in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart” ~Helen Keller
I just adore this quote; I can’t even begin to imagine what life was like for Helen Keller who was not able to see or hear. It’s true what they say about the remaining senses being heightened when one is affected. I know this because John’s step-grandfather was blinded in an accident in his early 20’s (he fell from a platform and it was a miracle he lived). As a result, he met John’s grandmother (both attending college) when she helped him get through his studies without being able to read. They fell in love and married not long after. He decided not to learn to read Braille and has relied heavily on her assistance over the years and she is a wonderful helpmate for him. His hearing is heightened as a result, and has a difficult time being in noisy places, trying to decipher the voices around him. He is a retired minister who performed our marriage ceremony and he has quite a sense of humor. Once he announced us husband and wife, he leaned to me and asked me to come closer. When I did, he reached out his hand to touch my face and leaned over to kiss me on the cheek. Then, he chuckled at John and said, “I got to kiss your wife first” – we all cracked up. I think John was annoyed. It was a beautiful ceremony (one that I may share more about later because this post is about him being blind).
A testimony to his character is that he never blamed God for his accident; he has devoted his life to helping others through God’s love, reaching out to those in need, always willing to lend an ear and pray with others. In fact, I rest assured in the knowledge that every morning both of them pray for me, for us, everyone in the family, in fact. They are prayer warriors and I am grateful for them. I feel their love even though we are miles apart.
A little about my card now – this is the new TE set Discover Your Wings, a portion of the sale of this set for the next 3 months will go to the charity, Now I lay me down to sleep (NILMDTS). I stamped the silhouette flowers in brown ink and sponged various yellows, oranges and reds for a sunset on glossy cardstock. The card base and layers are prism and from the Nov 20th key ingredients.
Personal News to share: For those of you who may not follow on Facebook; I started a temporary job with a staffing agency this week! I’m grateful but it’s been a little challenging getting back to working all day. I also had my Algebra final tonight (thank God it’s over although I will miss my great teacher and classmates!) In other news – I got that long anticipated goal of an “A” on my last test! Go Me! Next semester I take Intro to Anatomy/Physiology an Essentials of Medical Terminology – I’m so excited about those classes! That was a long post – if you stayed with me the whole time, thanks and hope you have a great day!