Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Just A Few More Prayers Needed....

I really don't know where to start in with this post except to just blurt out what has happened.

After just losing my grandfather two weeks ago tomorrow, we have been hit with news earlier today that Dirk's grandfather's health has failed him and it's not likely that he will recover.

He's been in the hospital for a few days now with a bad UT infection and Septis (blood infection). When he was diagnosed a couple of days ago, the doctors were very optimistic that they had caught it very early. However, he's taken a turn for the worse and the antibotic is not working.

We're happy for him, but deeply saddened for us (if that makes sense). He's lived a long, good life of 93 years and has told us more than once that he's ready to go be with the Lord anytime.

I remember visiting Grandpa (Dirk's grandpa) the day that my Grandfather passed away and as I was sitting there in the quietness in his room, I started to cry. Grandpa reached out and patted me on the shoulder and comforted me with words of, "It's okay to cry. It's good to cry." I just thought it was the sweetest thing for him to say to me.

We took our girls to see him Sunday at the hospital, but haven't taken them back again until today. After getting the news today, we shared with them that Grandpa might go anytime. Morgan asked us to take her to see him. So earlier tonight, we did. It was a somber visit to say the least. Morgan is really having a difficult time right now. As Dirk and I were talking later on, I mentioned that I was so proud of Morgan for always wanting to go see Grandpa at the nursing home and how she always took the time to not only talk to him, but would kneel down at the end of each visit and give him a big hug and a kiss on the cheek.

I never knew my great-grandfather. It's been a great blessing for our girls to not only know their Great Grandpa, but to also have a relationship with him.

So, if I don't comment or post in a few days, this is what's going on.

With the challenges that we've experienced in the last month, we're anxiously looking forward to when the sun not only shines again....but as a friend shared with me tonight, the sun will be even brighter.

Love to you all.

55 comments:

He And Me + 3 said...

I will keep you all in my prayers. What a tough time for everyone. Sending you love and prayers.
XO,
Mimi

Liz said...

Daphine,

I am so sorry! You guys have been through too much. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Shanda said...

We will hold and cradle you in our thoughts and prayers until you return. Sending lots of love your way.

Speaking from the Heart said...

Daphine,

I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Amy said...

Thoughts and prayers coming your way.

Melissa Miller said...

Your post has hit me really hard tonight.
I am so sorry and sad.

I'm praying for you and your family Daphine.

~Take Care.
Melissa

Kristin said...

Daphine,

My heart is just so sad for your family to have to go through this. I will keep you all in my prayers. I pray for the Lord to give you peace and strength.

Kristin

Alicia said...

Oh Dahpine..I will definitely be keeping your family in prayer.

HUGS,
Alicia

Laura said...

Daphine, I am so sorry you and your family are going through this again. I will definitely say a prayer for you all. I pray the Lord gives you strength and gives you all comfort during this difficult time. ((hugs))

God's Girl said...

Boy... it seems to all come at once sometimes, huh? God is with you through it all and He will give you the strength to walk through it.

My prayers are with you!
Julie

Denise said...

I am very sorry my friend, I will be keeping your family in my prayers.

April said...

Daphine~
You all have been through so much lately and my heart truly is breaking for you! There are days when you feel like the grief and sadness will continue on indefinitely, but there WILL be brighter days ahead! Keep trusting in God and He will bring you peace and comfort.

Please tell Dirk that I'll be praying for him. His grandfather sounds like such a special man. What a blessing that your girls have had a close relationship with him...not many people have that opportunity with their great-grandparents.

You are in my thoughts and prayers, my friend! May you feel God's loving presence all around.

acey said...

hi, daphine! i hope all will be well. sending love and prayers. :) god bless!

Sandy Toes said...

praying for you...what a tough time for all of you....
sandy toe

Stacey said...

Daphine, I will be thinking of you all and praying for you. I do hope the Sun shines on y'all very brightly.

coco said...

Oh Daphine, I will keep you and your beautiful family in my thoughts and prayers. Your great attitude and faith are amazing!

Mod Girl said...

I'll be praying for you. So much going on for you guys lately...

Heather said...

I will continue to pray for all of you. I'm sorry you all are going through this again. But whoever said it first, they are right, the sun will be shining brighter soon.

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Take care Daphine, that is a lot to deal with in just a few weeks. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
denise

Wendy said...

Daphine, you and your dear family are in my prayers at this tough time..x..

LisaShaw said...

Sweet Sweet Daphine, I came over here to say thank you for leaving such warm words and prayer for my healing on my blog but to find out that in fact you and yours need our prayers.

I am praying...

I love you. Yes, the SON will shine even brighter in all of this not just the sun.

May His peace and comfort be with Dirk's Grandpa and your entire family in Jesus Name.

Tess Jones said...

I will be praying for you and your family. I know these times are hard for you, but the Lord will always see you through.

Rebekah said...

Praying for you friend.

Michele said...

I'm so sorry you all are going through so much. You are all in my prayers.

Beth E. said...

Daphine,
I am so sorry to hear that Dirk's grandfather is so sick. Your family has been through so much in such a short time.

Know that lots of prayers are being sent to the Father for your precious family.

Love you,
Beth

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Daphine, precious, I'm so sorry. My heart hurts for you. Please know I am thinking of you and holding you close at heart. Sometimes it seems that when it rains, it pours.

Sending you big hugs and much love...

XO,

Sheila

Carrie said...

I am so sorry your family our in my prayers!

Jennifer said...

Thinking of you and your sweet family.

Jennifer England said...

Daphine,

I am so sorry, honey. I have been through that season and know it's tough. But your friend is right, the sun will shine again and even brighter. It's good that you have recognized and are focusing on the blessing so having him around as long as you all have. What an amazing legacy of love and tenderness Dirk's grandfather will be leaving behind. We can all hope to be that kind of a blessing to our future generations. Love you and I will be praying for all of you.

Jennifer

Jennifer Raack said...

This just leaves me speechless! I wish I had the words of comfort to offer you but there just really aren't adequate words for a time like this. Just know God is there in the midst of it all and will hold you during this difficult time. And, of course, picture Dirk's grandpa dancing again with Dirk's grandma. I'll bet he's excited about seeing her again and about dancing at the feet of Jesus! But he was wise enough to let you know it is good to cry (so long as you don't cry forever)!

If there's anything I can do for you, please let me know. Love ya friend!

Lee said...

I will pray for you and your family. I am so sorry! It sounds horrible to have so many things happening in such a short time period.

Lindsay-ann said...

Daphine
I am so sorry to hear about more sadness for your family. My prayers continue to be with you all at this very difficult time.
Sending a hug your way.
Lindsay

Jill said...

I'm sorry to hear this. You are Dirk are truly awesome for taking your girls to see their great grandparents in the nursing home and hospital. I bet it meant so much to them. Most people never take the time to visit relatives once they are in a nursing home.

We take Ivy around to see her grandparents and great-grandparents as often as we can. I know it's the highlight of their day. Young people are sometimes the best medicine.

I'll keep your family in my thoughts.

Jennifer said...

Lifting you up in prayer.....

Jennifer England said...

Daphine,

I spoke to Lisa today and she told me about Dirk's grandfather. I am so sorry sweetie. Please let me know if I can do anything for your family. You will of course be in my prayers as you deal with this great loss.

Love you all!
Jennifer

michele said...

I am so sorry... you will never forget his sweet words after your grandpa passed away. I am so thankful he has had a long life, but it is all still very hard I am sure. Love and prayers, Michele

Ginger said...

Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers. How precious are the wise and loving words of our aging parents and grandparents.

Anonymous said...

To Daphine's Blogging friends-

I just wanted to informed you that Dirk's grandpa passed away yesterday(Feb.19) around 2:30 pm.

Which means Daphine's granddad and Dirk's grandpa passed away two weeks apart.

My poor nieces!!
Wow... But you cannot question God... Please keep Dirk, Daphine, Morgan, and Jae in your prayers.


You all seem like nice people. Maybe, one day I will try blogging.

I'm old school, so I have a myspace page.

Blessings & Smiles!!
Vickie Gibson (Daphine's sister)

Cortney said...

Praying for you and your family right now my friend.

"The moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good." Romans 8-26-28 (Message)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Dropping back by to say I'm thinking of you and praying the Lord comforts you. Sending much magpie love your way, lots and lots of shiny love...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Toia said...

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray for your strength and healing through the process. xoxo's

Lorrie said...

Oh Daphine, I'm just getting caught up with this post now. I will be praying for your family. Dirk's grandfather sounds like a very special man. It's never easy to say goodbye even when someone has had a full life. You have all been through so much recently and my heart goes out to you.

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Oh my friend, I am so sorry! I will be praying for you and your family. I love what your friend said, "the sun will be brighter" May we always remember that in the time of trials. Take care my friend!

Nicolle said...

Keep your chin up my friend! Better days are ahead. I know you and your family have definitely had some rough ones lately.

Sending you lots of love and prayers!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sending love to you, Daphine, and thinking of you lots. Hope you are okay. Just wanted you to know you are being thought of in love today...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Jennifer Raack said...

Thinking about you...hope all is well!

Edie said...

Oh Daphine, I'm so sorry. Praying for you. I understand completely about being happy for him. My grandma is 92 and has been wanting to go home for a while now. I'm no where near that age and I'm ready to go home a lot of the time.

Blessings on you sweet friend.

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh Daphine! I am praying for you during this time of sadness. Praying, praying, praying.

Heather said...

Hey friend. I just wanted to check in and see how you are doing. Sure do miss you!

Stacey said...

Daphine, it's Monday..just thinking about you. Hope you are ok.

Katie said...

So sorry my goodness, praying for you!!

Robin @ My Blessed Nest said...

Daphine, I am so sorry to hear of the difficulties you have had recently. Please know that prayers are being lifted up to the throne of the Lord on your behalf. And here is a scripture that has brought comfort to me when I have lost loved ones who were believers..."Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints."Psalm 116:14-16 Hope it brings comfort to you today!

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Daphine
Just wanted to let you know your family are still in my prayers. The past 3 weeks must have been so very difficult for you all.
Looking forward to your return to blogging when you feel you can. Miss you my friend.
Lindsay

Alicia said...

Hi Daphine!
I just wanted to let you know that I've been thinking about you!!!!

I hope all is well!!

HUGS,
Alicia

April said...

Daphine~
Just stopped by to let you know that you're on my mind...we miss you! I'm praying for you all!