Words Often Fall Short

This past weekend we lost my father in law.  He was in his second battle with cancer when it was determined that the treatments were no longer helping.

About 30 hours after he was told that they had stopped the treatments, he died.

All of his family was able to gather and say goodbye.
This week has been sad, but so very blessed in many ways.

One of my favorite pictures:  dinner in the basement at the farm where we were making sausage during the annual butchering time.  This picture was taken 3 years ago.
My father in law is in the blue plaid shirt.

This photo was taken at our daughter's wedding, June 2011. What a happy time it was!

We have discussed here in our home so often how words fail when someone dies.  

A life is there and then it isn't. 

Christmas 2011

But, so much remains to show that his life was here and mattered.


  1. Oh I am so sorry.

    I will not try to say anything else because "sorry" sums it up.

    I am truly sorry.

    Blessings, Amy

  2. You are all in my heart and prayers at this time.

    many hugs
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

  3. I'm so sorry, Jill. Hold tightly to those memories. Hugs.

  4. Jill, this is sad news and I am sorry for your loss. This man was loved and a fitting tribute to him is that his family surrounded him with love. Adding you and yours to my evening prayers <3

  5. Jill - I am sorry for you and your family...but it looks like you have some wonderful memories and a loving community who will cherish his life for the future

  6. Jill, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your memories are so special. You are all in my prayers....

  7. So sorry, but it looks like you have some very special memories of your father-in-law. And really, what greater gift than to be remembered with love.

  8. Dear Jill ~
    Prayers for healing and comfort are winging their way to you and your family.
    I am very sorry for your loss.
    Thank you for sharing your father in law and his wonderful smile.
    Take care of yourselves
    Hugs oxo

  9. Oh Jill, I am so sorry for your loss. The photos are a testament to his life, for sure.

  10. Sending prayer for comfort. We grieve with hope.

  11. Oh Jill - I know I'm late, but - I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are always in my prayers... I'll just ask that God lets your Father-in-Law listen in too!


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