Tuesday, January 27, 2015


I think a lot of us have/had a cousin that was extra special.
One that, when we were really little, we planned to MARRY some day.

I had one....
and his name was KEITH.
and...here I am with my handsome cousin.
The year....1956
All the time we were growing up, I told him I
wanted to marry him and for him to wait for me.
He was 11 years older than I.
He said, "Jeanie, I'll wait forever."
but......he didn't.:(
Of course, when I got older, I realized we could Never marry because
our kids would have been idiots ! Haaaaahahaha.
just jokin'....  actually, he was a 'cousin by marriage'.
and I loved him dearly...
STILL DO....he is living in England now.

The above is from a post I did a few years back.

I did indeed love this handsome cousin of mine.
I was 8 yrs old when my mama married the best step-dad ever born
and KEITH was his nephew.

Keith and the whole family treated me just like I'd been in their family forever....
I adored Keith....and so did my mom.

She named my little brother KEITH...
I named our son KEITH...
he named one of his daughters KEITH...

This is the last photo I have of him....he's with his little grandgirl.
He is 88 yrs old here and he just passed away a few weeks ago.
I am heartbroken...
and so sad that I couldn't attend his funeral to say goodby.
England is a long way from West Texas....
my heart and thoughts were there with his beautiful wife and daughter and family.

I will love him dearly until I die and then, I'll get to love him all over again
when I get to Heaven.


  1. I'm so sorry BJ. Hugs. What a wonderful person he was from your description of your love. I feel your heart break. What a beautiful tribute you wrote of him. Love, Su

  2. oh, he sounds like a doll as does his/your family. :) i'm sorry.

  3. bj, it's so hard to say goodbye! Hugs to you!

  4. Sorry for the loss of someone so special to you.

  5. I was in love with one of my cousins too so I get it! I also lost my little brother cousin. Broke my heart. So sorry for your loss.

  6. i'm so sorry, BJ and sorry you were not able to attend his funeral! I was in love with a cousin too and he passed away over 30 years ago - way to early. Now I must say - look at your teeny tiny waist in that snap! You've always been a knockout!
    Shelia ;)

  7. I am so sorry BJ. So sorry you lost him and sorry that you couldn't pay your last respects, but I am sure he knew you loved him and that is all that matters in the end isn't it? He has a kind face. Sending a bug hug for you.

  8. I'm sorry for your loss, especially considering the long-distance problems.

  9. BJ, Some times you make me cry. Sorry about the passing of your beautiful cousin. You are also a beauty standing beside him. One day you will meet again.. Prayers and hugs for the family and for you. Bless your heart, xoxo, Susie

  10. Awwwww...what a cute couple of cousins you were. I have a step-cousin I feel the same way about so I get it. Love never dies...it goes on forever...

  11. I'm so sorry for your loss BJ. Sounds like a beautiful relationship.
    I so hate goodbyes. But yes you will see him again someday. That alone keeps us going. Knowing those we love and miss so much are waiting for us. Take care. Blessings, Becky

  12. So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful tribute.

  13. Oh I'm sorry. What is it about cousins that just take us back in time. I have a cousin that I wanted to marry too. When I'm around him it just makes me remember what it was like to be part of my family back then. Times change...

  14. I love the photo of you and Keith and am so sorry for your loss. It's difficult when one is so far away.

  15. Aw BJ, I'm so sorry your heart's hurting tonight. That's pretty neat how his name lives on.

  16. such a beautiful story, I 'm so sorry you're hurting right now,

  17. Sweet and loving . . . Sad for your loss . . .

  18. Oh bj, I'm so very sorry for the loss of your dear cousin. My love is with you.

  19. That is a great tribute to a dear cousin - and he will be missed by many I'm sure.
    A special family 'love story' which warmed my heart. I do hope his life in England was happy.
    Mary x

  20. Saying goodbye for that final time is so heart-breaking when you just cannot be there. This is a true love story, and your love for Keith will always be in your heart. And this shines through in every one of your words. Hugs and caring thoughts. Jean.

  21. So sorry for your loss Bj! Heartfelt love is always there....in our hearts!

  22. Awww what a sweet story from your childhood! I am sorry for your loss and that you couldn't be with them! Sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way dear B.J.

  23. Sorry for your loss bj but like you said one day you will see him again in heaven. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  24. I'm so sorry you lost your favorite cousin. And sorry you couldn't attend his service. I grew up thinking my slightly older cousin was the best guy in the world. He and I stay in touch but we don't see each other often enough. I'm blessed because I'm in Oregon and he is in California so it's possible once in awhile.

  25. Oh, what a sweet post, bj...and I love that photo of you and your cousin. I had an older cousin who I had a crush on too. He was several years older and when he was a teen and I was a little girl, I'd always show off when he was around...thinking I was impressing him! I remember being just a tad jealous when he marrie dhis wife...lol! Yes, you and your sweet cousin can certainly look forward to a grand reunion one day!

  26. I'm so sorry for your loss, bj.

    He was a good looking guy. No wonder you had a crush on him :)


  27. Oh, BJ, so sorry for your loss, and I have a similar story. I have a cousin whom I love beyond measure. I don't think I ever wanted to marry him though, but I do love spending time with him and the fact that he always makes me laugh. Fortunately, I still can do that and hope that never changes..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  28. BJ,
    I am sorry for your loss. I do know that love always dwells in the heart and memories are forever. Sending heart healing kisses.

  29. Sweet story bj. Sorry for your loss. You have great memories of Keith that will be with you forever ... cherish those. Hugs,
    Audrey Z.

  30. I have just read this post BJ! My heartfelt prayers and offer of comfort go out to you. I felt this same way about my cousins and felt such a huge loss as they aged and passed away. It's such a blessing to have had them in our lives wasn't it? The pictures are precious! Thank you so much for sharing this family story with your readers! Blessings to you darling.....

  31. bj, I am so sorry for your loss!
    Thank you for being real and personable with us, your readers! xoxo

  32. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this. I know you just had to be just that special to him, too... Cousins are magical creatures who share the same magical being... Our grandparents.... They are our memory keepers and heart friends. You have touched my heart with this post!

  33. I'm so sorry for your loss, bj.


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