Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My brother Tony and His Beautiful Heart

I shared with each of you all the wonderful things my Talented brother did while we were sharing our final days with our Dad and then all that Tony did afterwards....Dads eulogy, His last note on Facebook, the Video etc. Yep ~ my brother got all the talent for sure! Here I could inject that while He got all the talent I got all the heart and well, that just wouldn't be true. My brother has been on quite a journey over the last few years. He has been through a very heart wrenching divorce but came out stronger and a wonderful Father through it all. He has grown leaps and bounds and continues to do so with each new day. My Brother is a Captain of the Tulsa Fire Department, he owns his own business Tinting cars and what a successful business it is. But it is none of these reasons that I am sharing about Tony today. I am so very proud of my Brother and all he has become but it is when we see his heart and love for others that just brings me to tears. You see, just hours before we lost our Dad Tony received a call from a friend notifying him that one of his Firefighter brothers (and trust me Firemen are a group of Brothers like no other) just found out he had cancer. Tony took it very hard! While we sat beside our Daddy in those final hours Tony would read things to my Dad ~ comments from Facebook, emails, etc. Some were so hard to even get out and I wasn't the one sharing them but would just cry with my brother while he spoke them to Daddy. Anyway, Tony sat there and told Dad about his friend John. He asked my Dad to help John, to be with Him and we both knew He would because that is the kind of man our Dad is/was.

When Tony came home from Florida his friend John had begun treatments at MD Anderson and Tony was in constant contact. Tony is a man of many resources and a HUGE HEART. He came up with the Idea of having a Fundraiser for their family. I need to inject here that my brother and I have had lengthy conversations about God, the Lord, My Saviour and Tony just listens and says "thats for you" but I know that God has Tony right in the palm of HIS hand and HIS favor is on Tony. If I could share everything that is happening this would literally be a book but suffice to say ~ many amazing things are coming into play for this Fundraiser, for this family John and Jenny Buck. I am believing for healing for John. He is a young Father, a Loving Husband, A precious Son, and a Fellow Brother in the Firefighter world. God is with all of you and is blessing this ONE DAY AT A TIME! I simply cannot wait to see how it all plays out.

I am sooo proud of you my sweet brother Anthony William. I love you with all of my heart!

Tony's artwork for the Fundraiser.....



I can't express enough how much love & admiration I have for both you & your brother. You're both amazingly talented & caring people who make my heart happy every single day.



How beautiful a brotherly heart you have shared with us, today. Thank you, sweet friend. I would have to say, you are a mighty fine sister in the Lord, too.
Hugs, andrea



You truly have been blessed to have such an amazing brother with a heart not only for God but for passing that love of God along to those he meets. He is truly serving out the will of God in everything he does. Must make you one proud sister.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat


In addition to all the good things you mentioned about your brother (and the reason for not mentioning it is because it's not all that important)he is one handsome fellow. I had four brothers and two sisters and they are all gone now. Hang on tight to that brother of yours!....The pie lady was just 3 pie--not 5. LOL


Aww... there you go... bringing tears to my eyes! :) Your family has certainly been blessed with the most precious hearts! God certainly has Tony right in the palm of His hand!


Sometimes, I long to have a sister, having 5 bros. growing up. But there is a special thing about bros. that I wouldn't trade...Your post made me reminisce when my bros. & I were taking turns talking, crying together, hugging, kissing our ill father years ago. They were so protective of me at the same time.

Thank you for sharing your amazing bro. And I truly understand what their "brotherhood" is like at the fire station. It's just like cops or deputies, too. What a blessing he is to his sick bro. at work who needs help. May God bless him and may the Lord heal bro. John. God bless sister Loren.


God truly has gifted you with a beautiful heart in your brother. Your brother is seeing through the eyes of Jesus. He is making a difference in people's lives. Oh how great a reward He will receive one day (and I know he so totally doesn't care about that)!


You and your brother are both precious blessings. God smiles really big when He looks at both of you. I love you sis.

Girly Muse

He sounds truly amazing, but I am not surprised, seeing as he is YOUR brother...

Will be praying for him and for you as you continue to share your faith...will also pray for John.

The fundraiser is a great idea...I know it will be a huge success.

Love you!


How wonderful to have a brother like yours. Being an only child I always wished for a brother or a sister. You are very blessed. And Tony is as blessed as you are to have a sister like you. Thank you for sharing this post.
Hugs & blessings,

Cherie Hill

Your post is so beautiful...such loving words...I know your brother feels truly blessed that you are his sister. I pray the God strengthens him even more for the journey ahead...that his life will give God all the glory!
Love and prayers,


What a beautiful heart you both have! I can tell in the reading of this post just how much you both must mean to each other, and just how close the two of you must be. I just love reading post of siblings that remain close through all of life's experiences. Beautiful post!


Oh Loren you have every right to be so proud of the wonderful brother you have blessed with. I will certainly lift this man in prayer with you. I am thinking you are BOTH so fortunate to have each other. Love and hugs to you, Deb

The Real Me!

OH my friend, what a wonderful post. I can tell that you think highly of your brother! Lots to pray about.
Love you my friend.

Beth E.

What a wonderful man! I know you are a so very proud of your brother. Praying that he will realize that God is for HIM, too! :-)


Thank you so very much for your thoughts, prayers, love, and encouragement.

christy rose

What a beautiful post about your wonderful brother. I can tell you do not really love him very much either. So I am going to keep praying for you about this love stuff! ;)

Kathy C.

Loren, that's a beautiful tribute to your brother....what a precious kind and loving heart he has. I'll be praying for him and for John and his family. Blessings my friend!

Beth in NC

What a lovely post! I have no doubt that God will continue to work in Tony's life until his eyes are opened. I'm sure you are covering him in prayer daily.

God bless and heal John as well.


Beautiful sharing Loren of your sweet brother. As one who has the blessing of three awesome brothers (one with the Lord) I can well understand how proud you are of him and how much you love him.

I love you and I pray blessings over you and your entire family.

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