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