Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thank You Friends

Dear Friends,

I am exhausted by the events of the last few days and thought that I would try to relax by checking out my blog. I am overwhelmed with all the well wishes of my friends. It truly is touching. You have become such an important part of my life. The visitation was yesterday and the funeral was today. The funeral was lovely. A priest, a friend of ours who is a minister, and our son-in-law who is a minister officiated. Our grandchildren took part part in the service. We were comforted by the many people that attended. I have so many things to take care of from now until Christmas. Tomorrow I have to start taking care of some business and then I need to finish Christmas shopping. We are having Christmas eve at our house with the entire family as we do each year. It will be so difficult as "Pap" was and will always be the "head" of our large family. I will be back in a week or two. Thank you so much, Dear Friends. Each of you is special.

Love,
Sweetie

73 comments:

squawmama said...

Sweetie... My heart and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time in your life... Bless you my friend...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

onlymehere said...

You will continue to be in my prayers.

Kathy said...

Oh, sweet Mary...you are an amazing woman! I can't imagine - you are so strong. You have barely been out of my thoughts this week. I will continue to pray for you and your family.
XO
Kathy

Donna Marie said...

Sweetie,

I will continue to pray for you and your family! May you all find comfort in one another during this difficult time.

xoxoxoxo
Donna Marie

Neabear said...

May God continue to give you the strength that you need. May He surround you in His love. I have been thinking about you and appreciate the quick update. Good luck with doing everything you still need to do this week and next.

Tootsie said...

girl...you are very new to my life...but have made a difference. You and your family have been in my heart and mind a lot. I have prayed for you and will continue to do so...I mean it when I say ...I will do what I can if you need to call on a friend....a far away one..but willing one.

Deb said...

Sweetie, I will continue to pray for your family as I know these days ahead will be hard. Just remember that Jesus is forever by your side and loves you dearly. And we all do too! Deb

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Oh Sweetie,
I too will continue to pray for you in the days to come. I've thought of you so many times since I read your post. Every time I do I will lift you up in prayer.
God bless you Sweetie and your entire family.
Lea

tardevil said...

Sweetie,
Just wanted you to know you're still in our thoughts & prayers! Don't worry about us in Blogland, we'll be here when you return! We know you have a lot to do. Enjoy your Christmas with your family! LOL! Tardevil

Chris said...

Sweetie, God Bless you and your family. You are a strong woman, making sure that Christmas will be celebrated as usual. I admire you. You're in my prayers.

Love you,
Chris

Smilingsal said...

Even though we've not met face to face and have only known one another for a short while, I've shed tears for you and yours during this trying time. I've prayed too, that God will give comfort. I'm glad that you have a big family and will be spending time together.

Bo said...

Oh Sweetie, I'm so glad you found a moment to let us know how you are holding up at this most difficult time. This Christmas will not be the same without your Pap, but try to think of him spending Christmas with Jesus & Sherry Jo... Much love, ♥ Bo

Sheri said...

Dear Sweetie, I just want to say first of all that you are a truly amazing person. I have so much respect for you. I will continue to lift you up in prayer. I am sure this Christmas will be even more difficult than the last. But remember God loves you and your wonderful family. He will give you the strenght that you all need. I look forward to seeing you again.

Becky said...

Dear Sweetie,may you and your family have blessed days ahead during this trying time.All of you will be in my prayers.God bless all of you!Hugs,Becky

Sharon said...

Sweetie
You were in my thoughts and prayers everyday.
You are such a special lady.
Hugs to you and your wonderful family.

Linda said...

Dear Sweetie, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers....blessing to you alll, Linda

Jan and Tom said...

Sweetie...my heart aches for you! You take care of business and shopping and know that all the while you are doing all of that, we will be praying for you and your family.

~Blessings and Merry Christmas,
Jan & Tom

Judy said...

I know this is such a trying time for you and your family. I continue to hold you in my heart, thoughts and prayers. God bless you all. Love, Judy

Carolien said...

Hello Sweetie,

This must be such a strange Christmas for you! I wish you will have many, many family shoulders and arms to hold you and comfort you in this time of the year.

Take care & greetings, Carolien

Nancy said...

Sweetie:
I will continue thinking of you and praying you can have a good Christmas with your wonderful family. You know your husband would want you all to celebrate his life and also Sherry's. Take care of yourself now.
Love Nancy

Heidi said...

I am glad you felt comfort throughout the funeral. You have two angels hovering over your Christmas tree this year. Take good care of yourself and take the time you need.

Christmas hugs ~
Heidi

Shabby Kim said...

Dearest Sweetie.. What a shock I had today when I came to visit your blog only to learn of the recent unexpected death of your husband. What a terrible loss for you and your family and I am heartbroken for all of you. May you find peace and comfort in the love of your lord and family during this most difficult time. You will be in my prayers..

ceekay said...

Thinking of you and your family at this time. I hope that you can find joy with your children and grandchildren this coming Christmas.

Jeni said...

Although Christmas will no doubt be a difficult time for you with this so fresh, so raw and new, that you and your family are going forward, gathering together to celebrate the Birth of Christ and also, to remember the one who was central in all your lives, is of utmost importance.
You have been and will remain in my thoughts and prayers for you and all your family. There will be plenty of time to catch up on the blog scene later.
Peace!

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

I've been thinking about you everyday and wondering how you are holding up. I've had you in my prayers as well.
My heart aches for your pain.
Please know that I am thinking of you and sending you love and warm wishes.
Merry Christmas Sweetie.

Connie said...

Sweetie, I am truly truly truly sorry this has happened to you, my sweet little cherub. I can't keep the sadness from my heart concerning this untimely situation. Please know I am thinking of you and wishing things will be easier with a bit of time.
Smooches, hugs and love to you,
Connie

Ruthie said...

I want to share the chorus of this song with you:
"Just think of stepping on shore
and finding it Heaven,
Of breathing new air
and finding it Celestial,
Of touching a hand
and finding it God's,
Of waking up in Glory
and finding it Home!"
We know your dear husband has felt all this. And I will continue to pray for you and your family during these days. You will all be a comfort to each other, I know.
And the Lord will be there to love and uphold each of you.
Love and Hugs to you, my sweet friend!
Ruthie

Ma'dame French said...

Hugs Sweetie my prayers are with you...Ruthie's song is very touching.....Circle yourself with friends and family and lean on them when you need to...we are here if and when you need us....Frenchxoxox

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

My prayers are with you. I am so sorry for the loss of your husband so unexpectedly.

I'm so glad your daughters are with you right now.

Blessings,

Sher

Denise said...

I have no understanding of your heartache.. My heart and mind cannot comprehend the terrible pain that you feel........ I have been reading your blog for only a short while and I pray for you as I have known you for years........ I have no comfort to give or words that will really have meaning, but I know the MAN that is touched by our sorrow...... HIS name is Jesus....... I pray that for you and your family that JESUS live larger than your grief or sorrow during the season of HIS birth..... We are the reason HE came......... and HE comes and lives with us in sorrow and joy......

Blessings to you sweet friend...

Miss Lila in Atlanta said...

You take all the time you need Sweetheart. Just somehow keep us informed how you are doing and coping. My love goes out to you in you time of grief. My prayers are wrapped around you. Please know if you need anything, I'm there. Miss Lila in Atlanta

Happy To Be said...

Sweetie you will still remain in my prayers and your family also..my heart truly breaks for you..God bless you and your strong family..hugs dear one...Gloria

Anne said...

Take care. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I know that it will be a difficult Christmas. It's good to be surrounded by your family at this most difficult time.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sweetie, I just read this and wanted to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family on your great loss. Please know I am thinking of you and praying that the Lord will hold you close to Him in the days ahead. Big hugs...

XO,

Sheila

Love Bears All Things said...

I'm so happy to hear from you. I was off line for a few days. You were often on my mind. I know this will be a different Christmas but its good to go on with the traditions. He'll be there in spirit.
Blessings,
Mama Bear

judypatooote said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss Sweetie...my husband died unexpectedly too 14 years ago... I know your feeling...Christmas will be hard, as will all the other firsts....but remember you still have his memory....your friend, judy

The Muse said...

Today I am thinking of you. And sending all the love I can to you on the wings of Christmas spirit.

Super Saturday said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you.
Paula in Idaho

hazel said...

I am thinking of you now this special season is her and I know "Pap" will be with you all.
With special thoughts and understanding.
Hazel UK)

onlymehere said...

I know you're still spending time with your family and getting things in order but I just wanted you to know I was thinking of you today. Cindy

Deb said...

Sweetie, I just want you to know that thoughts of you and your family are embedded deeply in my heart. I'll pray for you daily. Deb

Kristens Creations said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kristen

Jessica said...

Dear Sweetie~ I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

J

Marie Antionette said...

My heart and my prayers go out to you.I know at this time of year it must be really hard for your family.May God bless you.With prayers Marie Antionette

Ruthie said...

Just stopped by again to let you know I still have you and your family in my heart during these days. Love to all of you.
Ruthie

tardevil said...

Hi Sweetie,
Just wanted you to know that I'm still thinking of you & your family! LOL!

deola said...

God is always there with you, holding your hands. It is well!

Bo said...

Hello Sweetie...I'm coming by on this Christmas Eve morning to let you know you and your family are still being remembered in my prayers.
May God give you comfort. ♥ Bo

Lady Katherine said...

Prayers for you and your family this Christmas Eve. I shall be thinking and praying for you.

Miss Lila in Atlanta said...

Praying for you.

Miss Lila in Atlanta

PEA said...

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! Merry Christmas to you and yours, dear Sweetie! xoxo

Donna Marie said...

Sweetie,

You & your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

xoxoxoxo
Donna Marie

Jan and Tom said...

Just popping in to wish you a Merry Christmas!

~Blessings,
Jan & Tom

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Thinking of you Sweetie,...
Love Lea

Claudie said...

Oh it's you Sweetie
I did not know until tonight that your Pap was gone.
I'm so so sorry.
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your beautiful family.
I was visiting Kathy and read about your lost.
Love from Canada
Claudie

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Oh, girlfriend. I am so.. glad you stopped by. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I will look forward to your return. I miss you!! Hugs, Terrie

SchmeckyGirl said...

I don't know you but I read your comment on Donna/Tassie's blog.

I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even begin to imagine how you feel and I'm sorry you and your family had to experience such a tragedy.

What a big, handsome man he was. I'm in tears over here. I wish you and your family the best. May all your loving memories of him bring comfort to you and your family. I wish you the best.

You have a beautiful family by the way.

SchmeckyGirl said...

I just read about your daughter, Sherry Jo. I'm so sorry to hear about her too. What a tragedy. As a mother I feel for you. I can't imagine the loss you feel. I hope you find strength in your family and friends.

Happy To Be said...

God bless you Sweetie...you and your wondeful family are in my heart and prayers..I am here for you girl as I lost my DH of 31 years and I really do know how and what you are going through..all of your blog friends have missed you and we are all praying for peace in your heart !!! hugs and smiles Gloria

dana said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Sweetie.
Hope wonderful that you have such a great family---you will certainly be giving comfort to each other.
My prayers go out to you---Dana

g said...

So very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.

onlymehere said...

Just thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers today. Cindy

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Sweetie, I stopped by today because I haven't visited your blog in awhile. My heart is very heavy right now, I am so sorry to hear you lost your husband.
You and your family will be in my prayers.
Love, Ann

Neabear said...

Just letting you know that I am stil holding you and your family in prayer. I think of you often and hope that you are doing okay with the help of your loved ones around you. God bless you.

Bridget said...

Sweetie, It was so good to hear from you. I hope you are finding comfort in your family and cherishing great memories of Pap.
Lots of love, Bridget

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh Sweetie, you are so welcome.. girl I wish I could do more.. you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.. hugs ~lynne~

Tootsie said...

hey sweetie...I hope this finds you feeling strong. I have been thinking of you a lot over the holidays. your strength and love of family are such an inspiration to me. I admire you. I got your note yesterday, and you did touch my heart....no thanks required my friend...I will be here for you if you need me!
stay strong and we will all be awaiting your return...but only when you are ready!

miss gracies house said...

I am so, so, sorry.
Hugs to you,
Rene'

Morgan Mandel said...

I was going through the blogs tonight and was sorry to hear about your husband's passing. I only visited your blog a few times, but I feel like you're one of my friends.

Take care of yourself,
Morgan Mandel
http://morganmandel.blogspot.com

MARIA said...

My thoughts and heart are with you Sweetie.
God bless you and yours!

jeanne said...

Sweetie, I am stopping by to tell you how sad I am about Pap. I know I have already said it but you and your family are all in my daily prayers for strength to get you through the coming days.

Blessings and love to each of you...Jeanne

Queenie~ said...

Hey Sweetie...
I have thought of you and your family and thought of you...I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for the God of all comfort to continue to bring comfort to you....
Sincerely with a big hug,
Queenie

judicreations said...

*hugs* Sweetie, I didn't realize you were going through a time like this. I didn't post very much for a few weeks in December and although I missed you I wasn't blogging enough to realize why.
I am so very sorry..very sorry. I hope that having a large family is giving great strength and support to each of you during this difficult time.
Be strong and my prayers are with you.
*hugs*
Judi