Proverbs 18:14

A man's spirit sustains him in sickness.

It's hard to believe its been 2 years since Jeff left us. Sometimes it seems like only yesterday because the pain is still so fresh. Other times it seems like a long long time since we last saw him smile or heard him laugh. We have talked a lot about those weeks at Hospice... how did he do it... how did he stay in that bed and yet be so content? I read this verse in Proverbs on October 18, 2006, just a few weeks after he went to Heaven and I realized that was my answer. Jeff had given himself so completely to God that what we saw was his spirit those last few weeks. A kind and gentle spirit, a very grateful spirit, a very content spirit. Every night before he went to sleep, he would thank all of us for helping him and for being there with him. He always said I love you to each of us, every single day. Those were the last words he ever spoke to us. I remember telling Jeff that the best gift he ever gave to us was his relationship with God. We are so thankful to know that we will see Jeff again... that he is waiting for us. That is the best gift anyone can leave to their loved ones. Then God reminded me today that we gave Jeff a great gift the final weeks of his life... the gift of unity and harmony among our family. We all helped each other through a very hard time; that is not always the case for families facing losing a loved one. We thank God for Gwen, our children and their spouses, and for Gwen's family, the Johnsons and the Sommers, for all of their support. We love you all.


Our family had lunch together and went to the cemetery to plant flowers, just as we did last year. Click here to see pictures. 

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