Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Where I've Been...

Dear Blogging Friends,

I am so very behind, and have thought about posting so many times recently.
I truly think I will finally get caught up and back into the wonderful swing of blogging and stitching!

I am a very private person, and you know that I usually post mainly about stitching, with a few fun things thrown in the mix.

My darling, sweet husband had been sick for the last 16 months.  I always thought he would get well. This has been a long, hard journey and last Tuesday he lost his battle with lung cancer.  Before you ask, he was not a smoker and this is just one of those things.....

We are devastated and sad beyond all sadness.  I cannot believe he is gone and I cannot believe that I am a widow in my 50s.  But this is how it is and we will keep going and somehow we will be ok.

I didn't have much to post recently--I had been caring for him more and more, which took all of my time.  You know I wouldn't have been anywhere else but with him.  I still have my church job, which I am so grateful to have!  We had a beautiful Funeral Mass there in the Cathedral and it was so lovely.

I have a stack of finishing to do, and hope to jump into that for some pleasure and distraction from all of the other stuff I must now take care of!  I also plan to put up my patriotic tree this week.

Anyway, please say a prayer for my family.  We will heal and be ok, I know.  My son and his wife are doing ok and we've been spending a lot of time together.  I'm also grateful for my beautiful cat Omar--he is such company and I'm so glad to have him with me!

I'm sorry this is such a "down" post, but I wanted to explain my huge absence.  I will be back on a happier note very soon!

Frances



26 comments:

KimM said...

Oh, my dear Frances, I am so terribly sad to learn of your loss. You've been missed....but you were where you should have been. Know my heart goes out to you and your family. Sending love, prayers and kind thoughts your way.
xxx

Lynda Ruth Bowers said...

I am so sorry to hear of your sweet husband and hope that you know we all love you and hope you stay strong. glad that your family is close to you and we pray that the hurting will lessen more and more each day. You know that you had a good life with your hubby and that you will meet again one day. I am sending you love, rose kisses and prayers of healing your way. Glad you have Omar to love you. Big hugs Lynda Ruth

Vickie said...

Oh Frances. I am so very sorry my dear. I had no idea he advanced this much. I am so sorry. God bless you. I am praying for you and your family. I am so glad your husband suffers no longer. What a lovely portrait of you two.

CalamityJr said...

I'm so sorry, Frances. Hopefully your happy memories will bring you comfort. What a blessing that your son and daughter-in-law are near, and that Omar is there to keep you company. I'll definitely keep you and your family in my prayers.

Nancy Collins said...

I am so very sorry for your loss! I have missed your posts and am sad to know the reason for your absence. I am sending hugs and prayers to you and your family!

Terri said...

So sorry for your loss! Hugs and prayers!!

Ariadne said...

Dear Frances I am so very sorry for the death of your husband. Cancer has been around my family for many years and I know it is devastating. Hope you will soon heal although I know you will never forget. And no matter what we say all of us who are away it is you who can only manage to rise out of your sadness and be well. Cherish your memories. All my love.
AriadnefromGreece!

Kay said...

Frances, there are simply no words to enough to tell you how sorry I am for you a this awful time. Sending prayers and hugs. x

Jacquie Morris said...

Oh France's, I am so very sad to read your post..... My heart goes out to you my friend.
Big hugs xxx

Karen said...

Deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved husband.

Angela Tucker said...

Oh, Frances, I am so very, very sorry. Please know that I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Justine said...

So very sorry for your loss Frances. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers xx

Shelly said...

I'm so sorry Frances, on the loss of your husband. Sending you and your family thoughts of comfort and strength during this tough time.

Margo's Musings said...

I'm sad to hear your news - I know that you and your family are going through a terribly difficult time. My heart goes out to you.

We faithful readers of your blog have missed you, but of course you were devoting your time to the most important thing. We look forward to your return.

Marilyn said...

I'm so sorry to hear this.
What a wonderful pic of the 2 of you.
It sounds like you are doing the best thing, keeping busy, even though it is hard for you.
Please take care.
Marilyn

Andrea said...

Oh Frances ... I'm so sorry to have to read this post. Sending love and prayers your way on the loss of your dear husband.

diamondc said...

Dearest Frances: I cannot see the keys very well due to the tears, I am so sad for your loss, I will pray for your Family.
What a handsome man he is, you are a very lucky Lady to have him in your life.
I know what you are going through my Mike is ill.
I will write very soon and explain.
My heart cry's for you but what a beautiful joy for your Husband to be united with the Lord.

Blessings
Catherine

Mary said...

I am so sorry to hear of this. I have been where you are now, my husband died at age 39 following brain surgery, I was a widow in my 30's. My only advice is to wait 6 months or a year before making any big decisions. May you find some peace in your memories.

Beth said...

Frances - My deepest sympathy to you. My aunt was widowed this February and it has been a long and hard journey for her. I hope that you allow yourself all the time you need to mourn and remember. I encourage you to continue to post about your husband and your life together. Good memories can help to heal. If you ever want to just send a letter out into the world wide web - I am happy to receive your thoughts happy or sad. Again, I am so very sorry.

Melody said...

Frances, I am so very sorry to read about the loss of your husband. I hope time will heal you and your family. Take care my friend.

laceystitcher said...

My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your husband. I pray that you will be blessed by the Holy Spirit's comforting presence and the Lord's grace. It is a blessing that you have your family and friends to grieve with and to share memories. Take care; one day at a time.

Carol said...

Oh, I am so very sad to read this update, Frances. Although I knew he had been battling cancer, I had no idea it had gotten to this point. You are so lucky to have had a great love like him in your life and a wonderful son (and kitty!) to be there to help you get through these sad times.

Please accept my condolences and I hope the memories of happy times shared will help you through the sadness... Sending a caring hug and keeping you in my prayers.

stitchinrose said...

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

May God comfort you in your sorrow.

jhm said...

I'm not sure what to say except for the traditional - Sorry for your Loss.
I'm glad that you have a supportive church as well as your family. Those two sources will probably be your anchors to get you thru this sorrowful time of healing.

God Bless. Hang in there.

Deb said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Pamela said...

I am so sorry, Frances. You're in my prayers.