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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

WELL DONE, DAD


My Dad met Jesus face to face a little after noon on Sunday.   



Last Monday I drove my parents down to MD Anderson for the week for an initial consult to see what treatments they might be able to try with him. Our appointments went well and we were all impressed with the caring, kind people and atmosphere of hope there.  He developed some complications late in the week while we were still there and Mom and I started noticing a decline. We took him to the ER Saturday afternoon, and eventually to ICU.  He developed a serious, rapidly progressing infection that with his AML diagnosis his body just couldn’t fight and began to shut down. This timing was sudden but ultimately not unexpected. He had been bravely fighting his disease for months but we knew the Lord had his exact number of days appointed, we just didn’t expect to say goodbye quite so soon. This has been so very hard for our family but we are grateful that he is healed and no longer suffering. We know that he is in the presence of his Lord who he diligently pursued a deep, personal relationship with and grew to know and love more each day for most of his life.  


As I was writing this post I received a text from one of my dear college roommates. She shared how she’s been thinking about the fact that “our parents usher us into life and we, if we are blessed to, have the opportunity to usher them into the presence of Jesus.” What a beautiful picture. 


There are so many of you who have prayed for him and it’s humbling to know that along with friends we know personally, “internet strangers” would also remember him and our family in prayer. That means more than you know and I’m truly grateful. ❤️


I’ll close with my Dad’s favorite verse, Psalm 84:11.  “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  We are confident that the first words Dad heard as he stepped into heaven were “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” 






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  1. So deeply sorry for the loss of your father. He is in my thoughts and prayers.

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  2. Praying for your family at this difficult time. The wonderful comfort is that you will see him again.

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  3. So very sorry for your and your family's great loss.

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  4. Bless you sweet Jennifer. I loved your tribute to your dad who sounds like he was an amazing father. Many prayers as you and your family navigate the days ahead.❤️

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  5. Prayers for you and your family. Your post was inspirational and encouraging. I always appreciate your Godly outlook on life.

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  6. Dear Jennifer, I have never commented on a post before but just felt lead to tell you how beautiful your words were and how touching your tribute to your father was. Wishing you and your family comfort and peace during this time and sending up many prayers for you all.

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  7. So very very sorry for your loss

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  8. Dear Jennifer, I have known and loved your mom for many years, both singing with her in choir and following her on Facebook. Knowing her great love for your dad and how much he loved her, God, and you girls just blessed my heart I’m just so glad you were with her during this time. Praying for all of you and your families as you deal with everything.

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  9. So sorry for your losss.

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  10. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

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  11. I’m so sorry for your loss, Jennifer. It’s clear you and father loved each other so much, and I bet he was so proud of you and your beautiful family.

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  12. I'm so very sorry for your loss....when you love deeply, you grieve deeply. May Jesus come close at this time and bring comfort.

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  13. Love you and your precious family so much. Praying!

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  14. Oh jen I’m so so sorry for your loss and I’m sending you enormous virtual hugs
    Ellen from Ask Away Blog

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  15. Dear Jen,

    I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time ❤️πŸ™

    Justine Dennen

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  16. Deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your beloved father. May your precious memories bring you some comfort.

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  17. Prayers with you and your family.

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  18. Blessings on you and your family during this excruciating time. The pain is overwhelming. I remind myself the greatest gift we can give to our parents is to outlive them.

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  19. Though we know that there is an end of life on earth, when it comes, it is always too soon. Beautiful wordsπŸ™πŸ».



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  20. Sorry for your loss. Prayers for u and your family.

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  21. I’m so sorry for your loss. Praise the Lord for your father’s faith. May he rest in perfect peace and may your family feel the deep love of our Lord Jesus during this difficult time.

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  22. We should all be so blessed to hear those words. I know it is a comfort to you to know he is with Jesus as I have lost both my parents. But it's still so hard. I pray God grants you peace and comfort during this hard time. And yes, I second the comment above - Praise the Lord for your father's faith!!

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  23. I am praying for you and your family during this time. May God be very close and give you all comfort and strength.

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  24. I’m wrecked for you and your family, but my faith in Jesus knows he is well and rejoicing with his Savior! My sweet Dad met Jesus when I was 23 and my sweet Mom met Jesus when I was 46 and it stills seems like days ago sometimes. Don’t rush your grief journey and remember that our God is close to the broken hearted.
    I just prayed for you and your family.

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  25. Hi, from posts sounds as if your father was a wonderful man with whom you had a wonderful relationship; even better that he had and will always have an even better relationship with God. Prayers to you and your family.

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  26. My deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your family. I rejoice with you that he is healed and you will see him again.

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  27. Jennifer you wrote so beautifully of your sweet father. I’m sure he was a treasure! How wonderful to know he is with the Lord.

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  28. Extending my sincere condolences to you and your family during this very difficult time.πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½

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  29. Jennifer -- all through the many years of blogging and all the MANY accounts I have followed, yours was the one I looked *look* forward to reading. Refreshing, uplifting, wholesome and never afraid to share your faith. Your Dad surely was a wonderful man to raise up a child like you. Praying for strength in the painfully sad moments, but yes, you will see your Dad on the other side of GLORY!

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  30. Praying for you all. You were greatly blessed to have a father that was a strong man of God! Remember all those good times with him.

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  31. Having lost my father a year ago from cancer too, I'm feeling your loss deeply. My prayers are with you and your family over the next months. I only wish everyone has as wonderful fathers as we did. The world would be such a better place. We were certainly blessed.

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  32. I fell in love with your blogs about a year ago through pinterest. I love your home decor style and couldn't figure out why. Now I know it is the beauty of the Lord's spirit reflected in all you do. I am so sorry to hear about your father. I can feel that he will be deeply missed by many. Your title for this post is most fitting and honors him beautifully. Well done Dad! I pray for the Lord's comforting spirit to be upon you and your family.

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  33. Condolances to you and your family. Hugs and love.

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  34. Internet Friend

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  35. This internet friend apologizes for the above mistake ;) Meanwhile, I've been where you are now and losing a loving dad is not easy. We've been blessed we had them to teach us what love and family are all about and so much more and that's why it hurts when they have to leave. We are all blessed to have great parents and may God help you all find peace through this impossible time.

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  36. Jennifer, I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. May your heart find peace knowing that your father’s spirit is with you even though he has passed from this world.

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  37. My deepest condolences on the loss of your father. Praying that you find peace and comfort in your wonderful memories of him. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate the sad days ahead.

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  38. Hi Jennifer, my sincere condolences on the loss of your sweet father. Sending you and your family love and prayers during this sad time. Knowing he is at peace, in Gods loving arms and you will see him again.
    Love, Rebecca

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  39. I’m so sorry for your loss. Life looks different when we lose a parent. But, what a blessing of a legacy he leaves.

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  40. Praying for peace that passes understanding. Blessings and comfort to your precious family. Sending love from Arkansas.

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  41. I am so sorry for your loss, even though this is just an internet connection, your site is very friendly due to your family involvement and seeing your family thru the years. Yes, he is at our final destination, and he see the entire picture and it's beautiful. Very tough on those of us left but sounds like his legacy live on thru your family. BTW love, love, love your green double chest of drawers, your dining chairs, but my favorite is your black/white bathroom paint job. LOVELY WORK,

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  42. AML was my SIL diagnosis in 1987 at age 37; small chance of remission, but she did have 27 years of remission until 2014. At that time at age 64 the best they could do was a bone marrow transplant, she got the transplant, but it is a very tough illness. Not sure what field of medicine your son is interested in but AML does not have many options. We live in KY; not sure what, why, how, my sweet SIL got this illness, but God let her stay till she raised 2 lovely girls, and had 5 beautiful Grandchildren. Just remember our grief and thinking about your family.

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  43. Dear Jennifer, I am so very sorry to learn of your loss. I hope you will find comfort in knowing that you did everything you could for your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family now and in the future.

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