Rebecca West: Words & Music

Our Online Romance
by Rebecca and Bob West with the Holy Spirit

Chapter 17

"That Will Be A Yes!"

From: Rebecca
Subject: Your Sunshine
Date: May 6, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT
To: Bob

My sweet darling Bob ---

I just wanted to send you another quick e-mail to let you know that I am going to my sister's house this morning ---- I am sure YOU will be the subject!! :-) She is excited about us, just like Suzanne. I could not ask for a better sister. You will love her and she will love you. So will Fred, her husband. They are very sweet loving people. But you, my dear, are the sweetest!!!! There is no one like you. And I love you.

Sweetheart, my joy is full. With the dawning of this day, it only brings me closer to you. Is it okay if I use A NEW DAY DAWNING for a title of a new article? It is "ours", I know, and I loved it so much that I immediately wrote it down. I wanted to ask you first, my love. I will never do anything without discussing it with you first ------ always. Isaiah 55:12 is so special for "us" too. May I use that too, although we know it is "ours". I know I may sound silly, but I want to share everything with you, before I do anything. Even an article. When you love someone as much as I love you ----- that's the way I am. :-) I am your funny girl. :-)

I love you with an unending love, my darling Bob, my sweetheart!!!
God has answered my prayer ----- you found me.
Kisses and a gentle hug ---- and all of my love.
Your Sunshine Rebecca's Red Rose

From: Bob
Subject: Re: Your Sunshine
Date: May 6, 2009, 11:22:04 AM EDT
To: Rebecca

Yes, darling Rebecca,

Write your article and use that title and that verse. It sounds wonderful. I love it that you ask me things that the Lord is leading you to do. And rest assured that I will only say "no" when I believe the Lord is telling me to say "no." I want to protect you, my precious sweetheart.

This morning during the men's fellowship, I shared my news and everyone got excited and joyful (just like I already was). I took a lot of kidding, which I enjoyed too. Richard can't wait to tell Judy. He is looking forward to meeting you, and Judy will be too. They already were, since they knew you and Bette were coming, but this adds an additional excitement to the mix. Tom Arnold, a pastor from a different church prayed for the Lord's blessing on us during his closing prayer. The Lord has been prompting me to visit their church (Christ Covenant), so I think I'll do that this Sunday. Tom said he is looking forward to meeting you. I'll find out if they have a mid-week service that we can go to so you can meet some special people there too. We will be going to Joy Outreach the Sunday you're here.

The girls at Julie's asked if I will bring you by so they can meet you too. I told them yes. Of course I had already planned for us to eat there at least once.

BTW, I loved it when you said last night that you wished I was holding you in my arms. You don't know how much that blessed me. On second thought, I guess you do. You are certainly an expert at using my love language.

I don't think it is silly that you want to share everything with me before you do anything. I feel the same way. I want to share everything with you, and I intend to ask your opinion before I do anything. I think that is the way it should be. We will be one just like God planned. And it is my heart's desire.

Barb and Fred sound wonderful. I am looking forward to meeting them. I am so glad that you have had them to help you through your devastating ordeal and that they will celebrate our new beginning with us.

It is pouring down rain again now, which is good because we have been needing some rain. I thank God for it, but I pray that we will have pretty weather while you and Bette are here.

I'm going to close now, and work on finishing up this week's OFC. Then I will put it aside for at least a couple of weeks.

But I will be thinking about you while I work.

Lord, thank you for taking good care of Rebecca. And thank you Lord that I will see her soon. She is everything I have dreamed of.

Bye for now, Honey... You continue in my thoughts and prayers...

Sunshine's very own Musketeer

From: Bob
Subject: You're my marvelous gift from God
Date: May 6, 2009, 3:07 PM EDT
To: Rebecca

Hi Sweetie!

Are you writing the "A New Day Dawning" article yet? Or, are you going to wait until after our vacation? I think that is a wonderful idea for an article. That title and the Isaiah 55:12 verse. I can't wait to read it. You are such a good writer. You and the Lord.

Rebecca, I marvel at what the Lord is doing for us. There can be no doubt that He is the driver and that we're on the most amazing journey of our lives. I think I said you're everything that I dreamed of. Actually, you're more and better than I could have imagined, much less hoped for. I am still trying to comprehend it all. All that has happened in the past two or three days. You're so perfect. I'm so blessed. I'm so loved!!! By the Lord and by you. I think I know now how Adam must have felt when he woke up and saw Eve standing there before him. In the episode of OFC where I show that happening, I have Adam shouting, "WOW!!!" And that's what I say when I think about my "Eve" -- YOU -- my Rebecca, my marvelous gift from God. Thank you, Father!!! and thank you, Rebecca, my sweet precious Sunshine!

You may know by now that I finished the OFC strip I was working on. I e-mailed it to the mailing list, made a backup copy and then unplugged the external backup disk (it was thundering and lightning outside), and then ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a few Fritos and iced tea for lunch (at 3 o'clock). I was very, very tired, but I was so close to finishing, I just kept going. I feel some better now, but still pretty tired.

I still need to publish the strip on my web site. I haven't done that yet.

I have been asking the Lord to bring Mr. Right to Bette. Not just someone who has money or who lives in that area, but the person who will sweep her off her feet like you have swept me off mine.

Counting the minutes until you get here... In the meantime here is an e-mail hug and kiss...

All my love, Sunshine's admirer... aka Bob

From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: You're my marvelous gift from God
Date: May 6, 2009, 5:10:25 PM EDT
To: Bob

Hello my sweetheart --- love of my life ----- Rebecca's Red Rose

How often I had prayed for you to find me ----- and God led you right to me --- the perfect one for me. Thank you, my love, for the wonderful e-mails today! I couldn't wait to get back here to my apartment to see what you had sent me today! My heart is overflowing with love for you. I just now got home from Barbara's house! I went in their house and Fred was still home, and I started right in talking about you! Of course, they knew already from what I told Barb earlier, but they were so very very happy -- for me and you.

At one point Barb and I were talking after Fred left for the church, and she had tears running down her face -- tears of joy! She said, "Rebecca, you are in love. I can see it in your eyes, and your face is glowing!!!" Of course, I had already told her previously how much I loved you, but she could see it, and she was so happy!

Baby, you are the man of my dreams. I love you so much.

Barb is reading OFC to Isaiah, her 6 year old grandson, and she said to tell you that it is the most wonderful book she has ever found that Isaiah can understand! They love it!!! She said, now Isaiah understands everything about satan, and where he came from. (And yes, I just read the OFC you just sent me. You are excellent, my love! I am so proud of you! So talented and gifted --- and you love me! I am the happiest girl in the world!

I thank God for you every morning and every night. I thank God for His protecting hand on you everyday. Thank you for praying for me too, sweetheart. That means the world to me. I also marvel at what God is doing for us! He is so wonderful to us!

I am excited about meeting all of your friends, and of course your family. It was great that they prayed over us at your meeting this morning. How precious! Meeting you will be the highlight of my life ------ my honey!!!!

Please get some rest, my darling Bob. You have been so busy, but have accomplished so much!

I have the class at church tonight at 7 p.m. I go early and get the coffee going for the people. I would love to stay home, but I will go and try to come home early.

I will be at the church office tomorrow (Thursday) ---- then off until I come to see you!!!!!

You are in my thoughts and prayers too, my love, every moment.
I bless the day you found me......
I will sign off for now, sweetheart, and rest a little myself and drink some iced tea.

I told Barbara I was not hungry today, and she said, "That's because you are in love." We laughed and had a great time.

She is right. I am in love with you my wonderful Bob, my very own musketeer, my Dr. Pepper, my sweetheart ------ man of my dreams.

All of my love ----- to my darling wonderful Bob.

Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose

From: Rebecca
Subject: Bob's Eve
Date: May 6, 2009, 6:31 PM EDT
To: Bob

Hello my Bob!!!! My Sweetheart!

I forgot to answer your question about the article! Yes, I have started writing that article, A NEW DAY DAWNING. I am excited about it because you gave me the title ---- and it's ours. I will e-mail the article to you as soon as I finish it.

Barb and Fred are excited about you staying at their house when you come here! You will absolutely love them. And they will love you!!!

I will go for now, sweetie! I need to leave for class shortly!

I am in love with the most wonderful man in the world! God gave me the best -- my Bob.

Your Eve Rebecca's Red Rose

From: Bob
Subject: Re: Bob's Eve
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 7:04 PM EDT
To: Rebecca

Hi Honey!

Thank you so very, very, very, very much for your e-mails today, and the sweet things you've been saying. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! And God bless you, my darling! But that seems so superfluous to say, doesn't it. Since how much more could we be blessed?!!! I expect we will see how much more. This is just the beginning. The best is yet to come. (The Lord just told me to tell you that.)

When I received your previous e-mail today, I read it over several times (as I do all of them), and then I went upstairs and listened to the radio while I ate a snack, and then I relaxed in my recliner. I was so very, very tired. Still am, but not as much. And my shoulders were tight and hurting from all the hours I've been spending at the computer writing e-mails and working on OFC, plus yesterday I was working at my drawing table too. Now that OFC is done, I will just be at the computer from time to time to keep in touch with you, and I will be doing some other work that won't require me to use my right arm so much and for so long at a time. The detail work in the drawings is what has taken so long, and I haven't taken a break and gotten up and away from the computer like I should have. I'm really looking forward to finishing the rest of OFC. Maybe I will do some writing after that. I have a couple of books in mind. Maybe you can help me with them. And I can help you with yours, i.e., design and production.

I am so pleased that Barbara and Fred are pleased. Thank you for sharing about our visit with them. I am looking forward to meeting them, and getting better acquainted. That blessed me too, to hear about their 6-year-old grandson enjoying and learning from the OFC book. I didn't realize they had a copy. On second thought, seems like Bette might have had something to do with that.

That really blessed me to hear how happy Barbara was seeing how happy you are. The guys at the men's fellowship this morning noticed the same thing in me. They were laughing and saying how happy I looked and that I looked like a high school kid in love.

I think I will sleep late tomorrow morning. If the Lord will let me. I am so tired. It's almost 8 and I haven't had supper yet. But I'm not really hungry. I guess it is the same reason you were not hungry earlier today.

I am looking forward to reading your article when you get it done. (Is it about us?) You're such a good writer. Your thoughts and words just seem to flow effortless. I know you are inspired of the Lord. You are so special to Him. And to me. I feel so honored that He is letting me be your sweetheart. And letting you be mine.

I am going to close now, darling, and fix a little something to eat. I don't want to wait until late and be really hungry and eat just before going to bed. I plan to write you another note before I go to bed tonight.

"Have I told you lately that I love you?" (Say... that sounds like the making of a song. Oh, I remember --- there already is a song with those words. Let's see ... what comes next? Oh yes... "Well darling, I'm telling you now!" You know the tune. Imagine that I'm singing to you right now.

I'm in love with you, Rebecca --- the most wonderful lady in the whole wide world! Can't wait to see you! Bye for now, Precious.

All my love, Bob

From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: Bob's Eve
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 10:32 PM EDT
To: Bob


I just walked in the door from the class, had to stop by the grocery real quick before coming home. Our parking lot is really big here at the apartment complex, and "your baby" had to carry her groceries all the way in from way out in the parking lot! (I am wanting some sympathy from my honey!!) :-) I made it fine though. :-) The exercise was good for me!! :-)

About your shoulders ---- I will give you a nice shoulder rub, my darling, if you so desire! You have worked very hard. I will pray that you rest wonderfully tonight.

You blessed me when you said that maybe I could help you with some writing, and you would help me with mine. :-) What fun, baby!! We will have fun whatever we do. :-)

I love it when you sing songs to me!!!!! Your special sweet way! I use my imagination and I can hear you!!!! :-)

And yes, my love, the best is yet to come for us. Thank you for telling me that. I know that in my heart. I love you telling me that.

You are in my thoughts and prayers tonight, darling. You mean the world to me, and I love you with my whole heart.

Your e-mails, and everything you say to me, is sweet music to my heart. Thank you, baby, for loving me too.

Rest well ---- sweet dreams -----
gentle hugs, and all my love. I will imagine your arms around me tonight.

Your Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose
(Our God loves us so much --- He gave us each other)
I am forever thankful.

From: Bob
Subject: Re: Bob's Eve
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 11:04:39 PM EDT
To: Rebecca

Hi Baby Doll!

I had just checked my e-mail and there was no new one from you. I was disappointed, and was just about to go upstairs and go to bed, and then "ding!" I had mail. From you! Thank you!!!

When I read about you having to carry all those groceries all the way across the parking lot and up the stairs, I was so ashamed that I had been impatient about waiting for your goodnight e-mail. I wish I could have carried those groceries for you. Certainly, you have my sympathy! (The exercise would have been good for me too!)

Oh, that would have felt so good to have you rub my shoulders! Just imagining it helps them feel better.

We're going to do so much together, Honey. Writing is just part of it. Mostly, we're going to have fun, just being together. And doing whatever the Lord gives us to do. No more loneliness. I'm glad you like the idea of us working together.

You are in my thoughts and prayers tonight too, my precious sweetheart. You mean the world to me too. The feeling is mutual, and I'm so glad!

I have trouble remembering the words to songs. When that happens, sometimes I just start singing in tongues and let the Holy Spirit supply the words.

You're so easy for me to love, Honey! Thank you for loving me too.

I will go to sleep imagining that you're in my arms. Rest well, my precious gift from God...

Thank you for your gentle touch and your gentle hugs, love and kisses. I send mine as well. Goodnight. Sweet dreams...

Your Sweetheart

From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: Bob's Eve
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2009, 12:16 AM EDT
To: Bob

My sweetheart ------

I need to get to bed, I am tired too, but I just imagined us being together, relaxing in the sun, doing nothing but enjoying each other. Taking all the time we want, talking, laughing, enjoying our lives together. We have both worked hard in our lives and now we can relax and enjoy being together.

I love you so much. I want to be with you. You are my heart's desire.

Your Sunshine Rebecca's Red Rose

From Rebecca's Autobiography...

I was working part-time as the receptionist at River of Life Family Church. On Thursday, May 7, 2009, I was sitting at my desk and my cell phone rang. I looked at the caller ID and it was Bob West! I grabbed my cell phone and made a "gasping sound", then finally said, "Hello." Bob told me later that all he heard was the gasping sound! I was so excited! It was the first time I had heard his voice! I ran outside to the parking lot with my cell phone in order to talk with him privately.

Hearing Bob's voice was so wonderful. His calm "southern drawl" won my heart. There was such a sweet, caring sound in his voice that I had never heard before from anyone else. We talked for a while and then at the end of our conversation he said, "I am going to ask you to marry me, but I will wait until you get here so that I can do it properly, and get down on my knee. Then we can seal it with a kiss."

My reply was "That will be a yes!" We both laughed. We were so happy.

Of course, I immediately called my sister, Barbara, and told her that Bob and I were getting married. She said, "I told you so!" She was so happy... but not as happy as me!

A quote from one of Bob's emails to me: "Last night after I went to bed, I imagined that I was holding you in my arms. When I woke up this morning, you were still there."

Some friends of Suzanne's heard Bob when he said he would never get married again. A few days later, these same friends jokingly asked Suzanne if Bob was engaged yet. They were completely shocked when Suzanne said, "Yes. He is!"

-- Rebecca ("Sunshine on the Mountain", Chapter Ten, p. 51-52)

From: Bob
Subject: Sunshine's devoted sweetheart
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2009, 11:38 AM EDT
To: Rebecca

Good morning, Sunshine!

Almost afternoon, but yes, it is still morning. For 5 more minutes.

I say "Amen" to your vision of us both relaxing, doing nothing but enjoying each other. Taking all the time we want. No deadlines. I share your vision. And the rest of our lives. (I expect to live into my nineties, at least, so we'll have some time together. And we will make the most of it.)

I really enjoyed our brief phone visit. It was so good to hear your voice. And your laughter! I'm glad I thought to call. Honey, you make me feel so special. Thank you!!!

I fixed the big dip in the driveway a little while ago. That should make the drive up and down the driveway less bumpy. I'm glad to have that done. I made myself a note to go by Lowe's and see if they have a safety bar with suction cups that can be placed on the shower wall in the downstairs bathroom if it would be helpful to you and Bette. If so, I'll get it, but will wait until you're here so you can show me where to put it -- where you would like for it to be.

I need to make a trip to the recycle center with stuff I'm throwing away. I have some boxes on the floor in the pantry where I separate the trash -- a box for recyclable paper, a box for recyclable cans and bottles, a box for paper (like paper towels, etc.) that I burn, and a bag to receive (non-recyclable) trash, which when full I add to others in a big trash bag that I have to pay the county to put in their landfill. Out here in the country we don't have city trash pickup. It is better, and cheaper this way anyway, and I only need to make a trip to the recycle center every couple of months.

I need to sweep the decks and patio too, but I think I will wait until closer to your arrival time. Otherwise I may have to do it again. I'm not sure all the pollen, etc., has fallen yet. We had a strong wind storm yesterday, so maybe it has all fallen or blown down. Tammy will be here Monday morning to clean the inside of the house.

Thank you for saying yes to my (inferred) proposal. I want to actually ask you in person while you're here. So we can seal it with a kiss. (If I forget, you remind me, okay?) :-)

You make me so happy. I feel so loved! I'm glad you feel the same way.

Bye for now, my "Eve"...

All my love, hugs, and kisses,

Your "Adam"

From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: Sunshine's devoted sweetheart
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2009, 1:07 PM EDT
To: Bob

Hello my darling "Adam" ----- my darling Bob.

I loved our conversation -- You surprised me!! --- Thank you, my sweetheart, for calling me!!! You have made my world ..... I love you so much too.

Yes!!! In person proposal sealed with a kiss is perfect ----- and you already know my answer ---- long before now!! :-) I can only imagine your lips on mine, my wonderful Bob. I just know you have the sweetest kisses in the whole wide world!

Your voice is music to my heart ----- I love your voice, your laughter ---- and everything about you!

Thank you my sweetheart ---- I love you more than words can say -----
There is no one like you.

All of my love, hugs and lots of kisses!!!!!!!
Your Eve Rebecca's Red Rose

From: Bob
Subject: Our Love Story
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2009, 1:32:52 PM EDT
To: Rebecca

Hi Baby!

Thanks for your sweet e-mail. I have read it three times. Each time was such a blessing! Thanks!

Quick note. I forgot to mention when we were talking on the phone that earlier this morning I had a thought. I think it was from God. The thought was that some day it would be good for you and me to write a book together -- our love story -- which God could use to bless others. This is not necessarily what it would be, but I'm thinking that it would start off with each of us telling a little of our own stories (what happened before we found each other) including our struggles, success and failures, warts and all. You would write about yours and I would write about mine and then the third part of the book we could write together. It would be our love story, and how the Lord restores that which the devil had stolen. Just a thought, and something to keep in mind. Maybe it will give you some ideas. But that is a possible project for us sometime in the future. I was just thinking that we should keep copies of our e-mails, etc., for source material and reminders if we do write such a book.

I think God has things for us to do together which He will use to minister to and bless His other hurting children. And inspire them to godliness. And a personal relationship with our Heavenly Daddy.

I just wanted to share that while it was on my mind. I'm going to eat lunch now. I'll write more later. Until soon...

All my love, Bob

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