Thanks for making my day by SHARING!!

Well, my friends.

Last week was a tough, bittersweet week.

If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that my sweet, kind, loving dad has been struggling under the burden of Alzheimer’s for the past 6 years. It is hard to put into words what Alzheimer’s does to a person. Many think that it just takes your memory, but that is really the least of its effects. Alzheimer’s also affects physical functions such as swallowing, balance, and virtually all body functions. But more than anything, Alzheimer’s robs its victims of their dignity and that has been the hardest to watch.

I will not make this post an obituary to my dad; we’ve done that elsewhere. But I want to pay homage to this truly gentleman who served his country for 28 years in the US Navy. My dad circumnavigated the oceans as a proud submariner. He loved my mom passionately; as my aunt said, there have never been two people more made for each other. Mom and Dad could cut the rug with the best of them and enjoyed traveling the world. While we are all very proud of my dad’s service in the Navy, my brother noted that Dad’s greatest legacy is that he lived every day of his life with honor and integrity and set that example for his children and grandchildren. For that, he left the world a better place.

We were so blessed to be with him during his last days, and that Mom was by his side when he passed, something we can no longer take for granted in the time of Covid. We played Christmas carols and talked about memories. Mom was holding his hand and talking to him when he passed; it was so very peaceful. And I truly don’t have the words to express the love and care we witnessed and received from the nursing staff. They did their best to restore some of the dignity that had been robbed of dad.

Of course, we are all sad; many tears have been spilled this week. But we are equally relieved that dad is now released from the burden of Alzheimer’s. That photo at the top of the page was from December 1969. We were stationed in Hawaii and dad had just returned home from 6 months at sea. Mom made that “Welcome Home Wonderful One” sign that hung over the garage. As I was looking at photos today, it struck me that this December 2020, Dad has truly been welcomed home.

This will be my last post until after Christmas. I need to focus all my energy on taking care of my mom and spending time with my family.

I wish for you, my valued readers, a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate this time of year.

As you are reading this is Cinncinati or Sydney, someone else may be reading it simultaneously in Israel or South Africa. And that’s a really cool thing about this blog world…the inter-connectedness of us all.  

In the words of some of my favorite little mechanical people, ‘it’s a small world after all,’ and our digital devices have made it even smaller. So, I send all my friends from around the globe special greetings this time of year.

As much as I cherish this season for the religious significance it holds for me, I also treasure it for the time we set aside to be with those we love, to relish in our traditions, to reflect on our blessings, and to welcome in a new year…oh, and let’s not forget…to consume all sorts of home-baked goodies with abandon. So, my wish for you is to soak in whatever this time of year makes special to you and your family.

Many, many Hugs,

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202 Comments

  1. Siws

    December 14, 2020 at 6:51 am

    Lynn,
    That was such a fitting tribute to your very much loved Dad. You have all been enriched by his love and guidance. Much love to you all from Wales.xx

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    • lynn

      December 14, 2020 at 2:13 pm

      Without a doubt, the love of my parents has made my life so beautiful. We’ve had bumps, but my parents have always been there. My dad was a very good man, something that seems we are in dire need of lately.

      Thanks so much for your thoughts and care. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming.

      Many hugs Lynn

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    • Amy Presley

      December 15, 2020 at 11:18 am

      Lynn, such a sweet tribute to your daddy. My heart hurts for you. The loss is surely painful during this Christmas season. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs.
      -AmyP

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      • lynn

        December 26, 2020 at 11:22 am

        Hi Amy,

        Dad deserved every word and more. Since then, I’ve thought to myself, ‘oh, I didn’t say…’ But I guess there will never be enough words to pay homage to my dad fully. You know, he didn’t cure cancer or solve world hunger, but he was just a good, decent, honorable, loving man, and, especially today, I feel that should be celebrated.

        Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. We are feeling each and every one of them.

        Hugs,

        Lynn

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    • Sue Saggers

      December 15, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Beautifully said and what a blessing Your dad is free now of any further suffering and in his eternal home where one day you will be reunited with him! Praying the Lord blesses you with His great Peace as you now care for your dear mum!
      Have a Joy filled Christmas remembering the good times.

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      • lynn

        December 26, 2020 at 11:25 am

        Hi Sue,

        You are so right and we take peace in knowing that he is free from the suffering and torment of Alzheimer’s and is, truly, in his eternal home. When I think of my dad, I do feel a sense of calm; I know he is sharing his peace with us.

        We had a lovely day with mom yesterday…one day at a time. And we are comforted by so many lovely memories of our life with dad.

        Hugs,

        Lynn

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    • lynn

      December 16, 2020 at 9:10 am

      Thank you so much. He deserved every word and more. Since then I’ve thought to myself, ‘oh, I didn’t say…’ But I guess there will never be enough words to fully pay homage to my dad. You know, he didn’t cure cancer or solve world hunger, but he was just a good, decent, loving man and, especially today, I feel that should be celebrated.

      Merry Christmas,

      Lynn

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    • Sonya Elaine Gibbs

      December 16, 2020 at 9:25 pm

      Lynn, beautiful tribute to your dad! Thank you for sharing. I don’t always read i you our posts, or anyone’s for that matter, even my brother who has his own blog. 🙃 Yours caught my attention because my father went to be with Jesus in August, also from Alzheimer’s. Thankfully, he was with us at home. This is truly a bitter sweet season. So glad my dad is no longer in pain and he’s more alive than ever with our Savior, but goodness, I sure do miss him. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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      • lynn

        December 26, 2020 at 11:32 am

        Dear Sonya,

        I am so sorry to hear that your father also suffered from Alzheimer’s. It does seem that there are far too many of us who have witnessed the toll this dreadful disease takes on our loved ones. And like you, we are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

        I do hope you also enjoyed your Christmas; we were able to enjoy our time with each other.

        Hugs,

        Lynn

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    • Susan Byrne

      December 17, 2020 at 1:42 am

      Lynn,
      How fitting then and now, “Welcome home wonderful one”.
      You and your family are all in my thoughts and prayers.
      Thank you for all you give to us with your blog, I look forward to seeing it in my in box. Enjoy your family and get some well deserved rest and love.

      Your friend,
      Susan Byrne

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      • lynn

        December 26, 2020 at 12:17 pm

        Hi Susan,

        When I saw that ‘Welcome Home Wonderful One’ photo, I knew it was a message/sign…my dad is fully and truly at peace and at finally at home. I now feel his hand of peace on me as I go about my day.

        Thank you so much for your condolences and your kind comments on the blog. I do love this wee job of mine and all the more so with readers like you on the other end of my musings.

        Hugs,

        Lynn

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  2. Vicki Gensini

    December 14, 2020 at 6:55 am

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

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    • lynn

      December 14, 2020 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks Vicki,

      We are comforted knowing that dad has finally found peace and rest.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    • lynn

      December 16, 2020 at 9:11 am

      Vicki,

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  3. Pat

    December 14, 2020 at 6:56 am

    Lynn
    My thoughts are with you. You were blessed to have such wonderful loving parents. May your Dad Rest In Peace & may your cherished memories carry you through the days ahead.
    I look forward to receiving more of your wonderful tips & news in January.
    Please enjoy the festive season & being together the best gift of all.
    Pat💝💕

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    • lynn

      December 14, 2020 at 2:22 pm

      Hi Pat,

      My brother and were absolutely blessed and don’t take it for granted. And we are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and we are buoyed by so many wonderful memories.

      I promise, I’ll be back after Christmas! I love this wee blog and all my wonderful too much to stop! And I hope you enjoy your holidays as well!

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

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    • lynn

      December 16, 2020 at 9:12 am

      Hi Pat,

      We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us. I will be back in January! I love this wee blog of mine and wonderful readers too much to not be!

      Merry Christmas to you!

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  4. EmilyvDixon

    December 14, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Deepest sympathy and blessings to you and your lovely family. May wonderful memories sustain you.

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    • lynn

      December 14, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      Hi Emily,

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  5. Deborah

    December 14, 2020 at 7:01 am

    So sorry to hear about your Dad. Take comfort in knowing he is now resting peacefully. God rest his soul,peace be with you all this holiday season. Prayers for your family..

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    • lynn

      December 14, 2020 at 2:26 pm

      Hi Deborah,

      Thanks so much for your condolences and prayers. We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

      Merry Christmas!

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  6. CaseyB

    December 14, 2020 at 7:02 am

    I am so sorry for you and know how you feel. I lost my dad 55 years ago and although not for as long, every time I hear someone tell their story, stories of my dad come rushing back along with the tears.
    From now on funny things you did together or witty thing he said or moment you shared will return at the oddest times. Your dad in one way has gone but in another he’s closer to you now that he ever was.
    See you in the new year

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    • lynn

      December 14, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      Dear Casey,

      What a wonderful outlook and observation and you are right. Now that my dad is released from Alzheimer’s, it is easier to remember him before this disease took its toll. Thanks for making me realize that!

      Wishing you a wonderful holiday, my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  7. Gail

    December 14, 2020 at 7:16 am

    He left you a legacy of love

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    • lynn

      December 14, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Gail,

      He absolutely did leave us a legacy of love! And the beautiful thing is, we all realize it and appreciate him for it. He truly did leave the world a better place for the love he gave.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  8. Nabila

    December 14, 2020 at 7:17 am

    So so sorry for your loss. I hope you and your family can find peace.

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    • lynn

      December 14, 2020 at 2:30 pm

      Hi Nabila,

      We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us. And for that, we are thankful.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  9. Peggy Adlington

    December 14, 2020 at 7:22 am

    Lynn I was so sorry yet happy for you to hear of your dad’s release from Alzheimer’s and his arrival in his real home. We too are nursing my mother-in-law at the moment and not sure she will make it through Christmas but all we can do is watch and pray. Blessings and our thanks for sharing to you and your family. Praying for you. Happy Christmas. No need to reply.

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    • lynn

      December 14, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      Oh Peggy, I must reply as your note was so kind. Prayers for your mother-in-law. And yes, we are both sad and thankful that he is at peace and in is final home. It was so fitting when I found that picture yesterday. It took my breath away.

      Wishing you and yoru family a lovely Christmas as well.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  10. Juanita L

    December 14, 2020 at 7:41 am

    So sorry to hear of your Father’s passing. Rest in peace.

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    • lynn

      December 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you Juanita. We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  11. Nancy Gosselin

    December 14, 2020 at 7:43 am

    Lynn,
    My heart is with you and your family. May you all find comfort in the days to come. Your dad sounds like he was a wonderful man.
    Blessings to all of you. Enjoy the holidays with the ones you love.

    Love Nancy
    London, Ontario Canada

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    • lynn

      December 15, 2020 at 12:01 pm

      Hi Nancy,

      He really was a wonderful man, one of the ‘good guys’ for sure. Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  12. Sue Webb

    December 14, 2020 at 7:47 am

    I am so sorry to hear of your dads passing away..sending you virtual hugs and love from the U.K.
    I hope you have a peaceful Christmas and wish you all the best for 2021 x

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    • lynn

      December 15, 2020 at 12:02 pm

      Hi Sue, I have been feeling all the prayers and the virtual hugs! The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤ Merry Christmas to you and yours.

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  13. Susan

    December 14, 2020 at 7:49 am

    So sorry for your loss. I too lost my Daddy to this horrible disease on June 23, 2014. My family surrounded my Daddy for the last two weeks of his life. We san his favorite hymns, prayed over him, laughed and yes sobbed. I miss him but know he is free and with our Lord🙏❤️

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    • lynn

      December 15, 2020 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Susan,

      The fraternity of those of us who have lost a loved one to this disease is just too large. I pray that there is a treatment or cure in the near future. It is truly a brutal disease.

      Like you, I am comforted knowing my dad is at peace and finally home.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  14. BetteAnn Slivka

    December 14, 2020 at 7:56 am

    What a touching tribute to your father. Thank you for taking the time to share it with us. I have always enjoyed when you mentioned one of your father’s favorites in your blog and know you will continue to do so. Your family is in my prayers and, as we pray our church, God grant your father blessed repose and eternal memory. Wishing you and your family a peaceful and blessed Christmas.

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    • lynn

      December 15, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      Oh Sweet BetteAnn,

      My dad will always play an important role in my life, whether on earth or in heaven. So, yes! You will hear mention of his favorites as long as I am writing! It means a great deal to me that you noted that…thank you.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  15. Elizabeth Austin

    December 14, 2020 at 7:59 am

    Oh Bless him & your Mom it brought back memories of my parents my Father was was in the British army, for 38 years( lied about his age to get in) as a young man from Belfast Northern Ireland he travelled the world with his regiment, met my Mom in Malta married and had 5 kids they had along and happy life together I also looked after my Mum after my Dad passed they truly were The Greatest Generation, Courage Respect dignity & above Love
    Take Care Lynn and hold your Mom close

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    • lynn

      December 15, 2020 at 12:29 pm

      Hi Elizabeth,

      What a lovely story, thank you so much for sharing it. Sadly, it does seem that we are slowly losing our ‘Greatest Generation’, those with the values of Courage, Respect, Dignity and Love. And weren’t you and I so blessed to have them guide our lives? Mom and I walk every morning. We have always been close, but dad’s illness has brought us all even closer…the only good thing to come of it.

      Wishing you a Merry Christmas, my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  16. Aline Leclerc

    December 14, 2020 at 8:01 am

    So sorry for your loss. May all your happy memories of time spent with your dad sustain you at thia very sad time in your lives!

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    • lynn

      December 15, 2020 at 12:30 pm

      Hi Aline,

      We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us. For that, we are blessed.

      Merry Christmas!

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  17. Shirley

    December 14, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Your weekly blog has lifted me weekly. I hope that just knowing that others send their prayers to you, your family and caregivers, gives you some of what you have given to others.

    It is never easy to lose a loved one, but it is the memories that sustain us.
    Your Dad is at peace, may you find your own peace.

    Blessings,
    Shirley

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    • lynn

      December 16, 2020 at 9:14 am

      Hi Shirley,

      Oh, Thank you so much. I do love this wee blog of mine and having readers like you on the other end make it all the more enjoyable.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤ We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  18. Barbara

    December 14, 2020 at 8:04 am

    My Dad also passed but after Christmas 40 yrs ago and the memory is as if it were yesterday. Treasure your memories. They are forever with you. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Truly you Dad is Home for the holidays. 🎄🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎄

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    • lynn

      December 16, 2020 at 9:16 am

      Hi Barbara,

      I am confident that I will have dad by my side for the rest of my life. He was always reassuring and a rock to us. We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

      And yes, he is truly home, where there is no Alzheimer’s…only peace and love.

      Merry Christmas, my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  19. Donna Simon

    December 14, 2020 at 8:05 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. What a wonderful man he was. All your beautiful memories of him will help you through these sad times. Wishing you and your entire family a special Christmas. Your dad will be smiling down on all of you.
    Sincerely,
    Donna S.

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    • lynn

      December 16, 2020 at 9:18 am

      Hi Donna,

      He really was a wonderful man. Since I wrote that, I’ve thought to myself, ‘oh, I didn’t say…’ But I guess
      there will never be enough words to pay homage to my dad fully. You know, he
      didn’t cure cancer or solve world hunger, but he was just a good, decent, honorable,
      loving man, and, especially today, I feel that should be celebrated.

      We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

      Merry Christmas,

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  20. Cathi Doherty

    December 14, 2020 at 8:09 am

    Have a Blessed Christmas Season!

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    • lynn

      December 16, 2020 at 9:19 am

      Thank you Cathi. I hope that you and yours do as well.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  21. Phyllis Winkelbauer

    December 14, 2020 at 8:24 am

    My deepest condolences to you on the loss of your sweet and wonderful dad. What a man he was and you are blessed to have had him for all these years. May he Rest In Peace and I pray you, your mom and all your family find comfort in each other as you share your grief. Merry Christmas.

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    • lynn

      December 16, 2020 at 9:20 am

      Hi Phyllis,

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤ Since I wrote that, I’ve thought to myself, ‘oh, I didn’t say…’ But I guess
      there will never be enough words to pay homage to my dad fully. You know, he didn’t cure cancer or solve world hunger, but he was just a good, decent, honorable,
      loving man, and, especially today, I feel that should be celebrated.

      Merry Christmas to you!

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  22. Mary Turton

    December 14, 2020 at 8:26 am

    Kind thoughts for you and your family, Lynn.

    Mary

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    • lynn

      December 16, 2020 at 9:20 am

      Mary,

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  23. Sharon Meyer

    December 14, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Sending hugs and condolences on the passing of your Dad. Thankful you have such wonderful memories. May the LORD be with you at this time. My Mother in law was a very vital business Lady, and also died of Alzheimer’s , so we can empathize with your feelings.❤❤❤

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    • lynn

      December 16, 2020 at 9:22 am

      Hi Sharon,

      Sadly, the fraternity of families who have watched a love one suffer with Alzheimer’s is much too large. I do pray for treatment or a cure in the near future. It is truly such a brutal disease.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  24. Gayle Clanton

    December 14, 2020 at 8:43 am

    My condolences to the loss of your dad. There will be many special memories to remind you of the wonderful dad & husband he was. Cherish those moments when they pop up at the oddest times, whether it’s a scent that reminds you of him, a song that he loved, a joke he told, or any number of special times you shared. Losing a loved one at any time is hard, but especially before Christmas. Please know that God’s love will get you through these difficult days ahead. Be blessed.

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    • lynn

      December 16, 2020 at 9:24 am

      Hi Gayle,

      We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us, and for that we are so very blessed. My dad had some funny little sayings and jokes that we have incorporated into our daily dialogue, so that is just one of the many ways he will continue to live on in our world.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Merry Christmas and many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  25. Therese

    December 14, 2020 at 8:44 am

    Thank you Lynn for allowing us a little glimpse into your precious Dad’s life. You and your family will be in my prayers.

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    • lynn

      December 16, 2020 at 9:25 am

      Hi Therese,

      Dad deserved every word and more. Since then, I’ve thought to myself, ‘oh, I didn’t say…’ But I guess there will never be enough words to pay homage to my dad fully. You know, he didn’t cure cancer or solve world hunger, but he was just a good, decent, honorable, loving man, and, especially today, I feel that should be celebrated.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  26. Robbin

    December 14, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Dear Lynn,
    My heart goes out to you and your family. The suffering is over, praise God. Prayers for you, your mother and family for healing and comfort from all the wonderful memories of your father. Blessings for health too. Thank you for sharing, take care, Robbin

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    • lynn

      December 16, 2020 at 9:27 am

      Robbin,

      That my father is no longer suffering is our overwhelming comfort. That he is assuredly with the rest of the angels in Heaven is equally important. Thanks so much for your condolences.

      The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  27. Louise Tessier

    December 14, 2020 at 8:52 am

    Dear Lynn,
    My deepest condolences to all of your family and friends.
    Have a beautiful Xmas season and may God bless you.

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    • lynn

      December 16, 2020 at 9:28 am

      Thanks so much for your condolences, Louise. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      And Merry Christmas to you and yours.

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  28. Nancy Forer

    December 14, 2020 at 8:55 am

    May you always find your father’s love safely harboring in your heart.
    With my deepest sympathy,
    Nancy

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    • lynn

      December 16, 2020 at 9:29 am

      What a beautiful sentiment, Nancy! And I do!

      Merry Christmas, my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  29. Brooke Trapp

    December 14, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Dear Lynn,
    I am so sorry to hear you lost your beloved dad. I , too, am a military brat (Army) and I remember the many times dad was away, mom held down the fort but the best time was the “homecoming!” I have a picture just like yours taken in Hawaii circa 1964. Dad had R & R for Christmas. It was one of the best and most memorable. I hope your memories of your dad will bring you comfort in the coming days. We just laid my father to rest at Arlington National on Sept. 17. This will be a bittersweet Christmas for us as well but I think our military upbringing will guide us through this tough time. We were raised to believe in Duty, Honor and Country. God bless you and your family.

    Sincerely,
    Brooke

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    • lynn

      December 16, 2020 at 9:35 am

      Hi Brooke,

      It looks like we were in Hawaii at the same time! We were there from early 1965-1971 and we lived in Lanikai. I love those homemcomings to this day! And my dad will also be laid to rest in Arlington, we are hoping for October. There is no doubt that the life of a military family instills resilience, along with Duty, Honor and Country. for that we are forever grateful and blessed. I loved growing up as a military child!

      Blessings and Merry Christmas to you, my kindred spirit.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  30. Mary

    December 14, 2020 at 9:01 am

    My sympathies to you and your family. Take care of yourselves.
    Hugs, Mary

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    • lynn

      December 17, 2020 at 8:14 am

      Thanks so much for your condolences, Mary. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  31. Elizabeth Dail

    December 14, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Dear Lynn,
    Blessings to you and your family. The warmth, love and compassion is evident in all you do and is greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.

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    • lynn

      December 17, 2020 at 8:17 am

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Thank you so much! I do believe I have been blessed having the parents I did and I don’t take it for granted. Their love and support have made me who I am and I love doing what I do. That I have Elizabeths on the other end of my musings make this wee job all the more enjoyable.

      Many wishes for a Merry Christmas.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  32. Carol Round

    December 14, 2020 at 9:04 am

    You are in my thoughts and prayers – cherish those beautiful memories- God Bless🙏

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    • lynn

      December 17, 2020 at 8:17 am

      Hi Carol,

      We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us. Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  33. Nana

    December 14, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Thank you for sharing your last special moments with your dad. It’s always sad to lose the ones we love the most but with deep faith, we know that we all long for our eternal home where we are finally at peace. Your dad was loved by you and your family and knew it until he left this home on earth to be in his new Home . May he rest in peace. My prayers are for you and your mom and your whole family to be joyful that he will enjoy true peace, love and happiness

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    • lynn

      December 17, 2020 at 8:20 am

      My dear, kind, Barbara

      Like you, I have complete faith that my dad is truly home, with a healthy mind and body. I feel his hand on me, guiding me forward…I know I always will. My mom commented recently that inspite of the really rough year, as it relatres to my dad she has never felt God’s presence more.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

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  34. Linda Sprunt

    December 14, 2020 at 9:06 am

    I’m sorry for your loss, Lynn, but thankful you have so many precious memories of your dear dad. I pray you will sense God’s presence during this time.

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    • lynn

      December 25, 2020 at 7:36 am

      Hi Linda,

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤ We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  35. Kathleen Reid

    December 14, 2020 at 9:08 am

    My condolences to you and your family, Lynn. May your memories of your father help with his loss here.
    Love & Hugs,
    Kathleen

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    • lynn

      December 25, 2020 at 7:37 am

      Good Morning Kathleen,

      We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us. Thanks so much for your kind condolences.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  36. Adele

    December 14, 2020 at 9:12 am

    May your Dad’s memory be for a blessing.
    I am so sorry for your losses…..because when a loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s, there really are a series of losses over time. Sending healing, loving thoughts to you and yours.

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    • lynn

      December 25, 2020 at 7:41 am

      Adele,

      You are so right about the sreies of loses as a result of Alzheimer’s. There is a reason they call it ‘the long goodbye’. And we are so very blessed with lovely memories and for that we are thankful.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  37. Debbie

    December 14, 2020 at 9:19 am

    I watched my beloved Grandmother suffer with what they called Senile Dementia in those days….she didn’t know any of us or any of the world around her and it was sad and difficult for me until I realized how selfish I was being. I’m sure she didn’t know what was going on and she was happy in her world, but my visiting upset her “norm”. She taught me so much and I wanted her to live forever and she does! She’s in my heart for as long as it beats, just as your Dad is! Tears and smiles dry and fade, but memories live on forever!!! May you and your family find comfort in knowing he is at peace, watching over you all, safe in the arms of Our Savior. Deepest condolences to you and your family.

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    • lynn

      December 25, 2020 at 7:54 am

      Hi Debbie,

      You expressed exactly how I feel. When we finally realized how difficult it was for dad to live and operate in ‘our world’, placing him in Memory Care just made so much sense. He became much calmer and less agitated, and before Covid, we were able to visit him daily.

      And like you said, our memories of dad will live forever, and for that we are blessed.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  38. Elly

    December 14, 2020 at 9:28 am

    I pray for you and your family. May you know comfort and peace as you grieve. Today (December 14) would be my dad’s 102 birthday, but he has been “home” for over 16 years now. Like you, I will always remember the strength and integrity of my dear dad. Be blessed this Christmas.

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    • lynn

      December 17, 2020 at 8:22 am

      Elly,

      We were two very blessed daughters, to have dads like we did! That is something I will never take for granted and for which I will be forever grateful. I am at peace knowing that my dad is truly home, and at peace.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  39. Mary Nash

    December 14, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Thank you for this warm tribute to your Dad. Have a wonderful family holiday season and stay safe.

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    • lynn

      December 17, 2020 at 8:22 am

      Thank you, Mary. My dad absolutely deserved those words, and more. We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

      Merry Christmas.

      Lynn

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  40. Donna

    December 14, 2020 at 9:32 am

    So sorry for your loss- Your post was beautifully written. Love and prayers to you and your family.

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    • lynn

      December 17, 2020 at 8:23 am

      Thank you Donna. Dad deserved every word and more. Since then, I’ve thought to myself, ‘oh, I didn’t say…’ But I guess there will never be enough words to pay homage to my dad fully. You know, he didn’t cure cancer or solve world hunger, but he was just a good, decent, honorable, loving man, and, especially today, I feel that should be celebrated.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  41. Denysé Bridger

    December 14, 2020 at 9:36 am

    I hope you and your family have a joyous and happy Christmas, Lynn, despite the sadness that will be in every heart. I know that bizarre sense of release and sorrow all too well. My dad passed with me at his side holding his hand, I wasn’t so fortunate with my beloved mother despite trying desperately to get back to the hospital in time. As you said, the smallest part of this nightmare disease is not the loss of memory, though that’s devastating enough, it’s the fear and daily horrors our loved ones go through. Losing your life a piece at a time is terrifying to them and heartbreaking to us. My mom knew she was losing her life a little bit at a time, but there was no way to stop it as it happened. Then when personal dignity begins to erode, it’s even worse. I pray your dad is once again happy and free, and that your family finds comfort and joy in memories of his wonderful life and the great energy and happiness and love he blessed you all with every day. It truly is a gift we often take for granted, when we should be cherishing it every moment.

    Much love and many Blessings to you and yours, Lynn.

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    • lynn

      December 17, 2020 at 8:28 am

      Oh Denyse, I have such compassion and a sense of connectedness with those who have witnessed our loved ones battle this most dreadful disease. Like you, I am so grateful and truly at peace that my dad is finally released from the clutches of Alzheimer’s and am so blessed with countless beautiful memories that will sustain me for all my days. It is a strange ‘silver lining’ of Covid that the ability to be with my dad in his final days was a real gift to us, a memory we will forever cherish. We were never sure if we would be ‘found out’ and asked to leave, so we soaked in those moments.

      Merry Christmas to you, my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  42. Juanita Taylor

    December 14, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Dear Lynn, I’m so sorry about your father. Bless his heart and now he will find peace. Such a hard time for the family but so great you were with him as he passed.
    Wishing you a very happy Holiday season and hoping for a blessed New Year.

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    • lynn

      December 25, 2020 at 7:56 am

      Hi Juanita,

      We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us. And we were absolutely blessed to be with him and are so thankful for that.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  43. Athena Sheppard

    December 14, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Blessings, our prayers are with you.

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    • lynn

      December 25, 2020 at 7:56 am

      Thanks so much for your condolences, Athena. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  44. SUZANNE

    December 14, 2020 at 9:49 am

    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY, SAFE NEW YEAR!
    YOUR STORY OF YOUR FATHER WAS SO MOVING. THANK YOU FOR THIS.

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    • lynn

      December 25, 2020 at 7:57 am

      Thank you Suzanne.

      I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year as well.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  45. Teri

    December 14, 2020 at 9:51 am

    So sorry for your loss! My Mom died of Alzheimer’s 19 years ago, so my heart understands. Cherish the memories and lean in to the Lord for strength and comfort.
    Blessings!

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    • lynn

      December 25, 2020 at 7:59 am

      Oh Teri, you know all too well the ravages of Alzheimer’s. There are just too many of us who have witnessed our loved ones suffer from this disease. I hope and pray that a treatment/cure is found soon.

      Merry Christmas, my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  46. Sukh

    December 14, 2020 at 9:54 am

    So sorry to hear about your loss Lynn. My condolences to you and your family. May his soul Rest In Peace

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    • lynn

      December 25, 2020 at 7:59 am

      Hi Sukh,

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  47. Diane Peterson

    December 14, 2020 at 10:01 am

    My heart and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. You are so right about Alzheimer’s. It is a horrible disease! Hopefully, your happy memories help you get through the days ahead. Have yourself a peaceful Merry Christmas…

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    • lynn

      December 25, 2020 at 8:01 am

      Hi Diane,

      We are so very lucky to have so much wonderful memories of dad, and for that we are truly blessed. And we are relieved and thankful that he is truly and finally at peace.

      Merry Christmas to you.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  48. Sherry Collía

    December 14, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Dear Lynn, I’m sorry for your loss. I quite understand about Alzheimers, my Dad died in 2005 from Alzheimers with the same conditions and it saddens me still. Hopefully, he is rejoicing for eternity with the great creator. Peace be with you and your family.
    SherryC

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 9:26 am

      Hi Sherry,

      I am so sorry to hear that your father also suffered from Alzheimer’s. It does seem that there are far too many of us who have witnessed the toll this dreadful disease takes on our loved ones.

      Without a doubt, I am comforted that my father is finally at peace, in his true home and with his friends, family and pets that preceded him.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  49. Catherine Plovanich

    December 14, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Dear Lynn,
    You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved Dad. Loosing a parent, no matter how old you are, is just so hard.
    Take the time to grieve with tears, laughter and sweet memories (and cookies!)
    I wish you and your family Peace ~ Kitty Plovanich

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 9:28 am

      Hi Catherine,

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤ We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  50. Terri

    December 14, 2020 at 10:30 am

    What a lovely tribute to your father. I am so sorry for your loss.

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 9:29 am

      Hi Terri,

      Dad deserved every word and more. Since then, I’ve thought to myself, ‘oh, I didn’t say…’ But I guess there will never be enough words to pay homage to my dad fully. You know, he didn’t cure cancer or solve world hunger, but he was just a good, decent, honorable, loving man, and, especially today, I feel that should be celebrated.

      Thanks so much for your condolences.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  51. Mary

    December 14, 2020 at 10:37 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. You paid a beautiful tribute to a wonder man and father as well. I am sure he is proud of how his daughter and family honored and loved him. And he will always be in your mom’s heart and by her side.
    Enjoy your family and air hugs from this reader to your mom.
    Mary

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 9:32 am

      Hi Mary,

      I have felt his peace upon me every day since he passed and am so lucky to have so many fond memories. He is truly, finally at peace and for that, we are very grateful.

      I will gladly accept your air hugs and send some right back to you! Lord knows, we all need hugs these days.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  52. Kathleen Pope

    December 14, 2020 at 10:40 am

    My dear sweet friend, tears are streaming down my own face as I read this sweet and beautiful tribute to your amazing dad, sure do wish I had known him! But your legacy and that of your brother is enough for me to get a taste of the gentle-man that he was! Praying for you all, may these times be extra sweet as you laugh, remember, cry, look through pictures, memories and more and may this Christmas hold new meaning for you with the hope that he is truly home and you will see him again someday!

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 9:35 am

      Hi my dear friend!

      Dad deserved every word and more. Since then, I’ve thought to myself, ‘oh, I didn’t say…’ But I guess there will never be enough words to pay homage to my dad fully. You know, he didn’t cure cancer or solve world hunger, but he was just a good, decent, honorable, loving man, and, especially today, I feel that should be celebrated.

      I am so thankful for so many things during these past weeks…that we were with dad when he passed, that he received so much tender care during his final days, that we were together as a family, and that dad is truly, finally at peace. But I am also thankful for your friendship and the support (and pizzas!) I receive from your and our wee gang.

      Soak up this time with your boys and I’m excited to catch up with you at the beginning of the year.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  53. Karen

    December 14, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Lynn, I’m so sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose a parent, especially to Alzheimer’s or dementia. I can’t even imagine. Sounds like you had your parents as a wonderful example of a loving couple. May your holiday season be filled with many sweet memories and new memories made. Merry Christmas!

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 9:36 am

      Hi Karen,

      As one of my friends often says, I won the parent jackpot! And we are so blessed with many, wonderful memories that will comfort us in the days and weeks to come.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  54. Drue Madon

    December 14, 2020 at 10:59 am

    My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you, your Mom and your family. Loosing a parent is to me, one of the hardest parts of life. I lost my Dad 43 yrs ago but I know he is always with me. Sometimes I have to remind him that I need a little help and yell for him and he helps me with whatever I need. You will do the same with your Father. Remember his beautiful smile, his laughter and how he hugged you. It will get you through the rough days and years ahead. Will keep all of you in my prayers.

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 9:40 am

      Hi Drue,

      You know, when I think of my dad these days, I am filled with a sense of calm. I know that he is finally at peace and that he is sharing that peace with us. They call Alzheimer’s ‘the long goodbye’ for a very good reason. We’ve been saying goodbye to dad for 6 years now, but it was always angst-filled goodbyes. Now we can finally say ‘goodbye’ knowing that he is truly, finally at peace.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  55. Lisa Jackson

    December 14, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Lynn,
    I lift you up in my prayers as well as your family, not only at this time, but all the time.
    Thankful you have the love that remains within you all. Blessings to you,
    Lisa in Wisconsin

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 9:42 am

      Thank you for lifting our family up in prayer during this difficult time, Lisa. Honestly, we feel it! We have had such a sense of calm and peace since dad passed; not only from all the prayers said on our behalf, but also the knowledge that dad is finally, truly at peace.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  56. Lyn Sekiguchi

    December 14, 2020 at 11:08 am

    My heart goes out to you and to your family. It is a cruel disease.
    You all were so very blessed to have him, know him, and learn from him and, through these loving memories, he will be with you forever.
    I am so sorry for this loss.

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 9:44 am

      Hi Lyn,

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤ You are so right, Alzheimer’s is a very cruel disease and are so thankful that dad is finally done with it! We were all blessed with dad in our lives and we are further blessed with so many wonderful memories.

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

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  57. Ev a Francoeur, Kemptville, ON, Canada

    December 14, 2020 at 11:09 am

    My condolences. I understand perfectly what your family has experienced…my dad passed in 2007 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 12:49 pm

      Dear Eva,

      I am so sorry to hear that your father also suffered from Alzheimer’s. It does seem that there are far too many of us who have witnessed the toll this dreadful disease takes on our loved ones. Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  58. Gyongyike West

    December 14, 2020 at 11:10 am

    I am so sorry for your loss.

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    • lynn

      December 25, 2020 at 8:02 am

      Hi Gyongyike,

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  59. Wanda

    December 14, 2020 at 11:24 am

    I am so sorry about the loss of your Dad. Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease. May the wonderful memories your family share sustain you and your through this difficult time. Prayers and Hugs
    🙏🙏🙏🙏

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    • lynn

      December 25, 2020 at 8:03 am

      Hi Wanda,

      Thanks so much for your kind condolences. We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and are thankful have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

      Merry Christmas, my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  60. TerriSue

    December 14, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Dear Lynn, My sincere condolences. What a hard time to lose your Dad. I wish I had the right words but words just don’t express what they need to at a time like this. Consider this a long distance hug. This will be my second Christmas without my Wonderful One. Jim died unexpectedly in January 2019 after a cancer diagnosis the October before. He had only one more radiation and chemo treatment to go. The doctors don’t know what happened. He was the light of my life. I can’t understand what you are going through. I do understand grief though and you will be in my prayers.

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    • lynn

      December 25, 2020 at 8:05 am

      Hi Terri Sue,

      Oh, I am so sorry about your husband. We had a very similar situation with my sister-in-law and it is still very raw. And as you said, no one can fully know the grief journey we each travel, but we all do know grief. Sending you hugs right back!

      Merry Christmas,

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  61. Melody

    December 14, 2020 at 11:38 am

    My deepest sympathies.

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you Melody. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  62. Pat Jones

    December 14, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Condolences to you and your family on the loss of your dad. May your memories ease your loss. Praying for God’s loving arms embrace your family. May you and yours have a Merry Christmas as the world celebrates the birth of our Lord Jesus.

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      Hi Pat,

      We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

      We did have a lovely Christmas yesterday, trying to make the best of the situation.

      Many hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  63. Ruth Henderson

    December 14, 2020 at 11:50 am

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 12:46 pm

      Hi Ruth,

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  64. sherri

    December 14, 2020 at 11:55 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss, Lynn. It’s obvious your father was much loved.

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 12:46 pm

      Hi Sherri,

      My dad was truly a good guy and will be missed. We are comforted knowing that he is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us. Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  65. Renee Tozzi

    December 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    S you, Lynn and your family as you hold each other close in this time.
    Love to you, friend. 💜
    Renee

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you Renee,

      Thankfully we are comforted by a wealth of wonderful memories of my dad and our life, so we will all get through this tough time.

      Again, thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  66. Patty George

    December 14, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Dear Lynn…We are so sorry to hear this about your Dad. Our hearts are sad. Your Dad was truly the nicest, kindest, funny and gentle man we have known (and made a killer cocktail!). So glad you all were able to see him and be with him. Our sincere condolences to you and all your family. We will keep you in our thoughts and will pray for comfort, peace and strength for you. Love and sympathy, Patty and Mike George

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 12:38 pm

      Hi Patty,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. You and Mike have always been good friends to my parents. He really was a really nice guy, wasn’t he? We have so many warm and loving memories of him to help us through this tough time. And we are truly relieved and thankful that he has been released from the ravages of Alzheimer’s.

      Many hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  67. Mirella Sheehy

    December 14, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks so much for your condolences, Mirella. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  68. leslie teague

    December 14, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Lynn,
    So very sorry for your loss. Bittersweet is such a fitting word for you and your family right now. The pain of loss but the joy that your father has been released form all pain and you will see him again one day.
    Praying that this Christmas can still somehow be a nice one for you, your mom and the family

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 12:29 pm

      Hi Leslie,

      Yes, it is a combination of grief, relief and thankfulness, but mostly thankfulness. We are thankful he is released from this disease, thankful we were able to be with him and thankful for his full life and love. We did enjoy a nice Christmas; a few tears here and there, but we do feel the hand of calm from my dad.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  69. Gwen Hawkins

    December 14, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    You are so blessed to have such happy memories of deep family love – no matter what!
    Today is my 93rd birthday and the best gift is the return of my husband from a short stint in our local hospital. He, too, has memory problems, but so far knows and loves me.
    Blessings to you and yours.
    Gwen

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 11:56 am

      Hi Gwen, I completely agree with you…I am truly blessed! A friend of mine has repeatedly said that I surely won the parent lottery and I totally agree.

      Happy Belated Birthday, my friend! I hope your special day and your holidays have been wonderful.

      Thanks for your kind note. The outpouring of love we have received has been overhwelming and so kind.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  70. Lisa Roberta Conaway

    December 14, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    I
    I know what your going through l took care of my mother. My prayers are with you. Thankyou for bringing your talent and stories to your followers lives.
    Thankyou. Lisa R.Conaway

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 11:04 am

      Hi Lisa,

      I am so sorry to hear that your mother also suffered from Alzheimer’s. It does seem that there are far too many of us who have witnessed the toll this dreadful disease takes on our loved ones.

      Thank you for your prayers and for your kind comments about my blog. I do love this wee job of mine, but it is all the more enjoyable knowing that there are Lisas on the other end of my ramblings who appreciate them!

      Many hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  71. Debie Talbot

    December 14, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Blessings of peace to you and your family.
    Hugs & blessings
    Debie

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 11:07 am

      My friend, Debie.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  72. Cathy Gliewe

    December 14, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Dear Lynn,
    I lost my father and uncle (brothers) in the past 12 months. Although neither of them were burdened with a debilitating disease over a long time period, it is still not easy, especially in such a short span of time. I was not able to attend my uncle’s funeral due to Covid-19 and for that I feel very guilty, even though the family understood why. My heart breaks for you, and I hope that the holidays will be time for you to heal. as well as enjoy your mother’s company and help her through these rough seas. All the best to you and your family.

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 11:10 am

      Oh Cathy, I am so sorry for your loss this year.

      We may not be walking in each other’s shoes, but we can both relate to the grief of losing beloved family members. In some respects, the dreadful and debiliating effects of Alzheimer’s made his passing somewhat easier as we now know that he is fully and finally at peace.

      We were so happy to work it out so that my mom would be comfortable spending Christmas with us yesterday. All things considered, we really did have a nice day.

      Thanks again for your condolences.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  73. MG SHEPHERD

    December 14, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    My condolences. My father has been gone for more than 25 years. He has never left my heart. And I am thankful for the memory of being with him as he left this world.

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 6:54 am

      Hi MG,

      We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us, and for that we are blessed.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  74. Lynne

    December 14, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Blessings to you. I’m so sorry to hear about your father.

    Reply
    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 6:56 am

      Hi Lynne,

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  75. Kathryn

    December 14, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    So very sorry for your loss, Lynn and a beautiful tribute to your darling Dad. As I’ve mentioned to you before, my Dad had Alzheimer’s, a seven year journey and we lost him in July. Even though of course I didn’t want any more suffering for him, his death is still hard for me to accept and raw. Grief comes in waves, doesn’t it? Take care of yourself and your mom, she probably feels a bit lost. I wish you and your family a loving Holiday season xxKathryn

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 7:06 am

      Kathryn,

      It sure does seem we have been on the same, long painful journey alongside our dads. My dad was diagnosed 6 years ago. Such a dreadful disease…the fraternity of caregivers whose loved ones have suffered from this disease is just much too large. I pray that we will soon see a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s. After watching my dad’s decline and suffering, I am pleasantly surprised that my foremost memories of him are of him laughing and strong, in healthy mind and body; for that I am so thankful.

      We are surrounding mom with love and support and are actively trying to find a dog for her!

      Merry Christmas, my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  76. Alison Riley

    December 14, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Oh Lynn,
    I am truly sorry to hear about your Dad. I know exactly what you have experienced – My Mum suffered the same hideous disease. However, we didn’t have to bear the load for 6 years. You have been amazing. Please be sure we will be thinking of you across the seas in New Zealand and wish you and your family a Peaceful Christmas. Hugs 💖💖💖

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 7:08 am

      Hi Alison,

      It makes me sad that there are so many of us who have watched our loved ones suffer from Alzheimer’s. I pray that we are close to a treatment or cure. Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Merry Christmas to you, my friend.

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

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  77. Chloe Dabbs

    December 14, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    God bless you and your family. May you find comfort and love from our most high.

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 7:10 am

      Thank you Chloe. I know my dad is finally home, in healthy mind and body and am so thankful for that. He has found the peace that he hasn’t had for many years.

      Many hugs, Lynn

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  78. Mary Oelmann

    December 14, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Lynn:
    I wanted to send my sympathy to you and your family. Losing a parent is never easy but hold on to the wonderful memories you have of him. Sending you hugs.
    Mary

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 7:45 am

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

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  79. sharon anthony

    December 14, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    So sorry for your loss. My grandmother had that dreadful disease and it was hard to watch.
    Blessings to you and your family at this time.

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 7:48 am

      Hi Sharon,

      There are just too many of us who have had our loved ones suffer through this disease! I pray that there is a cure/treatment in the near future.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

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  80. Jill Floyd

    December 14, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Dear Lynn,
    Thinking of you, your mother and family at this time of your adored Dad’s passing.
    What a fine man, husband and father and how beautiful the love between your parents and the love you have for your father.
    You write with such love and compassion and tenderness of this journey of your father and his family ,with your father’s Alzheimer’s as companion. A father’s love is such a gift.
    May God surround you and your family with his love and understanding of sorrow and yet the triumph of love, at this time and ongoing.
    Hugs and prayers xxxx Jill

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 7:50 am

      Hi Jill,

      Thank you so much for your kind note. Dad deserved every word and more. Since then, I’ve thought to myself, ‘oh, I didn’t say…’ But I guess
      there will never be enough words to pay homage to my dad fully. You know, he didn’t cure cancer or solve world hunger, but he was just a good, decent, honorable,
      loving man, and, especially today, I feel that should be celebrated.
      We are comforted in the knowledge that he is finally home and at peace.

      Thanks again for your condolences.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  81. Barb R

    December 14, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Lynn,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. He was loved and I’m sure he was aware of that. He will always be with you.
    Blessing to all of you during this difficult time.

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 7:53 am

      Hi Barb,

      My dad was truly loved and I do hope he knows we were all there at his passing. We are comforted knowing that he is finally at home and fully at peace. Adn we have so many lovely memories to buoy us in these difficult times.

      Thanks for your condolences.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  82. Sharon Tarquinio

    December 14, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    That was a beautiful tribute to your dad . My mother had Alzheimer’s and I totally agree with you when you say that it robs the person of their dignity in addition to their memories; thankfully, you have yours to share with your family. Your family was blessed to be with him when he went home to Papa’s welcoming arms where he is now free as Papa created him to be. I pray for comfort for your family in the coming days as you share your memories of him , remembering him as he would want you to. Much peace and many blessings to all of you.

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 7:17 am

      Sharon,

      I was worried that my memories of my dad would be of his last painful months and days, but in fact, I am finding that my memories are of him when he was of robust mind and body; for that, I am so grateful. I am so sorry that your mom also suffered from Alzheimer’s; it is truly an awful disease for so many reasons.

      As you know, our grief is balanced fully by relief that he is finally at home, and at peace.

      Thanks for your prayers and your condolences.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 8:06 am

      Hi Sharon,

      It is truly a painful disease and there are just too many of us who have witnessed our loved ones suffer from it. I do hope we have a treatment or cure in the near future.

      And I know without a doubt that my dad is finally home, in sound mind and body, fully at peace. And for that, I am so grateful. And we are blessed to have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  83. Joan

    December 14, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Lynn, My heart goes out to you. Every death is a sad one, but it seems like losing a parent leaves us with a different feeling. I have found it so comforting to know that death is only temporary… that our loved ones are sleeping until Jesus resurrects them as promised at John 5:28,29. To think that we can be with them again when they are healthy and not suffering from old age or disease is something wonderful to look forward to. (Revelation 21:3,4) In the meantime, not only will your many wonderful memories bring you comfort, but God will provide comfort for you in many ways. (2 Cor 1:3,4)

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 7:21 am

      Hi Joan

      Without a doubt, our grief is fully balanced by the knowledge that my dad is finally home, in healthy mind and body. And I know that I will see him again and he will great me with his lovely, wide smile.

      We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

      Merry Christmas, my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  84. Gail Flitcraft

    December 14, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Oh Lynn, I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I know how difficult this is. But, on the other side, his memory will bring smiles. Of course there will be tears, but the family stories will be shared and your heart will be so full of love. He has been released from Alzheimer’s and is finally in peace. You will all lean on each other during these hard times and your close family will become even closer. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 7:29 am

      Hi Gail,

      Your message is exactly how I am feeling right now. I am so grateful that he is finally released from Alzheimer’s and has found the peace that has been denied him for the past 6 years. My memories of dad are of his wide, welcoming smile, being the life of the party. And, without a doubt, this sad journey has brought my brother and I closer together, and for that, I know my dad is thrilled. I do feel is presence, and it is a warm, loving embrace.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

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  85. Karyn

    December 14, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Dear Lynn,
    Your story has brought tears to my eyes today and I’m so sorry for you and your family’s loss. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Sending love and hugs from Perth, Western Australia

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 7:58 am

      Hi Karyn,

      Oh, thanks for your sweet note. I know I was crying as I wrote it, but my tearshome are as much tears of gratitude and relief as they are of grief. We are so thankful that dad is finally home and fully at peace.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

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  86. Deb

    December 14, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    My dad left us 7 years ago in November after a long battle with vascular dementia, but I felt like I lost him several years before that. So sorry you are experiencing this loss so close to the holidays, but know that he is in a better place, whole and happy

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 8:00 am

      Hi Deb,

      From my limited knowledge aren’t vascular dementia and alzheimer’s very similar? In any event, our dads did not deserve these awful diseases and I do hope that we have a treatment/cure in the near future.

      We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  87. BEVERLEY

    December 15, 2020 at 3:22 am

    Sorry to hear of your dear Dad passing. But he would want you to carry on and have a Christmas that he would have enjoyed when he was totally with you all.
    Thinking of you at this time, your happy memories will comfort you and your family.

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 8:04 am

      I completely agree with you, Beverley! Dad would want us to celebrate his life and all the joys it held. And honestly, that is what we have been doing. I am relieved to find that my memories of dad are of him with a wide, welcoming smile and of sound mind and body. I was worried that I would remember him from these last, painful months. And I truly feel that dad is blanketing us with peace and calm.

      Thanks for your kind note.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  88. Janice Hebert

    December 15, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Oh Lynn, I am so sorry for your loss. I’m sitting here crying. Tears of sorrow but also gratitude that you all were able to be with him as he passed. What a wonderful life he had, what a wonderful dad he was. I pray that those great memories will help ease your sorrow over the coming months.

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 11:13 am

      Oh sweet Janice,

      We are, at the same time, grieving his loss, grateful that he is fully at peace and thankful that we were able to be with him. He truly did have a lovely life and for that we are even more grateful.

      Thank you for your kind condolences.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  89. Melissa Souther

    December 16, 2020 at 8:11 am

    I’m so sorry about your Daddy. My family traveled on the same road with our sweet Mama. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this Christmas Season. Enjoy the comfort of family and enjoy nibbling on those sweets!

    Melissa

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 11:30 am

      Hi Melissa,

      I am so sorry to hear that your mother also suffered from Alzheimer’s. It does seem that there are far too many of us who have witnessed the toll this dreadful disease takes on our loved ones.

      We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

      I do hope you also enjoyed your Christmas; we were able to enjoy our time with each other.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

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  90. Alice Christiansen

    December 16, 2020 at 10:45 am

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Condolences to you and your family. Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease; I cared for Alzheimer’s patients in my career. May your Dad rest in paradise now

    Alice Christiansen
    Edmonton,Alberta, Canada

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 7:36 am

      Hi Alice,

      You know all too well the ravages of Alzheimer’s. I pray that we have a cure/treatment in the near future.

      Thanks so much for your condolences. The outpouring of love has truly been heartwarming! ❤

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  91. Helen

    December 16, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Hi, well said and our condolences to you and your family!

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 7:37 am

      Thank you, for your condolences, Helen.

      We are so relieved that dad has finally found peace.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  92. Liz Southall

    December 16, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Dear Lynn
    Sending love and a hug xxxxx

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    • lynn

      December 20, 2020 at 7:39 am

      Thanks so my Liz,

      We are comforted knowing that my dad is finally at peace and have so many beautiful memories to buoy us.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  93. Irene Gray

    December 16, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    What a lovely tribute to your father. I have farewelled my parents & my husband’s parents & miss them greatly in my life. These gracious folk who peopled my life & taught me so much about love & forgiveness were very dear to my children too. I think they threw away the mold when they made these beautiful ones. I can empathise with you over the loss of your father to that incidious disease as this also touched both sides of my family. You farewell those afflicted twice! So the grief & the relief is felt most profoundly. God bless you & keep you in the palm of His hand.

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 11:40 am

      Oh Irene,

      What a beautiful message. I love “these gracious folk who peopled my life and taught me so much about love and forgiveness”; you have a beautiful way with words. And I am so sorry that you too have had the misfortune of watching a loved one struggle with Alzeimer’s. It is truly dreadful and I hope that a treatment/cure is found soon!

      Thank you so much for your condolences. We have felt all the prayers and thoughts that have been sent our way.

      Many hugs, Lynn

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  94. Darlene Joy Gwilliam

    December 17, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Ah, Lynn, I am so very sorry for your loss. You have such a beautiful way with words and I would bet that your father is very proud of you. You gave him a very loving tribute. Mr. Lynn’s Father, thank you so very much for your service to this beautiful country and for keeping all of us safe and free. I hope I get to meet you when my time comes to go home to GOD!! Lynn to you and family and especially your mommy, I also thank all of you for your service also. I grew, up an Air Force brat and my did was also in the Navy for 4 years prior to that, so I know the families also serve this country. May GOD bless and comfort you all. Sending you all love and prayers. Sincerely, Joy

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      Hi Darlene,

      Thank you so much for your condolences and for your kind words. And my dad heard your thanks and appreciates them; he was so proud of his service! And you were lucky enough to grow up with a dad in the service too! I loved being a Navy junior. It was a great way to grow up.

      I do hope you and your family enjoyed a lovely Christmas!

      Many Hugs, Lynn

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  95. Debbie

    December 17, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to your father.
    Much love from South Africa

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    • lynn

      December 26, 2020 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Debbie, thank you so much for your kind wishes, all the way from South Africa! The outpouring of love has been so wonderful and heartwarming.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply

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