Rio and Papa
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Sunday I went to the Vandalia Women's Prison. So Rio came and stayed with Doug and they spent some great "Guy" time together Sunday and Monday. Doug said they "walked down memory lane" .......Rio kept remembering things they'd done together, that he'd forgotten....and they both laughed and laughed over their "antics" over the past almost 14 years! These two have been almost inseparable ♥ "two peas in a pod".....Rio is fast approaching his Papa's height and strength (probably stronger then Papa)....and Rio would say, "And I'm smarter then Papa already!" They were watching some show on TV yesterday evening and were both "belly laughing" so loud! It was music to this Nana's ears to hear them ♥ ♥ Memories....PRECIOUS MEMORIES ♥ ♥

This morning Doug and I read from our Jesus Calling. Here is te first part of it:

"POUR ALL OF YOUR ENERGY into trusting Me. It is through trust that you stay connected to Me, aware of My Presence. Every step on your
life-journey can be a step of faith. Baby steps of trust are simple for you; you can take them with almost unconscious ease. Giant steps are
another matter altogether: leaping across chasms in semidarkness, scaling cliffs of uncertainty, trudging through the valley of the shadow
of death. These feats require sheer concentration, as well as utter commitment to Me."   (with the verses from Ps. 23 as the scripture reading.

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, 3 He restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,a I will fear no evil,

for You are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

(New International Version 1984)

I've had the 4th verse of the 23rd Psalm going through my mind and written on my heart from the beginning of this walk. But the words that have stuck out were, "for You are with me".....for You are with....us!" The reality of His presence is comforting and strength to both of us ♥

Yesterday Nat emailed me.... I want to quote a portion of it:.....  "Did you ever read "Hinds Feet on High Places"? Each day you are "scaling another height" to the "High Places" with God. If you read the book you will know what I mean."..... Oh Nat! I HAVE read the book.....over and over again! My "hard copy" is so "dog eared" and tattered, I decided to download it on my "Nook". Thank you Nat for the reminder of the wisdom and truth of that book! It goes so well with the reading from todays "Jesus Calling"..."leaping across chasms in semidarkness, scaling cliffs of uncertainty," I'm going to just have to re-read it again Nat! I love you Nat ♥

From My Sister Natalie ♥
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My sister Natalie sent Doug and I the scripture below and along with a message from her heart and His Word....and she even sent a pic I could use of her for this post...Thank you Nat...LOVE you Sister ♥ Love Doug and my family.....each are so dear to our hearts ♥
 
Reading these scripture DID encourage me this morning Nat! I will share them with Doug when he wakes up ♥ Thank you Nat ♥...and YES We are RICH in friends and family ♥
2 Corinthians 6:1-10
New International Version 1984

1As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.
2For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”a I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.
4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;
5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;
6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;
7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;
8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;
9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed;
10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Thank you for the link. How wonderful to keep all your friends and family up to date with you and Doug's life. I appreciated reading all
the comments you posted from friends and family. You know I love you both and are praying for you. As I was praying for you in Church today,
actually it was while the scripture of the Sunday was being read, I should have been listening not praying but apparently I can do both
because as the words from II Corinthians 6:10b were read it made me think of you, my dear sister Sylvia. "...though having nothing, we
possess everything". I was thinking of myself first and then you flashed through my mind, that as far as the world thinks, we have nothing of
great importance but as far as what is important in life, we possess everything. I was blessed to see from the postings on your journal how
many people care and are praying for you and Doug. You are rich in friends and family who support you, care about you and are praying for
you-things money can't buy: "...though having nothing we possess everything." The complete reading for today was II Corinthians 6:1-10. I reread it when I got home to find the verse I remembered and was encouraged by all of it. Seemed as if it would be a good read for you too. Hope it encourages you as well on your journey. I am on this journey, with you too Sylvia. Thank you sharing your journey with us.
Love Natalie


Doug's Always Big and Giving Heart
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Here's the way it usually went after he'd tell me what he'd just done for someone...."Hay Honey, I noticed one of the guys at the AA meeting tonight needed new shoes. His sneakers had holes in them! So I took him to the store and bought him a new pair of sneakers.!" MY response... "YOU DID WHAT? And How MUCH did you spend? He'll probably just go pawn them for booze now!" Well....as far as I know...the guy wore his new sneakers for a long time! True story.....

That was and how it has always been between us! He was forever doing something for folks....EVEN little critters! One day he came home from work with a RAT!...Oh NOT just any RAT...it had been someone's pet...oh it was one you'd buy from a Pet Store...He'd found it in a dumpster that day and couldn't JUST LET IT GO...oh NO!...it was TOO CUTE to let go! So, he found a box and filled it with paper he tore up so it would be all comfy in it's new home! EXCEPT when he went to bring it home he noticed there was not just ONE RAT in the box...but "she'd" had, I think it was 12 babies....you read it right 12 tiny rats!  !My response..... YOU BROUGHT  HOME WHAT? A RAT AND HER 12 BABIES? DOUG! HOW COULD YOU? We have a C-A-T! And just how do you figure we'll keep the C-A-T from eating your RATS?".....Well...the cat didn't get any of the rats..and we raised them and finely sold them to a pet store...he made the store owner PROMISE he would NOT use the rats for snake food!...Ya right Doug...he NEVER gave one of those rats to his snakes!

If a guy was down on his luck and needed a job...Doug would think..."well, we needed to "update" our home...so he can do the job and save us money".....My response..."YOU DID WHAT DOUG? YOU HIRED A GUY TO "UPDATE OUR HOUSE? WHY, OH WHY, CAN'T WE JUST HIRE A LICENSED CARPENTER TO DO THE JOB? AND WHY DO WE HAVE TO UPDATE THE HOUSE NOW...I LIKE IT JUST THE WAY IT IS!" Oh no...he had this guy do "the updates"...bought him NEW TOOLS...and the guy did a fine job....don't know if he saved us any money...but it got done...and another guy was blessed by Doug's generosity!

When his son came for a visit and wanted new clothes...Doug took him shopping...did I get to go? NOPE...Didn't even tell me they were going...cause the kid had clothes...and they knew what I'd say! They went shopping and Doug not only bought him new clothes...he bought him NAME BRAND CLOTHES! My response...."YOU BOUGHT HIM NAME BRAND CLOTHES! DID YOU GET THEM AT A SECOND HAND STORE? NO?....ARE YOU CRAZY? I DON'T GET NAME BRAND CLOTHES...UNLESS THEY ARE FROM A SECOND HAND STORE!" But Doug and his son had a great time shopping and Doug's "Daddy's Heart" was overflowing with love for a son he'd not seen in years and it was great to spend money on his son ♥ I got over it......and Billy was thrilled with his new name brand clothes!

When Ron and Katina's car had a flat tire he went to help them and not only bought them a new tire...he bought 4 new tires.....my
response..."DOUG...THEY ONLY NEEDED O-N-E- NEW TIRE! WHY DID YOU BY FOUR NEW TIRES? DO YOU THINK WE'RE MADE OF MONEY? His response to me.."Well Sylvia, they are your kids and mine too....and I wanted them to be safe with 4 tires that matched! I didn't think you'd mind!" How do you argue with a guy like this? well, if you know me very well...I'd sure try...but I never won! NOT when it came to Doug blessing others....

When we moved to our Townhouse in Tampa, we didn't have a garage, so he gave his car ramps and some tools and yard stuff to Joanna and Steve Hall.
(Joanna was his step daughter at one time...and he has stayed close to them, even now.) He wanted to be sure someone would get his things who
would really appreciate and use them! OK...this time I was just fine with his generosity! We both wanted to bless Joanna and Steve any time
we could!

If the kids ever needed something....like a place to live when going to college...rent free...well you guessed it.....they moved into our tiny "apartment"
when we lived on Yukon Street...then Renee came to live with us....and had her son Rio...right there in our living room! Renee and Rio lived in
the house with us....Ron, Katina and Elise lived in a very tiny "apartment" We all had some GREAT family times there on Yukon
Street! We got a pool and a hot tub "for the kids"......then we got the 18 foot pontoon boat...(BTW...the pontoon boat was MY idea...yup,
I guess I CAN spend money huh? But we paid cash for it.)
Oh the memories we made on that boat with the kids and friends ! ! When Renee and Ron needed cars...he'd help find one and help with the funds.....ALWAYS wanting them to have safe cars to drive around in with their families!  When we moved to Missouri....we lived with Renee and family for the first month and a half....Doug noticed Renee had a very old washing machine, so he went out and bought them a NEW ONE! "DOUG, THE WASHING MACHINE STILL WORKED!" Say's me, her MOM!.....In his heart and mind they weren't just "My kids"..they were "our kids" ♥

He also liked to have nice things....and when hedecided to get new stuff...I'D say...."YOU SPENT HOW MUCH?"...It would take my breath away EVERY time...actually....the worst spending trip was actually a trip to his dentist...and he came home in a NEW truck! I didn't speak to him for DAYS!!! OR RIDE IN THE TRUCK! Oh it was a beautiful truck all right.....and I "got over it"...but he has NEVER bought a big ticket item like that since then...HE PROMISED ME HE WOULDN'T....AND HE HASN'T! (Of course he has false teeth now though...so NO dentist trips any more!)

A Living Legend and More Memories from Family
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Today I made an album I posted on FB.....and I also tried to create an album here on this journal.....but I have no idea if it worked..so I am going to post the link to the FB Album here.....I just don't trust my "Blog" wisdon" ! ! !   

A Living Legend ♥ (141 photos)

I also want to post the entries from family and friends today on FB....thank you all for your messages..I read them ALL to Doug and thank you for the phone calls too ♥ He is AMAZED at how much folks love him ♥ The one below is from our precious Niece Leah ♥ Thank you precious Leah ♥



  • Leah Christine Smith
    • I love you so much my dear sweet Uncle Doug.....you are in my prayers
      throughout each and every day, both of you. You have always been there
      for me when I needed a shoulder to cry on or just an ear to listen. That
      means more to me than anything. You never treated me like a niece, you
      treated me like a daughter..telling me not what I wanted to hear, but
      what I needed to hear. Your wisdom and guidance stayed with me through
      all these years and will continue to. You have always held a special
      place in my heart. The family and I are anxiously preparing for our trip
      to Missouri and can't wait to wrap our arms around you! More
      importantly, to make precious memories that we will cherish for a
      lifetime. I love you both soo very much!! Can't wait to have a big bowl
      of peaches and tater wedges with you.



      This one is from my cousin Reggie....Doug and I BOTH had a good laugh over this one! ! ! Thnks Reggie for sharing this story ♥ LOVED it ! ! Doug said he has no memory of this....sure wish this had been caught on video....but alas...NO cell phones back them to capture "This Priceless Moment".....but memories live forever ♥

      • Reggie Parker Gotta tell you a quick story about taking notice of Doug (actually the whole
        Norman Springer contingent the first time) This was at Fairwood Summer "Camp", the Norman Springer gang were huddled outside the dining hall, Doug arguing with Sonny Parker claiming southern rock was far superior
        toYankee rock. To demonstrate the truth of it, Doug did his own rendition (you listening Dickie?) of Elvis's Blue Swede Shoes. Something not to forget.


Precious Memories and Thoughts From Others
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  • I haven't figured out how to set this Blog up so folks can post their responses here and not just FB....till I do that, I'll "paste and copy" some of them to here....thank you ALL for your prayers...the middle of the week was tough...BUT GOD has answered you prayers and stepped in with HIS PEACE and comfort ♥ Yesterday our Cousin Clarence stopped by. He was driving his Big rRg on I70! He and Doug had a great visit....he brought Doug lunch and a BUCS Shirt ♥ Thank you Cuz ♥ ♥ And THANK YOU ALL for your prayers! GOD is GOOD...ALL THE TIME ♥ ♥



    Irene Merrill
    So good to hear you voice Doug and we will be praying daily for God's blessing for you and Sylvia for God's will and I believe God can do
    miracles as He chooses!!!! We love you so much!!!!! Doug, always enjoy hearing you and Larry joke and have fun together!!!

    Hard to believe you have been married 22 years! Such a beautiful memory at your wedding ! My handsome brother and lovely wife!!! Doug, I was thinking about your name and how neat mom and dad gave you their last names, wow! Douglas Roberts Springer!!!!! You know we named S cott Douglas after you and dad! Doug when we were just children someone asked if you and I were twins! Do you remember that?
    Never forgot that! love you, your sis!!!!!!!


    • Rachael Sarah JamesRachael Sarah James
      • Aunt Sylvia, you & Uncle Doug are in my thoughts & prayers...I would
        give anything to be able to come & see you next month, but for now,
        its not possible. The Good Lord willing I can in the near future! We
        love you both dearly. heart
        I know how Uncle Doug loves his peaches, when I stayed with you all he
        would make a bowl of them on top of oatmeal w/ some brown sugar for each
        of us..so delicious. wink
        I think of him to this day when I make it for the kids & I..I'll
        never forget our special talks & his words of wisdom, Please tell
        him that I love him & he is in my heart. heart

        • Joanna HallJoanna Hall
          • I am so sorry for Doug and I hope you will let him know that I love him
            very much. He really cared for me and JoJo when he didn't have to and I
            have always respected him for that. What a wonderful heart he has and
            God will accept him with open arms. Of course y'all know that already. I
            am so sad right now, I'm not sure if my words are coming out right. I
            hope you are doing okay, too. Both of you are such awesome people that I
            love so much. We will pray for you both. Doug is so stubborn though,
            maybe he'll make it through this and be okay. That is what I hope more
            than anything! Please know that I will be here to talk to if either of
            you need someone to talk to. You both helped me through some very
            difficult times in my life and I can never thank you enough for that. I
            will let JoJo know. Call me anytime.

            Love Always,
            Joanna,Steve,Chelsea and Matthew heart


              • Dear Sylvia and Doug,

                Thank you for sharing this. Hurting with you...and rejoicing for all
                the ways that God is providing and helping you through this difficult and new chapter of your lives. I know you'll find the strength you need as you continue to lean on Jesus.We have a Strong Redeemer and I enjoy reading His promises and being reminded that He is Faithful to His promises. Jesus heals. He helps us overcome every obstacle and to take us right through to victory. Whatever the battle we face, nothing is too hard for Him. God bless you. Sending love and prayers, Becky


                “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.” Jeremiah 32:17

                “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22

            • Joan Caroline Dukelow LanoieJoan Caroline Dukelow Lanoie
              • You are also in our prayers for you and Doug, Sylvia!!! My heart goes out to you both !!! You are an inspiration in your trusting and seeking God to bring the help and healing that's needed in every way. May you both feel His arms around you and giving you strength for every battle!! God bless and keep you in the days ahead!! We say AMEN to every prayer prayed for you!! Love Denis and Joanie


                • Ruth DeckerRuth Decker
                  • Sylvia and Doug, Thanks for the update. Hugs and prayers to you both. You are both an inspiration.

                    Love Ruth

                • Gerilyn AnconaGerilyn Ancona
                  • Love you! You are such a strong woman. Thank you for letting me boohoo my
                    troubles with my Mom, when you have your own difficult path. I am so
                    glad that you guys are getting some help. A ramp is huge,and will be
                    such a blessing for you both! I am sure Doug will love getting outside
                    again!

                • Kathy FultonKathy Fulton
                  • Thank you for sharing, Sylvia. It is wonderful to see how God is meeting
                    your needs. We will hold you in our prayers! Indeed God is BIG and
                    cares about ramps and pain management. Love to you both from both of
                    us!

                • Vivian Aldrich McClureVivian Aldrich McClure
                  • Thanks for letting us know how Doug is doing. It sounds like having Hospice involved will make it easier for him and you too. It's wonderful how God put you in a place where you could find out about all the benefits that will make life better for Doug. He may out live us or the rapture takes place...which would be wonderful. He will love driving down the ramp and getting the mail and being more independent. Love you both.

                • Bob SweetJrBob SweetJr
                  • Thank you for your inspiring testimony through the tears Sylvia. God bless you both as you travel through this season of life...what a comfort to KNOW that Jesus is with you each step of the way...because HE LOVES YOU BOTH...and so do we...Bob and Joy

                • Gail Whatley TigueGail Whatley Tigue
                  • We will be praying for you & Doug as you experience this with Him.
                    May He be to both of you as Abba Father. I will pray that His goodness
                    & mercy will follow you all the days of your lives. We love &
                    miss you both terribly.
                    Gail Tigue

            Elly Plummer
  • Sing this loud and clear this morning dear sister!!!
    "What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
    Leaning on the everlasting arms;
    What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,

    Leaning on the everlasting arms. What have I to dread, what have I to
    fear, leaning on the everlasting arms? I have blessed peace with my Lord
    so near, leaning on the everlasting arms."
Doug and I sang this together this morning...He said..."They used to play this song in the bars....I loved it then...and still love it."
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  • Naomi Valverde And it's always appropriate in every situation - "one day at a time". Sort
    of like Matthew 6:34 - "Do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow,
    for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties
    of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble." And in the same passages, Jesus tells us that our Heavenly Father knows it all
    gives us all 
    that we need.
  • Vangie McCormick Standing by you 2 in faith & will great love!

The Rollercoaster Ride.....
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We both need your prayers.....Yesterday's post...."Get On The Happy Side" was wonderful.....then last evening we had a very tough evening, night and this morning.....We're on that roller coaster...and hanging on for dear life to HIM ♥

Get On The Happy Side od Living
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Our Song for the day ♥

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ly8lvP3wDk

Doug Has NOT Lost His Humor ♥
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OK.....Just a little background on this entry......Doug LOVES PEACHES.....like he can eat 2-3 GALLON cans of them in a week! NO FOOLIN! He also gets real sleepy after he takes his night meds, and if he adds any extra pain meds and "Chill pills" to the mix...he's a gonner in no time. So...after taking all his night meds AND his extra ones...he decides he wants some PEACHES! Ya...right I'm thinking...I can't go to bed till I know he's eaten them all and NOT spilled them....OR....I can convince him he needs to wait till the morning and THEN eat his peaches. Ya, well you guessed it...ME "suggesting" he wait, went over like a led balloon! So, me plants myself in front of him and his walker and say as sternly and lovingly as possible...."You CAN NOT eat peaches now! You are way to sleepy! So, PLEASE, go back to your recliner and go to sleep!" He looked me in the eye and said something to the effect, "OK Nurse Crachet!" And under his breath I heard him mumble, "I'll just get my peaches as soon as you start snoring!" He got all settled in his recliner and I went to the bedroom for about 5 minutes....checked in on him, and sure enough he was fast asleep! I waited for another few minutes to be sure and then covered him with a warm comforter and went to bed.

The next morning I heard him in the kitchen and a few minutes latter I heard him say, "I think I'll keep this last can of peaches till latter." and on he went to the dinning room.

I went into the kitchen to see how many cans of peaches there were and I could find only ONE can! There should have been TWO cans...one from last night, and the one he was "Keeping till latter".....The bowl for the peaches was on the counter with a spoon....an empty store bag next to them. So I asked him where the can of peaches were from last night....he said, "I got up in the night and ate them.....AFTER I heard you snoring and fast asleep!"
To which I replied, "Oh no you didn't, cause I tucked you in with the comforter real nice and tight, and that is EXACTLY how I found you this morning....STILL tucked in! So, where are the peaches?"
He said, "I just told you, I ate them LAST night!
'

Now, I am in the kitchen HUNTING for those peaches! And I'm thinking..."There was NO way he could have tucked himself back in as tight as I had him tucked in......or could he"? But there were NO peaches to be found in the refrigerator....so, "MAYBE HE DID!.....nope...HE COULDN'T HAVE!"

Then from the living room I hear him say, "Look behind the milk."...and SURE ENOUGH....there behind the milk was the can of peaches!!!!! He had decided to at least get a LITTLE bit even with me for being such a "Nurse Crachet" with him the night before! I just hooted and hooted! We BOTH had a good laugh over that little trick ♥ ♥ ♥ THAT'S MY MAN! Sure do love this guy ♥

The Beginning.....
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Our Journey started a LONG time ago...according to Psalms 139: 13-18
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious tob me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake,I am still with you.

So, non of what we have walked through to date as individuals or as a couple come as a surprise to our Lord. Since we both accept that as His Truth for our lives...He is the ONE we will look to as He walks with us in the weeks and months ahead.

Not many folks here on earth are given the gift by their Lord of knowing their time here is short.....and to see and accept it as a "gift" is NOT easy. Speaking for myself, I have walked this path with my Mom and it was a privilege.....and with that privilege came a LOT of emotional pain...and an amazing peace.....right in the middle of the emotional ups and downs.

Those emotional ups and downs are here for Doug and I....daily....but so is His Peace. This morning we sat on our front porch and I read the "Jesus Calling" Devotional out loud.....Doug said to me...So, are you "grooming" me for heaven?"....."No." I said. "That's Gods job. But I Do want to spend our time together.....in His Word...connecting to His strength...together"......"OK." he said. "Just checking" ♥ ♥ ♥  That's my man ♥ ♥ Doug has been great for me....He keeps me grounded...real.....honest....and KNOWING he loves me ♥ ♥

The words in "Jesus Calling" were perfect for TODAY.....and that is exactly how our Lord works in our lives....moment by moment...day by day.....Thank You Lord for your comfort and strength TODAY ♥

I am sure we will cry AND laugh a lot together. Renee and family are planning times together for "Making Memories"...because memories with our loved ones....last a life time ♥ Doug's niece Leah and her family will be here Oct 15th....and Curt and Elaine are planning on a visit. My friend Connie has been making Doug his favorite pies....and bringing him peaches ♥ Ya know...it's those "little things" that make our hearts over flow with love ♥ Doug and I are RICH with friends and family.


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