There are some people that the Lord brings into your life…and the impact they make on your heart is so strong! You are not only blessed, but enriched and influenced forever. That is exactly how I feel having known my friends, Paul and Nellie.
I cannot remember exactly how long it has been since we started “hanging out” – as we called it. It began when one of them…Paul, I believe, needed a ride to a doctor appointment but a sweet friendship quickly formed.
Over the last year and half…maybe a bit more…we have run all sorts of errands – and all errands including a lunch stop either before or after our business for the day. Paul does love his McDonalds coffee and Nellie always preferred a burger – really just so she would have a bit left over to take home to Mr. Ozzie!!
This sweet couple – married over 63 years! – have faced incredible difficulties and much pain these last months. Medical challenges with several hospital stays and numerous ER visits…..very complicated family issues and heartbreaks……financial challenges…and many other trails.
And yet, they have faced them as a couple and with a faith that is inspiring. Their love for each other is beautiful. And their love for our Savior…and the way it influences everything they do…is so encouraging to me.After a summer of planning and preparing, they have finally been able to move to an assisted living home near their daughter in Pennsylvania. They left this morning. I will so miss them. I am privileged to be their friend. I pray that the transition will go smoothly and that God will give them much grace as they adjust to so many changes. I pray life will settle and calm down a bit for them and these days of life can be not only peace filled but happy. I love them both.