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I had six brothers, and that's no lie,
But one has passed on, to that home in the sky.
He was my eldest brother, and his name was Jim;
He was so full of life, and vinegar and vim.
He loved his work, his family, his life,
He loved his grand kids, he loved his wife.
He loved playing games, he loved playing ball,
He will be sorely missed, by one and by all.
The remaining five are still living, and that's a plus,
And with me included, that still makes six of us.
My name is David, and I am the second eldest son,
My age is 77, and I still do my morning jogging run.
The next brother in line is Jehu, and he is number three,
The Biblical meaning of Jehu is, "Jehovah is He."
He was famous for his fast chariot driving, and his enthusiasm and zeal,
For ridding Israel of those evil ones, whose names were Ahab and Jezebel.
Next we have brother John, and he is number four,
He is the financial genius in the family, and that's no folklore.
He resides with his good wife, Bebe Jo, in a great state far West,
Doing what he always does, and doing what he does best (whatever that is?).
Getting near the end, we have brother Junior, who is number five,
He doesn't know yet what his real name is, but he is still able to survive.
Whether he is a junior, or whether he is just Posey Junior in name,
But, regardless of his uncertain moniker, he is sure to illude any fame.
Next to last, we have Milton, who happens to be number six,
He was born in Elkton, MD, unlike David, who was born in the "sticks."
Milton was only the second son, that didn't have a Bible name,
He was named after the church's General Overseer, Milton Ambrose Tomlinson
~~ just the same!
Last but not least, we have Samson, who is the tallest of the seven,
While his feet are planted on earth, his head is closer to heaven.
Remember the story, in the Bible, about Samson and Delilah, how romantic,
on again, off again, up again, down again ~ how un - pedantic!
This ends our little poem really about Seven Brothers, aren't you glad?
At least it's a little humorous, and not one to make you sad!
P.S. Blessing from God's Word for my Brothers:
Behold, for thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the Lord,
The Lord bless you,
And may you see prosperity all the days of your life.
Indeed, may you see your children's children!
Peace be upon God's people!
(Psalm 128 NASB)
Read what others had to say: (Shupe Family Website)
Joy Nicholson - Sep 5, 2011. That one definitely brought smiles and laughter, brother David! That was good and humorous! :-) I liked the blessing at the end also, since the patriarchs of the family always blessed their family. You are the oldest living brother now, so you have the honor of being the patriarch of the family, and we thank you for all the prayers you pray for all of us, your blessings upon our families, your care for those who need it, and for updating the Shupe Directory, which is quite a task!
Thanks again for all you and Elaine do! We love you both! Jim & Joy
Melody Popo - Sep 5, 2011. I enjoyed your light-hearted poem about your brothers. You are so talented in writing such things. Thank you for sharing it with us. God has truly blessed the Shupe family.
David Shupe - Sep 5, 2011. Thanks so much for your kind comments, Melody and Joy. If there is any good at all there, it's only because of inspiration from the good Lord.
Actually, I have written seven poems in the past 10 days or so, mostly about family members, but one was not. Guess I was on a "roll," one about Dave, Pam, Elaine, GrandSon Sam, My 3 Sisters, My 6 Brothers, and our young friend in St. Croix, Arelia. On the drawing board are ones for Heather Hope and Scot. Really, I just started on Heather's today, and I'm thinking about composing one for my brothers and sisters-in-law, too, good Lord willing.
Yesterday, I created a new website just to include the poems to date, so I would have them all in one place. However, they are only on my hard drive at the moment.
Melody Popo - Sep 5, 2011. We look forward to reading your poems once you have them on your website.
Pam Finley - Sep 5, 2011. Has Hallmark contacted you yet? ; )
David Shupe - Sep 6, 2011. No Pam. Afraid I'd have to improve considerably to enter that sacred realm!
Joy Nicholson - Sep 5, 2011. Ditto to what Melody and Pam said! :-).
REMEMBERING BROTHER JIM
(June 17, 1932 ~ May 7, 2005)
I had a big brother,
Whom I quite admired.
While he wasn't the first born,
He was the first male Dad sired.
Jim went to be with the good Lord,
Ten years ago on this date.
But his memory continues to live on,
Never to be forgotten I'd like to relate.
When I was in the first grade of school,
I was somewhat below average size.
A school bully constantly pestered me,
But he was in for quite a surprise.
Once, bro Jim caught him harassing me,
He reached out and pulled him up short.
Advising him if he wanted to keep on living,
His bullying days he'd have to abort.
The bully gave me no more trouble after that,
Making sure that he stayed clear of me.
What a difference in my first year of school,
Recess and lunch time improved, you see.
When I was 10, in the fourth grade,
Jim & Jehu saved me from drowning.
Jehu alerted Jim & two friends of my plight,
Jehu could've thought I was clowning.
He yelled & pointed out my distress,
They came rushing over, pulling me out.
On to shore, beating water out of my lungs,
Never been so close to death, never doubt.
I'll always owe a lot to brother Jim,
A debt I could never really pay.
Like the debt Christ paid for each of us,
Which we thank God for each day.
Jim was the older brother,
That I often tried to emulate.
In our younger teenage years,
In so many ways, we did relate.
In our formative teenage years,
Guess I looked up to Jim.
Moving up the employment ladder,
Seems like I just followed him.
He worked at two grocery stores,
After leaving, they hired me.
Then a drug store he did employ,
For he was a hard worker you see.
When he left for greener pastures,
They then hired yours truly.
Based on his conscientious work ethic,
They figured I would not be unruly.
He graduated high school & soon after,
He joined up with the merchant marines.
Worked for a time, then joined the military,
Once again, I followed him it seems.
Joined the merchant marines with Sun Oil,
Later, I enlisted in the military service.
We were both patriots & loyal to our country,
And nothing about it tended to make us nervous.
Jim eventually married and settled down,
As a lovely lass named Ginny caught his eye.
To him it was worth it to leave the single ranks,
And start a family which he would supply.
As events progressed and took place,
He ended up having a wonderful brood of four.
A proud papa and mama they were to them,
Two boys and two girls, no less no more.
I know that children and grandchildren,
Were the apples of his eye.
If anything happened to his loved ones,
He would stand up and loudly decry.
May God bless each of Jim/Ginny's offspring,
Prosper, keep them healthy and safe.
May his memories give them hope & courage,
And for the future, increase their faith.
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES JIM!
Your Grateful Brother,
May 7, 2015
Cheryl Shupe Baker Uncle David, I want to thank you so much for the card and the amazing poem you wrote for our 35th anniversary!! It was so kind of you to take the time to write such an amazing poem just for us. We are so touched and so grateful. All of our love to you and Aunt Elaine!! Rick and Cheryl ~ 8:35 pm May 15, 2015.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY CHERYL & RICK
(May 18, 1979 ~ May 18, 2014)
Happy 35th anniversary
to Cheryl and Rick.
Of all available bachelors,
he was Cheryl's pick.
Rick made out
quite handsomely himself.
Not like Cheryl was pinning
away somewhere on a shelf.
Cheryl is one of four siblings,
All products of Ginny and Jim.
One older and two younger,
Just to provide a brief glim.
A lady that loves God
and family is evidence,
She relies on her faith
and God's providence.
They are blessed with
three lovely offspring.
Such vivacious daughters,
making one's heart sing.
Now they have bushels of
grandkids that they adore.
If like most grandparents,
they'll still wish for more.
Cheryl and Rick hail from
Maryland, on the Eastern Shore.
Where they first met,
and did, each other adore.
As job dictated, they picked up
stakes, moving Southwest,
To Houston, Texas which
they considered best.
Cheryl and Rick, a wonderful
couple, that's a given.
While on earth, they're enjoying
a little bit of heaven.
So we ask God's continued
blessings on them both.
As you've been with them,
since they plighted their troth.
Shower them with peace,
happiness, health as well.
And a little bit of prosperity
would sure be swell.
HAPPY 35th ANNIVERSARY!
WE LOVE YOU
David & Elaine Shupe
October 18, 2013
TRIBUTE TO BEN~BEN!
It's a sad time in our household today,
The best boy ever just passed away.
That's why our hearts are now broken,
As Ben Ben was more than just a token.
Bentley was his given name,
We called him Ben Ben just the same.
He was our faithfully devoted pet,
The hurt is there, and you can't forget.
Ben lately developed a medical condition;
Couldn't keep food down in an horizontal position.
His condition was known as mega esophagus,
Not too many things to it is analogous.
Cheryl and Rick are to be commended,
For to his needs they immediately attended.
They found a way to ease his feeding.
For it was a special item Ben was needing.
It happened to be called a Bailey chair,
Allowing him to sit up and eat~~how debonair!
This dog high chair facilitated the eating process,
Thus allowing the food to properly digest.
This extended his life for a longer period,
Improving his quality of life, though not a myriad.
He couldn't have found a better place,
To live his life, so full of love and grace.
Ben Ben Baker was a member of our family clan,
So unbearable as his time came to an end.
A handsome doggie with a great big heart,
So very sorry his time came to depart.
Miss the way he lay his head on my lap,
Or the way he dreamed while he did nap.
Miss the way he put his paw on my leg,
Loved me unconditionally, didn't have to beg.
Miss his carefree frolic and his fun,
Miss his presence when the day is done.
Miss his welcome coming through the door,
"I missed you today," his eyes did implore.
Miss his companionship when I walk,
Sharing each other's presence, no need to talk.
Ben Ben was such a sweet, gentle soul,
He loved us both, if the truth were told.
Miss the way he nuzzled up to me,
His faithful devotion was something to see.
You stole our hearts as a devoted pet,
We will miss you terribly, you bet.
Miss his unconditional love that we shared,
Ben Ben topped the list, none to be compared.
He taught us a lot while we lived together,
Worthwhile things that will leave us never.
We know you'll keep him safe in Your care,
Thinking about him, we'll shed another tear.
Thank you God for loaning us such a faithful pet,
The memories we shared, we'll never forget.
THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIES
Rick & Cheryl Baker, Loving Parents
Composed by: David S. Shupe
October 5, 2015
HAPPY 48 JAY!
Just an iddy biddy ditty,
To celebrate in Charles Town city.
So, come help us celebrate,
Jay is now forty-eight.
How great that is to be,
With friends & Stephanie.
Hopefully with Jacob & Joshua too,
And rest of family on cue.
Relax & enjoy your special day,
Time for you to have your say.
So we wish you all the best,
Cake and ice cream & all the rest.
Could we ask for much more,
Best wishes sent galore.
May God bless & keep you safe,
In His mercy, we have faith.
So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Nephew Jay,
Wishing you 48 more, to the day!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Indeed!
David & Elaine Shupe
March 20, 2015
HAPPY 53rd ANNIVERSARY JOHN & BEBE JO!
Congratulations on 53 years of sharing a life together,
Through ups and downs and in all kinds of weather.
You both have been successful in so many endeavors,
You have forged a bond that neither man nor beast severs.
John and Bebe, born in Virginia just a few miles apart,
Were destined to meet and marry, capturing each other's heart.
20 years from birth to marriage, they tied the knot in Tennessee,
On that memorable September day in 1959, way love should be.
Both were products of minister pioneer fathers in the church,
Great men of God who spent their lives in spiritual research.
Laying the groundwork, paving the way for those coming after,
Countless saved souls will one day rejoice, overflowing with laughter.
God blessed you with two wonderful kids in Dee and Lee,
An asset to the family as anyone can readily see.
Children who very early in life made their parents proud,
Two wonderful adults who really stand out in a crowd.
Dee, the red headed first born, such a lovely lass,
An intelligent, caring lady with lots of special class.
Lee, following in his grandfathers' footsteps for sure,
A dedicated man, refusing to accede to the world's lure.
You were also blessed with 5 grandkids, 2 girls and 3 boys,
Always the apple of grandparents eyes, bringing boundless joys.
A well rounded group of 11, including two in-laws,
Constitute your wonderful family, so worthy of applause.
John, through years of advanced schooling, while working full time,
He eventually retired from the John Wayne Airport near Anaheim.
Prior to his airport job, he arose to VP status with a world renown airline,
Which illlustrates his capability, dedication and firm design.
Bebe Jo, a lady of multiple talents, is an accomplished pianist, too,
Playing many years for the church choir and congregation, so true.
She also directs church plays and performs a number of activities,
Whatever she does, she accomplishes with a great deal of proclivity.
John and Bebe both, are dedicated Christians in God's service,
They will always serve on the front lines, never as a reservist.
So thank you both for what you mean to the Shupe and Davidson clans,
For making us proud that you are willing to be Christ's helpng hands.
In closing, HAPPY 53rd ANNIVERSARY to you both once again,
Over half a century, and yet it seems like a few days since it all began.
May God bless you spiritually, financially, your coming in and going out,
And give you another 53 years if God wills, we from the housetops will shout.
We Love You,
David & Elaine Shupe
June 30, 2012
HAPPY "73rd" JOHN!
I can't believe I have a younger brother who is 73.
I guess that means I'm even older than thee.
Why, I can still remember when your were still pre-teen,
One of the most mischievous little boys I had ever seen.
But as you grew older, you turned out to be quite a lad,
You were always fun to be around, you were never very bad.
I also remember you were born in the Virginia city of Saltville,
John recently visited his birthplace and found it to be quite ideal.
As you can see by the posted sign, it's not an overly large city,
The entire history is contained on a 2 by 3 sign ~ kinda itty-bitty.
When we moved from place to place, you came along too,
Must have been an old family tradition, not to say adieu.
On Priscilla Street you were quite a hand at electronics,
Wiring lights, fan and radio to your bed, even some telectronics.
You didn't stay a teenager long, only a brief year or two it seems,
I guess it was the time I was away pursuing my own dreams.
You grew up before I even realized you were no longer a child,
Graduated from high school, soon married Bebe Jo in just a little while.
You moved to Falls Church where you worked for what is now U.S. Air,
Setting up flight and maintenance programs, so we could fly without a care.
A couple of very important things took place early in your married life,
Bebe presented you with two wonderful kids as your partner and wife.
And years later, when they grew up, married and had children of their own,
Now you have grandkids up the bucket, and soon they'll all be fully grown.
You and Bebe moved out west to California many moons ago,
Loving the climate and the scenery, you decided the east coast to forego.
Now, along with me, you're retired and we both have come full circle,
Enjoying life, family and friends, with Christ as the center of the encircle.
John is noted for being the financial genius among his many siblings,
Jehu, Junior, Sylvia, Milton, Joy and Sam, don't get upset, we'll have no quiblings.
I admire brother John for many things, mostly for being a faithful child of God,
He is to be commended for his stalwart Christian walk as Saints of old have trod.
So, John, we wish you all the best as you begin a glorious new year,
May God bless you abundantly with peace and happiness as you persevere.
HAPPY 73rd BIRTHDAY!
WE LOVE YOU
David & Elaine
July 28, 2012
(To be published August 10, 2012)
HAPPY MILESTONE BIRTHDAY
(August 10, 2014)
Since it is a milestone, a special poem is in order,
You've been blessed as you've crossed the border.
So happy 75th birthday to our dear brother John,
A respected sibling for which we're quite fond.
For all those years, we've celebrated an adjoining date,
A senior citizen no less, but you haven't lost your gait.
May have slowed down a bit, but you're still on the go,
We'll both keep trucking until forced to call the tow.
Glad you and Bebe have enjoyed many retirement years,
Enjoying family, traveling, happiness, even a few tears.
Wonderful to have Dee, Lee & grandchildren in your corner,
In senior mode, we need all the memories we can garner.
With Dee as your better half, you can probably coast a bit,
In fact, don't feel like doing anything, you can just quit.
Having the best of all worlds, proceeding at your own pace,
Important thing is, it's the Lord keeping us in the race.
One thing for sure, from His hands we are unpluckable,
What He did for us, all our sins are deductible.
Thank God for a good life that He's given to all of us,
Helping us to realize that serving Him is a bona fide must.
So God bless John and Bebe, kids and grandkids too,
With peace, health and happiness to always see them through.
HAPPY 75th BROTHER!
WE LOVE YOU!
David & Elaine Shupe
July 15, 2014
HAPPY 55th ANNIVERSARY
JOHN & BEBE
Happy double nickel
To a SPECIAL pair.
You've journeyed thru life
With quite a flair.
Fifty five glorious years
That's quite a lot.
But compared to eternity
It's just a mere dot.
You've traveled the land over,
The good old US of A.
Soon back to California
But you don't have to stay.
You're free to come & go
As you very well please.
Or just to sit and rock
And enjoy a life of ease.
That's the choices you make
When in full retirement.
Answering to no earthly employer
Meeting no job requirement.
You & Bebe have set the record
As one of seven Shupe brothers.
The last original Shupe couple
Having no need of any others.
So congratulations to you both
For your enduring stickability.
Showing us it can be done
With true love fostering livability.
David & Elaine Shupe
September 5, 2014
HAPPY 72nd BIRTHDAY, JUNIOR
(October 16, 2013)
Happy birthday to Junior, my dear brother,
A double brother for sure, like no other.
God has blessed you for 3 score years and twelve,
And in His Holy Word, you did dig and delve.
Using the knowledge gained to equip you to teach,
So that other souls you could encourage and reach.
You're to be commended for your faithful walk with God
Leaving the world behind, way other Saints have trod.
You and Pat have been busy this whole year through,
At work, home and church, applying your skills, it's true.
Painting houses, repair work, and cutting down trees,
All in a days work to accomplish such tasks, if you please.
Yet, you took time out to care for other people's pets,
The next best thing to having your own, good as it gets.
You take such good care of Scooby, he does get spoiled,
Making it seem like child's play, way you both have toiled.
We thank you Lord, for helping Junior each day to cope,
And encouraging others to hang on, at end of their rope.
Bless Junior as he celebrates another year's achievements,
Give him health and strength for next year's accomplishments.
(Scooby says, "Happy Wufday To You)
WE LOVE YOU
David & Elaine
October 11, 2013
HAPPY 3rd ANNIVERSARY JUNIOR & PAT!
Three short years ago,
You two were married in wedded bliss.
Your perpetual covenant was sealed,
With a heartfelt kiss.
You first met when match-making Sam,
introduced you to each other.
So for better or worse, you have no one
to thank, except our younger brother.
Before getting married you dated a few times,
Your love continued to blossom.
Famiy and friends acquainted with you
know that as a couple, you're just awesome.
For Pat, after being single for so many years,
This was a major change in her life.
For Junior, not single so very long,
He was ecstatic having Pat for his new wife.
They soon began planning, not only for a new life,
But for a new home in which to say grace.
Finding that, and along with Daisy,
They shifted all belongings to the new place.
Most importantly, Junior and Pat are dedicated
Christians, and faithful to their church.
They give praise, honor and glory to God for His
goodness, and the devil they do besmirch.
Pat made two mission trips to Haiti in the past 16 months,
Working in the vineyard of the Lord.
Helping others cope in life and know the Lord,
is what Christianity is about as we continue in one accord.
Junior and Pat spent a month with us in St. Croix last year,
Helping us to perform maintenance on our house
Working long hours sometimes in hot tropical sun,
Can take its toll on both husband and spouse.
However, we all came through with flying colors,
and no worse for wear for our strenuous ordeal.
Elaine and I owe them a debt of gratitude
for sticking it out like the troopers they are for real.
Both were endowed by their Creator with children,
and grandchildren, who they fastidiously adore.
Now they can sit back, relax and watch the grandchildren
grow and mature, and provide offspring galore.
Junior with his outgoing personality, and Pat with her
friendly and infectious smile, make a good match.
If asked, I'm sure they would both agree,
That they're glad they wedded and did attach.
Brother Junior plays hard and works equally hard,
Never shirking work he's hired to do,
He makes a great competitor, and he gives you ample
measure for your dollar, it's true.
His wife, Pat, is faithful to God and to her church,
Willingly donating unlimited hours in God's vineyard.
Keeping her eyes on the prize at the end of the way,
She faithfully forges ahead, undeterred.
So Elaine and I want to wish you both a Happy Anniversary
and many prosperous years following.
May God richly bless you with health, peace and happiness,
and in His love and care, you will be wallowing.
HAPPY 3rd ANNIVERSARY!
We Love you,
David & Elaine Shupe
June 20, 2012
THANKS PAT & JUNIOR
Caring for other's pets, you take it seriously,
Providing loving care so tenderly & luxuriously.
Elaine and I thank you Junior and Pat,
For taking such good care of Scooby just like that.
Assuring he gets an appropriate amount of attention.
Thus precluding him from inordinate apprehension.
You spoiled him good and plenty for all of 27 days,
So he'll probably need to change his nefarious ways.
We know Scooby is a fairly easy dog to have around,
Demanding nothing except attention when housebound.
He wants to be loved, and he likes to be stroked & petted,
Sounds like what we all want, & he doesn't have to be vetted.
When he wants to be stroked, he lays his paw on your arm,
Looks at you with those big eyes, turning on all his charm.
Follows you around like a little child, from room to room,
Easy to handle, & like the pet handler says, so easy to groom.
Go out to relieve himself, he quickly responds & heads back in,
Enduring his heavy winter coat, he's always huffin & a puffin.
Scooby says, "Thank you Pat and Junior
For taking such good care of me.
My only other alternative,
Was to go to the kennel you see.
The last time I remembered being there,
I couldn't wait to be up and gone.
They treated all the pets like cattle,
You loved and treated me like a son."
WE LOVE YOU!
David, Elaine and Scooby,
April 15, 2014
CONGRATULATIONS PAT & JUNIOR
(June 20, 2014)
Congratulations on reaching
another fabulous milestone.
Five years since you wed
& stopped being alone.
Five years since you went
from being single to double.
Two are better than one,
to keep you out of trouble.
So much better
when making decisions.
To have two heads thinking
in order to prevent recisions.
When one stumbles & falls,
the other can pick them up.
Instead of dining alone,
with each other, you can sup.
When one is sick,
the other can pray.
When one is speechless,
the other can have their say.
While one is right,
the other may be wrong.
When one is weak,
the other can be strong.
One is limited,
it takes two to tango.
What can one do
if you want to do the fadango.
See where I'm going with this,
two are truly better than one.
It's better watching the sunset,
when the day is done.
Two are better than one,
don't you agree.
When two are in agreement,
It's a sight to see.
Two are so much better
than going it alone.
One has it's limitations
but two can atone.
HAPPY 5TH ANNIVERSARY!
WE LOVE YOU!
David & Elaine
June 20, 2014
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MILTON
(June 14, 2014)
Happy 68th birthday to Milton, our younger brother,
He's not the youngest sibling, there is one other.
Only three of our seven siblings are still under seventy,
Guess we're all of an age when we need take out a warranty.
Second thought, that's the purpose of our insurance policy,
To repair our body parts and maintain a sense of quality.
In growing up I remember Milton had a quiet temperament,
Never raising his voice, never one to be impertinent.
I also recollect that Milton was a serious contemplater,
If one thing didn't work, he would become an extrapolater.
Not one to get upset easy, conducive to calming situations,
Which is beneficial in most all job and family applications.
He drove his first car in 1948 at the ripe old age of two,
By pressing on the Studebaker's floor starter to run, it's true.
He went about one whole block with his eyes on the starter,
Fortunately, no cars were in front of him as he pressed harder.
For the past 18 years, Milton has lived in Texas & New Mexico,
Married to his present wife, Joanna, who he feels lucky to know.
We enjoyed seeing Milton and Joanna, recently visiting Delaware,
A lovely gathering with great food making it worthwhile to be there.
Before retiring, Milton was involved in developing flight simulations,
Building a good reputation, thus requiring astute innovations.
So, may God bless Milton and Joanna in every earthly endeavor,
Give them health, peace and happiness now and forever.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BROTHER!
WE LOVE YOU
David & Elaine
June 12, 2014
Sam and Donna*, 33 years of bliss and harmony ~ WOW!
It's been a long haul, it's been a short haul, whichever ~ up to now.
The long and the short of it, does appear to be quite a dichotomy,
However, with life's shortcomings, it's much better than a lobotomy.
Does it really seem like it's been that long, really, so many years,
Guess both could vouch that life's been a lot of blood, sweat and tears.
All in all it's been quite a ride, wouldn't you agree,
At times, you'd like to run and hide, but that's not to be.
As in the old adage, discretion is the better part of valor,
You kept on keeping on, riding the tempest like the proverbial sailor.
At times the ocean may be choppy, other times smooth,
The going is always better, when you're both in the groove.
Marriage can be quite interesting with a few ups and downs
We have our somber times, we can even have our clowns.
We raise and train the kids so they can make themselves a life,
Either alone, or even betrothed to a husband or a wife.
We even do our part helping out with the grandkids you see,
There's always someone or something that needs fixing by thee.
Sam, like Jacob's Benjamin, you're the youngest in our den,
Even though we had 10 instead of 12, you still bring up the end.
At 4 years of age, Mom & Dad brought you to my Army band
At Ft. Jackson, South Carolina while at boot training on military land.
Such an innocent, likable little tow headed boy, full of wonder,
At the world and what God in heaven had in store for us down under.
Sam and Donna, the years have passed by, oh so gracefully,
Sometimes you trod the pathway with turmoil, other times so peacefully.
You both encountered many roadblocks and obstacles on your journey,
Never wavering in your Christian walk, having Christ as your spiritual attorney.
Donna, you and Sam together battled one of life's most dreaded diseases,
God promised to never leave you nor forsake you, and His love never ceases.
He brought you through that dilemma with a few scars to show for it,
Because He is always faithful and true to His Holy Word, we submit.
You both are good and faithful warriors in the service of the Lord,
Using your talents so that others can come to know the message of the Sword.
So Sam and Donna, HAPPY 33RD ANNIVERSARY to you both,
We congratulate you for all the years since plighting your troth.
WE LOVE YOU,
David & Elaine Shupe
March 9, 2012
*I started this poem 3 times, on the spur of the moment, intending to take a different
tact each time, but did not delete it, then just left it intact without starting over, then put
it together as is, and this is the way it turned out, so you can see it's a bit disjointed.!
HAPPY 65th SAM!
Happy birthday Sam,
Achieving another milestone.
Long as you have Jesus,
You'll never walk alone.
Another fantastic day for Sam,
It's his 65th you know.
Time to kick up his heels,
And let the good times flow.
Can't believe our youngest sibling,
Has reached social security age.
So I've reserved for him this poem,
As it's his time on stage.
THE GOLDEN YEARS!
The golden years are a time of life,
We become more dependent on a wife.
Or the wife becomes dependent on her spouse,
With more together time spent in the house.
It's no secret, our minds tend to be forgetful,
Causing us seniors to be quite fretful.
Our back goes out more than we do,
Get a few bumps, we're black and blue.
We sink our teeth into a nice juicy steak,
And they stay there, for goodness sake.
Our knees wobble when we walk,
Our voice quivers when we talk.
Our memory plays tricks on our mind,
Trying to hurry, we get behind.
We sit down soft, get up slow,
We have less desire to get up and go.
A nap or two a day is the mode,
One of these may be on the commode.
We watch TV and quickly fall asleep,
We pray the Lord, our soul to keep.
We go to get something from another room,
When we get there, we forgot what ~ what gloom.
Driving down the road one bright day,
I wondered, was I going or was I coming this way?
Arriving home, we lay our keys down,
Next time we leave, they're nowhere to be found.
We lay our glasses on the kitchen table,
Trying to locate them later, we are not able.
We leave the room to perform one chore,
End up doing another; the first we ignore.
Trying to think of a name we use every day,
It's no use, the darn thing just drifted away.
Going up the steps we stop and turn around,
Wondering ~ was I going up or was I going down?
I would write more, but my mind's a blank,
And enough is enough, and I'll be frank.
GOD BLESS OUR SENIORS!
David S. Shupe
June 1, 2013
HAPPY 24th BIRTHDAY KYLENE!
(May 21, 2014)
Happy birthday to our grand niece Kylene,
Quite a young lady, oh so keen.
A few years ago while still in high school,
She accomplished what was quite cool.
Not only did she maintain excellent grades,
But participated in pyramiding cascades.
An outstanding cheerleader for many years,
Rising to be captain, eliciting rousing cheers.
Leading cheerleading events to spur the team on,
I'm sure the reason that most times they won.
After graduating, Kylene did not abandon ship;
She helped coach team to a National championship.
Kylene also bagged a deer when still in her teens,
A feat most gals can accomplish only in their dreams.
After high school she attended Wor-Wic college,
Then Salisbury University adding to her knowledge.
Paying her way thru school working at Famous Daves,
Enabling her to have some things her heart craves.
She met a young man and the love bug bit,
She became his fiancee & they became a hit.
They had a handsome child they named Koleson,
He's not only the apple of their eye, but also lots of fun.
Koleson is now well along in the golden age of two,
He tears at your heartstrings, that's so true.
We ask God's blessings on Kylene, Koleson & Kyle,
Give them peace/health/happiness all the while.
Helping them to realize what's important in this life,
A dedicated husband, a family and a loving wife.
Once again, happy birthday to a special lass,
A young lady who's always had lots of class.
WE LOVE YOU!
Aunt Elaine & Uncle David
May 18, 2014