Monday, December 15, 2008

until we meet again

Life is eternal;
and love is immortal;
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
~R.W.Raymond

A good man, who loved his family, his friends, his faith ~my Dad~ passed from this life to the next on December 9, 2008...our lives will never be the same without him.

They are not dead who live

In hearts they leave behind.

~H.R.Orr

131 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  2. I'm so sorry for your loss, I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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  3. Sorry for your loss...my thoughts are with you.

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  4. My thoughts are with you and your family!

    Such beautiful poems and truths to remember.

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Will be praying for you and your family.

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  6. I'm so sorry. What a beautiful tribute to you dad who sounds like he was a wonderful man....

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  7. I'm very sorry for your loss. You an your family will be in my prayers.

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  8. Dear Deb - I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will pray for you and your family as you walk this new path. ~Adrienne~

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  9. I'm so very sorry. My prayers are with you. The quote is really beautiful and brought comfort to me as well, as I've been struggling this Christmas season.

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  10. Anonymous1:17 PM

    "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."

    May you find comfort in many dear and happy memories. It is only a temporary separation. They wait for us who go ahead.

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  11. Oh! Deb, I am so sorry for your loss...I will be thinking and praying for you and your family in the coming days and weeks. I have been away for awhile and haven't been checking in....again, please know my heart breaks for you...I do know your pain...as I too lost my father 10 years ago this year! I'll be thinking of you!

    God Bless you and your family...
    Teresa

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  12. I'm so sorry for your loss.
    Hugs from Sol

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  13. I'm so sorry.
    Mim

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  14. Praying for you and your family... so sorry for your loss.

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  15. Oh Deb...I'm so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers.

    Hugz,
    Michele

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  16. I'm so sorry for your loss. It's very difficult to lose a parent and it leaves a little hole in your heart. I'm glad you've got so many good memories.

    - Suzanne, The Farmer's Wife

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  17. Oh Deb...my sincere condolences on your loss. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

    Amy

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  18. I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. You have my sincere condolences.

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  19. I'm so sorry. Go gently. x

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  20. I'm so sorry...my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. (((HUGS)))

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  21. I'm so sorry....

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  22. Thinking of you at this time of sadness.

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  23. Oh Deb, I'm so sorry. Take care.
    Jenny

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  24. Strength and prayers to you and yours Deb:-)

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  25. I'm very sorry to learn of your loss.

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  26. Dear Deb
    I am so sorry to read of your loss. Such a beautiful post & tribute to your dear Dad.

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  27. So sorry to hear about your Dad.

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  28. Hi Deb, I'm very sorry for your loss.

    Manuela

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  29. I am so sorry. I pray the Lord will give you comfort, peace and love from His amazing heart.

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  30. Carole5:03 PM

    I'm so sorry Deb. May the love of your family and friends surround you and give you comfort in the days ahead.

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  31. Rachel5:06 PM

    So sorry for the loss you and your family have suffered.

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  32. I am so very sorry.

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  33. My peace find your soul.

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  34. Dear ((Deb)) sending a gentle, loving hug. I too, am so sorry for your loss of your precious dad. How beautiful that you shared such a loving relationship, though how painful the loss and his physical absence from your lives surely is, and will be, for the priceless gift of it having been so. What an inconceivably sweet reunion will be yours--one fine day. Of that you can be sure, and look forward to with all your heart. Thinking of you and praying for you, and yours.
    Tenderly, Jewels

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  35. Deb,
    I am so sorry for your loss. May the many memories of his love bring you much comfort.
    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, Gail

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  36. I'm very sorry for your loss. May He bring your family comfort and strength.
    Hugs,
    Niki

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  37. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I pray your heart will find peace.

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  38. I can only begin to imagine the loss and grief. You and your family will be in my prayers.

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  39. Anonymous6:31 PM

    Deb,

    So sorry.

    Larissa

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  40. Sharing in your pain.....I lost my mom 6 weeks ago. I'm keeping you and your family in my prayers. Becky

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  41. In 1 Thessalonians 4:13, Scripture tells us that although we grieve, we do not grieve like those who have no hope. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man who dwells in His presence now. May the God of all comfort grant blessings and peace to your family during this time of sorrow. V.

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  42. sarah7:21 PM

    I am very sorry, and saddened.

    May God be with you.

    Sarah

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  43. In 1 Thessalonians 4:13, Scripture tells us that although we grieve, we do not grieve like those who have no hope. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man who dwells in His presence now. Blessings and peace to your family during this time of sorrow. V.

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  44. So sorry for your loss.
    What a lovely quote.

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  45. Anonymous8:24 PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. May the love and faith of your friends and family surround you with peace during this heartache.
    Pati

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  46. Hi Deb,
    I've read here for a while, and I wanted you to know how very sorry I am for you and your family. We experienced this same loss last year on Dec. 5th. Time eases the pain a bit, but I still miss him every single day. You are and will continue to be in my prayers.
    Karen

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  47. So sorry for the loss of your father. You will see him again and he will live on in your heart and memories.

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  48. I am so sorry.

    May happy memories bless you over and over again.

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  49. Deb

    I am so sorry.

    Hope you feel better soon.

    Debbie

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  50. Anonymous10:23 PM

    Dee from Tennessee

    So very sorry....thinking of you.

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  51. Deb, I too am so sorry for your loss. I pray for you to be comforted at this time of great loss for you and your family.

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  52. I am truly sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Karen

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  53. I'm so sorry as well dear Deb. Blessings. That was a wonderful tribute to your dear father.
    My own father is suffering from cancer and will be passing soon. Sharing in your sorrow....
    Debbie

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  54. I am sooo sooo sorry to hear of your Father's passing! You and yours will be in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, cherry

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  55. I am sorry to hear about your loss, take care, hugs. x

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  56. Anonymous4:17 AM

    Deb - I'm so sorry. I lost my Dad at Christmas time too and I know what a surreal time this must be for you.
    When my Dad passed, somone sent me this poem and although bittersweet, it did help me. I hope that it will help you too.


    Death is nothing at all

    I have only slipped away into the next room

    I am I and you are you

    Whatever we were to each other

    That we are still

    Call me by my old familiar name

    Speak to me in the easy way you always used

    Put no difference into your tone

    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow

    Laugh as we always laughed

    At the little jokes we always enjoyed together

    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me

    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was

    Let it be spoken without effort

    Without the ghost of a shadow in it

    Life means all that it ever meant

    It is the same as it ever was

    There is absolute unbroken continuity

    What is death but a negligible accident?

    Why should I be out of mind

    Because I am out of sight?

    I am waiting for you for an interval

    Somewhere very near

    Just around the corner

    All is well.

    Nothing is past; nothing is lost

    One brief moment and all will be as it was before

    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!



    Canon Henry Scott-Holland, 1847-1918, Canon of St Paul's Cathedral


    I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. (((Deb)))

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  57. je t 'envoie toutes mes pensées dans cette difficile épreuve

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  58. I am so sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. You and your famiily are in my prayers during this sad time.
    God bless.

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  59. I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. May God bless and give consolation to your family during this most difficult time.
    You will be in my prayers.

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  60. I am sorry to learn your fatther passed away, a sad time for you and all of your family, but I know that you know he is now looking down upon you and will be watching over you. May the memories you have stay with you forever.
    Martha

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  61. Jennifer8:29 AM

    I am so very, very sorry for your loss...here's hoping happy, loving memories of the times you spent together carry you through this holiday season.

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  62. I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  63. A beautiful post. I'm so sorry. May you find some measure of peace during this time to be with family.

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  64. A beautiful photo and tribute to your Dad. I can't imagine loosing mine someday-and I'm very sorry for you.

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  65. I'm so sorry for your loss, and so inspired by how you've turned something sad into a beautiful post. Wishing you and your family comfort and peace...

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  66. Dear Debbie, I am so very sorry for your lost. Love Clarice

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  67. Your dad must have been a very special person, as you so eloquently expressed in this post. My heart and thoughts go out to you.

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  68. my heart goes out to you and your family, may God's peace rule your hearts during this difficult time.

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  69. ((Deb)), I am so very sorry for your loss. Praying the Lord will surround you with His comfort. Praying also for your mom ... I cannot imagine the depth of her loss after so many years. Thinking of you all.

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  70. I'm so sorry. You're in my thoughts.

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  71. Anonymous11:46 AM

    I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I will be praying for you and your family.

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  72. Lisa Kartanou12:22 PM

    So sorry to hear about your dad.

    Best wishes
    Lisa

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  73. Claudia12:52 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you thoughts of peace and prayers for your healing.

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  74. I am so sorry for your loss! My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time!

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  75. Our prayers for you in your time of loss. You bring a lot of joy with your blog. Here's praying for comfort for you now.

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  76. Anonymous2:42 PM

    Deb - I've lost both my parents and I recognise your sorrow. So many people have left messages here for you, I hope you are able to take comfort and solace from them. My thoughts are with you,
    Janet (UK)

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  77. I am so sorry for your loss. May he Rest in Peace and may your heart remember that he had a good life and knew he was always well loved.
    xx

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  78. Sparkly3:14 PM

    Oh Deb - I am sorry. Take good care of yourself

    Sparkly x

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  79. I'm so sorry to hear your news...I know how difficult it is to lose someone so close to Christmas and will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

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  80. Sharon D.5:03 PM

    Dear Deb,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for the Lord to comfort and strengthen you and your family during this time.

    When my Dad passed away, the Lord gave me this verse:

    "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints" Psalm 116:15

    I hope you find comfort in this.

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  81. I'm so sorry for you, especially at this time of year.

    A friend who lost her father this past summer told me she doesn't want anyone to tell her how happy he is in Heaven because she is NOT happy back here, especially during Christmas.

    May you experience God's peace that passes all understanding.

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  82. I'm sorry.....hugs to you and yours

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  83. My thoughts & prayers are with you!

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  84. I checked in this morning and saw your post about your Father - I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  85. My sincere sympathy to you in this great loss. Sounds like your dad left quite a legacy. "Let those who come behind us find us faithful..."

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  86. I'm so sorry. My dad passed away in May. It's so hard...I'm saying a prayer for you and your family.

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  87. Anonymous2:28 PM

    Having been through this, I feel your grief. It is so hard to go through the loss of a parent. Tears are healing so just let them flow. I pray for comfort for you and your family. God Bless.

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  88. That was a beautiful post to remember your father by. I am so sad for you. I will keep you in my prayers.

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  89. I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. We lost our father this year also.

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  90. My heart goes out to you Deb. Love and prayers surround you.

    Jody

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  91. I am so so sorry for your loss, Deb! {{{Hugs}}}

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  92. My thoughts are with you. It is nearly 20 years since I lost my dear Dad and he is never far from my thoughts. Happy memories make it easier over time.

    Sincerely, Joolz

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  93. I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

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  94. So very sorry, Deb. Having lost my own dad nearly 3 years ago, I know you will never be the same.
    Blessings on you and yours,
    Cindy

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  95. My sincere condolences to you and to your family, Deb. I wish I had the words to make it all better, but send you my love, instead.

    Lena

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  96. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. I'm really very sorry. I know how difficult it is to get through this time of year without parents and other loved ones. *hugs*

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  97. I don't think your dad will ever truly be gone--- because I think he'll live on everyday--- through you....
    Godspeed-
    Melanie

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  98. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad.
    (((HUGS)))
    Ruth

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  99. My heart grieves for you - I am so sorry for your loss.
    Blessings to you and your family during this difficult time
    Kymber

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  100. I am deeply sorry for your loss, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    Beverly

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  101. I am so sorry for your loss. I know words won't take the hurt away but just know there are many poepl thinking of you and keeping you in their prayers.

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  102. I am so so sorry for your loss. Such a wonderful post and tribute to your dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Cammy

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  103. I am sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. What a wonderful man must he have been! I'm praying for your family. Take heart and be of good courage. ^__^

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  104. Anonymous11:22 PM

    So So Sorry for your loss. Will remember you this holiday and keep you in my prayers.
    Threadjunkie

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  105. Deb...I haven't checked in on you in a while~ I'm so sorry! So sorry for you and your family.

    I send you my ((hugs))

    Love you!
    Tina~

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  106. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

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  107. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

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  108. So sorry I'm late with my comment, Deb, but your family is in my prayers.
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Suzanne

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  109. Oh Deb,
    I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
    Merry Christmas...
    Elise

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  110. I'm very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers sent your way.

    Blessings,

    Sher

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  111. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  112. I am so sorry for your loss... God grant you peace through such a tragic time.

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  113. Deb, I am so sorry for the loss of your Father. God keep you in the palm of his hand as you go through this difficult time.

    Prayers and thoughts for you and yours.

    God bless.

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  114. So sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers...Linda

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  115. I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear dad.Praying and thinking of you dear deb.
    My dad is dying of cancer as well.

    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  116. I just found your blog via artful blogging, & saw this post.

    Wonderful words of tribute...
    good wishes & prayers to your family at this time of loss.

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  117. As I write we are watching our Da slip away. A hug to you from one who understands all too well.

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  118. My deepest thanks to all who have expressed condolences on the death of my Dad. I am in awe of the number of comments and the amazing kindness that you all have shown to me--please know it means A LOT!
    My goal is to respond to each of you personally, but should I be unable to do so, please know how deeply I have appreciated your thoughts and prayers.
    Thank you!!!
    Deb

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  119. I too wish to express my condolences on your loss. It is a loss which can never be replaced. But you are right 'until me meet again' you have the memories.

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  121. Deb-
    I just picked up the "Artblogger" magazine and was reading your feature article {congrat}. I was so excited to see you are in Lockport, NY {I'm in East Amherst}, I couldn't wait to go to your blog spot and check it out.
    Well, bittersweet, I only read your last post and nothing further yet, will another time.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I lost my Dad 6 years ago and my Mom 2 years ago. I believe God works to comfort us by bringing others to us, Blessed be God...the god of all comfort. II Corinthians 1:3 My parents owned a greenhouse for 45 years, when my Mom passed someone sent me this poem, author unknown, I hope you find some comfort in it.

    The Rose Still Blooms

    A rose once grew where all could see, sheltered beside a garden wall, And, as the days passed swiftly by, it spread its branches, straight and tall.

    One day, a beam of light shone through a crevice that had opened wide-The rose bent gently toward its warmth then passed beyond to the other side.

    Now, you who deeply feel its loss, be comforted-the rose blooms there, its beauty even greater now, nurtured by God's own loving care.

    His peace to you...
    Michelle

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  122. I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. And I know how you feel, having lost my own mother 5 years ago this Dec. 26th.
    mary

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  123. My thoughts and prayers are with you!!!

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  124. I hadn't checked on your blog for a while. What a beautiful picture and poems for your dad. So sorry for your loss.

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  125. I am so sorry for your loss. We lost my mother Dec 15,1998 and are still missing her presence especially during this family time of year. May his memories keep you warm.

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  126. shropshire girl1:05 PM

    Deb, so sorry for your loss.
    My lovely dad passed away 12 years ago, but you know, I think of him every day and he is still with me, as yours will be too.

    Take care of yourself.
    Sandra.x.

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  127. I'm sorry for the loss for you and your whole family. I pray for strength for you all.

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  128. I just saw this post and want you to know that I am so sorry for you loss.

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  129. Oh, Deb! I am just now reading this. I am so sorry. Unfortunately, I lost my father at the end of October. What a great loss!

    I will be thinking of you. If you want to talk, leave me a comment on my blog with your email address. I won't publish it.

    Hugs,

    K

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  130. Deb:
    I'm just now reading about the passing of your Dad. I wanted to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Sheila

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Thank you for taking time to leave a comment--I love reading each and every one! I will try to answer any questions you have in the comment section. Due to the amount of spam, I am sadly no longer able to accept Anonymous comments....Kindly, Deb

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