A sad post!

Hello bloggies!

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!

Gabbi and I have met a few times now ... but she is always stopping by to leave sweet comments.
Lynda is a nurse ... and is my no. 1 blog groupie! She has been an amazing support to me over the last couple of weeks with timely sms messages and even a couple of phone calls to give medical advice! We have never met ... but she is my "kindred spirit" sister! You can see the gorgeous butterfly bookmark that Lynda has also made for me to use in my Bible!
Sandra is another special blog friend who always takes the time to encourage me. She is an amazing talent, too!
And ... this card came all the way from NZ. Sharna is another blog buddy ... who I feel privileged to call "friend"!

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

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25 Comments

  1. Mz Cookie says:

    condolences to you & yours…. I never know what to say so I’ll just keep you & your family in my prayers to help the hurt go away….

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  2. The sorrow of the faithfull is not that of permanent loss, but the tender sense of sadness that comes with saying goodbye for now to someone we love. May tomorrow’s sorrow give way to the peace and comfort of God’s love.
    God Bless.
    Betty K.

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  3. Dearest Andrea,
    Sending my sincerest sympathy and biggest hugs on the loss of your dear Dad. I am glad he is now whole but that doesn’t stop you missing him. What a massive week you’ve had. I don’t know how you do it.
    Lots of love, Fi xox

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  4. Hugs being sent your way. So sorry to hear about the passing of your much loved and precious dad. Praying for you and your family. X

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  5. our thoughts and prayers are with you, so glad he is at peace now, not just for him but for all of you. stay strong and you will get through this.

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  6. Sharon says:

    I am sorry to hear that your dad has passed away. I have been following your stories and keeping you and your family in my prayers. I will be thinking of you on Monday.

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  7. Donna Zammit says:

    Andrea, truly sorry to hear all your news. Prayers and lots of hugs to you all at this very sad time. Hoping you get to “theraputise” soon. Donna Zammit

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  8. Julie R says:

    I am saddened to read the news of your dad’s passing and I am so sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you Andrea and your dear family at this time of sadness. x x

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  9. Lee-Anne says:

    Oh Andrea, you have been on my mind all week and I was so sorry to hear your news. When a loved one passes away it is such a sad time, even if they have lived a wonderful life. I know though, things were not so good towards the end for your Dad and now he is at home for his eternal rest.

    Reading your post is such a huge statement of faith for me, the way that you and your family are coping with this is a wonderful witness to us all. You are definitely “able”, an amazing lady and your faith is a true inspiration to me. I am so thankful that God is truly with you at this time, giving his love and assurance that your Dad is withHim and that He will be with you to give you that peace and strength you need for the weeks ahead.

    Keeping you in my prayers. I will give you a call a bit later in the week, if that’s okay?

    Sending lots of love and hugs to you and your family.
    Lee-Anne
    xox

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  10. lisa808 says:

    Andrea, I am so very sorry. My condolences to you and your family.

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  11. jeri says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  12. Kasey says:

    Andrea, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. You know your father is in a better place now, but it is left to his loved ones to mourn their loss. The pain eases, slowly. When Pa passed away my grandson was 6 at the time, he was OK that Pa had gone to Heaven, but was very concerned that he might have to wear a long white dress like the other angels. That comment from one so young made my mother smile a genuine smile on the day of the funeral. So through the tears the sun will shine.

    My thoughts are with you. Love. Kasey

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  13. Lynda says:

    Heya GORJUS. Thanks for being so kind as to post the card I sent. I have just returned fm camp and I am so glad you have found the courage to post. The cards you have rec’d are all brilliant…and further supports what I keep telling you……we all LOVE YOU…even if we haven’t met you!!
    Will be thinking of you Monday as all sorts of emotions will abound. I hope you fell all the strength and support that is coming your way fm us all. ooxx

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  14. Sandra says:

    Andrea, I am so sorry to read that your father has passed away. I’m sitting here with tears streaming down my face, remembering when my own father passed away nearly 3 years ago.
    Prayers and big hugs to you all.
    Sandra X

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  15. sharna says:

    Andrea,
    I’m very sorry to hear of your loss, my deepest condolences to you and your family. time is the only medicine that helps a sad heart.

    “Kia Kaha”

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  16. Shandell says:

    Andrea

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Sincerest sympathies to you and your family.

    From
    Shandell

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  17. Andrea, I was all teary reading this. You are amazing and God does give us the strength to deal with everything sent our way.
    It was special to share the day with you today with your family and friends. What a beautiful service in acknowledging our Lord and Saviour.
    My love and prayers are with you all. We will get together and stamp very soon.
    Sending big hugs. Jenny xxxooo

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  18. Kez says:

    Andrea I’m so sorry to hear the news of your father’s passing and know how difficult a time this is for you. You have my deepest sympathy and condolences and I hope the love and support of friends and family will strengthen you as you grieve.

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  19. Jen W. says:

    Andrea, I’m so sorry for your loss but glad, as you said, that your dad is finally at peace and free of pain. You really have had a rough time of it and I do hope that things settle down a bit for you and you can have some peaceful time to process everything. Big huge hugs for you!

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  20. Ingrid says:

    Andrea, I’m so sorry to hear your Dad passing,but he is in a much better place now with no worries of anything.
    God will give you strength in the days ahead and I will be praying for you and your family.
    Blessings Ingrid

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  21. Gabbi says:

    Hope you are doing OK – I’ve heard that yesterday’s funeral was a reflection of our need for our heavenly Lord & Saviour – what a wonderful witness. 🙂
    Love to all,
    ♥ Gabbi ♥

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  22. Monika/buzsy says:

    Andrea! I am so sorry for your loss… hope he is at a better place now and watching over you and your family. I know that’s life and we most like to see our parents go, but it is still a hard thing to get used to… know that I am thinking of you!

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  23. Reva says:

    Dear Andrea, Have thought of you daily since my last comment. I knew you were facing the inevitable– head on. Your faith and strength I could read in your Blog messages. Dad is now in the arms of God. Yes, we are sad and yet we have our memories and Dad is at peace.

    I apologise for commenting so late– I have not had time for the computer with my Uncle and 3 cousins visiting– lots of food prep and sightseeing. You are still in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Reva
    Andrea adds: Hi Reva … please don’t apologise … I know how busy life can be. But … thanks for taking the time to leave this message now. It was a comfort … as were all the other comments that my blog friends have left here! Hugs xxaxx

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  24. Melissa says:

    Sorry my visit has been delayed, I am truly sorry that your dad has passed, but am thankful he is now at peace and free from pain, my deepest condolences go to you and your family at this time. Sending hugs your way, take care of yourself. melissa xx
    Andrea adds: Thanks Mel! It has been such a comfort to have all the love and support of my blog friends! Hugs xxaxx

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  25. Hi Andrea,
    I have only just read this post on your blog, sorry I have been so busy…your loss of a much loved father must be so difficult but as I write that he is a peace and his daily struggle with pain and life is gone. Take care of you and a hug to you and your family at this time. I would like to send a card to you, but don’t have your address so it would be great if you could email me at kmangelsdorf@adam.com.au
    I also missed that you have resigned from Stampin’ Up a huge loss but we all have different prioritises during our life time. Will miss chating up with you in Canberra. 😦
    Lots of Love,
    Kathryn x x x
    Andrea adds: Oh … Thanks Kathryn. Please don’t worry about the lateness of your reply … it is just such a comfort to me to have so much blog love shared here after the loss of my dad. It has been a hard 2+ months since his first heart attack … then settling him into the nursing home … and only 3 weeks later he had the fall that broke his hip … and the pneumonia followed! We are all sad … but are greatly encouraged by the love of friends and the comfort from God. I am hoping to get to Canberra as a guest with one of the girls. So … I do hope we can meet up again … and I will be looking for a hug!!! 😀 Hugs xxaxx

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