Tuesday, December 23, 2008

On A December Day

This is one of the hardest posts I have had to write. When I woke very early this morning I began to read your blogs and try to catch up a bit. My thoughts for the day were many - things to do, preparations to finish for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - all the normal morning thoughts. Within minutes a phone call from our dear daughter shattered the early morning quiet and instantly our world was turned upside down. Our dear son-in-law was in trouble. The ambulance was on the way to their home and we were asked to come. I stayed with the three young children as my sweetheart took her to the hospital. After a very long day of waiting and many phone calls between the hospital and me the call I dreaded the most finally came from my daughter. He was gone. Our son-in-law suffered two massive heart attacks today - one at home and a second after arriving at the hospital. I fed the children and kept them busy until my sweetheart and our daughter arrived home with the task of telling the children about their father. There have been many tears and a lot of hugging each other close through the evening and I'm certain reality has not yet really begun to settle into their young hearts. Our hearts are heavy as our daughter faces the road ahead to raise her young children alone. And our hearts grieve for the son-in-law we loved for a few short years.

I will be away for a few days in order to help get the children and the rest of the family through Christmas with some kind of order. I appreciate your prayer support through these difficult days ahead. There are decisions to be made and many things to do. This I know - God is faithful, even when we don't understand! And He is our Rock, our Shelter in the time of storm.

I wish for each of you a wonderful Christmas. As you celebrate, hold each other close and treasure every moment you have together. Be sure to tell your precious ones how much they mean to you. Take every chance to make the most of every minute you can. Thank you, dear friends, for your friendship. It means much, especially at times like this.

41 comments:

  1. Oh, my friend. I am so so sorry to hear this dreadful news. My heart goes out to his wife, children, his parents and family...all of you. Please know that I will add you all to my prayer list.
    May God hold your daughter and her children in his arms very tightly thru this low valley.
    Blessings, bj

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  2. Oh Adrienne, I was just coming by to say Merry Christmas and saw this news. Please, please know your daughter and all of you will be uppermost in my prayers. May God comfort with His abundant love.
    Hugs to all,
    Lallee

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  3. Adrienne, my heart goes out to you and your family at this most difficult of times. Prayers upon prayers going out. May God lift you up and hold you close as you each come to terms with the passing of your son in law.
    Peace Adrienne, and blessings.
    Lisa

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  4. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. This is such a difficult time of year to lose a loved one. My father also died suddenly of a heart attack but I was a teengager when it happened. I will include your little grandchildren and your daughter and family in my prayers this week.

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  5. Oh Adrienne how awful! I just came by to say merry Christmas. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of you at this difficult time.

    Manuela

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  6. Oh my dear Adrienne, I am so sorry. What a horrible thing to happen. I will be praying for you and your family, especially your daughter and the children. God bless you all.

    Love
    Kathy

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  7. My heart grieves for the loss of a father and husband during this time of year. My prayers are with you and your family.

    God bless!

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  8. Oh! Adrienne I am so sorry. Here I was coming over to wish you a Happy Christmas.
    Instead I will say that my prayers are with you and I know that your faith is such that it will be upholding you in the midst of your pain and grief and disbelief. I pray for that peace that passeth all understanding. May yjou feel the strength of God's arms around you. I don't know you really but my heart aches for y our dear daughter. Blessings barbara

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  9. Adrienne,
    It has been a long time since I have happened upon your blog but I felt led to read it today. I am so sorry for your loss and I will be praying for you, your daughter and your sweet grandchildren. I trust that the Lord who called your son-in-law home will also provide for all of your family's needs. Dear Father, please be close to this family of faith, comfort and provide for them during this time of loss. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen

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  10. Happy Holidays to you and your family, Adrienne.

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  11. Oh, dear, sweet Adrienne, I am so sorry! What a shock to you all! Praying for you all that God will comfort you with his peace that passes all understanding.
    Love and Hugs,Cathy

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  12. Adrienne, I am not a regular at your blog. But, my friend, Cathy, told me about the situation. I wanted you to know that I will be praying for your daughter and her children. This is such a shock to all of you, I am sure. And, right here at Christmas, it is so sad for the children. May God give you all the peace that only He can give through the days that are to follow.

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  13. So sorry to hear your sad news I'll include you all in my prayers God Bless Margy xx

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  14. I came from Ivoryblushroses blog to offer my condolences and prayers for your family.
    May God hug and comfort each of you and bless your daugher and her children with the strength to go on, and may He give her heart peace thru this and always provide for her needs.
    Blessings, Cat

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  15. Dearest Adrienne,
    First, a hug. I'm so very sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for your family...and those wee ones. I'm just so stunned I don't know what else to say so I'll just give you another hug and say a few prayers.

    Warmest and biggest bear hugs,
    Aleta

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  16. Oh my gosh Adrienne, I am so sorry for you, your daughter, her children. What a tradgic loss, for your daughter, what a shock for those poor blessed little children. I can not even image anything so terrible.

    I will be covering your family in prayer. I will pray for God's peace and the presence of the Holy Spirit be upon you all at this terrible time. . now and in the days to come.

    Blessings, hugs and prayers,

    Sher

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  17. Dear Adrienne, I'm so very sorry to hear this sad news. I just stopped when I read and prayed for your family, especially your daughter and those precious children. I ask the Lord to put His loving arms around all of you and give you comfort as only He can give and strength for the days to come.

    Love,
    Hope

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  18. I am so sorry to hear the news. Please know my prayers are with you
    Sandy

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  19. Continuing to think of you all and hold you up in prayer.

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  20. Oh, Adrienne I am so sorry. When I got to work yesterday the supv said a young man had died of a heartattack the day before I wonder if it was him.I know even health care workers are so shocked and saddened when someone so young dies. I will keep you and yours in my thoughts sweet friend. If there is anything I can do just ask since you don't live that far away.

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  21. My heart is heavy for you and your precious daughter and grandchildren. I lost my young husband the same way over 5 years ago. I lightly touched on the subject in my last post and told how we have made it through. I felt Christmas time was the perfect time to express my feelings about it. You and your family will be in my prayers.

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  22. Oh Adrienne, I was just taking a look at your blog when I read your news. Please accept my sincere sympathy for you and your daughter and family...May our Father bless you all during this grieving time.
    Love to you all, my friend!
    Marilyn

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  23. So sorry to read this dreadful news. My thoughts are with you, your daughter and her children.

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  24. Oh Adrienne - there are no words. You and your family are in my prayers. I only hope you can find some small comfort in knowing that so many of us are keeping you close in our hearts during this very sad time.

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  25. My sweet friend I am so sorry. My heart hurts with you. I will pray for you and for your family...for God's grace and strength through this time. blessings, marlene

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  26. I am so sorry to hear this sad news. My heart goes out to you and your family at this time of sorrow. I will keep your family in my prayers.
    Penny

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  27. I'm so trully sorry to hear this devastating news..I have tears for your daughter and those babies, and you my friend also..
    Praying for you all..
    hugs,

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  28. I am so very sorry for your loss, Adriene. My heart goes out to your daughter and her young ones. I am sure Christmas was very difficult for you this year. May God be with you all and bring you measures of comfort.

    My father-in-law had a heart attack the week before Christmas. Much damage has been done --- although he is still with us. It puts a new perspective on things.

    God be with you.
    LaTeaDah

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  29. My dear dear Adrienne,
    I just arrived home from a trip across the state to spend Christmas with my daughter and her sweet family and I saw your post...

    I am so very very sorry for the loss of your dear son-in-law...I am praying for this young family as they struggle to continue on without a father and husband...
    I am so glad that you are there to comfort and help with the need in the home...

    {{Hugs and many many prayers}}
    Mimi

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  30. I am so sorry at your loss. It is always a horrible thing to happen but it seems worse this close to Christmas.

    May God give you wisdom and strength to help your daughter in the days ahead.

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  31. I am just coming by to say that you and your family have been on my mind thru this holiday.
    I know...well,I can imagine how sad you all are. Such a loss...and way to soon. I hold your hand with my heart today...I know how you must be hurting because your daughter and grandchildren are hurting so. '
    We love you, Adrienne....
    love, bj

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  32. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family and your daughter.

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  33. My heart is broken for you all.
    May you find strength in His presence.

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  34. Adrienne, My heart is sad for your and your family. I'm am so very sorry that your family is going through such a difficult time. You are all in my prayers for the healing of your hearts. Bless you all my friend. There are no words to express how sorry I am.

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  35. Oh Adrienne:
    I am so sorry to hear this dear friend.May God hold each of you close at this hard time in your lives.Love from Salem~Sharon

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  36. Oh, Adrienne, I have just gotten back online after a very busy holiday. I am so shocked and saddened to hear this news. My heart goes out to you and all of your family. I can only try to imagine how I would feel if this happened to one of my sons-in-law, as I love them both dearly. My prayers are with you and your daughter and grandchildren.

    We are leaving Wednesday and will be gone a week. I will pray for all of you as the Lord brings you to mind. I'm sure that will be often.

    My love,

    Katherine

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  37. My Dear Adrienne,
    My heart goes out to you on the death of your much loved son-in-law.(My wonderful friend Margaret, emailed me from England to tell me and Mike was speaking with Dave today at work.) I shall keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. I believe that you will take comfort and strength in your Faith and want you to know that others are holding you and your daughter and little ones, in their hearts, in your time of such great sorrow.
    Love and Prayers of Comfort and Consolation.
    Mary

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  38. My dear friend Adrienne
    I am so sorry to hear your sad news. No words are adequate at times like this, but God is able to comfort. My prayer for all of your family is that you will know God's love in a very powerful and real way through this. Know that I'll be praying.
    Hugs, Rhondi

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  39. Oh dear Lord.

    (((tender embrace)))

    much prayer heavenward <><

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  40. Bless your hearts all of you. I am so sorry! xo rachel

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