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My Very Dear blogger Friends !

We have shared stories, secrets, laughter, and pains.
You are more than just a friend to me
because you made me feel like I am your family.
Happy New Year!

This year and the coming New Year 2015, I pray that you will have more friends to share your laughter with.
You have touched many people’s lives and I hope you will continue to do so.
Happy New Year, my friends

Please support this family. Tara used to babysit my niece Michelle Syed’s kids a long time ago in North Reading Boston. Mr. Stephens deserves to be home with his family.

Our father’s name is Edward Stephens. He served in the army from June 1967 to December 1969. He was in Vietnam in communications from December of 1967 to December of 1968. He married our mom in 1980 and had five children…
Our father’s name is Edward Stephens. He served in the army from June 1967 to December 1969. He was in Vietnam in communications from December of 1967 to December of 1968. He married our mom in 1980 and had five children between the years of 1984 and 1995. He was an active member of the North Reading community. He campaigned for Brad Jones, ran for school committee, was an active parent in every aspect, coached every sport for each child, ran a dunk tank for fourth of July celebration, the list goes on. In 1995 he was told he had unusual white matter brain changes. In 2000 he had a brain aneurysm. In 2004, 2007, and 2013 he suffered strokes. The one in 2007 left him with left side paralysis. He has had many seizures, has 11 stents in his body, suffers from kidney disease, neuropathy, PTSD, and is now confined to a wheelchair thanks to agent orange. His ischemic heart disease has lead the VA to label him one hundred percent disabled.

He has spent the last ten months in Wilmington Healthcare Center. He was able to come home six months ago, but cannot due to the fact that there is no handicapped accessibility to our home. Also, interior modifications need to be done. We need our deck to be rebuilt, and an outside chairlift to be installed.

We have spent every waking hour going back and forth with the VA  trying to get the funding we need to bring him home and have been denied multiple times. The holidays are coming and we want nothing more than to spend them in our parents home with our father. We are asking for your help because the government has failed to provide for a veteran. With Thanksgiving only a month away, we have no other option but to turn to the community for help in order to get him home in time. We still continue our battle with the government but the most important thing to us and to him is for him to spend the rest of his life in the comfort of his own home surrounded by family.

Please help us bring our father of 5, grandfather of 2, loving husband and Vietnam vet home for the holidays. He fought for all of us and now we are fighting for him.




Mr. Balouch with his grandson———– with his beautiful family

What I am going to share today is a long time back true happening.

I was working as Headmistress in a school. Let me write the name of the school so any teacher or student in that period reads will remember it.

Mr. Dost Mohammad Balouch (late) managed the school transport and looked after the school accounts after he brought children to school. He was a man of substance. He was very dutiful, witty, devoted and respectful jolly fellow. Nobody ever saw him worried or frowns on his forehead. He was a friend of one and all. He had a friendly smiling face. Everyone was his friend and he very cooperative with everyone.

The owner of the school, Mr. Maroof Ali Khan, was a man of principles, composed, serene and caring farsighted man.

The school had good repute in the whole area. Baloch sahib was very punctual and dutiful. He never got late to school neither he grumbled at parents if they didn’t pay his fee on time.

He had a very compromising nature. He made the environment pleasant with his prompt witty answers and light jokes. He had a family of one daughter and 3 sons. His children were well mannered obedient and outstanding students. The entire family was very courteous and civilized.

Years passed working together.  We were all like a family. We shared relief and grief with each other.

One day he brought children to school like daily routine in his coaster van, his children also attended their classes as usual. Nothing strange or noteworthy was there in his behavior. Baloch sahib smiled as his was born with a smiling face. Nobody knew that his father had died the night before and his dead body lay at home. Baloch sahib did his duty religiously like always. After dropping the children back home after school closed, then only he informed Maroof sahib, the owner. Maroof sahib was all care and concern with him.

We came to know about it the next day. This act of his dutiful and loyal nature impressed us all. He was a commendable man.

Baloch sahib attended every happy or sad occasion of known and unknown equally.

One gloomy night he had gone to offer prayers for his deceased parents. His daughter Sadaf was very dear to him and she too loved and cared for him dearly. She called him to know how long he will take more to get home as it a religious feast in their home and every one waited for him to celebrate. Balouch sahib replied that. “My dear I’ll be with you within 10 minutes.”

Minutes passed, but, he was nowhere. After a short while Sadaf received a call from some person saying that Mr. Balouch met an accident. His sons rushed to the hospital. Mr. Balouch lay in emergency department. He had a wound at the back but his face was relaxed and calm as ever.  He had passed away when his children reached hospital. Doctors announced his death.

A very humane human treaded to the highway to heaven within no time. His good nature will always be remembered. People like him are rarely born.

May his soul rest in eternal peace!

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