Every Christmas my dad would sit in the same hard back chair in our living room and watch the girls open their gifts. For the past 4 years this little one has been in his lap. This was the only picture I took of him this year, other than the mandatory family photo before he and mom got in their car to drive home.
Last month, my dad survived a miracle of a brain surgery and 36 hours later had the biggest smile on his face. We knew the road ahead would be tough, but my daddy was brave and a fighter. This is my brother and I before I hugged and kissed him goodbye for the last time.
Yesterday, my dad left his cancer-ridden body for his heavenly home. Though he has battled for the past five years with this disease, we are in shock.
He is walking with Jesus, I know it. But, we are left to walk through what feels like an ocean of grief.
I appreciate your prayers so much.
Our world is upside down.
Stacey, my heart is breaking for you and your family. I lost my dad very suddenly ten years ago and I still miss him. What a joy to know they are walking with Jesus but heaven’s gain is still a loss here on earth. Your father seems like a lovely man and his legacy will live on in you & your girls. I am praying for God’s comfort for you and yours.
I am grieving with you. My heart is heavy for you and your family at this time. So thankful your Dad was ready to see Jesus. Let me know if I can help in any way.
Oh Stacey… I am so, so sorry for your loss. There are no words. I am lifting you and your family up in my prayers. May you feel Jesus wrapping His arms so tight around you every step of the process <3
Praying for you and y0ur family, Stacey!
May God’s Holy Spirit comfort y0u in your grief.
I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my mom on Feb. 7th and can share in the shock on grief of processing such a loss. I will say a prayer for all of you.
Bless you, sweet friend. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. How blessed you were with such a wonderful man to call father. My heart breaks for you, your daughters, and the rest of your family. Know you have friends all over sending their love and prayers on your behalf.
Stacy. A father loss is very hard. My heart goes out to you. May God’s comfort comfort you in increased measure.
Tears flowing…so very, very sorry
Stacey, I am so sorry for your great loss. I lost my dad two years ago after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, and though we knew he was nearing the end and had been losing more and more of him everyday, I was still shocked when he finally went home to be with the Lord, and walked through the very ocean of grief that you described. I will be praying for you, my sweet sister in Christ, and I pray that you will know the Peace that truly does pass all understanding as you walk through the days and months ahead. Xoxoxo
Praying for your dad and you and your family, Stacey. I can’t even imagine your ocean of grief. My own dad has been batting with a brain tumor that has grown much more aggressive in the last 12 months. My heart sank when I read your post. What a beautiful picture of you and your dad and brother. Something to cherish.
So very sorry – praying for you as you find peace and comfort in your grief.
I am so sorry. My own dad passed away in September of last year and it is a deep empty place.
Your dad looked like a warm, wonderful man. Journal your feelings and your loss while they are fresh and next to you. It will both help you and heal your heart.
I love you and am praying. I know what a shock it was when we lost Mom suddenly. It’s so hard!
Covering you in prayer.
Praying for you and your family right now, Stacey.
Friend, I have been praying for 2 days and I will keep praying. I’m just so sorry. Love you.
Stacey, I came by for a visit here (have been visiting less blogs recently as life has been full) … and was so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and tears are with you … thank you for sharing with us so we can be praying for you and your family during this very, very difficult time.
I am so sorry for your loss. Grieving is a process. I lost my dear Father and best friend over 5 years ago. I still want to pick up the phone and share life’s ups and downs with him. Its so hard at first even when you know you don’t want your parent to suffer. And you move past the selfishness of wanting them to stay with you when you know their quality of life is diminishing. Earth has NO sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. Your hope lies in tomorrow for you know that you and your “Heavenly Father” can tackle everyday with Hope and Joy for tomorrow. At first I would wake up and think I was living a dream…surely there could be no world without my Dad. But Now I wake up and smile because I had and continue to have a Father who loves me and they are both together watching over me.
Stacy, so very sorry for your loss…..Will be praying God’s arms around you all at this very sad and difficult time…..God be with you . X
Oh Stacey my heart is also breaking with you today as I just lost my own dad this week too. So hard, so many emotions, so much grief. I’m finding my comfort in the assurance of faith and the many hugs from so many family and friends.
Bless your heart…
There really isn’t anything more to say. All of the platitudes about Heaven and hope and are real, but I know from experience they can often feel like salt poured into an open wound. I know you know they are real too so hold onto them with all your might.
Adding my prayers with everyone else because I know how much this hurts.
I do know what an ocean of grief feels like since my sister and her husband were killed in a car crash last summer.
Stacey, I was so sorry to hear this news. My heart breaks for you. Praying for you and your family and the pain you are going through right now.
Stacy- so very sorry for the loss of your dad. I am praying for you and your family.
I just stopped by, saw this and want you to know that I’m prying for you and your family at this time … asking our dear Jesus to be close to you all in a special way.