Profound Sadness

  The days are passing quickly since we buried Dad. There has been much to do with the season, with work, with keeping the house going. Our daughter leaves for Cyprus in less than a week. She is in a bustle preparing for six months abroad. I have been awake since 4 AM, sitting in…

Still Sweeping

After Dad’s death, we are still “sweeping up the heart and putting love away.” Wayne and Scott have spent a few days with Mom putting things in order financially, logistically. There is so much to do. Mom says her hardest times are in the morning when she first awakes. She prays and cries and cries…

Burn Rubber!

Yesterday was the funeral. It was a sweet memorial to a wonderful life. We ended the day in Bartlett, Texas, with a graveside service, and we lingered while they put the casket into the vault, sealed it, and lowered it in the earth. We stood around as a family and watched them lower Dad into…

haiku: no sting in death

  I have been awake since 3 AM–way too early to arise. But arise I did, reluctantly. I need more sleep for the very long day we will have today. There will be physical and emotional strain in saying good-bye, in seeing many people, in the journey to Bartlett and back. I need more sleep……

Stopping for Death

  The American culture shines in crisis–think about the firemen laying their lives down for hundreds and hundreds in the Twin Towers in NYC at 9/11. Think about the effort that has been expended in saving the one child who has slipped into a well–the hours of strategy and effort for the rescue of one precious life. We shine at the time of…

‘Sweeping up the Heart’

We spent the day at mom’s going over the particulars of the funeral. We told more stories, very funny ones, about Dad and his great sense of humor. We remembered his steadfastness and strength. Everyone had a wonderful memory to share. Today was a day of being near family and dealing with details. There is…

I’ll Be Seeing You

Dad’s funeral will be held this Wednesday, December 19th at 10:30 AM at Gateway Church in Southlake. The graveside service will be held in Barlett, TX, at 4 PM My daughter wrote this on her blog shortly after her Papa passed away. I thought you would enjoy a glimpse of her journey in dealing with her…

From Glory to Glory!

Dad expired this morning at 6:26. His breathing was calm, and the room peaceful. It was a glorious expiration from this world to the next. These words have never been more true: “I am the resurrection and life, he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” John 11:25. “We are…

Sunday Morning Update

My sister-in-law spent the night with Dad. He has been moved to a private room. Arrangements have been made to move him to a hospice center soon. He had a good day yesterday. One of his sisters arrived from Tennessee, and others are on their way. We received a call at 4 AM that Dad’s breathing…

Icy Chill

  I am baking Christmas cookies to shake off the cold, both physically and emotionally. Rapturous Christmas music is ringing throughout the house, still there is an icy chill running through me that will not be warmed by tradition or memory. I have never lost a parent yet, and I am aching for my husband and daughter….