Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Leap Day Post...

It's a rare opportunity to post on Leap Day.  This is also the last day of the NaBloPoMo Challenge, Relative.  I want to take this moment to say how fortunate and blessed I am.  My family is everything to me!  It's filled with imperfect people, but people with tremendous love and faith. 
A favorite of mine... My boys fishing with Grandpa Pete - May of 2000

For the past three weeks, our hearts have been on a roller coaster.  My father-in-law was found in his home unconscious.  He'd apparently been very ill.  When I'd last talked with him, he had a bit of a cough but was getting over it.  We made a quick trip to his hometown and spent the week.  PJ and his sister spent hours at the hospital.  He seemed to be recovering.  We decided to come home so my husband (PJ) could get back to work.  PJ has been back twice, and is there today.  After a great improvement, where dad was talking and even joking, PJ had returned home. The next day his dad's heart stopped.  They revived him, but he has not been well since.  It is such a difficult and heartbreaking time for my husband and my sister-in-law.  We have not given up hope for his recovery, but it looks like a long and difficult road. 

We do believe in miracles, and we also have the belief that things work out the way they are intended to.  It's all in the hands of our Heavenly Father.  We are hoping and praying for the best...

Speaking of miracles, before I stop for today, I have to share this blog link.  I think it will bless you!

The Four of Us: Happy Six Month Birthday Gabriel!

Just click on the highlighted blog name to read all about little Gabe.  He is my 4th cousin, if I remember how those "cousin" things work.  That doesn't really matter, he is family, he is a miracle, and so loved!

As I wrap up this final post for the month,
Remember to treasure your family and hold them close,
in your arms if you can, and if not... in your heart...

8 comments:

Donna said...

Oh Sweet friend! What a time you've all had!!!
Sending Prayers for you All!!!
(((HUG)))

Nita Jo said...

Thanks so much Donna! I really appreciate your love and prayers. I was truly blessed when we found each other here in blogland!

Donna said...

Amen! I will be thinking and praying for your FIL and little Gabe.

Nita Jo said...

Oh Donna, thank you for the prayers! You are another very special blog friend. What are the odds I'd find two Donnas that mean so much to me?

Andrea said...

I gave you an award.
Andrea @ From The Sol
http://www.fromtheSol.blogspot.com

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This really is what it's all about! Sending prayers for your family!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Nita Jo Sweetie...
I am so sorry to hear about the complications with your precious FIL. I will be adding him to my prayers this week, and your DH and his sister as well. It is so hard when one of our parents are ill and we become the care givers. (I was there with my in laws many years back, and it is heart wrenching.) Prayers, prayers and more prayers dear one.

I will also be saying prayers for this precious gift of love, Gabriel. I love his blonde hair.

Have a glorious weekend dear one, and thank you so much for the lovely comments on my weekend projects. I was tickled pink.

Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Nita Jo said...

It continues to amaze me... this blog world we are a part of. I appreciate your love and prayers so much, and it means a lot that each of you takes the time to visit me and to comment. Thank you!