Friday, January 23, 2009

You Are Right Betty

Dear Betty, I read your comment just now and it gave me the strength to at least finish this post of our dear brother.
Here is your comment, "Terry, it doesn't seem like we lost David 11 years ago."
You know I guess we really haven't lost him, Betty, but we are lost without him. It is such a comfort that we know we will see him one day in heaven.
I have put this song in here because it has been a real comfort to me today and as I listened to it , I thought about David . Where he is now, there is all kinds of singing like this going on!

This is the first picture we have of when the Golden family of seven turned into a family of eight.
David Brian Golden was born in my beloved Manitoba.
As you can see by this picture, I appear really grouchy and so I should be!
Every time a baby was born in our family, Betty took right over like the mother hen that she is!
David is looking at her with adoring eyes!

These are the two baby Goldens. Karen Dianne Golden was born about two years after David, also, in the most beautiful province of Manitoba.

David on vacation with the family, the year Dad Golden packed the car with kids and drove them hundreds of miles to visit relatives in Welland, St. Catharine's and Dunnville, Ontario.
Dad Golden was a very brave and patient man to do this

Gracey and David greeting Dad Golden after his hard day of work being a fireman.
In those days Dad Golden always fussed when we wanted to take his picture.
I had to pay him two dollars to take this photo with the Browny camera that I had swiped from him and Mom Golden, but I see after all these years that it was well worth it!

Gary loved his little brother David but as you can see here, he was forever teasing him.
Gail is looking very concerned about her baby brother.

Ha!..This is David with his little girl friend. In the background you can see the little white trailer where the children in the neighborhood could go on a Friday evening to listen to stories from the Bible.

This is Gail and David. These two children were very close.
To his dying day David worshiped the ground that Gail walked on even though she was living in Toronto by that time.
You see, David was born after her and he was her baby brother

David all dressed up for Sunday School!

This is the last picture of the Golden family in Manitoba.
It was taken by the couple that used to drive us every week 33 miles to Sunday School.
David was a wee little gentleman here.
By this time Betty had moved to Trenton Ontario.
We all missed her and were looking forward to seeing her again.

David acting up for the camera!
By this time the family photographer had graduated to a 126 camera....never was it better than the 620 Browny camera!
The photos get discoloured with age!
I mean just look at that David!
He looks like a little tadpole!

Sometimes that David could be a pain..Ha!!

This is David with HIS little sister, the beach!
This was in Ottawa where the family now lived at the air force base

Although David always got along well with his baby sister, it never took him long to cozy up to Gail!
Mom Golden was about 38 years old in this picture!

The four babies in the Golden family...Gracey, Gail, Karen and David.

Who else but these two partners in crime, David and Gail!

This is one of five pictures that we have of the whole family together.
With so many children, it is a rare thing to have them all in one spot at one time! This picture was taken at Gracey's wedding. Her husband Eric Robert took it.
Eric is with David in heaven.

When David was 33 years old he became a Christian and this beautiful song so reminds me of David, that I thought that I would put it on here.
I think that I will do one more post about David Brian with some pictures of him when he was older and I will write a little summary of his life.
I thank you one and all for your most kind comments. They have been a great comfort and I am going to print them out for Mom and Dad Golden..God bless you all...Love Terry


Constance said...

What a sweet tribute! It's sweet and painful at the same time to see photos and relive memories like that isn't it? The last time I was home (Thanksgiving) and was at my folks house, I kept looking at the picture of my brother JR on their wall. It doesn't seem real that he has been gone for 2 years now, he was only 51 when he died. Although he was my stepbrother, Pop (my stepdad) means the world to me, he is my daddy and he is still in so much pain that it breaks my heart. That's the worst part, knowing how badly this hurts someone you love so much! My folks had just visited JR in the hospital the evening before he died and there wasn't a clue that he was going to die. Pop called his room the next morning to talk to him and the hospital "regretted to inform" him that his son had died in the middle of the night. What a shock that was!

Terry said...

Dear Connie.
I know exactly the pain you and Pops are going through
It was a shock with our David too because one moment each of the family members was living a peaceful morning, the next we were all receiving phone calls. It just happened all so quickly!...Love Terry

Mrs. Mac said...

Gosh Terry, this is a lovely tribute to your little brother, David. Just posting all of these pictures and knowing where he is now must bring you some comfort.

Terry said...

Yes it does Mrs.Mac but it just seems like some days it is hard to bear it. Dad Golden has been so sad the last few days!!!...Love Terry

maryt/theteach said...

Terry come visit my blog. I have an award for you. I hope it will lift your spirits a little! :)

Felisol said...

Dear Terry,
a mighty chronicle about the Golden family.
You sure have the gift of telling a catching story and also fill it with pictures to go.
I've said it before.
You have the gift of a true writer.

You also are a clever swiper. I bet Mom Golden has gotten hundred fold back for her Brownie camera.

I prayed for a word for Dad Golden.
This is what I got.
Ezekiel 34:
15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign LORD. 16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak.

Give him my very best
From Felisol

Trish said...

What beautiful memories Miss Terry. I too am from a large family, I am the oldest of 8. There is such a bond I can't imagine the pain of a sibling, let alone a parent when that circle is broken...but I know that as the old song says...Will the circle be unbroken? By and by Lord, by and by. There's a better home awaiting, in the sky Lord in the sky!
I love your old family photo's...don't you find them priceless?

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Terry,
This is a most wonderful post. Those photos evoke so much memories of the past and they should rekindle past joys and great feelings of yesteryears. Your family is really remarkable. I wish your dad will be born again as soon as possible. Thanks for the wonderful post. God bless you always.

Maggie Ann said...

Dear Terry, That Birthday Cat is just the sweetest thing !!!! Thank you dear friend for doing that for me. I love it. And just between you and me, my pc name is not my real name so don't you worry about getting an 'e' on the end of ann ..ok? When I was setting up a profile I wanted to remain anon. and the pc wouldn't accept anything I came up with...zilch! Then I tried variations of my Mom's name and bingo...blogger let me have Maggie Ann. Its all in the family so its to say..grin. And you are so dancing for me for a couple of weeks! I was just given a WII Fit exercising game/s for my BD and am frustrated I won't be able to use it for a while now. A big hug to you for the Birthday Cat and good wishes! I loved it and must have my daughter and son come see it. love, Maggie (I really am a Maggie Ann on fits me to a 't'...I'm so at home with it. grin. You have a nice day ok?

audrey` said...

So touching.
One day we'll meet David again.
Take care, Terry.