Monday, June 30, 2008

My brother, Kenny and I in 1967.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Many Friends Have Come And Gone

By Terri Hanauer-Brahm

Many friends have come and gone,
Like waves of life from dusk to dawn.

The friendship I have found in Jesus our Lord,
Has been by far the greatest reward.

Now I look at new friends with Jesus in mind,
And in their faces his love I'll find.

With open arms and open ears,
To share with me in my joys and tears.

Jesus has invited us all to share,
For all salvation, we all must care.

Give of yourself both heart and mind,
To our one and only savior, who is all so kind.

God's forgiveness has no end,
His proof is in his son he sent.

Our lives are his, which we must live,
Our hearts are ours, which we must give.

Eternal Father, whose love has come,
Lead us forever toward your heavenly kingdom.


The Daily Courier September 02, 2003

War ravages family historyPrescott Valley woman probes heritage
Tuesday, September 02, 2003
By DORINE GOSS The Daily Courier
PRESCOTT VALLEY -- Terri Brahm is looking for her heritage.
She is the daughter of a German man who was not quite 5 years old on Sept. 8, 1944, when the Gestapo took him and his mother and placed them in a Jewish ghetto called Theresienstadt. They sent his father, Hans, to Auschwitz and he died there. He was 34.
Terri's father, who was born Uri Hanauer on Feb. 6, 1940, changed his name to Ralph when he became an American citizen in 1952. His citizenship certificate shows a grinning 12-year-old. He was thrilled finally to have an American name.

Uri Hanauer took the name Ralph when he became an American citizen in 1952. His daughter, Terri Brahm of Prescott Valley, said he was so happy to have an American name.

He was one of 15,000 children who entered the prison camp between 1941 and 1945. Only 132 children survived. His mother, Ursula, was pregnant when she entered the camp. She gave birth to twins and the Germans took the newborns away immediately. She never saw them again.
The Jewish family had escaped capture until September 1944 because Ursula's mother was Christian and she hid them in her Berlin home for the first several years of the war.
Her father and grandparents had a chance to go to Israel, said the Prescott Valley woman, but Ursula wouldn't leave her ill mother. When the mother died, the family lost their hiding place.
The nine months that her father spent in the concentration camp when he was 4 and 5 years old changed his life, his daughter said.
She remembers him saying, "There is no God. He wouldn't have let this happen." Other than that, he didn't talk much about the five years of his life before he came to the United States.
"I knew he'd been in a concentration camp. I knew something bad had happened, but I didn't know to what extent.
"We were close, and he was very protective of me. I never knew why. He probably was afraid he was going to lose me."
Unfortunately, when she was 20, Terri lost her father. He drowned in a boating accident in San Diego in 1981. He was 41.
She and her father had never reached that point in their lives in which they could sit down together and talk about his life, about her grandparents and her great-grandparents. He had confided only the basics to her mother.
When Terri started developing a real interest in her family history about five years ago, her grandmother already was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. That left only her great-aunt Ilse, her father's aunt, but she was reluctant to talk about the family's experiences during the World War II years.
She did tell the Prescott Valley woman about her great-grandfather, Max Hanauer, who invented the raincoat and built a brick factory to manufacture the raincoats in Berlin. He had come to San Francisco in the early 1900s, but returned to Germany after the 1906 earthquake. Terri has photographs that her grandfather took after the earthquake.
She said he built the Behrens Bauman Nachfolger raincoat factory in Berlin, probably in about 1909, and that in the late 1930s the Nazis took the factory away from the family. But that's all Terri knows.
Aunt Ilse died in December, and she had started "to open up" only just before she died.
Terri has started to do some research, but has run into brick walls because she doesn't speak German and she's not even sure where to start. Hanauer is a fairly common German name, although she does know that her family originally is from Bavaria.
Her aunt Ilse had told her that Jewish families destroyed personal records during the war to protect themselves from the Nazis. And that makes the search even more difficult.
She'd like to talk to anyone who could help direct her research or anyone who has heard of the Behrens Bauman Nachfolger factory in Berlin.
While she searches for more information about the family's factory and her family history, she has a few mementos to cherish. Not long ago a cousin found a worn envelope in a box that had been stored in the garage.
The envelope contained her father's "transport papers" -- his official release papers from Theresienstadt -- dated June 1945. She also has papers that permitted him to come to the United States on Aug. 23, 1945.
She has his junior high school diploma from a school in the Bronx, City of New York, and honor certificates for music, art and English.
While she has a little more of her father's history, she'd still like to know more about the family heritage and the factory.
Use tbrahm@cable to contact Terri by e-mail or phone her during work hours at 759-3171.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Happy 90th Birthday Grandfather Hans

Friday, June 13, 2008

Message for the day

I make it a point to spend at least 45 minutes each morning to pray and read the bible. Everyday I learn more and more about the love Our Father has for us. I found todays message to be very profound and I wanted to share it with all who follow my blog.

From the Book of Acts 17:24 - 31
"The God who made the world and everything in it is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.
And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'
"Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone - an image made by man's design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead."

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Requesting prayers for my son Jonathan

Please pray for my son Jonathan, that he get the help he needs from the mental health system in our state. He desperately needs to be evaluated and maybe some in-patient hospitalization.

Friday, June 6, 2008

A story my mom just told me

When I was 4 years old, my parents had seperated for a short time. I was staying with my grandfather at his dry cleaners he owned on Fountain Avenue in Hollywood during this time. He had living quarters above the shop. Evidently Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield (The Righteous Brothers) lived across the street from the cleaners in the Fountain Manor Apartments and they were regular customer's of my grandfathers. My mom said I used to ask them for their change when they came into the cleaners and one day I followed one of them home and they had to bring me back to the cleaners.

She remembered that story when she saw that Bill Medley was going to be performing in Prescott at Yavapai College on February 21, 2009. She thought he may remember me if I told him the story. This is going back 43 years, I'm not sure he would remember anything from that long ago. But wouldn't it be fun if he did and I was able to hear his side of the story.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Prayer's answered

Just how amazing is our Lord? I am here to testify that my prayer's have been answered.
As most of you know, I have made the decision to close Terri's Floors. It was very difficult for me to accept this as God's will. I just couldn't imagine that God would want me to close my store, since I was being able to witness to so many people through it.

On Sunday, May 18th, 2008, while in church, I was questioning God's reasons for making it so obvious it was time to close the doors to this chapter in my life. What was I going to do now? How was I going to be the disciple God had in mind for me? I cried throughout the service, questioning God. As I was walking out of the worship hall to greet Matt Showalter, Pastor of Prescott Valley Christian Church, I was approached by a friend, Louise who could tell that I was crying. She asked me if I was okay and I whispered in her ear, "I have to close my store". She said, "What"? I said it again and as the words left my mouth, I broke down again in sadness. Here I am just balling like a baby, walking to greet the Pastor. As I approach him, he looks into my eyes and grabs both of my hands and starts to say, " Terri, I know this is a very difficult" before he could finish his sentence, I turn away from him to leave, I just couldn't handle the emotions that were tearing my soul apart. As I turned Matt's wife, Eileen passed in front of me as I headed for the door, she looked at me and grabbed me in an embrace that felt so comforting. She began to pray for me. As she prayed for me I felt the anguish that filled my heart just melt away. I felt Jesus working through her to console me. If Eileen had not taken me into her arms and prayed for me, I don't think I would have received the faith that everything was going to be okay. I believe Eileen was guided to me by the Holy Spirit. She was to give the comfort that no matter what was happening in my life right now, I had God's love to help me through it. Eileen held me in her arms at my lowest point and asked Jesus to take my sorrows from me. There is no question that Jesus answered that prayer.

As I went about my day, I had no worry's. I knew everything was going to be okay.

I had prayed in Jesus name to know what I was supposed to do next. I thought my calling was to be directed in the area of working with the disabled. That was the intention I sent out to Our Father. I wanted to find a job that would allow me to work in a group home setting.

On Wednesday, May 28th, I received a phone call from Dan Hussey, owner of B & L Flooring, he wanted to schedule a meeting with me for Friday. I agreed to meet with him.

He and his wife, Julie came into the store and we all sat in the showroom to talk. It was the most amazing conversation, mostly focused on the Lord. I knew Jesus was there in all of our hearts. I was offered a position at B & L Flooring. Not only would I be able to continue to service my customer's, Dan offered to handle the warranty's of Terri's Floors customer's. What a blessing I was being given? How could I turn down the opportunity to continue my work through the Lord?

Pastor Matt told me, "God is using you to touch people's lives." What an amazing gift God has placed in me? I will continue to bring people closer to God's loving embrace through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My prayer for this world is, for all to know the unconditional love that God has for everyone. We are all his children and he wants us all to be saved through Jesus.

John 16:24
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

This is my personal prayer:

Dear Lord,

Please come into my heart and guide me to someone in need of your love. Please allow me to share your word with all who need you in their life. Please allow me to be a disciple of your truth. I am your servant and I will do your will through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. May all who I meet today, know you are with them.

I ask this in Jesus name,