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Don't Stew, Do! What are you doing to climb out of your grave?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Spunky Dec 23, 2018. 172 Replies

This is a challenge to all my fellow Widow/ers :-)I'm just a Guy.I know it's so because one of my Grand-Daughters told me so. She was listening to Braid Paisley singing I'm Still a Guy on the radio.…Continue

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Less Beard

Posted on March 23, 2014 at 11:19am 3 Comments

For all the fans-not of the beard. There is less of it as of yesterday :-)

MIssion Team - Guadalcanal

Posted on February 16, 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

I just got home from a 3 week long Mission trip to the South Pacific. The first week was spent with 6 others from my home church, a Missionary who lives on American Samoa, and 3 others. This picture was taken at the American Memorial that is at the top of the ridge above where the church meets there. The people of Guadalcanal and the rest of the Solomon Islands are very…


Anna Kay & Grandma

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 4:03pm 4 Comments

Sharon Kay and Anna Kay. Anna was the only Grandchild we have named after either of us.

Little Anna Kay is 3 now. We see so much of Sharon Kay in here.

Two weeks ago I was at her house and she took my hand, insisting I come to her room.

She leapt up on her dresser and pointed to this picture, that her Mom framed for her. She said "Grandma and Baby Anna."…


Big day for Ron !

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 7:08am 5 Comments

Today is a big day for me :-)

It's the last day of my 40th year at my job.

I am an engineer. Over the years I have worked on almost everything that John Deere makes. Some projects very small and some very big. My first love is Tractors. I decided this was what I would do with my life when I was 16 driving a tractor that made me think "someone should do better."…


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I am twice blessed :) :) I lost my wonderful wife, Sharon, in 2011. I spent several years sitting on the side of the bed, staring at the floor, asking myself "Why am I still here?" I could not believe anyone would love me the way she had.
It turns out there was a reason to still be here. Her name is Lina. She needed someone to love her.
We met through our church - a long story indeed - with a persistent Missionary,an emotional crash followed by lot of time on my hands on a desert island in the Pacific and a local pulpit Minister who convicted me "If you believe God hears and answers your prayers, act like you are expecting the answer"
I don't think what we called could be called dating...
We fell in love writing to each other. When we finally met in person, it was all over in an instant. (every wonderful thing we found to share was just a bonus)
We married, both retired, and moved to a place where retirees outnumber the locals.
It's been several years now. We are still happy and busier than we ever were. (how did we find time to work?)
I will bow out of Widowed Village - except to encourage new widows to join you for comfort and support.
God bless you each and every one. :) :)

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At 1:53pm on March 1, 2014, pipin said…

Hi Ron, glad you back safe and sound from your adventure. Only thing I can say for myself is still trying to be , to be ... 

love Pipin

At 5:06am on February 8, 2014, lovie said…
Hi. Ron! Sorry for the late reply. I am not on here daily. (i was widowed in sept. 2009.) In the last year or so I found that the posters became much more negative than in the first years so I drifted away. Since i could not reach in and shake or strangle some of them, i thought it best to take a break for a while. People tend to come and go so the dynamics of the boards and chat change now and then. I come back occasionally to catch up with the many friends that I made in my first year on here. I think your "Don't Stew blog was one of the best ever in getting others to really look at where they are, what they have accomplished and where they want to go. Way To Go, Ron! The sadness and doom and gloom are totally expected in the early years, but some have been widowed as long as I have or more and still tell the newcomers that it does not get better with time and that everything still sucks. That became toxic to me. But, I imagine some of them were probably "woe is me" in their life before widowhood, too! Enough judgment on my part...God forgive me!! So, I heard or read that you are leaving for a mission trip this, wonderful and how awesome. Giving and doing for others is so very self-healing. I wish you well, I will pray for your safety, and hope that you will share your experience with us when you return. What a small world that you have traveled to the southern most part our waterfront property state. My husband was born in Houma as his mother lived there but they moved to Thibodaux right after. Did you once live there being you saw your very-young-once-girlfriend there!? I recall my first crush...I was in first grade and I went to school with him until graduating high school and I never once spoke to him!! Take care, Ron...peaceful thoughts as you travel and happy healing to your wounded heart.
At 9:12pm on February 4, 2014, Lisa (lost) Lamb said…

Thank you for the friend request Ron!  I still hope to see ya in Hawaii!

At 2:55am on January 26, 2014, BESTBUDS1 [Norman} said…

Thanks Ron,, In lookin at your pictures u have a beautiful family ..And i can feel and see the happiness and joy  that comes forth from your lovely wife....You are blessed as i was with a wonderful wife.....Blessings ..Norman

At 5:29pm on January 16, 2014, RonB said…

Thank You for the Birthday wishes.

I just got off the phone with my Sister, she told me she can hear in my voice that I "am in a better place" from the time I joined WV. God bless you all :-)

At 2:51pm on January 16, 2014, LaurieR said…

Happy Birthday

At 9:39pm on January 15, 2014, Asha said…
Hi Ron,
Just noticed that it's your birthday. Hope you got to do something nice today.
Best wishes...
At 9:40pm on January 8, 2014, bj628(Bonnie) said…

Thanks for the friendship invitation. It was very nice meeting you in chat. So sorry this is the way we had to meet. So glad for the site and meeting people who understand.

At 6:46pm on December 28, 2013, judy said…

Hi Ron,

Welcome to Widowed Village. I am very sorry for your loss, but happy that you found us. You will find caring, loving support and friendship here.


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