October 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm #43078John ThomasSpectator
I am so sorry to read of your wife’s passing. But what a wonderful seed she planted through her “sign”. That “quiet, still voice within”, is my constant reassurance. May you also find this peace on your journey.
John ThomasOctober 18, 2010 at 8:30 am #43077lalupesSpectator
Dear Rick, I’m so very sorry to hear that Debbie has passed on. I found your story beautiful & very moving – thank you for posting it. I hope you will keep coming onto the boards to let us know how you & your family are, & to let us give what help & support we can. This is a wonderful place to be able to grieve & rant & cry – & ultimately smile & laugh, too.
JuliaOctober 18, 2010 at 8:12 am #43076micsylSpectator
I am so sorry for the passing of your lovely wife and I thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story with us. I take such comfort from your words as i lost my dad to CC on the 4th of October 2010.
My deepest sympathy to you and your family – you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
With love and strength
MichelleOctober 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm #43075darlaSpectator
What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. I too am sorry to here that Debbie has passed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
DarlaOctober 15, 2010 at 2:55 pm #43074jathy1125Spectator
Wow what an amazing story, it takes my breath away. I am so sorry about your wifes passing.
God has worked so many miracles in my life since my diagnosis in July 2008. I always knew God was there, but never expierenced as much as in the last 2 years, he knew how to leave your wifes touch with you.
The one thing I always remember thru this journey is when I awoke up from a 3 week coma and was told what had happened, was my first thought was thank God Jeff would have had great memories! Debbie did this for you another sign of Gods handiwork. CathyOctober 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm #43073jennifersMember
I have thought a lot about you and your family the last little while. I am so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing, and pray that you and your children find peace knowing she’s in a place so much better then here, smiling down on you all.
Thinking and praying for you and your family.
JenOctober 15, 2010 at 4:32 am #43072ironbarkMember
That was beautiful. I’m sorry to hear that Debbie has passed, but she sounds like an amazing selfless lady who was partnered with a wonderful caring man.
Our thoughts are with you and your family.October 15, 2010 at 2:39 am #43071lainySpectator
You have taken my breath away. That was so beautiful I am just in awe of you and your story. I bet Debbie is smiling at all of us and thinking, “I knew many people would read my sign”. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family.October 15, 2010 at 2:15 am #4177seabeeMember
I know I have been slacking alittle in keeping people updated on wife condition however, things had turn for the worse and on 11 Oct 2010 Debbie went home to Jesus. The kids and I are trying to stay as steady as we can but it will take time for the healing. I just wanted to pass on something that I wrote and read to her prior her death. Composing this story has help me alot and maybe it will do the same for you. It’s called The Sign;
It was a sign, just another sign that you would find at any gift shop or craft show. It was six inches wide by two feet long made out of knotty pine. It had concaved routed edges about half inch wide along all four sides that were painted Royal Blue in color. The face of this sign was painted Antique White in color with very slight crackling effect. Three of the borders had been hand painted gracefully, with green vine work and delicate red flowers that framed the verse. The verse, written by Ralph Waldo Emerson had also been painted with Royal Blue paint and arranged with equal amounts of words per line for a dramatic effect.
We had acquired this sign from a quaint two story family owned gift shop that sat on the outskirts of town in the Shenandoah Valley this past spring. We had gone by this shop many times prior on our trips to replenish our food supplies or just to got sightseeing, but could never seem to catch it when it was open. It seemed like true destiny however, when we passed by it for the finally time and saw the two ladies sitting outside enjoying refreshments and trying to catch a breeze. With a twinkle in her eyes and that suggestive voice she asked if we could just stop to look. Now being somewhat of an intelligent man, I knew my options were limited and being unarmed to have a battle of wits with her at that present time I turned the van around and headed back. As I pulled into the empty parking lot I notice through the heat waves coming from the asphalt that one of the ladies was approaching the van. I lowered the window from my cool confines and the smoldering heat immediately took my breath away. I reluctantly requested from her if there shop was open today. With a big southern smile and a voice that matched, my fears became reality with her charming response of
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