Dear Hearts and Gentle People

All Five
This is the true story of one of the most heart-warming motion pictures ever made.  Made long before "Saving Private Ryan," The glow of Americana has never burned brighter than from the legend of the Sullivan family of Waterloo, Iowa whose five sons died fighting side by side, patriots all.  The film begins with the boys' Irish upbringing during the "Great Depression."  Whether fishing, sailing or sliding down the banister together, they developed a rare and inseparable love. 

Incensed by Pearl Harbor, the brothers petitioned Washington to force a special and fatal permission allowing them to serve together at sea.  Tragically, in November of 1942, their togetherness becomes final as they share a watery grave off Guadalcanal when a torpedo sinks their cruiser.  When the parents ask, "Which one?"  The response is "All five."  The only ship ever named for more than one person, The "U.S.S. The Sullivans" was commissioned by the Navy as a posthumous tribute.  More than a war movie, this film is a soul-stirring saga of the American spirit.  Featuring: Anne Baxter, Thomas Mitchell, and Ward Bond who delivers the message, "All five.".

"A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward."-Jean Paul Richter

The Last Time

If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door, I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise, I would video tape each action and word, so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time, I could spare an extra minute or two to stop and say "I love you," instead of assuming you would know I do.

If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day, well I'm sure you'll have so many more, so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow to make up for an oversight, and we always get a second chance to make everything right.

There will always be another day to say our "I love you's", And certainly there's another chance to say our "Anything I can do's?"

But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get, I'd like to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget, Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike, And today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today?

For if tomorrow never comes, you'll surely regret the day, that you didn't take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss and you were too busy to grant someone, what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today, whisper in their ear. Tell them how much you love them and that you'll always hold them dear. Take time to say "I'm sorry," "please forgive me," "thank you" or "it's okay". And if tomorrow never comes, you'll have no regrets about today.  Just Do It.

  • When was the last time you watched a sunset, was blessed with the unpretentious smile of a toddler, and viewed a father with a child sitting on his shoulders?

  • When was the last time you heard the sound of a cricket, the breeze whispering through dense trees, the sound of a baby's cry?

  • When was the last time you felt the warmth of a child's hug, the feel of a tear as you wiped it gently from the face of one you loved, the indescribable joy of holding the hand of one whom God has joined together?

  • When was the last time you tasted Mom's home cooking, salt water on a carefree day at the beach, a snowflake?

  • When was the last time you gave a hug for no reason, said a kind word to a stranger, intentionally blessed your friends?

  • When was the last time you made snow angels, threw snowballs, had rosy red cheeks?

  • When was the last time you received an unexpected gift, phone call, visit or email?

  • When was the last time you took a long walk, rode a new bike, read a good book?

  • When was the last time you had a belly laugh, a heartache that brought healing, a physical pain that made you slow down and really see others - maybe for the first time?

  • When was the last time you quietly sipped a cup of tea, watched the hunt and peck of birds just outside your window, remembered old friends?

  • When was the last time you greeted the day with a smile, prayed for your enemy, sang a song of praise?

  • When was the last time you thought about Good Friday, Easter Sunday, a risen Savior?

  • When was the last time you were thankful for the incredible blessings that make for a wonderful life?

Dear Hearts and Gentle People 

I love those dear hearts and gentle people
Who live in my home town
Because those dear hearts and gentle people 
Will never ever let you down

They read the good book
From Fri till Monday
That's how the weekend goes
I've got a dream house
I'll build there one day
With picket fence and ramblin' rose

I feel so welcome each time I return
That my happy heart keeps laughin' like a clown
I love the dear hearts and gentle people
Who live and love in my home town

There's a place I'd like to go
And it's back in Idaho
Where you're friendly neighbors smile and say hello
It's a pleasure and a treat
To meandor down the street
That's why I want the whole wide world to know
(I love those dear hearts)
I love the gentle people
(Who live in my home town)
Because those dear hearts and gentle people
Will never ever let you down

They read the good book
From Fri till Monday
That's how the weekend goes
I've got a dream house
I'll build there one day
With picket fence and ramblin' rose

I feel so welcome each time that I return
That my happy heart keeps laughin' like a clown
I love the dear hearts and gentle people
Who live and love in my home town

(Home, home, sweet home)
(Home, home, sweet home)
(Home, home, sweet home)
(Home, home, sweet home)