Tuesday, June 10, 2008

God is good all the time--A tribute to Peggy Southard

Today is the anniversary of the passing of a dear woman and friend of our family's, Peggy Southard. She died of cancer one year ago today, and her life and love influenced many people, me included. I always marveled at how she made everyone feel like he/she was the most special person in the universe. After talking with her you felt like a million bucks. Even through every stage of her illness, she would say "God is good all the time." Amazing! In her honor, I wanted to share a neat story of one (of the many) way God has shown his love and goodness and mercy to us amidst some heartbreaking times.
I believe I shared a couple of months ago that Joseph lost his corneal reflex in his left eye through the 2nd surgery. It was a major concern b/c he wouldn't feel if anything got into his eye and it could potentially scratch his cornea and cause damage. So, I asked for prayer that God would protect that eye or eventually heal it right up. Well, since then he hasn't gotten anything in that eye. And, many people have commented on his long beautiful lashes and how many women would pay big money for them. Well, at the doctor's visit last week, Dr. Nick was trying to get his cotton swab to touch they eye to see if he had a reflex. He ended up giving up (not b/c Joe was moving, which used to be the case) because the eye lashes were too thick and he couldn't get the cotton swab through! He commented that it was a side effect of the drug he was taking, Tarceva. So, God provided protection of his eye by allowing one of the side effects of the drug to be growing extra long lashes. Have you ever heard of a drug causing eye lashes to grow longer (now, women, don't go looking for this drug---pretty sure taking it for the side effect would be a very bad idea)? I just thought that was so cool and had to share.
We miss you Peggy and love you, Southard family.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for writing about Peggy. I think about her all the time and will always miss her smiling face and that great big hug that felt like a hug from God.
Thanks, too, for sharing the story about Joseph. I had not heard it. I was wondering how his eye lashes got so long. Thank you God for that miracle.
Have a blessed day! Praying all the time for peace and joy.
Love, Mimi

Anonymous said...

Great story about Peggy and how she touched many that were blessed to have contact with her. I couldn't help but think about the old song "Count Your Many Blessings" when you shared the story about Joseph. Here is one of the verses. If you have time you should read all the words of the song. It is a reminder of how God really is good all the time --as Peggy would say.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Thank you God for longer lashes for Joe!
Kissells

About Janice said...

checking in on you all frequently, praying and trusting the Lord for healing. Only God knew the added benefit of the Tarceva side effects! He's got the whole world of trial drugs in his hand!

Brea said...

What an amazing answer to prayer! Thanks for sharing that encouragement with us!

beth said...

God works in mysterious ways and yes it is all good all the time. =)
love and miss you
beth

Kate Etue said...

I can't believe it's been a year--hard to believe. And that's cool about Joseph's eyelashes. Good for you for seeing God in that! I too often chalk those things up to coincidence.

Nana said...

God is good all the time.You are right Gillian Peggy did say that.We went to her grave this morning and cried and sang and remembered.Gill when we were talking this morning about Peggy I said I didnt feel she was dead and I said it didnt feel like she was gone and you said that was because of the Holy Spirit.It is so true all the great memories we had and all the fun times..we can remember them always.The Lord unites our hearts.Mary Beth And Stu All the girls and grandkids it was so good to see you all and Sloan.God bless you all today and always.Joe P. those eye lashes are an answer to prayer and just make you the most handsome dude we know Love from Nanna Grandad and Lynn and Will SArah Jane Eli Bella Claire and Deacon

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. God is so good.
Praying every night!!!
Randi Booth and her three boys

Jennifer said...

Yes. Peggy truly did make you feel like a million bucks. And I love the eyelash story. Not only have they helped his eye, but he looks like a dreamboat! We miss you guys. Hearing A LOT about Jee P. in that high pitched 'question tone'...

shannon said...

gill,
love you guys and appreciate you remembering mom. we are still praying for joseph and believe that God can heal him completely!

notes from em said...

yes, "God is good all the time"
hard to understand at times, but none-the-less good.
and PTL for long fabulous lashes!

Anonymous said...

That is so awesome!!! Thank you for sharing. God IS SO GOOD ALL THE TIME!!!!!

Sarah Norsworthy said...

Gill! So glad to hear all the good news! And it looks like your trip to Disney World was amazing! So glad you could all enjoy that together as a family :) Still thinking about you and praying for you guys as well. Hopefully we can see each other soon. Love you!
Sarah

Courtney said...

Love your encouragement and perspective in all this. Thanks so much for letting us in a little through this blog...

–Courtney S.

Anonymous said...

He truly does work in mysterious ways! Thanks for sharing. Your faith makes us stronger.
Vivi

Anonymous said...

Gillian,
You might not remember me--I was friends with your sister thru the college group at CCC years ago. Long story short--I live in Chicago now, had no idea that Peggy died, and I would love to be able to write to Shannon. If you have her mailing address in TX, would you give it to SJ and have her email it to me. We visited the Carmichael fam in Louisville over Easter and she told me about Joseph and your blog. I have been praying for you. I had regretted losing touch with your sister so I was happy she found me on facebook. Anyway, praying, and would love Shannon's contact info if you have it. Thanks Gillian!
Emily Connors Kaplowitz

Sara Beth said...

Thanks Gilla-bean.

I can't wait to see that kid's eyelashes....what exactly are the side effects? :)

Sara B