Friday, December 18, 2015

. . . A time to mourn, and a time to dance. . . 
 I have been searching for a photo to place here as I share this news, but I cannot find one that justifies how I feel right now.
 I've just this week received some extremely sad and mournful new from my  family in Ohio.  We have now lost my (late) mother-in-law's husband.  suddenly and with out warning.  His name was Richard.   
My heart is mourning and breaking - but also especially for my family there.  In just 2 years, my sisters in law have lost their mother, their only brother, and now 'moms' husband of over 20 years part of this family.  
When my (late husband) Alan was so sick with the cancer last year, Richard came for a week to help us out.  Stayed by Al's side so I could go to my job. He really took care of us both.
He was so kind to keep in touch with me regularly since loosing Alan; and he (Richard) still in grief over his own wifes' death. 
We just spoke about 2 weeks ago and all was well.
And now; he is gone.
I am still waiting to hear particulars, but it sound like something went internally wrong with a  surgery he had just a few weeks ago.

I wanted to tell you all that as much as I would like to post some things I had planned to share - - I am taking a break until after Christmas probably.  This is just a little too much for me right now; while I am still grieving my husband.  You see, I lost my (eldest) sister in 2012, my mother-in-law in '13, my husband in '14 and now my (step) father-in-law before the year is out.  I am holding on to Gods hand and I know He will carry me through; but I need healing time.  Christmas is hard enough right now~

I AM THANKFUL for my Saviors birth!  but do NOT feel like dancing right now.  I am Grateful for all He has blessed me with.
I am thankful for  YOU!  I appreciate all the loving support and friendship I have felt in the blogging community and I want you to know you have made my mourning easier.  I mean that sincerely : )

I want to wish you a Wonderful Holiday Season.  Full of God's blessings for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

See you soon  ~ Karen


  1. I'll be thinking of you, Karen, and every time I think of you, I will be sending you a hug and a shoulder to cry on. I feel desperately sorry for you, this is so hard to bear. xxx

  2. Karen, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May His light shine and guide you through this terribly sad time, bringing you a measure of light and hope during this Christmas season. Special holiday love and hugs, Sue

  3. I'm so sorry, dear Karen.This must be so hard for you.
    Sending you hugs and love,
    Marie who will also think of you.

  4. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I wish you strength in this difficult time.
    Sending much positive energy your way.


  5. Karen
    Sending hugs and prayers during this difficult time. It is always difficult to lose a loved one - but especially at this time of year when we are to be celebrating.

  6. Dear Karen,
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my post. I appreciate your words greatly!
    But I want to let you know that I am so sorry for you and your family on your loss of such a kind and loving person in your lives. The few memories you shared have given us a glimpse of his love for others. And I know he was much loved by all of you.
    As I was perusing through some of your recent posts, I see that beautiful snippet roll you made for your sister. That makes me know you have a relationship with our Savior, and it is THAT that will lift you and hold you at this time. Keep your eyes on Him, keep your mind on Him, His words in your thoughts, and know that He has promised His Comforter to bless and keep you.
    I will be praying for you Karen, and for your family. May God comfort you all and encourage you as only He can.
    Friendly hugs of loving compassion,

  7. Dear Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart is breaking for you. You have been through so much over the last several years. I know however God is with you and will see you through this too. Give your heart the time it needs and just know prayers will be with you in the days ahead. May Christmas find it's way to bring you comfort. Sending you hugs and deepest condolences. xo

  8. Sorry to hear of this additional sadness when it seems you have had a lot of heartbreak in recent years. Hugs and prayers with hopes that this New Year will be kinder.