Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Good Bye, Ed...

Here's what...


Crying...

Scientific studies show that stress-producing proteins are released through our tears every time we cry. That's why we tend to feel better after a "good cry". Thank goodness God designed our bodies this way as I've been taking full advantage of this biological stress-reliever.

My father, this man...


...(shown here carefully pressing plastic wrap onto his coveted guacamole to keep it from browning) passed away this morning. It feels like the end of an era. I can't imagine my life without him. I can't imagine my mom's life without him. The thing I've noticed about death is that it's so final. There are no more chances to "do things differently", as some people lament when looking back on their lives.

I will write more on my father in a subsequent post, but if you would like to get to know him a little better, click HERE for posts about Ed.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

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36 comments:

Melinda said...

Oh Jen, I am so sorry to hear this. I know how upset you were about his condition a few weeks ago when I was down visiting. My heart goes out to you and your family. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Ya

Maggie said...

I just found you from the WW at Rocks in my Dryer. Crying is so very healthy. I'm sorry for your loss. Find comfort in blogging and sharing memories/emotions when you feel like it.

Rae said...

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! We are truly blessed to have the eternal truths of the restored truth. May they bring you the strength you need!

Erin K. said...

Your link on WFMW caught my eye so I clicked over. I'm so sorry for your loss - you will certainly be in my prayers today.

The Farmer's Wife said...

Oh Jen..Kyla told PreShie yesterday at school...through many tears. She told me last night and I am soooo sorry about your loss! I am sure you are headed out to be with your Mom..but I hope you know that you will be in my prayers. I would give you a big hug if I were close by...Hugs!

Cambria, Greg, Alan and Molly said...

So sorry to hear this Jen. It breaks my heart. I loved seeing pictures of your Dad, cause it made me feel like someone was giving me a big hug. I bet he gave the best big bear hugs. Love you and your family.

C said...

I haven't stopped thinking about you since I heard. My love, hugs, and prayers for you, your mom and your family. Love you,
C

Christine said...

So sorry to hear Jen. You are in my prayers.

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

Oh Jen, when I read the title, I was like, no, please tell me no.
I am so sorry. I know you will miss him greatly.
May the love of your family and friends give you strength to endure. May the Holy Ghost give you comfort and peace.
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Many hugs to you.
My hearts love to you.

RhondaLue said...

Jen, I'm so sorry to hear this.

I just lost my dad two months ago and while I'll miss him dearly I'm grateful for the comforting peace that is ours due to the knowledge we have that death is not the end.

You'll be in our prayers.

rachelle said...

o Jen, i'm so sorry.
big hugs and lots of love.
all my prayers too.
you are amazing
love love love

Cade, Jeni and life with our family said...

Jen our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. I thought about you all day yeasterday. I hope your mom is doing good. It makes me sad when you put the end of an era quote. it makes me want to go spend time with my parents. Im so sorry for your loss.
Love
jeni

Lisa Ann said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Emily said...

I loved the picture you posted awhile back of your dad holding one of your twins, sooo cute. A treasured photo indeed. Soooo sorry for your loss!

fly baby in OKC said...

SO sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family in this time of mourning...just remember the greatness of God and His promise to reunite us with those that we love if only we know Him. Rest in this promise.

Bobbi said...

I am so so sorry. I cannot imagine how you feel. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Gillie said...

I just stopped by through RIMD, so sorry to hear about your dad. I lost my mom almost eleven years ago and it still feels like yesterday sometimes. I will cry with you today :(

Julie said...

So sad to hear about your dad. You're in my prayers.

Betty said...

My condolences! You will be in my thoughts!

Laurice. said...

I am so sorry. Hugs for you!

P.S. He loves you... said...

Condolences...till you meet again. :0)

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Oh, I'm so sorry aobut your Dad! I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Manuela

Amanda B. said...

Oh, I am so sorry. I can't imagine the pain you are feeling. I will add your families to my prayers. I look forward to reading more about him! I wish I could give you a hug- here is a "blog" hug coming all the way from Ohio!

newlyweds said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope you can find peace through this.

the singer family said...

Jen, I'm so sorry to hear about Ed. He was great! Remember that time we went to the Mexican place close to the border? Love to you and your family!

High-Heels And A Sippy-Cup said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs for you and yours.

{{hugs}}

connie said...

Jen-my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. May you all find comfort and peace at this time. P.S. Robin and I were on the same flight out of PHX last night...I had no idea. Love to you all!

Mel said...

I'm sorry for your loss. My husband had 3 reletives pass away in the past year... it was really hard on him knowing our younger children will never know them just know of them. However in your case it is great that you have older children who can share those memories with the younger ones instead of you and your family sharing. There are many gifts God gave us but at this time for you and your family the greatest gift God could give us is the gift of Rememberance, Love...

emilyandjasonhansen said...

I was sorry to read your news. I never got to meet your dad, unfortunately. I'll look forward to reading more about him. I send my love and sympathy.

AHighandNobleCalling said...

I am so sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. May God give you peace and comfort during this time.

Robyn said...

I'm so sorry to read about this. Your dad looked like a very sweet man who brought smiles to everyone. It's a special gift to have, and he'll be leaving you with lots of memories.
I'm crying with you today, and keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Jan Turley said...

Oooohhh. I am sooo sorry to read about your cute dad. I hadn't read your blog in a while (my computer takes forever to pull up your blog page) so I had no idea. Of course I didn't know him, but one of the funniest posts I've ever read was the one where he made your sister drive with a dummy in the passenger seat. He had to have been sooo much fun! I'm thinking of you!

frazzled & worn out what to do? said...

I am so sorry for your loss.
((((((I'm sending you a hug)))))))

Amanda said...

Jen, I'm so sorry. Our love to you and yours. We'll be praying for you all.

Carla said...

You and yours are in my thoughts. In my prayers. Thank you for sharing your dad's quirks! It makes me smile and remember my dad's:)! I love him more since he has been gone, and I know he knows it! I can FEEL him knowing it!!! (mom can too)

AmyK said...

I'm sorry to hear about this (I'm a little late catching up). I'll be praying for you and your family; death is so hard to deal with... only God can take away the pain and replace it with a hope in glory.