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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

CALIFORNIA FLOWERS AND HOSPICE

I am now entering my third week in California where my family lives.  I got an emergency call just one night after returning home from the country of Georgia (south of Russia).  I left the next morning.  My father, who is less than two months short of his 90th year had a brain bleed and they didn't expect he would live.  He rallied, we thought he was going to make it and now he is not.  We thank God for all the years he has had.

He is now enrolled in the hospice program and we have support in his dying process.  Though it is hard to loose a family member, we know that God has "numbered our days" and we trust him for that.  I am grateful that I can be here as a support for my step-mom and my two sisters.  I would greatly appreciate your prayers for them.  These two beautiful flower pictures are actually some I took in 2010 while here in winter.  Just as the flowers, we are each and all here for a "season," so be sure to tell your loved ones what they mean to you.

14 comments:

Abi's Blog said...

Hi Coleen,
Beautiful post. I still miss my daddy everyday, some days more than others. I cherish the memories and am thankful he is in Heaven, yet as you know, the goodbyes are very hard. My prayers are with you and your family as you say goodbye to your dad.
Blessings,
Ava

Dawn said...

Beautiful flowers. Just found out this weekend that my father has cancer although we don't know the full story as he's still having tests. But we can only wait and see. I do hope your farther leaves this life peacefully blessing to you & your family. Dxx

Liz said...

Dear Coleen, Thinking of you and your family.xo

The Creative Beast said...

I'm sorry to hear this news Colleen, but what a blessing that you have time to say goodbye and the resources to make your father comfortable during this time. My boyfriend and I said goodbye to his grandfather of 93 years this Spring and it came rather quickly. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the reminder that it is SO important to tell our loved ones how much we love them =-)

Artseyanne said...

Hi Coleen, sending you hugs, prayers & blessings.

Creatively yours Fi said...

So true Coleen.........words of wisdom indeed...i'll send up prayers x

Coleen said...

Thank you, Ava. It's been a blessed time of family gathering around.

Coleen said...

So sorry to hear that Dawn. I'll be praying for you and your family. God knows all these things.

Coleen said...

Thank you, Liz. You're a sweetie.

Coleen said...

So right, dear one. We must express that love while we still have the opportunity. "God has numbered out days."

Coleen said...

Thank you, Anne. Just knowing folks are praying is such a blessing.

Coleen said...

Thank you, Fiona. So appreciate the prayers. It is an encouragement for sure. God bless you.

Artseyanne said...
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Artseyanne said...

It certainly is Coleen. We had a family tragedy this year and the knowledge of prayerful support from all over the world made an enormous impact.

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