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The Men in My (little girl’s) Life

My dear friend Karen O’Connor just wrote about the men who have stepped in to help her following the passing of her husband. (See  That triggered thoughts about all the men who have helped me along my way, some throughout my life, some after my first husband passed away, some now (like my current wonderful hubby, Don). I’d like to give them a “shout out”.

Bob and Don cooking together

Bob and Don cooking together

Arnold and Melvyn enjoying a conversation

Arnold and Melvyn enjoying a conversation

Don – who loves and believes in me – always; and helps me in innumerable ways from loading the laundry to planning, and planting, a beautiful yard.

Arnold – my older brother who promised my first husband he (Arn) would take care of me if Jerry died. He did, and Arn kept his promise, along with the twinkle in his eye.

Bob – my younger brother who has given me wise feedback and practical help installing a sprinkler system when I was alone, and who sat with me in the urgent care center for several hours as we waited to learn if my wrist was broken after a fall.

Melvyn – my oldest brother who was always available for medical advice and information, and to talk with doctors as needed. For being a big brother I respect and count on to this day.

Dave – a dear friend who power washed our house in preparation for a big party.

Bob Noonan – who is willing to give and receive friendship following the death of his much-loved wife, and who always teaches us more about history and politics in our conversations.

Bob Moorhead, who leads our annual mission trips to Mexico, and has done so for over thirty years (long before we were involved).


Josiah and Kyle helping Mom over some rough terrain

My local nephews Josiah, Drew and Kyle who have warned me of problems among renters, rebuilt a house wall that didn’t meet code, made me laugh, and treated my Mother with love and respect.

… and many more! I’m blessed, and thankful for each friend, male and female, in my life.

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

I Thessalonians 5:16-18

For whom are you thankful? Why?





  1. Karen O'Connor says:

    Wonderful to know you too, have strong and willing men in your life who support and care for you. How nice to have so many brothers!!

    1. carolnl says:

      Male family and friends are such a blessing. And I am deeply grateful for my brothers and their sons! Thanks Karen.

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