Monday, March 5, 2012

Fatherly Fortune

My Dad taking care of Little Me!
I have not posted much as late, and will be checking in from time to time. But, life as usual has thrown myself and my family a tremendous curveball that I need to be fully present for.

My precious father, my Dad, my Daddy – has been in and out of the hospital since Thanksgiving of last year and recently they finally were able to tell us what he was suffering from. This strong, capable, loving man is suffering from pancreatic cancer. It is advanced and it is incurable.
All the fortunes in the world, all the little slips of papers that are stuffed in little bites of cookies – do not prepare anyone for this.

Please keep my family in your prayers. Please keep my Father in your prayers, please keep my Mother in your prayers. These two incredible people who have made my life possible, who daily show me an example of love and selflessness, who are facing one of the most difficult things a married couple can face together…with dignity and grace.

Even when I am not there with them, my heart is. I want to wrap my Daddy up in love and protect him from pain and from fear. I want to lift my Mom’s heart up and protect it from the hurt and anxiety. I want to shield my brother, my nieces, my children – I cannot, no one can.

There is one verse, one Bible verse that I look to – Romans 8:28. There is a reason – there is a reason for all this pain, and I pray that God will make it apparent at some point.
The outpouring of love and support from friends and family for my Dad has been such a blessing – and I encourage anyone who reads this to reach out today and let someone know that you care. Reach out today…
With love, blessings and best wishes~
Vanilla Mama


  1. My heart goes out to you. Lots of Hugs. If I sound overwhelmed, I am. My prayers are with you, your Daddy and your family. Hang in there and be there for him as much as you can. I will be thinking of you.
    PS.Take care of yourself, eat right inspite of all the tension because you wil be needing energy.
    How I wish that I was closeby, even to bring in a dish a couple of days a week. Hope that you have people nearby.

  2. Love you cousin! Thanks for sharing. Praying!


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