July 04, 1936 - February 09, 2010
Dedicated to Winnie Weber
Happy Valentine's Day!
My Aunt Winnie was a strong, vibrant, independent woman. I have always been proud of her for being such a strong independent woman making her way in this man driven world all the way to be a MO state representative. When I visited in 2008 with my Dad, Virgil, my sister Kate and my nephew Josh, I was drawn in by her hotel/restaurant/store Winfields and all of her photos and newspaper clippings of her glory days when she was a state representative. Winnie always demanded the best of everything and wasn't afraid or timid but strong in spirit and spunk. I hope she is living it up where she is now as she did in her glory days. Family is the most important relationship in life. We love you Winnie.
I remember when I was going through a really difficult time in my life Winnie wrote me a letter dated March 1, 1998 and I still have that letter to this day tucked away in my inspiration box. The following are parts of the letter that show her character and her sincere heart:
"Jennifer, God forgives us everything. Forgive yourself, God has already forgiven you. You must ask him and then live happy, joyous and free. You're worth having a happy life. Quit being so hard on yourself. God does not make junk. I have a kind, gentle and forgiving God. I pray on my knees everyday and ask a very simple request (to stay sober for the day)."
She was an advocate and believed strongly in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and what it stands for. She wrote "The meetings are a design for living. Your life will become your own. Act don't react, don't be a doormat, don't hold resentments. Your conscience will tell you what is right and wrong."
"Don't worry about what others think of you since they so seldom do. People lead their own lives and will dump their problems on you. You can't solve them. Tell them they have a God and you're not it. Remember there are no big deals if you have faith in the one that has all power. God doesn't take notes, you don't have to make an appointment and I've never found his line busy. He is always there. Take care of yourself, diet, run, read and don't think too much. It's dangerous. Look for men that are getting an education, have a family that is good and money does not turn you into a bad person. I love you and want you to do well! Start! Kick ass and take names."
I think that says it all. Winnie I'm finally going to start taking care of myself. kick ass and take names! I'm just sorry it took me so long to take your advice and actually act on it.
Started by Jennifer Faulkenberry (Estevez) on February 14, 2010