January 5, 2006

Hello my Friend,

Happy 2006!

We had a wonderful Christmas! Tammy Sue and her children, James 16 and Jonathan 15, Jay, who turned 30 the 18th of Dec. and his wife Amanda, and Roe and me. I baked a turkey, lots of mashed potatoes and gravy plus sweet potatoes made with lots of butter and brown sugar and topped with marshmallows. Baked beans and whole cranberry sauce completed our meal, well not really, pumpkin pie really completed our meal! My house was decorated from stem to stern and Christmas carols had already been echoing through the house for weeks. It wasnít about gifts this year; it was about Jesus and each other.

I do have to tell you about the funniest gift I received. I have a dear girlfriend who lives in Florida. I have always teased her about those big plastic flamingos that stand in the yards of many Florida dwellers. I told her they were ďtackyĒ; well letís just say I was not too complimentary of those poor birds that stand there on one leg. Well she got married a few months ago and in looking for a suitable gift for the couple that had everything, I found this pink flamingo duster. It was all dolled up! Pearls around its neck, lots of bling bling! Ha! Ha! I wrapped it beautifully and sent it on to her. Well, she LOVED it! She is a pianist and she nestled it in the corner of her baby grand piano and of course showed it off to everyone that came to visit. A few days before Christmas, I get this huge box in the mail from Shirley and JJ. I opened it up and was screaming and laughing so hard Roe came running out of his office wondering what was the matter with ME! I pulled out a ďlife sizeĒ flamingo covered in the brightest pink lights Iíve ever seen, and yes, it was standing on ONE leg! I didnít know where in the world to put the crazy thingÖÖ.I didnít think placing it next to our lighted manager scene in the front yard would look right, in fact I decided that outside anywhere was definitely NOT the place for that bird. I decided just for the fun of it to put him in the hallway. So I found a spot, placed him there and plugged in his lights. Everyone who walked in laughed when they saw it and I laughed every time I passed it. It got to where the first thing I did when it started to get dark was plug in the lights of the flamingo. By now all my Christmas decorations are put away till next year but guess what, not my flamingo! He stands there proudly on his one foot in the hallway greeting everyone who enters. Well, I might as well tell you the rest, I LOVE HIM! Iím looking into buying a whole flock of them and putting them in my front yard! Ha! Ha! I bet Iíd be the first one in North Carolina to have my very own flock of PINK FLAMINGOS! NO! NO! NO! Roe, Iím only TEASING! Ha! Ha! He just threatened to move outÖ..him or the flamingos! Ha! Ha! Shirley blamed JJ! Ha! I have a sneaky suspicion that they BOTH had a part in it!

Almost every e-mail I receive asks me about my health, which is the only reason I share health issues with you. The 28th of Dec. I had a bone scan. As soon as I find out the results I will let you know. I am looking forward to a positive report. A miracle is instantaneous, healing is a gradual process, and I KNOW that God is healing me. I thank you for your continued prayers on my behalf. Oh, and sometime Iíll tell you what itís like for a severely claustrophobic person (me) to lay under a machine with my hands velcroed to my side, my feet velcroed together and a blanket tightly wrapped around me for 25 minutes!! Ha! Ha! ďHey God, itís me, Tammy Faye, WHERE ARE YOU?????Ē

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January 5, 2006

I want to end with a poem written by Mother Theresa. It is engraved on the wall of her home for children in Calcutta:

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self centered. FORGIVE THEM ANYWAY. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. BE KIND ANYWAY. If you are successful you will win some false friends and some true enemies. SUCCEED ANYWAY. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. BUILD ANYWAY. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. BE HAPPY ANYWAY. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. DO GOOD ANYWAY. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU GOT ANYWAY. You see, in the final analysis, itís between you and God; IT WAS NEVER BETWEEN YOU AND THEM ANYWAY.

May God bless you and hold you close in 2006. May you feel His arms around you when you are afraid or need comfort.

And remember, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." (Jeremiah 33:3)

  Much love,
















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