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What can I say?  My picture above shows you that I have lived a long time.  It was taken in 2008 for our church registry. 

I was a stay at home mom until my last child was in school.  I was widowed when I was forty four and was glad that I was already employed at the local radio station.  I stayed in the same job for thirty years and after I retired at 65 and took a trip to Europe with a friend, I started working again and stayed for another ten years.  I have only been writing poetry since 1999 when I wrote to relieve my grief when my only son died.  I married again four years after my husband died and was widowed again in 1995.  I am an avid gardener and belong to two local garden clubs and am on the board of the district club and state garden club so have lots of meetings to attend. I have my own poetry corner in the state garden club's publication. I live in my home by myself and rent my farm land to a local bulb grower.  I am surrounded by beauty.  All of mv family lives close to me.  Two daughters, six grandchildren,
eleven great grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. We live in Washington State in Northwest Washington and love it here. 

Prayers for Carolyn Devonshire


Blog Posted:6/20/2012 12:10:00 PM
I am asking for prayers for Carolyn.  I talked to her last night.  She is very low in spirits as her condition is advancing and she sees no hope of turning it around.  The doctors offer no suggestions. She would appreciate prayers and personal messages of encouragement.  Thank you.  Joyce
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  1. Date: 6/28/2012 11:45:00 PM
    Good Evening, MOM, my Prayers have ALWAYS included Carolyn, I will send her words of encourargement AS my thoughts are Always with YOU. how are the Twins doing? LOVE YOU ALWAYS and FOREVER, I also will be leaving the SOUPER SOUP Family as my Health is failing fast. I am not totally giving up as I have only 3 more Cuisines to get my Black Hat Chef Credentials. I will be the 8th in the World to achieve this honor 46 years of Dedication to my Occupation. I do not teach culinary classes anymore as I can not go to school everyday anymore I Admire YOUR long Life YOU are an Inspiration LOVE YOU ALWAYS and FOREVER, YOUR Lost son...Harry

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  1. Date: 6/24/2012 5:35:00 PM
    Thanks for the info Joyce. She definitely will be in my prayers.

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  1. Date: 6/23/2012 10:54:00 AM
    Thanks for passing this on. Carolyn will be in my prayers, Jancarl

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  1. Date: 6/23/2012 6:19:00 AM
    Thanks for letting us know..Sara

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  1. Date: 6/21/2012 3:03:00 PM
    My prayers are with you Carolyn. I like so many others will keep you in our thoughts.

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  1. Date: 6/21/2012 2:50:00 PM
    Always in my heart and on my mind.

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  1. Date: 6/21/2012 9:22:00 AM
    Carolyn we know you are dealing with a lot in your life. A times life can reach low points . I ask God that He keeps you in His care and my prayers continue to be with you. Wish I could be there to give you hugs, love phyl

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  1. Date: 6/21/2012 8:49:00 AM
    Carolyn, God keep you and wrap you warm in his arms as everyone here does.

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  1. Date: 6/21/2012 8:24:00 AM
    Yes, it's heartbreaking to see Carolyn so down - I hope all our prayers will be answered, Joyce.

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  1. Date: 6/21/2012 8:11:00 AM
    we all wish Carolyn well .. thankxx Joyce for informing us as to her condition and state of mind.. the doctors work in the natural.. but our God works in the supernatural.. Psalm 55:22.. dcas your cdare and burden on HIM for HE cares for us.. HE will NOT allow us to slip ..fall.. or fail.. let Carolyn know the Word of God is so powerful and she is blessed .. believe and u will recdeivew healing.. ask.. that your joy may bwe full.. luv..

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  1. Date: 6/21/2012 4:11:00 AM
    Carolyn, you continue to be in my prayers. I am truly sorry that you are having to suffer so much all alone. When I return to Florida and get things caught up at home, I will try to find a way to visit you for a little while...and try to be of some help to you. I love you. Stay strong and look for the good. Whenever you can find just an inkling of joy, grab hold of that light and fly away in your thoughts to that happy place. There it will magnify and strengthen your heart as you go through this VERY bad and sad experience. Do something...anything...the smallest of things that you are able to do to take your mind off of your health. If you can. I love you...many people love you.

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 9:43:00 PM
    Carolyn, you're entitled to feeling low, howling, screaming, breaking some dishes. We are all on your side, though we can not be BY your side. It pisses me off that earth angels like you must deal with life crap (sorry for the foul mouth. You can give me one of those tender "Melanie" smiles, a gentle shake of your head, sometime much later) Prayers and hugs and white light sent your way! Demand the royal treatment! Whatever brings you comfort I hope you surround yourself with-- flowers, scents, photos, cherished cards and letters, music... all of it! Hope lends a kind of strength, a second wind. You will find it again. You are a diamond, doll, and in no way rough. Hugs, HUUUUGE ones Cyndi

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 9:32:00 PM
    Please stay encouraged Carolyn...I'll be praying for you!!!

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 9:05:00 PM
    She is magnificant and in my thoughts.

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 8:16:00 PM
    She is in my prayer...thanks Joyce for this blog.

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 7:33:00 PM
    To Carolyn: I am so sorry you are going through such a difficult trial. I don't know you personally but from your poetry I know you are a special lady. Keep your eyes on Jesus the Great Physician and know that many prayers are being offered on your behalf. God Bless you and may His peace that passes all understanding be yours. Love, Kim

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 6:43:00 PM
    To Carolyn, I am so sad to hear this is such a difficult time, and will send wishes and prayers, that there is something that can help get her back to where she feels hopeful and healthy.

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 4:30:00 PM
    I pray for her every day, Joyce. I feel so bad about what has happened to her with this progressive disease. It's a terrible thing and my heart goes out to her. Thanks for the blog in her behalf.

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 3:42:00 PM
    I only wish I could fly to Florida to be with her Gwen, such is not the case, wish us luck winning the weekly lottery so I could chuck this job, then I'll be on the first plane

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 3:33:00 PM
    This is a nice gesture, Joyce...Your love is felt...wouldn't it be great if we could all fly down to Florida with Francine and take Carolyn to the ocean and read her silly limericks all day...she could even give us pointers on how to catch a goliath fish! God's peace to you, Carolyn. Love, gwendolen

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 3:18:00 PM
    I was thrilled to see she felt up to writing for my contest yesterday as I know she is not doing well, it was so good to talk to her the other day and she knows I love her like a sister and she is always in my prayers and in my heart. Her strong spirit has been an inspiration to me. Love you Carolyn

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 3:05:00 PM
    Carolyn, I am praying for you. May your faith get you through these difficult days and knowing you have the love and prayers of your soup family everyday. When you feel alone, remember you're never alone. Big hugs, Rhonda

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 1:26:00 PM
    Sending you LOVE from Norway Carolyn - Bless you! - oxox Anne-Lise

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 1:10:00 PM
    carol, i know you are a positive fighter; please know that you are in all my prayers and devotions... hang in there.. God is with you!.. thanks joyce for this meaningful share..:) huggs!

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 12:52:00 PM
    Dearest Carolyn, Don't give up, Keep your faith. I am keeping mine for you. I am trying to arrange the trip to Florida in about 6 weeks. You are in my prayers always. Please my dear friend don't give up as miracles do happen everyday and you just might get one. Love and blessing always, Carol & Don

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 12:49:00 PM
    Hey Carolyn , you are in my thoughts and prayers, easy for me to say, but stay strong, ...David

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 12:46:00 PM
    Thank you for doing this blog Joyce, I will email Carolyn as soon as I get off the Soup.. love Wilma

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 12:20:00 PM
    Dear Carolyn, who would know it better than you that life is not always a bed of roses... but we can make things accordingly if we have strong courage and strength to bear the tough times. Keep your courage intact because I know you have a strong potential of endurance, strong mind and enormous strength. I am never seen you to give up under any circumstances...You're in my prayers and in my heart, dear friend. A big hug. Ruben.

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