Weekly Photo Challange & Prayer Request: Spring

Spring signifies life; and with all this budding of life that is surrounding all of us this time of year, I am sadden by death.

My daddy-n-law, who is one of the most awesome guys I know is loosing his battle with this life. He is 84 and has COPD for a long time. Yesterday, we brought him home to die. He is ready and even a bit excited to leave this mortal world of pain and loneliness (his beloved wife passed 10 years ago), but he grieves for our sadness.

As you look at these few images of spring in Oklahoma, please say a little prayer for AC that his passing will be gentle and surrounded by those who love and adore him. Thank you.

Tulips and Johnny Jump Ups greet spring like an old friend.

Tulips and Johnny Jump Ups greet spring like an old friend.

Pop, even in his suffering, he has a smile and a joke for everyone.

Pop, even in his suffering, he has a smile and a joke for everyone.

Jonquils

Jonquils

tulip just opening

tulip just opening

Seven of pops nine Oklahoma Great Grands. (Ethan and Mac had stayed home while mom took Isabelle - far left to the doctor). From left Isabelle, Aeden, Caera. Riley, Cameron, Owe and Chloe. He also has two California greats, Chris and Dillon.

Seven of pops nine Oklahoma Great Grands. (Ethan and Mac had stayed home while mom took Isabelle – far left to the doctor). From left Isabelle, Aeden, Caera. Riley, Cameron, Owen and Chloe. He also has two California greats, Chris and Dillon.

Close up serenity

Close up serenity

 

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Livonne
    May 09, 2014 @ 14:57:24

    Sending you much strength… xxx

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    • Darla Welchel
      May 11, 2014 @ 04:31:16

      Thank you so much, it is so hard to see someone you love wither away so slowing. He was always so full of life and jokes, not matter how puny he felt, now he just stares like he doesn’t see.

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  2. Naomi Baltuck
    May 09, 2014 @ 15:08:20

    Oh, Darla, this made me cry. Sending hugs and good wishes for Pops, and all his loved ones.

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    • Darla Welchel
      May 11, 2014 @ 04:32:23

      Thank you Naomi, I’m sorry I made you cry. Pop was always the one to make us all laugh and later when we have finished crying we will be able to remember the good and funny times.

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  3. Naomi Baltuck
    May 11, 2014 @ 05:15:40

    No, Darla, it’s very sweet that Pop has you all there to help him through this. I have been there with my own mom. I know the love and the pain, and I can see your family pulling together around a sweet soul. So glad you all have each other. I will be sending good thoughts your way, and wishing you all comfort and peace.

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    • Darla Welchel
      May 11, 2014 @ 13:52:28

      Thank you so much Naomi. I too have been through this with my own parents; first with my mom when I was 30 and then with my dad in 06. Clint’s mom was in California when she died so we weren’t there. But no matter how much you prepare yourself for the end, it is never enough.
      I was not very close to my parents but was just beginning to know my mom when she died. I had a little more time with my dad. It was bittersweet but before they both died they accepted the Lord as their Savior so I know that I will see them again one day and we will become family and friends soon!

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  4. elisa ruland
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 15:10:44

    Hi, Darla. I’ve been thinking of you and your family over the past few months. I hope you are doing well, and that your father-in-law has found the peace that he was seeking. It’s never an easy time, but I hope that you’ve found comfort in the beauty around you, something you do so well in capturing and sharing.
    Take care,
    Elisa

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    • Darla Welchel
      Jun 26, 2014 @ 16:45:48

      Thank you Elisa, he passed with very little pain; very peaceful. It has been very difficult on my husband; he really misses his dad. Father’s Day and now his birthday is kind of a bummer for him. But we know where pop is and wouldn’t ask him to return for anything! 🙂
      Sorry I haven’t been on Word much, I’m having problems and it won’t let me view anyone’s page and if I do get on, it won’t let me leave messages. 😦 I haven’t tried to get it fixed as I’ve been swamped lately.
      thank you for your kind words!

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    • Darla Welchel
      Jul 08, 2014 @ 22:39:15

      Thank you Elisa, I replyed to an earlier post from you, but my WP is so whacky right now, I’m not getting through on anybody’s blogs. I have only one person that I can still comment on, the rest just go to a screen that says “sorry unable to post.” Very frustrating.
      We are doing better, my hubby still misses him terribly, but its not as painful now. We wouldn’t ask him to come back to this mortal coil for anything, but we do miss him.
      I hope you had a wonderful holiday and a will have a great summer.

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  5. roughwighting
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 13:57:10

    Thinking of you – what a wonderful post of photos and tribute to your father-in-law. Yes, he is far better now out of the ‘moral coil,’ and yet, somehow, I believe he is still with you all.

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