Sunday, September 13, 2009

52 Blessings—Abe

In continuing on with the comments to 52 Blessings—Ande, it's Abe’s turn . . .


One of the things I have most enjoyed about Abe is discussing things with him. From the time he was a little boy he liked to discuss ideas, things he’d read, what was going on at recess. I remember one time when he told me, “You are like a Democrat, Mom. You want to fix everything and you don’t think people can take care of themselves.” (Little did he know that I vote both sides of the aisle and for the ones in the rafters, too.) Abe continues to be well-read and has definite views on different matters. Because of his love of history, his ability to see two sides to a problem and his loyalty to country and people, I suggested he become a judge for his career. He had a definite opinion on that idea, “No” and became an engineer instead.

Abe is a champion of the underdog and fiercely loyal to those he loves. He feels a great responsibility to provide freedom and protect the people of America. He reminds me of the line in America the Beautiful that says, “Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life . . . .” I appreciate that about Abe, I appreciate that he is willing to inconvenience and even sacrifice himself for the well-being of those he loves and even those he doesn’t know.

Yes, Abe is one of my blessings and I am deeply grateful to our Heavenly Father for letting us be family.


michelle said...

Wonderful. I love those conversations that occur when a child becomes more like a peer. I have those kinds of talks with my grandmother.

Susan said...

I've always been grateful to Abe for being a peer to Tyson. I don't know of a time when he ever censure his friends, but there was always a quiet assurance that he was going to do what was right, and *sometimes* that would wear off on the right people.

Thanks Abe.

Tiffany Fackrell said...

I think the line stating he is a champion of the underdog is so so true about Abe. Although, I don't know him really well I know my brother always spoke highly of him. What a great blessing!

Becky said...

He sounds like a wonderful son! I have really enjoyed the last few weeks of "52 Blessings" :)

I chuckled at his comment about Democrats and I'm with you when it comes to voting all different ways.

I'm grateful that we have men like Abe to protect us and fight for freedom--tell him I said a big, "Thank You!".

Derek-Jenny-Kaitlynd-Ethan-Dylan said...

Well, I thought I had made a comment before but I guess not!

Anyway, here I am. I finally found your blog and I would love to invite you to mine. Please send me your e-mail address. (
I can't wait to steal ideas for blogging from you. What a great blog!

I too am SO thankful for Abe. I can't wait to see what He and Grace will do with their life together. I am expecting great things!

Ande Payne said...

Your blogs just make me miss our family and today, Abe.

Jill said...

You have raised such wonderful children and now they are choosing such wonderful spouses too, what a blessing!

Tyler - Danielle - Emree said...

I am with everyone else and throw a big Thank YOu out to Abe for being willing to sacrifice some of his life to protect ours. We are all truly blessed to enjoy the freedom of this country and thus Abe becomes a part o our 52 blessings. PLus, i think Abe has a wonderful sense of humor and once again I love Grace (and so I am thankful to Abe for choosing her)!

Emma J said...

I really love this post and the picture with it captures so much - the new wedding ring, the uniform, the serious profile, the lush green of the land he guards and freedom of religion backing him up. This, with the thoughtfulness of your conversations together, is a great portrait of what a hero really is.

Anonymous said...


I think you'll read these, so I'm commenting to you. I love you. I love all of the qualities mom listed and 5,987 she didn't. Thank you for being such a good brother to me. For teaching me some very valuable lessons (like not bossing). I think you are wonderful.

Mom, you keep our family very closely knit. Thank you for making a true family out of a group of people with similar genes.
I love you too.