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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Saddness hits our home

Chuck, my sweet husband and his dad in April.

Daddy has gone on to the Lord. He passed away Sunday morning. The last time we were able to speak to him was last Wednesday. He kept saying to me, "Pumpkin why is it taking so long to go to the Lord. I am ready. I am tired of being her like this." All I could say to him was, "In the Lord's time, Daddy." Then he would ask Chuck and all my DH could say was, I don't know dad, just keep praying. It was heart breaking. By Thursday all he would do was make sounds, but never acknowledged anyone. Still we asked them to put the phone to his ear so we could tell him we love him. Every night we prayed that he could go and no longer suffer. Early Sunday morning I woke from an amazing dream. I was there with Daddy and he was suffering something awful. I put my arms under his back and held him, while I sang, "Hush Little Baby", (I sing this to my grandson and it always calms him down.) Daddy became calm and looked at me completely lucid and said, "Pumpkin will you pray with me?" "Sure, daddy, I will pray with you." Then I kissed him on the forehead and woke up. It was so real. I could feel Daddy's soft skin and hear his voice as if I was really there. About 3 hours later daddy passed away. We went to church and talked to our Bishop. He said he just needed help passing and your spirits met and you helped him across. What an awesome experience and sad one at the same time. I can still feel him, hear him, and see his sweet eyes.

Daddy and me in April.

Thank you to all of your prayers during the last few months and those who made is possible for DH and I to visith him. DH in March and both of us in April. He went to the Lord knowing he was well loved and that we will be together again. Daddy was an incredible man. Daddy was a wonderful father to my DH and told me I was his only daughter. He never treated me as a daughter-in-law, but as I was born to him. He loved his granddaughters and his only regret was that he did not get to meet his great grandson, Jr, his squirt as he lovingly named him.
We love you Daddy!!!


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Oh Sheree, I'm beyond devastated - what a wonderful father-in-law you had. Please know that I'm here for extra support. **hugs**

Jasmine @ Eat Move Write said...

It's so good you guys got to spend that time with him in April. You and DH were a great comfort to him - you can tell by the pictures. I'm struggling right now too with the idea that the people we love don't lasts forever. I know that's what makes life precious, but it's hard. I just keep telling myself to be sure to take care of my own health, so that I can live long (and well) with those I love for as long as I'm lucky to get here. Best to you Sheree. :)

Lisa -- Cravin' Veggies said...

Sheree, I am so very sorry for your loss. I am glad you were chosen to help him along his journey. What a fantastic memory. xoxo Lisa

The Cooking Lady said...

Our thoughts go out to you and your family in this time of need. He is where he wants to be now. Rest!

Hannah said...

I'm so sorry for your loss... If you ever need someone to talk to, don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Best wishes to you and your family.

Amy said...

Oh Sheree, I'm sorry for yours and your husbands loss. I'm thinking of you all. ((Hugs))

aTxVegn said...

Wishing you and your family peace and comfort, Sheree.


The Voracious Vegan said...

I am so sorry for your loss and thinking of you and your family at this time and wishing you comfort and peace.

Your father sounds like such an amazing man, thank you for sharing your experience with us.

Mihl said...

I am so, so sorry, Sheree. I am thinking of you and your family.