Sunday, August 24, 2008
All of you have been so gracious in expressing your concern for our family as we are going through the loss of our mom. I thought I'd just let you see how we are doing:
My only sibling, sister Pam, and her husband Joe returned from Oregon yesterday. They met us and Dad for lunch today. We enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship together.
Many ask what dad will do now that mom is gone since he has given so many years caring for her. They wonder if he will have trouble filling his time.
This amazing man already has a plan. Being a retired minister, he plans to spend his days volunteering visiting those who are hospitalized or shut-in. He is a true servant care-giver and he plans to continue being just that.
He has already mulched up the dead parts of his garden, picked and canned green beans, had the hospital bed and ramp removed from his home, taken care of all the funeral arrangements (I went WITH him - - - though to say I HELPED would be a gross overstatement - - - he had EVERY detail already under control.)
When we met with the mortician, who has been a long time family friend, he said to dad, "John, when you get to heaven you are going to have to walk bent backwards because the jewels in your crown will be so heavy you will not be able to hold your head up."
He's got that right!!!