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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014 7 Just A Thought Three decades married to my best friend By RICK KRAR" "If you live to be a hundred, I want to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live with- out you." A sign on my desk at home quotes these words of wis- dom from the great philosopher Winnie the Pooh. And words of comfort to a man whose best friend once promised him she will outlive him. I Can close my eyes each night when I go to bed knowing that in the morning before I get out of bed I can start my day with a kiss and the peace that my best friend will be fight next to me as my new day begins. Earlier this week my wife Tanya and I celebrated 30 years of marriage. And it just keeps get- ting better. I clearly married up. And she has been very patient to put up with me. Through all the ups and downs of our lives, after all the fumbles and the miscues, she has stayed with me each step. I recently attended a friend's wedding. There is nothing like the anticipation at a wedding when the pastor is in his position, all the bridesmaids and groomsmen are lined up at the front of the 'church, the music changes, and everyone is waiting to stand up for the bride as she walks through the back of the chapel and down the aisle. These seconds seem to last a lifetime. Marriages should also. Every wedding is a story of two unique individuals who have walked different individual paths who now come together and com- mit to one another to finish the journey together. In May of 1957 a daughter was born in Abilene, Texas to Jerry and Jan Johnson. They !ii As busy as a By DR. HOSEZELL BLASHICot- ton City I first met Pastor Leroy Lacy of Animas, New Mexico, around May of 2013 upon my ar- rival at the beautiful city of Animas. Animas is a small, friendly town in which the local citi- zens seem to work hard and enjoy themselves. I thought Animas was small until I saw Hachita and Playas. When I returned to Animas, I called it the "Big A". It's a small town, like my hometown of Jeffersonville, Georgia, except that Jeffersonville has one traffic light in the center of town--at High- ways 80 and 96. Animas has none. I attended the First Baptist Church of Animas in May 2014. Everyone was quite surprised to see me in town. I later told them about liv- ing in Georgia and Florida. I liked the way Pastor Lacy preached. He has many spiritual nuggets that make his sermons interesting. He's a hard working pastor who preaches all over the state of New Mexico. He is cur- rently the pastor of both Animas and Rodeo Baptist churches. Pastor Lacy hails from Deming, where he recently spoke at the First Baptist Church on We have all Rick Kraft raised her and taught her many things to equip her for a lifetime ahead as she progressed through her childhood and youth. An ocean away in Nigeria in 1958, a son was born to Chuck and Meg Kraft. They raised him and taught him valuable lessons over the almost two decades they had him at home prepar- ing him for his life- time journey. These two traveled differ- ent journeys, one in Texas and New Mexico and the other moving all over the country. God took these two and brought both of them to Roswell, New Mexico, where they met each other early in 1983. By the fall of 1983 they were dating and on Valentines' Day in 1984, at Tinnie Mercantile in Hondo, down on one knee the boy nervously asked the girl to marry him. After retrieving the ring that he fumbled away and after asking the ques- tion a second time, she said "yes?' I am not sure any of us truly knew who we were marrying the day we walked the aisle and said "I do." We do the best we can and we pray hard. On Saturday after- noon, July 14, 1984 at the New Mexico Military Institute Chapel, a young man and a young woman pledged their lives to one another and 10,957 sun- sets later they would do it all over again. I have been blessed beyond what any person could ever ex- pect on this journey through life. To move to a smaller town in New Mexico single and 23 and to find God's woman for my life is noth- ing short of a miracle. Our union together has forever changed my life. Over the years, what I have )ney bee some specific occasion. Pastor Lacy is a gregarious person who likes to joke around. He, like my father, tried to avoid the notion of preach- ing. Both wanted a "sign from God" to as- sure them of their call- ing. God spanked them both! Then, they were sure ot: theii!cafii int0 the ministry. He's as busy as a honey bee. He does fu- nerals, attends boys' camp, sponsors prayer meetings and serves stu- Pastor Leroy Lacy & Hosezell Blash dents lunches on Wednesdays at the Animas Schools. He is actively in- volved in the community, trying to make it better and to keep the students walking in the path or righ- teousness. He and the first lady, Linda , work well as a husband and wife team. One can often tell when a marriage is "made in heaven". There is a great relationship between Pastors Lacy and Lackey (of the First Baptist Church of Lordsburg). I do ask God to give them the strength and the will- power to continue their mis- sion-to save souls for Christ. Both are busy as bees. Great job, guys. Dr. Hosezell Blash can be reached by email at hosezellblashl @ been able to accomplish is a di- rect result of the stability of our relationship. Not being distracted in my home life and having a sup- portive wife, I have been able to work hard and to get involved in organizations and activities that allow me to pour my life into the lives of others. This includes the ability to write 742 published columns including this one you are reading today. One of my favorite songs is the song "Wind Beneath My Wings?' It was written in 1982 by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley. Sev- eral artists sang it, but it did not make it to the number one song in the country until Bette Midler's version topped the charts in June 1989. In 1990 it won Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The words of the song cap- ture my thoughts and my grati- tude towards Tanya: "It must have been cold there in my shadow, to never have sunlight on your face. You were content to let me shine, that's your way. You always walked a step behind. "So I was the one with all the glory, while you were the one with all the strength. A beautiful face without a name for so long. A beautiful smile to hide the pain. Did you ever know that you're my hero. And everything I would like to be? "I can fly higher than an eagle, for you are the wind be- neath my wings. "It might have appeared to go unnoticed, but I've got it all here in my heart. I want you to know, I know the truth, of course. I know it. I would be nothing with- out you. "Did you ever know that you're my hero? You're every- thing I wish I could be. I could fly higher than an eagle. For you are the wind beneath my wings. "Oh, the wind beneath my wings. You, you, you, you are the wind beneath my wings. Fly, fly, fly away, you let me fly so high. Oh, you, you, you, the wind be- neath my wings. Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings. "Fly, fly, so high against the sky. So high I almost touch the sky. Thank you, thank you. Thank God for you, the wind beneath my wings?' My wife is my hero. If my life ended:today and I could come back as any person in the world, I would choose to come back as Tanya Kraft's second husband. My challenge to you today is to have a lasting marriage. One that is fulfilling and that allows you to add to the life of another and in turn another to add value to your life. A healthy marriage makes the journey an awesome experience. What are you doing to add to your relationship with the one you walked the aisle with? Are you being the spouse you want your spouse to be? I pray blessings for each reader on your relationship with your spouse. May both the ups and downs of your journey draw you closer together. May you be the wind beneath each other's wings. My wife is the wind beneath my wings. With her support I can fly as high as an eagle and in turn be the wind beneath other's wings. Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft@ or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. the tools to keep your Business ON TRACK & IN THE BLACK We offer Professional Services for all aspects of your small business! Including: V Payroll #Monthly, Quarterly & Annual Tax Preparation VFinancial Statements #Bank Reconciliations BOOKKE . _ 575 542 3125 212 E. Motel Drive * Suite A * Lordsburg A Picture From The Past By EDMUND SAUCEDO/Lordsburg Photos courtesy ERNESTO "NETO" RENTERIA/Lordsburg View of the. bottom section of the water storage tank on the corner of Main Street and Railway Blvd. On Main Street to the right was the house of Manuel ("Squeeky") DeLaGarza. In the center is the old hospital and on the left is the house of Allen and June Hill on what used to be west Wabash Street.That section of Wabash is now a dead end. The City of Lordsburg installed playground equipment and picnic tables and benches in that vacant log, but because of vandalism, they didn't last very long.The vacant area was used for neighborhood baseball games. Photo taken July 22, 1958. At right, the Lordsburg city wa- ter storage tank, with a capac- ity of 55,000 gallons, was built around 1930 on the corner of Main Street and Railway Blvd. in south Lordsburg in the neigh- borhood called Dog Patch. In Spanish, the area was referred to as Perros Bravos (mad or wild dogs) because of the bark- ing dogs that would viciously chase cars driving on south Main Street. Photo taken July 22, 1958. The corner of Main Street and Railway Blvd. showing the LOC Tower and bottom section of the water storage tank. In the background is the house of Allen and June Hill.The Rudy Chavez, Gilbert Mora and Martin Rodriguez houses were also located on that street.The LOCTower (left) was set up during World War II and used as a lookout tower and to inform citizens of"blackout nights" when all citizens, under orders from the U.S. Government, were required to turn off lights. The blackout was the mandatory electrical blackout which the government enforced on its population, for their own safety. After sundown, every single person, every home, every business, had to either turn off its lights, or it had to cover its windows with heavy, jet-black blackout curtains. In the streets, public streetiamps were turned off. Cars had their headlamps covered, allowing only a tiny slit of light to shine onto the road, windows were shuttered and billboard lights were turned off.The purpose of the blackout was to disorientate enemy fighter and bomber aircraft. Photo taken July 1958. someone wlLo could use a Sentimental Surprise? We llave a wide variety of JUltT00BEC00USEo -Floral 400rrangements & Oiftsl 14 I t / Free Delivery in As us about our Lordsburg! layaway program