Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thankful Thursday


My big brother Charles, passed away on June 8 from diabetes. Today, is his birthday, he would be 56. I cannot believe that he is gone, it is so unreal. The pain is still so raw, and very intense at times. I dedicate this thankful thursday to my big brother, Charles Billy Jenkins. Happy Birthday Charles, I love you, and miss you more each day that passes. I know you and Momma will be celebrating big time in heaven today, dancing on all the clouds. Enjoy your day, you deserve it. Give Momma a big hug and kiss from me, and tell her to give you hugs and kisses from me. I am so thankful that God chose you to be my big brother, He blessed my life by making us family. I thank you for loving me, watching over me, putting up with me, and always being there for me. When I was a little girl, you worked at a grocery store. Every night I would wait for you to come home, as soon as you came through the door, I ran straight to you, and gave you hugs. I was always so glad to see you. You brought my favorite candy bar to me every single night, I will never forget that. You will never know how very much I loved you, and looked up to you. You were a true hero in my eyes. The day you passed away, the world lost a precious and rare diamond. There will never be another like you, my brother, my friend.

56 comments:

Twinkle Mom @ Sunflower Faith said...

*Hugs* Dear Sister...that was a very touching post...*hugs*

on the Rock said...

These are beautiful birthday memories!
Blessings

maiylah said...

what a wonderful and touching tribute!
*hugs*

Pat said...

How sweet....beautiful memories and story, Thanks for sharing your feelings with us. thanks for visiting my blog also.

Nancie said...

This is such a touching thankful post and beautiful tribute to your beloved brother! Thank God for giving you such a loving brother. Thanks for sharing your thankful heart with us, Dennis. It is always encouraging to read your post. May God bless you always!

Heather said...

These are wonderful memories and such a beautiful tribute to your Brother. Your post was very touching thank you for sharing that with us.

~Tami said...

I'm sorry for your loss. Love in Christ, Tami

Serendipity said...

What a lovely tribute to your brother. Hugs to you.

Rocks said...

Sorry to hear about your loss,and yes, they're dancing in the heaven now and looking down on you. so sweet of you to dedicate this TT to him.

Michele W. said...

What a touching post. Sweet Birthday memories of your wonderful brother. I know it's such a comfort to know that he and your mom are together celebrating his big day. I'm giving you a great big grandma hug!
Love you dear sister In Christ!

Homesteader in Training said...

A most excellent TT. Very heartfelt.I can tell you loved him much.
Blessings,
Kim

mamasmurf said...

A great big ((HUG)) for you, my friend. You obviously still love your big brother very much - I hope he's dancing up there in Heaven!!
God bless ~Chrissy

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

Peace be with you today, Denise.

Erica said...

Once again you touched my heart. You are such a kind hearted sister and daughter. I know they are going to send blessings your way today.

Marsha said...

What a blessing to have such wonderful memories of Charles. That's truly something to be thankful for.
Love you my friend.

Gina's Public Diary said...

I know you miss him. Blessing to you,
Gina

flmom said...

(((((HUGS))))) I'm so sorry for your loss. You are blessed with such wonderful and loving memories. Have a fantastic week ahead!

Kristi said...

I'm sending you a great big hug throught the computer. I'm praying that your day will be full of precious memories and great comfort from the ultimate Comforter. Thank you for sharing your heart today.

Tiffany Stuart said...

What a heartfelt post. I am sorry you are still feeling raw and missing your brother. Please know many people love and support you. People like me.

Have a good day remembering the joy your brother brought to you!

Again, I am sorry you are hurting.

Hugs,
Tiffany

Tiffanie said...

I can tell how much your brother meant to you. Thanks for sharing a bit of him with all of us.
Blessings!

Amanda B. said...

Lord Jesus,

We celebrate today with Denise for her brother. We thank you for their love for each other and that your word promises that "every tear" will be wiped away on that glorious day. I pray that today will be a day of celebration for Denise and your love for her and Charles would saturate her.

In your Holy Name, Amen!

Toknowhim said...

What a special post today... Blessings Denise

Allison said...

*hugs and love* to you my dear friend!

Gretchen said...

Your grief is palpable, my friend, yet through it, you never cease to trust and thank the Lord. God is IN you, Dear One. And i'm thankful for that. Blessings on your day as your brother comes to mind.

hugs.

Laurie Ann said...

What a precious tribute of thanksgiving for your precious brother, Denise. I know you miss him beyond description and I am praying that God will wrap His loving arms around you today and comfort you and keep you. Bless you, dear sister in Christ!

Heather@Mommymonk said...

What a touching Thursday post. Your brother was a special guy and I'll be he's enjoying his birthday in heaven (eating ice cream and all kinds of things he couldn't do while here!)

Tracey said...

Sorry to hear of your loss, but happy to hear of your wonderful memories!
Blessings.

Peggy said...

Ohhh MY Sweet Denise...these are the hardest days to get through...
(((BIG SHORTYBEAR HUG)))You touched my core with this and I know your brother heard every word!

I so delighted that you chose to share your love for him with us all. You are a chip off that diamond!!!

Lord, wrap Denise in Your Love today and help her through this pain and grief with the Comforter by her side! Let her sense not only Your Presence but her brother's
...as she shares her love for him!
Bring her that special candy bar and fill her with good thoughts and loving memories of JOY!

Happy Birthday Charles ...may this celebration of your life be the biggest ever with ALL of heaven celebrating YOU & YOUR LIFE now ETERNAL!!!

God bless you Denise and keep your heart protected! May He give you strength to grieve and move forward
with LOVE and JOY that comes in the mourning...not just morning!
For you know the emptiness you feel without him is FULL & complete
HAPPINESS with no more tears or pain...and he fought the good fight
Peace and God's Light shine on you!

mama meji said...

What a sweet tribute to someone you so love. Thanks for sharing this. Blessings.

Kellie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss...what a neat tribute.
God bless
Kellie

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Blessings to you Denise.
Your post today is a beautiful tribute. I know you miss both he and your Mother so much.
I'll be thinking of you today.
Lea

BP said...

Hugs to you. This is such a sweet post to share to your brother.

Beverly said...

What a sweet post about your brother. Hugs.

Rosheeda said...

Brothers are blessings. I have one and I would do just about anything for him. Thankyou for your comment today, by the way. I love you too.

rosheeda

Talk..to..Grams said...

Such a sweet tribute on his birthday. You have very special memories of him. Hugs to you. Grams

Mary said...

And, oh, I miss my brother, too!

Peter Marshall wrote the following:

Those we love are with the Lord,
and the Lord has promised to be with us.
If they are with Him
And He is with us,
they cannot be faraway.

mary

Connie@Little Red Hearts From God said...

sweetie you are in my prayers...Happy Birthday to a sweet memory and a special person..

Hugs and kisses to you..

Connie

I love you

Cheryl said...

I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your brother Denise. Sounds like you were very close. I have two brothers that I love so much and hate the thought of losing them. I bet you were the best sister ever! Great tribute to him. Thanks for sharing.

Pia said...

that is so sweet, denise. God bless you. (((HUGS)))

Peggy said...

What a beautiful birthday tribute to your brother! Brothers are special people.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

God Chaser said...

Bless you! memories kept in the heart keeps them always with us.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

I pray you can enjoy the good memories of you brother, today.

JesuLalaine said...

I'm touched....

I know how you feel, I felt the same way when It was my Father's birthday last month.. He passed away 4 years ago.. It's a terrible feeling of missing so much..especially someone you love dearly..

Beth K. Vogt said...

It's not Thankful Thursday without stopping by your blog.
I will say a special prayer for God to comfort you tonight--and then I plan on calling my brothers and telling them I love them.
HUGS to you.
Beth@TheAccidentalPharisee

Mariah said...

Hi Denise, Thank YOU for sharing a very special memory. Beautiful tribute to someone who was very special. Thanks for coming by my blog.

-Mariah
www.talkingofmanythings.wordpress.com

Cheryl said...

Denise,

I love the new saying about problem/God. So very true. I'm so sorry about your brother.

Thanks for sharing your memories!

I'll be praying God guides you through this loss, as well as for your health!

Blessings!
Cheryl

Schotzy said...

Denise, God bless you, so much for your sweet heart and the wonderful memories of your dear brother!

Hootin' Anni said...

That is such a loving tribute. I too have a brother who passed away from a blog clot ---and to this day it's so unimaginable without him. The good memories still are with me tho.


Thanks for stopping by yesterday for my T-13. We had storms here, and in turn our computer was unplugged all day so I didn't get a chance to get any visiting done.

Have a terrific weekend!!

Lisa~Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

Oh hon *huge hugs* so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!!!

Front Porch Legacy said...

Denise, It I love to see how God works his way in the plans of our day. I lost my best friend and grandmother on January 5, 2008. I have cried every day since. Some days are tears of sadness because I miss her so much; and some days are tears of joy because I know that she is looking at the face of God. Can you just imagine!
Well, last night I went to my grandmother's home to check on things and I spotted her Bible. She had a habit of saving everything inside her Bible, so I sat in the floor and starting flipping thru the pages and in two sections I saw her handwritten note "Philippians 1:3". Of course, I was curious and turned to Philippians 1:3 and cried as I read "I thank my God upon every rememberance of you."
God knew, and I think my Grandma knew, that someday I will hold her Bible and search for her again.
Go to Philippians 1:3 today!

Bernadine said...

What wonderful memories you have of your big brother. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Mr. & Mrs. Fegley said...

It sounds like you have two very special angels watching over you- and I'd bet that they know how very much they are loved- even still today.

Jendi said...

What great memories you have of your brother.
May the pain lesson, but the love live as the years go by.

Speaking from the Heart said...

What an awesome dedication to your brother. I know your brother read every line, as he watches you from heaven. This is one of the best Thankful Thursday I have read in a long time.

The ache of a lost one will never go away. May you find comfort to know that he is no longer in pain and that you will see him again. Our life on earth is short, compare to what we will have with our Father.

A Stone Gatherer said...

Wonderful Thankful Thursday tribute to your big brother!

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

sending you thoughts of comfort. I lost my big brother 8 years ago and it it is so sad without him.
xoxo Nita