will, so our hopes are not idle hopes but built on solid rock/foundation of his trust wrthiness. May the hope of God fill your heart this year as you enjoy His richest blessings.May His faithfull love surrond and sustain you always. Love, Lorenza Queen | Rita, Oh how that name brings a smile to my face every time I hear that name..I know one thing I love about you, We share the same Birthday.. :-)Rita has been a great friend to me.She is in our group and what I love about Rita is when she prays.She can pray like no one else can.. Her words of encouragement, her voice , her genuine love for Jesus is awesome.. She is an inspiration to me.. We love her and are so blessed to have her in our lives... Rita, We are praying for you daily and we love you so much friend.. I am thankful for our friendship. Yes, Friend, I am proud to call you MY FRIEND...One that cares for people,One that prays for people, One that shares stories with us good or bad.. You are a friend and I just wanted to say Thank you for coming into my life.. Thank you for opening your home to our group and cooking up some yummy things for us eat.. You are an amazing women Love you Rita Davis, Darlene Benton

18: Dear Rita, Ralph and I feel privileged to get to know you over the last 2-3 years. We love your smiles, optimism, and spirit. You are a beautiful Christian woman and have demonstrated grace, courage, and a quiet peace that only comes through knowing Christ during your treatments. So it is birthday time! Time to celebrate a beautiful life. January is a beautiful month to have a birthday as I had one at the beginning of the month and you will finish it out on the 29th. Ralph and I wish you a beautiful day with many wonderful memories made with family and friends. Today and everyday remember that you are lifted to the heavenly Father in prayer for strength for that day and all that it holds. We love you and value your friendship. Happy Birthday Rita!!!!

19: My name is Dan Penrod, I have not had an opportunity to get close and know Rita, but we do go to church with her - Richard and I have played golf and shared some stories together... I find myself praying for her often. I must say that she has been quite an inspiration to me and I am sure a lot of others as well. I know she has gone through days of torture with her treatments, and uncertainties, but every time I see her in church she is praising Jesus! It speaks to me a true illustration of Romans 5:1 ...we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ - and 1 Peter 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy... When I look at Rita that is what I see.. Warm Regards, Dan | When I think of Rita Davis the first thing that always comes to my mind is her smile. Rita, you are one of the most amazing women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Your faith, love, courage and strength are only a few of the traits that made you such a wonderful role model for all of us girls while we were growing up. You made a huge impact on my life and that of my family and I just want to thank you for that. You are such a loving and Godly wife, mother and friend. No matter what, you were always there for anyone who ever needed you. Even though we haven't seen each other in years, I do think of you often and you are always in my prayers. Love always, Rose Sheahan Hedges | We feel so blessed that Richard and Rita decided to make the Laurel Church of the Nazarene their church home. We are doubly blessed when we got to know them better through our small group. Rita is one of the few people in life that in her looking and depending on the Lord you find yourself looking and depending on Him more. She is humble and always ready to give God the glory. She is transparent about what she's encountered in life and is constantly leaning on her Lord. She cares about other's needs before her own. Every time that I have spent time with her she has encouraged me. She loves her mom, husband, children and grandchildren dearly. I am so glad that you are celebrating her life thus far on her birthday today. We love you Rita! Psalm 150:6 Ken and Karen Huffman | Rita, I have not known you very long, however, I consider you to be one of my best friends. You are one of the most caring, understanding, and compassionate people I have ever met. At all times you care more about everyone else and put yourself on the back seat. You always have a smile on your face when you come through the doors when I am greeting at Church and I know you don't always feel like smiling. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RITA!!!!! You deserve a wonderful day!!!! I Love You and Richard and wish you the best!!!! Barbara

20: Mom, Happy Birthday! I am so grateful for you, what a wonderful mom you are and have been. Thank you for how you have always been there for me, even when I was lost and without hope you were always there, praying for me. And when I came to the end of my rope and didn’t know what to do, you were there to answer my questions about God. When I couldn’t sleep because of how terrified I felt, you were there to care for me and pray for peace for me. God used you in a special way to draw me to himself so that one day I can live with Him forever. Thank you for your faith in God and all the years you pleaded before him on my behalf. Thank you also for your example of trust in God even when circumstances in life are much less than desirable, painful, and full of suffering. I know there are times that you feel you haven’t done well in this area, but I have seen you continually press on and have a “cheerful cheeks” in spite of your circumstances, knowing he is in control of it all, and that though the suffering is great, it pales in comparison to the eternal joy you will have at his right hand. Whenever people ask how you are doing it brings glory to the Lord when I am able to tell them of your faith in God, how you seem to never complain, and that your relationship with God continues to grow. You are an amazing person and God is doing amazing things through you! I love you so much! Luke

21: My Friend, My Family, My Hero! Well, I have had the joy in my life of a wonderful mom. Never did I expect to have two amazing moms in my life. Both my heroes!! A lady that has captured my heart with her care, strength, dedication to her family and love for the Lord! How grateful am I to God for you! Grateful is such the understatement! Your prayers, your powerful prayers for years on our behalf, how I long to hear the stories from our Saviour of all that those prayers wrought. I think our Luke is one such amazing example of those prayers ( I am ever so very grateful for =). What a wonderful grace. Thank you for you love for us and children. You home is always a welcoming place- an "Inn" (you and Paw run it well!) that things are never more important than people. You continually show me what true treasure is and help me to live live unhurried. I love your garden and the retreat it brings, the labor of your hands- a labor of you. It is always a joy of mine to slip away to Micah's Garden, to think and pray and dream of that day! I know there must be times where your hands and your heart are weary from the call of suffering. I pray that at those times the Lord will be nearer than you have ever know and that His strength would be like sweet refreshing rain. May he turn your times of sorrow into great joy. Praying for you~ever grateful Love Ya Kriscinda

22: Anyway...I can remember the first time I met Rita...she came to a women's Bible study for the first time and only knew one person I think. She was quiet and seemed a little timid...but at the same time there was a sparkle in her eyes and a quiet strength...and I remember thinking I wanted to get to know her better. I didn't get to finish that particular Bible study, so the next time I remember being together with Rita was at a women's night out for dinner at Olive Garden. Rita was seated across from me and didn't really know anyone at our table, but again there was that sweet, quiet strength and what a smile! When Rita smiles, it lights up her whole face and everything around her! I remember her jumping right in the conversation and at one point was so moved by someone's story, that she cried in empathy for what they were going through (and we had no idea at that point what SHE was going through or had been through already). We became friends, however didn't really see each other much, but it seems that Rita is such a loving person, that no matter how much time passes, we can pick up where we left off the last time! Last spring we had the privilege of being in Richard & Rita's home Bible study group; and we were able to share more time with them. Richard & Rita are the most kind, loving, down to earth people! They are the first to admit their frailties and "realness" and quick to share their love and support to others. They aren't judgmental and have the ability to listen with their hearts as well as their ears. Our family has been going through a major struggle and even with what they are going through, they are always quick to love and support us, again, even though we don't get to see each other often. You know, in life there are lots of people who touch you in one way or another, but there are those who definitely touch you and leave their "impression" and that is Richard and Rita. I wish we could be more supportive of them and everything they are going through, but hopefully they know that they are always in our hearts and prayers. The truly exemplify what Christ wants of us, I think, and that is to be real and to love others. I could go on and on...and I guess I already have! But, Rita Davis is one of the most beautiful people I have ever met, inside and out; one of the most vulnerable and yet with such strength; one of the kindest, loving and generous people....I am honored to have her for a friend and Christian sister. I love you Rita! Sincerely, Bonnie Daigle

23: My name is Jim Gorlich, I was diagnosed with acute leukemia in July of 2008 , and therefore Ritaand I can really relate to one another. What kind of lady is Rita? I remember one occasion where I had received a good report on my blood work and with a tear running down her face (a tear of joy), she was so happy for what the Lord had done for me, regardless of how she was feeling at that moment. I had allI could do not to cry myself. Rita is such a caring sister in the Lord. You have been such an inspiration to Joanne and myself. We pray that your birthday will be such a very special day for you and your family. And by the way, the 29th of January is a very specialday for us. Our daughter Joanna was also born on the 29th of January. In Christ, Jim & Joanne

24: Momma, Happy Birthday! I just want to thank you for everything you have done for me and to let you know how much you have inspired and encouraged me through the years. I probably would never have graduated college or gotten through many of my problems without you. Ever since elementary school I remember you telling me to always do my best and encouraging me to try harder. Its because of that encouragement that I've made it as far as I have today. There were a few times in college where I thought about giving up because I thought I couldn't do it but I would think about you and how you always pushed me to do my best and how proud you were of me and that gave me the strength to finish out my degree (even though it took me five years). I admire you so much momma, especially with the way you have handled everything you've been through the past 10 years and how you always have a good attitude and are still so kind and caring. I've learned so much throughout these years by watching you. I love you and pray for you everyday. Love, Nick

25: Dear Mama, Happy Birthday! First of all I just want to say that I love you so very much. I love how much you care for me and the rest of the family and that no matter what’s going on in your life you want to know how we’re doing and what’s new. I have learned so much from you like how you care and are sensitive to others needs and feelings. Because of you I have learned to be patient with others and to try and always look at the positive things in life even if things look bleak. You have been a true inspiration in my life and can’t thank you enough for that and everything you have done for me. Your inspiration has taught me to be a better stronger person. I know I have been somewhat of a pain through the years and am truly sorry for all of those moments. Even through those tough times you seem to love and care for me even more and for that I am truly grateful. I want you to know that you’re an awesome mama and that I think and pray for you daily. You’re the best mom anyone could ever ask for, thanks again for everything you do for me and the family. I hope you have one of the greatest birthdays yet. Love, Jesse

26: Rita, I have such fond memories of being friends with you. Going all the way back to 1975. Ronnie and Richard frequently worked night shifts and your mom so kindly included me in with your family. You, Sherri, Ricky and I would cook, eat and play a few nights a week. I remember the house in Riverdale,and your dog Lucky, the playroom. Rita, you actually taught me how to cook, I had no idea of menus or meals until I saw you cooking for your family. Later Chris and Luke came along and we moved to Waldorf, and it was so nice to see Luke and Chris becoming play pals. Being Chris' Godmother is so special to us and even though Chris doesn't keep in touch, he asks about her all the time. I watched you it helped me learn how to be a better mom. I always admired the way you mothered you kids. We used to play cards one night a week,you, Linda, Pam, Cindy. It was a lot of fun. Ronnie and I and you and Richard would get together and play cards, monopoly Loved shopping together . I know these past few years have been very hard and I hate seeing you in pain. My prayer is for you peace and comfort and healing. Hugs and love always, Donna | Dear Rita, I think of you often and remember you in my prayers.I will always cherish our times at Riverdale, MDWe had so much fun with the girls and getting together once a week was wonderful! Also, our children had so many great times together. You are a wonderful person and friend. Your positive attitude has always been an inspiration to me, as well as to others. Your courage and grace with your battle w/cancer has been such a testimony to all the people that have been blest by your prescence. May you continue to lean on our Lord for your sustenance and help, and grace as you have so willingly done in the past. Just know that I am confident that our Lord will continue to carry you and give you what you need each day.I love you my friend and I thank God for bringing you into my life as well as my family's. May God be with you and your family and just remember that you are never alone. Much love and God bless, Linda Sutton

27: My dear sweet Rita, What a lifetime of memories I have when I think of you.. little did we know when we moved to Waldorf that the Lord would join us together for all of eternity! Let’s take a walk down memory lane I think of our hilarious bowling days on the women’s league to WOW then onto the first day we went to ‘your’ sister-in-laws to hear that outrageous testimony! Remembering going out the door almost in shock at what we heard to laughing our heads off at Praise the Lord praise the Lord oh my, but our God was so patient with all our foolishness wasn’t he? Wednesday after Wednesday we’d go to Terry’s so self righteously and ask the dumbest of questions.. How about our Mother’s Time out? Then one day came when we finally got it! What a day that was then remembers the infilling of the precious Holy Spirit whom we’d come to love as much as life itself. Oh God was so very good to us. There are no days as priceless as those were. We have crazy and great moments from our couples bowling, to our couple’s bible study – WHAT an eye of the needle???? Lolol oh we were all that weren’t we? God sure put up with a lot of guff from us girls We have laughed till we could hardly talk, cried till there were no tears left, and prayed together like nobody’s business. We surely have seen the hand of the Lord in our lives since those early days haven’t we? He has never left or abandoned us – he has been ever so faithful. I love you dearly and will always thank God for joining us at the hip all those years ago Praying you have a blessed birthday my friend. I love you! Hugs and much much love, Denise (&Jim) | THEN

28: Hi Rita, This is Darlene Weaver, I'm the sister of Denise Cox, Donna Simons and Debbie Barringer. We met many years ago but I heard it's your Birthday and I wanted to send you a special wish for peace, love and serinity in your heart, you have a family that loves you so very much! Take care Rita and I hope you find smiles on your special day. Darlene | i can say that i always really liked your mom and thought a lot of her. besides being outwardly beautiful, and remember, i was much younger when i was around her, a teenager even, i really always saw her as a strong woman, a spiritual leader, a fun-loving and caring mom and an overall joy to be around. she was a cool adult. i remember her as always having a smile on her face. i really liked that my parents had your parents as friends back when they all bowled together. back then, i always looked forward to the occasional night when we'd all get together after bowling to hang out. i can say that i miss seeing your mom and hope and pray for the very best for her as well as the rest of your family. i miss you too, james cox

29: Dear Rita, I don't know if you know who I am. I've only seen you a few times. Like, when we went to Bob Evans with Denise's Mom. Your son and husband were helping her with something. I hope that your birthday is very special and that your family will surround you. That the joys of this day will be with you to give you renewed strength. I pray the Lord will enfold you in His wonderous arms and make you feel like and happy. Know that God's Love is with you and that many are thinking and praying for you. Love and Happy Birthday, Colleen Bell

30: My Dear Rita, As I have been trying to think of what to add to your book, I have so many fond memories of our friendship in Riverdale. We had a rare friendship among the "girls" in the neighborhood - that I was never able to duplicate in the other places I've moved to, and with the people I came in contact with, i.e. neighbors. Perhaps it was the time frame in our lives, when times were simpler, we were stay-at-home Moms and looking for outlets to get us through the day. We had a great support system. How rare is it to have 5, sometimes 6 of us coming together to play cards, and have some "Mom time" together. I could use a refresher course in Spades, for sure. Couldn't find anyone else that could play that either. Remember the time we stood around talking about how there must have been something in the water in East Pines...since we all got pregnant one right after the other, starting down the street with Linda, then Donna...then up the street with you and back down the street with me. How many other neighborhoods had a similar thing happenin' in their neighborhood??? Yup, it must have been the water! Ha-ha! And as we named our babies, Michael, Christopher, Luke and John, we said we should have named them Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. That would have been something to "talk" about! Oh, then everyone moved away, except me, and I was left to fend for myself without my support group! Oh well, I survived! Then as an afterthought, Cindy got pregnant after all of us moved away, so...yup, it must have been the water! I only drink the bottled stuff now!!! Then again, I could be famous, getting pregnant at my age!!! But then, I'd have to move back to Riverdale...no, I'll pass on that one. What fun we had getting together at each others homes and playing cards. They truly were times I'll never forget. How many different card games did we play, anyway? Hearts, Spades and were there others? Can't remember if we played Pinochle, or not. Now all I play is a few different versions of solitaire on my computer. Sad, isn't it? Our unique friendship between all of us gals was really a very special time for all of us, wasn't it? I occasionally get e-mails from friends that reminds me of how people come into our lives for a reason. I tried to find it on the Internet, and was only able to come up with the version below. It pretty much sums it up though. People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person. When someone is in your life for a REASON...It is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a Godsend and they are! They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. Your need has been answered, and now it is time to move on. When people come into your life for a SEASON...It is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.

31: LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant. Thank you for being a part of my life. PRAYER: May today there be peace within you. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing that you are a child of God. Let His presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, and to bask in the sun. It is there for each and every one of you. Although we haven't seen each other much over the years, you've always been a part of my life, always considering you a friend - that for whatever reason, we just don't keep in contact with, physically, but you are always in my heart and my prayers. Especially after finding out about your bout with cancer. I prayed for your remission and the joy that spending more time with your family and those grandbabies would bring you. I always feel that when we do have those rare moments when we get to see each other, we pick up where we left off and the true feelings of friendship are still there, ignited again as they were meant to be. Yes, God does put certain people in our lives for a reason. And so, my friend, as you read these letters from your friends, know that you are LOVED and cherished by each and everyone of us, and we wish to lift you up at times when you feel you need a lift, or a friend, or a shoulder. If you ever want to talk or laugh - whatever - here's my number 717/ 262-2270. If you want to get together, just let me know. We should keep in touch. My address is 107 Bridle Hill Ct., Chambersburg, Pa. 17202 We can even keep in touch through . My e-mail is pamela.harris@yahoo.com. Love, Pam

33: Dear Grandma, Happy birthday. Thank you for all you do for me. Thank you for all the great dinners you have prepared for us. Thank you for caring for me. I love you very much. Love, josh

34: Dear Rita, How can I put into words just what you mean to me and how important you are in my life? Everything I think to write or say seems inadequate or does not come close to how I really feel. What a time we have shared together! From when we were kids, till today, we have shared our lives. The biggest gift I can think of is your willingness to share your faith with me and to encourage me in my journey. There have been times when I have not wanted to hear what you have had to say, but I have always known that you only say these things to help me be better and to increase my faith. I have always known how much you love me. That is just one of the many gifts you have. Our ability to laugh even when things are awful is a special gift. Your insight has helped me tremendously. You have allowed me the privilege to walk beside you during your battle with cancer. It has been a difficult journey but it also has been the best-I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. You are the most patient, kind, loving, compassionate, long-suffering (now that’s a good word!) and selfless person I know! You put up with me, that’s how I know! You always think of me first, and not what is happening to you or how you are feeling. You listen to me complain about stupid stuff, all the while you are not feeling well because of the treatment you have to take. I stub my toe, while you battle cancer! Are you perfect? No, but you continue to strive to be better, and admit your weaknesses and downfalls. That’s what I love about you! We can laugh at our mistakes and move on and laugh at our selves-what a gift! I do believe that laughter is the best medicine. You can see all the good gifts that the Lord has blessed you with. When most people can only see the bad, you always see the good. You are the definition of “attitude of gratitude”! You have touched so many peoples lives that you don’t even know about! I share some of the things that you have taught me to our small group and I know that you have affected them also. They are always asking about you. My church still sends you cards that you are being prayed for. You have no idea how much you mean to a lot of people! Some you have never met! You are also a lot of fun to be with! I don’t think there is any other person that I laugh as much with. You are funny, and witty! I can remember being at your house with mom and the three of us just laughing so hard, that we were all crying! I also remember how you would give both of us foot massages while you never got one! You really do a wonderful job! Rita, I just want you to know how much you are loved and how much I admire and respect you. I thank the Lord every day for you, not only that you are here, but that I have the privilege of calling you my sister! Love, Dorothy

35: Aunt Rita, Happy Birthday! We constantly keep you in our prayers and thoughts. You truly are an inspiration to us all. You have such a wonderful outlook on life and an upbeat heart. Seems everyone is in a better mood just being around you and we are all better people for knowing you. You challenge us all and we thank you for that. You always seem to remind us of what's really important in life, God, family and best friends. It is with a grateful heart that we can call you friend and family. Your friendship has given us hope when we are the most tired. Your strength reassures us that sometimes it’s not a matter of “if” but only “when”. We are truly grateful for all that you do and are. Love you very much, Lacey, Travis, and Sondra My Dear Sister, Your loving daughter and daughter-in-law have asked that we send our thoughts about you for a card and memory shower for your birthday. Where do I begin? I know that everyone will mention your courage in the face of your cancer, your faith in facing that tribulation and above all the love and grace your share with all of us. I would be no different. You are the one I think of when I need to face a difficult situation and when a crisis of faith occurs in my life, you are the example of pure faith and love I cite. Your grace in handling all that has been thrown at you is more than remarkable, it is miraculous. But the things I also think about with you are the example you provide for love and acceptance. You found your soul mate at 17 (maybe even 16). Who does that and makes it work for 40 years?? I could not have been easy to love and share and appreciate his gifts to you with all you two have been through and yet - there you are - loving each other, sharing with each other and still smiling at each other! I too have found that love in my life so I can appreciate how young and immature you bother were when you began the journey together and yet you made it work! You are a joy to all of us and really haven't been a pain for way too many years! Know that you are surrounded and blessed by love. You make us smile and none of us would be the same without you in our lives. We are so lucky. We love you and wish you the happiest of birthdays! As always, Mary and Keith

36: Rita Davis When I first met Rita, I think we were both just dating the Davis brothers. Barry and Richard were pretty different and so were Rita and I. I came from a huge, wild Irish family that had lived in the Washington D.C. area for generations. Rita came from a quiet, charming family from the Midwest. We ended up marrying the Davis boys and my first memories of Rita are centered on her common sense. I was lacking a bit in that area. (things, of course have changed greatly) Rita and I would have conversations that went like this, Terry - ((I just don't know how to cook for two people. I cook these big roasts or huge pans of spaghetti and I end up throwing food away. I can only cook for a big family."Rita- ((Why don't you try cutting the roast in half before you cook it or freezing some of the spaghetti sauce?' I was in awe. She was the smartest woman I knew. Bear in mind, that I never cooked for less than 13 people before I got married. When there were parties at my house there was joke telling and beer drinking (Irish stuff) When we would go to Rita's it was games and ice tea. I will never forget her mom teaching me the categories game. I was pretty good at things like names of cigarettes or types of beer but that was about it. Rita and I had come from different worlds but it was in God's plan that we be in each others lives. We eventually studied the Bible together. Some may think that it is very serious, studying God's Word and it is of course. But with Denise Cox, Mary Beyer, Sue Griffith, Rita and I, it got hilarious at times. As we sat around our table made from a telephone wire spool with our kids running around it was crazy. "We would sing songs and hymns and spiritual songs, making melodies in our hearts to the Lord." I think Mary Beyer had somewhat of a voice then, but the rest of us were "making a joyful noise." I will always treasure those times together. Our hearts were pure and hungry for God and were so excited to learn everything we could. Our little study eventually grew to include 20 to 30 women each week but our original group was knit together by the hand of God. We formed a bond that no matter what happens in our lives and how long we may go without talking to one another, we pick upright where we left off as if no time has passed. | To me Rita is the woman in Proverbs 31. Every word of the chapter is true about Rita and I know that all of us rise up and call her blessed. She has a quiet diligent living faith. The storms have come and she remains standing. She remains loving and kind. The test she is enduring is saved only for those that Our Lord can trust with it.

37: Most of my memories of you, Aunt Rita, were from when I was young. When we used to get together you were always so welcoming, so warm, and so beautiful. Your calm demeanor and your familiar smile were always so soothing. Now for as long as I can remember you have been fighting this terrible disease. What sticks with me the most is that you have never lost any of your wonderful qualitities in your fight. Through it all, you have been graceful, calm, and always smiling. You are a true testament of faith. I know God doesn't give you more than you can handle and your faith and strength has been an example to so many. I love you and you are always in my prayers. ReRe | Suffering is not a popular theological subject at times. But it is my firm belief that it is through suffering that we grow closer to the Lord and become more like Him. Paul talks extensively about his own sufferings and even used his suffering as the proof that he is a true apostle. He does not use his revelations or his visions, he uses his sufferings. He even says that his sufferings filled up that which was lacking in the sufferings of Christ. I don't know why God allowed this physical suffering in Rita's life but I do know this, eternity is a very long time. His heart is that all be saved and experience God's glory. I believe that Rita's suffering is holy and sacred. I believe that her Godly patience and endurance have caused many who have come in contact with her to consider in whom she trusts. I am eternally grateful that I can call this living saint my friend and my sister. Rita is the living proof that our God reigns and His grace is sufficient. May God continue to give her strength and joy and bless her on her birthday and always. Terry Davis | This if i remember well, is one of the first xmas presents you gave to me. You can image how old that is...i still have it and still use it!!!! Have a great day! Happy Birthday Love, Barbra

38: My First Steps | Maw- Maw I LOVE YOU so much!! Happy Birthday! CiAnne

39: Hugs & Kisses Love You Maw-Maw Mikelle | Absent, yet near Unseen, yet ever felt Unheard, yet pleading before the Father's throne of Grace Cheering you on from above All my Love | as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 cor 4:18 Hope for Heaven our Home

40: A few years ago I gave gma a poem that reminded me of her. It reminds me of all of us Reindl women. It is by Maya Angelou. | Phenomenal Woman Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size But when I start to tell them, They think I'm telling lies. I say. It's in the reach of my arms, the span of my hips, the stride of my step, the curl of my lips, I'm a woman Phenomanally. Phenomenal woman That's me. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows just stand Or fall on their knees. then they swarm around me, a hive of honey bees. I say, ****It's the fire in my eyes, the flash in my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I'm a woman, Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman That's me.**** Men themselves have wondered What they see in me. They try so much But they can't touch My inner mystery. When I try to show them They say they still can't see. I say, It's in the arch of my back, the sun of my smile. The ride of my breasts, the grace of my style. I'm woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. | Phenomenal Woman Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size But when I start to tell them, They think I'm telling lies. I say. It's in the reach of my arms, the span of my hips, the stride of my step, the curl of my lips, I'm a woman Phenomanally. Phenomenal woman That's me. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows just stand Or fall on their knees. then they swarm around me, a hive of honey bees. I say, ****It's the fire in my eyes, the flash in my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I'm a woman, Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman That's me.**** Men themselves have wondered What they see in me. They try so much But they can't touch My inner mystery. When I try to show them They say they still can't see. I say, It's in the arch of my back, the sun of my smile. The ride of my breasts, the grace of my style. I'm woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. That is the whole poem. I just love how the poem demonstrates how powerful a being a woman can be. And how the very curves of our body and our every movement can be magical because we are from God. I love how Gma never pretended to be anything other than the wife, mother, grandmother she was. She was a proud woman. And she is phenomenal. She showed us all how to love everyone in our family unconditionally and with appreciation for who we each were. It's a gift to be able to love and enjoy our family and to show them that they are loved fully. Aunt Rita, Thank you for carrying on this lesson. | That is the whole poem. I just love how the poem demonstrates how powerful a being a woman can be. And how the very curves of our body and our every movement can be magical because we are from God. I love how Gma never pretended to be anything other than the wife, mother, grandmother she was. She was a proud woman. And she is phenomenal. She showed us all how to love everyone in our family unconditionally and with appreciation for who we each were. It's a gift to be able to love and enjoy our family and to show them that they are loved fully. Aunt Rita, Thank you for carrying on this lesson. Love Meaghan | Aunt Rita, Happy birthday! I hope you have a great day, surrounded by your family. Wouldn't it be nice if this could be the year we all get together again? It's been too long. Until then, I guess it's just email messages like these! I wanted to tell you that you've really been an inspiration for our family. Your faith, in particular, is really impressive. Grandma is always talking about how proud she is of you. She says you're the strongest woman she's even known and that your positive attitude and faith amaze her. She has probably told you that as well, but it never hurts to hear compliments again! Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful birthday and that this year is a good one for you. Love to Uncle Richard and the rest of the family. Love, Mo

41: Dear Rita, You have been a constant inspiration to me with the way you handle all of the challenges life has thrown at you. From the time we were kids you always had a strong personality (code for stubborn as a mule) and an extremely competitive nature. You were one of the first girls picked when we were choosing teams for baseball. You were usually second behind Rosie Muzzey whom we suspected had some male chromosomes. Through the years, the commitment to your children and your husband has set an example for the rest of us. You chose wisely when you chose Richard because I have never heard a harsh word spoken between the two of you. You have supported each other through the years and are the model of commitment to each other. The combination of your strong faith in God and your mental toughness keeps you going when most of us would feel self pity and give up. I have never seen you give up on anything or ask "Why me, Lord?" It would be easy to do but you have always "toughed it out". If only the Redskins had that kind of toughness. While you have been battling your own health issues, you have always been a wonderful daughter to Mom. There were times that I know you have felt like only being in bed but have taken Mom into your home and taken care of her. You have provided her with the strength and comfort to be able to cope with her life in her later years. You certainly are a blessing to her. Lastly, I have to tell you as your big brother, I feel a special closeness to you. I am extremely proud of you and hope when I have serious challenges to face, I do so in the same manner you have attacked your challenges. I love you, girl! Frank

42: Rita I know we know very little of one another, but we do share the same Spirit, and have a wonderful guy in our life, Luke. What a great guy he is and I know much needs to be attributed to God using you and your husband. Thanks for being a faithful Mom! I was just sharing with my mother (who is battling cancer and most likely will go to be with the Lord in 2011) over Christmas that we all have the God given responsibility to steward our life. Do we choose to glorify Him in how we live or not? Than I think a very few of us, perhaps those who God knows can truly carry this burden, have the unique opportunity to steward their time until death. Their day to be with the Lord approaches a bit more clearly, perhaps radically, and these dear saints have the daunting privilege to point, not just the beginning or middle of their lives to Jesus, but the end. I can't think of greater privilege to have increasing clarity when you will meet your Savior face to face. When everything and everyone else wants to hold on to our hearts and yet our heart is held by Him so clearly. And when others sense that, I think they must be dumbfounded and dazzled with the love of Christ. So as you continue each day, feel the sovereign pleasure in God choosing you for this life. Hear Him whispering to you, "well done, you have been faithful over little, I will now set you over much, enter the joy of your Master." With great appreciation, love, and respect, Happy Birthday, Shef | Dear Rita, I hope your birthday is filled with many reminders of God's faithfulness to you over the years. I have been so encouraged by your life and the joy that is so evident because of your love for Jesus and your knowledge of His love for you! Although I have heard about how sick and weak you have felt, whenever I have seen you, you always have a peaceful smile and a kind word for others. If I didn't know about your trials with your health, I would never guess by interacting with you. You do not make yourself the focus, but are always thinking of others. That is such an evidence of God at work in your heart, enabling you to persevere and not become absorbed in your circumstances or give in to self-pity or anger. I love to see the way you enjoy to be with your family and show your love for them. I am thankful for the way you supported Luke and Kriscinda through your care and encouragement and many prayers. Your life is full of gratefulness to God and it is so evident in the way joyfully care for others and do not complain. Although I do not get to see you often, you have impacted my life by showing me how a Christian can continue to trust in God in the midst of very severe trials. You have shown me what faith looks like, and what great things God's faithfulness can do in a believer's life. I rejoice with you as you celebrate another year and pray that the coming year will be a time of new growth in love for God and peace in His plan for you and your family. With love and thankfulness, Eva Campbell

43: Friendship is a priceless gift that cannot be bought or sold, But its value is far greater than a mountain made of gold. For gold is cold and lifeless, it can neither see n or hear And in the time of trouble it is powerless to cheer. It has no ears to listen nor heart to understand, It cannot bring you comfortor reach out a helping hand. So when you ask God for a gift Be thankful if He sends ot diamonds, pearls, or riches But the love of real true friends. Helen Steiner Rice | Happy Birthday Dear Friend, On this your Birthday, it is I who reflect on what a priceless gift I received just over thirteen years agoyour friendship. With you I laugh, cry, pray, hope, sing, shop!, talk, talk, talk talk! With you I slow down and enjoy the moments without letting them pass too quickly. Even at the Farmer’s Market, I have learned to leave nothing unturned on the table for I might find a treasure or at the very least a great bargain! I love sitting with you on the porch, in the garden, on the floatie in the pool, in the living room, on the side of the bed and talking about everything. I love sitting with you in silence when no words are necessary. I can be myself and you love me. When I am myself, you point me to be like Him because you love me that, is a true friend! | Be strong and courageous, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6 With much love, respect, admiration and thankfulness for you, Cindy | Rita, We are so thankful for you and what you have been doing almost since we met. You set and maintain such a high example of faithfully loving our Savior in the midst of grievous trial it is hard to imagine someone being capable of doing it. Which is another great testimony to God’s grace and further, to your obedience and love. It must be absolutely true that your crown – which you will no doubt joyfully cast at our Lord’s feet someday – will be massive. {How can we measure such things? – Not sure, but “massive” seems so appropriate.} In knowing you, our own faith has been strengthened, and we have been challenged in many ways. Your marriage is a wonderful illustration of Christ’s love for his church and the church’s love for Christ. Your care for your family and the way in which you so persistently extend yourself to care for them, and serve them remind us of “the way it should be” and so we are instructed when we think of you and when we pray for you and yours. We will continue to pray for you, with affection and love – even though we are seldom together. May you only grow in awareness of God’s presence, love for you, and his pleasure in you – his beloved daughter. Clyde and Kathy

44: Mom, Happy Birthday! I love you so very much. You are my best friend and there are times when I truly feel I would be lost without you. You are the one person in my life that is always there for me no matter what. Even when you're not feeling good or having a bad day you are so patient and loving and ready to listen to what's bothering me. You are such a great example to me, I only wish I could be as strong as you are. You are an inspiration to me. You have endured so much yet you have such a positive attitude and you are so willing to help others. You have been there to help me so much over my (almost) 40 years. I know I was a terrible teenager and could never apologize enough for all I put you through but no matter what I did you never stopped loving me. I don't know how you did it but thank you for never giving up on me. I may not have appreciated the things you did during those "wonderful" teenage years but looking back now I realize what a great mother you were and still are. You are without a doubt the strongest, most loving, giving, selfless woman I know! I am truly blessed to be your daughter. I hope you had a wonderful birthday. Much Love, Sherri

45: Mother And I can hear you Callin’ my name Your healing hands Smooth away the pain And I can hear you Whisperin’ it’ll be alright You’ll stay until the night Breaks into day Your are my light in the dark Your stand beside me You take my hand, show the way You’re here to guide me You give me the strength, that I need You give me shelter You gave me life, you give me love You are my Mother And when you hear me Callin’ your name (I hear your voice) You touch me With your chosen words Everlastin’ faith, everlastin’ love Is the greatest gift you have Believin’ Understandin’ me You are my light in the dark You stand beside me You take my hand, show the way You’re here to guide me | Your give me the strength, that I need You give me shelter You have me life, you give me love You are my Mother Closer, closer Closer to heaven are you Closer, closer Closer to heaven are you You are my light in the dark (You are my light) You take my hand and show me the way You give me the strength that I need You gave me life, you give me love (Ooh I love you, I love you, I love you)

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