“RACING RULES ”

Since: Jan 07

Longview, Tx

#1082 Jan 1, 2010
Welcome to 2010 my friends. May this year bring you blessings and joy.

“RIP Daddy 1/6/2010”

Since: Jan 08

Chambersburg, PA

#1083 Jan 2, 2010
Evening all, what a trying last 2 days. We had to drive to Mom and Dad's yesterday in the snow. He was at hospital again and wanted me here. So we drove down. Was a long night last night and its so hard to see him the way he is. I have been sick, I think I have picked up everyones cold. So I am staying away from dad as much as I can.

Dad sugar levels have been at the highest 76. and a low of not having a reading. So its been rough. But he was able to talk to a few friends from out of state today.

Well just wanted to update everyone. Hope you all have had a nice New Years and may it be the best for you all.

“RACING RULES ”

Since: Jan 07

Longview, Tx

#1084 Jan 3, 2010
sassy4smoke wrote:
Evening all, what a trying last 2 days. We had to drive to Mom and Dad's yesterday in the snow. He was at hospital again and wanted me here. So we drove down. Was a long night last night and its so hard to see him the way he is. I have been sick, I think I have picked up everyones cold. So I am staying away from dad as much as I can.
Dad sugar levels have been at the highest 76. and a low of not having a reading. So its been rough. But he was able to talk to a few friends from out of state today.
Well just wanted to update everyone. Hope you all have had a nice New Years and may it be the best for you all.
Sassy so sorry for the hard start to your new year. Praying for your family. Be careful in the snow.

“RIP Daddy 1/6/2010”

Since: Jan 08

Chambersburg, PA

#1085 Jan 3, 2010
Katie in Texas wrote:
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Sassy so sorry for the hard start to your new year. Praying for your family. Be careful in the snow.
Thank You Katie.... Means alot when time is getting closer to let go of someone you love, it is starting to hit my husband hard now. He has been a rock so far and now Dad's organs are shutting down so we know just a matter of time now. Sugars arent above the 50's. We are all hanging in but it just means alot to me and my family for everyones thoughts and prayers.
Mikey fan

Toledo, OH

#1086 Jan 3, 2010
sassy4smoke wrote:
Evening all, what a trying last 2 days. We had to drive to Mom and Dad's yesterday in the snow. He was at hospital again and wanted me here. So we drove down. Was a long night last night and its so hard to see him the way he is. I have been sick, I think I have picked up everyones cold. So I am staying away from dad as much as I can.
Dad sugar levels have been at the highest 76. and a low of not having a reading. So its been rough. But he was able to talk to a few friends from out of state today.
Well just wanted to update everyone. Hope you all have had a nice New Years and may it be the best for you all.
Sassy---

Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you all thru this difficult time. Your Dad has fought a long, tough battle and is getting tired. When he 'makes his peace' with God and the time is right, he'll stop fighting and be at peace in a place where there is no pain, sadness or grief. Don't be surprised, or ashamed, if your first reaction is one of relief. You've been thru the battle too, as anyone who's been on this thread in the last year and a half can attest to. The sadness will come later. Just know that we are all here for you and you can "vent" to us any time you need to.
Love you,
Diane

“RIP Daddy 1/6/2010”

Since: Jan 08

Chambersburg, PA

#1087 Jan 3, 2010
Mikey fan wrote:
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Sassy---
Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you all thru this difficult time. Your Dad has fought a long, tough battle and is getting tired. When he 'makes his peace' with God and the time is right, he'll stop fighting and be at peace in a place where there is no pain, sadness or grief. Don't be surprised, or ashamed, if your first reaction is one of relief. You've been thru the battle too, as anyone who's been on this thread in the last year and a half can attest to. The sadness will come later. Just know that we are all here for you and you can "vent" to us any time you need to.
Love you,
Diane
Diane,
Thank You..... I honestly feel ashamed to say I wish my Dad's fight was over. He is suffering so much right now and its gets harder to watch. Bubba laid in the bed with him tonight and he and Pop Pop had a grandpap to grandson talk. What they talked about we dont know but we do know that Bubba laid there and listened to every word like he really understood what Dad was saying. We took picture for him for when he is older and that way if he remembers anything I will be able to show him.

I know Dad is ready to go and he wanted to know if I was going home tonight and I told him I will stay as long as he needs me here. He said stay and help your Mom. Today was my nieces 14th birthday so we are glad we got through this day. But as I told my niece if he would have left us today it would be another day we could celebrate because Pap wouldnt be suffering anymore. But honestly I am glad he made it through today.

I am so Thankful for all of my topix family who have been here for me. It has helped alot. And I will always be indebted to all of you guys.
Mikey fan

Toledo, OH

#1088 Jan 4, 2010
Awwww...I got tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat when you described your 'Lil Man' listening to his Grandpa. They had their time together and each said what they had to say. How precious and I'm glad you took the picture. Bubba (and everyone else) will remember him when he was healthier, but that picture means a lot and everyone will have their time when they need to look at it.
As for you, don't feel ashamed about wanting his battle to be over. No one likes to see people they love suffer. Do know that he is being medicated and doesn't feel all of the pain/discomfort. Also, you are not indebted to us. You will be there for each and every one off us, when we need you, at least to the best of your ability. God bless you and the family. Does your Dad believe in God and His son?...Just whisper John 3:16 to him sometime soon or have the hospital chaplain do it. All will be well and good.
Love you,
Diane

“Life is EXACTLY what u make it”

Since: Aug 08

Hershey, PA...chillin' in SC!

#1089 Jan 4, 2010
Hey girls, I am so sorry that I havent been on in a lil.

Sassy, You are ALWAYS in my prayers girl as well as your Dad and family. I know it's been a long hard road, but God will never put more on you than you can handle. When you think the burden is getting too much, just put it on God and he will see you through. When my Pappy was s sick, he needed us to tell him that it was ok to be tired and if he felt to tired to fight, we would understand and it would be ok. Will pray for you continuously.

As for everyone else, I am praying for y'all to get through these cold temps. I am in SC and its supposed to get down to 19* tonight here...BRRR!!

Just know I love y'all and i am so glad we are like our own little family on here. I wouldnt have made it through the last year without all your thoughts and prayers!!! I hope that all of our 2010 brings peace, love and happiness as 2009 was not the best of yearas for alot of us.

God Bless you all!!

Stacy

“RIP Daddy 1/6/2010”

Since: Jan 08

Chambersburg, PA

#1090 Jan 6, 2010
To My wonderful Topix family. Thank You all for thoughts and prayers. Wanted to let you know Daddy went to heaven this am. Mom and all of us were here with him. Mom heard his angels playing music when they came for him and one angel touched her shoulder and Dad opened his eyes took his last breathe and went home.

So come next month he has one of the best seats in the house to watch the Daytona 500. With his Hero!!! Dale Earnhardt!!!
Mikey fan

Toledo, OH

#1091 Jan 6, 2010
sassy4smoke wrote:
To My wonderful Topix family. Thank You all for thoughts and prayers. Wanted to let you know Daddy went to heaven this am. Mom and all of us were here with him. Mom heard his angels playing music when they came for him and one angel touched her shoulder and Dad opened his eyes took his last breathe and went home.
So come next month he has one of the best seats in the house to watch the Daytona 500. With his Hero!!! Dale Earnhardt!!!
Oh Sassy--

Are you OK?? Wish I could give you a big hug. The pain will come and go and you need to take care of yourself. Eat, rest and sleep as much as you need. You Dad made it thru the holidays and, you're right, he'll watch the Daytona 500 with Dale.

How wonderful that your mom got touched on the shoulder. I got tapped on my shoulder the exact minute my step father passed. I was not able to be at the hospital when he passed. I remember being touched on the shoulder and knowing..what, I didn't know, but I just had a calm, but odd feeling. It's not often that you get tapped on the shoulder and no one else is in the room. About 10 minutes later, I got the phonecall from the hospital. The time of death on his death certificate (which came in the mail 1 or 2 weeks later) was the exact time I felt the touch on my shoulder.

You'll be amazed how many people will remind you of him. Something they say, some facial expression they make..little things will make you remember him. I still have that experience today, though not as often, as my stepfather passed away 26 years ago this October. I have a strange feeling that, had they ever met, my stepfather would have liked your Dad and vice versa.

Just know, that all of us here are thinking about you and your family more than ever now.

Love,
Diane

“RACING RULES ”

Since: Jan 07

Longview, Tx

#1092 Jan 6, 2010
sassy4smoke wrote:
To My wonderful Topix family. Thank You all for thoughts and prayers. Wanted to let you know Daddy went to heaven this am. Mom and all of us were here with him. Mom heard his angels playing music when they came for him and one angel touched her shoulder and Dad opened his eyes took his last breathe and went home.
So come next month he has one of the best seats in the house to watch the Daytona 500. With his Hero!!! Dale Earnhardt!!!
Sassy I am sorry for your loss but am comforted by the thought that your dad is no longer in pain and will have the best seat in the house for the 500. Praying for you and your family for strength and comfort.

“RIP Daddy 1/6/2010”

Since: Jan 08

Chambersburg, PA

#1093 Jan 6, 2010
Thank You Everyone.... We were looking at pictures tonight and boy some that we found were so funny. Mom even laughed at some with us. We picked one of Dad from this past June when we were camping. As we were sitting and doing this the door bell rang. Well Mom and Dad always had a "Ghost/Angel" who would ring the door bell whenever they felt like it. My niece opened the door and told them to come in and she looked over at my car and there was my Dad sitting in the car. I guess maybe he wants to go away with me or something. Or maybe he was with me in my travels back to Johnstown to check on my son and to pick up my brother. But he was sitting in the car.

I know he is no longer suffering but man is it hard as heck. I have been trying to be as strong as possible but boy its hard. Ya know men can be so darn difficult at times. My hubby is taking this hard but he doesnt understand that he is hurting me by shutting me out the way he is. When I need him the most he isnt here for me he is thinking of himself. Oh well I guess I am used to that. I should be 25 years of marriage to the same man I should know how he is.

But again Thanks to my friends on here if not for you guys I honestly dont know what I would do.

Since: May 07

Kerrville, TX

#1094 Jan 6, 2010
sassy4smoke wrote:
To My wonderful Topix family. Thank You all for thoughts and prayers. Wanted to let you know Daddy went to heaven this am. Mom and all of us were here with him. Mom heard his angels playing music when they came for him and one angel touched her shoulder and Dad opened his eyes took his last breathe and went home.
So come next month he has one of the best seats in the house to watch the Daytona 500. With his Hero!!! Dale Earnhardt!!!
Oh Sassy! My thoughts, feelings, prayers and great big hugs are with you. Remember when my Daddy passed some years ago - you just don't know what just dropped into your stomach. I know the thoughts going through your head. Take a couple of minutes to yourself and just breathe.

You probably don't want to look in the mirror - but when you're ready - do it - it will remind you of what sturdy stuff you are built of and the good things from Daddy that you can pass on to all those you care about.

Take good care of yourself and your Mom. Take time to grieve. I didn't have that luxury.

Know you will be busy these next few days - but, still keep us all posted when you have a chance or need a moment to just let it out. Think I speak for all when I say - we're all here for you.

Godspeed our dear friend!
Phoenix

Greenville, NC

#1095 Jan 7, 2010
Sassy, my thoughts and prayers are with you friend. It's hard, I know, but your thoughts are good ones and like Theo said, we are all here for you. Give Lil Man and your Mom a big hug, and tell her with are here for her also.
We love you!!
Debbie

“Life is EXACTLY what u make it”

Since: Aug 08

Hershey, PA...chillin' in SC!

#1096 Jan 8, 2010
My dear friend Sassy, I am so sorry for your loss, and your mom and your family are always at the top of my prayer list.
I know the struggles you faced with your Dad being so sick, but he is finally at peace and you're right, he will have the best seat in the house.

I was waiting to call you to check on you, i know things are probably hectic right now, but you have my # and if you need me for ANYTHING, dont hesitate to call me. Always thinking of you and you family and extra prayers are going out to your mom right now. She is strong just like you and I am glad y'all have each other to support everyone.

BIG HUGS!!!
Stacy

“RIP Daddy 1/6/2010”

Since: Jan 08

Chambersburg, PA

#1097 Jan 8, 2010
To my family...... for anyone interested here is Dad's Obituary.

http://www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com/_mgxroot/...

If you have to type in Showalter and it will come up. The picture is from camping in June.

“Life is EXACTLY what u make it”

Since: Aug 08

Hershey, PA...chillin' in SC!

#1098 Jan 8, 2010
sassy4smoke wrote:
To my family...... for anyone interested here is Dad's Obituary.
http://www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com/_mgxroot/...
If you have to type in Showalter and it will come up. The picture is from camping in June.
Bobbie, thank you so much for allowing us to be there with you while you are going through this very difficult time. My prayers are with you and your mom and your family!!

Again if there is anything that you need, even just someone to talk to, dont hesitate to call me.

Hugs
Stacy

“RACING RULES ”

Since: Jan 07

Longview, Tx

#1099 Jan 10, 2010
Sassy,
Will be praying for you and your family as you put your dad to rest.
Katie

“RIP Daddy 1/6/2010”

Since: Jan 08

Chambersburg, PA

#1100 Jan 10, 2010
I want to Thank You all for the kind words. Today was hard and I am the one who has to stand strong. I don't know how much longer I am going to be able to do that. I have shed a few tears but not many and I feel bad for that, but I am now at the angry stage. I am so sick and tired of my 2 middle siblings for putting on good acts to get pity. Well I ain't one to try to get pity but damn maybe I should act like I am crazy so people will pity me. Hell I don't care anyway because its all about my Mom and Dad not me or the other kids.

If I didn't have you guys and my best friend Ray I wouldn't know what to do.
Mikey fan

Toledo, OH

#1101 Jan 11, 2010
Will be thinking about you today, Sassy. After today, things will settle down some. May God be with you..He knows, better than any of us, what all you're going thru. It is all normal to have many conflicting emotions. Do get some much needed sleep as soon as you can.

Love,
Diane

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