Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I'm Home Again...With Many, Many Thanks!

My life was turned upside down nearly a month ago when I received the call that my dad's health took a turn for the worse. I immediately took the next plane to California and cared for dad the last week of his life. My dad passed away December 2nd of cancer. While dad will be missed I'm thankful he is no longer suffering. Thank you to so many who sent prayers; dad is now in heaven.

I was in California for three weeks having left the weekend just before Thanksgiving. Naturally this was the worse possible time with so many appointments on our calendar here. My DH was run ragged between his job and now taking over my domestic duties. He did an absolutely wonderful job of keeping it all together in addition to our friends here. With that said, I did come home to tons of mail, empty kitchen cupboards, bills to mail, cards to get out, and a house to decorate. DH did get out all the holiday boxes from the basement and had them sitting in the living room for me when I got home. Bless his heart, he put up the tree (without decorations) and he did put the garland out on the porch. I think he gave up after that! He told me he had to refer back to last year's photos to see what went where and finally gave up. Too funny! I've decided with the time cut short I won't decorate as much as last year and hope to post last year's photos to share later. I still need to find gifties for my guys too!

Speaking of gifts...my friend Shirley had this pillow waiting for me along with a charm package by Moda called, "Collection For A Cause"....just cause she knew it would cheer me.

About a month ago my son brought home a fundraiser for 10 gift baskets his school was raffling. I never ever win but purchased $20 worth of tickets to support his school. The drawing was held while I was gone and I won TWO baskets! The one above is loaded with chocolate and the one below is a pamper basket.


Also my blogging friend Wendy received her swap from me just after I left here for California. She is the sweetest blogger to have asked me and I hope we'll do it again after the New Year.
Again, thank you to so many who commented with your thoughts and prayers. It really meant the world to me to see so many caring wishes being sent my way.

23 comments:

Stephanie D. said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, but am glad you got to spend that time with him. And it looks like the baskets and gifts all came at the right time.

Cathi said...

I am so glad you made it back safely. How sweet of DH to make an attempt at decorating. I lost my father 3 months ago quite unexpectedly so I know what a stressful time it can be.

Carole said...

Welcome back! Do hope life settles for you! How sweet of your DH to get things started! Lovely pillow! Enjoy the treats!

Libby said...

So glad to know that you have made it home safely. At this very hectic time of year, remember to stop for a moment to take care of yourself . . . . maybe you won that pamper basket for a reason *s*

Anne said...

So sorry for your loss. This time of year can be especially difficult. We really missed you and are glad you're back home safe and sound.

Kimberly said...

We are so glad to have you back! It just wasn't the same in blogging cyber world without you!

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dear Dad. I lost my to cancer, too, in December of 2002. I took care of him, too, and wouldn't change a thing even though it did make life a little crazy. {{{Hugs}}}

Congrats on winning two baskets!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog for the Christmas Kitchen tour. I appreciate your sweet comment...hope you'll come back again.

Lorraine said...

Welcome back...you were missed - sorry to hear of your Dad's passing...but as you said he is no longer in pain which is a blessing. Lovely baskets of goodies you won!....How cute that DH checked on the photos of last years decs to put some up. Gotta get some points for trying!...glad you are back....take care of yourself!

Stina said...

Welcome back...and so sorry to hear about your father...and not much comfort in knowing he is at a better place...but some...take care...

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh how wonderful, chocolate and pampering. YOu sure can use both. Sorry this is going to be a hard holiday, but it is so good his suffering is over.

mau said...

So happy you're back. Our prayers were with you. Sorry for your lost.

Kathie said...

what a sweet thing for your DH to do and start decorating, had to laugh as I bet my DH would do the same thing look at last year pictures!!!!
Amazing you won 2 baskets, what a nice surprise and the pillow is so pretty I love that fabric line.
remember to take care of yourself during the next few weeks.
Treasure the wonderful memories you have of your Dad.
Kathie

Heidi said...

I am sure it is good to be home again. Your DH sounds a real sweetheart. I am sorry about your dad but you are so right, he is no longer suffering. I so remember how hard it is to see that! I hated watching my dad in all that pain. He is in my heart and I am sure yours is too.

Christmas hugs ~
Heidi

Kim said...

Awe but it's good to return to the nest. :) Your boys must be so so happy to have you home where they can watch over you as you share the holidays together. Take time to use that pamper basket of treats. You've had a stressful time and need to take a bit of extra care with yourself at this time. Big hug! Kim

Wendy said...

Oh Mary, I'm so sorry to hear you lost your Dad but I'm glad you were able to spend time with him.
Your hubby is so sweet to try and get things started and thinking to look at last years pictures (that sounds like something my hubby would think of). Those baskets came at the right time, take care of yourself and enjoy every minute with your family. Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

I am fairly new to your blog. I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers that only the happy memories remain. Sounds like your husband is a real keeper. What a guy! Enjoy the holidays with your loved ones. Louise

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims and Gardens said...

Mary,
Welcome back home, you were missed! I'm glad you had some time to be with and care for your dad. I hope your memories will keep you through the holidays, those two baskets look like they will be used. Love the story of your DH decorating efforts.
God Bless, Carrie

Shanna said...

I am so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. It is a comfort to know he is out of pain. Those gifts are perfect!

Suzanne said...

Glad you are home. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving a message. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know what a dichotomy the passing of a loved one can be. I hope you are surrounded by loved ones this Christmas that will ease some of your heartache. How wonderful that you were able to care for your father and be close to him as he made that transition. I, too, had to simplified Christmas decorating this year. It's been a good thing... I'm enjoying more the decorations that I did put up. Love those "tender mercies" that came to you through the mail. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

Pam said...

It's never easy to lose a parent, during the holidays it is even harder. May the blessings of the season be a comfort to you.

Hip Hip Hooray for DH efforts in helping you decorate.

Pam@
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Carrie P. said...

So glad to see you are home again but I am so sorry for your loss of your dad. It should be comforting that you got to see him before he went to heaven.
Your husband is very sweet to try to decorate for you.
Congrats on your winnings too.

Darlene said...

I missed this posting about your dad, Mary! I'm so terribly sorry to read about your loss! Your Dad is definitely in a better place and you will have many many memories to enjoy! (Hugs)

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