Monday, January 10, 2011

2010 in Review: "The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.... Blessed be the name of the Lord"

Well it's been a while since I posted. Looking back, for a while I had done an OK job at keeping up with posting a few times a month. Then it looks like the end of October we dropped off the planet... Unfortunately, although we didn't in fact drop off the planet, the year didn't quite end on the note we were hoping for.

We were looking forward to hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year. Matthew was going to be on call at the hospital, and so most of his family and my parents were supposed to be coming to stay with us for 5 or 6 days over the holiday weekend. I spent the last couple of weeks of October and the first few weeks of Novemeber cleaning, organizing, etc in preparation for our guests.

The weekend before Thanksgiving Matthew was working and so we went to our church's Saturday night service. I was planning on spending Sunday working around the house and grocery shopping since our guests were going to start getting in on Tuesday.

That morning, as I do most mornings, I called my mom and talked to her while I was making breakfast and packing Matthew's lunch for the day. At 8:30 my mom got off the phone with me, as my Daddy's radio broadcast comes on every Sunday morning at that time and acts as her cue to make sure that he is up and getting ready so as not to be late to church.

At around 9 I got a call that shook my world and changed my life.

Sometime during the night, my Daddy had passed away.

He had fallen asleep reading as he did frequently, and when my mom went to wake him up, he was already gone.

Matthew obviously came home immediately, his brother and sister-in-law came and took the dogs and we drove to Indiana in record time.

The last month and a half have been a horrible roller-coaster. It's a nightmare. My Daddy was an amazing man and an incredible father. I hope to write some more about him and his life later, but I'm just not ready for that quite yet. However, my brother has written some wonderful posts on facebook. I will link to those below.

We had Thanksgiving dinner in Indianapolis the day after my Daddy's funeral. My sister Heather had some amazing friends who made us everything and brought it to us.

Matthew, Ainsley and I traveled to Indiana a few weeks later to try to help my mom get some things around the house done.

We spent Christmas in Florida with Matthew's family... and Ainsley had a lot of fun on her first Christmas.

New Years was pretty unremarkable.

This year it was all pretty different. I'm hoping next year we can enjoy the season a bit more, although I know that for my Mommy, brother and sisters it will never be the same.

2010 was the best year of my life.... It's the year that God gave us our beautiful daughter, the year Matthew and I became a daddy and a mama. Because of Ainsley's entrance into the world we have spent more time with family this year than in years past. We are truly blessed and enormously thankful.

2010 was the worst year of my life, as the year I lost my Daddy.

For the rest of my life I will look back on 2010 with bittersweet memories... the first memories I had with precious Ainsley, the last memories I have with my sweet Daddy.

In spite of all that has happened my entire family has an overwhelming sense of peace, hope and thankfulness. We are so grateful that my Daddy was never sick, never hospitalized, never had to suffer in any way. We are all thankful that my Daddy and our family as a whole never left anything unsaid.... We all knew how much he loved us, and he knew how much he was loved by us. Above all, we're incredibly thankful that we have hope in the gospel of Jesus that not only is our Daddy worshipping at the feet of the One who he spent the past 38 years of his life serving, but that one day we will be right there with him.

We have lots of exciting plans for 2011 that I'll share later. For now, I just wanted to post a quick update.

Hope 2010 ended beautifully for you, that your holidays were wonderful and memorable and that 2011 has started out in a great way.

I'm hopeful that this will be a year of growth, excitement and of growing in our knowledge of who God is and what He has for us.

Links to my brother Todd's notes are below.

"Lessons from my Dad"

"It's a Wonderful Life"

"Christmas in Heaven"

"Wisdom is knowledge in action."

"Nothing matters less than the score at halftime."

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