Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Take Me Back Tuesday

Welcome once again to Take Me Back Tuesday
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Me and my wonderful hubby, Terry
Christmas Night, 2006

This picture was taken at Daddy's house on Christmas night of 2006. This was our first Christmas without Momma. You might notice that we both look a bit somber and our eyes are a bit red around the edges. It was an emotional evening for all of us and not quite as happy as Christmas' past.

The year had been a difficult one for our family. Terry had been medically dead in February due to septicemia. We were told he would not and could not live. God had other plans! Praise the Lord!

Momma had gone home to be with Jesus on April 20 after an extended battle with renal failure. Terry had been diagnosed with End Stage Live Disease in July due to damage from the septicemia. My mother-in-law had fallen in August and fractured six vertebra in her spine, causing Terry and I to have to move in with her in order to care for her. My middle sister, Charlotte, had almost died in September due to sepsis caused by a procedure to remove a kidney stone.

To top off all of that, one of my niece's best friends had gone home to be with Jesus on Christmas Eve. She died after a long battle with breast cancer and left behind a husband and two beautiful little boys.

Daddy was so sick and the doctor wasn't very hopeful about his prognosis. He told us Daddy was simply grieving himself to death. He continued to live alone, but had decided to move in with Charlotte and did so just a couple of days after Christmas.

So, Christmas was a subdued occasion for us in 2006. We were so thankful to be together, but so aware of all we had lost during the year. When I look back now, I realize how very blessed we were because Daddy found the strength in the Lord to make peace with Momma's passing and the Lord lengthened Terry's life by another 2 years. I am so thankful the Lord always knows what lies ahead and has a plan for our lives.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)


Unknown said...

Sounds like your family went through a lot that year! Yes, the Lord always known what his plans are, thank you for the passage from Jeremiah it was a nice reminder of that!
Hope you have a good week!

Terry said...

dear diane,
it seems to me, the more i read your posts that you can always see the blessing of the lord's hand in everything that you have gone through.
you are a blessing to all of your family and your friends.!

Keetha Broyles said...

That was a lot of loss to suffer in one calendar year!!!

Kari @ A Giveaway Addicted Mommy said...

I second what Terry said in her comment. I am just amazed at your strength.

Heidi Pocketbook said...

I don't think I can say it any better than Terry did.

I'm playing catch-up here..

Anonymous said...

beautiful couple!!!

Samantha said...

Sweet Diane,
You are so strong, your strength and faith truly blesses me.
Love you !

Pam said...

That is so much for one family to handle during the year. Your faith and grace are a shining example to me. Thanks for being a blessing.

Trish said...

Diane...thank you for sharing this.
And Terry is right, you can always see the Lord"s hand on everything!
Your faith is such a witness to us all!!!

Terry said...

dear diane...i know i am a big blabber mouth but guess what?
crown of beauty is going to join the sisters!!!
love terry

Eve said...

Such a beautiful photo. And what a wonderful thing, to have the Lord prove the doctors wrong by two years!