Monday, September 14, 2009

Sad News

I am deeply saddened to report that Saturday evening 9/12, Marc's father Allen passed away. He was beloved by his family beyond measure and our hearts are broken.

Al became diabetic in his 30's and this horrible disease destroyed his sight, heart, kidneys, liver and circulation. It robbed him of his golden years and seeing most of his grandchildren grow up. I am thankful for the time that we had with him but am sad about the times ahead that we will not be able to share with him.

The DD have not been told yet. We are waiting for the funeral to be behind us and the dust to clear a bit before we broach this sad subject. The will both be sad but I know in my heart that my tender Katie will take it as hard as her big brother Justin already has. Ethan loved him greatly as well but is not as aware as Katie as of yet.

Big Al, as he was affectionately known to most, was the type of guy that everyone loved! Over the past two days the phone has literally rung non stop and we have received over 100 email communications and they just keep coming. It is a true testament to his goodness and the level of love and friendship that we are blessed with.

On a personal note, I must say that I was very fortunate to be Big Al's daughter-in-law. We had a mutual admiration for each other and I loved him dearly.

I will finish this post with a quote by Emily Dickenson ~

"Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality."

Mother's Day 2000 L-R Marc, Justin, Me, Brenda (MIL), Linda (My Mom), Harry (My Dad) and Big Al (My FIL)

2006 Pictured L-R Me with Katie on my lap, Big Al, Big Al's sister Shirley, Brenda and Marc sitting.


Tamara said...

Lori, Marc, and family- We are sorry for the loss of your father, FIL, and beloved Grandfather. Prayers with your family-
Tamara and family

M3 said...

Oh Lori I am so sorry. Sending prayers and thoughts to your whole family.

Tammie said...

There are no words to tell you how sorry we are about Big Al's passing. May he foreve be a blessing to those who knew & loved him.

Tammie, David & Erin

The Croker Family said...

We're so sorry to hear the sad news. Great big hugs coming your way from Maryland...for the whole family.

Love you guys,
Cyndi, Bob and Malia

DawnS said...

I am so so sorry to hear this Lori. I think of and pray for your family often!

Sending great big hugs your way.

Jeanne said...

Dear Lori and Marc
Just to let you know you are in my thoughts and my prayers
Much love

RamblingMother said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It is never easy. Praying for the littles.

Mary McG in TN said...

Oh, Lori, I am so sorry! With all that is on your plate right now this is terribly hard. I know that you are taking care of Marc as we do not want his heart to literally break. Know that we in TN are praying for you and your family. God Bless!

Mama Duck said...

So sorry to hear this news. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Lisa~~ said...

So sorry for your loss.

Michelle said...

I'm sorry for your loss. My Mom also was diagnosed with Diabetes in her 30's and died from heart diease that it caused. I hate Diabetes. I'm so sorry :(