Spring Break

   Hey friends, my kiddos are on Spring Break, hallelujah!  We are obviously hanging close to home, no Florida trip after all, due to a Papa in Hospice House, preparing to go see Jesus.

  I haven’t cooked in 3 weeks, so I don’t have anything yummy to share these days.  I think I will take this time to rest.  I want to enjoy my family and our time together, as we watch Papa say goodbye to this World, and enter into Eternity.  Just know, that there will be some days in the month to come, that there is no blog prepared, I just haven’t had time to work ahead, or think about it.

  I am sure you will understand and offer me grace, it’s been a tough couple of weeks, but I wanted to at least give you a heads up so I don’t get a bunch of “Where ARE you?” emails!  🙂 You all are so good to me!

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  Dale is gone all the time to Hospice, which make no mistake, is exactly where he belongs!!!!  But he leaves behind a tired Momma, and 4 emotional children, who miss their Daddy AND their Papa.  I still haven’t had the heart to ask him to bring the couch back into the living room now that the hospital bed is gone.

  Our Father in Heaven knows the number of days He had planned for our Papa from the beginning of time.  We are trying to be patient, but watching someone you love waste away day by day,  is difficult to say the least.  ESPECIALLY when mentally they are so alert that they know every visitor by name, but cannot eat, can barely drink, and cannot speak above a forced whisper.

  I have been working late into the night, on a special slide show for his Memorial Service, I can’t wait to show it to you.  We also have ordered his casket from a local Amish craftsman, which will be custom lined in hunting fabric, and working on the memorial service to come.

  Everyone will be invited to wear their best Camo.  Pretty neat, huh?  That’s our Papa, never one for fussy clothes! 🙂

  We want his Service to be a celebration of a life well lived, and to be a reflection of him, his friends, his love of hunting, and most of all, his Savior, Jesus Christ.

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  In other news from the Ferguson’s household, we lost our beloved Bambie for 2 long, scary days! 

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  I had 3 sick, fevered kids, no doubt a result of knocked immune systems from the late nights, and the delicious sweets they have been allowed to have.  Between that, a life that doesn’t stop for us to breathe, and some bad news from a close family member, it was just the straw the broke the Camel’s back. 

  Good thing our Heavenly Father knows our thoughts and loves us anyways, because I was NOT happy and I told Him so.  I put it out an S.O.S. on Facebook and began to pray diligently for Bambie’s return.

  We thought she was gone for good, because of a recent Coyote scare!  Thanks to Facebook, and a gracious Father in Heaven who heard broken-hearted sobs from the Ferguson Farm, our friend Ashley, found her at the local shelter.  We were able to get her home safe and sound at 1 the very next day!

  They told us she was found on the Highway headed into town. I know she was coming to see us at Hospice House, she is such a smart girl. We hadn’t been home more than sleeping at night for a solid week, and she simply wanted to find her family. 

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  Praise God for answered prayers, and for healed children the VERY NEXT DAY! 

  I will keep you posted on our Papa, ok?

  This photo was taken a week and a half ago, and it’s hard to imagine this, I know….but he is half this size right now.

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  I sure covet your prayers during these final days.  It’s hard to want someone to go home so badly, while in the same breath, wishing they could stay.  One month ago Wednesday, Papa moved into our home, 2 weeks ago Wednesday, he moved into Hospice…..

It all feels like a lifetime ago.

  Hugs, T

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With Thanksgiving

  My heart is full of Thanksgiving for all God has done, and the blessing of family around the table.  In honor of Dale’s father eating supper with us nearly every night since he became our next door neighbor, I wanted to include him in this years picture.

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  We are thankful God is giving him a good quality of life, as he goes through chemo, and fights Stage 4 cancer!  No matter how God chooses to heal our Papa Don, we know He has plans to bring Him hope and a future…..

  I am taking a blog break for a few weeks, to enjoy my family and get caught up after 22 photo sessions to edit in 3 weeks.  🙂

  Happy Thanksgiving, I am so blessed to have you in my life!

~T