Friday, October 1, 2010

Surviving

Since Barbara's death, some folks have asked me to keep the blog alive by keeping regular correspondence. Other people want me to publish her work. For now, I'm just going to try to survive. I can barely handle grieving, work, parenting, and grad school. Trying to find a publisher at this point would probably put me over the edge. While Barbara was a prolific author, my plan is to make an occasional post. First, let me start off by saying thank you. Thank you to all of you for your cards, your financial support (I was totally surprised by that one.), your flowers, your delicious meals, your thoughts, your prayers, your visits, your hugs. That list could go on and on. It's really been wonderful. You have all been wonderful to me and my family, and I really appreciate it. I would also like to thank Barbara for doing her best to prepare her husband for single parenting. She was one amazing woman. Finally, and most importantly, I would like to thank Jesus Christ for His amazing grace - most of which shows up in the form of you her readers. Thus far, the boys and I are learning to take things day by day (and sometimes minute by minute). We've had a few ups (i.e. receiving your encouragement) and a few downs (David has gotten sick twice once with some stomach thing and now a nasty cough. Dawson seems to be picking up his own cough now.) At any rate, Barbara soldiered on through thick and thin, and so will I, even if it means I burn the house down trying to cook my first meal. May God bless us all.

5 comments:

rhl7772001 said...

Hi Dave, I hope you remember me, my name is Robin. You always called me Sunshine. I just found out about Barbara being called home. I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and the boys in my prayers. If there is anything I can do just let me know. May God give you strength. I teach 2nd grade and love my job even though it is sometimes a challenge. I always say the verse...I can do all things through Christ who strenghthens me. Phil 4:13. I will certainly pray for you on a daily basis. Take care, Robin

rhl7772001 said...

Dave,
My Mom shared this quote with me the other day and I thought it would comfort you.

"Those we love don't go away. They walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, and very dear."
I hope this is a quote that will ease your pain. Take care, Robin

Robyn said...

Dave- thanks for posting a note on the blog, about how you guys are doing. I think of you daily, and pray for you continually. I know you miss Barb so much. I have the birthday card that she gave me, in August, up on my dresser. Everytime I see it, I think of her, of you guys, and pray for you. I wish I could do more- but the oceans (for now) separate us. Love you guys so much! Know that you are thought of from afar. Love you, brother!

Jon Stolpe said...

Dave,
I think and pray for you and the boys often. May God give you the strength for today.
Your AEX brother in Christ,
Jon

Jeff, Amber, Emalyne, Jael and Jethro said...

dave thank you so much for sharing...
know that you are constantly in our prayers here you and your family...Ema everyday remembers on her own to pray for Barb's family that you will lean on the Lord through this trying time...our hearts cry out for you all as you work through this...once again invitation stands if you need time away feel free to come and visit.... Amber for us all