Hello all! I have been so remiss in posting anything and when I finally sat down today to try to work on the website my computer did not want to cooperate. I finally got it going again and when I went to the blog section I discovered the last blog I posted was January 25th. That was on Sunday before my dad was involved in an auto accident on Wednesday that ultimately resulted in his death. He was hospitalized for a month in ICU before it all ended and my life was one of constant stress. I was trying to maintain normal life and trying to be at the hospital when I needed to be. We had highs when there was improvement but more and more often lows, when one set back after another seemed to hit in a constant wave. We faced hard decisions and we feared the hardest of all was coming. Daddy was on a ventilator and he had made it perfectly clear on numerous occasions that he did want to live tethered to a machine. We were trying to give him every opportunity to regain his strength and get off the machine keeping him alive. However, it was not meant to be. Thankfully, Daddy was fully aware and capable of making his own healthcare decisions and he made it for himself. Once he learned that the doctors did not think he would ever be any better than he was then, he decided to see his family one more time, then turn off the machine. Let nature take it's course. So the day after our record breaking snow in late February, my brother and I along with his wife and our step mother braved the snowy roads to Birmingham to see him one last time. He was smiling, his blue eyes twinkling, and trying his best to communicate the things he wanted to say to us before he left us forever. I think we understood all the important stuff, like he loved us and best of all he'd be waiting in heaven with Mother for us to meet them there. After we had all had the time we wanted with him, the doctors began the process of easing him out of this world comfortably into the one awaiting in heaven. He was peaceful and ready, showing no fear or dread of what was coming. I think death truly had no sting for him. He did not fear it and even welcomed it as his doorway to a better place. I hope when my time comes I can be as at peace as he was. The process began about 9:40 pm and ended at 11:23 pm on February 26, 2015. Two days before my birthday. Seven years ago to the day, we said goodbye to his oldest sister, Eloise, whom he was very close to as was I. Somehow it seemed appropriate that they shared the same going home date. I have now spent 2 birthdays involved in funerals for much loved family members. Kinda takes all the fun out of birthdays. But I know they were both in a much better place than they would have been if they had remained here. No more health issues to cope with, no more pain, no more struggling from day to day. I can find a lot of comfort in that. But most of all I know that they will be waiting when I am ready to join them. Can you say the same thing? Are you ready to meet eternity so that your eternity will be spent in the presence of Jesus, sharing all that heaven holds with your loved ones? If you aren't, I bet you know someone who can help you prepare for a glorious eternity in the presence of the Lord with all the angels and all your loved ones and friends. Things can change in a matter of seconds. You may be healthy now, but you are one heartbeat away from eternity. None of us knows how or when or if we'll get that last few moments to make things all right. Death can come in an instant, with no time for last words or rites. Live each moment as if it is your last. Someday, it WILL be. Be ready. For the sake of all who love you, give them the peace and joy of knowing that you are safe forever in the fold of God. I don't know that I could ever reach a place of peace and acceptance of what is, without knowing that my family is safe from hellfire and eternally rejoicing in heaven. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer with this post but this was on my heart and I needed to say it. Don't wait for 6 strong men to take you to church. It will be forever too late then. God bless and have a wonderful and SAFE weekend.