Well … Gav did manage to get my computer working again … after that CRASH! But … while I was “offline” my dad finally took that last breath that we had been waiting for. It is a little hard to write … cos I am feeling very sad … but I just felt today that I needed to let you all know … because you have all been so loving and supportive over the last two weeks. I had shared his struggles with you all (and mine) … and I wanted to let you know that he is now at peace … and we are so thankful to have that comfort at this time. Our hope is in the Lord … who made heaven and earth! God also spared us those last few minutes … as dad passed just about 10 mins before we arrived to visit on Thursday morning (around 10ish). We are so thankful that his final 24 hours were spent in a nice quiet place (the private room) … God did know our needs! I am so happy that Dad is now free from all his pain and suffering … and can enjoy his heavenly rest. The funeral is to be on Monday at 10am … and then we will have the refreshments here at our place following the graveside service. Please continue to pray for peace & strength for the next few days. I am feeling fine … but I am sure once things quieten down … it may be a little different!
I wanted to share 4 beautiful cards that I have received in the mail over the last few days. These are not just “creatively” beautiful … but the messages within are so special. I am so touched by the love shown to me by complete strangers … who I know only via this blog! These “strangers” are truly what the word “friend” is all about! … As are all of those of you who have also left more wonderfully sweet comments here on my blog!
I am so blessed! If you would like to visit these friend’s blogs … then click on their card above to be redirected to their blogs! (Except for Gabbi … who doesn’t have a blog! 🙂 )
Ree, Janelle (my niece) & I spent most of the day yesterday shopping for food/drinks for the funeral on Monday. I was pretty pooped when I got home. But … I still couldn’t put my feet up and relax because Stace had taken poor Bree for some heel prick blood tests again yesterday morning because at 6 weeks her colour was still a little yellow. The tests showed an elevated level of Billi-rubin … and the doc (being thorough … but not concerned) wanted to do more extensive blood tests. I am soooooo very thankful I decided to go with Stacey yesterday afternoon for the repeat blood “taking”! Talk about a traumatic experience. The pathology needed 4 mls. I know … it doesn’t sound much … but after several pricks from both feet … and 15 mins of distress for Bree … they only had 1 ml! Bree cried and cried … even with real tears … and poor Stacey was just about in tears too. The blood collector ended up doing a vein collection from both tiny arms. (I had to hold the arm really still … and comfort the daughter and grand-daughter!!!) Another 1 1/2 mls … and the blood stopped flowing. So … back to the feet!!! By the time she had about 3 1/2 vials (3 1/2mls) … 45 mins had passed. As soon as the lady stopped … Bree collapsed and fell fast asleep. She was exhausted by her extreme crying for 45mins! It was such a trauma. I am pleased to report that she is happy and smiling again today! The results are not all in … they are testing for liver function & thyroid. So far the results are normal … so we are hoping for more good news on Monday!
Then … as if I hadn’t had enough … Sheree’s water bed started leaking yesterday … Gav had to spend time locating the leak and repairing that today … AND … we got up this morning to find that one of our dogs had broken into our freezer in the laundry … pulled out the amazingly yummy meal that my bestie had brought around yesterday for us … and broken the casserole dish into a thousand glass pieces on the floor. She had eaten most of the meal! (I hope none of the glass!) So … I had to spend time this morning … cooking thawed meat from the half defrosted freezer!!! Mum said to me the day before dad died “God never tries us more than we are able to bear” … and then she said “I wish I wasn’t so able”!!! Amazingly within 24 hours dad was gone! But … I remembered this conversation this morning … when we had to deal with the latest crisis … after another stressful day yesterday! Sometimes I wish I wasn’t so able!!! But … I know that God is in control … and His plans are perfect.
Well … I am off to reply to you latest comments … I hope to see you soon. I imagine I will be wanting to blog or stamp sometime next week … always good therapy! Take care, everyone! Hugs xxaxx
Added later: I hope you don’t mind … I wasn’t feeling up to answering all the comments individually … so I have just approved them all. Please know that I appreciate every single message that has been left for me. Your thoughts and prayers have been such a comfort and encouragement to me … and they have helped to keep me going! Thank you to EVERYONE OF YOU from the bottom of my heart! xx