Thursday, November 20, 2008

Come to Me . . .

. . . all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

My father-in-law passed away early this afternoon. He was a good man, who, more than anything on this earth, loved his family. For many years, he wore a facade that masked the tenderness this photograph reveals, but it was always there.

So far, it's been kind of a confusing day. Marv was taking care of Bjorn and Mathias when the call came. Instead of calling me, he called Cameron. I think he thought he could be strong talking man-to-man with someone. Cameron brought me home, and Dustin came shortly thereafter. Once the boys' mother came to pick them up, Marv and our boys went over to Grandma's house. I stayed behind with thoughts that no one needs to be coughed on right now. As our local newspaper is published only twice a week, I encouraged Marv to get the date and time of the funeral set so that it can appear in the paper that's printed tomorrow. He just called. The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

I can imagine that there will be a lot of activity during the next few days, and from experience, I also believe that time will seem to pass very slowly. Marv had committed himself to taking care of Bjorn and Mathias tomorrow, because their daycare is closed. That's still what he wants to do. In fact, because their mother has something going on tomorrow evening, he offered to keep them for the night. I know why. He's a lot like his dad was.

18 comments:

bunkobeth said...

Kathi and Marv,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the memories of Marv's Dad bring you peace.

Beth in CT

Bailey's Granny said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My mother-in-law passed away at 12:06 this morning so I know what your family is going through.

Jeanne said...

I'm sorry to hear of this. Please know that my thoughts are with you, Marv and the whole family. May the memories of his life comfort you during this most difficult time.

Hugs!

pammie said...

Kathi and Marv - I add my thoughts and prayers to those already expressed.

Alanna said...

I'm so sorry for your's and Marv's loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

Sylvia said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

Tracy said...

He looks like a marvelous man! God Bless you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers...

Laurel said...

Sorry to hear about your Father in Law. My thoughts are with you.

Stampin n da Hood said...

thoughts are with you and your family, Kathi.

Missy Hep said...

Kathy, you and our family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are very sorry for your loss.

Melissa & Family

Kariberry said...

I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family.

Anne said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your FIL's passing! May God give you both the strength that you need to hold you up during these coming days!

Anonymous said...

Kathi and Marv,

Sending prayers that your memories of this wonderful man will bring you comfort during the hard days to come.

Sharli

Heather said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Marv, and your family.

Barb W said...

Kathi,so sorry to hear of your family's loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as well.

Tiff said...

I am so sorry... That picture is priceless and so very sweet.

Connie said...

I'm sorry for your loss. I will keep you and Marv in my thoughts and prayers.

Michelle said...

Kathi,

I'm so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

That's a beautiful picture!