Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I’ve been very blessed

My father-in-law died today. He had been going down hill for awhile and this weekend when we were away, we got a phone call that he had been admitted into the ICU. On Saturday when I called they said he was getting better so we stayed on our get away. But Sunday night as soon as we were almost home we got a call that he had taken a turn for the worse. We went immediately to the hospital and we could tell right away it wasn't going to be long. We had him brought back home so he could go surrounded by his loved ones. Even his faithful dog was by his bedside. He went very peacefully and all but one out of the six children were there with him.
The reason I am so blessed is because I have such wonderful in-laws. This is my second marriage and I'm still very close to my first in-laws. My father-in-law who just passed loved the fact that my husband was marrying a woman with teenagers. You see my husband was a pretty rebellious teen, and he really wanted him to know what it was like to be a father of young rebels. He was always there for us when we needed him. Two years ago he and my mother-in-law took us all to Italy. That was his last trip. It is something I'll never forget.
So here's a few pictures of him. This is for you Jim. I love you and will miss you immensely.

This is him as a young boy. He was the youngest of 6 children.

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Here he is on his wedding day. My mother-in-law and he were high school sweethearts.

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Here he is with his 6 children. My husband is the oldest boy.

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And at our wedding.

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And here he is on our Italy trip. This is one of my favorite pictures of him.

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God speed to you on your new journey.

18 comments:

Suzanne said...

Pat, I'm very sorry to hear this news. My sympathies to your families. It's obvious from your words that he was a wonderful person.

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Pat, so sorry about your loss. What a sweet post about your FIL, he sounds like a great man.

Glad to meet another shoe fanatic. I laughed at your post! Thanks for stopping by.

Blondie's Journal said...

Hi Pat-I linked to you from Rhoda's blog and I was so surprised to see you are from Illinois. I am in Chicago! But I'm here on a bad day for you. I am so sorry about your father-in-law. It sounds like you were close. I'll say a prayer for you and your family and visit another time
Take care-
Janie

TheWench said...

I'm so sorry Pat. Give my love and prayers to your family. (hugs)

Carolyn said...

Hi Pat,
Sorry for your loss.Glad though that you have happy memories of your father in law.
Take care,
Carolyn

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Pat, Your father in law sounds like a wonderful man. I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like he had a great life. Susan

At Home Redesigns said...

A very nice tribute. So sorry on your loss.

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

I so sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was a wonderful man.

Millie said...

Pat - loving thoughts to you & your family from across the Pacific. What a truly lovely man your father-in-law was - how lucky you all are to be left with such fabulous memories. Take care of yourself in the coming weeks my friend.
Millie ^_^

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

What a great post!!!!!

M ^..^

~jane said...

Pat, my sympathies at your time of loss. You and your family have been blessed by this wonderful man and you have been a blessing to him too. May your memories fill your heart.

jerseygirl211 said...

Pat,

This is my first time here. I saw that you are listed as one of my followers, I never thought to click on the showing of it on my blog. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family over the loss of your father-in-law. The picture of him taken in Italy reminds me of those taken of my father-in-law there. God Bless.

'D'

maruschka said...

Pat my heart goes out to your husband and you both. It's wonderful that you were so close to your father-in-law. Hugs...
Marion

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Sorry to hear the passing of your father in law. Keep those memories close to your heart. Sweet post.

Hugs,
Maryjane

jerseygirl211 said...

Pat,

I was pleased to have you visit my blog, I hope this will be ongoing for both of us. Hope things are going better for you and your family. GOD BLESS you and yours.

Ciao, ;)
'D'

Sew Many Ways... said...

Hi,
I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for visiting my blog. I am so sorry for your loss. It was so wonderful for him to be surrounded by loved ones.
You are in our thoughts and prayers,
~Karen~

BittersweetPunkin said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. He sounds like he was a wonderful loving man...I'm sure he's given you many wonderful memories to reflect upon.

Blessings,
Robin

Classic Charm said...

I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful loving man. I am sure he will be missed by all who knew him. Lovely pictures. Peace.
Hugs,
Rose